To celebrate the network’s epic “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime,” 24/7 holiday movie event featuring 30 holiday movies airing from Oct. 25 to Dec. 25, Lifetime is partnering with Brookfield Properties to take over space in 25 of their shopping centers to present “Say Santa! With It’s A Wonderful Lifetime.”
From New York to Atlanta to San Francisco, families and friends will be able to get some quality time with Santa and have professional photos taken, while creating lasting photo memories, all for free! Lifetime will be giving the gift of 500 photo packages at each property to provide a total of 12,500 family photos that will be remembered for a lifetime.
In Los Angeles, a special public kickoff event takes place at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Glendale Galleria. Emceed by Jaleel White (“Staging Christmas” — premiering Nov. 29), the event will feature a ribbon cutting, a special Santa workshop with activities, and the opportunity to meet, get autographs, and take photos with beloved stars from Lifetime holiday movies.
The marquee talent for the kickoff includes Kyla Pratt (“No Time Like Christmas”), Keshia Knight Pulliam (“Radio Christmas” – premiering that evening on Nov. 9), Soleil Moon Frye (“Staging Christmas” – premiering Nov. 29) and Kim Fields (“You Light Up My Christmas” – premiering Dec. 1), who will officially open up the photo experience.
As part of the takeover, Lifetime, Brookfield Properties and the national advocacy organization, Autism Speaks, join together for Santa Cares Day Nov. 24 — a sensory friendly event providing early access and extra time to visit and take photos with Santa to families with kids with special needs.
Participating shopping centers will open their photos with Santa experience two hours early, before the general public, to accommodate Santa Cares Day visitors. In the spirit of the season, Lifetime will provide an additional 1,000 free photo packages to participating families.
Access codes to secure the free photo packages and register for appointments for the Say “Santa!” with It’s A Wonderful Lifetime event will be available at www.mylifetime.com/santa until all the packages in each market are claimed.
RED CARPET WALK: A couple of anticipated high-profile projects are having their Hollywood premieres this week. Up first are two episodes of the first ever live-action “Star Wars” based series “The Mandalorian” on Nov. 12 at the El Capitan Theatre.
Stars Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers (Yes, Apollo Creed himself), Giancarlo Esposito, Gina Carano, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte are expected to strut between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. If you can’t make it, the series premieres on the new Disney+ streaming service that evening.
On Nov. 14, “Queen & Slim,” the suspenseful racially tinged love story starring Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), Jodie Turner-Smith and Bokeem Woodbine, is the Opening Night Gala of the 33rd AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre. The Universal Pictures film directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Emmy winner Lena Waithe opens to the general public on Nov. 27.
TASTY QUIP: “I grew up in the house with Miles Davis, because my mother [Roxie Roker] and [actress] Cicely Tyson, who’s Miles’ ex-wife, are like sisters. I grew up sitting on Duke Ellington’s lap while he played piano, going to the Apollo to see James Brown, going to Madison Square Garden to see the Jackson 5. [My parents] could’ve left me at home, but they didn’t. So I’m watching my mom rehearse, with Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni, Lorraine Hansberry. It seeps in.” – LENNY KRAVITZ in Rolling Stone
CLIPPETTES: The Isley Brothers are in concert Nov. 8 at the Saban Theatre; while PJ Morton is at the Belasco Theater; Margaret Cho & Friends are at Largo; and Bobby Caldwell croons at Catalina Bar and Grill …
CBS has given the greenlight to a reboot of their 1980s TV series “The Equalizer” to star Queen Latifah. Previously the role was originally played by Edward Woodward with Denzel Washington adapting the character for two big screen movies …
Spend “An Evening with Rita Moreno,” who is the subject of an upcoming documentary produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) at The Broad Stage on Nov. 9. Also that evening, Sunshine Anderson, Klymaxx, Michel’le and Syleena Johnson headline “Ladies Night Out, Vol. 5” at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center …
Emmy Award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance (“The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) has been named the new president of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists labor union …
Tyler, the Creator presents Camp Flog Gnaw (Nov. 9 and 10) with H.E.R., Solange, Thundercat, FKA Twigs, Willow Smith, YG, Daniel Caesar, Da Baby, 21 Savage, Yasiin Bey, Earl Sweatshirt, Blood Orange and more at Dodger Stadium …
Multi-platinum singer-songwriter John Legend returns with “A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition” adding four new songs to the album produced last year by Raphael Saddiq including a reimagined politically correct version of the holiday classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Kelly Clarkson …
Alessia Cara, the Canadian singer-songwriter who won the 2018 Grammy Award for “Best New Artist” brings her talents to The Novo on Nov. 12; as Madonna’s “Madame X Tour” begins a three-night engagement at The Wiltern …
The Grammy Museum hosts a special screening of the documentary, “Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes” on Nov. 13, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Sophie Huber and producer Terrace Martin. Another conversation takes place at the Palace Theater as author Malcolm Gladwell talks to Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea about his new memoir, “Acid For The Children.”
FLASHBACK: “The Cotton Club Encore,” a restored original cut of the maligned 1984 film by director Francis Ford Coppola, is arriving on Blu-ray/DVD on Dec. 10. It adds about 25 minutes including many music and dance numbers featuring the late Gregory Hines, his brother Maurice Hines and Lonette McKee to the mix.
In the meantime, Coppola’s celebrated sequel, “The Godfather, Part II” starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, is marking its 45th anniversary by returning to theatres nationwide Nov. 10, 12 and 13 as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics Series via FathomEvents.com.
TC ON TV: Nov. 8 – “The Talk” (CBS): The talk show’s 2,000th episode is celebrated with a “Greatest Moments Countdown.” “Black Love” (OWN): The third season fall premiere features Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson, David & Julie Arnold and more discussing being “Married While Parenting.” “Great Performances” (PBS): The recent Broadway revival of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I” starring Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara is presented. “Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks” (TRU): Chris Redd from “Saturday Night Live” kicks off the third season premiere of this series bringing comic routines to life.
Nov. 10 – “The People’s Choice Awards” (E!): Pink will receive this year’s People’s Champion Award for her philanthropic work. “Uncensored” (TV1): Paula Patton
Nov. 11 – “Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America” (AMC): “The Bridge” essays how the record by Marley Marl and MC Shan, designed to foster community pride, ignites an epic rap battle. “Black Lightning” (CW): Robert Townsend (“The Five Heartbeats”) directed tonight’s episode. “Late Night” (NBC): Whoopi Goldberg, Doja Cat & Tyga and drummer Chris Johnson.
Nov. 12 – “Ambitions” (OWN): Producer Will Packer’s new multigenerational family saga with Robin Givens, Brian White, Kendrick Cross, Essence Atkins and Brely Evans returns from hiatus.
Nov. 14 – “Gray’s Anatomy” (ABC): The long-running Shonda Rhimes medical drama reaches its 350th episode directed by Debbie Allen.
TASTY QUIP: “When I first started stand-up, my comedy hero used to always approach me and say ‘Look, a smart classy comic doesn’t have to curse and be dirty.’ And I used to say, ‘OK, Mr. Cosby.” – ARSENIO HALL from his new Netflix special.
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