In Conversation With… “Gotta Kick It Up!” Screenwriter Nancy De Los Santos Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary

Can we celebrate Gotta Kick It Up! for a second week in a row? Sí se puede!

Last Wednesday (July 26), we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Disney Channel’s Gotta Kick It Up! and today we are doing the same. While last week was the official anniversary, this film is so significant that we are going to continue the celebration.

A film so nice, we’re celebrating it twice!

If you missed the first celebration, here’s the link to last week’s post about why I think it’s so important and the breakdown of what the cast is up to now. Since you’ve already heard from me, I thought it would be a good idea to hear from someone incredibly involved in the project ; its screenwriter, Nancy De Los Santos.

The dancing DCOM, starring the wonderful Camille Guaty and America Ferrera, was based on a true story, which Nancy helped bring to life. Nancy worked with Meghan Cole, whose story this film was based on, to bring these strong, independent, fierce, talented characters to the screen and we can’t thank both of them enough.

We also can’t thank Nancy enough for giving such an in-depth and honest interview about what Gotta Kick It Up! means to her, how it was made, its influence in both Hollywood and society as a whole, and what she hopes people take away from the film.

Keep reading to find out straight from the film’s screenwriter (via email), Nancy De Los Santos, just why Gotta Kick It Up!‘s 15th anniversary is such an powerful event to celebrate.

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New TV Movies From Your Favorite Channels: See The August 2017 Lineup!

🎶Oh, oh, the summerrrr niigghhtsss!🎶

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy, especially when you have FOUR brand new Hallmark Channel flicks coming your way! Yep, you read that right, four new movies are almost here.

While Grease might not be one of them, you’ll still be humming the tune to “Summer Nights” as you watch along with Hallmark’s August programming event of the same name.

This wondrous event marks the return of some of our favorite stars, as well as gives us a few new ones – from other series we all surely love. It also marks the sequel to last year’s hit Autumn in the Vineyard! So, put on a fun sundress, grab some softserve ice cream and check out this breakdown of all the August premieres, that Millennial Hallmarker has kindly put together for you, of course.

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Here’s What The Cast Of Disney Channel’s ‘Gotta Kick It Up!’ Is Up To Now, 15 Years Later (PHOTOS)

Sí se puede! Sí se puede! Sí se puede!

Happy 15th anniversary, Disney Channel’s Gotta Kick It Up! Let’s celebrate!

The 2002 DCOM was all about female empowerment, friendship, and, well, dancing! Airing on July 26, 2002, the TV movie is now officially 15 years old, but its importance hasn’t wavered a single bit.

Gotta Kick It Up! remains one of the most culturally-aware DCOMs, which is most definitely something worth celebrating. Based on a true story of an executive-turned-teacher who volunteers as the coach of Latina girls on a middle school dance team, the film really had it all.

Not only was the cast (hello, Camille Guaty and America Ferrera!) primarily Latina, which to this day rarely happens, but the characters they played were not merely stereotypical portrayals. There were many variations of the Latina woman, just as there are in everyday life. At the time, it was such a huge step forward for Disney Channel, and TV in general. But let’s be honest, if this movie were made today, it would still be considered a huge step forward.

Unfortunately, not much has changed in the world of Hollywood diversity in the last 15 years, which is why this film remains so important and its anniversary is something that should be greatly celebrated.

Gotta Kick It Up! gave its characters the chance to be shown to the world, but it also gave its actresses the chance to be shown to the world. It helped give these women the platform and the film credit needed to help kick-start their career in the right direction. And, girl, has it!

Keep reading to see what the talented Gotta Kick It Up! actresses are up to now, 15 years later.

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In Conversation With… “The Christmas Cure” Screenwriter Marcy Holland


There’s nothing better than getting to open up a present earlier than expected. That’s exactly what Hallmark Channel’s Christmas in July programming event feels like because we get to watch new Christmas films SIX MONTHS before the actualy holiday. It’s the cure to our Christmas withdrawals.

Speaking of cures, one of the doses of Christmas movie medicine we’re recieving is tonight’s (July 15) premiere of The Christmas Cure, written by the fabulous Marcy Holland and starring the talented Brooke Nevin and Steve Beyers.

To get the full scoop on this new Christmas film, Millennial Hallmarker caught up with Marcy (via email) to chat about writing holiday movies, working with Hallmark, and which of her TV movies she’d love to make a sequel to!

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New TV Movies From Your Favorite Channels: See The July 2017 Lineup!

Time to put up those Christmas lights! Listen, I know what you’re thinking, “But Millennial Hallmarker, it’s only July!” While that might be true, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little halfway-to-Christmas celebration, especially since Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is making it a whole lot easier for us with new Christmas-themed movies!

If Christmas films aren’t your favorite, no worries. PixL has your back with the premiere of its new rivals-to-lovers flick Bad Date Chronicleswhich sounds like the literal definition of a rom-com.

So you don’t miss out on a new movie that could easily become a favorite, Millennial Hallmarker has all the details on July’s TV movie premieres for you right here.

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In Conversation With… Disney Channel’s ‘Get A Clue’ Screenwriter Alana Sanko On Its 15th Anniversary

Get a Clue, would ya?! It’s the DCOM’s 15th anniversary!

Everyone knows Lindsay Lohan really kicked off her career as the adorable twins in 1998’s The Parent Trap, but it was Disney Channel’s Get a Clue that helped catapult her into the next, more grown-up phase of her career.

The ’02 DCOM, written by the talented Alana Sanko and directed by Maggie Greenwald, focused on a rich, fashionable student, Lexy (Lindsay Lohan), who works to solve the mystery of her missing teacher with the help of her best friend Jennifer (Brenda Song), her student paper rival Jack (Bug Hall), and his friend Gabe (Al Mukadam). The Disney Channel Original Movie is filled with gadgets, hi-jinks, high fashion, and hi-larity.

Get a Clue started a stream of movies for Lindsay, leading to the likes of Freaky FridayConfessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and Mean Girls. But it’s not just Lindsay that should be thankful for this film. We all should be.

It featured a great cast with fabulous chemistry. It was non-stop fun and one of the most interesting DCOMs. And, I mean, how cute were Lexy and rival-turned-bf Jack??

Most importantly, the characters were all bada** on a channel that doesn’t even allow that word.

That’s why today (June 28), the film’s 15th anniversary, is so important. And should be celebrated as such.

To commemorate the momentous occasion of Get a Clue‘s 15th anniversary, Millennial Hallmarker caught up with the film’s screenwriter (via email) Alana Sanko to find out more about the cast’s amazing chemistry, what it was like to write the hit DCOM, and her thoughts on a sequel!

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In Conversation With… Hallmark Channel’s ‘The Perfect Bride’ Screenwriter Rick Garman

From writing plays and travel guides to writing novels and TV movies, Rick Garman has truly traversed the world of the written word.

His work seems to have focused in on screenwriting for the time being, with his next TV movie, The Perfect Bride starring When Calls The Heart‘s Pascale Hutton and Kavan Smith, premiering this Saturday (June 10) on Hallmark Channel!

While it may feel like we’ve been waiting for this June Weddings movie for a while now (just because it looks *so* good), we haven’t been waiting nearly as long as Rick has for his movies to makes its way to our screens. Screenwriting has been a long way coming for him, but this is now his fourth movie and he shows no signs of stopping.

Having made his way to screenwriting later on in his life, it’s only fitting that Rick’s first movie was called Late Bloomer. In the end, it doesn’t matter how long it took for him to find his way here because we’re all just so glad that he did.

If he hadn’t, then we wouldn’t have the Taylor Cole/Michael Rady-starrer Christmas in Homestead, Italia Ricci and Madison Pettis‘ Late Bloomer, the almost-here The Perfect Bride, or all the TV movies to come!

Lucky for all of us Millennial Hallmarkers, Rick has not only given us the gift of these romantic and fun TV movies, but he also kindly agreed to an email interview, giving us a glimpse into our favorite world, that of the rom-com.

Keep reading to get all the intel on your favorite HEA-filled, Rick Garman-written  past and future films set to air on both Hallmark Channel and PixL (including this Saturday’s (June 10) Hallmark premiere of The Perfect Bride), what it takes to make it in the industry, and his thoughts on sequels!

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New TV Movies From Your Favorite Channels: See The June 2017 Lineup!

Romance is in the air! We’ve made it to June, which means we’ve made it to the Christmas halfway mark AKA the halfway mark to Christmas movie season. But that doesn’t mean we just have to sit around and pout in the meantime because we’ve got plenty of movies this month to put a smile on our faces! June is the month of weddings, after all, and it seems like Hallmark Channel knows all about that.

There’s not a June weekend without a TV wedding and that is definitely cause for celebration! But Hallmark isn’t the only one with new movie premieres, as PixL is ready to show off its new Shenae Grimes-Beech headlined flick.

So go on out and do some shopping for new formal wear because you’ve got a few weddings and premieres to attend this month. To keep your schedule in check, Millennial Hallmarker has all the details on June’s TV movie premieres for you right here.

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New TV Movies From Your Favorite Channels: See The May 2017 Lineup!

April showers bring May… TV moviesHm, that doesn’t sound like the correct saying, but either way, it’s true! If you thought you were gonna have to wait all the way until Hallmark’s June Weddings movie season for some new favorites, then Millennial Hallmarker has some good news – YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT!

We’ve got a few new romance flicks to fall in love with this month, airing on both PixL and Hallmark. So, grab the last of your hot cocoa or pour a fresh glass of wine, and keep reading to find out which soon-to-be classic movies featuring fan-favorite actors you’ll be snuggling up with in May!

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New TV Movies From Your Favorite Channels: See The March/April 2017 Lineup!

Spring is mere days away, bringing with it not only rain showers, but Hallmark Channel‘s Spring Fling movies! While the excitement of spring-cleaning our DVRs to make room for all the new flicks we’ll want to watch over and over again is real, we have a few more days of winter to get through. Don’t fret, though, as we have tonight’s premiere of Campfire Kiss to keep us warm in the meantime!

As we’re more than halfway through March and the only TV movie left on the schedule airs tonight, Millennial Hallmarker has combined the lineup with April.  Scroll down to see what great content will be coming out on Hallmark Channel during March and April (MH has all the info – straight from the source)!

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