'November Christmas': Sam Elliott, Karen Allen in Hallmark heartwarmer
You'll need them -- and more than once -- for "November Christmas," a truly moving, superbly cast new
"It felt like it might work," Ellliott says of the film, based on a Greg Coppa short story and filmed by director Robert Harmon in Nova Scotia (where he also makes
"This picture touched me. I had some friends who lost a kid who would have been about the age of our kid in the movie. The father is deceased now; he was a fireman, and he was someone I got very close to. I knew what that loss meant to him over the long haul. He was not verbal about it at all, but whenever it came up, it was really evident that he never got over it. The loss of a child is just not supposed to happen."
"November Christmas" struck a similar chord with actress Allen, and her leading men also proved to be big lures. "I've just adored Sam Elliott as an actor," she says, "and I find him really lovely. The same goes for John Corbett. They were already committed to the project, so that was an immediate thing that made me think, 'Ooh, I should read this script.'
"I thought it was a really beautiful story, then I had a talk with Robert Harmon, who seemed like the kind of director I would love to work with. It turned out to be true. He's a real actor's director, and from the moment we arrived, we worked on this to make it as rich and complex as possible. And Sarah Paulson and I became fast friends, so it was just a terrific experience."
Long married to actress
"I created this design studio and store to get myself through the period when my son was in junior high and high school," Allen explains. "I felt it was important to find something creative that I could really get involved in. Now my son is living in