Reba McEntire to star in and produce two upcoming Lifetime movies

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Reba McEntire. [Photo provided]

Country Music Hall of Famer, Golden Globe-nominated actress and Oklahoma native Reba McEntire — and her familiar powerhouse voice — is joining Lifetime’s 2021 original holiday movie slate as the star of “Christmas in Tune,” according to TheWrap.

The Christmas telefilm is the first project in a two-picture deal that the multi-hyphenate recently signed with Lifetime to star in and produce films for the cable network.

“Christmas In Tune” will be a tentpole installment in Lifetime’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” holiday lineup. The telefilm will focus on Belle, a young marketing executive who is in danger of losing her job. Desperate for ideas, Belle decides to reunite a famous singing duo for a charity Christmas concert. There’s only one problem: The singers are Belle’s parents, and they haven’t even spoken to each other in years. Soon the at-odds couple is helping Belle get her life in order — and, naturally, she begins her own romantic duet with the new man in her life.

“Christmas in Tune” is written by Juliet Giglio and Keith Giglio. The film is produced by Hartbreak Films with Paula Hart and McEntire serving as executive producers. Filming is set for this spring.

The second movie in Reba’s two-picture deal with Lifetime won’t be a yuletide title. It is reportedly in development for 2022.

Reba McEntire has released the song “Somehow You Do,” from the upcoming film “Four Good Days.” [Cover art provided]

In addition, McEntire is sharing her new music in two years with the release of the original song “Somehow You Do.” 

Written by Diane Warren for the feature film “Four Good Days,” it marks the third time Reba has collaborated with the award-winning songwriter, following the success of “What If” in 1997 and “I’ll Be” in 2000. The song also reunites Reba with longtime producer Tony Brown.

“‘Somehow You Do’ is a song about hope, about how even through the times that are so hard and moments in your life that are so devastating, that somehow you will get through them and get to the other side,” Warren said in a statement. “It is a song about strength of the human spirit and no voice can convey that as much as Reba McEntire. She makes you feel with every note that you might think you can’t get through it, but somehow you will, and somehow you do.”

“Somehow You Do” is the featured track in the new movie “Four Good Days,” which opens in select theaters on April 30. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia, “Four Good Days,” which stars Glenn Close and Mila Kunis, had its worldwide premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

“It’s an honor to get to sing a Diane Warren song anytime, but then to be associated with talented actors in a movie like Glenn and Mila is just icing on the cake,” Reba said in a statement. “Add in Jon Avnet directing the video and it just doesn’t get much better!”

Released today, the music video features the flame-haired songstress singing among a picturesque Southern Californian backdrop. It was directed by the “Fried Green Tomatoes” filmmaker.

“Reba’s interpretation of Diane Warren’s song was so nuanced and moving,” Avnet said in a statement. “When I was asked if I would direct the filming of it, I jumped at the opportunity. I hoped to use the film to interpret both the song and the movie ‘Four Good Days.’ It was worth every minute in the desert working with Reba. She’s a pro’s pro and fun to boot!  And of course, this is my second go around with Diane Warren. The first was ‘Because You Loved Me,’ that Celine Dion sung for my film ‘Up Close and Personal.’ That one worked out well and I think ‘Somehow You Do’ should as well.”

-BAM

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