Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith, media & culture: 03/17/21

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Fox Nation has picked up the first season of The Chosen. An international hit, the episodic/serialized retelling of the life of Christ (think Lost meets found) is part of Fox Nation’s curated selection of faith-based programming in honor of the upcoming Easter holiday. The streaming service’s programming leading up to the holy day will feature a mix of original and licensed content that celebrates the origins of Christianity. Along with The Chosen, the slate includes exclusive specials hosted by Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt, Fox News’ chief religion correspondent Lauren Green, America’s Newsroom anchor Bill Hemmer and Fox News @ Night host Shannon Bream. Additionally, each day of March will debut a new edition of Pastor Robert J. Morgan‘s 100 Bible Verses That Made America examining notable points in history where prayer was a guiding force in moving our country forward. Details about the Fox Nation offerings are below.

  • 40 Days & 40 Nights: A Lenten Journey: Each day of Lent, Fox & Friends’ Ainsley Earhardt and Fox News chief religion correspondent Lauren Green will share a special story or passage devoted to the spiritual practices that help Christians focus on the importance of the Lenten season, culminating in the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. (Currently available)
  • Defining Moments: The iconic late evangelist Billy Graham highlights stories of hope and life’s defining moments that changed the lives of illusionist Jim Munroe, NFL player David Tyree and musician Lacey Sturm. (Available on Tuesday, March 9th)
  • The Passion of the Christ: An Academy Award-nominated feature motion picture, The Passion of the Christ (2004) follows the final 12 hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s life. (Available on Friday, March 12th)
  • The Passion of the Christ: The Controversy: Narrated by Bill Hemmer, the special provides a behind-the-scenes look at actor Mel Gibson’s controversial interpretation of the last hours of Jesus’ life. (Available on Friday, March 12th)
  • Charlton Heston Presents The Bible: In the first of Heston’s acclaimed four-part series, the late actor details some of the most renowned stories of the Bible. (Available on Monday, March 15th)
  • Ainsley’s Bible Study: Concert for Christ: Ainsley Earhardt is joined by Christian music stars MercyMe, Ryan Stevenson, Danny Gokey and Colton Dixon to celebrate the holy Easter season. (Available on Friday, March 19th)
  • People of the Passion: Ainsley Earhardt and guest Daniel Darling seek to renew faith in the Easter story by providing an in-depth look at the characters involved while delivering an uplifting holiday message. (Available on Tuesday, March 23rd)
  • Canvas Cathedral: Billy Graham’s Crisis of Faith: Will Graham goes investigates his famous grandfather’s life-changing crisis of faith. (Available on Thursday, March 25th)
  • The Chosen: A charismatic fisherman struggling with debt.  A troubled woman wrestling with demons.  A gifted accountant ostracized from his family and people. In this ground-breaking first season of The Chosen, Jesus reaches each of these people and others as He works His first miracles and embarks on His ministry to change the world. (Available on Friday, March 26th)
  • Women of the Bible Speak: Based on the new book authored by anchor Shannon Bream and published by Fox News Books, the five-part series brings to life the stories of biblical women who offer a lot of eternal wisdom worth remembering today. Special guests featured throughout the five-episode series include MLK niece and Fox Nation host Dr. Alveda King, actress Kristy Swanson, Duck Dynasty’s Missy Robertson, musician Sara Evans and author/actress/television Kathie Lee Gifford. (Available on Monday, March 29th)

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The controversial Supreme Court case known as Roe v. Wade is now an equally controversial film dropping via streaming platforms on April 2. The film, from writer-director Nick Loeb (who also stars), tells the mostly unknown story of the factors that played into the 1973 ruling the legalized abortion throughout America. Besides Loeb, as abortion proponent-turned-abortion abolitionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the all-star cast includes Jon Voight as Chief Justice Warren Burger, John Schneider as Justice Byron White, Steve Guttenberg as Justice Lewis Powell, Robert Davi as Justice William Brennan and Corbin Bernsen as Justice Harry Blackmun. The film also stars Stacey Dash, Jamie Kennedy, Joey Lawrence and Tom Guiry. I’ll have more about the movie as the release date approaches. For now, check out the trailer below.

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On a far lighter cinematic note, the uplifting Ireland-set rom-com Finding You, appropriately enough, debuted its trailer this St. Patrick’s Day. The PG-rated film, set to hit theaters on May 14, follows the story of Finley (Rose Reid), an accomplished young American musician studying abroad in Ireland who meets Beckett (Jedidiah Goodacre), a heartthrob movie star shooting his latest medieval fantasy blockbuster. Naturally, sparks fly between the unlikely couple who inspire each other to find the strength to be true to themselves. But when forces surrounding Beckett’s stardom threaten to crush their dreams, Finley must decide what she is willing to risk for love. Based on the book “There You’ll Find Me” by Jenny B. Jones, the movie also features Katherine McNamara, Patrick Bergin, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, with Tom Everett Scott, and Vanessa Redgrave. I expect to have more on this film too as its release date nears. Meanwhile, check out its charming teaser.

 

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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