Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for March 21

'God's Not Dead' was released on March 21, 2014

‘God’s Not Dead’ Movie is Released

It was on this day in 2014 that a “little” faith-based film by Pure Flix Entertainment came arrived in theaters and surprised many by becoming a huge hit. Based on the book God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty by Rice Brooks, God's Not Dead was directed by Harold Cronk and starred Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A. R. White and Dean Cain. The film had a $2 million budget but raked in over $62 million. Though many critics gave the film unfavorable reviews, the film proved to resonate with many others. The film won a GMA Dove Award for “Inspirational Film of the Year.” A sequel was released on April 1, 2016.


Fictional JR Ewing of "Dallas" was shot on March 21, 1980.

March 21, 1980

It was the shot heard around the world: J. R. Ewing, the lead character of the CBS evening soap opera, Dallas, was shot on this day in 1980 leaving viewers to wrestle their thoughts on who the culprit might be for eight months when the show returned in November. The phrase “Who Shot J. R.” became a popular slogan for t-shirts and the like. (If you were a fan of the show, you know that it was Kristin Shepherd, J. R.’s mistress, who did the deed.) Dallas ran for twelve and a half seasons in its original run and returned to TV with some of the original cast in 2012. Unfortunately, Larry Hagman, the actor who played the iconic role died that same year. The show continues to run on TNT.