Orlando — Actress Jenn Gotzon and her actor-producer husband, Jim E. Chandler, announced that their Christian rom-com “The Farmer and The Belle” will have a second installment following its success on Amazon.
“The Farmer and The Belle: Saving Santaland” was released on DVD in November 2020 and spent six weeks on Amazon under “Best Sellers in Romance” for new releases. The faith-based film stayed in the top 10 for six weeks. Part one featured Gotzon , Chandler (“Drop Dead Diva”), John Schneider (“The Dukes of Hazzard”) and others.
The husband-wife duo first announced the sequel of their hit movie while on a panel for marketing and distribution at the International Christian Film and Music Festival (ICFF) last month. Later, they shared a few more details regarding the film.
“After being, by God’s grace, a bestseller in romance on Amazon for six weeks, we saw the ministry hit, so we’re going to do a sequel, the ‘Farmer and the Belle 2,’” Gotzon told during a red carpet interview.
Chandler noted that the film is already in development.
Part one of “The Farmer and The Belle” was inspired by a true story that illustrates the beauty of embracing one’s identity in God and how that leads to the true pathway to love. The sequel will venture into how to have a fruitful marriage.
“It’s about having a fulfilling marriage based on psychological and biblical values,” Gotzon told.
The Christian romance film is targeting women ages 34 to 54 and up. According to prlog.org, the second installment follows “newlyweds, fashion model Belle (Gotzon) and the small-town farmer (Chandler) from the first movie.”
“The Farmer and the Belle” will be a Christmas movie that will “take place on a snowy ski mountain and a southern farm where the two discover that sometimes it takes a cow, a pig and a farmer’s daughter to find love and respect in marriage.”
The end credits will feature a surprise visitor, the Chandlers’ newborn son, baby James.
As 2020 saw the end of many marriages among nonbelievers and Christians alike, Gotzon said it’s important for couples to have three loves for each other when in a relationship.
“When we first started dating, this pastor, Pastor David, explained you have three loves from the Bible. Raya, Ahava and Dod. Raya is friendship. Ahava is that forever loyalty, and Dod is the passion which is ‘ooh la la,'” she explained.
The terms for love come from the Old Testament Scriptures and are primarily used in the Hebrew language. Each word expressed different types of love.
“When you have all three of those loves burning together under God’s flame, that’s the composition of what makes true love within a marriage,” Gotzon. “So that’s what we have to strive for in a marriage.”
Satanic song from Cyprus for Eurovision music competition: Believers in protest
Several dozen Orthodox Christian faithful and clergy members held up wooden crucifixes, icons of saints and a banner declaring Cyprus’ love for Christ in a renewed protest Wednesday over the island nation’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, which they contend promotes Satan worship.
The protest, held opposite the gates of the offices of state broadcaster RIK, was the second against the song “El Diablo” staged by Christians who argue the number has no place as the national song of Cyprus in the contest because of what they say is its brazen invitation to embrace the devil.
Both RIK and singer Elena Tsagrinou, who represents Cyprus in the contest underway this week in the Netherlands, say critics have misinterpreted the lyrics of “El Diablo” and that it’s actually about an abusive relationship between two lovers.
The song passed its first competition hurdle during a Tuesday semifinal and made it into the contest’s final round, set for Saturday in Rotterdam.
The people protesting Wednesday saw that as no cause for celebration, insisting that “El Diablo” is an affront to Cypriots’ Orthodox faith.
“This song doesn’t represent Cyprus. It doesn’t honor it. It insults Cyprus, it desecrates Cyprus and is dangerous, my good Orthodox Christians,” an unnamed clergyman said into a microphone while addressing the demonstrators. “It’s dangerous to our children, to our families. There is no chance that the devil can do any good to anyone.”
The Cypriot government has said that while dissent is respected, freedom of expression cannot be quashed.
The powerful Orthodox Church of Cyprus called for the withdrawal of the song in March, saying it mocked the Mediterranean island nation’s moral foundations by advocating “our surrender to the devil and promoting his worship.”
The Church’s highest decision-making body, the Holy Synod, urged the state broadcaster to replace it with one that “expresses our history, culture, traditions and our claims.”
Police also charged a man with uttering threats and causing a disturbance when he barged onto the grounds of the public broadcaster to protest what he condemned as a “blasphemous” song.
Tsagrinou played down the controversy. She said “El Diablo,” which she performs flanked by four dancers in skin-tight red costumes, is about an abusive relationship and has nothing to do with devil worship.
She said dealing with COVID-19 restrictions was tough while preparing for the contest, “but that’s not going to keep us back, and we’re going to feel the vibe that we want to feel and the smile on our face.”
Ellen DeGeneres to end talk show after 19 years
Ellen DeGeneres, one of America’s best-known talk show hosts, said on Wednesday she will end her daytime show in 2022, saying that after 19 years it was time to do something different.
DeGeneres, 63, told her virtual audience that the show had been “the greatest experience of my life” and thanked her fans for watching. But she said she needed “to take a break from talking.”
“My instinct told me it’s time. As a comedian, I’ve always understood the importance of timing,” she said.
“Recently, I had a dream that a bird, a beautiful bird with bright red feathers, came to my window and whispered, ‘You can still do stuff on Netflix.’ And that was the sign I was looking for,” she quipped.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” produced by AT&T Inc’s (T.N) Warner Bros and syndicated to TV stations, has won more than 60 Emmy awards.
But audiences have fallen in the past six months following an internal inquiry into media reports of a toxic work environment behind the scenes. Three top producers exited the production in 2020, and DeGeneres apologized, promising “a new chapter.”
She told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that public attacks during that time “destroyed me” but did not influence her decision to end the show. That choice, she said, was made when she extended her contract for three years in 2019.
DeGeneres started her career in stand-up comedy in her New Orleans hometown before moving to television, starring in the comedy “Ellen” in the mid-1990s.
In 1997, both she and her TV character came out as a lesbian long before gay people were accepted in mainstream America. “Ellen” was canceled a year later, but DeGeneres returned to television in 2003 with her daytime show.
An advocate for animals, gay rights and anti-bullying campaigns, DeGeneres became known for promoting kindness and compassion on her light-hearted show.
DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter that her future plans are uncertain. She said she is open to movie roles and wants to be more involved in environmental conservation efforts.
In addition to her talk show, the comedian voiced the forgetful Pacific blue tang fish in the animated movies “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory,” and twice hosted the annual Oscars ceremony.
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