Faith, Media & Culture

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

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My talk show. As I previously mentioned, I spent last week hanging out in Hollywood where I attended the red carpet premiere of Moms’ Night Out, the new Erwin Brothers’ faith and family-friendly comedy about the challenges and importance of motherhood that is perfectly timed to open wide in theaters this Mother’s Day weekend.

Yesterday, I posted my conversation with Patricia Heaton about about her role as a mother and pastor’s wife in the film (which, BTW, I’ll review tomorrow). Today, I chat (on video no less!) with the rest of the cast, including Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy) and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, Rudy) who play the parents at the center of the chaos.

I also had the opportunity to chat with the Courageous trio of Alex Kendrick, Robert Amaya and Kevin Downes who reunited for this film. Downes, BTW, is also one of the producers of Moms’ Night Out — along with Jon and Andy Erwin, Patricia Heaton and her husband David Hunt (who plays a cabbie in the movie) and Pure Flix mogul David A.R. White (God’s Not Dead).

Abbie Cobb (left, of ABC’s Suburgatory), Sammi Hanratti (middle, of the online series Ch:os:en seen via Crackle) and Andrea Logan White (right, of Pure Flix’s Revelation Road movies), round out the female members of the cast. White, who plays Amaya’s newly-pregnant wife in the film, is in real-life married to David A.R. White.

And, as a bonus, here are directors Jon and Andy Erwin who say they chose the project as a change of pace from their sleeper hit October Baby (which dealt with the serious theme of abortion survivors) and as a sort of bow of appreciation to their wives (and mother of their children).  I should note that Jon co-wrote the script for Moms’ Night Out with Andrea Gyertson Nasfell (UP TV’s Silver Bells and Christmas Angel).

Tomorrow: My review of Moms’ Night Out.

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


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