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This story first appeared in the May 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Hollywood's religious revival of 2014 is being put to a key test: Can a faith-based film pack in big audiences if it's a comedy? The recent success of religion-themed dramas God's Not Dead, Heaven Is for Real and Son of God has awakened many traditional film executives to the power of the Christian audience. Now, with Moms' Night Out, which stars Patricia Heaton and is being released May 9 on about 1,000 domestic screens, that audience is being asked to support a lighter
- Paul Bond
Movies about mothers, whether they are single or married, have been coming out in droves lately. It was only a few months ago that we saw Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club and now, just in time for Mother’s Day, we have the comedy Moms’ Night Out.
The film follows Allyson (Sarah Drew), who has just endured another energy draining week of caring for her children while her husband Sean (Sean Astin) is out of town yet again. In desperate need of a break, Allyson invites her two best friends, Izzy (Andrea Logan White) and the pastor’s wife Sondra (Patricia Heaton), to spend an evening with her where they can relax and let their hair down. What begins as a fun night out soon turns into a chaotic evening which involves a boatload of misunderstandings that will have moms and dads chasing after each other as they »
- Ben Kenber
There’s nothing wrong with “Moms’ Night Out” that couldn’t be fixed by a massive rewrite, preferably one that involves a lobotomy for the main character. Capturing the chaos that ensues when three overworked mothers decide to take a breather, this dismally unfunny comedy features barely a single instance of what most adults would recognize as human behavior — a curious failure for a movie aiming to resonate with all the frazzled mothers and fathers in the audience. Basically a shrill feature-length sitcom for the faith-based family-values crowd, if nowhere near as good as that sounds, Sony/TriStar’s Mother’s Day-timed release could get some mileage out of its high-profile Christian backers (namely co-star Patricia Heaton) but won’t exactly follow in the blessed B.O. footsteps of “Heaven Is for Real” and “God’s Not Dead.”
- Justin Chang
It was a family affair at “Mom’s Night Out” starring Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins, Sarah Drew and Sean Astin. Cast and crew, along with kids and spouses, were all smiles on the red carpet Tuesday night the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as they arrived for the premiere of the family friendly film that “celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting.” Much in the vein of “Mr. Mom” and “Daddy Daycare,” the premise of the film leaves the dads in charge while the moms have a night of fun and, of course, chaos ensues. The film, from the directing team of Jon and Andrew Erwin, has been generating good buzz. It opens on May 9 during the prime Mother’s Day weekend. Tri-Star is banking on a strong family turn-out to edge out the stiff competition of Universal’s “Neighbors” starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and Clarius Entertainment’s animated sequel, »
Directors Andrew and Jon Erwin took the time to gush on wives and mothers everywhere Tuesday night at the “Mom’s Night Out” premiere at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.
“Life’s a mess, but it’s a beautiful mess and you’re loved just for who you are, you’re beautiful just for who you are, and that’s the message of the movie,” said Jon.
Andrew says the movie will be a breath of fresh air.
“For me, I have to believe a story before I can tell it, and when I read it, there was just an unexpected heart and depth,” he said.
The TriStar Pictures film follows Sarah Drew, Patricia Heaton and Andrea Logan White as mothers who have almost reached the point of insanity from the amount of stress they are under. The three embark on a mom’s night out, while their husbands watch their »
- Nikara Johns
As the start of the Summer movie season, the month of May is typically loaded with major franchise fare*both established and aspiring ones. This year is no different, though each of the would-be blockbusters comes with a few question marks.The current May record was set in 2013, when the month racked up $1.14 billion in total box office. Without an Iron Man 3, it's hard to imagine that May 2014 gets quite that high. Still, there's enough appealing content to ensure that the first month of Summer tops $1 billion.For another look at the Summer movie season, be sure to check out our early predictions here.May 2For the eighth year in a row, May kicks off with a Marvel superhero movie. This year, it's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is the sequel to 2012 franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man. That movie earned $262 million at the domestic box office, which was a »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In the newest clip from Moms’ Night Out, watch as a bedraggled Allyson (Sarah Drew) attempts to undo the “help” she received from her young daughter on Mother’s Day.
Check out the trailer.
Moms’ Night Out is the endearing true-to-life family comedy that celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting.
All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong?
Starring Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, Rudy, Goonies), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle), and country music star Trace Adkins (The Lincoln Lawyer), the film will be in theaters everywhere May 9th, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Official Website: http://www. »
- Michelle McCue
Get a first look at Moms' Night Out, the endearing true-to-life family comedy that celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting, by checking out the official trailer. All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation...A long-needed moms' night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours-what could go wrong? In addition to the trailer, we have the poster and three photos from this comedy, starring Sarah Drew, Trace Adkins, Sean Astin and Patricia Heaton, in theaters just in time for Mother's Day on May 9.
Moms' Night Out comes to theaters May 9th, 2014 and stars Sarah Drew, Trace Adkins, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Sammi Hanratty, Harry Shum Jr., Abbie Cobb, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes. The film is directed by Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin. »
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This Mother’s Day, theaters everywhere will be hoping to tap into the associated demographic with Mom’s Night Out. The trailer may look like something out of the ’80s, and the look you get at Trace Adkins might not be the most favorable, but there are hints in this trailer that it might actually be something many will fall in love with.
I’m going to chalk up the odd appearance to misguided marketing, because there are several hints involved that make me really wonder. Before you even watch the trailer, just the fact that Sean Astin and Patricia Heaton are in it should be worth a little bit of leeway. They aren’t exactly people signing up for any crazy movie that comes their way. You might not love them, but they don’t show up in too many terrible efforts.
Beyond that, there are a couple of »
- Marc Eastman
Sandra Fluke has announced plans to run for California State Senate opting not to battle for the Congressional seat of Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-ca 33rd District) after he retires this year.
Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to #runsandrarun! I've announced my candidacy for #CA State Senate http://t.co/B71Lvj1Mkg
— Sandra Fluke (@SandraFluke) February 5, 2014
Fluke, a women’s rights activist and attorney, announced her decision Tuesday, Feb. 4 after having filed papers suggesting she would run for Rep. Waxman’s seat. She will instead run for California Legislature in the 26th District.
““I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering running for office. My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families. I am committed to continuing that fight in Sacramento, »
In the episode, airing tonight, the Key & Peele star plays a charismatic preacher who’s visiting the Heck’s family church. And though we’re used to seeing the actor bring the laughs, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) is anything but smiling when his character sits her and Mike down for a little one-on-one time. Watch it below:
The Middle airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Et on ABC. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
The hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” will be recognized by the Nab Broadcasting Hall of Fame as the 2014 television inductee.
The CBS series will be honored at the Television Luncheon on April 7 in Las Vegas, and cast members Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Brad Garrett and Monica Horan as well as the show’s creator, Phil Rosenthal, are expected to attend the induction ceremony.
“‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ is a great example of high quality broadcast programming that provides family entertainment, resonates with audiences of all ages, and above all, makes us laugh,” Nab president and CEO Gordon Smith said in a statement. “I look forward to meeting the cast members and writers and recognizing the show’s amazing success at this year’s Nab Show.”
- Andrea Seikaly
Everybody Loves Raymond will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Broadcasting Hall of Fame on April 7 at the Nab Show in Las Vegas. Castmembers expected to attend include Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Brad Garrett and Monica Horan, along with the show's creator, Phil Rosenthal, and several of the show's principal writers. "Everybody Loves Raymond is a great example of high quality broadcast programming that provides family entertainment, resonates with audiences of all ages, and above all, makes us laugh," said Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the Nab. "I look forward to meeting the
- Carolyn Giardina
If the smart-mouthed young comedians or the hot, twenty-something actors can’t goose the ratings, maybe its time to turn to TV’s elders! NBC is calling upon Bill Cosby to develop a family comedy that addresses parenting and marriage.
Deadline reports that Cosby, who headlined The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992 for NBC, will team with his old producing partner Tom Werner to create a multi-generational sitcom. It will be developed around the 76-year-old TV star, who also starred in Cosby for CBS from 1996 to 2000.
Werner and his old producing partner Marcy Carsey was responsible for some of the most successful TV comedies, »
- Lynette Rice
The show's fifth season will arrive on Comedy Central on Tuesday, January 21 in a 9pm slot.
Previously, the show aired on Sky1 in the UK, sitting alongside Modern Family as part of its Comedy Fridays schedule.
Season five launches with an episode based around Axl heading off to college, with his whole family joining him to help him settle in his new dorm.
The comedy celebrated its 100th episode last year in the Us.
Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »
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