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Director Sean Anders Talks About His Own ‘Instant Family’

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Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne’s comedy/drama film, Instant Family appears to be an instant hit with both critics and audiences alike. Sure, not everyone is a fan, but I suspect that people don’t actually have kids themselves. Those that do, appreciate all of the chaos and (at times) the corniness that is a part of family life. In the movie, Wahlberg and Byrne play a couple who want to start a family, but sort of feel that they are a bit old to be just starting and find themselves looking into foster care adoption and end up adopting a teen girl and her two younger siblings. Unrealistic you say? Try telling that to Sean Anders who co-wrote the script and directed the movie. He lived it. Well, mostly.

I met Anders last week to talk about Instant Family just before the film opened and my biggest question for him was how much of this film was actually based on real life. “A lot of it,” he said and then went on telling me a story about how his family came to be.

“First of all, my …

How to Save $$$ on Movie Tickets this Summer

Save money on summer movie tickets.
One of the best things about summer is the arrival of big blockbuster movies and family films, especially when the heat becomes unbearable. Unfortunately, ticket prices continue to climb each year. Lucky for you, I have a few tips on how to save a few bucks at the box office:

FREE Movies - Buy Kellogg’s Cereal, See Movies for Free
Kellogg’s is offering free movie tickets and “concession cash” in thanks for buying their cereals. The promotion began with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so look for boxes with Spidey on the front. Special codes are printed in each box. Just go to KelloggsFamilyRewards.com to enter your codes. Three codes will get you a $5 voucher good for concession stand goodies at your local theater. Six codes will get you a free movie ticket (up to $12). Both can be used for any movie, not just Spiderman and don’t expire until the end of the year. Oh, and there is no limit on how many codes you can turn in.

.50 cents-$1 Movies: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse 
Tickets are just $1 each of  .50 cents if you buy tickets in advance for all ten Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse tickets. All shows play on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. at Cinemark movie theaters. Titles include: The Croods, Turbo, Smurfs 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Walking with Dinosaurs, The Lego Movie, Rio 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Zookeeper

$1 Movies: Summer Movie Express
Regal Theaters are offering their “Summer Movie Express” on Tuesdays and Wednesdays all summer long. See a great family-friendly movie for just $1 and proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Movies begin at 10:00 a.m. and include: Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Pirates: Band of MisfitsWeek, Arthur Christmas, Despicable Me 2, The Lego Movie, Free Birds, The Adventures of Tintin, Rise of the Guardians, Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar 3, The Croods, Epic, Turbo, Walking with Dinosaurs, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Rio 2.

$3 Movies: AMC Shows for Support
Beginning June 23, AMC Theaters will be offering Shows for Support – movies for just $3 Mondays-Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. All proceeds go to good causes in your area. Titles include: Anchorman 2, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Non-Stop, Robocop, 300: Rise of an Empire, Pompeii,Need for Speed and Ride Along.

Save with DealFlicks
DealFlicks.com can you save you up to 60% off your next movie ticket and other discounts on concessions. You can purchase the tickets for the date and time that you want like other movie ticket sites. The trick is finding a movie theater in your area that does business with DealFlicks. However, it is worth your time to check out the website to see which theaters participate. If your favorite theater isn’t a member yet, you can request it.

Don’t Forget Your Entertainment Book
By now, you have forgotten that you purchased an Entertainment coupon book, but you should try to find it. Depending on where you live, you’ll find inside, $2 off coupons for movies playing at Regal Cinemas and probably others as well.

Don’t Forget About Matinee Showings
Some theaters still offer discounts for movies playing during the day time including the weekends. If you are not picky on when you see a film, this is a good way to save a few bucks for the same experience.

Don’t Forget About Outdoor Movies
Many communities offer free outdoor movies for free in local parks. These are really easy – just pack up a blanket and go!


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