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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 …

The Rise and Fall of the 4th of July Box Office

2014's 4th of July weekend movies compared to other years.
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is a
4th of July box office success story. (Universal)
It is a firmly held belief that Steven Spielberg’s Jaws was the beginning of the summer movie blockbuster trend. Before 1975, movies were not considered a big draw during the summer months. That all changed on June 20TH of that year when Jaws was released. Over the years, the benchmark to reach for big ticket sales was over the 4TH of July weekend. For a while, it even appeared that in order to have a successful blockbuster opening on the 4th, you would need Will Smith to have a starring role. He has appeared in five of the biggest summer hits.

Reports from all over are suggesting that this last weekend’s sales were down 40% from last year. Some are blaming the lower numbers on the weather, however, beautiful weather has not kept moviegoers from seeing such hits as Independence Day  or Spider-Man in years past. Even some of Hollywood’s worst bombs did fairly well on 4th of July weekend.

This year, the “winner” was the 4th installment of the Transformers series and its second week in for “Age of Extinction ($55 million) followed by “Tammy” ($32 million), 22 Jump Street and Deliver Us from Evil (both about $14 million). Those numbers don’t sound that bad until you compare them to the top 12 of previous years:


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