Director Sean Anders Talks About How Own ‘Instant Family’

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 …

Warner Bros. Releases Exclusive Trailer Today

Warner Bros. released a new teaser trailer for "Hillsong - Let Hope Rise" on July 1, 2014.
It was announced today that Warner Bros. will release “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise,” a documentary by Alcon Entertainment next spring. Considered an “up close and personal journey with the world’s most successful worship band,” the film is currently being filmed on five continents while the band is completing its current tour and preparing their next album.

The full-length documentary is being directed by Michael John Warren (Jay-Z’s “Fade to Black”) and explores the success of the Australia-based Christian worship band Hillsong UNITED as they grew from a small youth group band to “worldwide sensation.” Hillsong UNITED has sold more than 16 million albums and routinely perform for sold-out stadium concerts. Led by Joel Houston, son of Hillsong Church founders Brian and Bobbie Houston, all of Hillsong UNITED’s 11-member band are volunteers or employees of the church. Their songs are so popular is it estimated that on any given Sunday, more than 30 million churchgoers around the world are singing one of Hillsong’s worship songs.

In a joint statement, Alcon principals Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said, “In terms of reach, Hillsong UNITED is one of the biggest bands out there, Christian or otherwise. But at their core, they’re just a group of unassuming individuals impacting the world with their music. We’re thrilled to be part of bringing their extraordinary story to the big screen.”

“With songs like Mighty to Save, Oceans, Hosanna and From the Inside Out, anyone who regularly attends a church knows Hillsong’s music by heart. That’s how influential they’ve become,” Bock said. “And yet despite the fame and adulation, they’re still just a simple worship band trying to do what tens of thousands of other worship bands try to do every week -- glorify God through their music. How they balance that is a fascinating and surprising story.”

“It’s a little weird and a lot humbling to have a movie made about us,” Joel Houston said. “But we didn’t say ‘yes’ to this to draw attention to ourselves. It’s our hope that by sharing an up-close and unvarnished look inside our music and lives, we can shatter pre-conceived notions of what it means to follow Jesus in today’s modern world.”

“Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” will be released to theaters on April 3, 2015. Below is an exclusive teaser trailer for the film.

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