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Director Sean Anders Talks About How 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 …

75th Anniversary of Wizard of Oz: True or False

With relatively little fanfare, MGM’s iconic movie, “The Wizard of Oz” will be celebrating its 75th anniversary on August 25. The beloved movie’s themes, characters and music are so ingrained in our lives, that much of its history is known by many of its fans. Still, here are a handful of trivia facts that you may not know:

One member of the Lollypop Guild still lives.
TRUE: Jerry Maren who played a Munchkin, is alive and well at age 93 and living in a retirement home in Los Angeles. The last living female Munchkin was Ruth Robinson Duccini who passed away in January of this year. She was 95.

Dorothy wears ruby-colored slippers in both the novel and the 1939 movie.
FALSE: In L. Frank Baum’s 1900 “The Wonderful World of Oz,” Dorothy receives a set of silver shoes that had belonged to the wicked witch of the east and were used as her ticket back home to Kansas. Noel Langley, the movie’s screenwriter, changed the silver shoes to ruby slippers to take advantage of the film’s new Technicolor technology.

Judy Garland was always the first choice to play Dorothy Gayle

TRUE and FALSE: Director Victor Flemying originally wanted Shirley Temple to play the role of Miss Gayle, but Judy Garland was the first choice of producers Arthur Freed and Mervyn Leroy. However, studio big wigs were concerned that Garland was too old for the role who was 16 at the time.


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