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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 …

ABC Pulls 'Of Kings and Prophets' from Fall Schedule

"Of Kings and Prophets" has been postponed
"Of Kings and Prophets" (ABC)
Hopefully this is a good thing. With Hollywood's latest obsession with the Bible and biblical themes, ABC had announced that the network would be adding the drama, Of Kings and Prophets, to the 2015 fall schedule. The program has been described by the network as “an epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.” In other words, it show about King Samuel, Saul, David, Jonathan. On paper, this sound like a really cool idea but what the creators have come up with so far isn't.

Deadline reported today that ABC has decided to pull the show off the fall schedule in favor of turning it into a mid-season replacement. The reason given is that the show is undergoing cast changes. However, the show received mixed reactions at the ABC upfront earlier this year as it was a late addition and the pilot for the series had not been completed before then. The promotional video for the show exposes a lot of problems with show's biblical accuracy. (See below)



Of Kings and Prophets is being produced by Jeffrey Nachmanoff known for his work with Traitor (2008), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and The Tourist (2010). The writers behind the show, Bill Collage and Adam Cooper, are known for their treatment of the Moses story in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014). If you saw the Christian Bale movie, you know how they took great liberty in “improving” the Bible story. Here, they plan to do the same. One can only hope that the pair go back to the original source for their inspiration.

As of now, Of Kings and Prophets stars Ray Winstone as King Saul, Haaz Sleiman as Jonathan, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Michal, Oliver Rix as David, Simone Kessell as Ahinoam, James Floyd as Ish-Boseth, Mohammad Bakri as Samuel and Tomer Kapon as Joab, but cast changes are coming to the show.


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