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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 …

This Day in Pop Culture for April 11

Singin’ in the Rain Premieres

Singin’ in the Rain premiered in theaters on this day in 1952 and starred Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. The film’s namesake scene with Kelly dancing in a downpour took 2-3 days to film, the water caused his wool suit to shrink and he danced while suffering from 103°F fever. Reynolds was not a dancer prior to the filming, something that Kelly was not happy with. Fred Astaire happened by the set one day and offered to help her. She is quoted in saying that Singin’ and childbirth were two the hardest things she ever had to do in her life. For O’Connor, he had to be hospitalized after filming the “Make ‘em Laugh” sequence due to smoking four packs of cigarettes a day.


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