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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 …

David Letterman to Return to TV

David Letterman to come back to TV
David Letterman in 2004 (Wikimedia Commons)

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As the original host of Late Night on NBC and The Late Show on CBS, David Letterman has announced that he will appear in a new, yet-to-be-named TV series for Netflix. However, don’t expect him to return to the late night desk anytime soon. Instead, he will appear in six hour-long episodes that combine two of his favorite interests: in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor. Netflix says that in each episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a singular guest - and will also explore topics on his own, away from the studio.

Said Letterman, “I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely.”

"Just meeting David Letterman was a thrill; imagine how exciting it is for me to announce that we will be working together," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “David Letterman is a true television icon, and I can’t wait to see him out in the wild, out from behind the desk and interviewing the people he finds most interesting. We’ll have to see if he keeps the beard.”

In 33 years on late-night television, David Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night and The Late Show and is the longest-running late-night broadcaster in American history. His new show is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2018.


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