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 …

Funko Opens First Shop Underneath Headquarters

Funko headquarters in Everett, Washington
Funko Headquarters on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
Funko fans waited in line for hours to become the first to experience the new flagship store this past weekend. The shop, housed under the company's main offices in Everett, Washington, is decked out with large versions of the company's famed figurines based on movie, TV and even sugar cereal characters. Funko handed out tickets throughout the day to those waiting to  experience the pop culture fun house, but not everyone was lucky enough to get in.

Stan Lee and Captain America at Funco.
"Stan Lee" is selling comic books
among the "best of" books about Funko.
Looking more like a museum or a destination attraction than a store, some fans have described the shop to be similar to Disneyland or Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. One thing is for sure, it is not just another retail shop. Funko is a world of worlds stuffed full of figurines, t-shirts, coffee mugs, pencils, books and assorted other gift shop-type items all featuring Funko's unique spin on famed properties. The t-shirts in particular are amusing as they show characters in humorous poses such as Wonder Woman jumping rope with her lasso, R2D2 falling in love with a garbage can and Chewbacca using a hairdryer.

In one corner of the store, you'll find a life-sized Batmobile driven by an Adam West look-alike. Guests can cuddle up to the caped crusade for a photo opp while Batgirl and Robin look on. Another section of the store features a giant Godzilla wrecking havoc and destroying a train full of Huckleberry Hound figures.

In the far corner where lots of Marvel comic characters hang out (including Iron-Man and The Hulk busting through a a brick wall) you'll find a Stan Lee lookalike selling comic books and coffee table books about the different Funko products that have been sold over the years.

The Funko version of the Disney princesses
The princesses of Disney welcome you.
In front of a castle, three Disney princesses welcome you to the other side while Maleficent from Disney's Sleeping Beauty tells you to go back. In another corner you mike hear Darth Vader before actually seeing him. While he sounds the same, his new form is less than intimidating and some might even consider cute.

One feature that isn't available yet at the headquarters is the "Build Your Own Pop" figurine section where guests will be able to create their own Funko character from scratch.

You'll find many types of movie or TV references at Funko including the women from the TV series, Golden Girls, animated characters from Bob's Burgers, heroes and villains from The Walking Dead and Westworld, characters from classic cartoon series like The Jetsons, lots of anime characters and the good guys and bad guys from the Harry Potter books and movies.

Of course, you don't have to travel to Washington state to see these collectibles, you visit the Funko factory online as well.

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