Director Sean Anders Talks About His 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 …

‘SNL’s’ Weekend Update Comes This Thursday

Colin Jost and Micahel Che from Weekend Update: The Summer Edition (NBC)


This week, one of Saturday Night Live’s longest-running sketches will get a prime time placement. Weekend Update: The Summer Edition will air on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. for four weeks. Colin Jost and Michael Che are hosting the half hour long mock news report and additional SNL cast members/characters are expected to make a few appearances. As is the tradition, the show will be taped live as well.

After 42 years on the air, Saturday Night Live's ratings have soared this past year with the help of the presidential election, surprise celebrity guest appearances and Weekend Update.

Earlier today, NBC posted on Twitter: "Doing a #FBLive with @ColinJost and Michael Che later today. Shoot us your #WeekendUpdate Summer Edition questions for them!"

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