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Director Sean Anders Talks About His 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 …

Blanca Shares ‘Real Love’

Blanca release "Real Love" EP.
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Blanca released the Real Love EP last Friday and the five-track set is now available at all digital and streaming outlets and features the title track, which is currently impacting radio and streaming charts worldwide. For instance, upon its release, Spotify immediately added the lead single to its New Music Friday Playlist, which boasts more than 2 million followers. In less than a week, the track reached Top 20 status on Spotify’s all-genre Global Viral 50 Chart and Top 15 on the United States Viral Chart. Real Love has been streamed over one million times during its first month of release, including nearly half a million plays of the song’s music video.

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Real Love was written in the wake of the recent death of Blanca’s mother, who lost her fight to cancer in December 2016. It was through facing her mother’s cancer battle and subsequent passing that Blanca realized she craved more than surface religion. It’s a theme that permeates the track listing of her new EP, a collection that fuses her unique blend of rhythmic pop, hip-hop and soul. The fresh songs, all written or co-written by Blanca, continue her commitment to vulnerable, transparent songwriting showcased on her critically-acclaimed self-titled solo debut.

She’s currently working on a follow-up full-length studio project due in 2018; but in the meantime, she’ll preview new music throughout the fall on the Big Church Night Out Tour alongside Newsboys, Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down and more.


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