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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 …

Who was Awarded the One with the Most Talent on 'America's Got Talent'?

The judges and host of "America's Got Talent" for 2017.
Mel B, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Simon Cowell (Trae Patton/NBC)

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Of all the reality competition shows, America’s Got Talent always keeps us guessing on who each season's winner will be. Unlike the other shows that will narrow down the competition to two or three finalists, AGT typically ends with a “top ten” of performers, so with tonight’s finale and 52 million votes cast, it really could have been any of them who would win Season 12 of the top-rated show.

This season top ten included one comedian, one ventriloquist, one dog stunt act, two dance/stunt/light show performing acts and five singers. After lots and lots of filler, five of them were eliminated right away: Evie Clair, Diavolo, Preacher Lawson, Kechi and Chase Goehring. And then there were five…



Winner of "America's Got Talent" for 2017.
Darci Lynne Farmer and Mel B. (Trae Patton/NBC)
Coming in fifth place was Sara and her dog Hero. Mandy Harvey came in fourth. Light balance came in third and then it all came down to pint-sized Angelica Hale with the powerful voice and the puppetmaster, Darci Lynne Farmer. And the winner, of course, was Darci. (Did anyone not see that coming?) Special mention goes to Mel B.s hair.

And so ends another great season of America's Got Talent.


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