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 …

Jason Ritter, aka World-Saving Kevin, Wins Guinness Record for Most Hugs

Jason Ritter in the middle of his hugging spree on The View
Jason Ritter in the middle of his hugging spree on The View. (ABC)


Jason RitterIn publicity stunt for the new ABC show, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, star Jason Ritter achieved the Guinness World Record title for most hugs given in one minute by an individual while on set of The View. Ritter, donning his headband and supported by The View co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain, achieved a new record of 86 hugs given by an individual in a minute, besting the previous record of 79 hugs set in March 2016.

ABC says they are not done hugging just yet and have declared that Tuesday, October 10 to be National Hug-a-Kevin Day. “On this occasion, people are encouraged to hug a ‘Kevin’ in their lives,” says the network. “If you are unable to physically hug your Kevin, please visit facebook.com/KevinProbably/ to share the love with our ‘Kevin.’ Please hug responsibly.”

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