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 …

The Best Cities in the Country to Trick-or-Treat

The best cities to trick or treat
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Using a special “Trick-or-Treat” index, Zillow came up with a list of the 20 top cities in the country and then the top five neighborhoods within those cities on where to find the best goodies. This index was created using three equally weighted data variables: median home value, housing density and the share of the population is ten year old and younger in a city that has a population of at least 500,000 people. So, according to this special research, it appears that Presido Heights located within San Francisco, CA is THE best place to don your costumes this year. If you don’t live near there, never fear as the other 19 best cities to ring doorbells are: San Jose, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Baltimore, MD; Sacramento, CA; Washington, DC; Milwaukee, WI; Seattle, WA; Dallas, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Chicago, IL; San Diego, CA; Denver, CO; El Paso, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Charlotte, NC; Portland, OR and Mesa, AZ.

According to Zillow, “these cities are based on places where home values are high, there are plenty of kids under 10, and where homes are close together, meaning less walking while you’re going door-to-door.”

To see the full list including the top five neighborhoods for each city, visit Zillow.com.

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