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 …

This Day in Pop Culture for February 26

The Grand Canyon became a national park on February 26, 1882.

The Grand Canyon Becomes a National Park

The very bill to designate the Grand Canyon in Arizona as a national park began in 1882 by Senator Benjamin Harrison and would it have gone through, would have become the United States second national park after Yellowstone. It did not. The bill was reintroduced in 1883, 1886, 1910 and 1911. It wasn’t until this day in 1919 that it was recognized as a national park under the care of the National Park Service which was created three years earlier. In 2010, the park was featured on one of the “America the Beautiful” Quarters program.

Halle Berry Accepts 'Razzie' for 'Catwoman'

Created in 1981, The Golden Razzberry Awards is a tongue-in-cheek award ceremony for each year’s worst films traditionally held the night before the Oscars. On this day in 2005, guests of the award show were treated to a surprise acceptance speech by Oscar winner Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball) who “won” the Worst Actress Razzie for her work in the Warner Bros. flop, Catwoman, which was nominated for seven awards including Worst Film. In her good-natured acceptance speech she said, “It was just what my career needed. I was at the top and now I’m at the bottom.” Her whole speech can be found on YouTube, but be aware that Berry has a bit of a potty mouth.

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