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 …

Another Set of ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Baudelaire Orphans and friends. (Netflix)


If you missed the first season of the Netflix TV show, Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events, you’ll want to catch up pronto as season two begins airing on Friday, March 30. Fans of the books will appreciate how faithful the series is to the original books and the actors are amazing. The first season featured the book series’ first four books (The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window and The Miserable Mill) each told in two parts with many of the lines taken verbatim from the original text. Each pair of episodes were done so well and production values so high, it was like watching a movie.

A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of three orphans and their extraordinary encounters with the devious Count Olaf who will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. Foiling his many dastardly plans and disguises, the young siblings discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death, links to a covert organization, and begin to unlock long-held family secrets.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) and Esme Squalor (Lucy Punch) (Netflix)
There are ten episodes of Unfortunate Events for Season 2 taken from the book’s next five books including The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital and The Carnivorous Carnival. The dark comedy is executive produced by Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket, the author of the book series) and stars Neil Patrick Harris (as the villianous Count Olaf) and Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes and Presley Smith (as Violet, Klaus and Sunny) the Baudelaire orphans. Patrick Warburton stars as the onscreen narrator (aka Lemony Snicket) who begs the audience to “look away” from the frightening tales. Other returning this season include K. Todd Freeman (Mr. Poe), Usman Ally (Hook Handed Man), Matty Cardarople (Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender), Jacqueline Robbins (White-Faced Woman #1) and Joyce Robins (White-Faced Woman #2). New additions to the cast include (but are not limited to) Lucy Punch (Esme Squalor), Nathan Fillion, Tony Hale (Jerome Squalor), Sara Rue (Librarian), Roger Bart (Vice-Principle Nero) and Nathan Fillion (in apparently a surprise role).

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