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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 …

This Day in Pop Culture for March 30

Jeopardy! aired for the first time March 30, 1964.

Jeopardy! Airs For the First Time 

Jeopardy!’s long-held gimmick was that instead of the host asking trivia questions, he would give the answers and the contestants would reply with the correct question. Those who are younger may not realize how long the game show Jeopardy! has been on the air. The very first airing of show was on this day in 1964 as a daytime game show for NBC. Created by Merv Griffin, the original show had a long run from 1964 to 1975. A revival of the show, The All-New Jeopardy! Ran on NBC from 1978 to 1979, but it is the current syndicated show that most are familiar with. The current version of the show began airing on September 10, 1984. It has been hosted by Alex Trebek and Johnny Gilbert as served as the announcer since day one. Now in its 32nd season the current show has won 31 Daytime Emmy Awards to date.


Ronald Reagan was shot on March 30, 1981.

President Ronald Reagan is Shot

Many still remember where they were when they first heard that President Ronald Reagan had been shot on this day in 1981. John Hinkley Jr. shot at Regan outside of a Washington D.C. hotel. Other victims included Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, policeman Thomas Delahaney and James Brady who was left with permanent brain damage. Ironically, the 70-year-old wasn’t even aware that he had been shot at first and even though he was suffering from a collapsed lung, he walked into the hospital under his own power and told his wife just before surgery, “Honey, I forgot to duck.”


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