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 …

Do You Recognize These Celebrities? They Will Be the Next ‘Bosses’

Deion Sanders, Bethany Mota, Idina Menzel and Gabby Douglas
(L to R) Deion Sanders, Bethany Mota, Idina Menzel and Gabby Douglas
all in costume for a good cause. (CBS)


There is something fascinating about seeing celebrities who used to be catered to run around and have to live life like the rest of us which probably explains why TV shows like Celebrity Apprentice, Dancing With the Stars and Celebrity Big Brother generally do well with ratings. Next week another TV series is offering a “celebrity” version only this time, the show might be even more satisfying to watch as these stars actually give back.

Celebrities at the top of their chosen fields are going undercover in Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition to find talented people and make dreams come true. The nation’s best singers, athletes, models and business icons embark on talent searches to pay it forward to deserving yet-to-be-discovered individuals. To make sure that no one would be able to recognize them, the celebrities were each disguised with state-of-the-art prosthetic makeup and custom-made wigs, which took an average of two and a half hours to apply.

Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition kicks off with two-time U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team member, Gabby Douglas going incognito looking for the best of the best gymnasts and coaches. Other celebrities chosen for the task include Broadway star Idina Menzel, YouTube star Bethany Mota and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders. The series will offer more episodes after the inial four and those celebrities involved in the show will be revealed at a later time.

Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition premieres Friday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. on CBS

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