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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 April 25

Matthew West was born on April 25, 1977.

Matthew West is Born

It was on this day in 1977 that contemporary Christian musician Matthew Joseph West was born in Downers Grove, Illinois. Although his first love was baseball and wanted to pursue a career with the sport, he ended up receiving a music scholarship for Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. West released three independent records before he signed with Universal South Records which released his Dove Award-winning album, Happy in 2003. His first single, “More” stayed in the #1 spot of the Christian Adult Contemporary charts for nine weeks. It was that same year that West married his wife Emily. His second album, History, was released in 2006 but in 2007, West experienced what he called “some vocal fatigue.” Doctors at the Nashville Vanderbuilt Voice Center found some hemorrhaging due to some polyps which had to be removed and was prescribed two months of vocal rest. He wasn’t sure if he could ever sing again. A documentary titled Nothing to Say by Benjamin Eisner was created documenting the experience and was released in 2008. Matthew and Emily have two daughters and live in Nashville, Tennessee. His most recent album, Live Forever, was released in 2015.



Meadowlark Lemon was born on April 25, 1932.

Meadowlark Lemon is Born

On this day in 1932 the “Clown Prince of Basketball,” Meadowlark Lemon was born. Meadowlark is best known for his involvement with the Harlem Globetrotters in which he played more than 16,000 games over 26 seasons. He left the troupe to start his own comedic basketball team, Meadowlark Lemon’s Bucketeers (1980-83), the Shooting Stars (1984-1987), and today, Meadowlark Lemon’s Harlem All Stars™ (1988 – Present). In 1986 he became an ordained minister and hosted The Meadowlark Lemon Show on TBN for many years. Currently, Meadowlark serves as a guest chaplin for various NBA and NFL teams as well for the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.


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