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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 26

"The Voice" premiered on NBC on April 26, 2011.

'The Voice' is Heard for the First Time

The television singing competition reality TV series, The Voice, aired for the first time on this day in 2011. The NBC show is based on The Voice of Holland, where contestants try to get the attention of the four celebrity judges by singing to their backs. If one of more of the judges turn their chairs to face “the voice,” the contestant will join that celebrity’s team of singers. If more than one chair is turned, the contestant gets to choose which team they would like to join. After all of the teams are filled, the contestants are coached by the judges and perform live on TV where viewers vote on the best performances. Those who have served as coaches on the show include Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Shakira, Usher, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys.


"Tugboat Mickey" premiered on April 26, 1940.

Tugboat Mickey Premieres

Between 1935 and 1940, Walt Disney produced a number of animated shorts that starred Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck working together as a team.  While popular, the studio soon realized that Donald’s and Goofy’s antics outshined Mickey’s.  On this day, Tugboat Mickey was released as the last one. The three didn’t appear on screen together until 1983’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol. The trio reunited to work together as a team in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, a straight-to-video produced in 2004. In 2013, a new version Mickey cartoons began to be shown on the Disney Channel featuring the old friends albeit in slightly different forms.


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