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 …

This Day in Pop Culture for April 27

Amy Grant's "Baby Baby" became a #1 song in 1991.

Oh, Baby

It was on this day and through May 10th of 1991 that Amy Grant’s song, “Baby Baby,” became a #1 hit song. Written by Grant and Keith Thomas, it was the first single released from her album, Heart in Motion. Grant became the first Christian pop singer to have a number one single in the U.S., although the song itself wouldn’t be considered a “Christian song” since it has no religious meaning to it. Though the song is a simple love song, Grant had initially had trouble writing the lyrics, but after looking into her daughter Millie’s six week-old face, she had found the inspiration she needed. The music video of the song, which was directed by D.J. Webster, was up for nomination for “Best Female Video of 1991” by MTV. A remake of the song featuring Grant and Tori Kelly was released in 2016 for the song’s 25th anniversary.

Casey Kasem was born on April 27, 1932.

Casey Kasem’s Birthday

On this day in 1932, Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem was born. From 1970-2009, Kasem hosted various Top 40 radio shows and over the years has voiced many Hanna-Barbera cartoon voices including some Transformers, Robin (from Batman and Robin fame), Alexander Cabot III from Josie and the Pussycats but he is most famous for playing the role of Shaggy Rogers in the various Scooby-Doo TV shows. He “retired” from playing Shaggy’s voice in 2009, but played Shaggy’s father in 2010. In addition, Kasem has voiced many commercials and was the official “voice” of NBC for a number of years. He passed away on June 15, 2014 at the age of 82.

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