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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 28

Jay Leno was born on April 28, 1950.

Jay Leno was Born

It was on this day in 1950 that a little baby with a big chin was born. Standup comedian and sometimes actor, Leno is best known for his role as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show. His first appearance on the show was back in 1977 for a comedy routine and came back frequently over the years. He took over the show’s reigns from Johnny Carson in 1992 and continued until 2009, when he starred in essentially the same show from 10:00-1:00 p.m. titled, The Jay Leno Show. Conan O’Brien had taken over the Tonight Show but was ousted just months later so that Leno could return and continue to host until February of 2014. Leno was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2014 too.


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