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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 3

The "Unibomber" was arrested on April 3, 1996.

The “Unabomber” is Arrested

The title of “Unabomber” was a mashup of the words, “university,” “airline” and “bomber” and went to John Kaczynski, a former professor-turned terrorist accused of 16 mail bombs that killed three people and injured 23 others over a 18-year period. Initially, federal investigators thought that the attacker was targeting just universities and airlines, but later it became clear that Kaczynski had issues with “America's industrial and technological society” as he himself reported in his 35,000-word thesis titled, "Unabomber's Manifesto." The famous drawing of the suspect was drawn in 1987 and shown on TV and newspapers, but it wasn’t until this day in 1996 that the Unibomber was finally arrested. In January of 1998, Kaczynski pleaded guilty on all counts and is currently serving four life sentences plus 30 years.


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