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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 4

Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965.

Robert Downey, Jr. is Born

It was on this day that Robert John Downey Jr. was born to a pair of actors in Manhattan, New York. His first film roles were for his father’s films. Next to playing Iron-Man, Downey Jr. is probably best known for his struggles with drugs and alcohol. Knowing a little about his family life, it is easy to understand why. His father was a drug addict who allowed Downey to use Marijuana when he was just six years old. In 1982, Robert dropped out of high school to pursue acting full time. He and Kiefer Sutherland were roommates for three years. In 1992 he starred in the film Chaplin which earned him an Oscar nomination. He earned his first Golden Globe while appearing on the TV series Ally McBeal. However, he was let go after he had two drug arrests. Downey has been sober in 2001. In 2008 he rose to the top once again starring in Iron-Man and Sherlock Holmes in 2009. He will appear as Iron-Man’s alter ego, Tony Stark, in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming later this year.


Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Martin Luther King Jr. is Assassinated

One year to the day after delivering his Beyond Vietnam speech, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot while standing outside of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on this day in 1968. The month before, King visited Memphis in support of African American sanitation workers who had been treated poorly. On March 28 he led a protest march that ended in violence and the death of one African American teen. On April 3, he gave his last sermon saying, “…I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land."


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