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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 5

Phil Wickham was born on April 5, 1984.

Phil Wickham is Born

It is was on this day in 1984 in San Diego, California that contemporary Christian singer, Philip David was born into the Wickham family and grew up as the middle child. Wickham’s parents, John and Lisa, were once members of the Christian band, Parable. At age 13, Phil followed his father’s footsteps and began leading worship for his church youth group. Phil’s first album, Give You My World, was released in 2003. In 2008, he married his longtime girlfriend. Today, they have three daughters and one so. Telling a singer that they can no longer sing is cruel, but it happened to Wickham in 2014 when he had a polyp removed from his vocal cords and was “prescribed” a month of silence to allow this throat to heal.


Anne Sullivan teaches the word "water" to Helen Keller on April 5, 1887.

Anne Sullivan Teaches the Word “Water” to Helen Keller

Many are aware of the relationship between teacher Anne Sullivan and pupil, Helen Keller as dramatized in the play and movie, The Miracle Worker. After a long and trying time, Sullivan was successful in getting Keller to associate the finger-spelling of the word, “water” on one hand while she poured water on the other on this day in 1887. However, most are unaware that when Sullivan was married in 1905, Keller lived with the couple. Sullivan and Keller traveled on many lecture tours. When her marriage dissolved, due to her preoccupation with Keller, Polly Thomson joined the pair and served as Keller’s secretary. The three women lived together in New York struggling to make enough money to live off of. Eventually, Sullivan and Keller wound up in a vaudeville act to earn money.


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