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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 6

Candace Cameron Bure was born on April 6, 1976.

Candace Cameron Bure is Born

For many years, Candace Cameron was better known as Kirk Cameron’s younger sister, but today the actress and celebrity has made a name for herself. It was on this day in 1976 that Candance was born. Following in her brother’s footsteps, Candace got her start in acting by appearing in many TV commercials followed by guest starring roles on various TV series before landing her big break, Full House in 1987. She played the role of D.J. Tanner for eight years. The following year, Candace married Russian NHL hockey player Valeri Bure. Ironically, the two were first introduced by former hockey player and then fellow Full House actor, Dave Coulier. The couple have three children born in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Candace went back to acting in 2009 with the ABC Family TV series, Make It or Break It, which ran through 2012. In 2014, Candace competed on Dancing with the Stars and made it to the semifinals. In 2015 she joined the cast of the daytime talk show The View where she didn’t shy from her Christian beliefs and added some tension to the show. In 2016, she reprised her role as D.J. Tanner in the spin-off series, Fuller House for Netflix which has aired two seasons to date.


The first Tony Awards were held on April 6, 1947.

The Tony Awards are Presented for the First Time

Bet you didn’t know that a Broadway “Tony” is short for “The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre.” (Perry was the co-founder of the American Theatre Wing) The very first ceremony was held on this day in 1947. Eleven awards were given out for that first ceremony with the prizes consisting of a scroll, cigarette lighter and articles of jewelry. The first Tony medallion wasn’t given out until 1949. Today, there are over 25 categories of awards. Most of them are given for Broadway productions, but one is given for regional theatre as well.


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