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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 May 1

Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park opened on May 1, 1989.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park Opens

On this day in 1989, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (located about as far away from Hollywood as possible) opened its gates for the first time. Originally, this third theme Disney theme park in Orlando, Florida went by the title of Disney-MGM Studios until 2008 when the partnership of the two companies split ways. Though the intent was to feature the works of both studios, the park focused a lot more on Disney with the exception of The Great Movie Ride which celebrated some of MGM's greatest films and just a small nod to Disney. The park is sort of Disney’s answer to Universal Studios. The 135 acre park celebrates Hollywood with designs set in the style of 1930’s and 1940’s art deco. When it opened, some TV shows and movies were actually filmed and a portion of animated movies were created on site. The park is currently going through a major transformation including the removal of the Sorcerer's Hat seen here. New attractions to become a part of the part include Star Wars and Toy Story themed areas.


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