Director Sean Anders Talks About How Own ‘Instant Family’

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 10

Batman featured for the first time in comic book.

Batman Makes His First Comic Book Appearance

Though not necessary published exactly on this in 1939, the 27th issue of Detective Comics did hit newsstands around this time. Considered by some to be the most valuable comic book in print (one sold for $1,075,000 in 2010), this issue introduced America to Batman. Originally referred to as “the Bat-Man,” the legend was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any superpowers, however, he is crazy smart and being a billionaire allows him to create or purchase whatever he wants to fight crime. In early comics and during the 1960’s TV show, Batman was seen as quite jovial, but over the years the Dark Knight has returned to his dark and self-torturing roots.

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