'Instant Family' Will Pull Your Heartstrings in a Good Way

What started as an older man’s joke about wanting to adopt a five-year-old instead of starting from scratch, Instant Family was inspired by writer and director Sean Anders’ real-life family. Pete (Mark Wahlberg) “accidentally” makes the joke to his wife Ellie (Rose Byrne) not wanting to be become that “old dad” everyone knows and before you know it, the two are traveling down to road toward foster care adoptions. After numerous classes taught by two caseworkers (Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro), the two meet three kids at a “foster fair” gathering. Lizzy (Isabela Moner) is the 15-year-old older sister who has protectively looked after her younger siblings Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) while their mother has been incarcerated. She’s a tough cookie with trust issues. Juan is both accident prone and highly sensitive and Lita is super sweet as long as she gets to eat potato chips at every meal. Almost overnight they become an “instant family” and everything g…

‘Tag’ Team Breaks Record for Largest Game

World's largest game of Tag
Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, J.T. Springer from KJKK FM, Philip Robertson from
Guinness World Records, Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress
after the win. (New Line Cinema)


This weekend, New Line Cinema Releases Tag in theaters. Last week, the cast of Tag participated in the world’s largest game off freeze tag with over 600 restless fans. It’s sort of like art imitating life imitating art.

On June 5, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner, who all star in the New Line Cinema’s Tag, joined fans at Six Flags Over Texas amusement park in Arlington Texas to participate in a record-breaking game of everyone’s favorite playground game. The attempt was successful, breaking the previous Guinness World Records title of 634 participants, with a whopping 661 freeze tag players throughout the park. Philip Robertson from Guinness World Records was in attendance to verify the win and present a plaque.

As a special thanks, and to confirm that everyone who played was indeed a winner, the cast members surprised participants by inviting them to a special preview screening of Tag the next night.

Tag is based on the true story of five friends who for one month every year play a highly competitive game of a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry: “You’re It!” The movie opens June 15.

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