Director Sean Anders Talks About His 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 …

Iconic ‘Brady Bunch’ House May Be Torn Down

The Brady Bunch House
The Brady Bunch house as it looks today. (Zillow)
One of the most well-known houses in America (though many have never entered its doors for real) is not only up for sale, but one of the prospective buyers is thinking of mowing it down. The house, located at 11222 Dilling Street, Studio City, CA was once the home of Mike and Carol Brady or at least the outside of it was. From 1969 to 1974, the exterior of the house was shown in the TV series, but not the inside. In fact, the inside looks nothing like the TV version which was filmed on a studio soundstage. (You can see photos of the inside of the home at Zillow.

This is the first time that the Brady Bunch house has been up for sale since the current owners bought it in 1973. Unlike the show, it features two bedrooms with three bathrooms and has two master suites. It is speculated that it is the second-most photographed house in the U.S. after the White House. The house is listed for $1.85 million and while the current owners are hoping that whoever purchases will preserve the house, at least one potential buyer is thinking of uprooting it. Stay tuned.

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