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

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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…

This Day in Pop Culture for July 16

Will Ferrell was born on July 16, 1967.

Will Ferrell is Born

It was on this day that comedian, impressionist, actor, producer, and writer John William "Will" Ferrell was born in Irvine, California. Long before his days on Saturday Night Live, Ferrell was making fellow student laugh in third grade by smashing his head into the wall. In his senior year in high school, Ferrell and a friend performed comedy skits over the intercom with permission from the principal. In college, he studied sports broadcasting and interned at a local television station, but apparently hated the job and after graduating, he knew that broadcasting was not for him. It wasn’t until 1991 that with the prompting of his mother that he moved to Los Angeles to “do something he liked.” He auditioned for the comedy group The Groundlings and got the job. In 1994, a producer for SNL saw one of their shows and asked Ferrell and a few others to audition. The rest is history.


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