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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 18

Brenda Lee earns a #1 hit with "I'm Sorry" on July 18, 1960.

Brenda Lee Earns #1 Hit with 'I’m Sorry'

Brenda Lee was only 10 years old when she started her music career. Five years later, on this day in 1960, she earned a #1 hit with the song “I’m Sorry.” Known as “Little Miss Dynamite,” Lee had her big break at the age of 11 when she met country star Red Foley shortly before a concert and was invited onstage by him to perform Hank Williams' "Jambalaya." Four years later she had a #4 hit, “Sweet Nothin’s” followed by “I’m Sorry.” Amazingly, Lee earned 27 more top-40 hits during the ‘60’s. After her voice matured, Lee’s popularity dwindled, but the country star still makes appearances and people celebrate her during the holidays with her hit, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”


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