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Director Sean Anders Talks About His Own ‘Instant Family’

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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 July 21

Christian singer Brandon Heath was born on July 21, 1978 and married on May 25, 2014.

Brandon Heath is Born

It was on this day that Brandon Heath was born in 1978. The contemporary Christian singer and musician’s first album, Early Stuff, was released in 2004. Since then, Heath has produced five other albums which help nominate him for a few Grammys and winning a few Dove Awards.  In 2008, Heath spent time as the worship pastor at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in Texas for about a year, but later moved back to Nashville. Perhaps his most popular song is "I'm Not Who I Was" which became a #1 single that stayed on top of Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart for several weeks. The song speaks about how he learned to forgive a certain person in his life, but for many years, it remained a mystery on who that was. More recently, Heath disclosed to audiences that the song was a dedication to this step mother. In May 25, 2014, he was married. Sorry girls.


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