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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 24

Marvin the Martian Arrives on Earth

It is said that the Warner Bros. cartoon character Marvin the Martian was designed to be the complete opposite of Yosemite Sam who is known for being loud and quick-tempered but not particularly dangerous. Marvin on the other hand was characterized as being a soft-spoken villain who actually was destructive and bent on destroying the Earth because it blocks his view of Venus. He made his first appearance in movie theaters on this day in 1948’s release of the short film, Haredevil Hare but his name was never uttered in the original shorts. It wasn’t until the character became a popular merchandising character that he was given the name Marvin. The alien is often seen wearing a roman soldier costume worn with tennis shoes. His pet, K-9 the dog, also wears tennis shoes. Marvin is know for the catchphrase, “That makes me very, very angry.”Marvin has done battle with Bugs Bunny as well as Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in both the original Duck Dodgers shorts and the later TV series that aired from 2003-2005.


Steven Spielberg released the movie, "Saving Private Ryan" to theaters on July 24, 1998.

'Saving Private Ryan' is Released

Director Steven Spielberg released the movie, Saving Private Ryan on this day in 1998 telling a story set during the invasion of Normandy during World War II. Loosely based on a true story, the film received much applause for its realistic and often gruesome portrayal of the war. The film starred Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper and Vin Diesel. Private Ryan was portrayed by Matt Damon. The movie made over $481 million worldwide and won various awards including the Oscar for Best Director.”


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