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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 25

"The Black Cauldron" was released on July 25, 1985.

‘The Black Cauldron's’ Scary Opening

Originally set to open during Christmas of 1984, Disney’s animated, The Black Cauldron, didn’t open in theaters until this day in 1985. Known as Disney’s first animated film to receive a PG rating, the movie was delayed due to a disastrous test screening where young children were running out of the theater scared to death. The scenes included headings and other gruesome images. Hardly family-friendly. Disney’s studio chairman at the time, Jeffrey Katzenberg, was so incensed, he ordered that certain scenes be dropped from the final film. When producer Joe Hale objected, Katzenberg edited the film on his own and only stopped when CEO Michael Eisner asked him to. However, with so many scenes now missing from the film, new scenes needed to be animated and the film was delayed. Unfortunately, the fixes were not enough to fix the film’s troubles. The film had originally been budgeted at $25 million, but about $44 million was spent by the time the film was finished and the movie only grossed $21.3 million domestically. The movie received mixed reviews from audiences and critics alike. Unlike other Disney films, the movie wasn’t released onto video until 1998. While the Black Cauldron does have its fans, it is one of the least successful Disney films of all time.


First test tube baby is conceived
World's First "Test Tube Baby" is Born
Lesley Brown had a history of infertility due to a set of blocked fallopian tubes. In November of 1977 she underwent an experimental procedure that removed a mature egg from her ovaries and was combined with her husband’s sperm in a laboratory dish in hopes of creating a “test tube baby.” On this day in 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world's first baby to be conceived via in vitro fertilization was born at Oldham and District General Hospital in Manchester, England. In December 2006, Louise Brown gave birth to a boy, Cameron John Mullinder, who was conceived naturally.


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