Director Sean Anders Talks About His Own ‘Instant Family’

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 30

Arnold Schwarzenegger was Born

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born on this day in Thal, Styria in 1947. Though now known for many different achievements, Schwarzenegger began lifting weights at the age of 15. At the age of 20 he won the Mr. Universe title. The next year he moved to the U.S. Arnold then went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Arnold says that the first real movie he saw starred Joyn Wayne. He landed his firm movie role in 1970 playing the lead character in Hercules in New York under the stage name of Arnold Strong. However, his accent was so thick that all of his lines were dubbed by another actor. Many consider Arnold’s big break in the movies came in 1982 when he played Conan the Barbarian. He became a U.S. citizen in 1983. In 1984, he appeared as “The Terminator” for the first time. In 2004, Arnold spoke at the Republican National Convention and stated that he was a Republican because “the Democrats of the 1960s sounded too much like Austrian socialists.” He became the governor of California in 2003 a title he held until 2011. He returned to acting fairly quickly appearing in The Expendables 2 in 2012, The Last Stand in 2013, The Expendables 3 in 2014 and Terminator Genisys in 2015. In January 2017, he took over Donald Trump’s famous role on the reality TV series, Celebrity Apprentice. However, the ratings were not fantastic and Schwarzenegger stated that he would NOT "be back" for another season of the show.

The First Full Color Cartoon

Walt Disney’s first colored cartoon, Flowers and Trees, was released on this day in 1932. It is important because it was the first commercially released film to be produced using the full color, three-strip Technicolor process after several years of two-color Technicolor films. Disney already had the short in production as another black-and-white release, but scrapped it and started again from the beginning. It won the first Academy Award for Animated Short Subjects. Ironically, Mickey Mouse and friends did well enough on their own to be seen in black-and-white and there they remained until 1935’s The Band Concert.

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