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 …

ALF Just Might Return to TV

The rude, cat-eating, sarcastic alien life form, better known as ALF, just might be coming back to the small screen according the Entertainment Weekly. ALF ran on NBC for four seasons during the 1980's which shared the antics of an alien being from the planet melmac crash-landed into the suburban home of the Tanner family.

According to the report, the show isn’t a done deal, but it is in the early stages of development at Warner Bros. The new show would involve ALF returning to earth to live with a new family and have new adventures and would involve Tom Patchett, the creator of the show and Paul Fusco, the voice of ALF.

While ALF was hugely popular with kids and families, his own co-star, Anne Schedeen, who played Kate Tanner the mother, hated it. “Believe me, there was no joy on the set,” said Schedeen to People magazine. “It was a technical nightmare—extremely slow, hot and tedious. If you had a scene with ALF, it took centuries. A 30-minute show took 20, 25 hours to shoot.”

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