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 …

Danny Gokey: Hope Encounter Tour

Danny Gokey kicks off his first concert tour.
Danny Gokey is gearing up for his first-ever headline tour with this fall’s "Hope Encounter." Also featuring GRAMMY® nominee Tauren Wells and breakout artist Riley Clemmons, the tour will hit 29 markets across the country, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Seattle, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, and more.

“It’s been a dream of mine since American Idol to headline my own major tour,” says Gokey. “That platform opened my eyes to the power of mixing hope with entertainment. Hearing a message of hope at just the right time can truly make an impact in someone’s life. Getting this opportunity is a dream come true! I love touring, being with fans, and seeing first-hand how the music can encourage people in a time in our society where hope (mixed with a little fun) is so desperately needed.”

“The process of creating the tour has really been awesome,” continues Gokey. “I can’t wait to hit the stage with Tauren and Riley – they are both crazy good and I love their fresh sound. We’ve also brought in uber-creative director Laurieann Gibson, who has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Katy Perry, to design the show and help me take it to another level.” Gokey continues,

“My purpose with this tour is that people walk away entertained, inspired, empowered, and that hope invades every area of their lives.”

Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a Top 3 finalist on Season 8 of American Idol. His first album, My Best Days, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. Since then, the Wisconsin native has celebrated a series of #1 album debuts, including his first award-winning holiday album, Christmas Is Here, as well as singles including the recently Gold-certified “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” and “Hope In Front of Me.” Gokey’s latest album, Rise, reached #1 on the Billboard Top Christian Album chart and garnered his first Grammy nomination. Its title track, marked his third, multi-week, multi-chart #1 single.

Tickets for “The Hope Encounter” Tour can be found here. Dates for the upcoming concerts include the following (Dates subject to change).
Danny Gorkey album "Rise"
Danny Gorkey's album, Rise
  • September 20: Peoria, IL
  • September 21: Sioux Falls, SD
  • September 22: St. Paul, MN
  • September 23: Champaign, IL
  • September 27: Columbus, OH
  • September 28: Lancaster, PA
  • September 29: Wilkes Barre, PA
  • September 30 Stamford, CT
  • October 4: Louisville, KY
  • October 5: Atlanta, GA
  • October 6: Jacksonville, FL
  • October 7: St. Petersburg, FL
  • October 11: Oklahoma City, OK
  • October 12: Albuquerque, NM
  • October 13: Phoenix, AZ
  • October 14: Los Angeles, CA
  • October 16: Fresno, CA
  • October 18: Rocklin, CA
  • October 19: Eugene, OR
  • October 20: Portland, OR
  • October 21: Seattle, WA
  • October 23: Nampa, ID
  • October 25: Salt Lake City, UT
  • October 26: Denver, CO
  • October 27: Topeka, KS
  • November 1: Charlotte, NC
  • November 2: Knoxville, TN
  • November 3: Evansville, IN
  • November 4: Chattanooga, TN

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