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 …

Meet The New Dora the Explorer

The new Dora the Explorer
Isabela Moner as the new Dora. (Paramount Players)
If you grew up with Nickelodeon’s incredibly cheery Dora the Explorer (or were a parent having to endure it) while it was on the air from 2000-2014, you’ll will be intrigued to know that Paramount Players and Nickelodeon have begun production of a new live action tongue-in-cheek version of the Spanish superstar of learning.

Isabela Moner stars in the title role that Paramount describes as “Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents nothing could prepare Dora for the most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego, and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.”

The film also stars Eugenio Derbez who plays Alejandro, a mysterious jungle inhabitant who tries to protect the teenagers from the marauders. The movie also features newcomer Micke Moreno in the role of cousin Diego; Nicholas Coombe as Randy, a fellow high schooler who develops an immediate crush on Dora; Madeleine Madden as the school’s snooty class president, Sammy; and Adriana Barraza as Dora’s grandma, Abuelita Valerie. Temuera Morrison will play the role of Powell. Additional key casting announcements are forthcoming. No word yet on who will be playing The Map or Swiper.

Filmed entirely in Australia’s Gold Coast, Paramount will release Dora the Explorer on August 2, 2019.

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