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'Instant Family' Will Pull Your Heartstrings in a Good Way

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What started as an older man’s joke about wanting to adopt a five-year-old instead of starting from scratch, Instant Family was inspired by writer and director Sean Anders’ real-life family. Pete (Mark Wahlberg) “accidentally” makes the joke to his wife Ellie (Rose Byrne) not wanting to be become that “old dad” everyone knows and before you know it, the two are traveling down to road toward foster care adoptions. After numerous classes taught by two caseworkers (Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro), the two meet three kids at a “foster fair” gathering. Lizzy (Isabela Moner) is the 15-year-old older sister who has protectively looked after her younger siblings Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) while their mother has been incarcerated. She’s a tough cookie with trust issues. Juan is both accident prone and highly sensitive and Lita is super sweet as long as she gets to eat potato chips at every meal. Almost overnight they become an “instant family” and everything g…

This Day in Pop Culture for August 14

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Sonny & Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’ Becomes a #1 Hit
Written late at night in the basement of Sonny and Cher Bono’s home, the song, “I Got Your Babe” became the couple’s first #1 hit song on this day in 1965 where it stayed for three weeks. It was the first single taken from the couple’s debut album, Look at Us and became their biggest as well. More than a million of the singles were sold and the song was certified Gold. In a bizarre stunt, and many years after the death of Sonny, a version of the song was recorded by Cher and the animated characters of Beavis and Butt-Head in 1993. In 2011 Billboard and Rolling Stone magazine declared that the song was one of the greatest duets of all time. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2017.


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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is Released
One of the oddest success stories began on this day in 1975. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a musical/comedy/horror flick was directed by Jim Sharman and based on a stage production of the same name. It is a truly strange film where the main character, Dr. Frank N. Furter, is a self-proclaimed transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania. Not exactly Oscar material. Believe it or not, it starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. Initially, the film did poorly and has been panned by many critics, but when 20th Century Fox promoted the film for midnight showings in selected cities, the film found its audience. Today, the film is STILL playing in limited release making the film the longest-running theatrical release in film history. FOX TV network aired a live production of the show on October 20, 2016.


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