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Director Sean Anders Talks About His Own ‘Instant Family’

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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 August 17

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‘The Time Machine’ Opens in Theaters
Based on H.G. Well’s book of the same name, The Time Machine was released in movie theaters on this day in 1960. The time traveling science fiction film was made by MGM and was produced and directed by George Pal who also directed the 1953 version of Wells’ The War of the Worlds. The movie starred Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, Alan Young, David Duncan, Whit Bissell and Sebastian Cabot. The film was a huge hit earning the studio $1,610,000 in the U.S. and Canada and $1 million more from everywhere else. The movie received an Oscar for the time-lapse photography elements. Pal had intended on making a sequel to the movie, but died before he could. However, in 1993, a combination sequel/documentary short titled Time Machine: The Journey Back, featured a scene where Duncan, Taylor, Young and Bissel reprised their roles from the original film. In 2017, ABC debuted the short-lived TV series, Time After Time, that featured H.G. Wells as a time traveler chasing Jack the Ripper.


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Pike Place Market Opens in Seattle
Opened on this day in 1907, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the U.S. Built on the edge of a steep hill, the market consists of many levels of shops. The top level is famous for its fresh produce and fishmongers who literally thrown fish to each other in front of their guests. It is estimated that about 500 people live in the market space and the place receives about 10 million visitors annually.



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