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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 24

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National Waffle Day
On this day in 1869, the U.S. patent for the waffle was issued and so because of this, August 24th has been deemed National Waffle Day. Nobody seems to know the origin of this unofficial holiday as when it first began or who felt the need to honor the holey pastry product. But now that you know, doesn't a big ol' fluffy one sound good right about now? (By the way, the first known waffle recipe was written in late of the 14th century in France.)


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The Gutenberg Bible is Finally Printed
While many believe that Johannes Gutenberg first work using moveable type was the Bible, it was probably the second or maybe even third. The Gutenberg press was in operation by 1450 and it is known that a German poem had been printed before the Bible. However, it is known that Gutenberg began the painstaking process of hand placing every letter for every page of the new Bible during that same year. It is believed that the 42-line Guttenberg Bible was completed on this day in 1456. About 180 copies of the book were printed, which seems rather small for a first edition.


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