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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 27

(Yolanda Adams)
Yolanda Adams is Born
It was on this day in 1961 in Houston, Texas that gospel singer, radio host, producer and actress, Yolanda Adams was born. She graduated from Texas Southern University to become a schoolteacher, which she did for awhile, but gave it up to become a singer. To date, she has produced 13 albums. In 2009, Billboard Magazine named her the #1 Gospel Artist of the Last Decade. In summer of 2015, she performed for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where he joined her at the end of number, but she out-danced him.


Guinness Book of World Records is Published
After the founding of The Guinness Book of Records, the first 198-page edition was bound on this day in 1955. By Christmas, it had become the top of best sellers in England. In 1956, the book became available in the U.S. and sold 70,000 copies. Today, more than 100 million copies of the book have been sold in 100 different countries and in 37 different languages. It is the world’s best-selling copyright book ever.


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