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 …

This Day in Pop Culture for August 29

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Michael Jackson is Born
It was on this day in 1958 that Michael Joseph, the eighth child in the Jackson family, was born in Gary, Indiana. Michael’s brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine had been performing together for some time before Michael and his other brother, Marlon, join them in 1964. They became known as the Jackson 5. A year later, Michael shared lead vocals with Jermaine. The group’s first single, “Big Boy,” was released in 1968. In 1972, Michael began branching out with his own solo albums, Got to be There and Ben. In 1978, Jackson played the Scarecrow in the movie version of The Wiz with Diana Ross. It is said that Jackson’s 1979 album, Off the Wall, helped to propel him from “bubble gum” rock and roll into a more serious singer. In 1982, Jackson released the album Thriller along with 14-minute long music video directed by John Landis. The album is currently the best-selling album of all time. It has been estimated that 65 million copies of the album have been sold worldwide. In 1985, Jackson co-wrote the fundraising song “We are the World” with Lionel Richie. In 1986, Jackson starred in Captain EO, a 3D short movie created for Disneyland theme park. Throughout his lifetime, Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards, 26 American Music Awards and scored 13 #1 singles in the U.S. Despite all of his achievements, Jackson was unable to escape public scrutiny. From his multiple plastic surgeries to child abuse claims to his outlandish spending habits, Jackson was forever being judged for odd behavior. Even so, he has been credited with supporting 39 different charities. On June 25, 2009, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest which was during the time that he was preparing for his comeback concert series, This Is It. His death was ruled a homicide, and his personal physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

First Radio Advertisement Commercial
WNBC signed on for the first time on March 2, 1922, as WEAF and it was the first radio station in New York City. WEAF broadcast what it later claimed to be the first radio advertisement, but that fact appears to be debatable. It was actually a 10-minute long talk, which seems more similar to an infomercial than a regular radio ad. The “talk” in question promoted an apartment development in Jackson Heights near a new elevated train line. WEAF left the air in 1988.

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