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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 …

CBS’ ‘Survivor’ Goes Biblical with 'David vs. Goliath' Cast

Meet the cast of "Survivor: David vs. Goliath.
The cast of Survivor: David vs. Goliath (CBS)
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Three weeks from today, CBS will present Survivor’s 37th season with an all-new theme of “David vs. Goliath.” We’re not necessarily talking about small people going against big people. Each situation is different. According to the network, the “David” tribe will feature people who have overcome some adversity in their lives while the “Goliath” tribe will feature people who tend to capitalize on their individual advantages and use it against others. “This extreme game of social politics will focus on the ‘underdogs’ versus the ‘favorites’ and reveal that every ‘Goliath’ has an Achilles heel, while every ‘David’ has a secret weapon,” says CBS. Just want those things are remain to be seen.

“It’s two very different approaches to life, but Survivor is the great equalizer, because you never know which skill set will be most useful in this cunning game of social politics,” says the show’s host, Jeff Probst.

Here we give you a sneak peek into the lives of the members of the two teams as they explain in their own words, what their pet peeves are and why:

The “David” Tribe
The "David" Tribe
L-R: Bi Nguyen, Elizabeth Olson, Lyrsa Torres, Carl Boudreaux, Jessica Peet, Nick Wilson, Gabby Pascuzzi,
Davie Rickenbacker, Christian Hubicki and Pat Cusack. (CBS)

Christian Hubicki, 32, Robotics Scientist:
“Condescension, clichés, and reckless abuse of percentages.”

Nick Wilson, 27, Public Defender:
“People getting offended over every little thing and know-it-alls.”

Davie Rickenbacker, 30, Social Media Manager:
“I don't like people making decisions for me, especially without asking my opinion. Never expect a free ride with me if I see you being complacent. I will push you to get up and show initiative. There's nothing that bothers me more than a lazy person who acts privileged around those who've had to work for things their entire life. Oh, and calling me Dave or David instead of Davie, my momma named me that!”

Pat Cusack, 40, Maintenance Manager:
“Cracking my knuckles.”

Carl Boudreaux, 41, Truck Driver:
“When people "smack" gum.”

Jessica Peet, 19, Waitress:
“Not saying 'bless you' when someone sneezes, people who chew with their mouth open, and people who interrupt while others are talking.”

Elizabeth Olson, 31, Kitchen Staff:
“Oh, I hate lazy people. And people that don't have a lick of common sense—I would call them stupid. Momma always said to use your noodle—God gave it to you for a reason. Boring and dull pisses me off too. Oh and whiners—I can't stand whining!”

Gabby Pascuzzi, 25, Technical Writer:
“Loud chewers, people who are wrong about facts but think they are right, people who lack self-awareness.”

Lyrsa Torres, 36, Airline Agent:
“I can't stand a dirty kitchen, people that won't stop talking about themselves, and unnecessary continuous noises.”

Bi Nguyen, 28, MMA Fighter:
“People who complain constantly.”


The “Goliath” Tribe
The "Goliath" Tribe
L-R:Mike White, Jeremy Crawford, Natalie Cole, Alec Merlino, Kara Kay, Alison Raybould, Natalia Azoqa,
JohnHennigan, Angelina Keeley and Dan Rengering (CBS)


John Hennigan, 38, Pro Wrestler:
“Unsolicited advice. Delusional people.”

Alec Merlino, 24, Bartender:
“Terrible drivers, traffic, and people that exaggerate during a story.”

Jeremy Crawford, 40, Attorney:
“Lateness, illogicalness, and entitlement.”

Dan Rengering, 27, S.W.A.T. Officer:
“I can't stand people that are lazy. Go out and get what you want! Don't complain about it and do nothing and expect it to happen. I also hate when people cut me off while I'm talking. Please let me finish what I have to say, it may be important.”

Mike White, 47, Filmmaker:
“I'm impatient with bigots.”

Natalia Azoqa, 25, Industrial Engineer:
“Number one for me is if people do not clean their teeth properly. It is the first thing I look at when I talk to people and sometimes it looks like a person hasn't brushed their teeth in days. What is that life? I also do not like when people stand too close to me in lines and people who tap their feet loudly. If I can feel the table moving because of your foot then there is a problem.”

Angelina Keeley, 28, Financial Consultant:
“Indecisiveness, when people don't vote, and when people don't like dogs.”

Kara Kay, 30, Realtor:
“Drivers who use their brakes unnecessarily, oblivious people, and when anyone tells someone else how to live their life.”

Alison Raybould, 28, Physician:
“A sense of entitlement, when someone eats the last bite of a meal after I have been carefully constructing the perfect final bite, and slow drivers in the left hand lane.”

Natalie Cole, 56, Publishing CEO:
“People who are negative. People who talk too much listen too little and ‘can't bust a grape.’ People who tend to say ‘no’ before they consider the ‘yes.’ People who are quitters as they are too lazy, ignorant, or a combination thereof to do better. People who lack motivation but want others to make things happen for them. Sagging pants on young men. When my employees make silly errors that cost me revenue and lastly, when people sign up for things and are not fully committed, thereby negatively impacting results.”

As always, these new castaways (two teams of ten people each) will be forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other in an attempt to become the Sole Survivor. You can learn more about each contestant by visiting Surivor's website. This season, the show returns to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji and begins with a special 90-minute premiere on September, 26 at 8:00 p.m.


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