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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 September 10

Popeye Airs on the Radio
Popeye the Sailor first appeared as a newspaper comic in 1927. In 1933, he made it to the big screen in a series of theatrical shorts and on this day in 1935, Popeye began his first thrice-weekly, 15-minute radio program on NBC. The show was initially sponsored by Wheatnena breakfast cereal which replaced much of the spinach references. The show lasted three years, but switched networks three times. Of the 204 episodes that aired, it is estimated that only 20 of them still exist.


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