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 September 7

Hong Kong Phooey Rises
The 30-minute Saturday morning cartoon show known as Hong Kong Phooey debuted on this day in 1974. Although fairly popular, only 16 episodes of the show were produced by Hanna-Barbera. The show centered around police station janitor, Penrod “Penry” Pooch, who would jump into a filing cabinet and pop out as Hong Kong Phooey. The show was a parody of kung fu movies and superhero shows. With the aid of Spot the cat (who had stripes), the pup would use a gong to transform his “Phooeymobile” into different vehicles depending on what was needed at the time. The show featured the voice talents of Scatman Crothers as Penry, Joe E. Ross (who appeared on Car 54 Where Are You?) as Sarge (who also voiced Botch, the assistant zookeeper on Help! It’s the Hair Bear Bunch) and Kathy Gori as the police secretary, Rosemary.

Corbin Bernsen's Birthday
On this day in 1954, Corbin Dean Bernsen was born in North Hollywood as the son of Hollywood producer (Harry Bernson, Jr.) and soap opera actress (Jeanne Cooper). Bernsen's first acting role was uncredited in Elvis Presley's movie, Clambake in 1967. In 1986, He starred in his most famous role on NBC's L.A. Law. In 2010, Bernsen wrote, directed and starred in his first faith-base movie, Rust. The next year he created his own production company, Home Theater Films which produces family-friendly, faith-based films as well. In 2014, he created Christian Mingle: the Movie, which starred Lacey Chaber. Currently, he can be seen on the TV series Billions and will appear in the upcoming film, Reach.

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