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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…

Is Shrek in Need of a Reboot?

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Though its been 18 years since Shrek has been in theaters and 17 for Puss in Boots, it still seems as if it was just yesterday. Even so, Universal Pictures announced today that both will be getting a reboot in the near future.

According to Variety, Chris Meledandri, the guy responsible for the Despicable Me flicks, has been tasked to oversee the reboot for Universal Studios. It is not clear if the characters featured will have a new “look,” but one thing is for sure, their voices will be the same if at all possible. Mike Myers has voiced the green ogre, Eddie Murphy played Donkey and Antonio Banderas played the feline who wore snappy boots.

“When you look back on those vocal performances they’re awesome, and while you certainly could make a case for a complete reinvention, I find myself responding to my own nostalgic feelings of wanting to go back to those characterizations,” explains Meledandri. “The challenge for us has been to find something that really does feel like it’s not simply yet another film in a series of sequels.”

DreamWorks released the original Shrek opened in 2001, Shrek 2 in 2004, Shrek the Third in 2007 and Shrek Forever After in 2010. Puss in Boot was introduced in Shrek 2 and had his own feature length film in 2011. In 2015, Netflix created the animated TV series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots which was voiced by Eric Bauza and has aired four seasons so far. It has been reported that Shrek 5 is expected to come to theaters sometime in 2019.


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