'Instant Family' Will Pull Your Heartstrings in a Good Way

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 November 6

Sally Field is Born
Sally Margaret Field was born on this day in 1946 in Pasadena, California. She got her start in acting starring in the sitcom, Gidget which aired on ABC from 1965-1966. Gidget wasn’t a hit show, but ABC wanted to give Field another shot starring in a series. She was cast as Sister Bertille for The Flying Nun which aired from 1967 to 1970. After appearing in several guest spots on popular TV series, Field was again cast in another sitcom called The Girl with Something Extra which also starred John Davidson. It aired on NBC from 1973 to 1974. Field became know for her dramatic acting when she appeared in the TV miniseries Sybil about a woman with multiple personality disorder. The role won her an Emmy Award in 1977. Since then, she moved to movies appearing in Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Norma Rae (1979) which earned her first Oscar for Best Actress and Places in the Heart (1984) which earned her second Oscar for Best Actress. Other film roles include Murphy’s Romance, Steel Magnolias and Mrs. Doubtfire. In 2001, she made appearances on the TV series ER and starred in the ABC show, Brothers & Sisters. In 2014, Field received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Fire Destroys Part of Universal Studios
It was on this day in 1990 that a fire broke out in Universal Studios backlot and destroyed some of the studios most iconic stage sets as well as some tourist attractions. Destroyed sets included those used for Back to the Future, a King Kong exhibit and a streetscape. It was the second fire at the studio within 20 years.

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