'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 7

Rev. Billy Graham
Billy Graham is Born
It was on this day in 1918 that William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr. was born in North Carolina who grew up to become a “celebrity” Southern Baptist minister. Unlike many other famous preachers, Graham was one of the most respected. He held many “crusades” where thousands would attend and hundreds would turn their lives over to Jesus Christ. He served as a spiritual advisor to many U.S. presidents, bailed Martin Luther King Jr. out of jail in the 1960’s and had operated a number of media and publishing outlets. Though Graham's health had been failing for years (having Parkinson’s disease since 1992, dealing with hydrocephalus, pneumonia, broken hips, and even prostate cancer) he never completely retired. Graham passed away on February 21, 2018 at the age of 99.

Baymax from "Big Hero 6"
‘Big Hero 6’ Appears in Theaters
The first Disney animated movie to be based on a Marvel Comics franchise was released in theaters on this day in 2014. Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 was loosely based on the Marvel comic book series of the same name. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, the story centers on Hiro Hamada, a robotics prodigy who helps to form a superhero team which includes the lovable Baymax, an inflatable robot. The movie featured the voice talents of Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, Maya Rudolph and even included a cameo from Marvel Comics creator, Stan Lee. It was the highest grossing animated film for 2014 and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature as well as the Kid’s Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie. In 2017, a new animated TV series based on the movie debuted on Disney XD.

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