IN REAL LIFE Talks with @ThisFunktional at the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

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Jesus of ThisFunktional.com & According to Kristin got the chance to speak with newly formed boy band, In Real Life, at the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor event in Long Beach, CA.

After winning spots in the final band on ABC’s Boy Band, a debut single that charted soon after its release, a debut video that has surpassed the milestone of 1 million views, a contract with Hollywood Records and a manager (Johnny Wright) who has worked with some of the top artists in the industry (*NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys), In Real Life is in a great place right now and this is only the beginning.

With some long distance help from yours truly, they spoke with Jesus about getting more involved in the writing process, how much creative control they’re being given, being role models and working with Johnny Wright.

Check out the interview below:

Meet the guys:

Chance Perez, 19, of Seal Beach, CA – He’s a loving father of a beautiful 2-year-old girl, Brooklyn, and was a fan favorite on ABC’s Boy Band from the beginning. Chance almost gave up on music in order to pursue a career as a firefighter, but luckily he gave the show a chance and made the final 5.

Drew Ramos, 19, of Bronx, NY – Drew won us over during his audition when he proudly stated that he was a momma’s boy. His love for music led him to singing on the subway in NY and now he’s 1/5 of the world’s newest boy band. He’s a self-proclaimed nerd who loves Star Wars and video games, and we’re all on board!

Michael Conor, 18, of Cleveland, OH – Michael gave fans something different throughout his time on the show. Not only is he a creative genius who can rap & freestyle his way out of anything, he’s also a violinist and a loving big brother. At times Michael had to work harder than most in order to embrace the singing part of the show, but he succeeded and made his way to the final band.

Sergio Calderon, Jr., 16, of Redwood City, CA – Sergio also brought something different to the show by adding Spanish verses to the songs. He gave up his dream of playing professional soccer in order to pursue a career in music. Now he’s part of In Real Life, singing and making everyone laugh one day at a time.

Brady Tutton, 15, Shorewood, WI – Brady was one of the youngest on the show, but proved his talent when he sang in Italian during his audition and consistently wowed the judges each week. As a classically trained singer, an actor, and an all-around lovable guy, Brady gets to showcase his talent with his unofficial big brothers.

Also, check out this adorable shout out Jesus managed to get for my niece and me since we weren’t able to be there:

You can follow the guys on social media here:

In Real Life:               Twitter | Instagram | #lifelines

Chance Perez:           Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Drew Ramos:            Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Michael Conor:         Twitter | Instagram |
Sergio Calderon:      Twitter | Instagram
Brady Tutton:           Twitter | Instagram

 

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THE FOREIGNER Introduces The U.S. To Jackie Chan’s Serious Acting Talent

Written by Jesus Figueroa

For years Jackie Chan has been entertaining U.S. audiences with comical action movies, but “The Foreigner” show cases a more serious side to the action star.

Chan has been doing serious action movies overseas, but had never had the opportunity to bring his acting talents to more than comedy action movies in the U.S.

“The Foreigner” is a dark gritty story of a man seeking out vengeance when his daughter is killed in a terrorist attack.

“In Asia, I already found it very tough to slowly change, but for the past 20 years my friends in Asia have accepted that ‘Wow, Jackie (Chan) is an actor, not just an action star,'” Chan said. “From Hollywood, I get scripts for police from Hong Kong or police from China, secret police from hong kong, secret police from china, I don’t get so many roles from Hollywood.”

No different roles were offered to Chan until “The Foreigner,” his fans outside of Asia had not been able to see anything other than the action star.

Through this dark story, the dramatic side of Chan is showcased in a story which has him show an emotional and vulnerable side.

Screenplay writer David Marconi said it wasn’t intentional that Quan Ngoc Minh, played by Chan, comes off as almost a villain in the first part of the movie because it wasn’t what was in the original book “The Chinaman” written by Stephen Leather.

“Originally for me, it was a man who…Is caught up in a tragedy,” Marconi said. “We have so many tragedies around us, look at Las Vegas, you can just go on and on and on.”

“The Foreigner” tells the story of a grieving father who has nothing to live for, Marconi said. This gives Quan no other option than to go after the people who took everything away from him.

Although he character goes to extremes, Chan hopes that people remember that this is fiction that is based on some sort of reality, but not completely grounded in reality.

As a filmmaker, Chan hopes his films send some message to the viewers – peace, respect, unity among other themes – and causes thoughts and discussions.

“Right now, there are terrorist attacks every single day around the world,” Chan said. “I always said that natural disasters – tornados and tsunamis – happen every single day. Why do humans create human disasters? I choose this movie because I hope we can stop these kinds of things.”

Chan hopes that the loss of innocent lives can stop, that through “The Foreigner” can help start the discussion to find a solution to the senseless loss of innocent lives.

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Actor Dave Belvederi Finds His Road

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Professionally trained actor Dave Belvederi has not strayed away from traveling to be an actor.

Born in Italy, acting has taken him from Europe and found him a place in Los Angeles with numerous skills to bring to his trade.

“I’ve always travelled since I was a little kid, so I was never scared of traveling,” Belvederi said. “Traveling on your own is way better. It gives you more freedom. You get to see alot of different cultures, different ethnicities, so, it kind of widens your mind.”

Along with his travels, the skills he picked up while training as an actor have brought him a better understanding and more to bring to each of the his roles.

While in New York in his first year of college he picked up stonework as an interest due to his background in mixed martial arts.

Starting with boxing and progressing to kickboxing and eventually more close-quarter combat.

“I started training with Ray Rodriguez, he was a stunt coordinator back then,” Belvederi said.

Rodriguez would encourage him to consider stunt work because of the many years of martial arts.

Due to stunt acting, Belvederi was able to keep up his physique so he could be versatile and pursue action roles which would require his training.

“The cinema here (in Hollywood) is more spectacular. There’s more of an action style, bigger,” Belvederi said. “Acting in Europe is very traditional.”

Coming from Europe, Belvederi never thought he would be able to do both stunt work and acting. Being in Hollywood now he has been able to take advantage and use the traditional training with his stunt training.

With two projects coming up Belvederi looks to showcase more of what he is capable of and expand his acting range even further.

“Bloody Eyes” has Belverderi playing a detective, which he wasn’t use to because he was usually placed in the role of a villain.

As well as “Rogue Hunter,” now in post-production, where Belvederi play mercenary Alex Phoenix.

“It was a very demanding role because it had alot of stunts too,” Belvederi said.

Belvederi rehearsed the action sequences two weeks prior to starting shooting. Which gave him the versatility to adapt to changes once shooting took place.

Roles come to Belvederi and he said he is willing to take on a variety of roles because as long as it is challenging it will keep him honing his skills.

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@Thisfunktional Roundtable Discussion with Tom Ellis, Tom Welling LUCIFER Season 3

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Actors Tom Ellis and Tom Welling talk with media about the new season of “Lucifer,” season 3 premiered Oct. 2 on FOX.

Ellis and Welling talk about having multiple Tom’s on set, having Welling come into the series and how Welling got to be a part of “Lucifer.”

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@Thisfunktional Roundtable Discussion with Keesha Sharp, Jordana Brewster LETHAL WEAPON Season 2

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actresses Keesha Sharp and Jordana Brewster talk with media about “Lethal Weapon,” Season 2 premiered Sept. 29 on FOX.

Sharp and Brewster talk about wanting the women of “Lethal Weapon” to have more scenes together, how each of their characters will be changing throughout season 2 and how happy they have been being part of the show.

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Jessica Cameron, @Thisfunktional Walkthrough #FOXHorrorRewind

The free experience will allow Los Angeles natives to step into worlds of horror classics old and new including “THE FLY,” “THE HILLS HAVE EYES,” “28 DAYS LATER” and “CARRIE”

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Actress, director, producer and Scream Queen Jessica Cameron and Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, walk through pop-up haunt FOX’s “Horror Rewind,” open Oct. 13 to 15 in Downtown Los Angeles.

The video walkthrough just shows a look into the experience which attendees get to be a part of.

The scare actors are fantastic, from the “Tour Guide,” played by Jillian Clare, to several monsters and Carrie, the experience feels like a seamless mesh of some iconic horror movies.

The free pop-up event, inspired by the 19 re-releases of horror classics on Blu-ray and DVD from the Fox Home Entertainment catalog with brand new packaging designed by digital artist Orlando Arocena, available now, which is in the Art District of downtown Los Angeles is a fun and thrilling roughly 10-minute immersive experience.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings some their most terrifying horror films to life when “HORROR REWIND” arrives in Downtown Los Angeles the weekend of Friday the 13th. 

Taking place over the course of three nights, this immersive experience is produced by The Great Company in collaboration with the creators of premiere interactive horror theater Delusion.

In a secluded corner of the Arts District of Los Angeles, a deranged horror movie super fan, has created a living, breathing installation in homage to his four favorite films (THE FLY, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, 28 DAYS LATER and CARRIE). 

In tribute to these films, he has trapped innocent civilians inside and transformed them into demented and deformed monsters, forced to live-out his most terrifying celluloid nightmares.

For those who make it out alive, forget what your mother told you and stop by the ominous van parked outside. 

There you’ll be able to feed your own macabre obsessions and purchase any of 19 brand new Blu-rays featuring collectible packaging cover designs by acclaimed digital artist Orlando Arocena.  Limited edition posters of Arocena’s work will also be available as a gift with purchase while supplies last.

Fans can also purchase the full line-up of the Halloween faceplates from Arocena here: bit.ly/FoxHalloweenWM.

Admission is free but ticketing is EXTREMELY limited and on a FIRST-COME-FIRST SERVE BASIS, Oct. 13 to 15 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Guests must register in advance at HORRORREWIND.EVENTBRITE.COM to receive an appointment day and time.

A limited number of standby tickets will also be available via the above website.

Be sure to use #FOXHorrorRewind to share your experience.

Part of the fun is enjoying it with people who enjoy the fear, such as Jessica Cameron who joined for the scary fun.

Cameron and the rest of the group were thrilled at the opportunity to jump in and the not only walkthrough but actively be part of the story room after room.

FOX Presents HORROR REWIND
Oct. 13 -15 8 p.m. – Midnight
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@Thisfunktional talks with Mariana Treviño, Christopher Von Uckermann COMO CORTAR A TO PATAN

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Actors Marina Treviño and Christopher Von Uckermann talk with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about their movie “Como Cortar a tu Patan” (How to Break up with your Douchbag), out in theaters now.

Treviño and Uckermann discuss their characters and what got them enthusiastic about the project, working with such a talented cast and director and the universal theme of the movie.

COMO CORTAR TU PATAN
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#ThrowbackThursday | Week 1 | 112 – “Cupid” [video]

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Thursdays on According to Kristin are dedicated to our beloved throwbacks. Whether it’s pictures, movies, music videos, anything goes! 90% of the time I’m thinking about music, so it’ll most likely be an old music video lol.

As always, I’m open to suggestions!

Here is this week’s throwback video:

Fun Fact: I was in 8th grade when this song came out. In my Chorus class (yes, I was always a Chorus nerd) we had designated days where we had to “teach” the class. We had to print out enough copies of the lyrics to a song for each student and then “teach” them to sing that particular song. This was my song of choice lol.

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#MovieWednesday: Week 1 | Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Princess Diaries and Justice League

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Hey hey hey!! Happy Hump Day!

Wednesdays here at According to Kristin will be dedicated to movies, movies and more movies. So, grab your popcorn and prepare for trailers, release dates, casting news, etc. I’m hoping to have some podcasts posted here as well, so if I can wrangle in some of my cohorts, those will be included every Wednesday too.

I can’t complete my first #MovieWednesday without mentioning the new Star Wars trailer! Ho. Ly. Crap. Balls. The anticipation for this one is REAL! If you’re one of like five people who hasn’t seen it yet, you can watch it below:

Ahhhhhh!!! Were you as impressed and worried as I was?? I work with two Star Wars fanatics who are uber excited about the idea that Rey might turn to the dark side alongside Kylo Ren, but I refuse to accept this. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that perhaps she’s teaming up with Luke Skywalker and pretending to side with Kylo Ren in order to retaliate for (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!) killing Hans Solo. Think I’m reaching? You’re not the only one haha. Let me know what YOU thought!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to be released in theaters December 15, 2017 and tickets are available now!


PB1208[1]This is a rather random choice for #MovieWednesday, but who cares? It’s a movie! I’ve heard so many people talking about the 1987 film The Princess Bride, but I, personally, have never seen it. I decided to change that and I recorded it on my DVR last week. I finally sat down to watch it and realized that it wasn’t necessarily what I expected. It was odd, it was far-fetched, it was cute, it was romantic, it was funny and I liked it! Have you seen it before? Want me to shut up about it now? … As you wish …


One movie that I’m really excited about is Justice League! I don’t even think I need to give an explanation as to why! lol. I’m excited to see Jason Momoa embrace the role of Aquaman, and I’m stoked to see a female superhero (Wonder Woman) holding her own amongst some of the best male superheroes. I’m still a bit salty that Grant Gustin didn’t get to play The Flash in the film since he plays him so well on The CW, but I digress. Check out the newest trailer and let me know your feelings. Who are you most excited to see?

 

Here are the newest movie posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Justice League:

 

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#TVTuesday: Week 1 | This Is Us, Shadowhunters, Fear the Walking Dead/The Walking Dead & DWTS

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Hey, everyone! Happy Tuesday!

Every Tuesday, I’ll be posting all about TV here on According to Kristin. What I’m watching, what I’ve been wanting to watch, what others are watching that I haven’t gotten into, etc.  As always, I’m open to any suggestions for shows you want me to check out. Even if you just want to rant or rave about a recent episode of a show…tweet me all about it @thisiskristin_!

I admit…I watch a lot of TV. I started doing podcast reviews with some of my friends, which has kept me in front of the TV instead of in the gym lol. BUT, I plan on watching the shows while I’m at least running on the treadmill every night. 😜

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One of my absolute favorites at the moment is This Is Us. Even just the trailer for the NBC show had me hooked! This is the first time in my life that I’ve witnessed a show that touches on every possible situation and curve ball that life can throw your way. And to do it with such an incredible cast is the icing on the cake. Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson and everyone else involved with this show deserve all the praise in the world. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but if you haven’t seen an episode of this show, you should definitely change that asap.

 


 

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A show I recently binge-watched was Shadowhunters, which can be found on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). A friend from work recommended it to me, so I binged it on Hulu and loved it. The acting is suspect at times, but the premise for the show is interesting. I saw the Mortal Instruments film a few years ago and this is based on the same concept and the same novel by Cassandra Clare. The show stars Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia, Harry Shum, Jr., Alberto Rosende and Isaiah Mustafa (the Old Spice guy!!). The special effects are pretty decent and the soundtrack is amazing. I’ll be talking about the artist, Ruelle (who sings the title track for the show and also has a few other songs that are featured), A LOT, so check her out wherever you download or stream music.


 

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Last night Danay Garcia posted a photo on her Instagram that sent Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead fans spiraling down the rabbit hole! We’ve been speculating whether or not they would merge the two shows at some point and we’ve been shot down at every conspiracy theory, BUT it is finally confirmed that this will happen!! Not sure when, why, or how, but it’s going to happen at some point and I’m excited for it!

Don’t forget to catch The Walking Dead is back on AMC October 22nd!


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One of my guilty pleasure shows is Dancing With the Stars. I know, I know…don’t judge me! I wasn’t really interested in this season except for seeing Jordan Fisher and Lindsey Stirling though. I spoke about Jordan Fisher yesterday for #MusicMonday, but watching him dance is a whole other ballgame. He performed a Contemporary dance last night with his partner Lindsay Arnold that was absolutely beautiful! He can literally do anything! You can watch their dance below:

Lindsey Stirling is an incredible violinist, but she’s also proving herself on the dance floor. She’s used to jumping around on stage when she’s playing the violin, but she’s a self-proclaimed clumso too. It doesn’t show though! I probably would’ve been tripping over my own two feet if I attempted even five seconds of this dance lol!

Check out her Jive with Mark Ballas from last week’s episode below:

 

Let me know what you’re watching! Tell me about a recent episode that made you cry and reevaluate life. There are so many shows out right now, it’s hard to keep up!

See you all next week for #TVTuesday!

 

 

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@Thisfunktional Roundtable Discussion with Crystal Reed, Robin Lord Taylor GOTHAM Season 4

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Actors Crystal Reed and Robin Lord Taylor talk with media about “Gotham” season 4, which premiered on Sept. 28.

Reed and Taylor discuss the evolution of relationships on “Gotham,” what allies Taylor would want Penguin to have and how they feels when they get the script for the next episode.

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