@Thisfunktional Contest: SING Guest List

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Here’s something cool for Thisfunktional readers in Los Angeles, come to a screening for “Sing” at Regal LA Live in downtown LA on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

What makes this screening special? Those who win this get to skip the lines.

There’s no need to wait in line to watch this movie, just come to the check-in table and let them know you are on the guest list.

Sound cool, right? So why not enter for a chance to win one of two family pack of tickets, that’s four tickets per pack.

Here’s how to win:
On Twitter, follow and mention @Thisfunktional and what is your favorite song to sing at family karaoke night, #Thisfunktional.

On instagram, follow and tag @thisfunktional and tag a friend with a screenshot of this post and #Thisfunktional.

On Snapchat, follow Thisfunktional and send a snap, sing your favorite song (everyone gets a chance to win regardless of skill).

“Like” Thisfunktional on Facebook, send a message or post what song would you sing if you entered a contest.

Finally, on thisfunktional.com on the right-hand sidebar at the top subscribe by entering your email in “subscribe to newsletter” and follow the instructions.

I will choose 2 winners. No repeat winners.

Disclaimer: 2 winners will be chosen. Contest runs to Dec. 11, 2016 at noon PST. Winners will be notified on Dec. 11, 2016 by 10 p.m PST with instructions on how to claim your prize. No purchase necessary. Prize provided by MPRM Communications.  Only open to the U.S., no PO Boxes or international addresses.

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits “Despicable Me,” “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions,” now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history.

Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster “The Secret Life of Pets,” Illumination presents “Sing” this holiday season.

With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.

The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.

Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.

Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy.

Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception.

Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on Dec. 21.

in theaters Dec. 21
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Special Features Mariah Carey, YouTube Comedy Star Rudy Mancuso and Performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam and More

Directed by World Renowned Music Director Dave Meyers


YouTube today announced that it has ordered “The Keys of Christmas,” a holiday special starring global superstar Mariah Carey and YouTube musical sensation Rudy Mancuso that features original musical performances by many of the hottest acts around including Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled and Fifth Harmony. “The Keys of Christmas” will debut on YouTube Red on December 19, 2016.

The star-studded ensemble cast will shepherd Mancuso on a magical adventure of the true meaning of Christmas. This seasonal tale, from Endemol Shine North America and its digital studio Endemol Shine Beyond USA and Just Entertainment Studios, will uncover what happens when you accidentally go off the grid on Christmas Eve with no phone and no way to function on this festive night.

World renowned and Grammy Award-winning music director Dave Meyers (Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Pink’s “Just Like Fire” and Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been”) will direct “The Keys of Christmas.” This special will also feature original musical performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Nicky Jam, Bebe Rexha and Gregory Brothers. Boxing legend Mike Tyson will make a special appearance, as he and the others join Mariah to show Rudy the true meaning of Christmas.

“Music is wildly popular on YouTube and we’re excited to bring together some of the biggest names in music alongside some of the biggest stars on YouTube. The musical icons and rising artists in ‘The Keys of Christmas’ bring this new holiday tale to life,” said Ben Relles, Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals. “We are also thrilled to have YouTube comedy star Rudy Mancuso in his first leading role in a music special.”

“‘The Keys of Christmas’ is truly a modern take on the holiday variety special, bringing together traditional and digital natives in this very unique musical format for the YouTube audience,” said Bonnie Pan, President, Endemol Shine Beyond USA. “Dave Meyers, who has an amazing track record working with the top musical acts of our time, had a vision and was able to weave that into a fresh new format with the likes of Mariah Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Rudy Mancuso and many other incredible performers just in time for Christmas.”

“Nothing makes you believe in a Christmas miracle more than creating a show where over 20 super stars from Mariah Carey to DJ Khaled, Rudy Mancuso, Fifth Harmony and the champ himself, Mike Tyson, all come together,” said Justin Hochberg, CEO of Just Entertainment Studios. “Christmas is the global holiday, so launching this show with YouTube Red in the U.S. and so many other countries all on one magical night is the perfect partnership; and would make Santa proud.”

YouTube Red is a paid membership that gives you an enhanced, uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Gaming. Members also get exclusive access to new Original series and movies from top YouTube creators. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, with plans for additional international expansion next year.

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‘YOU’RE KILLING ME SUSANA’ starring Gael García Bernal hits U.S. theaters in February 2017


youre-killing-me-susana-one-sheetYou’re Killing Me Susana (Me Estás Matando Susana), una comedia romántica de México protagonizada por el actor ganador del Globo de Oro Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle, Neruda), se estrena en cines el 17 de febrero de 2017 en Los Ángeles y Nueva York, para luego extenderse a otras 10 ciudades. Hola Mexico Distribution lanzará la película en EE.UU., después de sus premieres en 2016 en el Festival de Cine Internacional de Guadalajara, el Festival de Cine Internacional de Chicago y el Festival de Cine de Mill Valley y su proyección en los cines en México el pasado agosto. Producida y dirigida por Roberto Sneider (Arráncame la vida) a partir de un guión de Luis Cámara y Sneider basado en la novela Ciudades desiertas de José Agustín, la película es coprotagonizada por Verónica Echégui, Ashley Grace, Jadyn Wong, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson y Adam Hurtig.

Samuel Douek, presidente de Hola Mexico Distribution, afirmó: “Creemos que al público de EE.UU., que son fans de Gael por películas como Diarios de motocicleta, Babel y No, y más recientemente por su serie de TV Mozart in the Jungle, le encantará su actuación en You’re Killing Me Susana (Me Estás Matando Susana), donde interpreta a un hombre pícaro y encantador en el estilo de Hugh Grant en Bridget Jones’s Diary y About a Boy. Es una película graciosa y entretenida, ideal para que los adultos la vean en una cita”.

En You’re Killing Me Susana (Me Estás Matando Susana), Bernal interpreta a Eligio, un narcisista actor de telenovelas de la ciudad de México que un día se sorprende al descubrir que su esposa, Susana (Verónica Echégui), lo ha abandonado sin decir una palabra. Cuando se entera que ella se inscribió en un curso de escritura en una universidad de Iowa, decide seguirla y persuadirla para que regrese a su lado. Al llegar durante una tormenta de nieve a lo que parece ser el medio de la nada, Eligio se siente como un pez fuera del agua y se decepciona al descubrir que Susana ya ha continuado con su vida. Poco a poco, empieza a darse cuenta de que tomará mucho más que su usual carisma y bonitas palabras para volver a ganarse su amor.

Sobre Hola Mexico Distribution

Hola Mexico Distribution busca llevar algunas de las películas de mayor calidad de México y de América Latina al público de todo Estados Unidos. Establecida como la rama de distribución del Hola Mexico Film Festival después del exitoso lanzamiento de la película East Side Sushi en 2015, Hola Mexico Distribution también distribuyó el Hola Mexico Tour en 2016, un festival de cine itinerante que proyectó 10 de las mejores películas mexicanas del Hola Mexico Film Festival del 2016 en Los Ángeles. Hola Mexico Distribution lanzará You’re Killing me Susana,protagonizada por Gael García Bernal, en febrero del 2017; y pronto revelará las películas del año próximo. Para obtener más información, visita: Hola Mexico Distribution  
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‘YOU’RE KILLING ME SUSANA’ starring Gael García Bernal hits U.S. theaters in February 2017


youre-killing-me-susana-one-sheetYou’re Killing Me Susana (Me Estás Matando Susana), a romantic comedy from Mexico starring Golden Globe winning actor Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle, Neruda), will begin its U.S. theatrical run on February 17, 2017 in Los Angeles and New York and expanding thereafter to 10 additional cities. Hola Mexico Distribution will release the film here, following its 2016 premieres at the Guadalajara International, Chicago International and Mill Valley Film Festivals and its theatrical run in Mexico this past August. Produced and directed by Roberto Sneider (Tear This Heart Out) from a screenplay by Luis Camara and Sneider based on the novel Deserted Cities (Ciudades Desiertas) by José Agustín, the film co-stars Verónica Echegui, Ashley Grace, Jadyn Wong, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson and Adam Hurtig.

Samuel Douek, president of Hola Mexico Distribution, said, “We believe U.S. audiences who are fans of Gael from such films as The Motorcycle Diaries, Babel and No and more recently his TV series Mozart in the Jungle will love him in You’re Killing Me Susana (Me Estás Matando Susana), where he’s a charming rogue in the tradition of Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones’s Diary and About a Boy. It’s a funny and entertaining date movie for adult filmgoers.”

In You’re Killing Me Susana (Me Estás Matando Susana) Bernal stars as Eligio, a narcissistic Mexico City soap opera actor who one day is shocked to discover that his wife Susana (Echegui) has picked up and left him without uttering a word. After learning that she has enrolled in a writing program at an Iowa university, he decides to go after her and persuade her to return to him. Arriving in what appears to be the middle of nowhere during a winter storm, Eligio feels like a fish out of water and is disappointed to find that Susana has already moved on with her life. Slowly it begins to dawn on him that it’s going to take a lot more than his usual boyish charisma and sweet talk to win her back.

About Hola Mexico Distribution

Hola Mexico Distribution seeks to bring some of the highest quality films from Mexico and Latin America to audiences across the United States. Established as the distribution arm of the Hola Mexico Film Festival after a successful theatrical run of the film East Side Sushi in 2015, Hola Mexico Distribution also distributed the Hola Mexico Tour in 2016, a traveling film festival featuring 10 of the best Mexican films from the 2016 Hola Mexico Film Festival in Los Angeles. Hola Mexico Distribution is set to release You’re Killing me Susana, starring Gael García Bernal, in February of 2017; and will soon unveil next year’s slate. For more information, visit: Hola Mexico Distribution 

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@Thisfunktional goes to Universal Studios Hollywood’s GRINCHMAS

(All photo by Jesus Figueroa)

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

The holiday season is in full swing at Universal Studios Hollywood’s GRINCHMAS celebration with the park decorated in festive holiday decorations.

From the red carpet at the front gate having a nice Grinch green boarder and fancy decorated Christmas trees around the carpet, to the lights and other decorations hanging, the atmosphere is of joy and celebration.

Whoville has come to the center of Universal studios with a giant tree with a stage where a show hosted by Cindy Lou Who.

Along with a show visitors get an opportunity to take a picture with Max the dog and his single antler, have a social media post opportunity with the Grinch’s sleigh and interact with other who-villians.

After story time with Cindy Lou Who, the Studio Tour tram leads from King kong 3-D, to the Fast and the Furious 3-D experience and over to a special Grinchmas performance at Whoville set.

The special performance contains an appearance by the mean green Grinch.

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” with some who-villians.

When the grinch joins in, the festivities become more exciting.

Make sure to get a seat in the second or third section of the tram as the first section really can’t see much of the performance.

It’s a short performance, but kids are sure to get a good treat with it.

The holidays get everyone in the spirit and ever the Despicable Me; Minion Mayhem house has gotten some small changes.

On the outside theres a Christmas Reef and the minions are wearing Santa Claus hats.

Christmas Trees and holiday decorations are set at the entrance of the virtual ride.

The streets have some decorations, but the most noticeable change is just that most of the minions are wearing Santa Claus hats.

Its great to see the children get excited to see the minions’ new look.

It’s a small change, but the festive spirit is enough to be joyful for kids.

On the other side of the park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has warm Butterbeer for the cooling temperature in Los Angeles.

It’s a sweet, maybe a bit too sweet, drink which has no alcohol so even kids can enjoy a warm cup of Butterbeer. There’s also a slush and the regular Butterbeer available.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood isn’t the only holiday treat, Universal CityWalk is also decorated and has CityWalk Holidays celebration going on.

A 40-foot tall Christmas tree with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season is at the 5 Towers plaza.

Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and have special photo opportunities at the 5 Towers.

The iconic, dancing water fountain at the heart of CityWalk also will make a splash this holiday season.

This modern and impressive fountain displaying more than 230 individual power jets projects streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and with holiday-themed music.

Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination. Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

CityWalk has free concerts and special appearances by Santa Claus.

Grinchmas runs weekends on Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, and daily from December 16 through January 1, 2017.

More information is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

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Morrison Hotel Gallery Brings PARENTAL ADVISORY: EXPLICIT IMAGES to Art Basel

N.W.A by Timothy White


A Hip-Hop Event 
and Photography Exhibit
Co-hosted by Timothy White and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from Run-DMC
Exclusively at EAST, Miami
Special Performance by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
Dec. 3
EAST, Miami
788 Brickell Plaza
Miami, FL
7 to 10 PM

The iconic Morrison Hotel Gallery is once again on the pulse of culture, combining music, film, photography and art into a one-of-a-kind night at Miami’s Art Basel.

This exclusive event will include an exhibit featuring images of Hip-Hop legends, photographed by Timothy White, Danny Clinch, Janette Beckman, Clay Patrick McBride and others.

There will be a performance by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels featuring songs from Run-DMC.
The evening will include a showing of iconic/never before seen Hip-Hop footage from films, videos and photo shoots that literally brings back the essence of that era.
It’s so much more than a party.
It’s an experience.

About EAST, Miami
EAST, Miami is Swire Hotels’ first venture into North America, following the openings of EAST in Hong Kong and Beijing. Created for unconventional travelers looking for a fun and relaxing place to stay, EAST, Miami offers distinctive experiences for those seeking innovation, style, and personalized service. EAST, Miami offers 352 guest rooms to include eight suites and 89 one, two and three-bedroom Residence Suites (fully equipped apartments with kitchen, laundry facilities and full access to the amenities and services of the hotel). Guests can expect keyless entry, paperless check-in and check-out, a native App with locally curated insights and travel tips, art exhibits, health and wellness programing and array of other happenings to make them feel totally at EAST. The hotel boasts its signature restaurant Quinto La Huella; a poolside bar & lounge and a rooftop destination bar called Sugar; 20,000 square-feet of meeting and banquet rooms with bay and city views; a 20,000 square-foot outdoor pool and deck (with four different pools) which can be used for private events; a lobby café and bar, Domain, and a 24-hour fitness center. Located at 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, Florida 33131, the hotel is centrally located within a 15-minute drive from the Miami International Airport, and situated on top of Brickell City Centre – conveniently connected to popular districts such as Wynwood, the Design District, and South Beach. For reservations please email reservations@east-miami.com or call 305-712-7000. For more information, please visit east-miami.com/.

About Morrison Hotel® Gallery
Morrison Hotel® Gallery (MHG) was founded in 2001 by former record company executive Peter Blachley, music retail industry professional Richard Horowitz, and legendary music photographer Henry Diltz. In 2012, author, director and photographer Timothy White joined the team, launching an additional West Coast gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. The partners just launched a new location at Mick Fleetwood’s General Store in Maui, Hawaii.

MHG is the world’s leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 100 of the world’s finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today’s contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of sports as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert – morrisonhotelgallery.com

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THE BOATMAN a Border Story with a Paranormal Twist

At the center of the story is the mysterious Miguel aka “El Maldito” (The Cursed One). Miguel, brilliantly embodied by award-winning actor Oscar Torre, is a loner with a reputation of being one of the few Coyote’s (human smuggler) who rarely fails navigating his people across the unpredictable river that divides the U.S. and Mexico.

Miguel must grapple with a past he cannot remember and a future that is littered with corpses.

Known as “El Maldito”, Miguel seems haunted by the dead and dying.

He comes upon them on desert roads; he hears their confessions and takes part in their dying wishes.

Along with Torre (Ladron Que Roba A Ladron, The Hangover III, Counterpunch), “The Boatman” also stars, singer-songwriter in her debut film, Noemi Dunbar, Yvonne DeLaRosa (Borderline, Longmire, Los Americans), Carlos Montilla (Jane The Virgin) and Rogelio T. Ramos (We’re Alive: Lockdown).

“The Boatman” opens on Dec. 16 and runs through the Dec. 23 at Arena Cinelounge, a modern cinema in a historic theater building that is known to showcase indie and hard-to-find films.

social media:
Facebook: TheBoatmanMovie 
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AMTRAK, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment partner up for PETS RIDE FREE




Riding the rails with a beloved four-legged friend will come with an extra special treat during this holiday season, in which “Pets Ride Free.”

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) and Amtrak are teaming up for a first of its kind promotion in celebration of the Dec. 6 home entertainment release of Illumination’s blockbuster film “The Secret Life of Pets.”

The “Pets Ride Free” offer, available for trips booked December 6 through Dec. 11 or while supplies last, allows pets to ride at no additional cost on participating Amtrak routes from Dec. 9 through March 31, 2017.

During the first year of Amtrak’s pet program, more than 15, 000 dogs and cats traveled with their owners on select Amtrak trains across the country.

Information on the “Pets Ride Free” offer is available at Amtrak.com/secretlifeofpets, at select ticket counters and stations and on trains, including AmtrakConnect Wi-Fi portals.

In addition, a limited number “The Secret Life of Pets” prizes will be available to customers at select stations.

The program will be supported in 40 Amtrak markets nationwide including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland, Dallas, Baltimore, Cleveland, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston and others.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release “The Secret Life of Pets,” America’s top-grossing original film of the year, on Digital HD beginning on Nov. 22.

The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, and DVD with nearly an hour of bonus content, including three mini-movies, on Dec. 6.

The film will be available On Demand on Dec. 6, 2016.

In their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present “The Secret Life of Pets,” a comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school, which has grossed more than $873 million in global ticket sales.

Max, voiced by Louis C.K., is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter.

When Max and his unruly new “roommate” slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City.

In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band of abandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.

The film features an all-star voice cast including Louis C.K. (TV’s Louie), Eric Stonestreet (TV’s Modern Family), Kevin Hart (Ride Along Series), Jenny Slate (Zootopia), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Lake Bell (TV’sChildren’s Hospital), Dana Carvey (Wayne’s World), Hannibal Buress (Neighbors series), Bobby Moynihan (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Steve Coogan (Minions) and Albert Brooks (Finding Dory).

The film is directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me franchise, Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax) and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney (Despicable Me franchise).

To travel with a small dog or cat, tickets must be purchased at least three days prior to travel and are valid for up to March 31, 2017.

Only one cat or one small dog are allowed in an enclosed carrier on trips up to seven hours in length.

Both pet and carrier must be a combined weight of 20 pounds.

To learn more about the Amtrak pet program visit Amtrak.com/pets.

To make a pet inclusive reservation, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit a staffed station.

About Amtrak

Amtrak — America’s Railroad® — is dedicated to safe and reliable mobility as the nation’s intercity passenger rail service provider and its high-speed rail operator. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak passengers for each of the past six years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a 10-member board of directors, nine of whom are appointed by the president of the United States plus the Amtrak CEO. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman. Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily — at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) — connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Learn more at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and other information. Check us out at blog.Amtrak.com, Like us on Facebook.com and Follow us on Twitter @Amtrak.

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Clip Enter the Animus from ASSASSIN’S CREED

It is exiting to share the latest “Assassin’s Creed” Clip “Enter the Animus.”

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain.

Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

Get ready for ASSASSINS CREED in theaters Dec. 21
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The Vampire Diaries – S8|E3, S8|E4 and S8|E5 [Podcast Review]


Hey there, #TVDFamily!

On behalf of Keisha and myself, we sincerely apologize for being late in getting these recaps done. I actually had no voice for a while as I was suffering from an upper respiratory infection, Keisha has been extremely busy with work over the holiday and it’s just been a crazy time. But never fear…we’re back on track now and we’ll be recapping Episode 6 after it airs December 2!

So here are the episode details for each, and our podcast review below:

S8|E3: You Decided That I Was Worth Saving    (Aired 11/4/16)

SYNOPSIS: As Enzo continues to fight the control over him, Bonnie finds herself at the center of a deadly game and forced to make a heart wrenching decision involving two of the most important people in her life. At the Armory, Alaric researches a mysterious artifact that he hopes will help in their fight to get Damon and Enzo back. Finally, Damon’s downward spiral leads him to Tyler who attempts to talk some sense into him before it’s too late.


S8|E4: An Eternity of Misery    (Aired 11/11/16)

SYNOPSIS: asked with finding a mysterious artifact, Damon’s latest mission takes him to Texas where a violent run-in with Peter Maxwell leads to a surprising revelation. Meanwhile, after gaining the upper hand in their fight to save Damon and Enzo, Stefan and Alaric team up and uncover the origins of the mysterious force they’re up against. Finally, Matt returns to the fray after his past and present collide in an unexpected way.


S8|E5: Coming Home Was a Mistake    (Aired 11/18/16)

SYNOPSIS: Spiraling down a dangerous path of self-destruction, Damon’s latest actions prove he may be beyond the point of return. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Stefan is forced to make a gut-wrenching decision that threatens to change their relationship forever. Elsewhere, Bonnie gets advice from Caroline on how to break through to Enzo, while Matt attempts to decipher a mysterious box of messages that he’s received. Finally, after tragedy strikes close to home, Stefan and the others are forced to remember what matters most to them.


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