Come Send DRINKIN’, SMOKIN’ and WEST COASTIN’ In A 90s Style

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

“Drinkin’, Smokin’ and West Coastin'” is coming to an end, but not before throwing a grand party sponsored by Playboy.

“It’s been a crazy month. Our opening night was huge, almost 4,000 people came, because I think people were stoked that we were back in DTLA again,” Curator Jacob Patterson said. “The nightly events have been varied. Some have been packed, and others have been more intimate. I think we had a very diverse range of programming and people came to multiple events; the best ones where events where new producers walked into our space and brought their own unique audiences, like SELFISH and Cannabis Cabaret.”

Join Playboy and Think Tank Gallery for their “Hidden Arcade 90s Edition,” purchase tickets here.

Artist from around the world displayed artwork which represented the best of Los Angeles.

The support from fans getting the word out helped propel this event into the success it became.

“What was the most special was the sheer amount of support. From people sharing it, to people like the Bloody Gums Collective helping build it, to the people buying tickets and merch just because they know it helps out. We had given up on this show and pretty much given up on the Think Tank after the Ghost Ship Fire, and it was fans and helpers (and sponsors) that picked us up and pulled us across the finish line,” Patterson said. “We’re excited to party with all of them on Saturday (Sept. 23) at our closing party with Playboy.”

Even with the event coming to a close the success gives Patterson hope of another “Drinkin’, Smoking’ and West Coastin'” exhibit to sprout up or travel around so others can experience the exhibit and events.

“Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ – Hyphy Edition. Oakland 2018. Any takers?” Patterson said.

Already in the works is a new show which has already been a big hit at the Bay area, thatdickpicshow.com/.

With the help of Patterson it now comes to LA.

“We have a really killer feminist show in the beginning of October by an artist named Kidd Bell,” Patterson said. “She has been collecting unsolicited dick pics that dudes have sent her and other women without permission, and then she hangs them up in a gallery and tells the guys that their unwanted images are now art. It’s a hilarious protest, and super clever.”

Support from the community helps bring unique exhibits to Los Angeles as well as the events which are produced in conjunction with it.

There’s so many artists which struggle to have a place to showcase their talent and places like the Think Tank Gallery make it possible to bring in artists both locally and internationally.

“It’s truly been wild to watch the range of programming. Every night has looked completely different in here. From events that use the ShowGrow 420 Lounge as a smoking lounge, to events that take over the whole space with cannabis sampling, to events that use only the DMV Dive Bar that we built and the main gallery is open to the public… it’s been super varied,” Patterson said. “The malleable nature of the space has been what has most interesting me. It’s been a lot of work but the show has taken on a new life almost every single night and that’s a testament to visionary producers taking what we’ve built, respecting our artists and then making it their own.”

Purchase tickets for “Playboy’s Hidden Arcade 90s Edition” at playboythinktank.eventbrite.com.

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PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN | NEW Clip released!

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Watch Connie Britton and Luke Evans battle over the world’s most famous Amazon in a NEW clip from PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN. 

The film starring starring Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote and written and directed by Angela Robinson will open in theaters on October 13th.

SYNOPSIS: In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS | NEW Trailer Released!

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Trust No One. 

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect and clues are everywhere. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.

SYNOPSIS: What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

There are clues to be found. Everyone is a suspect. Make sure to look for a NEW clue hidden in this latest trailer. Visit CluesAreEverywhere.com to uncover more clues and learn about the suspects aboard the Orient Express.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS hits theaters everywhere November 10, 2017! 

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The Fall 2017 Theater Bucket List

The Fall 2017 Theater Bucket List

There’s nothing like watching a movie in a theater. No television set can match the big screen, the powerful sound system, the intensity, energy and the uninterrupted focus you can experience in a dark room full of movie fans.

As the year starts winding down, you’ll have many options for a good movie getaway. But make sure to put the following mix of romance, biographical stories, comedy and horror films on your bucket list before the end of the year:

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Chavela (MusicBox Distribution): If you love inspiring biographies, you must watch this film that celebrates the life of legendary ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, whose existence and rise to fame was paved with passion, sensational rumors, and headlines about her encounters with celebrities and artists such as Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The film, which features never-before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, shows how her free spirit and determination to challenge cultural norms in 1950s Mexico made her an icon ahead of her time. In select theaters as of October 4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKyj5Tzrumo

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Happy Death Day (Universal Pictures): If horror movies are your thing, you can’t miss this one. It even premieres on Friday the 13th! A college student is caught up in a nightmare she can’t seem to escape from as she relives the day of her murder over and over again while she tries to discover her killer’s identity. Get ready to scream on October 13.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NTaDm3atkc

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The Shape of Water (FOX Searchlight): Director Guillermo del Toro directs this romantic fantastical tale of Elisa, a lonely mute woman who works as a cleaning lady in a remote high-security government lab, whose life changes when she discovers and bonds with a mysterious creature that is part of a classified experiment. In theaters December 8.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFYWazblaUA

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Pitch Perfect 3 (Universal Pictures): The Bellas are back! After winning the world championships, the Bellas have split up, but they reunite for an overseas USO tour to make music and some questionable decisions, one last time. Don’t miss the next chapter of Pitch Perfect with Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson on December 22.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZkuyLsN3gM

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Downsizing (Paramount Pictures): Size does matter! Well… if you want to have a better life. That’s the premise of this sci-fi comedy/social satire starring Matt Damon, who is sold on the idea that getting shrunk to 5 inches can save him money, allow him to live a better life and even participate in a solution to over-population in the world by conserving resources. But things may not go as planned, especially when his wife, played by Kristen Wiig, backs out of the deal. Catch the film before it shrinks away on December 22.

https://youtu.be/UCrBICYM0yM

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FERDINAND | NEW Trailer and BIG NEWS!

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Don’t judge a bull by its cover.

20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have released a new trailer and big news about FERDINAND! Nick Jonas has written an original song titled “Home” for the film; and Peyton Manning and Juanes have rounded out the exciting all-star cast alongside John Cena (as Ferdinand), as well as Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Boris Kodjoe, Jerrod Carmichael, Raul Esparza, Karla Martinez, and Miguel Angel Sylvester. Inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart.

SYNOPSIS: After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of “Rio” and inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, “Ferdinand” is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.

FERDINAND hits theaters everywhere on December 15, 2017!

 

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PEYTON MANNING IS THE VOICE OF ‘GUAPO’ THE BULL

Character Description: Guapo acts like he’s brimming with confidence but under that brash exterior, he’s really a bundle of nerves! Thanks to Ferdinand, he learns to overcome his self-doubt.

 

 

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NICK JONAS HAS WRITTEN AN ORIGINAL SONG FOR THE FILM TITLED “HOME”

The song is set to release next month!

 

 

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LANE 1974 | Official Trailer

The Orchard has released the official trailer for LANE 1974!

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SYNOPSIS: A young and impressionable Lane struggles with the repercussions of her iconoclast mother’s erratic moves through the communes and dusty back woods of 1974 Northern California.

Directed by S.J. Chiro, LANE 1974 tells the story of facing adolescence in the midst of adversity and longing for more.

LANE 1974 is due to be released by The Orchard On Digital and On Demand September 26th!

 

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Release: 9/26/17
GENRE: Drama
DIRECTOR: S.J. Chiro
CAST: Katherine Moennig, Sophia Mitri Schloss

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RED SPARROW | First Trailer Released!

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Seduce. Deceive. Repeat.

The first trailer for the upcoming spy thriller RED SPARROW starring Jennifer Lawrence has just been released by 20th Century Fox. Directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons, the film hits theaters March 2nd, 2018!

SYNOPSIS: Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat.

When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.

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Thriller Release: March 2, 2018
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by: Justin Haythe
Based upon the book by: Jason Matthews
Produced by: Peter Chernin, Steve Zaillian, Jenno Topping
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons

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@Thisfunktional #Contest: AMERICAN MADE Reserved Seats

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Tom Cruise’s upcoming movie “American Made” opens in theaters Sept. 29, but some lucky winners will get to see it before it opens.

Two winners from each city (Chicago, El Paso, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Phoenix) will get reserved seats to the advance screening of “American Made.”

All you need to do to enter is like my Facebook page: ThisfunktionalLA, or sign up to my newsletter, share the contest and message me or email me here.

I will let the winners know how to get their prize.

The winners will receive each of the below:

  • Winner will receive guaranteed seats and be admitted via guestlist check-in
  • Winner should bypass all lines and check-in with the screening rep inside the theater lobby
  • Winner should arrive no later than 6:50PM to claim their guaranteed seats
  • Guaranteed seats are forfeited to the general line after 6:50PM

Disclaimer: Winners will be chosen. Contest runs to Sept. 21, 2017 midnightNo purchase necessary. Prize provided by 42 West.  Only open to the U.S., no PO Boxes or international addresses. Only one entry per household. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed. We will not accept entries of contestants who have claimed a prize in the last 6 months.

In Universal Pictures’ “American Made,” Tom Cruise reunites with “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.

Based on a true story, “American Made” co-stars Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones and Jayma Mays.
The film is produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Academy Award®-winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and Tyler Thompson (Everest), Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison (The Departed), and Kim Roth (Inside Man).

Gary Spinelli wrote the screenplay.

AMERICAN MADE
in theaters Sept. 29
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Latino Creatives Make a Strong Case for Media Inclusion at the 2017 Latino Media Fest

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ (NALIP) Latino Media Fest is the unique presenter of the best U.S. Latino content across all media platforms: narrative short films, TV/streaming pilots, digital content, virtual reality, augmented reality and documentary shorts.

The 2017 NALIP Latino Media Fest will take place at the AMC Century City 15 on September 26-27.
The first annual Latino Media Fest is presented by Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo and additionally sponsored by FOX Inclusion, MPAA, Labo Digital, El Rey Network and venue sponsor AMC Independent.Throughout the two-day event, NALIP will present a diverse schedule of panels, workshops, screenings, showcases and more.

Highlights include:

  • Shorts Screening Program A (Tuesday, September 26) – 2017 Official Selection Program A for the Latino Media Fest will showcase the following films:
    • Victor & Isolina, William D. Caballero
    • Desde el Principio, Miguel J. Soliman
    • The Spirit was Gone, Cristian Proa
    • The Melancholy Man, Samantha Smith
    • Hijo por Hijo, Juan Avella
    • Wonderland, Ignacio Garcia-Bustelo
  • Estrella, Brandon Arroyo
  • Special Screening (Tuesday, September 26) – An advance screening of NBC’s hit series, Superstore will be showcased at the Latino Media Fest and a panel with Superstore writers Sierra Ornelas​ and Vanessa​ ​Ramos.​
  • Shorts Screening Program B (Wednesday, September 27) – 2017 Official Selection Program B for the Latino Media Fest will showcase the following films:
    • Jimbo, Rodrigo Zanforlin
    • Parallax Effect: Abduction, Davy Perez
    • Welcome Back, Matias Nilsson
    • Paloma, Maia Nikiphoroff and Jean Lee
  • Animation Master Class (Wednesday, September 27) – Jorge R. Gutiérrez will be taking part in NALIP’s Animation Master Class. He will discuss the specifics of making animated features and the process of telling unique stories that are relatable to global audiences. Gutiérrez has worked on Book of Life, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and his upcoming short VR film, Son of Jaguar.
  • The 2017 Latino Media Fest Awards (Wednesday, September 27) – The awardees that were voted in the four award categories will be recognized for their work behind the camera.
    • Best LatinX Film awarded to Beatriz at Dinner, received by Miguel Arteta, director of the film
    • Best LatinX Filmmaker awarded to director, writer and editor José María Cabral, for his film Woodpeckers
    • Best Latin American Film awarded to Lemon, received by Janicza Bravo, director and writer of the film
    • Best Latin American FIlmmaker awarded to director and writer Amat Escalante, for his film The Untamed

“NALIP has been more ambitious this year in actively changing the conversation in the industry and advocating for a truly diverse and inclusive media landscape,” Executive Director, Ben Lopez said.

The NALIP Latino Media Fest attracts Latino content creators, industry executives and media from around the globe for invaluable learning and networking opportunities. Passes to the Latino Media Fest can be purchased at latinomediafest.com.

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@Thisfunktional Podcast – MOVIES – Miguel Artate BEATRIZ AT DINNER

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Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Director Miguel Artate talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about “Beatriz at Dinner,” available now on Digital HD, DVD and On Demand.

Artate talks about making sure actress Selma Hayek’s heart and intelligence were at the forefront of her role as Beatriz, making the ending something that sticks with the audience and trying to get Hayek an Oscar nomination for her fantastic performance.

Salma Hayek shines in this provocatively funny fish-out-of-water comedy. Beatriz (Hayek), an immigrant from a poor Mexican town, draws upon her innate kindness as a spiritual health practitioner in L.A.

Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a rich and ruthless real-estate developer.

When fate brings them together at a dinner party, it leads to a culture clash of wildly comic proportions – and a night that will change both their worlds forever.

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