MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE | First Trailer Released!

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Every maze has an end.

20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE, the final installment of the trilogy from director Wes Ball. All questions are answered as Thomas and the remaining Gladers lead their final charge to save their friends and defeat WCKD in their most grueling maze yet on January 26, 2018!

SYNOPSIS: In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

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@Thisfunktional Podcast – Hollywood Events – Pre-Awards DPA GIFTING LOUNGE

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

@Thisfunktional attended the Pre-Awards DPA Gifting Lounge where brands and vendors attended to showcase their products and services. Check out some of the brands and vendors which caught @Thisfunktional’s attention. Photos of most products, vendors and brands can be found below.

The Pre-Awards DPA Gifting Lounge is one of the most prestigious gifting suites.

Awards season brings many celebrities together to celebrate the best in television, movies and music.

Many brands and vendors come to gifting suites to try and catch the attention of guest, nominees and celebrities.

Charities like Save The Children, SaveTheChildren.org,  attend to try and bring awareness to worthwhile causes.

Save The Children provides shelter, supplies and support to children who go through crisis by providing assistance, shelter, aid and educational materials.

Jordyn Linsk Machotka, Director of media relations and communication for Save the Children, attended to talk about the efforts Save The Children is making to help children affected by the recent hurricanes and talking about the volunteers and the services they are providing to help children and family get back to their normal lives.

Designer Marie Webb of Lemonade Stand Designs, LemonadeStandDesigns.com, showcased some amazing, colorful silk dresses and fashion accessories.

A representative talked about Webb stating off as a traditional artist drawing on large paper and eventually wanting to wear her art.

Having down syndrome, Webb uses her talent to convey beauty through fine art and fashion design.

For the tech person and anyone who works off their laptop while on the go and has a hard time finding enough space to work, the A-Stand, a-stand.com, helps provide another layer of space while traveling.

A-Stand creator Norman Korti said that he had the idea for the stand while he was flying to New York and couldn’t concentrate on writing while on the flight because of the limited space he had.

After a seven year journey, the A-stand is available throughout their website and Amazon.com.

Honey Hive Soaps, thehoneyhivesoaps.com,  a natural alternative to skin care showed their amazing smelling natural soaps that are cruelty-free.

Honey Hive Soaps creator Alessandra said she started off making natural soaps for herself because she couldn’t believe all the chemicals which soaps and skin care products contain. She quit her job a year ago and started to make natural soaps and skin care products, all which are made from her house in Connecticut.

For the foodies, there were plenty of foods and drink available, such as Organic Bareburger, who also serve the Impossible burger which taste like meat and has the same consistency of meat but is made entirely of vegetables, High Brew which has protein cold brew coffee drink.

Red’s Cheesecakes, redscheesecakes.com, which has some delicious tasting, as well ascetically pleasing, cheesecakes.

Located in Redondo Beach, one taste will have people being return customers to try more and more different cheesecakes.

This years brands, vendors and charities included:

Save the children
Lemonade Stand Designs
A-Stand
They&Them
Red’s Cheesecakes
Organic Bareburger
Honey Hive
Wolf Connection
Kye’s
High Brew Coffee
Viva Pops
Truth in Hand
Bodvar
Revel
Tahiti BioRoche
Sand Jewelry
Amy DiGregorio
BowHausNYC
SPLASH
Linger
Inner Sunrise

and many more.

Check out some of the photos for the products below: (Photos by Jose Angel Torres)
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@Thisfunktional attends the TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Blu-ray Release Press Day

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, talks with actors Isabela Moner (Izabella), Santiago Cabrera (Santos) and voice actors Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), Frank Welker (Megatron) as well as recording a voice over for Optimus Prime for a scene from “Transformers: The Last Knight,” out on Blu-ray and DVD on Sept.26.

To celebrate the home entertainment debut of the most explosive Transformers movie yet, go behind-the-scenes and into Paramount’s state-of-the-art ADR studio to watch as @Thisfunktional voices one of the legendary Robots in Disguise.

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TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT
On Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 26
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Come Send DRINKIN’, SMOKIN’ and WEST COASTIN’ Off 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.

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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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