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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Special Screening Of Rob Zombies’s HALLOWEEN, John Carpenter’s Legendary HALLOWEEN

ROCK AGAINST MS and The sCARE FOUNDATION Joins Forces to bring you:

HelLA HORROR NIGHT

OCTOBER 31 at the HISTORIC LOS ANGELES THEATRE

SPECIAL SCREENINGS of JOHN CARPENTER’S LEGENDARY HALLOWEEN 
and ROB ZOMBIE’S HALLOWEEN 1 & 2

CELEBRITY ORANGE CARPET Featuring the Biggest Names in Film, TV and Music

In Benefit of the ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION, sCare FOUNDATION and FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCUTAURY

This HALLOWEEN Night Celebrities will sweep the Orange Carpet at the Historic Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles in benefit three amazing non-profits – The Rock Against MS Foundation, sCare Foundation and Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary.

Relive the terror and watch special screenings of John Carpenter’s 1978 legendary cult classic “Halloween” and Rob Zombie’s “Halloween 1 & 2” back to back – Courtesy of Compass International Films and Dimension Films with very special thanks to Malek Akkad for making this a true to life Halloween extravaganza.

This Night of Fright includes:

  • CELEBRITY ORANGE CARPET
  • HALLOWEEN MOVIES – back to back Screenings – John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN & Rob Zombie’s H1/ H2
  • DJ’s & SCARE BAR guaranteed to give you a jolt!
    • DJ Greasy George
  • LIVING DEAD PIN-UP GIRL CONTEST – Hosted By The Reverend Martini
  • THE MORGUE – Full Stage – Rotating bands from Rockabilly/Psychobilly/Industrial & Melodic
    • The Zooms – Surfer Rock
    • Tres Muertos – Psychobilly
    • Cigaratz – Psychobilly
    • Hurricane – Rock
    • Skum Love – Industrial
  • CREEPY CONFECTIONS CANDY BAR – Specialty doughnuts/chocolates/candy for the Trick or Treater
  • HELLS KITCHEN – Red Balls Pizza Rocking out vegan and non-vegan!
  • HORROR ARTIST EXHIBITION BOOTH
  • SCARY VENDORS

HelLAHorror.com

  • Tickets: $30 – $150
  • Special Limited $20 Tickets – Use Promo Code HALLOWEEN31 from now to October 20
    • MOVIES: Starts 6:15 PM – Movie order TBA
    • BANDS: Start 7:00 pm – Lineup order TBA

For more information or to buy tickets: click HelLAHorror.com or HalloweenMovies.com

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Spooky Good Deal on Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA

Cirque du Soleil is bringing their visually stunning production “LUZIA” to SoCal in December.

To celebrate, Cirque du Soleil is offering a special offer on tickets.

If you buy between Oct. 17 and Nov. 2, you’ll receive 20% off your purchase.

This Halloween, buy tickets to a show that is guaranteed to offer many tricks and treats.

In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, “LUZIA” takes audiences on a surrealistic journey through an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world filled with wonders, playfulness and striking artistry.

Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, “LUZIA” cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.

Rich in awe-inspiring moments “LUZIA,” enchants by bringing circus disciplines to a whole new level with never-before-seen technology and the incorporation of rain into acrobatic acts.

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New Spanish Streaming App PANTAYA Launches With Support From Omar Chaparro, Maite Perroni

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Latin American stars Omar Chaparro and Maite Perroni are proud to be the ambassadors for the Spanish-language streaming app Pantaya.

The Pantaya app will bring the major productions from not only the cinema from Mexico, but also from Spanish-speaking countries.

Along with cinema from Spanish-speaking countries, major motion pictures will be dubbed and subtitled for viewers to enjoy.

For Latin viewers who are more comfortable with the English-language subtitles from Spanish movies will also be available.

Aside from the major productions, many of the movies that have not had a United States release will have a platform for viewers to have access to them.

Chaparro said that users of the app will be able to keep up with movies from all Spanish speaking countries as well as rewatch the classic movies.

The app is able to search for movies by genre, country, language, decade and even actors.

The user interface is easy to navigate and contain a section which contains a history of movies watched as well as suggestions for movies the user may enjoy.

Perroni said that the entire family can gather around to watch movies off the app regardless of age or how well they understand English or Spanish. The movies are also released across all regions at once, so families in different countries can be watching the same content and talking to each other about what they have been watching.

As Hollywood struggles to be inclusive an app like PantaYa brings people together in a new way.

Content that wasn’t available in the United States before now has a platform to be seen. Actors who have remained unknown in Hollywood mainstream can now be seen by a new audience.

PantaYa is available now with a 7-day free trial and a monthly cost of $5.99 per month.

Available at Pantaya.com.

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@Thisfunktional Talks With Dorothy Martin AMERICAN SATAN

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Vocalist Dorothy Martin, from the band Dorothy, talks with @LittleMissLobotomy and Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com on the red carpet for the premiere of “American Satan.”

Dorothy had her song “Raising Hell” featured in the movie, talks about ghost hunting on her spare time and why she believes the east coast is more haunted than the west coast.

Catch DOROTHY on tour in Temecula, California on Oct. 21 and in Hollywood, Calif. on Oct. 23.

For more on DOROTHY visit DorothyTheBand.com.

AMERICAN SATAN
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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.”

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.

LETHAL WEAPON
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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.

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