Movie Review: CRIMSON PEAK


Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

Written By: Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver

Synopsis: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers.


It’s been a while since I’d heard anything regarding Crimson Peak, so when I had the opportunity to watch and review it, I was pretty excited!  Admittedly, it’s not my favorite film of all time, but I did actually enjoy it.  The trailer is rather misleading, as it jumbles up the timeline a bit, but it was intriguing nonetheless.  Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre) is wonderful as Edith Cushing, an aspiring writer of a ghost story and a loving daughter of her widowed father.  Twice in her life, Edith is visited by her mother’s spirit, who warns her of a place called Crimson Peak.  The words don’t hold much meaning until she meets Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) and his sister, Lucille (Chastain).  While I enjoyed the film and the mystery of it all, I wish the fact that Thomas and Lucille had a secret agenda wasn’t as obvious from the very beginning.  It was missing the shock factor for me.  Also, who the heck would live in an ancient home with red clay seeping through the walls and floor boards??  Calling the estate Crimson Peak because of the clay turning the fallen snow red was enough for me.  Despite that, I still thought the storyline was interesting, and the actors were all fantastic!  I would definitely recommend checking it out.



Official Site: Legendary: Crimson Peak
Facebook: Crimson Peak

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot in theaters March 4!


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

In-theaters March 4, 2016!


Directed By: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
Starring: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton

Synopsis:  SNL alumnus Tina Fey steps into the well-worn shoes of journalist Kim Barker in Paramount Pictures’ adaptation of Barker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which details her time as a reporter in the two countries, beginning in 2002.







Zayn Malik’s Debut Solo Single “Pillowtalk” Has Arrived!

IMG_2709It’s the moment all One Direction fans dreaded!  The moment when the 23-year-old would drop his first solo single since leaving One Direction mid-tour in March 2015.

Now, as a woman in her 30’s, I’ve had my share of boy band heartbreaks!  Nsync broke up.  Need I say more?  Ok, maybe I can.  NKOTB split up for years (and got back together so maybe there’s hope for a reunion when they’re in their 40’s Directioners!), Backstreet Boys lost Kevin for a while (and got him back), etc.  It happens, and it stinks, but we saw this happen with Justin Timberlake, didn’t we?  He needed something more than the cookie cutter boy band image, so he went off on his own and he’s done amazingly well!  Don’t get me wrong…I’m still holding out hope for a reunion though…

With Zayn’s debut single, it’s definitely edgier than we’re used to seeing from him.  WAY EDGIER!  I actually really like it…with the exception of knowing that my 11-year-old niece will end up watching it and have a million questions (like why it’s called “Pillowtalk” in the first place lol).  The video was released on January 29, just 2 days after band released their nostalgic video for “History.”  Coincidence?  Quite possibly.

In any case, check out One Direction’s newest video and then check out Zayn’s debut as a solo artist.  Let me know what you think!  Tweet me @kristin0409!




Mike ‘The Movie Guy’ TV Review: Marco Polo Season 1

Marco Polo

When MARCO POLO first arrived on Netflix – I was like, “What the hell…I’ll try it.” YOOOOOO!!! I’m so glad I did. This Netflix Original Series is pretty sweet!

I literally watched episode after episode…slept…watch more and finished it! (lol) I even got my boy DJ Wicked hooked on the series. You can say we’ve been patiently waiting for season 2 to arrive. (lol)

People…if you like watching GUUUUUUUUUUD stuff, martial arts and…HOT gals who can whoop ass…watch this series! It’s dope.

If you get your hands on a blu-ray copy like I did. Seriously watch the special features. Good stuff people…especially The Martial Arts of Marco Polo and Fight Scenes Rehearsals. Oh…the gag real is funny as well – – the show is so serious – it was funny to see the cast having fun. (lol) Once you’re done with the special features – you’ll realize that A LOT goes into making this series.

Season 2. I’m ready…actually…I’ve been ready.

Mike “The Movie Guy” Pierce

‘Crimson Peak’ Releases on Digital HD Today!



Crimson Peak




Universal City, California, 21 of January 2016 – A sheltered young woman abandons the safe certainty of her upbringing for life with an alluring aristocrat on a remote English estate in Crimson Peak, a visually stunning and intensely disturbing thriller from writer and director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), coming to Digital HD on January 26, 2016, and Blu-rayCombo Pack, DVD and On Demand on February 9, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures. Brilliantly unforgettable visuals and an atmosphere steeped in dread make Crimson Peak an elegant, gorgeously realized and completely original horror mystery that has been declared “a masterpiece” by Fox-TV. The Blu-rayCombo Pack comes with more than an hour of bonus features that reveal some of the terrifying secrets hidden behind the doors of sinister Allerdale Hall.

From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a terrifying Gothic romance masterpiece starring Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor series), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Help), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker) and Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”).

Continue reading “‘Crimson Peak’ Releases on Digital HD Today!”

Kevin Alejandro is “Dan” on FOX’s new show “LUCIFER”



Series premiere Jan. 25 @ 9:00/8:00C

Synopsis: Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, the original fallen angel, Lucifer Morningstar has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub.

Starring: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Rachael Harris, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Kevin Alejandro, Scarlett Estevez



You can also check out the character profile of “Dan” played by Kevin Alejandro below:






LUCIFER is produced by Warner Bros. Television, in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Aggressive Mediocrity. The series is based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. Tom Kapinos (“Californication”) wrote and executive-produced the pilot. The series is executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson. Len Wiseman serves as director and executive producer. Kapinos will serve as executive consultant on the series. 


Enter to Win! ‘The Finest Hours’ Screening Passes


Check it out movie fans…I’ve got screening passes for the upcoming INTENSE film…THE FINEST HOURS!

SYNOPSIS: In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.



Wednesday, January 27

7:30 PM

Please visit and enter your city’s # code below – Good luck!

Los Angeles – Cinepolis Pico Rivera – 246452

New York – Regal Union Square Stadium – 850721

Miami – AMC Sunset Place 24 – 506039

San Jose – AMC Eastridge – 703981

Chicago – Regal City North 14 – 233240

Houston – Edwards Marq*E Stadium 23 – 594678

San Antonio – Santikos Silverado 16 – 727735

San Diego – AMC Plaza Bonita 14 – 303713

Dallas – Cinemark Webb Chapel 17 – 637582

Phoenix – AMC Westgate 20 – 807312

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Enter to Win! ‘Zoolander 2’ Screening Passes


The guys are back ya’ll!! ZOOLANDER 2 hits theaters February 12 and I’ve got screening passes for LOS ANGELES!


Tuesday, February 9

7:30 PM

AMC Burbank 16

125 E. Palm Ave.

Burbank, CA 91502


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ZOOLANDER 2 – In theaters February 12

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‘THE GOOD DINOSAUR’ Available for Home Entertainment on February 23rd

The Good Dinosaur

From the Studio That Brought You “Inside Out” – Comes the Hilariously Heartwarming Tale of Unlikely Friendship…THE GOOD DINOSAUR.

The Perfect Adventure for the Whole Family Stampedes Home On Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere February 23

Extensive Bonus Features Include the Academy Award© Nominated Theatrical Short “Sanjay’s Super Team,” Making-of Featurettes, Deleted Scenes and More!

SYNOPSIS: From the innovative minds of Disney•Pixar comes a hilariously heartwarming adventure about the power of confronting and overcoming your fears and discovering who you are meant to be.

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely, and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Bring home this original story full of humor, heart, action and imagination, perfect for the whole family!

Worst Heroes Ever? #SuicideSquad (trailer)


Holy crap!!  The official trailer for Suicide Squad has been released and it looks incredible!!  Check out the trailer below, and let me know what you think!  Personally, I can’t wait to see more of Jared Leto as The Joker!

SYNOPSIS:  A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.

Suicide Squad is set to be released in theaters August 5, so prepare yourself for greatness!!


Official Site – Suicide Squad


NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING – In Theaters May 20, 2016

Teaser One-sheetNEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING – In Theaters May 20, 2016

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Returning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are joined by Chloë Grace Moretz for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the follow-up to 2014’s most popular original comedy.  Nicholas Stoller again directs in a film that follows what happens when the will of parenthood goes against the bonds of sisterhood.

Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs.  But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.

Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want.  When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.

Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon.  If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirty-somethings will shutter the Kappas’ home.  But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy.

Genre: Comedy
Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kiersey Clemons, Beanie Feldstein, Selena Gomez and Lisa Kudrow
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Writers: Seth Rogen, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien
Produced by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver
Executive Producers: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake



Hey everyone!  Keisha & I got together recently to watch and review Broken Kingdom.  It’s a fabulous indie film created by the wonderful Daniel Gillies.  He put his blood, sweat and  tears into making this film, and it’s definitely worth checking out!  You can rent ($2.99) or purchase ($5) a digital copy of Broken Kingdom (synopsis below) by visiting You can also opt to purchase a combo of Broken Kingdom and a documentary entitled Kingdom Come for $8 (documentary synopsis below).

SYNOPSIS: Two stories weave their way from the harrowing slums of Bogotá to the hills of Hollywood. A 14-year-old street girl and an American writer discover an uncommon union, while a day-care teacher in Los Angeles does everything she can to fight the weight of a tragic secret.

DOCUMENTARY SYNOPSIS:  Kingdom Come follows a first-time director (Daniel Gillies) as he tries to raise a million dollars to finance his first film, Broken Kingdom. This emotionally-charged journey is interwoven with over 30 rare interviews from acclaimed indie darlings including Mark Ruffalo, Illeana Douglas, Don Cheadle, Kevin Smith, Edward Burns, Tim Roth, Morgan Spurlock, Selma Blair, Robert Townsend, Bill Pullman and many more.

Broken Kingdom: Movie Review




Harvey Speaks Candidly  with Newly-Crowned Miss Universe From the Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach  and First Runner-Up Miss Colombia,  Ariadna Gutierrez

Miss Colombia  Shares Her Emotional Journey in Her

First Conversation with Steve Harvey Since the Pageant


Steve Harvey puts it all on the table in a revealing two-day television event “Miss Universe: The Truth,” on his syndicated daytime talk show “Steve Harvey,” airing Monday, January  18 and Tuesday, January  19. Joined by the newly crowned Miss Universe from the Philippines, PIA WURTZBACH and first runner-up from Colombia, ARIADNA GUTIERREZ, Harvey addresses his stint as host of the Miss Universe pageant where he mistakenly announced the wrong woman as the pageant winner. He has kept silent and not done any interviews about the incident, but now he’s ready to let viewers in on the story and answer every question that comes his way.

“This has caused a lot of sleepless nights for me,” says Steve Harvey. “I didn’t do any interviews until I could talk to the two people who were affected the most, Pia and Ariadna. No matter how tough it was for me, I can’t imagine how it was for these two women. This finally gives me a chance to have a moment of closure,” he adds.

In part one of the special airing Monday, January 18, nothing is off limits during a special “Ask Steve” segment in which audience members ask the tough questions people around the world have wanted answers to. Steve welcomes the newly crowned Miss Universe from the Philippines, PIA WURTZBACH, for an honest and unfiltered one-on-one conversation, revealing what it was like to go through the incident, her reaction to winning the crown, how much contact she’s had with Miss Colombia and more. Miss USA, OLIVIA JORDAN, who was named the second runner-up in the pageant, also joins the conversation.

On Tuesday, January 19, the two-day event continues as Steve sits down with first runner-up, Miss Colombia ARIADNA GUTIERREZ, the woman that Steve mistakenly announced had won the Miss Universe pageant, only to be told a few minutes later, that there had been an error. In their emotional first conversation since the pageant, Steve will have a chance to talk forgiveness with Ariadna, and she will have the opportunity to let Steve Harvey know exactly how she feels. Tune-in to hear Ariadna speak candidly about her emotions as the ordeal unraveled, the reactions of her family and fellow Colombians, how she handled the aftermath on social media and instant fame and more importantly, if she is ready to forgive Steve Harvey.

“Steve Harvey” airs weekdays. Check local listings or go to 
for time and channel.

“Steve  Harvey” is  produced by  Endemol Shine  North  America and  distributed in  national syndication
by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.

New Teaser Trailer for ‘The Final Project’


Check it out movie fans…we got a new teaser trailer for THE FINAL PROJECT.

Six college students have found the ultimate graduation project: A documentary about one of the most notorious haunted houses in America. Lafitte Plantation is a Civil War landmark with a dark past, complete with stories of dead soldiers, murdered families, and restless shadows roaming its abandoned corridors. No one has entered Lafitte in years – until now. Venturing deep into the backwoods of Louisiana and outfitted with high-tech recording equipment, the intrepid filmmakers think they’re ready for anything. But something is watching, and as darkness falls and their fears come to life, one by one, they’ll learn the terrible secret of Lafitte. The dead are awake, and there are some places the living should never go.

I watched it…so what did I think?

I’m still in the dark with everything…which is a good thing.

They didn’t show too much…which is a REALLY good thing. (lol)

A lot of you don’t know this but – I used to dab in the paranormal. Yep. When I lived in South Texas – I was part of a paranormal group. Seriously…not even joking. I’ve got some dope EVP’s people. I guess that’s why I’m stoked in seeing this – – to visit a plantation like this – – the amount of energy there. Oh man. Talk about awesome! Ok – enough of me. (lol) If you wanna check out more about THE FINAL PROJECT…check out their site below!

Official Website:


Enter to Win! ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Screening Passes




Saturday, January 16

2:00 PM

Webster, TX – Cinemark 18 and XD – DOWNLOAD HERE

The Woodlands, TX – Cinemark Tinseltown 17 and XD – DOWNLOAD HERE

San Antonio, TX – Cinemark McCreless Market – DOWNLOAD HERE

Pharr, TX – Cinemark Pharr Town Center and XD – DOWNLOAD HERE

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KUNG FU PANDA 3 – In theaters January 29

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Enter to Win! ‘Dirty Grandpa’ Screening Passes


Movie fans! I’ve got screening passes for the LOS ANGELES screening of DIRTY GRANDPA

Ok – so here’s the screening info – download these passes fast – once they’re gone – they are gone!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


AMC Burbank 16


Interested in seeing this – CLICK HERE to download your passes – and you better do it fast. Once they’re gone – POOF! They are gone! (lol)

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DIRTY GRANDPA – January 22

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People’s Choice Awards 2016 Podcast Review


Hey everyone!!

Brancey and I recently got together to discuss the People’s Choice Awards, which aired Live on January 6, 2016 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.  If you missed the show, never fear!  We got you covered!

Listen to our podcast review and let us know what you thought of the crazy moments!  Did you agree with the winners?

OR click the link here: People’s Choice Awards discussion for The VRO!

‘OLD 37’ Returns to Long Island, NY

“Official Selection” 
Macabre Faire Film Festival
Special Midnight Screening
Jan. 16

Now Available For Purchase
On DVD At Over 2,400 Walmart Locations Nationwide
& Video On Demand

“OLD 37” is revved up to return to Long Island, NY where it was filmed entirely.

After previously premiering in theaters on Long Island for a week-long special event, the horror flick is gearing up to screen as an official selection at the Macabre Faire Film Festival.

Fans will have a chance to watch “OLD 37” on Jan. 16 at midnight in the Amphitheater Room of the UPsky Hotel.

Since its formation in 2012, the festival has established a reputation for showcasing films with a focus on horror, sci-fi, fantasy and all things macabre in a respectful and nurturing environment for film junkies and critics alike.

For more information on the Macabre Faire Film Festival and to purchase tickets, please visit:

Festival Name: Macabre Faire Film Festival
Festival Date: Saturday, January 26th
Location: Amphitheater Room at UPsky Hotel | 110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway | Hauppauge, NY
Time: 12 a.m.
Festival Website:

Dubbed as new and noteworthy on iTunes, indie-horror film OLD 37 is officially available for purchase on DVD (via Epic Pictures & Anchor Bay Canada).

Thrill-seekers can pick up a personal copy in-store at over 2,400 Wal-Mart locations across the US.

Alternatively, the film can be purchased on demand via Dish, Verizon Fios, Charter, Sudden Link, Media Com and many more to come.

“OLD 37” is also available to stream via iTunes (New & Noteworthy), Amazon Instant, Google Play (Top Horror Releases), Vudu, Vimeo, FlixFling, Xbox,and Playstation.

For more information, please visit:

“OLD 37” is the last ambulance ride you’ll ever take.

The film takes you on a journey through the lives of careless selfish teens and how two psychotic brothers (Kane Hodder + Bill Moseley) intercept emergency calls in their father’s old ambulance to perform their own heinous medical procedures.

The two worlds collide. When a shy girl-next-door becomes their latest target, she turns the tables on her captors to fight for her survival.

Fast paced and blood soaked, “OLD 37” taps into the most basic human fear, vulnerability.

The words “don’t worry I’m a paramedic” will make you think twice before dialing 9-1-1.

Fans can take their first look into the film by watching the official trailer now, here:

Already featured by Fangoria, MTV, The Insider, J14 Magazine, DreadCentral, BloodyDisgusting, IHorror, HorrorHound and more, the star cast also includes Brandi Cyrus, (Hannah Montana, Zoey 101), Caitlin Harris (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Olivia Alexander (Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, Killer Eye), Maxwell Zagorski, Maggie Williams (Audition), Ben Schneider, Mindy White (States, Lydia), Sascha Knopf (Shallow Hal, Expiration Date), Ken Simmons (Kick Ass), and more.

Musicians featured within “OLD 37” include The Used, Circa Survive, Night Riots, States, Death On Two Wheels, Sheppard, Survival Guide, DariusTX, and Emii.

“OLD 37” was written and produced by Paul Travers, stemming from a nightmare he had. With music composed by Darius Holbert (Hobo With A Shotgun, World’s Greatest Dad, Cedar Rapids), and blood, guts and scares provided by Brian Spears and Pete Gerner (We Are What We Are, Late Phases, VHS), this team is ready to bring the sirens

For more information on OLD 37, please visit:

What The Press Is Saying About OLD 37…

“A blood-soaked, slasher fan’s wet dream that promises to satiate every hardcore horror aficionado to the core.”

– Matt Boiselle, Dread Central

“It’s a match made in Hell when Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder team up to play barbaric brothers.”

-Michael Gingold, Fangoria

“OLD 37 is a frightening and effective piece of independent horror cinema.”

-Timothy Rawles, iHorror

“OLD 37 is a welcomed addition to the Horror genre. It stays true to a classic ’80s Slasher with a gritty feel and has enough brutality to please gorehounds whiles stimulating viewers looking for something more.”

– Frank Malerba, Cryptic Rock

“The choice of music throughout was outstanding and sometimes it was like watching one big masochistic music video. The use of heavy-duty industrial tunes was a perfect accompaniment in watching a pair of psycho paramedics finishing off casualties.”

– Amanda Hunt, Scream Horror Magazine

“OLD 37 will make you think twice about dialing 911.”

– James Shotwell, UnderTheGun

“OLD 37 comes through with in-your-face visceral horror.”

-Jason Hignite, HorrorHound

@Thisfunktional talks with ‘Sicario’ actor Julio Cedilla


Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actor Julio Cedilla played Fausto Alarcon in a climactic scene in “Sicario” where main character Alejandro, played by Benicio del Toro.

Although it is just once scene for Cedilla, its a scene that held much importance and that the entire story less up to.

“You don’t over think it. It’s a piece of composition,” Cedilla said. “I was very fortunate to be cast in this film. I had originally said no because it was a different kind of scene.”

The role was re-written for Cedilla to accept it.

Director Denis Villeneuve wanted Cedilla to play the role and called Cedilla to find out why he didn’t want to play him.

Cedilla said the scene which he originally read was more violent, more bloody and there was no redeeming quality to Fausto.

“I didn’t want to be a token Mexican, playing a Mexican role, in a film where Mexicans get it in the end,” Cedilla said.

Villeneuve understood the concerns and was able to modify the role to take it away from a cliché climax.

Cedilla went to shoot the scene and felt he had walked into something special.

Working with Villeneuve and del Toro made the scene to him that much more glorified.

“Every one was very thoughtful and respectful,” Cedilla said. “Benecio is very inclusive. He makes you feel like you are part of the team.”

The scene was re-written and became something that Cedilla could really feel comfortable to be a part of.

“The feeling that got to me when we did the first take was ‘oh shit, this is intense,’ you feel whats going on,” Cedilla said.

Cedilla was able to feel the scene unfold and become the character.

The scene was directly with del Toro and Cedilla was able to react off the incredible acting talent.

“With actors like Benicio, you don’t have to imagine anything. It feels real,” Cedilla said.

The scene comes late in the film, but for those who follow the storyline it all comes down to what happens in that one scene.

The scene culminates the intense scenes throughout the film into this confrontation.

It is never clear if this is where the story will lead, but coming to this scene seems like a logical transition.

It plays out and feels very real.

“I’m only shooting part of the puzzle. I don’t know in the end how it’s going turn out,” Cedilla said. “Leaving the scene after we shot it was no big deal. Leaving the theater after I saw it that is what you were feeling and I was feeling. That’s a collective experience., that’s a testament to the people who are nurturing and taking care of the story all the way through.”

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January 6 – 2106 – Following its highly successful launches in Mexico and throughout Latin America, ZooMoo, the world’s first children’s channel devoted entirely to animals and nature, is now available in the U.S. exclusively on DIRECTV, now part of the AT&T family. Available to nearly a million homes throughout the country, ZooMoo is now the only channel in Spanish for pre-school age children and their parents available to DIRECTV Spanish base package subscribers on channel 432.

Designed to foster a lifelong love for animals and nature through a safe and unique television experience that is both entertaining and educational for young viewers and parents alike, ZooMoo interweaves puppetry, animation, and the world’s best natural history footage available in HD to tell stories about the animal world.

The channel is complemented by a free downloadable App to provide a one of a kind multiplatform experience that allows ZooMoo channel viewers to automatically collect animals they encounter on the TV screen and bring them to life on their tablet or smart phone with games, music, puzzles and other activities.

Karin Simoncini, ZooMoo’s head of programming and production said, “As a Latina mom of young children I’m personally thrilled that we at ZooMoo are partnering with DIRECTV to bring ZooMoo to Spanish-speaking audiences in the United States, where today, according to Pew Research Center, there are nearly twice as many Hispanic preschoolers as non-Hispanics in the U.S. DIRECTV deserves to be commended for its commitment to offering this audience a fully interactive ‘all animals, all the time’ entertainment experience that will be educational and incredibly engaging.”

“DIRECTV is passionate about offering high quality children’s programming to its Spanish-speaking customers in the U.S.,” said Emma Brackett, vice president of Content and Programming, AT&T. “We’re proud to be the exclusive provider of ZooMoo and a leader in entertainment to audiences of all ages.”

The standalone revolutionary ZooMoo App, which when synced to the channel enhances the interactivity by also turning smartphones and tablets into an extension of the channel, was recognized earlier this year with a Parents’ Choice Approved Award Seal of Approval from the Choice Foundation in the United States. In bestowing the award, the Foundation lauded the ZooMoo App as “a safe, intuitively-designed and entertaining way for young children to learn facts about animals and habitats, as well as the importance of caring for them.” echoed a similar endorsement in its review calling the ZooMoo app “one the most professionally, thoughtful, intelligent apps out there…deeply engaging…edutainment in its finest form…cannot be recommended highly enough.”

ZooMoo was developed by its CEO and former president of Fox Networks Group, David Haslingden. In 2012 he identified a niche in the market for children’s channels. “ZooMoo was born out of research that indicated that preschool-age children are hardwired to be interested in animals – 80% of their dreams are about animals – and that if early on they don’t develop a sense of respect and caring for the natural environment they are at risk of never developing such attitudes. We saw a tremendous need to show children the wonders of the animal world and seized the opportunity to create a bespoke channel specifically for 3-6 year olds that unlike any other channel provides a foundation for lasting knowledge and growth by fostering the love and caring for animals and nature,” said Haslingden.

Supported by the rich tradition of natural history programming by international producers Beach House Pictures and NHNZ, ZooMoo is brought to life by a creative team personally assembled by Haslingden comprised of 45 producers, animators, graphic artists and computer programmers in dedicated production hubs including Mexico, New Zealand, China (Beijing), Singapore and Brazil.

Already seen in 23 countries with a worldwide audience of more than 140 million, ZooMoo’s programming comprises 7,000+ separate animal stories and more than 500 hours of original content. ZooMoo’s signature, wholly original animal stories have been scheduled into unique one hour blocks under a structure developed in consultation with a team of leading childhood learning specialists from New Zealand’s University of Otago led by Professor Jeff Smith, Ph.D.

ZooMoo’s leading cast consists of funny, furry puppet characters who help young children develop a knowledge and affection for animals, leading to a lifelong love of conservation, including:

· Flash, an engagingly good-natured photographer, dedicated, dependable and very charming, he is a keen adventurer with genial humor and a constant can-do attitude who explores the world and often ends up in unknown places in “Lost” and travels to different habitats to find out what animals are really thinking in “Look Who’s Talking?”

· Piglet, a high-energy blast of boundless, breathless enthusiasm, who invents amazing solutions in her awesome workshop and explores the planet in her “Adventure Machine.”

· Owl, who’s smart, wise, particular and slightly precious, as he guesses which animals Flash has sent him in “Download This!”

· Ninja Gorilla, who uses his astounding ninja super-powers to turn everyday objects into amazing balloon creations in “Ninja Pop.”

· Baby DJ, a little monkey with headphones, bling and a cheeky grin whose mission is to turn the tables on all things animal and get everyone up dancing.

ZooMoo’s U.S. operations are headed by Los Angeles-based General Manager Julio Sobral, a longtime Fox Networks Group executive, alongside Miami-based Marketing Manager Alvaro Krupkin, former director of creative services and production for Telemundo Cable Networks.

The ZooMoo channel made its worldwide debut in Brazil in September 2013. In September 2014, DIRECTV began offering ZooMoo to customers in Argentina, the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay.