@Thisfunktional talks with cast and crew of I AM GANGSTER

Writer-director Morits Rechenberg, producer Ralf Weinfurtner, and actors Marlene Forte, Gilberto Ortiz and Rick Mancia talk with Jesus, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, about “I am Gangster.”

“I AM GANGSTER” tells the story of three young men in East Los Angeles trying to survive on a daily basis. David, an idealistic correctional officer able to keep his family safe, deals with excessive use-of-force incidents at the jail and is challenged to make a fateful decision between the lesser of two evils.

At the same time, hardcore gang member Lito seeks retaliation for the shooting of a fellow gang member by the police, while gang matriarch Tia refuses to let him do so and rejects his request for more organizational responsibility.

This pressures Lito to begin seeking more power on his own. Meanwhile, rebellious and easily influenced teenager Rio faces bullies at school and pressure at home, when he meets up with his old childhood friend who is an active gang member.

Now, Rio could be easily swayed to enter the dangerous life that looks so inviting.

“I AM GANGSTER” was birthed from a collaboration with members the Teen Club of Hazard Park in East Los Angeles, when Rechenberg and these teenagers created a short film called TICKED back in 2008.

And now, eight years later he’s come full circle with this powerful feature length film that comes straight from the heart.

Rechenberg was inspired by their stories, as well as by legendary Los Angeles filmmaker Charles Burnett and his classic KILLER OF SHEEP.

“I AM GANGSTER” brings a non-judgmental/non-apologetic portrait of life on the streets of the City of Angels.

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‘UNDERDOGS’ – AVAILABLE ON DVD, DIGITAL HD AND ON DEMAND 7/19

A Little Bit of Magic with a Whole Lot of Heart

UNDERDOGS

Featuring the Voice Talent of Eugenio Derbez and John Leguizamo in the Animated Family Comedy Available on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand July 19, 2016

ZWC62258ORN underdogs[1]Featuring an all-star cast of voice talent headlined by Eugenio Derbez (Miracles From Heaven) and John Leguizamo (Ice Age franchise, “Bloodline”), the inspiring family-friendly comedy, Underdogs, arrives on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company, as well as on Digital HD and On Demand from Starz Digital, on July 19, 2016. Directed by Argentinean Academy Award winner Juan José Campanella (The Secret In Their Eyes), the heartfelt story about what it truly means to be a hero also features Grammy® nominated pop superstar Ariana Grande and Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee Matthew Morrison (“Glee”), Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men franchise), Eugenio Derbez (Miracles from Heaven), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave, Ted 2), Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”, Inside Out), Bella Thorne (“Scream” the TV series, The DUFF), and Mel Brooks (Hotel Transylvania 2).

Underdogs follows Jake (Morrison), a shy, but talented, foosball player. His passion for the game is rivaled only by his love for free-spirited Laura (Ariana Grande). With her encouragement, he beats the town bully, Ace (Nicholas Hoult), in a foosball game. But everything changes when Ace becomes the world’s best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium. He starts to destroy everything and kidnaps Laura in the process. Just when it looks like all hope is lost, the toy figures from Jake’s foosball table come to life! He and the players embark on a wild adventure to save Laura and reclaim their village. With the help of his team, his town, and a little bit of magic, Jake will try to save the day. Including eight bonus “In the Recording Booth” featurettes with Matthew Morrison, Ariana Grande, Bella Thorne, Taran Killam, Nicholas Hoult, John Leguizamo, Bobby Moynihan and Eugenio Derbez, Underdogs will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

To learn more about the film, please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.

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@Thisfunktional talks with Al Coronel THE LAST SHIP Season 3

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Jesus, Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, talks to actor Al Coronel about joining the cast of “The Last Ship” for Season 3 as Politician Manuel Castillo. TNT’s “The Last Ship” season 3 premieres with a special two-hour premiere on June 19.

New to this season is Al Coronel, who plays the role of antagonist Manuel Castillo in six episodes throughout the summer.

Coronel is no rookie when it comes to the limelight, as he can be seen in plenty of other shows including CBS’ “Rush Hour”, ABC’s “Secrets and Lies”, NBC’s “Heist”, and Telemundo’s “Sin Verguenza.”

He is also in the upcoming film The Darkness, starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell and has also just been casted in the new Wolverinefilm alongside Hugh Jackman.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, the bilingual actor currently resides in his hometown.

A military veteran himself, Coronel continues to support vets through the Veterans in Film and Television program, participating in many events for the members.

Coronel is very involved with Children’s Hospital LA as he is a co-host of their annual December blood drive.

“The Last Ship” season 3
two-hour premiere on June 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

 

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PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS – DISPONIBLE EN DIGITAL HD EL 6/10 Y EN BLU-RAY ™ Y DVD EL 8/2

LUIS GUZMÁN Y EDGAR GARCÍA REUNIDOS EN ESTA DIVERTIDA COMEDIA POLICIACA

PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS

DISPONIBLE EN DIGITAL HD EL 10 DE JUNIO Y EN BLU-RAY ™ Y DVD EL 2 DE AGOSTO
DE UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

PRIP_BD_2D_o-cardDos pragmáticos detectives de Nueva York invaden la ciudad de las luces para llevar a cabo una investigación sobre productos falsificados en Puerto Ricans in Paris, una divertida comedia policiaca disponible en Digital HD el 10 de junio de 2016, y en Blu-ray ™ y DVD el 2 de agosto de 2016 de la mano de Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Del coguionista y director Ian Edelman (How to Make it in America), Puerto Ricans in Paris reúne a Luis Guzmán (Boogie Nights, We’re the Millers) y a Edgar Garcia (How to Make it in America) como cuñados y compañeros policiales en este intenso caso de alta costura. La divertida comedia de acción también la protagonizan Rosario Dawson (Marvel’s Daredevil), Miriam Shor (Younger) y Rosie Pérez (Pineapple Express).

El mundo de la moda de París no está preparado para Luis (Luis Guzmán) y Eddie (Edgar García), dos investigadores del Departamento de Policía de Nueva York (NYPD) reclutados por una agencia de moda para ir tras la pista del ladrón que ha robado sus últimos diseños de bolsos. Abriéndose paso por los espectáculos de moda, los club nocturnos y los cafés más ‘hipster’ de París, esta pareja de extraños en tierras extrañas deberá usar su ingenio para localizar al ladrón huidizo y hacerse con la gran recompensa que les cambiaría la vida de regreso a casa. Puerto Ricans in Paris es una comedia cuyos protagonistas estarán como peces fuera del agua y que provocará carcajadas.

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PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS – AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD 6/10 AND ON BLU-RAY ™ AND DVD 8/2

LUIS GUZMÁN AND EDGAR GARCIA TEAM UP IN THE HILARIOUS COP COMEDY

PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD JUNE 10 AND ON BLU-RAY ™ AND DVD AUGUST 2
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

PRIP_BD_2D_o-cardTwo hardheaded New York detectives invade the City of Lights to unravel a high-fashion counterfeit investigation in Puerto Ricans in Paris, a rollicking cop comedy available on Digital HD June 10, 2016 and on Blu-ray ™ and DVD on August 2, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From co-writer and director Ian Edelman (How to Make it in America), Puerto Ricans in Paris teams up Luis Guzmán (Boogie Nights, We’re the Millers) and Edgar Garcia (How to Make it in America) as brother-in-law police partners hot on the haute couture case. The hilarious action comedy also stars Rosario Dawson (Marvel’s Daredevil), Miriam Shor (Younger), and Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express).

The fashion world of Paris is not ready for Luis (Luis Guzmán) and Eddie (Edgar Garcia), two NYPD investigators recruited by a fashion agency to track down the thief who has stolen its latest handbag designs. Barreling through the fashion shows, nightclubs, and hipster cafes of Paris, these two strangers in a strange land must use their wits to track down the elusive thief and collect a large bounty that would change their lives back home. Puerto Ricans in Paris is a laugh-out- loud, fish-out- of-water comedy.

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THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR – DISPONIBLE EN DIGITAL HD 8/2 Y EN 4K ULTRA HD TM , BLU-RAY ™ , DVD Y BAJO DEMANDA 8/23

CHARLIZE THERON, CHRIS HEMSWORTH, EMILY BLUNT Y JESSICA CHASTAIN PROTAGONIZAN UNA VERSIÓN ESPECTACULAR, NUEVA Y AMPLIADA DE ESTA FANTASÍA DE AVENTURA Y ACCIÓN

THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR

DISPONIBLE EN DIGITAL HD EL 2 DE AGOSTO DE 2016
EN 4K ULTRA HD™, BLU-RAY™ , DVD Y BAJO DEMANDA EL 23 DE AGOSTO DE 2016

 

327262C02_THMWW_BD_O-card-PS_2DSi estás buscando la historia de Blancanieves, será mejor que descubras la historia que la precede en The Huntsman: Winter’s War, que se estrenará en Digital HD el 2 de agosto de 2016 y en 4K Ultra HD TM , Blu-ray ™ , DVD y Bajo Demanda el 23 de agosto de 2016, de la mano de Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Huntsman: Winter’s War en Blu-ray ™ y en DVD incluye una edición nueva y ampliada de esta aventura de acción épica, así como material extra exclusivo que revelará las escenas secretas detrás de las cámaras.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War está protagonizada por Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster), que encarna a la malvada reina Queen, la cual traicionará a su bondadosa hermana Freya (Emily Blunt: Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) con una acción imperdonable: congelando el corazón de Freya para impedirla amar y desatando en ella el poder del hielo, una capacidad que jamás supo que poseía. Freya se retirará a un reino lejano del norte y levantará una armada de cazadores para que la protejan con la única condición de que entre ninguno de ellos surja el amor. Con la escalada de la Guerra entre los dos reinos, el mejor cazador de Freya, Eric (Chris Hemsworth: Thor, Star Trek Into Darkness), será el héroe que permanezca entre el bien y el mal. Junto a la guerrera Sara (Jessica Chastain: The Martian, The Help) — la única mujer que ha capturado su corazón –– Eric ayudará a Freya a derrotar a la hermana de ésta o la maldad de Ravenna reinará hasta la eternidad.

La película también estará disponible en 4K Ultra HD™ en un paquete que incluye 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray™ y Digital HD con UltraViolet. El 4K Ultra HD TM incluirá los materiales adicionales en el disco de Blu-ray.

  • 4K Ultra HD™ es la mejor experiencia cinematográfica posible. 4K Ultra HD™ combina la resolución 4K para lograr una imagen cuatro veces más nítida que en HD, los colores brillantes del High Dynamic Range (HDR), y una experiencia sonora multidimensional gracias al audio envolvente.
  • Blu-ray™ cuenta con imagen de alta definición, con una calidad de sonido equiparable a la de una sala de cine y material adicional exclusivo.
  • DIGITAL HD con UltraViolet™ permite ver películas en cualquier parte, en cualquier aparato. Los usuarios pueden reproducir o descargar películas de forma instantánea para verlas en iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, televisiones inteligentes, reproductores con conexión Blu-ray™, consolas de juego y más.

EXCLUSIVAS DEL DISCO BLU-RAY™

  • Two Queens and Two Warriors – El verdadero corazón de The Huntsman: Winter’s War se halla en sus tres poderosas mujeres: Ravenna, Freya y Sara, la mujer perdida de Eric. Descubre cómo la fortaleza y la complejidad de los papeles de las protagonistas femeninas convirtió a Emily Blunt y Jessica Chastain en grandes estrellas emergentes y convenció a Charlize Theron para que interpretara de nuevo a Ravenna.
  • Meet the Dwarfs – Nion, interpretado por Nick Frost, y Gryff, interpretado por Rob Brydon, aportan cierto sentido de liviandad a esta divertida aventura — especialmente, una vez que conocen a sus compañeras femeninas. Explora la importancia que tienen los cuatro enanitos en la película y en los rodajes, donde los actores que les dieron vida dejaron momentos de diversión para todo el equipo incluso con las cámaras apagadas.
  • Magic All Around – Con raíces en la historia pero habitada por la magia, el mundo de The Huntsman: Winter’s War es un verdadero espectáculo visual. Síguenos y verás cómo se logró que la magia llegara hasta la pantalla. Desde el gélido hielo de Freya, pasando por los duendes dorados del bosque, podrás explorar los efectos visuales utilizados con un vistazo exclusivo detrás del telón.

BLU-RAY™ Y MATERIALES ADICIONALES DEL DVD

  • Escenas Borradas con Comentarios
  • Tomas Falsas
  • Dressed To Kill – Colleen Atwood, diseñadora de vestuario y ganadora de un Premio de la Academia® , regresa para ayudar a reavivar el esplendor que en su día aportara a Snow White and The Huntsman. Con un festín visual, la belleza de sus disfraces se quedan a un paso de lo supernatural a la vez que ayudan a dar vida a los personajes.
  • Love Conquers All — Desde el entusiasmo contagioso del director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan a los lazos fraternales entre Emily Blunt y Charlize Theron, el plató de rodaje de The Huntsman: Winter’s War estuvo repleto de risas y vida. Los actores y artistas unieron su talento para crear un cuento de hadas sobre el poder puro del amor — y pasar momentos inolvidables en el camino.
  • Comentarios Especiales del director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

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THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR – AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD 8/2 AND 4K ULTRA HD TM , BLU-RAY ™ , DVD AND ON DEMAND 8/23

CHARLIZE THERON, CHRIS HEMSWORTH, EMILY BLUNT AND JESSICA CHASTAIN STAR IN A STUNNING ALL-NEW EXTENDED

THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD AUGUST 2, 2016
4K ULTRA HD TM , BLU-RAY ™ , DVD AND ON DEMAND ON AUGUST 23, 2016

327262C02_THMWW_BD_O-card-PS_2DIf it’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, coming to Digital HD on August 2, 2016 and 4K Ultra HD TM , Blu-ray ™ , DVD and On Demand on August 23, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Huntsman: Winter’s War on Blu-ray ™ and DVD includes an all-new extended edition of the epic action-adventure, plus exclusive bonus features that reveal the movie’s behind-the-scenes secrets.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster) as the evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt: Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between good and evil is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth: Thor, Star Trek Into Darkness). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain: The Martian, The Help) — the only woman who has ever captured his heart — Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.

The film will also be available on 4K Ultra HD™ in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD with UltraViolet. The 4K Ultra HD TM will include all bonus features on the Blu-ray disc.

  • 4K Ultra HD™ is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD TM features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-ray™ features high definition picture, theater quality surround sound and exclusive extras.
  • DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™ lets you watch movies anywhere, on any device. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray™ players, game consoles and more.

BLU-RAY™ DISC EXCLUSIVES

  • Two Queens and Two Warriors – The true heart of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is found in its three powerful women, Ravenna, Freya, and Eric’s lost wife, Sara. Learn how the strength and complexity of the film’s female roles drew potent new star power in Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as convincing Charlize Theron to reprise her role as Ravenna.
  • Meet the Dwarfs – Nick Frost’s Nion and Rob Brydon’s Gryff brought a sense of levity and fun to the adventure — especially once they met their female counterparts. Explore the importance of all four dwarf characters in the film and on set, where the actors who portrayed them earn a reputation for keeping the fun rolling, even when the cameras stopped.
  • Magic All Around – Rooted in history, but inhabited by magic, the world of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a true visual spectacle. Follow along and see how the magic made it to the screen. From Freya’s icy freeze to the gold-laden goblins of the forest, explore the visual effects at work with an exclusive peek behind the curtain.

BLU-RAY™ AND DVD BONUS FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary
  • Gag Reel
  • Dressed To Kill – Academy Award ® -winning costumer Colleen Atwood returns to help reignite the splendor she brought to Snow White and The Huntsman. A visual feast, her costumes often border on the supernatural in their beauty while helping bring the characters to life.
  • Love Conquers All — From the infectious enthusiasm of director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to the sisterly bond shared by Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron, the set of The Huntsman: Winter’s War was filled with laughter and life. Actors and artists came together to help create a fairy tale about the pure power of love — and had a blast along the way.
  • Feature Commentary by director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

 

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@Thisfunktional Retro Movie review: The Original 1984 Ghostbusters

Written by Jesus Figueroa

The original “Ghostbusters” from 1984 holds up the test of time.

It was fantastic to sit in a theater for a special Fathom Events movie screening for a movie that came out the year I was born.

There are a few Fathom events coming up, check out FathomEvents.com to see a listing of the ones which will be available close to you.

“Ghostbusters” has been a movie which I’ve seen on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray and is a part of my collection.

Getting to see it on the big screen was surreal and fantastic to hear children laughing at the jokes.

The fantastic look of film could be seen and the well developed story entertained.

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

The supernatural comedy has a magnificent plot with a spectacular cast.

Dr. Peter Venkman, played by Bill Murray, Dr. Raymond Stantz, played by Dan Aykroyd, and Dr. Egon Spengler, played by Harold Ramis and later they are joined by Winston Zeddmore, played by Ernie Hudson.

Aykroyd and Ramis wrote “Ghostbusters” and with Murray and Hudson completed a stellar leading cast.

With Sigourney Weaver playing Dana, who is haunted by Zuul, Annie Potts playing the Ghostbuster’s receptionist Janine Melnitz and Rick Moranis playing Louis Tully the cast is just beyond belief.

There’s so many movies coming out with such talented casts, but not only are all these cast members talented, they work great together and combined to make this movie a classic.

With the remake of “Ghostbusters” coming up, catching up on the original, and the sequel “Ghostbusters 2,” is a must.

The screening ended with a sneak peek of the new “Ghostbusters.”

“Ghostbusters,” the original from 1984, and “Ghostbusters 2” are available 4K HD Blu-ray

The “Ghostbusters” remake opens in theaters July 15.

@Thisfunktional talks with Luis Guzman about PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS

Thisfunktional: Interview with Luis Guzman for PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Veteran actor Luis Guzman’s first producer credit comes in “Puerto Ricans in Paris,” which he also stars in, opening on June 10.

Listen to Thisfunktional Podcast for full audio interview.

Although a film with Puerto Ricans in the title and Latino actors, “Puerto Ricans in Paris” is a comedy which everyone can enjoy.

“I did not make this movie, or go about making this movie, even though the title is ‘Puerto Ricans in Paris,’ I did not make this movie for Puerto Ricans,” Guzman said. “I’ve always said, ‘I made this movie for the universe.’ That’s what I’m so proud of.”

The comedic elements in the movie are things that many people can relate to.

The comedy is well made with many funny moments, which made it appealing to Focus World to distribute.

Still, the Latino part of the movie keeps it from being widely covered by the entertainment media.

“I do still struggle with, and I don’t have any problem saying this, I do still struggle with the fact that, ok here we have this movie, and I’m still waiting to also do interviews with general market,” Guzman said. “The problem I’ve always found with Latino movies, you know, that people make for the universe, it’s like why are we only being interviewed by Latino markets? When Spike Lee does a movie he’s not just being interviewed by the (African-American market)…and so I think that’s something we have to break through.”

This movie goes from New York to Paris with many French actor involved in roles in the movie.

The barrier is not Hollywood, but what mainstream media decides to cover.

“I don’t think it’s Hollywood that puts a barrier anymore. I think that’s something that we psychologically put as a block,” Guzman said. “My thing is that we are talented but at the same time, taking it to the next level, who’s going to be that person that’s going to write that check. There are Latinos that are multimillionaires and billionaires, where are they?”

Check out “Puerto Ricans in Paris” which opens June 10.

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Mike ‘The Movie Guy’ Movie Review: Careful What You Wish For

I actually just finished watching CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR…like literally. I just took off the headphones…climbed out of bed…trying not to wake the wifey…walked through the living room…trying not to wake the dog…who could possibly wake up our ‘almost’ 2 year old son…all this…for Mr. Nick Jonas. (lol)

Careful What You Wish For

Did I like the movie?

I did. Any type of movie that can get my ‘WTF feelings’ going – – is alright with me. (lol)

Here’s what the movie’s about – OH…DO NOT watch the trailer. I know some of you girls will be tempted to – – DON’T! Personally…I thought it gave away too much.

Careful What You Wish For

Ok – real quick. Nick Jonas plays a young dude named Doug. He comes with parents to a little vacation spot – does a little summer work before heading off to college. One day – he notices a couple moving next door – – – the husband played by 1988’s YOUNG GUNS Dermot Mulroney – – he’s a rich douche who happens to have a super hot wife named Lena, played by the lovely Isabel Lucas. Right off the bat – she’s gives him the old ‘I wanna meet your penis look.’ Well – that’s what it looked like to me. (lol) Instead of playing it smart – – – his penis does all the thinking and decision making for him and well…it gets a little ‘complicated.’ (lol)

Careful What You Wish For

You get the picture. Right? Well…I hope so. (lol)

Like I said before – I liked the movie.

20 minutes into the movie I was like, “WTF Nick Jonas?!”

40 minutes into the movie I was like, “WTF Nick Jonas?!”

Last 20 minutes of the movie I was like, “WTF Nick Jonas..you idiot!”

Careful What You Wish For

See. This movie got my emotions going. (lol) I thought Nick Jonas did a great job in the acting department. It was super cool seeing Paul Sorvino is this. (I’m a fan)

I could see the girls loving this one – – Nick Jonas sexy time. Nick Jonas with his shirt off. Nick Jonas in just his boxer shorts. (lol) Yeah, yeah…he works out. (lol) Personally…my eyes were locked on Lena, the crazy, seductive chick. (lol)

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR hits theaters and On Demand this Friday. The same day as Nick Jonas’s new album drops – Niceeeeee dude. Nice.

If you happen to check it out the movie – let me know your thoughts.

I give CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR… 3 out of 5 popcorns. It could be a cool solo or date flick…which ever floats your boat….get it? BOAT. (lol)

More Love. Less Hate. #PrayforOrlando #PrayforHumanity

pray_for_o1[1]I’ve refrained from mentioning anything on social media after this past weekend because I needed some time to gather my thoughts before doing so.  Even still, it’s hard to put my feelings into words…I’ve already rewritten this post three times.

Let me start by posting here what a good friend of mine, who happens to be gay, posted on Facebook this morning.  I could not have said it better myself:

“To even try and share my feelings on this past weekend tears me apart. I am beyond horrified with the events that have taken place in Orlando. How the hell did we get here? When did it become the norm to allow your beliefs to change the lives of others? I am appalled at the comments like “Finally someone is shooting perverts instead of innocent people”. How did we become a country that allows ourselves to persecute others!? I truly don’t give a shit that this guy was Muslim. I care that he felt it was ok to murder innocent people because of who they love! Hatred, bigotry, intolerance…THESE ARE THE ISSUES!! The man who I quoted above is a WHITE AMERICAN! Given the right tools- he is just as capable of committing a horrendous hate crime! So maybe ISIS would like to take credit for this mass shooting. But in the comments that A LOT of Americans have been making- they too are taking some sort of credit. Anyone who is not speaking out against this horrible crime is taking credit. How? Because it is them who opens the door for this kind of hatred to take over. Whether you have an issue with Muslims, LGBT people, Jews, Immigrants, people on welfare, etc.- spreading hate and disgust fuels the fire in people to rationalize their own hate. When it is normal for a person to persecute another based on differences- it becomes normal for these radical few to plan these acts of pure violence. There will always be people and things we have to be careful of… but this shit has got to stop!! It has become all too common for people to lose their lives over BULLSHIT!
I see story after story about all of the amazing people who have helped one way or another for these victims from the Pulse shooting. And I am trying my hardest to focus on those… because in my heart- I want to believe that is what the majority of our country is made of! A country full of loving, decent, kind human beings who truly want what’s best for our citizens as a whole… no matter your race, sexuality, religion, or beliefs. But in order to change the world- we have to change! We have to spread more love and acceptance to EVERYONE! Instead of trying to build walls- lets shatter them! Let us prove that this hatred and persecution will not bring us down… it will build us up! It will allow us to come together and make a stand. WE DESERVE BETTER, AMERICA!! Our children deserve better!! As far as our ancestors have brought us in this world… we are shitting on their graves with how we not only treat each other- but our planet as a whole. Be good to one another… love and accept all! That alone will make our world a better place!”

 

Now let me say that I am a straight woman who fully supports the LGBT community. I also support the security used at venues in order to keep our favorite musicians safe from harm. The past few years have been riddled with school shootings, movie theater shootings, mall shootings, concert shootings, club shootings, etc.  Keyword being “shootings.”  Orlando will no longer be known solely as the happiest place on Earth because of Disney World…it will be known as the city where the worst mass shooting in U.S. history occurred. It will be known as the place where a deranged fan walked in heavily armed and shot an incredibly talented musician, Christina Grimmie, as she signed autographs for fans after her set.

Our “Land of the Free” is no longer free.  Our kids are no longer completely safe wherever they go. We live in a country where hardworking people pay $200 a month for insurance that barely covers anything anymore.  Pharmaceutical companies no longer want to cover medications regardless of whether or not they’re prescribed. My father died a month after discovering he had liver cancer because the doctors are so busy expanding their practices to include Botox and Cool Sculpting rather than  detecting cancer in their current patients. Those who are not working, don’t have the money to afford private insurance.  Therein lies the issue of undiagnosed mental disorders.  Those with psychological issues are not being treated properly or in a timely manner.  Pair that with the ease of attaining assault weapons and firearms and you have a recipe for disaster. Why is it so difficult to attain health insurance, but it’s so easy for someone on the FBI watch list for the past 2 years to purchase an assault weapon?? Why is so easy for ANYONE to purchase a gun, period??

I spent all of Sunday in a state of disbelief. Thinking about the 100+ families that were waiting to hear if their child or sibling were one of the casualties, injured or survivors of the horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub. Imagining what those inside of the club experienced when they heard shots being fired. Wondering how this group of people could be targeted simply because of who they love. We’re talking LOVE here. They weren’t gathering to conspire against anyone.  They were celebrating being proud of who they are as HUMAN BEINGS.

It’s a scary world we live in at the moment. Kids are being brought up in a world where you don’t need to work hard, you just need to participate. They’re being ostracized for being different rather than being taught to embrace their uniqueness. They’re abusing the luxury of being able to communicate with their favorite actors/musicians/athletes on social media and using it to hurt them instead. Everything these days is fueled by hatred and ignorance.  You don’t have to understand why a person is gay, you just have to accept that they are.  It doesn’t make them a bad person, it makes YOU a bad person for thinking they deserve to be punished because of who they love.

I could go on and on about this issue for days, but I’ll end it here. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Christina Grimmie, and also to the numerous families of the victims at Pulse nightclub. Most of all…RIP to all of the lives lost this weekend.  Let us remain hopeful that gun laws will be amended, that healthcare will improve and be made more affordable so that those who do suffer from metal disorders can seek the help they need in order to help prevent things like this from continuing to happen.

As my friend said so perfectly…”We deserve better, America! Our children deserve better!”

 

***If you’re not in the Orlando area and are unable to donate blood, please visit the following link set up to help support the families of the victims

https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

ENTER TO WIN: 10 Cloverfield Lane – DVD Giveaway

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HEART-POUNDING NEW THRILLER FROM PRODUCER J.J. ABRAMS

John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Star in the Suspense-Filled Film on Digital HD May 31, 2016 and Blu-ray Combo Pack June 14

 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Acclaimed producer J.J. Abrams and up-and-coming director Dan Trachtenberg deliver a new masterpiece that critics are calling “riveting, gripping and loaded with tension” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”) when 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand June 14, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD May 31.

Certified Fresh by critics with a 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE delivers “heart-pounding fun” (Patrick Stinson, “Made in Hollywood”) that will “shock you senseless” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).  After a catastrophic car crash, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) wakes up in a survivalist’s (John Goodman, Argo) underground bunker. He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable. His theories are supported by a mysterious stranger who is in the bunker with them (John Gallagher, Jr., “The Newsroom”),  but as his increasingly suspicious actions lead her to question his motives, she’ll have to escape in order to discover the truth.

With a shocking finale that “will completely blow you away” (Eric Eisenberg, Cinemablend), 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE looks phenomenal on Blu-ray.  The Combo Pack includes Digital HD, commentary with director Dan Trachtenberg and producer J.J. Abrams, and over 30 minutes of special features. Take an extensive look behind-the-scenes with Abrams and the cast as they revisit the legacy of 2008’s CLOVERFIELD, and discuss how 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE went from script to production. Continue with a tour of the ominous bunker, see how the costume designer was challenged to create a homemade Hazmat suit, follow the production team and sound designers as they work on the movie’s epic finale, and hear the unique scores composed for each character.  Plus, for a limited time only, get a bonus Digital HD copy of the original CLOVERFIELD with the Blu-ray Combo Pack.

 

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Blu-ray Combo Pack

The 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:

Blu-ray

  • Feature film in high definition
  • Commentary by director Dan Trachtenberg and producer J.J. Abrams
  • Over 30 minutes of Behind-The-Scenes Footage

DVD

  • Feature film in standard definition

 

The Blu-ray Combo Pack available for purchase includes a Digital HD version of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a way to collect, access and enjoy movies.  With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them—reliably and securely—to a variety of devices.

 

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Single-Disc DVD

The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.

 

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

Paramount Pictures presents a Bad Robot production: “10 Cloverfield Lane.”  Music by Bear McCreary.  Executive producers Bryan Burk, Drew Goddard, and Matt Reeves.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, p.g.a. and Lindsey Weber, p.g.a.  Story by Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken.  Screenplay by Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken and Damien Chazelle.  Directed by Dan Trachtenberg.

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Movie Review: Me Before You #LiveBoldly

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Directed By: Thea Sharrock

Written By: Jojo Moyes

Starring: Sam Claflin, Emilia Clarke, Vanessa Kirby, Matthew Lewis, Jenna Coleman, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Stephen Peacocke, Ben Lloyd-Hughes

SYNOPSIS: A wealthy London man’s life is turned upside down when he is paralyzed in a car accident. When a young woman from a small town is hired to be his caregiver, the two form an unlikely bond.

 

Anyone who has seen the trailer for ‘Me Before You’ knows they’ll need tissues when they actually see the movie.  If you think you’re the exception…think again!  Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) shine in this beautifully tragic love story from beginning to end.  Emilia’s character, Lou, is a quirky, chatty, happy-go-lucky young woman who is searching for a job to help support her family.  Sam’s character, Will, is quite the opposite.  He’s a wealthy, adventurous young businessman who becomes quadriplegic after a tragic accident.  With the help of Nathan, Will’s nurse, and Will’s parents, Lou tries to make Will feel alive again.  The story is beautiful and has so much potential, but I wish there was a bit more.  It starts off a bit slow (not complaining because the content was good) but at some point it just began to feel rushed as far as their relationship goes.  I’m sure the novel fills in those gaps but, in any case, the pacing of the story doesn’t ruin the heartfelt moments in the latter part of the movie.  It also doesn’t discredit the wonderful acting, writing and directing involved with this film.  Claflin and Clarke have great chemistry together!  The pacing issue, in my opinion, happens sometimes when they make films based on novels.  It’s impossible to fit everything in.  Either way,  I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good love story!

 

COMCAST’S XFINITY BEGINS THE SUMMER OF SOCCER 2016 ON THE X1 PLATFORM

COMCAST’S XFINITY BEGINS THE SUMMER OF SOCCER 2016 ON THE X1 PLATFORMSports AppUpcoming Matches
 
 
The X1 platform continues to revolutionize the sports and entertainment viewing experience.  And on June 2, the second annual Xfinity Summer of Soccer kicks off and will feature the two best international soccer tournaments of 2016 – Copa America Centenario and the UEFA EURO 2016.
 
X1 customers will have the best seat in the house with the new and exciting features that will forever change the way that people watch sports:
 

  • The X1 Sports App: By putting data, graphics and charts right on the same TV screen as the game, the X1 Sports App adds more personalization, interactivity and fun to the viewing experience. It will also include real-time stats on players and teams across both tournaments, as well as information on upcoming matches, recaps, and tournament standings.
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  • Xfinity On Demand Soccer Hub: A specially curated section of Xfinity On Demand that includes a quick access to match replays and other news, commentary and special clips relevant to the day’s action from either of the tournaments and in both English and Spanish.
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  • Instant On Demand: Spanish-speaking customers will have a unique opportunity to access all 32 Copa America matches shortly after the live broadcast begins (and throughout the rest of the tournament) via the X1 platform.
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  • Voice Remote: The X1 Voice Remote gives viewers the power to search, find and navigate all of the summer’s soccer programming with the sound of their voice. Customers can say commands in English or Spanish like “Soccer,” or “Copa America” and it will re-direct them to all the content available for that search term.
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  • Soccer On-the-go: Fans can live-stream all Copa America Centenario matches in Spanish through the Univision Deportes Network via the Xfinity TV Go app and website, as well as every UEFA EURO 2016 game in English and Spanish on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, respectively.

 
All summer long, the Xfinity Latino Entertainment Channel (XLEC) will offer special Summer of Soccer programming and up-to-the-minute updates, while the Xfinity Latino microsite (www.xfinity.com/latino) will feature daily blogs and a special guide to Comcast’s soccer offerings in addition to links to all matches (In English and Spanish).
 
 
The Summer of Soccer brings a viewing experience that only Xfinity X1 can provide.