@Thisfunktional Movie Review: SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL

SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL Shows Something Good among the Chaos of Life

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

“Somewhere Beautiful” takes audiences through the journeys of two people at different points of their romantic life.

The movie is shot beautifully as each frame can possibly be a framed photograph, the story is detailed and can be slow at points, but the ending is rewarding.

Elena, played by María Alche, finds herself with new feelings for as she accompanies her photographer husband, played by Anthony Bonaventura, and his guide, played by Pablo Cedrón, who turns out to be a worldly, knowledgeable guy who Elena is impressed by.

Alche is a great actress that subtly brings out soft emotions which keep the audience guessing her character’s intentions. She is great along side both Bonaventura and Cedrón.

Bonaventura is dry in his delivery of his lines. He brings a sternness and facial expressions which help the audience connect with his character.

Cedrón is charismatic and suave with a mature rough look. He contrasts the clean stoic Bonaventura.

Film director Albert, played by Albert Kodagolian, comes home to find his wife gone and his mother taking care of his child.

Kodagolian wrote, directed and starred in this movie. With so much going on he still delivers a a marvelous performance.

Albert goes through some turmoil as his marriage falls apart slowly.

The stories are weaved together which contrasts the stories and yet finds a similarity in each.

I give this drama 5 out of 5 Popcorns. The performances in this movie are spectacular and the flow is always moving forward. Writer-director Albert Kodagolian created a spectacular story and was able to find the right cast, fantastic locations and a good direction to take the movie in.


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Cast, Crew Talk about HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Eugenio Derbez and Selma Hayek take the lead in “How to be a Latin Lover,” a Lionsgate movie out April 28.

The movie tells the story of a male gold-digger Maximo, played by Derbez, who loses it all when his elderly wife throws him out for a younger man, pleated by Michael Cera.

The hilarious Derbez is over the top with his portrayal, which works because of the antics he has to go through.

Cera is funny and plays off Derbez well. The two are a good fit to be rivals.

Maximo moves in with his sister Sara, played by Selma Hayek, and her son Hugo, played by Raphael Alejandro, who he hasn’t seen for years.

Hayek is great with a serious and funny role. Her ability to switch her emotions throughout the story in a genuine manner comes off fantastic. It’s a beautiful role for her and she is great.

Alejandro is the key for this movie. His role keeps the movie moving forward. His tenderness gets the audience connected to the story.

The story has some very funny moments which the audience can’t help but laugh at.

The pacing of the movie is slow, but still moves forward with each scene.

Derbez said he is happy that an American studio, Lionsgate, took a chance on a movie where the two leads are Latino.

Although Derbez has had a few successful movies in the U.S. market, latinos have still struggled to get studios to take them serious as leading roles.

Derbez said he was shocked at getting a high rating during test screenings. He wasn’t sure how his style of comedy would mesh with the American writers’ style.

The comedy can be appreciated by people of different age groups and of any ethnicity as the story could be about any man in the same situation as Maximo.

Filming in LA was another challenge for the movie, but thanks to the California Rebate, which “How to be a Latin Lover” was the first movie by Lionsgate to receive it, the movie was able to have Hayek and shoot in LA and was able to go after the actors that were in this movie.

The chemistry between Derbez and Hayek jumps off the screen. The two seemed natural together.

Hayek said she was happy to be on set with Derbez because they connected so well. She loves to improvise and Derbez was able to go along with it and make it seamless.


In Theaters April 28

ScareLA’s Halfoween means Pre-Sale Tickets at Half Price

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

There’s something spooky coming 
to the Los Angeles Convention Center

Pre-sale for ScareLA, the summer halloween convention in LA, starts their pre-sale half way to halloween. Sign-up for ScareLA’s newsletter to get updates first.
Not only has ScareLA brought Halloween to summer, Aug. 6 and 7, but it has brought it to the heart of Downtown LA.

This year’s theme will be Monsters Come Together and proceeds will help support wild predator conservation.

There’s so many fun things to do, creepy things to buy and classes to take at ScareLA. It’s not just for those looking to get ready for Halloween early.

The fun events will be announced soon sign-up for ScareLA’s newsletter and be notified of all the great events as they are announced.

A secret pre-scare link and codes will be shared with e-mail subscribers first so check your inbox.

Sabrina Carpenter Announces The De-Tour

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30+ City Summer 2017 Tour Kicks Off July 6 In Vancouver 
Featuring Special Guests Alex Aiono and New Hope Club 



Following her sold out, first ever headline tour last fall, singer/songwriter and actress Sabrina Carpenter is set to bring a summer of fun and music across the continent with The De-Tour, a 30+ date summer headline tour.

The De-Tour will begin July 5 in Vancouver, BC and continue across major North American cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville and Boston before concluding on August 27 in Toronto, ON.

The De-Tour, presented by American Tourister, will feature special guests Alex Aiono and New Hope Club on all dates.

Fan club and ticket pre-sales begin April 28 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time, respectively.

Tickets for The De-Tour will go on sale to the general public beginning April 29 at 10 a.m. local time.

For more information, please visit sabrinacarpenter.com.

“Ever since I got off the road from my first tour, all I can think about is going back out. Now this time, everything is gonna be bigger, better and very, very unexpected,” Carpenter said. “I can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working so hard on. I want the live experience to be indelible.”

This weekend, Sabrina will take to the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards stage to perform her current, infectious single “Thumbs” off her sophomore album “EVOLution.”

The album’s first single, “On Purpose,” is nominated for XOXO – Best Crush Song.

The 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards air April 30 at 7 p.m. on the Disney Channel.

In May, Sabrina will embark as special guest on The Vamp’s UK and Ireland tour and in June, join Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman World Tour in Brazil as special guest.

P!nk Announces Only East Coast Performance This Summer


Tickets Go Onsale to the General Public May 5 at 10 a.m.

P!nk announced she will be performing as part of the 2017 Atlantic City BeachFest Concert Series.

This event will take place on July 12 on the Atlantic City Beach.
This is just one of a handful of events where fans can see P!nk live in 2017 and her ONLY East Coast performance.

Fans can expect to see all the jaw-dropping theatrics and acrobatics that P!nk is known for.Tickets go on sale to the general public on May 5 at 10 a.m.

Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com or by-phone at 800-745-3000.
American Express Cardmembers will have early access to presale tickets beginning April 28 at 10 a.m. through May 4 at 10 p.m.
There will be General Admission (GA), Gold Circle GA and Silver Circle GA ticket options available for fans, as well as VIP ticket opportunities.

For additional information on the event or ticket options, please visit ACBeachConcerts.com.Previously, the Atlantic City Beach Series featured performances by Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and more.

The 2017 Atlantic City BeachFest Concert Series is presented by Live Nation in partnership with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and the City of Atlantic City.

“P!nk puts on one of the most exciting and powerful live shows in the industry,” Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia Regional President, said. “We, along with our friends at CRDA, the Mayor’s office, and our municipal and casino partners, are honored to kick off the beach series with P!nk.”

“Efforts by the Christie Administration to reinvigorate Atlantic City’s economy are paying off by attracting top acts to the city, such as a superstar like P!nk,” CRDA Executive Director Christopher M. Howard said. “The State and CRDA continue to work to redefine Atlantic City from a gaming destination to an entertainment venue. Whether it’s for a day trip or a longer stay, there is something in Atlantic City for everyone, from major concert acts and dining to shopping and family fun.”

“Once again Atlantic City is the leading shore town bringing exciting concerts to the beach,” Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said. “We are very excited that Live Nation will be bringing P!nk to Atlantic City. Her performances are full of excitement and electricity, so there will be no doubt this will be a stellar show.”

Choreographer Mandy Moore Talks LA LA LAND

Choreographer Mandy Moore Talks LA LA LAND

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Grand performances in “La La Land” choreographed by Mandy Moore gained notability through winning several awards and having numerous nominations throughout the 2016 award season.

Moore did much research into jazz, characters and even the dance level for the actors.

Having an understanding for each actor’s ability and they understanding of the characters and their desires made it easier to make the choreography flow and suitable for each scene.

The major scenes which show some the hardworking and dedication come from the start with a fantastically timed, well choreographed long scene which sets a fast detailed oriented pace to the entire movie.

Jazz is one of the more difficult genres to work with as it can be have a chaotic rhythm or go to a slower pace.

Each character has their style and rhythm and each song is original to the mood of each scene, Moore said. The ability to cooperate with fantastic actors, crew members and extras made the experience most enjoyable.

The Blu-ray comes with more than three hours of extras and behind-the-scenes footage which helps to better give viewers a look into all the hard work the crew and actors put into a film which has gotten many award.

In each project she learns new skills, Moore said. The ability to continue improving helps make each project memorable.

It was an incredible coincidence that such a fun project got so well received, Moore said. It just happened to workout that way and has added to the incredible journey the cast and crew has gone through.

Los Angeles proclaims “La La Land” day April 25, on the release of the Blu-ray and DVD.

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Hey, movie fans!

I’m a sucker for YA novels, so I’m stoked that this movie is about to be released! Not just because my twelve-year-old niece wants to see Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) on-screen again either lol. Based on the YA novel by Nicola Yoon, this film looks like a cute, yet heartbreaking film about young love and self-discovery.

Will you be checking it out when it’s released? Let me know!

SYNOPSIS: A teenager who’s lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door.



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