I AM DURÁN Available on Digital Download on June 4

 

FEATURING ROBERTO DURÁN, SUGAR RAY LEONARD, SYLVESTER STALLONE, ROBERT DE NIRO, MIKE TYSON, LENNOX LEWIS AND RICKY HATTON

DIRECTED BY MAT HODGSON

We are thrilled to share with you the trailer for the highly-anticipated boxing documentary “I AM DURÁN,” featuring Roberto Durán, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Mike Tyson, and several sporting heroes. 

“I AM DURÁN” is directed by Mat Hodgson (The Four Year Plan, Night of the Fight: Hatton’s Last Stand) and features iconic boxing champion Roberto Durán sharing his life story with fans. 

“I AM DURÁN” puts viewers in the corner of one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters ever and shows how Roberto Durán used his “Hands of Stone” to become a national hero and beloved son of Panama. 

Roberto Durán is a boxing behemoth, a titanic figure with a career straddling five epic decades who is regarded as one of the most entertaining and skilled fighters of all time. 

“I AM DURÁN” tells his story, inextricably interwoven with the story of the nation of Panama.

As Roberto Durán rose, fell, and rose again, staggering between glory and disaster, buffeted by the brutal blows of his opponents and of life itself – so did his beloved Panama. 

A country brought to its knees as a pawn in violent regional and international politics and suffering from the harsh yoke of dictator Manuel Noriega’s ruthless regime, in its darkest hour Panama needed a hero, a voice and an identity.

Roberto Durán’s impact transcended boxing and politics.

Born a fighter, his success inside the ring transformed him into an icon, yet it was his flaws and failures outside the ring that made him a hero and continue to ensure that his universal appeal and popularity endure to this day.

I AM DURÁN 
Available On Digital Download June 4
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Exclusive clip Hippo Fight from National Geographic HOSTILE PLANET

Exclusive clip Hippo Fight from National Geographic HOSTILE PLANET

Grasslands are home to the biggest stars of the animal kingdom, but top billing doesn’t make life here any easier.

The wildernesses are among the most volatile environments on Earth, where animals must endure an ever-shifting rollercoaster journey through freeze, fire, flood and drought.

Now, seasons are becoming more extreme and unpredictable.

Life is harder than ever for the wildlife featured in this episode of “Hostile Planet,” including bull elephants clashing in mating battles; the predator-and-prey dance between cheetahs and gazelles in the depths of the Kenyan savanna; a herd of bison battling a blizzard in the North American plains; and a huge pack of wolves in pursuit of them.

National Geographic
HOSTILE PLANET
Airing Monday Nights on National Geographic Channel

Universal Pictures has released the official trailer for its upcoming animated film THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 National Pet Day

Universal Pictures has released the official trailer for its upcoming animated film THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 National Pet Day

Watch the new trailer for The Secret Life of Pets 2 and celebrate #NationalPetDay

Visit TheSecretLifeofMyPet.com and share the secret life of your pet, and don’t forget to try out the cat and dog Snapchat lenses. Plus download new photos.

Illumination’s tenth feature, “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 comedic blockbuster that had the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film, animated or otherwise. 

Packed with Illumination’s signature irreverence and subversive humor, this new chapter explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them and the families that love them, and answers the question that has long intrigued every pet owner: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?

Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic.

On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max’s anxiety.

Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster (Harrison Ford, making his animated-film debut), who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom.

Meanwhile, while her owner is away, plucky Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip. 

And crazy-but-cute bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) gets delusions of grandeur that he’s an actual superhero after his owner Molly starts dressing him in superhero pajamas.

But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s only been pretending to be.

Can Max, Snowball, Gidget and the rest of the gang find the inner courage to face their biggest fears?

“The Secret Life of Pets 2” is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy, the visionary team behind Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and the Despicable Me and Minions franchise, and is written by returning Pets screenwriter Brian Lynch. The film is directed by returning filmmaker Chris Renaud, who also directed Illumination’s Despicable Me series and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. thesecretlifeofpets.com

Discover the secret emotional life of pets in #TheSecretLifeOfPets2, in theaters June 7. Get tickets now: fandango.com/pets2

Nelufar Hedayat uses her journalistic integrity through her investigation for STORY OF GOD

Nelufar Hedayat uses her journalistic integrity through her investigation for STORY OF GOD

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Journalist Nelufar Hedayat found that being a seeker for “Story of God with Morgan Freeman” was something very different from what she is use to, but being a journalist helped her be unbiased while on her assignment.

Religion can be an extremely sensitive subject, but Hedayat said that with her history of journalism she is able to put her own faith and believes aside and cover her topic for “Story of God.”

Hedayat visits the ruins of the ancient city of Pergamon and learns about the throne built for Zeus that Christians later dubbed “Satan’s throne” to demonize the old gods.

The role of investigative journalist was not going to work in this assignment, Hedayat said. To get something worthwhile she needed to step back from finding truth and rather find meaning which says is something much different.

The viewers of the show should watched with an open mind. A viewer needs to be patient and take in as much as possible to learn about themselves and about others around them as well.

“Story of God” is meant to be a way to accept others as others accept different believes as well.

Hedayat said that she was born in one of the poorest countries in the east and was able to study in one of the most diverse cities in the world and these amazing assurances have helped her gain a perspective which helped her not have a bias while pursuing this story.

Everyone has a story to tell and Hedayat said she was happy and honored to be able to hear these stories from people who shared them so willingly.

Hedayat said, that on a personal level, being part of “Story of God’ helped her to see that religions do not separate people, but rather they are all so similar and should unite people. These stories she was able to listen to helped her realize just how passionate people are about their religions.

National Geographic’s STORY OF GOD
Airing Tuesdays on National Geographic Channel

Actor Bruno Bichir finds PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS (PERFECT STRANGERS) more complex, exciting

Actor Bruno Bichir finds PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS (PERFECT STRANGERS) more complex, exciting

Written by Jesus Figueroa

“Perfectos Desconocidos (Perfect Strangers)” has had a versión in several different languages, but actor Bruno Bichir finds that this universal story lends itself to take on sensitive topics in the Latino culture.

There’s flaws and differences in everyone, which this film touch upon magnificently, yet each character in this film the flaws are not exactly apparent until they consume the character.

“This character is so ambiguous that I, I love so much ambiguous art in any form, in any platform and in any way or shape,” Bichir said. “This character is so ambiguous because he seems like he’s honest, intelligent, sensitive and caring, but who know, the best liars perfectly lie.”

With the discovery of secrets from each character, the story seems to build up to a massive secret to be discovered, but it comes from an unexpected place.

Then as the characters come to another climactic moment another twist sends them to yet another unpredictable place which combines to present dilemmas and comments of some of the Mexican culture’s stereotypes.

“We Mexicans are very complex people. We deal with death and don’t know if we are laughing, crying, guilty or cynical,” Bichir said. “We don’t know if we are very open minded or very closed off.”

Bichir takes on a character that creates an opportunity for him to enforce the message of the story through subtleties in the way the character behaves.

Along with guidance from director Manolo Caro, Bichir establishes a character which many people can identify with.

This character is in every group of friends and if the audience cannot identify personally with him, they know the member of their friend circle which can.

“The first challenge is it’s me and everyone I know represented in this character. So, I thought I should be somehow me, me naked, obviously it’s not me, I’m not that character at all,” Bichir said. “In order to transmit, to transcend the message, feelings and thoughts of these situations and character, I thought I should be naked.”

After all that, Bichir is just one piece of the great puzzle which is put together in this film by a brilliant director and fabulous cast.

Through the scenes audiences can look at the characters on the screen and get caught up in such a manner that it is like peeking in on a group of friends.

The story is so universal that it has been recreated different times by different cultures in different countries.

“It seems all human beings are in the midst of that struggle,” Bichir said. “We are trying to open our hearts and minds to the new human beings we are all trying to be.”

PERFECTOS DESCONOSIDOS
(PERFECT STRANGERS)
In Theaters January 11, 2019

Watch exclusive clip PRACTICAL EFFECTS from HELL FEST

Get in Line for a Thrilling Horror Ride with “Hell Fest” on Digital December 21 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on January 8 from Lionsgate®

A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town.

But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not the attraction — it is a hunting ground.

On the night the friends attend, a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowd continues to rise, who will fight to survive the night?

HELL FEST

On Digital December 21, 

On 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD On January 8

#Thisfunktional #Giveaway: #MaryPoppinsReturns advance screening passes in multiple cities

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Here’s an opportunity to get advance screening passes for a highly anticipated sequel “Mary Poppins Returns,” out in theaters December 19.

On December 17 at 7:30 p.m. some lucky fans will get to watch the movie.

Subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of the page, follow Thisfunktional on social media – TwitterInstagram and Facebook – to get alerted when other giveaways or contests are posted.

Grab your tickets while they last:

Miami

Cobb Dolphin 19 & IMAX

11471 NW 12th Street, Miami FL, 33172

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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San Antonio

Regal Cielo Vista Stadium 18 & RPX

2828 Cinema Ridge, San Antonio TX, 78238

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Chicago

AMC Showplace Cicero 14

4779 W. Cermak Rd., Cicero IL, 60804

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Dallas

AMC Valley View 16

13331 Preston Rd., Dallas TX, 75240

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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San Jose

AMC Eastridge 15

2190 Eastridge Loop, San Jose CA, 95122

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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San Diego

AMC Plaza Bonita 14

3050 Plaza Bonita Rd., National City CA, 91950

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Houston

AMC Studio 30

2949 Dunvale, Houston TX, 77063

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Los Angeles

Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 & IMAX

8630 Garfield Ave, South Gate CA, 90280

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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New York

AMC Loews 34th Street

312 W. 34th St., New York New York, 10001

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Phoenix

AMC Westgate 20

9400 West Hanna Lane, Glendale AZ, 85305

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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These are first come, first serve tickets so please show up early to the screening.

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. 

Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place,” “The Girl on the Train”) stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall (“Into the Woods,” “Chicago”). 

The screenplay is by David Magee (“Life of Pi”) and the screen story is by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca (“Into the Woods”) based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. 

The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. (“La La Land”) with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. 

The music score is by Marc Shaiman (“Hairspray”) and the film features all-new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman (“Smash”) and Shaiman. 

The film also stars Ben Whishaw (“Spectre”) as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer (“Hugo”) as Jane Banks; Julie Walters (“Harry Potter” films) as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) as Mary’s eccentric cousin Topsy. 

Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

PL Travers first introduced the world to the no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 children’s book “Mary Poppins.” 

However, the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins remained only on the pages of the seven other PL Travers’ books…until now. 

“Mary Poppins Returns” is drawn from the wealth of material in these additional books. 

The film takes place in 1930s Depression-era London 24 years after the first film was set. Michael Banks works for the same financial institution that employed his father and still lives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane with his three children, Annabel, John and Georgie and their housekeeper Ellen. 

Carrying on in her mother’s tradition, Jane Banks campaigns for workers’ rights and provides a helping hand to Michael’s family. 

When the family suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins magically re-enters their lives and with Jack’s help, brings joy and wonder back into their home.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS

In Theaters On December 19

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CINDERELO la nueva película de William Levy se estreno el 7 de diciembre en PANTAYA

CINDERELO la nueva película de William Levy se estreno el 7 de diciembre en PANTAYA

“Cinderelo” estará disponible en PantaYA ya, en la plataforma de streaming de películas en español.

El publico latino en Estados Unidos podrá ver esta divertida comedia desde su casa, en su computadora, tablet o celular.

Marlon Flores es un talentoso fotógrafo con una habilidad asombrosa para resaltar la belleza interior de cualquiera, pero no la suya.

Su fealdad atrae el rechazo y el ridículo de todas las mujeres, excepto su asistente María, que puede verlo por lo que realmente es.

Cansado del desprecio constante, inesperadamente se encuentra con su hada padrino, un misterioso hombre que le hace un hechizo transformándolo en un semental irresistible llamado Brando.

¿Cuál es el truco preguntas? Sólo tiene efecto por la noche.

Con la ayuda de su mejor amigo Félix, Marlon convierte al guapo Brando en el hombre más codiciado de la ciudad.

¿Pero puede encontrar el amor verdadero con una doble identidad?

Marlon ahora debe enfrentarse a un desafío aún mayor que su apariencia descuidada: superar los obstáculos de este hechizo mágico para ganarse a su media naranja, María.

La divertida comedia ha siso dirigida por Beto Gómez, cuenta con la actuación estelar de William Levy, Miguel Rodarte y Joaquín Cossio.

La película se rodó en 30 días, casi en su totalidad en la República Dominicana, con dos días de filmación en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Los productores lideraron un equipo de 105 personas, el 90% de los cuales eran dominicanos nativos con una gran experiencia y conocimientos en el oficio de la cinematografía.

La producción contó con el apoyo total de las instituciones cinematográficas dominicanas y las leyes cinematográficas del país.

En PantaYa El 7 De Diciembre

Watch THE COOL KIDS clip | Margaret Thinks Hank’s New Girlfriend Is Using Him from Season 1 Episode 8

Watch this funny clip from FOX’s upcoming episode of “The Cool Kids,” airing December 7 at 8:30 p.m.

When Hank starts dating a much younger woman, the gang suspects she may be a gold-digger taking advantage of him because of his age.

THE COOL KIDS

Airs Fridays At 8:30 P.M, On FOX

Support KickStarter project SAVING DAISY film

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This documentary will follow Daisy Coleman’s journey of healing from lifelong trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, using EMDR

Saving Daisy will pick up where the Netflix film “Audrie & Daisy” left off.

This documentary will follow Daisy Coleman’s journey of healing from lifelong trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, through treatment using EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) Therapy.

Millions of people from all over the world came to learn about Daisy’s sexual assault when her story went viral and was followed by a feature length documentary.

But that was only the beginning of her journey as a survivor.

With this film, Daisy has joined forces with a team of filmmakers and fellow survivors to follow her vulnerable PTSD recovery process, in an effort to inspire other survivors and their families in recovery.

They will follow her through her EMDR treatment to unlock the layers of trauma from her assault, the tragic death of her father prior to the assault, as well as the recent sudden loss of her younger brother.

Daisy has faced more trauma in her 21 years than anyone should ever be faced with in a lifetime, but this film will prove to survivors everywhere that healing is possible.

The goal and objective of this project is to record the impact and measurable results of EMDR treatment on a rape survivor and use this research and findings to ultimately create a narrative feature film based on Daisy Coleman’s life and recovery through EMDR.

In multiple research reports from 2015-2018, EMDR has shown the most long term and positive results in reducing PTSD trauma and triggers, specifically in rape survivors and trauma victims. 

Daisy has already attended a consultation session with her new EMDR specialist Dr. Heather Westbarn and is ready/excited for the next phases of her treatment. 

One of the most important goals of this process is to get Daisy the treatment she needs and deserves, so that she can thrive and fulfill her highest potential. 

But Daisy being who she is, wants her journey to be able to help others as well, so the making of this short documentary will bring awareness to EMDR as a treatment tool for assault survivors and give them the hope and will to want to thrive too.

This short documentary will become part of the learning tools offered by SafeBAE, the national organization that Daisy helped to found in 2015, which works to prevent sexual assault among teens.

Its already hard to talk about sexual assault, and no one even knows where to start when it comes to healing.

Daisy is a female artist, hero and advocate whom is brave in being vulnerable enough to share this next part of her journey.

In addition to this kick ass woman in this film, the filmmakers are approaching the industry at a new angle. 

This is a pivotal moment for everyone involved in the project and everyone involved wants you all to be apart of this beautiful project. 

Those involved are not just doing this for the sake of the film, they are also making this to spread awareness about this incredible therapy and prove to survivors that they can heal. 

This is also not the only thing under their belt, as mentioned above, in addition to this documentary they have a feature film in the process, being written with many celebrities attached, based on Daisy’s life and a tribute to her younger brother Tristan Coleman, whom passed away on June 19, 2018. 

Hitting the goals for this project will not only help heal Daisy but also ensure more projects around this issue in the near future.

For more information and to follow this project visit savingdaisyfilm.com if you could donate anything they would be grateful, and if you can’t, please just spread the word and like the project.

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Documentary PARIS TO PITTSBURGH airing on National Geographic December 12

The highly anticipated documentary, “PARIS TO PITTSBURGH” will air globally on the National Geographic Channel in 172 countries and 43 languages beginning with the broadcast premiere in the U.S. on December 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, “PARIS TO PITTSBURGH” celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change.

And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act.

Narrated by Rachel Brosnahan, Paris to Pittsburgh brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards.  Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future and the Trump Administration’s explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, the film captures what’s at state for the communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.  Paris to Pittsburgh is co-directed by Sidney Beaumont and Michael Bonfiglio and produced by Bloomberg Philanthropies and RadicalMedia. Joe Berlinger, Katherine Oliver and Jon Kamen are executive producers.

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EVE 2019 at Universal Studios Hollywood

EVE 2019 at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in 2019 with EVE, Hollywood’s Most Dynamic New Year’s Eve Celebration, Featuring Live Music, Fireworks and Non-Stop Fun on Rides and Attractions

All-New Ultimate EVE Package Features Exclusive Private Lounges, Buffet Dinner, Champagne Toast, VIP Fireworks Viewing Areas and Unlimited Universal Express Access

To purchase tickets for EVE or the Ultimate EVE package, click here

Universal Studios Hollywood rings in 2019 with EVE, Hollywood’s biggest and most exciting New Year’s celebration, including an all-new Ultimate EVE package, on December 31, with extended theme park hours to 2:00 a.m.

EVE is included in the price of theme park admission and invites guests to spend the day and night enjoying its many popular rides and attractions with a special park-wide party starting at 9:00 p.m., featuring multiple DJs and live music entertainment hubs, that will culminate simultaneously at midnight with a traditional New Year countdown and a spectacular fireworks display.

The all-new Ultimate EVE package is a featured addition to this year’s event, inviting guests to celebrate in style. Package highlights include theme park admissionstarting at 6:00 p.m., access to private lounges, buffet dining, private cash bars, reserved VIP viewing areas for the dazzling fireworks display, a complimentary, midnight champagne toast, commemorative 2019 party favors and unlimited Universal Express access to all rides and attractions.

Starting at 9:00 p.m., Universal Plaza, Simpsons Plaza located in Springfield™and an area near “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride” will transform into three uniquely-themed party hubs, featuring a variety of music, from rock ‘n’ roll to electronic dance music to Latin pop, and the celebration will continue with enhanced DJ showsand after-party entertainment until 2:00 a.m.

A selection of food and beverages, including specialty desserts, champagne, beer, wine and specialty cocktails, as well as 2019 memorabilia will be available for purchase.

To purchase tickets for EVE or the Ultimate EVE package, click here.

With its festive environment, guests can toast the New Year with the spirit of the holidays already resonating throughout Universal Studios Hollywood.

The highly-anticipated return of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM brings glistening snowfall for the first time ever to Hogsmeade village along with “The Magic of Christmas at HogwartsTM Castle,” a breathtaking digital light projection experience, which continues through January 6, 2019.

More information, including special EVE Preferred Hotel Packages, is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction and the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

Watch clip JAVIER EXPOSED TO OUTBREAK from season 2 episode 4 of National Geographic’s MARS

Watch clip JAVIER EXPOSED TO OUTBREAK from season 2 episode 4 of National Geographic’s MARS

Marta (Anamaria Marinca) convalesces as a mysterious illness sweeps through Olympus Town and Lukrum Colony.

When IMSF realizes one of its own has died as a result, it races to determine the cause, origin and mode of transmission before time runs out—and more lives are claimed.

Back in present day, Vladimir Chuprov, a Greenpeace activist, sheds light on an indigenous health crisis being kept quiet by the Russian state to benefit their Arctic oil endeavors.

MARSEpisode 4: “Contagion” Premieres December 3, 9/8c

Watch clip JOHN AND CLARICE TRY TO TRACK REBECCA from FOX’s THE GIFTED

Watch this clip from November 27’s episode of “THE GIFTED.”

In attempts to stabilize Reed’s (Stephen Moyer) powers, Reed, Caitlin (Amy Acker) and Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) meet with Dr. Risman (guest star Kate Burton), a doctor who treats patients with debilitating X genes. 

However, Lauren finds out Dr. Risman is not who she thought she was. 

Following the Inner Circle’s bank ambush, Thunderbird (Blair Redford) and Blink (Jamie Chung) continue to work together to chase them down. 

Meanwhile, Polaris (Emma Dumont) reflects on her troubled relationship with her father and takes steps to protect Dawn from the Inner Circle in the all-new “the dreaM” episode of THE GIFTED airing Nov. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

@Thisfunktional talks with Actor Esai Morales MARS SEASON 2

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Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actor Esai Morales talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about his part in National Geographic’s “Mars” Season 2.

The interview was recorded at the National Geographic’s “Mars” season 2 screening under the stars at E.P. & L.P. in Hollywood, California.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’SMARS SEASON 2

Mondays On The National Geographic Channel at 9/8 C

@Thisfunktional at Universal Studios Hollywood’s CHRISTMAS AT THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER

@Thisfunktional at Universal Studios Hollywood’s CHRISTMAS AT THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Universal Studios Hollywood have prepared for their #UniversalHolidays with Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, going on now through January 6, 2019 at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Visit “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter,”which runs daily from November 17, 2018 through January 6, 2019 for an array of changes to the already magical Hogmade.

A nightly glistening snowfall to enhance yuletide spirits falls over the main street at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with multiple snowfalls begin at 5:15 p.m. until the park closes.

The snowfall is enjoyable as visitors of the park get the opportunity to see snow fall in Los Angeles.

It may be a brief snowfall, but it is still incredible to experience and enhances the wonder which is already a part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

A newly introduced holiday-themed fare and the addition of hot Butterbeer, which was introduced earlier this year, at Three Broomsticks makes for a wonderful dinner before enjoying the beautiful additions to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The a cappella Frog Choir featuring Hogwarts students entertaining guests with their harmonized holiday themed songs perform and are great to watch before The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle light show.

The music by the a cappella Frog Choir is a fabulous show which every visitor of Universal can enjoy.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle dazzling light spectacular goes on nightly as Universal Studios celebrates the #UniversalHolidays at about 5:40 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (times may vary each night).

The light show at Hogwarts Castle is always breath-taking, but for the holidays it seems a bit more magical.

The Christmas time light show completes the package of Holiday treats, the video may show the light show, but there is nothing like being there in person and experiencing it first-hand.

Being surrounded by hundreds of Harry Potter fans all in awe of the brilliant show.

Then head over to the shops at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for a wide selection of custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for the Wizarding World.

The wonderful ornaments carry the crests of the Hogwarts houses and will go beautifully on any Christmas tree or to decorate around the house.

Visit “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter,”which runs daily from November 17, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

HELL FEST on digital December 28, on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD on January 8

Get in Line for a Thrilling Horror Ride on Digital December 28 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on January 8 from Lionsgate®

4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack to Include Dolby Vision™

Experience a terrifying celebration of the horror genre when “Hell Fest” arrives on Digital December 28 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 8 from Lionsgate.

From Gale Anne Hurd, an executive producer of TV’s “The Walking Dead,” executive producer Tucker Tooley (Limitless, Den of Thieves), and directed by Gregory Plotkin (editor of Get Out, Happy Death Day, and director of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension), “Hell Fest” is one truly terrifying ride.

The scary slasher film stars Amy Forsyth (TV’s “The Path,” “Rise,” “Defiance”), Reign Edwards (TV’s “Snowfall,” “MacGyver,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Bex Taylor-Klaus (TV’s “Scream: The TV Series,” “Arrow,” The Last Witch Hunter), and the legendary Tony Todd (Candyman, Night of the Living Dead, The Crow). Story by William Penick & Christopher Sey and Stephen Susco, Screenplay by Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper. A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town.

But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not the attraction — it is a hunting ground.

On the night the friends attend, a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowd continues to rise, who will fight to survive the night? Take home “Hell Fest” and go behind the scenes with an exclusive, never-before-seen featurette, “Thrills and Kills: Making Hell Fest.”

Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with the 4K Ultra HD combo pack, which includes Dolby Vision™ HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultravivid picture quality.

When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.

The Hell Fest 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Thrills and Kills: Making Hell Fest” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Cine Sony, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Announce First Annual Short Film Contest for Aspiring Filmmakers

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Zoe Saldana’s Cinestar Pictures to Join Judging Panel for Voces Nuevas

Cine Sony, Sony Pictures Television’s premier movie channel for the bi-cultural U.S. Latino audience, and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) announced the launch of Voces Nuevas, their inaugural short film contest for aspiring filmmakers throughout the U.S.  on November 13.

Through January 31, 2019, filmmakers age eighteen or over who reside in the U.S. are invited to submit short films from two to 20 minutes in length.

Judges reviewing submissions include actor and co-founder of Cinestar Pictures Zoe Saldana; Cinestar Pictures co-founders Cisely and Mariel Saldana; award-winning actor and producer Esai Morales; award-winning actress, producer and activist Lisa Vidal and senior creative executives from Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Acquisitions and Screen Gems.

“Cine Sony is delighted to partner with NALIP to provide a platform to champion the talent and creativity of up-and-coming filmmakers in the U.S.,” Jeff Meier, Senior Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Networks, Sony Pictures Television, said. “On Cine Sony, we have a diverse array of entertainment content from comedies to action movies that reflects the varied interests of our Latino audience. With Voces Nuevas, we are continuing that commitment to showcase the diverse perspectives of aspiring content creators with different backgrounds and experiences.”

Voces Nuevas aims to discover and celebrate emerging film talent while providing a new resource for content development.

Entrants will compete for the chance to win $10,000 plus airfare and accommodations for up to five nights in Los Angeles for the opportunity to meet with Sony Pictures Television executives there.

The winner will also be awarded a scholarship to the 2019 NALIP Media Summit.

“NALIP is a prominent supporter of Latinx inclusion, a crucial and vital element in progressive entertainment and media. NALIP is thrilled to collaborate with the Cine Sony short film contest, ‘Voces Nuevas’. We believe this partnership will give Latinx filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their films to a wider range of audiences,” Ben Lopez, Executive Director for NALIP, said.

“My sisters Cisely, Mariel and I are thrilled to be judging the first annual Voces Nuevas film contest,” Zoe Saldana said. “Every opportunity to amplify Hispanic voices and stories is a further step toward empowering a community that significantly contributes to the cultural vibrancy of America.”

Submissions for Voces Nuevas are open through January 31, 2019.

Please visit CineSonyVocesNuevas.com for contest rules, and more information on how to enter for free.

Follow CineSony on social media to get the latest on Voces Nuevas via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Cine Sony
Cine Sony is the home for Hollywood blockbusters in Spanish. Featuring uncut, box office favorites, critically acclaimed dramas, hit comedies, popular horror, adrenaline fueled action movies, family favorites and cutting edge music videos from Sony Music Latin artists, Cine Sony is the premier movie channel for the U.S. Latino audience. The network also offers on-demand content and an authenticated watch app CINE SONY through its distribution partners. Cine Sony is distributed by CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox Communications, DISH, and AT&T DirecTV, among others. For more information, visit cinesony.com.

About NALIP
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is a national membership organization. NALIP stands as the premier Latino media organization, addressing for 20 years the most underrepresented and the largest ethnic minority in the country. NALIP’s mission is to discover, promote and inspire Latino content creators and diverse voices across all media platforms. For more information, visit NALIP.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Universal Studios Hollywood launches RUNNING UNIVERSAL, a series of fun runs, kicking off with the inaugural 5K featuring Illumination’s Minions on May 11, 2019

Get Ready, Get Set…Minion Run!

Click here to register. Space is limited.

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Universal Studios Hollywood is off to the races with its all-new “Running Universal,” a series of fun runs that kicks off with an energetic Minion–themed 5K on May 11, 2019.

The inaugural Minion Run, featuring Illumination’s mischievous Minions from the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride, invites participants ages five and older (of all experience levels) to wind their way around Universal Studios Hollywood and through parts of Universal Studios’ historic backlot, made famous in more than8,000 movies and television shows.

The run will give participants an unprecedented insider’s view of the Entertainment Capital of L.A.

Starting at Universal Studios Hollywood’s iconic front gates, participants will pass through some of the theme park’s immersive areas and attractions before winding their way along the historic backlot and into the magical world of movie-making as they head toward the finish line at CityWalk’s 5 Towers outdoor concert stage.

Along the 3.1 mile course, participants will be entertained by some of their favorite Universal Studios Hollywood characters including the Minions.

The program will begin at 6 a.m. and culminate at 7:30 a.m. with a memorable awards and closing ceremony.

Registration is now open and space is limited. For more information about the standard, VIP and Fan packages, visit runninguniversal.com.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction and the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

 

 

 

 

Watch the official trailer for LAIKA’s, Annapurna Pictures’ MISSING LINK

Watch the official trailer for LAIKA’s, Annapurna Pictures’ MISSING LINK

This April, meet Mr. Link: 8 feet tall, 630 lbs, and covered in fur, but don’t let his appearance fool you… he is funny, sweet and adorably literal, making him the world’s most lovable legend at the heart of “Missing Link,” the globe-trotting family adventure from LAIKA.

Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La.

Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, our fearless trio of explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world to help their new friend.

Through it all, the three learn that sometimes you can find a family in the places you least expect.

MISSING LINK

In Theaters April 12

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