Thisfunktional Roundtable Discussion with Adrienne Houghton SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO


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Actress/Singer Adrienne Houghton talks about being the co-host of the new “Showtime at The Apollo,” premiering March 1 on FOX.

Houghton talks about being thrilled to have “Showtime at the Apollo” back on the air, having auditioned for another show before getting the call to audition for the show’s producer and being the host backstage with the nervous contestants.

SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO
Premiering March 1 On FOX
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THE RESIDENT | S1E1 “Pilot” & S1E2 “Independence Day” Review

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I’ve been excited about this show for weeks! I have a soft spot for medical dramas and, because I fell off the wagon with Grey’s Anatomy about 50 seasons ago, and Heartbeat was cancelled, and I can’t find Season 1 of Chicago Med anywhere, etc., I was stoked to catch this one. Especially because it stars Emily Van Camp (Revenge) and Matt Czuchry (Gilmore Girls). It seemed pretty unconventional in comparison with other medical shows, so I decided to check out some reviews ahead of the pilot episode. The overall consensus put the show at a B- so far, but I would put it at a B+ after the first two episodes. Here is the official synopsis for the show:

SHOW SYNOPSIS: The Resident centers on an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine. Lives may be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered.

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Exclusive Clip from THE EXORCIST, Alfonso Herrera Talks About Tomas’ New Troubles

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Season 2 of FOX’s “The Exorcist” gets more intense with every passing episode.

Episode 10 continues with Father Tomas, played by Alfonso Herrera, battling a demon which prays on his weakness.

Herrera said that the demons Tomas battled in season one have been overcome, but much like life there are new demons to confront.

With a new family in danger, Father Tomas and Marcus, played by Ben Daniels, continue on their journey facing dangers as they come up or come back from their past to haunt them.

The story keeps moving forward with the new demon praying on Father Tomas having allowed himself to be tainted by evil.

The future of a troubled foster family are in the hands of Marcus and Father Tomas as they work on building trust.

Herrera said that as the season goes on Marcus and Tomas will discover more together.

Now on episode 9 more comes to light, familiar faces come from both Marcus and Tomas’ past and the turbulence continues as both Marcus and Tomas deal their problems.

“The Exorcist” pushes the limits of what is shown on network television and increasingly adds drama to the horror genre making for greater scares.

Herrera said he’s grateful to be part of the horror genre which has been thrilling to be in.

There’s still many questions left unanswered about Marcus’ past and the abilities Father Tomas has depended on to become the exorcist he wants to become.

The show continues to keep audiences on the edge of their seats and eagerly waiting for a new episode to air Friday nights on FOX.

More excitement comes in episode 9 as Father Tomas finds himself fighting his demons in a way he has never done before.

THE EXORCIST
Friday Nights ON FOX

Jessica Cameron, @Thisfunktional Walkthrough #FOXHorrorRewind

The free experience will allow Los Angeles natives to step into worlds of horror classics old and new including “THE FLY,” “THE HILLS HAVE EYES,” “28 DAYS LATER” and “CARRIE”

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Actress, director, producer and Scream Queen Jessica Cameron and Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, walk through pop-up haunt FOX’s “Horror Rewind,” open Oct. 13 to 15 in Downtown Los Angeles.

The video walkthrough just shows a look into the experience which attendees get to be a part of.

The scare actors are fantastic, from the “Tour Guide,” played by Jillian Clare, to several monsters and Carrie, the experience feels like a seamless mesh of some iconic horror movies.

The free pop-up event, inspired by the 19 re-releases of horror classics on Blu-ray and DVD from the Fox Home Entertainment catalog with brand new packaging designed by digital artist Orlando Arocena, available now, which is in the Art District of downtown Los Angeles is a fun and thrilling roughly 10-minute immersive experience.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings some their most terrifying horror films to life when “HORROR REWIND” arrives in Downtown Los Angeles the weekend of Friday the 13th. 

Taking place over the course of three nights, this immersive experience is produced by The Great Company in collaboration with the creators of premiere interactive horror theater Delusion.

In a secluded corner of the Arts District of Los Angeles, a deranged horror movie super fan, has created a living, breathing installation in homage to his four favorite films (THE FLY, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, 28 DAYS LATER and CARRIE). 

In tribute to these films, he has trapped innocent civilians inside and transformed them into demented and deformed monsters, forced to live-out his most terrifying celluloid nightmares.

For those who make it out alive, forget what your mother told you and stop by the ominous van parked outside. 

There you’ll be able to feed your own macabre obsessions and purchase any of 19 brand new Blu-rays featuring collectible packaging cover designs by acclaimed digital artist Orlando Arocena.  Limited edition posters of Arocena’s work will also be available as a gift with purchase while supplies last.

Fans can also purchase the full line-up of the Halloween faceplates from Arocena here: bit.ly/FoxHalloweenWM.

Admission is free but ticketing is EXTREMELY limited and on a FIRST-COME-FIRST SERVE BASIS, Oct. 13 to 15 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Guests must register in advance at HORRORREWIND.EVENTBRITE.COM to receive an appointment day and time.

A limited number of standby tickets will also be available via the above website.

Be sure to use #FOXHorrorRewind to share your experience.

Part of the fun is enjoying it with people who enjoy the fear, such as Jessica Cameron who joined for the scary fun.

Cameron and the rest of the group were thrilled at the opportunity to jump in and the not only walkthrough but actively be part of the story room after room.

FOX Presents HORROR REWIND
Oct. 13 -15 8 p.m. – Midnight
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@Thisfunktional Roundtable Discussion with Crystal Reed, Robin Lord Taylor GOTHAM Season 4

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Actors Crystal Reed and Robin Lord Taylor talk with media about “Gotham” season 4, which premiered on Sept. 28.

Reed and Taylor discuss the evolution of relationships on “Gotham,” what allies Taylor would want Penguin to have and how they feels when they get the script for the next episode.

GOTHAM
Monday Nights on FOX
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@Thisfunktional Roundtable Discussion With Alfonso Herrera THE EXORCIST Season 2

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Actor Alfonso Herrera talks with media about “The Exorcist” season 2, which premiered Sept. 29.

Herrera talks about being part of the three returning cast members, hoping the fans respond well to the second season and how Father Tomas has changed from season1.

THE EXORCIST
Friday Nights on FOX
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@Thisfunktional talks with Ben Daniels FOX’s THE EXORCIST

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Actor Ben Daniels talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com about season 2 of FOX’s “The Exorcist” premiering in September 2017.

Daniels talks about continuing on with Father Marcus and tension will be building between his character and Father Tomas. He also spoke about the research he does and how he has started reading more on the topic.

FOX’s “The Exorcist”
premieres on Sept. 29

@Thisfunktional talks with Alfonso Herrera FOX’s THE EXORCIST

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Actor Alfonso Herrera talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about season 2 of FOX’s “The Exorcist” premiering in September 2017.

Alfonso talks about having to continue the story six months after the events of season one, being thrilled about coming back and how Father Tomas has changed.

FOX’s “The Exorcist”
premieres on Sept. 29

@Thisfunktional: FOX’s LOVE CONNECTION to Air First Openly Lesbian Contestant in the Show’s History

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FOX’s TV shows have been breaking boundaries and paving the way for minority for the past few years and other networks have followed.

This Thursday, FOX’s “Love Connection” makes another breakthrough with it’s first openly lesbian contestant.

This episode features Liz Baxter, the show’s first openly lesbian single, who is sent on three blind dates with the hope of finding a love connection.

She then tells all in front of a live studio audience, as her dates also react.

One of Liz’s dates is not out to her family and comes out to them on national television.

Also featured on the episode is single Evan Jones, a networking engineer and photographer from Atlanta.

Don’t miss the all-new “Episode Eight” episode of LOVE CONNECTION airing July 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

@Thisfunktional Podcast – TV – Johnny Briones SUPERHUMAN

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Contestant Johnny Briones talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about being on FOX’ “Superhuman.”

Briones talked about how he prepared for his memory challenge on “Superhuman,” what his favorite experience was and how other people can improve their memory.

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New Reality Show ‘SUPERHUMAN’ Premieres June 12 on FOX! | #SuperHuman

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Prepare to be completely mind blown by FOX’s newest reality show!  While contests may seem like ordinary people, they’re far from normal. Starting Monday, June 12 at 9/8C 12 contestants with extraordinary abilities in the fields of memory, hearing, taste, touch, smell and sight will compete for the grand prize of $50,000. The five contents will have to push themselves to the limit to prove that their ability makes them the most SUPERHUMAN! Continue reading “New Reality Show ‘SUPERHUMAN’ Premieres June 12 on FOX! | #SuperHuman”

FOX Announces LIVE Musical Production of RENT

 

Award-Winning Producer Marc Platt (GREASE: LIVE, “La La Land”) and the Estate of Writer/Composer Jonathan Larson to Executive-Produce

FOX has announced a live musical production of the groundbreaking, Tony Award-, Grammy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “RENT.”

Acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (GREASE: LIVE, “La La Land,” “Wicked”), along with the estate of writer/composer Jonathan Larson, will executive-produce the event.
Additional details and auspices to be announced.

“We are so honored to partner with the estate of the brilliant Jonathan Larson and producer Marc Platt on one of the great musicals of our time,” Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, said. “The title is so iconic, the music is so beloved, and the themes are as meaningful today as they were when the show first premiered on Broadway. With Marc overseeing this project, we are sure it will have a profound impact on the legions of fans who know and love this musical.”

“‘Rent’​​ was Jonathan’s dream of sharing the ​theater and the passion he had for it with a whole new generation,” Julie and Al Larson said. “None of us could have imagined the massive impact that the messages and themes in ‘Rent’ would have on the ​theater​ community or the world…except for Jonathan. We are absolutely thrilled to be continuing Jonathan’s legacy and ​the still-relevant ​themes of ​the show in this way.”

A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” and set in New York City’s gritty East Village, “Rent” tells the unforgettable story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil.

After winning four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, writer/composer Jonathan Larson’s tour de force celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, as it continues to offer an inspiring message of hope and friendship.“Rent” originally was produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop.

RENT will be executive-produced by Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Al Larson and Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine.

Thisfunktional Podcast – TV – PRISON BREAK Season 5 Premiere

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Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, talks the season 5 premiere of FOX’s hit show “Prison Break.” Season 5 Episode 1 “Ogygia” aired on FOX April 4.

After about 7 years “Prison Break” is now back on the air.

Listen in to hear Jesus talk about the show, hear some clips from interviews with Mark Feuerstein, Robert Kneeper and Sarah Wayne Callies.

Catch “Prison Break” Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on FOX.

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@Thisfunktional Talks with Robert Knepper, Mark Feuerstein FOX’s PRISON BREAK

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Actors Robert Knepper and Mark Feuerstein talk with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, about the thrilling new season of FOX’s “Prison Break.”

With surprises to come from returning cast members and new cast members, “Prison Break” is revived and returns for another mini-season with 9 episodes which don’t retell the story, but rather push the limits of the theme and give fans and newcomers to the series a fantastic and intense continuation.

Feuerstein talks about coming into a series which fans are crazy about the series and the excitement he had to become a part of it.

Knepper talks about hoe excited he was to reprise the role of Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell and having him evolve.

FOX’s “Prison Break” returns on April 4.

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PRISON BREAK is back and ready for its biggest escape yet.

In the new event series PRISON BREAK, original series stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar and Paul Adelstein are reunited for an all-new adventure spanning the globe and featuring the signature thrills and cliffhangers that were hallmarks of the original series when it aired on FOX from 2005-2009.

The original action drama centered on MICHAEL SCOFIELD (Miller, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), a young man determined to save his convicted brother, LINCOLN BURROWS (Purcell, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), from death row by hatching an elaborate plan to escape from prison.

In the new series, filmed on location in Morocco, clues surface that suggest a previously thought-to-be-dead Michael may be alive.

Lincoln and SARA (Sarah Wayne Callies, “Colony,” “The Walking Dead”), Michael’s wife until he was presumed dead, reunite to engineer the  biggest escape ever, as three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees, SUCRE (Nolasco, “Telenovela”), T-BAG (Knepper, “Heroes”) and C-NOTE (Dunbar, “The Mentalist”), are pulled back into the action.

“Prison Break” was an immediate critical and ratings hit when it premiered on FOX in the fall of 2005, garnering Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Television Series – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (Miller). The original producing team, including series creator Paul T. Scheuring, Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein and Dawn Olmstead, return to executive-produce the new series.

@Thisfunktional Talks with Natalie Martinez FOX’s APB

@Thisfunktional Talks with Natalie Martinez FOX’s APB

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Actress Natalie Martinez talks with Jose Torres, EstrellasEnLA.com, about being a part of FOX’s upcoming crime drama “APB.”

Martinez talks about the fantastic way “APB” uses the newest tech and theories to make this show sci-fi based on actual science. She talks about her workout and keeping in shape.

FOX’s “APB” airs on FOX Mondays 9 p.m.

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Inspired by the New York Times Magazine article “Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans?,” by David Amsden, APB is a new police drama with a high-tech twist from executive producer/director Len Wiseman (LUCIFER, SLEEPY HOLLOW) and executive producers and writers Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”) and Trey Callaway (“The Messengers”).

Sky-high crime, officer-involved shootings, cover-ups and corruption: the over-extended and under-funded Chicago Police Department is spiraling out of control. Enter billionaire engineer GIDEON REEVES (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk, “Tyrant,” “Weeds”).

After he witnesses his best friend’s murder, he takes charge of Chicago’s troubled 13th District and reboots it as a technically innovative police force, challenging the district to rethink everything about the way they fight crime.

Becoming the city’s most advanced police district isn’t easy. Gideon knows if he’s going to change anything, he needs help, which he finds from DETECTIVE THERESA MURPHY (Natalie Martinez, “Kingdom,” “Under the Dome”), an ambitious, street-smart cop who is willing to give Gideon’s technological ideas a chance.

With the help of Gideon’s gifted tech officer, ADA HAMILTON (Caitlin Stasey, “Reign”), he and Murphy embark on a mission to turn the 13th District – including a skeptical CAPT. NED CONRAD (Ernie Hudson, “Grace and Frankie,” “Ghostbusters”) and determined OFFICERS NICHOLAS BRANDT (Taylor Handley, “Vegas,” “Southland”) and TASHA GOSS (Tamberla Perry, “Boss”) – into a dedicated crime-fighting force of the 21st century.