@Thisfunktional talks with Lorena Villarreal, Melina Matthews SILENCIO

@Thisfunktional talks with Lorena Villarreal, Melina Matthews SILENCIO

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Writer-director Lorena Villarreal and Actress Melina Matthews talk with Jesus Figueroa about thier film SILENCIO.

Would you use the power to turn back time? Is it worth killing for?

Tulip Pictures and Barraca Producciones announce the U.S. release of “Silencio” on October 26.

“Silencio” highlights a mysterious area in Mexico known as the Zone of Silence that has true events of the eerie.

Located on the same parallel line of the Bermuda Triangle and the Pyramids of Giza, it has several events of the unexplainable including rocket crashes, mutations in plants and animals, meteorite strikes and much more.

“Silencio” shares the story of Ana, (Melina Matthews) who struggles to save her son’s life.

She must find a powerful stone her grandfather (John Noble) originally discovered with his apprentice (Rupert Graves) in the Zone of Silence in 1970.

Throughout her desperate search, Ana stumbles upon long lost family secrets and discovers enemies who believe the stone’s power is worth killing for.

Written, directed and produced by Lorena Villarreal, Denisse Chapa (producer) and filmed in Zone of Silence and northern Mexico locations, the film brings to life the local tales of strange occurrences that have been happening for decades.

SILENCIO
In Theaters October 26

 

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@Thisfunktional talks with John Noble SILENCIO

@Thisfunktional talks with John Noble SILENCIO

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actor John Noble talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about his role as Grandfather James in SILENCIO.

Nobel talks about enjoying the science that inspired this movie and how natural it felt to create the family chemistry with actress Melina Matthews.

Would you use the power to turn back time? Is it worth killing for?

Tulip Pictures and Barraca Producciones announce the U.S. release of “Silencio” on October 26.

“Silencio” highlights a mysterious area in Mexico known as the Zone of Silence that has true events of the eerie.

Located on the same parallel line of the Bermuda Triangle and the Pyramids of Giza, it has several events of the unexplainable including rocket crashes, mutations in plants and animals, meteorite strikes and much more.

“Silencio” shares the story of Ana, (Melina Matthews) who struggles to save her son’s life.

She must find a powerful stone her grandfather (John Noble) originally discovered with his apprentice (Rupert Graves) in the Zone of Silence in 1970.

Throughout her desperate search, Ana stumbles upon long lost family secrets and discovers enemies who believe the stone’s power is worth killing for.

Written, directed and produced by Lorena Villarreal, Denisse Chapa (producer) and filmed in Zone of Silence and northern Mexico locations, the film brings to life the local tales of strange occurrences that have been happening for decades.

SILENCIO
In Theaters October 26

 

@Thisfunktional talks with Becky G, Alex Neustaedter A.X.L.

@Thisfunktional talks with Becky G, Alex Neustaedter A.X.L.

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actors Becky G and Alex Neustaedter talk with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, about their roles in “A.X.L.”

Becky G and Neustaedter talk about having fun while on the set and there possibly being some kind of artificial intelligence like A.X.L. as soon as 5 years from now. Becky G talked about growing up dirt bike and ATV riding, while Neustaedter found an appreciation for motocross because of this role.

In the vein of classic ’80s family movies “SHORT CIRCUIT” and “FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR,” “A.X.L.” is a new adventure about a down-on-his luck teenage bike rider, Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who stumbles upon an advanced, robotic, military dog named A.X.L. Endowed with next-generation artificial intelligence but with the heart of a dog, A.X.L. forms an emotional bond with Miles, much to the chagrin of the rogue military scientists who created A.X.L. and would do anything to retrieve him. Knowing what is at stake if A.X.L. gets captured, Miles teams up with his smart, resourceful crush, Sara (BeckyG), to protect his new best friend on a timeless, epic adventure for the whole family.

A.X.L.
In Theaters August 24.
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@Thisfunktional talks with Eugenio Derbez OVERBOARD

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actor Eugenio Derbez talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about his role in “Overboard.”

Derbez talks about learning that he works well with children, being a vegan and working with amazing co-stars.

OVERBOARD
Available On Digital July 17,
Blu-ray And DVD July 31
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@Thisfunktional talks with Adal Ramones HASTA QUE LA BODA NOS SEPARE

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Actor Adal Ramones talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about his part in “Hasta que la Boda nos Separe.”

Ramones talks about finding that the movie represents Hispanic weddings in a comical way, speaks a bit on the original movie being Russian and how incredible it is for the movie to have been received so well.

HASTA QUE LA BODA NOS SEPARE
Now Streaming On PANTAYA!
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Actress Diana Bovio talks about HASTA QUE LA BODA NOS SEPARE

Actress Diana Bovio talks about HASTA QUE LA BODA NOS SEPARE

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“Hasta Que La Boda Nos Separe,” premiered on PANTAYA on June 15, and actress Diana Bovio shared her thoughts.

Bovio’s first major leading role in a feature film that is released worldwide through the streaming service PANTAYA led her to be part of a romantic comedy which she was honored to be a part of.

The project was so thrilling, Bovio said, as she has never been married, but it was fun to explore extreme situations which could be stressful for a bride but funny to an audience.

Bovio’s character Maria has the opportunity to have two weddings, one that will please her family and her dream wedding as well and not let her parents know of the second wedding.

As Maria goes through the chaotic day of having two weddings and getting her dream wedding, because she’s had everything catered to her by her fiancé, the stress gets to her.

Bovio felt it was fun to part of a comedy that was very grounded in the Mexican culture, but still keeping universal themes.

Although all Mexicans can relate to the way the wedding is celebrated, much of the comedy comes from instances that can happen at any wedding.

Bovio isn’t married, but was thrilled to get to play the part of a bride and wear the dress. She enjoyed getting to go through the traditional wedding without the stress of a real wedding.

Since it was a romantic comedy, Bovio said that there is many hilarious parts and still some drama which is expected, especially when two weddings are involved.

PANTAYA allows a wide audience to be able to watch “Hasta Que La Boda Nos Separe” much like Netflix, but centers around promoting projects from Mexico that wouldn’t have major distribution other wise.

Bovio is honored to have PANTAYA distribute the project so more people can get exposed to the talents of new actors from Latin America. More than 2 million people have watched “Hasta Que La Boda Nos Separe” in Mexico and now there’s an opportunity for a wider audience to watch it as well.

@Thisfunktional Talks With Ryan Carnes LA BODA DE VALENTINA

@Thisfunktional Talks With Ryan Carnes LA BODA DE VALENTINA

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actor Ryan Carnes talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about the home entertainment release of “La Boda de Valentina.”

Carnes talked about his role as Jason Tate in “La Boda de Valentina,” what special features he’s hoping for the home entertainment release and his return to “General Hospital.”

LA BODA DE VALENTINA
Is Available Now On DVD
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@Thisfunktional Talks With Nitzia Chama NEEMKOMOK’ (SHE RETURNS)

@Thisfunktional Talks With Nitzia Chama NEEMKOMOK’ (SHE RETURNS)

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actress Nitzia Chama talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, talks with Nitzia Chama about her New Filmmaker Los Angeles award nominations for short film “Neemkomok.”

Chama talks about the challenges it was to play her character Isidora who is a complete contrast to her own personality, how thrilled she is to be nominated and recognized for efforts.

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@Thisfunktional Talks With Gabriel Iglesias SHOW DOGS

@Thisfunktional Talks With Gabriel Iglesias SHOW DOGS

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Comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about his role in “Show Dogs.”

Iglesias talks about lending his voice for the role of Mr. Sprinkles in “Show Dogs,” his family friendly style of comedy and thanking Netflix for the opportunities they have given him.

SHOW DOGS
In Theaters May 18
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@Thisfunktional Talks With Veronica Diaz, Luis Victor Jimenez TACO SHOP

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Actors Veronica Diaz and Luis Victor Jimenez talk with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about their roles in “Taco Shop.”

Diaz talks about supporting independent business and how most Latina grandmothers have had to be entrepreneurs.

Jimenez talks about gentrification and how he was able to relate to the themes of the movie because of his experience with gentrification in Los Angeles.

TACO SHOP
Available Now On DVD
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@Thisfunktional Talks With Roselyn Sanchez TRAFFIK

@Thisfunktional Talks With Roselyn Sanchez TRAFFIK

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Actress Roselyn Sanchez talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about her part of Malia in “Traffik.”

Sanchez talked about how uncomfortable it was to film the culminating sequence to her character’s story, being compelled to be a part of this story in part by the writer-director’s story and being proud to have gotten to play such a complex role which challenged her.

In the action-packed thriller, “Traffik,” plans for a romantic weekend getaway at a secluded mountain estate turn to terror when Brea (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) accidentally discover the hidden world of a brutal biker gang.  Joined unexpectedly by their friends, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez), the foursome is forced into a deadly fight for their lives against the gang who will stop at nothing to keep their dangerous secrets from getting out.  The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor, and produced by Roxanne Avent, Paula Patton and Taylor.  Codeblack Films, a division of Lionsgate will release the film wide on April 20.

TRAFFIK
Out In Theaters April 20
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Thisfunktional Talks With Lucia Leyba PACIFICO NORTE

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Filmmaker Lucia Leyba talks with Jose Angel Torres, of EstrellasEnLA.com, about “Pacifico Norte” which was shown at the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Leyba talks about filming “Pacifico Norte” on location, relating to the story and how the audience can enjoy the film.

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Thisfunktional Talks With Luis Arrieta REBELDES DE ALTURA

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Actor Luis Arrieta talks with Jose Angel Torres, of EstrellasEnLA.com, about his project “Rebeldes de Altura” being part of the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Arrieta talks about Latino films, how thrilled he was to work on “Rebeldes de Altura” and being part of the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

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Thisfunktional Talks With Erick Elias, Luis Arrieta INQUILINOS

 

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Actors Luis Arrieta and Erick Elias talk to Jose Angel Torres, of EstrellasEnLA.com, about their project “Inquilinos” which was shown at the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

The actors talk about the excitement they have about getting to see this movie shown at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, working on a horror film and having fun on set.

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Thisfunktional Talks With Jesus Zavala COMPLICES

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Actor Jesus Zavala talks with Jose Angel Torres, of EstrellasEnLA.com, about his project “Complices,” which was shown at the Sandiego Latino Film Festival.

Zavala talks about being part of the San Diego Latino Film Festival, being able to work with magnificent filmmakers and actors and the how Latinos keep making better and better projects.

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Thisfunktional Talks With Pepe Serna, Rajesh Golla, Erick Lopez FLAVOR OF LIFE

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Actors Pepe Serna and Erick Lopez and writer director Rajesh Golla talk with Jose Angel Torres, of EstrellasEnLA.com, about their project “Flavor of Life,” which premiered at the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

The cast and filmmaker talk about their excitement for the project, the honor of presenting it at the San Diego Latino Film Festival and their favorite food.

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@Thisfunktional Talks With Adam Robitel, Leigh Whannell INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY

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Writer Leigh Whannell and director Adam Robitel talk with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about “Insidious: The Last Key.”

Robitel talks about coming into the project wanting to mimic what made the prior movie successful, being thrilled to move this story forward and trusting in the actors.

Whannell talks about changing things up on Elise’s story, putting himself in the audience’s seat and mixing comedy into the story.

INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY 
Now Available On Blu-Ray, DVD And Digital
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@Thisfunktional Talks With Lyn Shaye, Spencer Locke INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY

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Actors Lyn Shaye and Spencer Locke talk with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about “Insidious: The Last Key.”

Shaye and Locke were part of a special Q&A and deleted scenes presentation in honor of the Blue-ray, DVD and digital release of “Insidious: The Last Key” at The Basement of The Victorian in Los Angeles, California.

Shaye talked about beginning to explain her character Elise’s past, the changes that came from once she began to read the story of “Insidious: The Las Key” and the family which Elise discovers.

Locke talked about being so fortunate to work with Shaye, the fun she had while working on the movie with the talented and amazing actors and filmmakers and wanting to continue discovering the story of this family.

INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY 
Now Available On Blu-Ray, DVD And Digital
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Patrick Schwarzenegger Talks About the Emotional Journey of Being in MIDNIGHT SUN

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An emotionally charged “Midnight Sun” takes on the serious topic of being in a relationship with someone with a terminal illness in a respectful manner which doesn’t engulf the entire story.

Patrick Schwarzenegger is entrusted to play Charlie, the love interest who unknowingly falls for the terminally ill Katie, played by Bella Thorne.

The emotional task Schwarzenegger takes on was massive and due to the shooting schedule became much more challenging than what the script called for.

“Unfortunately for this movie its in Vancouver and you never know when you will get sunshine, so we had a sunny day on the second day, so we filmed the whole end on the second day,” Schwarzenegger said. “All the boat scenes, the car scenes, all the stuff was filmed the second day, so that was tough.”

Finding out the end to a story driven by emotion and leading to the emotional climax which ties the entire story together which couldn’t have happened if not for the trust Schwarzenegger had for Thorne and the way they worked together to best come to the the right emotions needed for each scene.

The work between the two main stars helped to make a connection, to push each other to a new level of acting which worked for the emotions they each needed to convey.

Building a trust with director Scott Speer also made for an easier time getting into the mindset for the emotions as shooting went along, Schwarzenegger said. Allowing the director to dig into life experiences made it easier to get to the emotional state needed.

“I love a romance, a love story and obviously this isn’t your ordinary love story,” Schwarzenegger said. “It deals with a character, which is portrayed by Bella Thorne, that has a real rare genetic disease called XP, in which even the smallest amount of sunlight can be proven deadly.”

Schwarzenegger was thrilled to be the character to pull Katie out of her world and help her feel like a normal person.

Although there is precautions that Katie takes to not be in the sun while keeping a semi-normal relationship with Charlie, the movie doesn’t treat Katie’s disease as a crutch to make the audience feel pity and treats Katie and the relationship with dignity.

MIDNIGHT SUN
In Theaters Now

 

@Thisfunktional Talks With Walter Martinez, Bob Barboza PACIFIC RIM UPRISING East LA Rising Event

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Walter Martinez, IT manager and Instructor of Robotics at California State University, Long Beach, and Bob Barboza, Barboza Space Center in Long Beach California, talk with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about robotics during an event at East LA Rising inspired by “Pacific Rim Uprising.”

Martinez talks about wanting to inspire young minds to go into a STEM field, having been very  young when he decided robotics is what he wanted to do and a few easy tips for starting off.

Barboza talks about some advances in robotics, the great feeling of working with youth and a fellowship at the Barboza Space Center in long Beach for students interested in the field of Robotics.

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING
Opens In Theaters March 23
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