THE ORIGINALS | S5E3 | “Ne Me Quitte Pas” Review [Podcast]

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Hello there! Welcome to The Elijah Show! Mike and I got together to talk about this Elijah-centered episode of The Originals that was actually directed by the ever-so-talented Joseph Morgan aka Klaus himself!

Again, we apologize for being a bit late in getting these out to ya’ll, but we should be back on track now for this week’s episode.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy) and Instagram! You can tweet us or comment on Insta and we just might read your comments on air next week.

SYNOPSIS: In the immediate aftermath of having his memory erased by Marcel, Elijah awakens to find himself in the middle of nowhere and without a clue as to who he is. Unable to control his instinctive vampire ways, Elijah encounters Antoinette, a beautiful and free-spirited vampire, who helps him navigate his new life. However, a run-in with Klaus threatens to destroy the peace he’s finally found.

Don’t forget! Send us your thoughts, favorite moments and fan theories and we’ll try to answer you On Air!

Tune in to The CW on Wednesday nights at 9/8c for more of the 5th and final season of The Originals!

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THE ORIGINALS | S5E2 | “One Wrong Turn On Bourbon” Review [Podcast]

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Heyyyyyy…I know we’re a bit late in getting these out to ya’ll, but better late than never, right? One of us was busy taking care of two sick kiddies and it wasn’t me! So here is the first of three catch-up reviews!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy) and Instagram! You can tweet us or comment on Insta and we just might read your comments on air next week.

SYNOPSIS: When a mysterious disappearance brings Klaus back to New Orleans, Hope looks forward to the prospect of seeing her father again. However, when the dark magic that had been keeping them apart begins to manifest in dangerous ways across the city, Vincent turns to Ivy for guidance about what it may mean. Elsewhere, Marcel returns to New Orleans amidst increased tensions between the supernatural factions, while Freya makes a decision about her future with Keelin. Finally, Roman’s surprise visit to the Mikaelson compound forces Hope to reveal some dark truths about her family.

Send us your thoughts, favorite moments and fan theories and we’ll try to answer you On Air!

Tune in to The CW on Wednesday nights at 9/8c for more of the 5th and final season of The Originals!

THE ORIGINALS | S5E1 | “Where You Left Your Heart” Review [Podcast]

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Hey there, vamp fans!

Welcome back to another season recapping The Originals! Unfortunately, this is the last season for the show, but I’m sure we have a heck of a season ahead of us.

Check out the podcast below and let us know what you thought of the premiere episode!

Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter (@ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy) and Instagram! You can tweet us or comment on Insta and we just might read your comments on air next week.

SYNOPSIS: Desperate to see her father Klaus after seven years, Hope resorts to drastic measures to bring her father back to New Orleans. Hayley attempts to minimize the fallout from Hope’s actions, but not before news of what she’s done ripples through the city. Meanwhile, Freya’s guilt over not being able to reunite her family gets in the way of her happiness with Keelin, while Rebekah struggles with her inability to fully commit to Marcel. Finally, struggling without Elijah by his side, Klaus’ murderous rampage throughout Europe leads to an unexpected encounter with Caroline Forbes.

Special shout out to our friends over on Twitter this week:

@theoriginalsaaf, @fairlyliterary, @_inthenova, @mrlsmith21, @jkimmay5, @the7thmatrix, @nerdette, @toomuchtelly, @hailqueenebony

Send us your thoughts, favorite moments and fan theories and we’ll try to answer you On Air!

Tune in to The CW on Wednesday nights at 9/8c for more of the 5th and final season of The Originals!

#MusicMonday | Sam Smith, Maroon 5, One Republic, Jordan Fisher, In Real Life & Fall Out Boy

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What’s up, everyone??

Welcome to #MusicMonday here at According to Kristin! I’ve been wanting to get a bit more personal on the blog, and Music is the most personal for me…so here we are! I’ll be posting here on certain Mondays, and sometimes I might add in a podcast or two. I’m hoping to have guests on and even try scheduling some interviews, so if you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know! Let me know what you’re currently listening to, what albums and tours you’re excited about. You can even tag me on Twitter with a performance you think I should check out. I’m open to all suggestions!

I’ve always been a music fanatic, so I’m sure Mondays will be extra therapeutic for me now as I’ll be able to discuss all of the aspects that make up one of my first loves. Music is my escape from the world. When I’m stressed at work, the power of an ear bud is priceless. I just pop one into my ear and the calmness takes over. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it (both music, and the ear bud lol).

So, here are some of the things that have interested me in the music world this week:

 


Sam Smith
has (finally) announced a new album and tour, following the release of his newest single, “Too Good At Goodbyes.” The single is lit and the album and tour are sure to be just as incredible-it IS Sam Smith, after all. The album is titled “The Thrill Of It All” and will be available on November 3rd. You can pre-order the album on his web store HERE. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram by clicking on the respective links.


Not to be left out, Maroon 5 (@maroon5) also announced details for their new album, titled “Red Pill Blues,” set to be released on the same day, November 3rd. Here is the track listing for both the 12-Track Standard Edition and the 15-Track Deluxe Edition of their sixth studio album:

12-Track STANDARD EDITION TRACK LISTING

Best 4 U
What Lovers Do feat. SZA
Wait
Lips On You
Bet My Heart
Help Me Out with Julia Michaels
Who I Am feat. ft. LunchMoney Lewis
Whiskey ft. A$AP Rocky
Girls Like You
Closure

15-Track DELUXE EDITION TRACK LISTING

Best 4 U
What Lovers Do feat. SZA
Wait
Lips On You
Bet My Heart
Help Me Out with Julia Michaels
Who I Am feat. ft. LunchMoney Lewis
Whiskey ft. A$AP Rocky
Girls Like You
Closure
Denim Jacket
Visions
Plastic Rose
Don’t Wanna Know ft. Kendrick Lamar
Cold ft. Future


One song that I’m really enjoying this week is One Republic‘s “Rich Love,” and you can catch the video for that below:

If you haven’t seen One Republic (@onerepublic) live before, I strongly suggest you change that. I saw them in West Palm Beach, FL when they went on tour with The Script (who will definitely make an appearance on #MusicMonday) and it was nothing short of amazing. They’re high energy throughout the whole show and their vocals are always on point. Do it and you can thank me later!


The next two artists that I want to mention are both signed to Hollywood Records.

Jordan Fisher (@jordan_fisher) is a triple-threat who is soon to be dominating the charts with his upcoming debut album. He’s currently dancing his way to the mirror ball trophy on Dancing With the Stars, he has a new single, “Mess,” which was released last week and an album that is on its way to the shelves. Not sure if you familiar with him? He was on Broadway with the hit show Hamilton, he was on Disney’s Teen Beach Movie and he also played Doody on the live version of Grease. Check out his new single, “Mess,” wherever you download/stream music and also feel free to check out his videos on YouTube. Again…you can thank me later! I’m just wondering if dude could show me how to dance lol!

I’ve posted a few times about In Real Life (@inreallife) because they’re new to the scene and they deserve the exposure. I was exposed to them when my niece started watching ABC’s Boy Band, and my friend Jesus @thisfunktional got a chance to speak with them out in California last week at the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor event. I was excited for them when I found out that they’ll be under Johnny Wright’s wing for the duration (hopefully) of their career because he’s worked with some of the best in the industry! Their debut single, “Eyes Closed,” has done well since its release and they have a fantastic marketing team that has been putting them in some of the best places since the show ended. They’re currently playing little shows while they record new music and they just wrapped a music video for their original Christmas song that should be released soon.


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Last, but certainly not least…my little sis, Brancey, absolutely loves Fall Out Boy (@falloutboy), so it wouldn’t be a discussion about music without talking about their new single and their pushed back “Mania” album, set to release in January 2018.

 

 

You can hear Brancey and I rambling on the podcast below. Also, don’t mind the little section in the middle where Skype decided it hated us and cut off our recording lol. Shout out to Jesus for splicing them together for us lmao!

@Thisfunktional Podcast – Hollywood Events – Pre-Awards DPA GIFTING LOUNGE

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

@Thisfunktional attended the Pre-Awards DPA Gifting Lounge where brands and vendors attended to showcase their products and services. Check out some of the brands and vendors which caught @Thisfunktional’s attention. Photos of most products, vendors and brands can be found below.

The Pre-Awards DPA Gifting Lounge is one of the most prestigious gifting suites.

Awards season brings many celebrities together to celebrate the best in television, movies and music.

Many brands and vendors come to gifting suites to try and catch the attention of guest, nominees and celebrities.

Charities like Save The Children, SaveTheChildren.org,  attend to try and bring awareness to worthwhile causes.

Save The Children provides shelter, supplies and support to children who go through crisis by providing assistance, shelter, aid and educational materials.

Jordyn Linsk Machotka, Director of media relations and communication for Save the Children, attended to talk about the efforts Save The Children is making to help children affected by the recent hurricanes and talking about the volunteers and the services they are providing to help children and family get back to their normal lives.

Designer Marie Webb of Lemonade Stand Designs, LemonadeStandDesigns.com, showcased some amazing, colorful silk dresses and fashion accessories.

A representative talked about Webb stating off as a traditional artist drawing on large paper and eventually wanting to wear her art.

Having down syndrome, Webb uses her talent to convey beauty through fine art and fashion design.

For the tech person and anyone who works off their laptop while on the go and has a hard time finding enough space to work, the A-Stand, a-stand.com, helps provide another layer of space while traveling.

A-Stand creator Norman Korti said that he had the idea for the stand while he was flying to New York and couldn’t concentrate on writing while on the flight because of the limited space he had.

After a seven year journey, the A-stand is available throughout their website and Amazon.com.

Honey Hive Soaps, thehoneyhivesoaps.com,  a natural alternative to skin care showed their amazing smelling natural soaps that are cruelty-free.

Honey Hive Soaps creator Alessandra said she started off making natural soaps for herself because she couldn’t believe all the chemicals which soaps and skin care products contain. She quit her job a year ago and started to make natural soaps and skin care products, all which are made from her house in Connecticut.

For the foodies, there were plenty of foods and drink available, such as Organic Bareburger, who also serve the Impossible burger which taste like meat and has the same consistency of meat but is made entirely of vegetables, High Brew which has protein cold brew coffee drink.

Red’s Cheesecakes, redscheesecakes.com, which has some delicious tasting, as well ascetically pleasing, cheesecakes.

Located in Redondo Beach, one taste will have people being return customers to try more and more different cheesecakes.

This years brands, vendors and charities included:

Save the children
Lemonade Stand Designs
A-Stand
They&Them
Red’s Cheesecakes
Organic Bareburger
Honey Hive
Wolf Connection
Kye’s
High Brew Coffee
Viva Pops
Truth in Hand
Bodvar
Revel
Tahiti BioRoche
Sand Jewelry
Amy DiGregorio
BowHausNYC
SPLASH
Linger
Inner Sunrise

and many more.

Check out some of the photos for the products below: (Photos by Jose Angel Torres)
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@Thisfunktional Podcast – MOVIES – Miguel Artate BEATRIZ AT DINNER

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Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Director Miguel Artate talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about “Beatriz at Dinner,” available now on Digital HD, DVD and On Demand.

Artate talks about making sure actress Selma Hayek’s heart and intelligence were at the forefront of her role as Beatriz, making the ending something that sticks with the audience and trying to get Hayek an Oscar nomination for her fantastic performance.

Salma Hayek shines in this provocatively funny fish-out-of-water comedy. Beatriz (Hayek), an immigrant from a poor Mexican town, draws upon her innate kindness as a spiritual health practitioner in L.A.

Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a rich and ruthless real-estate developer.

When fate brings them together at a dinner party, it leads to a culture clash of wildly comic proportions – and a night that will change both their worlds forever.

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The Originals | S4E13 | “The Feast of All Sinners” Review [podcast]

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What’s up, my fellow Originals fans?!

First and foremost, I want to apologize for being so late in getting this podcast review up for you all. We were having Skype issues and computer issues and school issues and life issues . . . you get the idea lol. But we didn’t forget about you and here it is!

Check out the podcast below and let us know what you thought of the episode!

Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter (@ThisIsKristin_ and @mikethemovieguy) and Instagram!

SYNOPSIS: In an explosive season finale, the Mikaelsons find themselves out of options as they face the all-powerful and un-killable entity known as The Hollow. With the life of Hope at stake, Vincent proposes a final, desperate plan – one that will force Klaus, Elijah, Hayley, Rebekah and Freya to make the greatest sacrifice their family has ever endured.

 

That wraps up Season 4 of The Originals! I hope you enjoyed our podcast reviews and I hope you all tune in next season!