Actor Omar Chaparro Steps Up With One of the Most Iconic Pokémon in POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actor Omar Chaparro was surprised to have gotten to be a part of “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” a movie based in the universe of the global phenomenon Pokémon franchise.

Although Chaparro has loaned his voice to cartoon characters, appeared in movies internationally and has a singing career, stepping into the role of Sebastian the Charizard trainer was something different.

The role which directly affects the storyline had Chaparro speaking lines in English, which is not his preferred language.

When Chaparro was cast, he took two months learning his lines and getting the tone of the character to a place where he was comfortable, then on set the director decided to change things up.

Chaparro said English may not have been his primary language, but he was excited to change things up and work to bring his character out in the best ways.

POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU

(L-R) Charizard and OMAR CHAPARRO as Sebastian in Legendary Pictures’ and Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedy adventure “POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Getting the opportunity to partner up with one of the largest and most iconic Pokémon in the series was fun for Chaparro, even if he was not aware of the fandom behind it.

Charizard has a major fight scene in the movie and Trainer Sebastian has some words to say before the fight begins.

Chaparro was able to use his imagination as he was working with a partner that wasn’t even there, but he said he felt confident that he was able to deliver a performance fans of the franchise could enjoy.

Coming off a record breaking movie, “No Manches Frida ,” Chaparro hopes to keep the success going with Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Pokémon Detective Pikachu.”

There are many times when you get rejected, Chaparro said, but you have to make the best of the projects you do get and put everything you got. After all, I am doing what I am passionate about.

Chaparro goes on to host a show in Mexico, continue producing projects and on to his next role.

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POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU
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Highlights from the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards aired on MTV August 20th at 8/7c. From Radio City Music Hall in NYC, there were so many great performances that I thought I’d share some of my favorites. What were your favorite moments? Let me know!

Another good (but too short) performance that is not yet online was from PRETTYMUCH. You can also check out the full winners list below:

Video of the Year:
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
WINNER: Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”

Artist of the Year:
Ariana Grande
Bruno Mars
WINNER: Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone

Song of the Year:
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
WINNER: Post Malone – “rockstar” [ft. 21 Savage]

Best New Artist:
Bazzi
WINNER: Cardi B
Chloe x Halle
Hayley Kiyoko
Lil Pump
Lil Uzi Vert

Best Collaboration:
Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
The Carters – “APES**T”
WINNER: Jennifer Lopez – “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B]
Logic – “1-800-273-8255” [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]
N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]

Best Pop Video:
WINNER: Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
P!nk – “What About Us”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Hip Hop Video:
Cardi B – “Bartier Cardi” [ft. 21 Savage]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Migos – “Walk It Talk It” [ft. Drake]
WINNER: Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”

Best Dance Video:
WINNER: Avicii – “Lonely Together” [ft. Rita Ora]
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me”
David Guetta & Sia – “Flames”
Marshmello – “Silence” [ft. Khalid]
Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”

Best Latin Video:
Daddy Yankee – “Dura”
WINNER: J Balvin – “Mi Gente” [ft. Willy William]
Jennifer Lopez – “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B]
Luis Fonsi – “Échame La Culpa” [ft. Demi Lovato]
Maluma – “Felices los 4”
Shakira – “Chantaje” [ft. Maluma]

Best Rock Video:
Fall Out Boy – “Champion”
Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
WINNER: Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
Linkin Park – “One More Light”
Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”

Video With a Message:
WINNER: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”
Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”
Logic – “1-800-273-8255” [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]

Best Cinematography:
Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains”
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
WINNER: The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Eminem – “River” [ft. Ed Sheeran]
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Direction:
The Carters – “APES**T”
WINNER: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
Justin Timberlake – “Say Something” [ft. Chris Stapleton]
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Art Direction:
WINNER: The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
SZA – “The Weekend”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Best Visual Effects:
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”
Eminem – “Walk On Water” [ft. Beyoncé]
WINNER: Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”
Maroon 5 – “Wait”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Best Choreography:
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
The Carters – “APES**T”
WINNER: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Dua Lipa – “IDGAF”
Justin Timberlake – “Filthy”

Best Editing:
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
WINNER: N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Push Artist of the Year:
July 2018 – Chloe x Halle
June 2018 – Sigrid
May 2018 – Lil Xan
WINNER: April 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko
March 2018 – Jessie Reyez
February 2018 – Tee Grizzley
January 2018 – Bishop Briggs
December 2017 – Grace VanderWaal
November 2017 – Why Don’t We
October 2017 – PRETTYMUCH
September 2017 – SZA
August 2017 – Kacy Hill
July 2017 – Khalid
June 2017 – Kyle
May 2017 – Noah Cyrus

Song of Summer:
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
WINNER: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper & Quavo – “No Brainer”
Drake – “In My Feelings”
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
Post Malone – “Better Now”

 

Meet Your Newest Boy Band!! @InRealLife | #boybandabc #music #InRealLife

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You guys!!! For the past 10 weeks, we’ve had the chance to watch a group of young boys work their butts off as they competed for a spot in the newest boy band, which has now been revealed as IN REAL LIFE.

I started watching the show because I’m fascinated by the inner workings of these types of shows, and also because I grew up in the boy band era and simply can’t forget my roots! There was really no intention to continue watching past the first episode, but I got reeled in alongside my thirteen-year-old niece, Briana. I never would’ve imagined that I would become so invested in another boy band experiment, but this one was different to me.

All of the boys on the show ranged in age from 14-19 (after some 20-somethings had been eliminated) and had such a positivity about them that was infectious. These boys showed love to their families, they showed love and affection towards each other and aside from the MILD drama here and there behind the scenes, it was so refreshing to get caught up in something with some positivity. I can say that, personally, it’s brought a bonding between my niece, my mom & I that I appreciate so much. My niece was able to witness a group of people around her age that were working hard for something they really wanted to accomplish and never faltered in their love and respect for themselves or for others. A message I hope she retains for her own future.

IMG_9910I can’t say that the final band was my top 5 throughout the season though. Initially, our top 5 was JHype, Michael Conor, Chance, Drew and Mikey. When JHype (wrongfully) got eliminated, his spot on our list went to Marcus. However, that’s not to say that I’m upset about the final band either. I think any of the final 8 would have been a great addition. Jaden Gray has one of THE best voices I’ve ever heard and I truly hope he continues pursuing a career in music because it would be tragic if he didn’t. Marcus also has that star quality that I’m sure will drive his already budding solo career forward. We’re mostly sad for Mikey because I really think he fought for his spot in the band. After being in the bottom two (WRONGFULLY) twice, he still managed to win America over in the voting process and made it to the final 8. I was really hoping that they would add a 6th member to the band, but I’m just hoping he doesn’t give up on music because he’s such a personable and lovable kid with talent and the motivation to succeed. He definitely won us over, and we’ll continue to support anything he does after this.

With that being said…the final band is:

Chance Perez, Michael Conor, Drew Ramos, Brady Tutton and Sergio Calderon!!

You can watch their first performance of ‘Eyes Closed’ below. Keep in mind that they didn’t know who was in the band until right before this performance, so as each person was announced throughout the hour episode, they were given specific parts of the song that belonged to them on the final recording. Each person had to learn every part of the song in preparation for the final decision. I give them A TON of credit for knocking out this performance with so little mistakes! I can’t wait to see where this takes them, and here’s to hoping for a tour that reunites the boys with past contestants (:::cough cough::: JHype, Jaden, Mikey and Marcus)!! Here’s to also hoping that Timbaland and Justin Timberlake reach out to JHype too! lol.

Make sure to download the actual recording on whichever platform you use for downloading or streaming music too! Let’s get these boys some exposure!

 

 

FIFTY SHADES DARKER | Available on Digital HD 4/25 and 4k Ultra, Blu-ray, DVD & On Demand 5/9

JAMIE DORNAN AND DAKOTA JOHNSON STAR IN THE SECOND TANTALIZING INSTALLMENT OF THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON

FIFTY SHADES DARKER

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD APRIL 25, 2017 AND
4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY ™ , DVD AND ON DEMAND MAY 9, 2017
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

IN 50 DAYS, BRING HOME THE EXCLUSIVE UNRATED EXTENDED EDITION
FEATURING AN ALL-NEW SNEAK PEEK OF FIFTY SHADES FREED

Screen Shot 2017-03-19 at 4.06.02 PMThe countdown begins for one of the most highly anticipated home entertainment debuts of the year. In 50 days, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will unleash Fifty Shades Darker Unrated Edition, plunging fans even deeper into the mesmerizing, hidden world of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, as the year’s hottest romance comes home on Digital HD on April 25, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray ™ , DVD and On Demand, on May 9, 2017. The global film phenomenon sparked by E.L. James’ best-selling book trilogy returns with the second chapter of the darkly alluring tale that captivated the world. Fans can now stay in and have the ultimate at-home movie night with Fifty Shades Darker Unrated Edition, and this time, there are no rules and no secrets.

When a wounded Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan, “The Fall,” Anthropoid) tries to entice a cautious Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson, How to Be Single, Black Mass) back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple. Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson, “The Knick,” “Smallville”) and Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger, L.A. Confidential, 9 ½ Weeks) intensify the story, determined to destroy the couple’s hopes for a future together.

Directed by James Foley (“House of Cards,” Fear), Fifty Shades Darker also features Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, “The Man in the High Castle”), as well as returning cast members Oscar ® winner Marcia Gay Harden (Fifty Shades of Grey, Miller’s Crossing) and Rita Ora (Fifty Shades of Grey).

In addition to both the original theatrical version and a steamy new unrated version with over 13 minutes of footage not seen in theaters, Fifty Shades Darker Unrated Edition on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray ™ , DVD and Digital HD comes with more than 30 minutes of never-before- seen bonus content, including cast interviews, behind-the- scenes features, and a peek at what lies ahead in the upcoming Fifty Shades Freed!

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY ™ :

  • A Darker Direction – Director James Foley explains how his vision had to meet with fans’ expectations.
  • New Threats – An introduction to some new, dark and threatening characters, including Jack Hyde, Leila and, of course, Elena Lincoln – aka Mrs. Robinson!
  • The Masquerade – This featurette about one of the film’s most iconic scenes — the masquerade benefit event at Grey Mansion — explores the production design and costumes and goes behind-the- scenes with the filmmakers and main cast members.
  • Intimate With Darker – An intense look and discussion about the intimate, sensual and provocative world of Fifty Shades Darker, including a visit to the Red Room and, of course, the new “toys!”

 

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY ™ AND DVD:

  •  Deleted Scenes
  • A Tease to Fifty Shades Freed – A tease to the next Fifty Shades film.
  • Writing Darker – Author E.L. James and screenwriter Niall Leonard trace back the history of the book and introduce viewers to the much darker story and its adaptation to the big screen.
  • Dark Reunion – The filmmakers and cast members discuss being reunited for this second film, and where we find Ana, Christian and their friends.

 

The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes Ultra HD Blu-ray TM , Blu-ray ™ and Digital HD. The 4K Ultra HDcombo pack will include all bonus features on the Blu-ray ™ disc.

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-ray ™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DIGITAL HD lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

 

 

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@Thisfunktional #Contest: #FIFTYSHADESDARKER Prize Pack

 

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Thisfunktional is looking forward to “Fifty Shades Darker” and helping readers gear up with a prize pack giveaway for “Fifty Shades Darker.”

A total of two winners will each get their own “Fifty Shades Darker” prize pack.

Items included in the prize pack are:

  • (1) FIFTY SHADES DARKER Vanity Bag
  • (1) FIFTY SHADES DARKER Candle
  • (1) FIFTY SHADES DARKER Mirror
  • (1) FIFTY SHADES DARKER Lip Balm
  • (1) FIFTY SHADES DARKER T-shirt

How to win (Do all for best chance of winning):

  1. Go to Thisfunktional.com and on the bottom of the page sign up for the newsletter by entering your email address, and confirming the email used.
  2. Enter on twitter by showing your excitement for the movie by tweeting @Thisfunktional and using #Thisfunktional and #FiftyShadesDarker. (Must be following @Thisfunktional on Social Media to be able to win.)
  3. Follow @Thisfunktional on instagram and share and tag two friends on a post about this contest. (Easiest way would be to share would be to screenshot this post.)
  4. Like ThisfunktionalLA Facebook Page.

Disclaimer: 2 winners will be chosen. Contest runs to Feb. 5, 2017 at midnight PST. Winners will be notified on Feb. 5, 2017 by midnight PST with instructions on how to claim your prize. No purchase necessary. Prize provided by ThinkLatino.  Only open to the U.S., no PO Boxes or international addresses.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in “Fifty Shades Darker,” the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon.

Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015’s blockbuster film that grossed more than $560 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day and invites you to slip into something a shade darker.

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance.

As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

Also returning from Fifty Shades of Grey are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini, who are joined for the first time by Oscar® winner Kim Basinger, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson.

“Fifty Shades Darker” is directed by James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series.  The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.

More on the film:
FIFTY SHADES DARKER
In Theaters Feb. 10