@Thisfunktional talks with John Murdy, Chris Williams HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

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Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy and art director Chris Williams talks with Jesus Figueroa about Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018 after their presentation at ScareLA with special guest Slash.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD’S
HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
opens Sept. 14
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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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IN REAL LIFE Talks with @ThisFunktional at the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

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Jesus of ThisFunktional.com & According to Kristin got the chance to speak with newly formed boy band, In Real Life, at the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor event in Long Beach, CA.

After winning spots in the final band on ABC’s Boy Band, a debut single that charted soon after its release, a debut video that has surpassed the milestone of 1 million views, a contract with Hollywood Records and a manager (Johnny Wright) who has worked with some of the top artists in the industry (*NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys), In Real Life is in a great place right now and this is only the beginning.

With some long distance help from yours truly, they spoke with Jesus about getting more involved in the writing process, how much creative control they’re being given, being role models and working with Johnny Wright.

Check out the interview below:

Meet the guys:

Chance Perez, 19, of Seal Beach, CA – He’s a loving father of a beautiful 2-year-old girl, Brooklyn, and was a fan favorite on ABC’s Boy Band from the beginning. Chance almost gave up on music in order to pursue a career as a firefighter, but luckily he gave the show a chance and made the final 5.

Drew Ramos, 19, of Bronx, NY – Drew won us over during his audition when he proudly stated that he was a momma’s boy. His love for music led him to singing on the subway in NY and now he’s 1/5 of the world’s newest boy band. He’s a self-proclaimed nerd who loves Star Wars and video games, and we’re all on board!

Michael Conor, 18, of Cleveland, OH – Michael gave fans something different throughout his time on the show. Not only is he a creative genius who can rap & freestyle his way out of anything, he’s also a violinist and a loving big brother. At times Michael had to work harder than most in order to embrace the singing part of the show, but he succeeded and made his way to the final band.

Sergio Calderon, Jr., 16, of Redwood City, CA – Sergio also brought something different to the show by adding Spanish verses to the songs. He gave up his dream of playing professional soccer in order to pursue a career in music. Now he’s part of In Real Life, singing and making everyone laugh one day at a time.

Brady Tutton, 15, Shorewood, WI – Brady was one of the youngest on the show, but proved his talent when he sang in Italian during his audition and consistently wowed the judges each week. As a classically trained singer, an actor, and an all-around lovable guy, Brady gets to showcase his talent with his unofficial big brothers.

Also, check out this adorable shout out Jesus managed to get for my niece and me since we weren’t able to be there:

You can follow the guys on social media here:

In Real Life:               Twitter | Instagram | #lifelines

Chance Perez:           Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Drew Ramos:            Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Michael Conor:         Twitter | Instagram |
Sergio Calderon:      Twitter | Instagram
Brady Tutton:           Twitter | Instagram

 

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@Thisfunktional Podcast – THEATER AND ARTS – Nik Nieves MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! AGE OF HEROES

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Performer Nik Nieves talks to Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about being part of “Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes.”

Nieves talks about the show having something for everyone, the training that the performers do and how the show has changed from the first run.

“Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes” premiered at the Staples Center on July 7 and made its run in Los Angeles through July 9 and now moves on to the next city in southern California. Check out this interview with some more cast members out: here.

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@Thisfunktional Podcast – Lets Talk – Luz Avila LIBERATE: TU PASADO NO ES TU PRISION (Spanish/Espanol)

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Autora Luz Avila habla con Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional de Thisfunktional.com, de su nuevo libro “Liberate: Tu Pasado no es tu Prision.”

Avila habla de sus experiencias que inspiro el libro, como empezar a cambiar su tu vida cuando necesitas dejar lo negativo en el pasado.

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@Thisfunktional Movie Review: SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL

SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL Shows Something Good among the Chaos of Life

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

“Somewhere Beautiful” takes audiences through the journeys of two people at different points of their romantic life.

The movie is shot beautifully as each frame can possibly be a framed photograph, the story is detailed and can be slow at points, but the ending is rewarding.

Elena, played by María Alche, finds herself with new feelings for as she accompanies her photographer husband, played by Anthony Bonaventura, and his guide, played by Pablo Cedrón, who turns out to be a worldly, knowledgeable guy who Elena is impressed by.

Alche is a great actress that subtly brings out soft emotions which keep the audience guessing her character’s intentions. She is great along side both Bonaventura and Cedrón.

Bonaventura is dry in his delivery of his lines. He brings a sternness and facial expressions which help the audience connect with his character.

Cedrón is charismatic and suave with a mature rough look. He contrasts the clean stoic Bonaventura.

Film director Albert, played by Albert Kodagolian, comes home to find his wife gone and his mother taking care of his child.

Kodagolian wrote, directed and starred in this movie. With so much going on he still delivers a a marvelous performance.

Albert goes through some turmoil as his marriage falls apart slowly.

The stories are weaved together which contrasts the stories and yet finds a similarity in each.

I give this drama 5 out of 5 Popcorns. The performances in this movie are spectacular and the flow is always moving forward. Writer-director Albert Kodagolian created a spectacular story and was able to find the right cast, fantastic locations and a good direction to take the movie in.

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