Exclusive clip Hippo Fight from National Geographic HOSTILE PLANET

Exclusive clip Hippo Fight from National Geographic HOSTILE PLANET

Grasslands are home to the biggest stars of the animal kingdom, but top billing doesn’t make life here any easier.

The wildernesses are among the most volatile environments on Earth, where animals must endure an ever-shifting rollercoaster journey through freeze, fire, flood and drought.

Now, seasons are becoming more extreme and unpredictable.

Life is harder than ever for the wildlife featured in this episode of “Hostile Planet,” including bull elephants clashing in mating battles; the predator-and-prey dance between cheetahs and gazelles in the depths of the Kenyan savanna; a herd of bison battling a blizzard in the North American plains; and a huge pack of wolves in pursuit of them.

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Watch THE COOL KIDS clip | Margaret Thinks Hank’s New Girlfriend Is Using Him from Season 1 Episode 8

Watch this funny clip from FOX’s upcoming episode of “The Cool Kids,” airing December 7 at 8:30 p.m.

When Hank starts dating a much younger woman, the gang suspects she may be a gold-digger taking advantage of him because of his age.

THE COOL KIDS

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Documentary PARIS TO PITTSBURGH airing on National Geographic December 12

The highly anticipated documentary, “PARIS TO PITTSBURGH” will air globally on the National Geographic Channel in 172 countries and 43 languages beginning with the broadcast premiere in the U.S. on December 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, “PARIS TO PITTSBURGH” celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change.

And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act.

Narrated by Rachel Brosnahan, Paris to Pittsburgh brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards.  Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future and the Trump Administration’s explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, the film captures what’s at state for the communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.  Paris to Pittsburgh is co-directed by Sidney Beaumont and Michael Bonfiglio and produced by Bloomberg Philanthropies and RadicalMedia. Joe Berlinger, Katherine Oliver and Jon Kamen are executive producers.

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Watch clip JAVIER EXPOSED TO OUTBREAK from season 2 episode 4 of National Geographic’s MARS

Watch clip JAVIER EXPOSED TO OUTBREAK from season 2 episode 4 of National Geographic’s MARS

Marta (Anamaria Marinca) convalesces as a mysterious illness sweeps through Olympus Town and Lukrum Colony.

When IMSF realizes one of its own has died as a result, it races to determine the cause, origin and mode of transmission before time runs out—and more lives are claimed.

Back in present day, Vladimir Chuprov, a Greenpeace activist, sheds light on an indigenous health crisis being kept quiet by the Russian state to benefit their Arctic oil endeavors.

MARSEpisode 4: “Contagion” Premieres December 3, 9/8c

Watch clip JOHN AND CLARICE TRY TO TRACK REBECCA from FOX’s THE GIFTED

Watch this clip from November 27’s episode of “THE GIFTED.”

In attempts to stabilize Reed’s (Stephen Moyer) powers, Reed, Caitlin (Amy Acker) and Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) meet with Dr. Risman (guest star Kate Burton), a doctor who treats patients with debilitating X genes. 

However, Lauren finds out Dr. Risman is not who she thought she was. 

Following the Inner Circle’s bank ambush, Thunderbird (Blair Redford) and Blink (Jamie Chung) continue to work together to chase them down. 

Meanwhile, Polaris (Emma Dumont) reflects on her troubled relationship with her father and takes steps to protect Dawn from the Inner Circle in the all-new “the dreaM” episode of THE GIFTED airing Nov. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

@Thisfunktional talks with Actor Esai Morales MARS SEASON 2

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Actor Esai Morales talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about his part in National Geographic’s “Mars” Season 2.

The interview was recorded at the National Geographic’s “Mars” season 2 screening under the stars at E.P. & L.P. in Hollywood, California.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’SMARS SEASON 2

Mondays On The National Geographic Channel at 9/8 C

Watch THE COOL KIDS clip THE CREW TRY TO HELP HANK FEEL BETTER from episode six

Watch THE COOL KIDS clip THE CREW TRY TO HELP HANK FEEL BETTER from episode six

After finding out that his ex-wife is getting re-married, Hank hopes to win a new 65” flat screen TV during the 7th Annual Shady Meadows Raffle.

But he doesn’t have the winning ticket.

So, the gang attempts to steal the TV – which means breaking in to Allison’s office, after locking her and Sid in the sauna in the all-new “TV Heist” episode of THE COOL KIDS airing November 9 (8:30-9:00 P.M. ET/PT) on FOX. (CK-106) (TV-14 D, L).

Charlie Helps Mastermind A Plan To Steal A New TV On An All-New 
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@Thisfunktional talks with Ana Claudia Talancon, Ignacio Serricchio EL RECLUSO

@Thisfunktional talks with Ana Claudia Talancon, Ignacio Serricchio EL RECLUSO

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Actors Ana Claudia Talancon and Ignacio Serricchio talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about Telemundo’s “El Recluso.”

The actors talk about the incredible time they had on set with amazing extras, how Telemundo is stepping up from just airing novelas and the preparation they went through to do the best job they could.

TELEMUNDO’S EL RECLUSO
Airing Now On Telemundo

 

Chef Aaron Sanchez Returns to MasterChef as a Permanent Judge

Chef Aaron Sanchez Returns to MasterChef as a Permanent Judge
Written by Jesus Figueroa
A new exciting season of MasterChef brings Chef Aaron Sanchez to the MasterChef kitchen and this season sees the judges in the role of mentors.
Sanchez comes back with more experience and confidence to compete with the other judges.

“It feels great to be back on the show with a whole new round of home cooks competing for the title,” Sanchez said. “I’ve really honed my ability to be a mentor through this show and feel like I am part of a family with the cast and crew, so it’s great to be back again this season.”

There is a new dynamic with judges now acting as mentors, this changes the way judges/mentors do their judging.
Having the competition aspect between the judges/mentors gets a larger investment into the home cooks, especially the team the judges/mentors build.

“This new element is so much fun because Joe, Gordon and myself are now competing with each other. I still have to be as unbiased as possible when judging, but it is really hard when someone on my team lets me down, but on the flip side it makes it that much better when someone really succeeds,” Sanchez said. “Being a mentor has been so fulfilling and it’s great to take this journey with the contestants and impart as much knowledge on them as I possibly can. It definitely deepens my investment because I put my own name on the line for all my team members and it really reflects on my judgement when they fail or rise to the top.”

The friendship between the judges has always been apparent, so has the friendly rivalry, but as the judges now go head-to-head the excitement is increased.
The judges get to be a bigger part of the success of the home cooks that join the show.

“Well, we always had fun but now we are really playing around with taking digs at each other and fighting for our team to win,” Sanchez said. “Is there anything else that will surprise audiences in what remains of the season? I mean the challenges are just getting more and more difficult as the show progresses and we put these home cooks under extreme pressure. The real life experiences are getting so authentic and there are so many shocking moments as to who rises to the occasion and who falls flat.”

The season really becomes more competitive, both for the home cooks and the chefs as the seasons comes to the finale.
The home cooks get pushed to be their best and even rise to the occasion.
But, as Sanchez sees this season through to the end, he looks to continue to help people realize their culinary dreams.

“I have the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund and this is really another place where I get to empower cooks through education and mentorship,” Sanchez said. “I am extremely passionate about helping the next generation of Latino and Latina chefs rise up and become the next wave of culinary leaders. You can get more information at aaronsanchezscholarshipfund.com

 

@Thisfunktional At The Roundtable Discussion With Alex Rich GENIUS PICASSO

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Actor Alex Rich talks with press about his role as young Picasso on NatGeo “Genius: Picasso.”

Rich talks about working with Antonio Banderas to capture a similar Picasso voice and attitude, the inspiration he has taken from portraying Picasso and the incredible time it has been while getting to portray Picasso.

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Camson Takes the Honor of being part of MASTER CHEF JUNIOR, Tries to Learn as much as Possible

Camson. Age: 13.Hometown: Fleming Island, FL.
Signature Dish: Medium-Rare Sirloin Steak with Asparagus and Mashed Potatoes.
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Contestant Camson auditioned and took the challenge to be part of “Master Chef Junior” to sharpen his skills and learn more throughout no matter the outcome.

The opportunity to be around likeminded kids opened the opportunity to make friends and learn from each other, while having the judges give feedback helped sharpen his skills.

“It’s such a crazy thing being chosen out of 15,000 or so kids that auditioned for ‘Master Chef Junior,'” Camson said. “That’s just ridiculous even being chosen for it. even just being friends with everyone and making the experiences and memories with everyone.”

“Master Chef Junior” may be a competition but Camson said the kids were mostly very friendly and fun to be around.

But the person he most learned from was Chef Gordon Ramsey who instilled in Camson the concept of “No color, no flavor.”

From being a foodie, Camson got a passion for cooking and being adventurous with the food he tried.

Camson would help his parent in the kitchen and would get more and more responsibility as he got older, from there he started challenging himself to do more complex dishes.

Spicy food became Camson’s favorite and he will be cooking some on “Master Chef Junior” as well as taking some traditional dishes and putting a twist to them.

“With all the competing it was always very high energy and, you would think it would be very competitive with all the kids, and it was, it was also alot of fun,” Camson said.

Watch Camson compete on “Master Chef Junior” Fridays 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FOX

MASTER CHEF JUNIOR Contestant Emily Brings Her Passion for Cooking to Set

Emily. Age: 9. Hometown: Sylmar, CA.
Signature Dish: Tamales with Homemade Red Sauce.
Photo Credit: Michael Becker / FOX. © 2018 / FOX Broadcasting.

Written by Jesus Figueroa

“Master Chef Junior” contestant Emily started cooking when her babysitter would cook with her and show her all the gadgets they could use to cook.

Emily first learned to cook from her parents, but she would be excited to see her babysitter use different gadgets to make food.

“(The judges and mentors) helped me improve as a cook,” Emily said.

The judges would teach techniques and would encourage the contestants to gain as much knowledge as possible, but the contestants would gain experience from what they shared with each other.

The contestants would share techniques on how to cut ingredients and different ways to make different foods which was something Emily enjoyed.

“To know I was on (the show) made me feel special,” Emily said. “It’s so awesome to see so many people who love cooking as much as me.”

Emily’s passion for cooking was nurtured while being a part of “Master Chef Junior,” but also brought new interests to light.

Learning much more about cooking while on the show brought baking to Emily’s attention.

“I like cooking alot of savory food, but I’ve been leaning more towards baking now,” Emily said. “I feel like (baking) is a little more exciting because you can experiement more with the sweet flavors.”

Watch Emily on “Master Chef Junior” Fridays 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT On FOX.

@Thisfunktional Habla Con Matias Novoa ENEMIGO INTIMO

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Actor Matias Novoa habla con Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional de Thisfunktional.com, de su rollo en la super serie de Telemundo “Enemigo Intimo.”

Novoa habla de su rollo en la serie, tener que ser dos personajes y mas de la super serie.

ENEMIGO INTIMO
En Telemundo Lunes A Viernes De 10p.m./9c
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@Thisfunktional Talks with Danay Garcia about FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 Blu-ray Release

@Thisfunktional Talks with Danay Garcia about FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 Blu-ray Release

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actress Danay Garcia has continued to be an unpredictable addition to the “Fear the Walking Dead” cast.

Season 3 was a long road for Garcia’s character Luciana and her survival was questioned until Garcia confirmed her return for season 4 on Instagram.

“It comes with the territory, you know, you come in, you come on board and give your absolute best and you give all you got and you can only hope that it will be taking you to the right places,” Garcia said. “Sometimes you end in the wrong spot.”

All the situations that come with being on on a show based in the Walking Dead universe means that there is no safety for the characters and at any moment situations can change.

The growth that comes with meeting characters, loosing characters and the evolution of the world these characters live in is part of the excitement of watching the show and Garcia said its the same reason its so exciting to be a part of the show and being open to going through all that.

For fans its always stressful seeing a fan favorite be put into tough situations because no one is safe in the Walking Dead universe.

“I think when you decide to do something like this you start to get that weird feeling like ‘Am I going to die?’ those are things that we as humans don’t like to think about. Especially when you create a character thats all about survival,” Garcia said. “You don’t want them to die because it’s a cool journey for you, as an actor.”

Garcia doesn’t get nervous for Luciana’s fate in “Fear the Walking Dead” because she is use to that feeling and has become accustomed to and expecting that script where her character dies since she’s been on the show for awhile now.

Season 3 ended with things scattered and characters separated again, but Garcia said even if she can’t give details season 4 will be exciting.

“I’m so happy by the way we are taking the story and the way it was left off. The Clark family at the dam and you don’t know who made it and who didn’t,” Garcia said. “I’m just excited for everyone to see what is cooking right now.”

The core of Luciana – her beliefs, her morals and who she is as a human – is something Garcia is comfortable with portraying, even when her Garcia’s own personality can be a contrast to her character.

Garcia said the courageous and brave Luciana has the complexity of having a vulnerable side which helps Garcia ground the character and relate her to all the strong women out in the real world right now.

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD
Season 3 Available Now On Blu-ray, DVD And Digital
Season 4 Premieres On AMC April 15

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@Thisfunktional talks with Colman Domingo About FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 3

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Since meeting Victor Strand on “Fear the Walking Dead” audiences have seen the charismatic character go through many situations in style.

FTWD_S3_3D_BD_O-CardColman Domingo has a fantastic style of his own and is able to inject some of his own personality to his character Strand from the moment he auditioned.

“I think possibly I bring a bit of myself to the character. I know I have strong opinions about this character. It seems to be he’s in alignment with what I think Strand is style wise,” Domingo said. “That doesn’t often happen. Just when I first read the description of Victor Strand I had an idea about him, how he handles himself and how he moves through the world.”

Domingo auditioned for Strand in a bold way, showing up in an electric blue Hugo Boss suit, but it seems that the style choice has continued throughout.

There has never been a character like Victor Strand in the Walking Dead universe, the upfront style of making the unpopular decision that best fits the bigger picture makes survival the priority.

As seen through season 3, Strand uses his talents to be a useful component to everyone’s survival, but still doesn’t jeopardize the safety of himself or others who could be useful in surviving.

“I think that’s challenging for people. I tell people that if you look at the receipts of Victor Strand and all that he’s done, what he has done are very great humanitarian things,” Domingo said. “He may not give alot of information up, if he doesn’t feel he can handle it, or he will may keep you a little out of the loop in some way, if he doesn’t feel there’s any value you add to it.”

The fearlessness and resourcefulness of Strand is the reason Domingo has enjoyed playing this character. The challenges of surviving and the manner in which that brings out the morality of Strand continue to keep the character evolving in the eyes of the audience.

The relationships established by Strand come into play often in the series, from the initial meet up with Nick, and later on with Alicia, to the new found camaraderie with Madison. Strand grows closer with the Clark family because each individual brings something useful to the group and separate they are all still enough to survive.

“It’s a new way of establishing a relationship between a man and a woman. Knowing that in the apocalypse all bets are off, everything that we knew about male and female relationships are challenged because now we have to come to new agreements,”  Domingo said.

Domingo loves the fact that Strand is evolving always, and is able to switch off with Madison to be the dominant personality and lead when each one finds their strengths.

The dynamic between Strand and Madison grew in season three by then and a partnership is proposed which is much more than just something romantic, its something thats grown out of a mutual respect and love to which they each motivate each other to be their very best.

“That scene at the dam. I think thats the closest Victor is to a proposal to Madison. Of saying ‘Lets become partners, lets build something together, lets establish something for you and your kids and grow something here,'” Domingo said. “Which is an apocalyptic way of looking at things. We are re-assecing these relationships.”

Beyond the personal relationships, like many genre projects, “Fear the Walking Dead” deals with topics in the political climate by putting them in a different perspective, a more extreme perspective to give a view into the horrors that the mentality of the world can lead to.

Season 3 deals with segregation, with ownership, with survivalist making their own rules and just how much of civilized society survives when worst comes to worst.

“I think we’ve been exploring things that most television genre shows do not explore,” Domingo said. “I think season 3 has been a boarder story in many ways. About trying to get back across. In some ways we are dealing with Mexican-American relations, when there’s no borders anymore and who owns land and we are dealing with race, not even subtly.”

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD
Season 3 Available Now On Blu-ray, DVD And Digital

Season 4 Premieres On AMC April 15

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@Thisfunktional DRAKEN Security Zombie Survival Training FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

@Thisfunktional DRAKEN Security Zombie Survival Training FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

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DRAKEN Securrity’s founder Jaime Salanga, director of tactical training Vincent Lopez and security detail leader Jaime Yager train Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, on close, midrange and long distance zombie battles at the “Fear the Walking Dead” season 3 press junket.

Yager taught close combat teaching how to fend of zombies without weapons available, Lopez demonstrated techniques with a Tomahawk Axe for midrange zombie battles and Salanga used a bow and arrow for a longe range battle with zombies.

AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead” season 3 will be available on blu-ray, DVD and Digital on March 13, season 4 premieres on AMC April 15.

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD
Season 3 Available On Blu-ray, DVD, Digital March 13
Season 4 Premieres on AMC April 15
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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.

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Premiering March 1 On FOX
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@Thisfunktional Talks With Litzy AL OTRO LADO DEL MURO

@Thisfunktional Talks With Litzy AL OTRO LADO DEL MURO

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Actress Litzy talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about her role in the new Telemundo series “Al Otro Lado Del Muro.”

Watch the video to hear Litzy talk about getting the role, her career of strong passionate roles and whats to be expected from this new series.

Telemundo’s AL OTRO LADO DEL MURO

Premieres On Feb. 21 at 9/8 C p.m. On Telemundo

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@Thisfunktional talks with Claudia Sandoval MASTERCHEF LATINO

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MasterChef Latino judge Claudia Sandoval talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about being a part of Telemundo’s “MasterChef Latino.”

Sandoval talks about a bit of what is to be expected from “MasterChef Latino,” how having been on a contestant of “MasterChef USA” sets her apart from the other judges and how she feels its both good and bad knowing what the contestants are going through.

Since Sandoval won “MasterChef Latino” she has had many opportunities open up for her. she continues to stay connected on social media and present herself as real as she possibly can.

Sandoval isn’t afraid to show her real self and experiences on social media and talks about showing fans her reality on social media through her post and live streams.

MASTERCHEF LATINO

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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