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Dec 9, 2016

New Teaser Trailer for BAYWATCH

Written by Jesus Figueroa


Check out the new teaser trailer for "BAYWATCH" starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.

There was nothing like growing up watching the "Baywatch" television show.

This new cast, seems funny and hopefully will continue with the same kind of story with a new updated twist.

“BAYWATCH” follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

Johnson has been great in comedies and actions films and Efron has been able to capture audiences' attention.

This teaser trailer is good to give a small taste of what is to come.


First Official Trailer for SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

Written by Jesus Figueroa

With a more practical suit, some boyish charm and plenty of comical moments, the official "Spider-Man: Homecoming" trailer does not seem to disappoint.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in "Captain America: Civil War," begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). 

Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. 

Directed by Jon Watts. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. 

Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

With Robert Downey, Jr. in the trailer as both Tony Stark and Iron Man, can there be more for him to do or did audiences get the extent of Tony.

Not being the biggest fan of the new Spider-Man Tom Holland, there is hope that the impactful part of the character will arise from a solo movie.

Dec 8, 2016

Official Trailer for ONE DAY AT A TIME

When no one else is there to tell you you're wrong, there's always family.

Nobody puts the love in tough love quite like the Alvarez family.

"One Day at a Time," a new show from legendary producer Norman Lear, premieres exclusively on Netflix Jan. 6, 2017.

About Netflix:
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 83 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Dec 7, 2016

ENTER TO WIN: Sticky9 Medium Magnets

Hey everyone, Krisin here!

I'm so excited to tell you about a little gem I found a few years ago.

Social media has introduced me to so many things and Sticky9 is one of my favorites.

Sticky9 offers magnets in Medium, Large, Retro (which look like little polaroid photos) and Jigsaw, Square Photo Prints, Posters, iPad Covers, Greeting Cards and so more.

The quality of their products are incredible and so is their customer service.

My niece and I bought two large magnet boards from IKEA that are completely filled with Sticky9 magnets (see photo below - you can probably guess which one is mine and which one belongs to a 12-year-old lol).

You can make magnets with your favorite photos from Instagram, or your favorite quotes and saved photos.

They also have an app that you can download to your phone that allows you to upload photos directly from your camera roll.


So here's the deal. To enter the contest for a FREE set of Medium Magnets, answer the question below:
In the subject line - STICKY9 Magnets Giveaway
Winner will be selected on Dec. 10 to give enough time to order before the holiday. You can check the website for shipping and delivery dates.

This promotion will end December 10th at 10:00 AM (eastern time). Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. Winner will be contacted via email with a promotional code to use on Sticky9. and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.

You can also check out the site and order your very own magnets, photo prints, etc. with my code FRIENDANX5, which will deduct 15% from your purchase.

These products are great gifts and stocking stuffers! As an idea, last Christmas I had The 1975's logo printed on a set of Jigsaw magnets. I separated each magnet and placed each one in an envelope with a clue leading my niece to a huge box with The 1975 concert tickets inside. She loved the little scavenger hunt, trying to figure out where each magnet went and now she has a cool looking jigsaw puzzle.

Be sure to enter the contest and check out Sticky9 online and on their app. You can thank me later! :)

Happy Holidays!


John Fallon’s “The Shelter,” called “remarkably ambitious” by the L.A Times, premieres on DVD Jan. 3 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Michael ParĂ© (Eddie and the Cruisers, The Virgin Suicides) “steals each and every scene” in “the smart man’s horror film” (Icons of Fright) written, directed and produced by Fallon.

Extras on the DVD include an insightful audio commentary with writer/director/producer John Fallon, a video interview with star Michael Pare, a video tour of the house location, storyboards, the teaser, and the film's unnerving trailer.

On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas Jacobs (Michael Paré) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two-story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door.

He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did.

But soon enough, he realizes that the house won’t let him leave, as its doors are all locked while its windows cannot be opened or broken.

Destiny has brought Thomas to this place.

What does it want from him? Will he survive the ordeal?

The Shelter hits DVD Jan. 3 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

COLLATERAL BEAUTY Installation at Glendale Galleria


Written by Jesus Figueroa

Warner Bros. will be bringing an inspirational pop-up installation at the Glendale Galleria starting on Dec. 9. The installation continues through Dec. 13.

Fans are immersed into a digitally visual display where they see their lives, drawn from posts made on their social feeds (Posts on either Facebook or Instagram).

A shareable digital takeaway will be generated out of the exhibit experience.

The exhibit will be displayed in select galleries targeted to high-traffic holiday shopping locations.

For those who go experience this installation, tag @Thisfunktional on instagram and #Thisfunktional and I will share and like the posts.

Re-discover the collateral beauty in your life by visiting one of these pop-up installations.

When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life.

While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death.

But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

Collateral Beauty
In Theaters Dec. 16

Rewind & Replay Top Moments of 2016 on YouTube: TOP MUSIC VIDEOS

Rewind & Replay Top Moments of 2016 on YouTube: TOP TRENDING VIDEOS

From Japanese comedy and European soccer to big celebrity moments and some of YouTube's most popular faces, this year’s top trending videos represent the amazing variety of creativity shared on YouTube every day.

Collectively these 10 videos have 550 million views and were watched for over 25 million hours. 

#Thisfunktional #Contest: SING Guest List

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Here's something cool for Thisfunktional readers in Los Angeles, come to a screening for "Sing" at Regal LA Live in downtown LA on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

What makes this screening special? Those who win this get to skip the lines.

There's no need to wait in line to watch this movie, just come to the check-in table and let them know you are on the guest list.

Sound cool, right? So why not enter for a chance to win one of two family pack of tickets, that's four tickets per pack.

Here's how to win:
On Twitter, follow and mention @Thisfunktional and what is your favorite song to sing at family karaoke night, #Thisfunktional.

On instagram, follow and tag @thisfunktional and tag a friend with a screenshot of this post and #Thisfunktional.

On Snapchat, follow Thisfunktional and send a snap, sing your favorite song (everyone gets a chance to win regardless of skill).

"Like" Thisfunktional on Facebook, send a message or post what song would you sing if you entered a contest.

Finally, on on the right-hand sidebar at the top subscribe by entering your email in "subscribe to newsletter" and follow the instructions.

I will choose 2 winners. No repeat winners.

Disclaimer: 2 winners will be chosen. Contest runs to Dec. 11, 2016 at noon PST. Winners will be notified on Dec. 11, 2016 by 10 p.m PST with instructions on how to claim your prize. No purchase necessary. Prize provided by MPRM Communications.  Only open to the U.S., no PO Boxes or international addresses.

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits "Despicable Me," "Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax," "Despicable Me 2" and "Minions," now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history.

Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster "The Secret Life of Pets," Illumination presents "Sing" this holiday season.

With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.

The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.

Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.

Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy.

Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception.

Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on Dec. 21.

in theaters Dec. 21

Dec 4, 2016

Family Fun at Universal Studios Hollywood's #Grinchmas

(All photo by Jesus Figueroa)
Written by Jesus Figueroa

The holiday season is in full swing at Universal Studios Hollywood's GRINCHMAS celebration with the park decorated in festive holiday decorations.

From the red carpet at the front gate having a nice Grinch green boarder and fancy decorated Christmas trees around the carpet, to the lights and other decorations hanging, the atmosphere is of joy and celebration.

Whoville has come to the center of Universal studios with a giant tree with a stage where a show hosted by Cindy Lou Who.

Along with a show visitors get an opportunity to take a picture with Max the dog and his single antler, have a social media post opportunity with the Grinch's sleigh and interact with other who-villians.

After story time with Cindy Lou Who, the Studio Tour tram leads from King kong 3-D, to the Fast and the Furious 3-D experience and over to a special Grinchmas performance at Whoville set.

The special performance contains an appearance by the mean green Grinch.

"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," with some who-villians.

When the grinch joins in, the festivities become more exciting.

Make sure to get a seat in the second or third section of the tram as the first section really can't see much of the performance.

It's a short performance, but kids are sure to get a good treat with it.

The holidays get everyone in the spirit and ever the Despicable Me; Minion Mayhem house has gotten some small changes.

On the outside theres a Christmas Reef and the minions are wearing Santa Claus hats.

Christmas Trees and holiday decorations are set at the entrance of the virtual ride.

The streets have some decorations, but the most noticeable change is just that most of the minions are wearing Santa Claus hats.

Its great to see the children get excited to see the minions' new look.

It's a small change, but the festive spirit is enough to be joyful for kids.

On the other side of the park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has warm Butterbeer for the cooling temperature in Los Angeles.

It's a sweet, maybe a bit too sweet, drink which has no alcohol so even kids can enjoy a warm cup of Butterbeer. There's also a slush and the regular Butterbeer available.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood isn't the only holiday treat, Universal CityWalk is also decorated and has CityWalk Holidays celebration going on.

A 40-foot tall Christmas tree with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season is at the 5 Towers plaza.

Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and have special photo opportunities at the 5 Towers.

The iconic, dancing water fountain at the heart of CityWalk also will make a splash this holiday season.

This modern and impressive fountain displaying more than 230 individual power jets projects streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and with holiday-themed music.

Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination. Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

CityWalk has free concerts and special appearances by Santa Claus.

Grinchmas runs weekends on Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, and daily from December 16 through January 1, 2017.

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