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Jun 12, 2021

INTRODUCING JODEA brings forth more talent from writer/actor Chloe Traicos

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

Delightful comedy “Introducing Jodea,” written and staring Chole Traicos, embellishes the strife of becoming a lead actress to create a comical endearing story.


“Jodea is kind of based on me, her clumsiness and determination, that is kind of where I stemmed the character from,” Traicos said. “I just did other stuff to her to make her funnier.”


From start to end, audiences get captivated by the world of Jodea and the resilience which this terrible actress keeps showing.


From unfortunate incidents to bad luck, the story of Jodea is as comical as it needs to be while still keeping the character human and relatable.


Jodea is a character that has many personality traits that audiences can connect with and enjoy.


“The stuff like being snubbed by agents happens alot, but I wanted it to be funnier,” Traicos said. She explained how she was more blunt and critical to be able to present the rejection aspect of being an actress in a funnier manner.


The path Jodea takes in becoming an actress has funny ups and downs in which she is shown acting techniques in the wrong way.


Acting can take a person through many paths to finding what best works to get become the actor they want to be.


Traicos related to it as she tackled several acting techniques before finally realizing that method acting worked best for her.


Traicos said, “It’s taken me ten years to realize I am a method actor. That’s how I operate and every actor has their own way.”


For Traicos, the character of Jodea has her own way of acting and it’s one thing that she was able to exploit to best bring out the comical aspect of the character.


The character of Jodea has extremely charming moments which may have audiences not only rooting for her, but caring for her and wanting to know what happens once this section of the this character’s story comes to an end.


Acting has not always been an easy for Traicos and she said that not always being picked for school plays helped her to not look at every role as crucial, but at the same time helped develop her writing career to be able to create roles that don’t just suit her, but that she wants to be playing.


“I really enjoyed playing Jackie (in ‘Devil’s Cove’), I always wanted to play a sociopath and I studied fully before I wrote that role,” Traicos said. “I like strong female roles and that’s one of the reasons I started writing.”


Jumping from a dramatic role in “Devil’s Cove” into a light hearted role in “Introducing Jodea” shows the versatility and flexibility in Traicos acting.


It can be difficult preparing for the two distinct roles, but acting along side the different personalities of the cast and crew can be tricky to adjust to.


“We had a fantastic cast (for making Jodea). John (Cohen), the director, is one of my dearest friends. I was so glad when he came onboard,” Traicos said. “I had the most fun with Ryan (Pratton) who played Harold and with Steve (E. Kimbrough) who played Fred. Ryan is a natural comedian a d Steve is a stand up comedian, I loved working with them because they improved alot of their script.”


“Introducing Jodea” has gotten praise in several film festivals where it has been shown and on June 4 started a national theatrical run in Laemmle Theaters.


After the theatrical run, online streaming is a possibility, but even more exciting, Traicos said that she has been asked about a sequel which she already has an idea she is working on in the event that a sequel is merited.


Traicos said, “what I’d like to do for a sequel, if it happens that there’s a need for one, is I would love to make the sequel about Harold…Jodea would now have to teach Harold how to be appropriate and how he keeps messing things up with his new romance.”

May 20, 2021

@ThisFunktional habla con Pierre David de LUIS MIGUEL: LA SERIE Temporada 2


Escrito por Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional de ThisFunktional.com

El actor Pierre David habla con Jesús Figueroa, @ThisFunktional de ThisFunktional.com, de su personaje de Armando Manzanero en LUIS MIGUEL: LA SERIE Temporada 2, en Netflix.


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HBO Latino, HBO Max Streaming Deeply Moving Bilingual LGBTQ Drama LUPE

(Info from press release)

The acclaimed film festival darling and moving LGBTQ immigrant story “Lupe,” co-directed by André Phillips (“Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary,” “This Killing Business”) & Charles Vuolo (“Rot,” “Alice Fades Away”), is available now for audiences across North America on HBO Latino and available to stream on HBO Max.

“Lupe” is an extraordinary trifecta of an emotional drama that explores the topics of family, immigration and embracing one’s true identity.

“Lupe” shines an intimate light on the complex story of an immigrant struggling with their transgender identity while searching for their missing sister, Isabel in New York City’s underground sex industry. The city's underworld turns bloody as Rafael continues their quest to liberate their sister from a life of exploitation. Rafael’s search is routine and bloody until the growing need to understand their gender identity beings to compete with their mission?

A film of many contrasts (Cuba vs. NY City, a chiseled boxer vs. a femme fatale), this moving film moves seamlessly between English & Spanish and features a rich cinematic landscape lensed by cinematographer T. Acton Fitzgerald (“Gutterbug”).

Celia Harrison portrays the role of Lana, the protagonist’s friend and advisor. All of Celia’s scenes were unscripted, as the directors emphatically sought to retain Celia’s voice and perspective.

This rich tapestry of a transgender immigrant was written by Celia Harrison, André Phillips & Charles Vuolo, featuring a score by Christopher French (“Unlovable,” “Young & Hungry”) edited by Shiran Amir (“Z Nation,” “Student Body”) produced by Anthony Ambrosino (“The Wrong Todd,” “Painless”), Andrew McCarthy (“Radio Days,” “Alice Fades Away”), Leigh Lanocha (“The Clear,” “Gutterbug”), and executive produced by Kerry Michelle O’Brien.

LUPE
Now Available On HBO Latino In North America,
Now Streaming On HBO Max

Vision Films To Release Family-Friendly Thriller JUST ANOTHER DREAM


(Info from press release)

Vision Films Inc. (“Vision”) announces the VOD and DVD release of “Just Another Dream” on June 15, 2021 from director Paul Schneider, writer Jennifer Nichole Lee and producer Charles Franz, Blue Bird Productions and Rock Solid Creative Studios. Starring Kristy Swanson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Eugene Brave Rock (Wonder Woman), Kayden Bryce (An Intrusion), Copeland Diver. Executive Producers include Ele Bardha and Eugene Brave Rock.

The inspirational, family-friendly, and unique coming of age story has an unexpected twist that brings suspenseful Sci-Fi elements and introduces many young talent in their first leading roles, including Kayden Bryce, Copeland Diver, Bredon Maeve Mularoni, and Brynlee Cones.

Synopsis: When a teenage girl dreams of a terrible crime that ends up taking place, she discovers that her dreams are premonitions of things to come. But when yet another vision threatens the life of her family, no one believes her and it’s a race against time to uncover clues and take on fate to save the ones she loves…and perhaps even change the past. 
Lise Romanoff, CEO and Managing Director of Vision Films shares, "’Just Another Dream’ is a clean, family- friendly suspense film that keeps you on the edge or your seat ‘til the very end. The cast is a mix of recognizable favorites as well as new young lead talent who truly are scene stealers.”
Writer/Producer Jennifer Nichole Lee says, “We are proud to deliver such a powerful message that is increasingly important in today’s world, inspiring viewers to believe in their dreams! This feel-good film contains plenty of surprises that will keep you wondering what is real. Discover the true power that lies within and what it takes to persevere in times of life’s deepest defeat.”
On June 15, “Just Another Dream” will be available on streaming and cable platforms in the U.S. and Canada including: Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay, Vudu, Vimeo, and across hundreds of cable providers including Comcast, Spectrum, Charter, Cox, Dish, DirecTV, and Rogers and Shawn in Canada. DVD retailers will include Amazon and all other major online retailers.

About Vision Films
Vision Films is a leading independent sales and VOD aggregator specializing in the licensing, marketing, and distribution of over 800 feature films, documentaries, and series from some of the most prolific independent film producers in the world. Led by Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution, Vision Films releases 2-4 films a month across Theatrical, VOD, DVD, and television platforms. visionfilms.net

JUST ANOTHER DREAM
Coming To VOD And DVD June 15

May 19, 2021

#ThisFunktional #Contest: CRUELLA Fandango codes

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

The film “Cruella” is coming simultaneously to theaters and Disney+ with premium access on May 28. 

ThisFunktional is thrilled to be able to offer the readers an opportunity to win Fandango codes to be able to watch “Cruella” in theaters.

Winners will receive:
  • 1 - $15 Fandango code
Here's more ways to enter:
To enter you must be subscribed to my YouTube channel: Thisfunktional, Twitch channel: Twitch.com/ThisFunktional,and follow instagram.com/Thisfunktional and email me your full name and address with the subject line #ThisfunktionalContest #CruellaFandangoCode to Thisfunktional@Gmail.com.

Disclaimer: Winners will be chosen randomly. Contest runs to May 26, 2021 at noonNo purchase necessary. Prize provided by Walt Disney Company.  Only open to the U.S., no PO Boxes or international addresses. Only one entry per household. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed. We will not accept entries of contestants who have claimed a prize in the last 6 months.



DISNEY+ PREMIER ACCESS PRE-ORDER AND ADVANCE THEATER TICKETING STARTS TODAY FOR DISNEY’S  
 
“CRUELLA”

NEW TV SPOT AND CLIPS FROM CRUELLA AVAILABLE NOW

All-new film releases simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on May 28, 2021
 
BURBANK, Calif. (May 14, 2021) - Starting May 14, movie fans can pre-order Premier Access on Disney+ and purchase movie tickets  for Disney’s all-new anticipated live action feature film “Cruella,” which will be available to stream or experience in theaters on Friday, May 28. Additionally, a new TV spot and clips from the film are available now to share with your viewers. 
 
Disney+ subscribers can pre-order Premier Access to “Cruella” from May 14 – May 27 for [$29.99] in the U.S. and Canada. Once subscribers get Premier Access to the movie, they can watch it as many times as they want on any platform where Disney+ is available, with an active Disney+ subscription. 
 
Pre-order Premier Access on Disney+ for $29.99: disneyplus.com/cruella 
Fans can also purchase advance theater tickets through Fandango to see the movie on the big screen in cinemas.
 
Advance theater tickets now on sale at: fandango.com/cruella-2021-224240/movie-overview 
 
TV30 EVENT TWO WAYS
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The Baroness Film Clip
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Plan C Film Clip
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Academy Award® winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) stars in Disney’s “Cruella,” an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense and Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. 
 
"Cruella" stars Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong. The film is directed by Craig Gillespie, with screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, story by Aline Brosh McKenna and Kelly Marcel & Steve Zissis, based upon the novel “The One Hundred and One Dalmatians” by Dodie Smith. “Cruella” is produced by Andrew Gunn, Marc Platt and Kristin Burr, p.g.a., with Emma Stone, Michelle Wright, Jared LeBoff and Glenn Close serving as executive producers.
  
About Disney+ Premier Access 
Premier Access provides an opportunity for consumers to watch newly released theatrical films on Disney+ for an additional one-time fee and an active Disney+ subscription. Disney+ subscribers can get Premier Access for a one-time fee of $29.99 per movie paid directly on disneyplus.comor on supported platforms. Once Premier Access has been unlocked, subscribers can enjoy a cinematic experience at home through the Disney+ app on a wide range of mobile and connected TV devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs.
  
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May 17, 2021

@ThisFunktional talks with Mindy Bledsoe about THE IN-BETWEEN

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

Director, co-writer, and co-star Mindy Bledsoe talks with Jesus Figueroa, @ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com, about her upcoming feature film directorial debut “The In-between,” coming to On Demand on May 18.

Bledsoe talks about self-producing a movie which includes main characters with disabilities, directing her first feature film before turning 40, and how the supporting cast came together while filming.

Two women set out on a road trip with different missions. Mads (Jennifer Stone) needs to renew her driver’s license in South Dakota, while Junior (Mindy Bledsoe) needs to visit Portland, Oregon on a quest for her dead sister.  Both women have medical issues that cause friction along the way, but they never let those problems define their identities. Mads is also keeping a secret from Junior, a secret that could explode at any moment and ruin their journey.

THE IN-BETWEEN
Coming To On Demand On May 18

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Twitter: @Bledska

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May 13, 2021

ENFANT TERRIBLE Expands to more cities May 14

(Info from press release)

Due to its popularity at the first screenings in L.A over the weekend, Dark Star Pictures is expanding the release of ENFANT TERRIBLE - the biopic on Rainer Werner Fassbinder - to the following cities.


ENFANT TERRIBLE, the biopic of iconic German New Wave director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, commences in select theaters this May - June from Dark Star Pictures.

From director Oskar Roehler, and starring Oliver Masucci, Hary Prinz, Katja Riemann, and Felix Hellmann, “ENFANT TERRIBLE” had its world premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. 

This is the story of a child of his time…of an extremely talented and dynamic filmmaker named Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who dreams of making movies about the cold-hearted, archaic Federal German society and about the longing for respect and love of the outsiders – foreigners, underprivileged groups, small convicts. His fulminant rise to being one of the most important directors in Europe correlates with his mental and physical fall and his early death. 

ENFANT TERRIBLE
In Theaters During May,
On Demand and DVD June 15

Watch the trailer for IFC’s upcoming film HOLLER


Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

Watch the intense trailer for IFC’s “Holler,” opening in select theaters and on demand June 11.

IFC Films presents HOLLER, from filmmaker Nicole Riegel (Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch 2020) and starring Jessica Barden (THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD, JUNGLELAND).
In a forgotten pocket of Southern Ohio where American manufacturing and opportunity are drying up, a determined young woman finds a ticket out when she is accepted to college. Alongside her older brother, Ruth Avery joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay her way. Together, they spend one brutal winter working the scrap yards during the day and stealing valuable metal from the once thriving factories by night. With her goal in sight, Ruth finds that the ultimate cost of an education for a girl like her may be more than she bargained for, and she soon finds herself torn between a promising future and the family she would leave behind.

“Holler” stars Jessica Barden, Gus Halper, Pamela Adlon, and Becky Ann Baker.

The film was written and directed by Nicole Riegel.

HOLLER
In Select Theaters, On Demand June 11

May 11, 2021

#ThisFunktional #Contest: THE VIRTUOSO Blu-ray

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

The film “The Virtuoso” is out now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.

ThisFunktional has a few copies to give to some lucky readers.

Winners will receive:
  • 1 - Blu-ray copy of “The Virtuoso”

Here's more ways to enter:
To enter you must be subscribed to my YouTube channel: Thisfunktional, Twitch channel: Twitch.com/ThisFunktional,and follow instagram.com/Thisfunktional and email me your full name and address with the subject line #ThisfunktionalContest #VirtuosoBluRay to Thisfunktional@Gmail.com.

Disclaimer: Winners will be chosen randomly. Contest runs to May 14, 2021 at noonNo purchase necessary. Prize provided by AEM.  Only open to the U.S., no PO Boxes or international addresses. Only one entry per household. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed. We will not accept entries of contestants who have claimed a prize in the last 6 months.



Lionsgate PRESENTS 
 
THE VIRTUOSO

Danger, deception, and murder descend upon a sleepy country town when a professional assassin (Anson Mount) accepts a new assignment from his enigmatic mentor and boss (Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins). Given only where and when along with a cryptic clue, the methodical hit man must identify his mysterious mark from among several possible targets, including a local sheriff (David Morse). Meanwhile, a chance encounter with an alluring woman (Abbie Cornish) at the town’s rustic diner threatens to derail his mission in this noir-style cloak-and-dagger thriller. 

Run Time: 110 minutes | Rating: R

#ThisFunktional #Contest: VANQUISH Blu-ray

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

The film “Vanquish” is out now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.

ThisFunktional has a few copies to give to some lucky readers.

Winners will receive:
  • 1 - Blu-ray copies of “Vanquish”

Here's more ways to enter:
To enter you must be subscribed to my YouTube channel: Thisfunktional, Twitch channel: Twitch.com/ThisFunktional,and follow instagram.com/Thisfunktional and email me your full name and address with the subject line #ThisfunktionalContest #VanquishBluRay to Thisfunktional@Gmail.com.

Disclaimer: Winners will be chosen randomly. Contest runs to May 14, 2021 at noonNo purchase necessary. Prize provided by AEM.  Only open to the U.S., no PO Boxes or international addresses. Only one entry per household. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed. We will not accept entries of contestants who have claimed a prize in the last 6 months.





Grindstone Entertainment Group, a Lionsgate Company PRESENTS 
 
VANQUISH

On Blu-ray and DVD Now.

From the director of Double Take, Middle Men, and The Poison Rose comes this stylish, glossy action-thriller starring Morgan Freeman (Se7en) and Ruby Rose ("Orange Is the New Black") that shows what desperation can drive a person to do. A mother, Victoria (Rose), is trying to put her dark past as a Russian drug courier behind her, but retired cop Damon (Freeman) forces Victoria to do his bidding by holding her daughter hostage. Now, Victoria must use guns, guts, and a motorcycle to take out a series of violent gangsters — or she may never see her child again. Run 

Time: 96 minutes | Rating: R

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