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Jun 30, 2020

THE TOBACCONIST, Nazi-era tender story about a man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud, opening July 10 in virtual cinema

Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop.

There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship.

When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz.

As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events.

Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?

Opening in Virtual Cinemas on July 10
New York with JCC Manhattan
LA with Laemmle Theatres

THE CUBAN opens on July 31

The musical drama “THE CUBAN” is now opening in Los Angeles and select cities on July 31.

“THE CUBAN” stars Oscar and Emmy-winner Louis Gossett Jr. (AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, "Roots", "Watchmen"), Ana Golja ("Degrassi: Next Class", FULL OUT), Oscar-nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG, STAR TREK BEYOND), Lauren Holly (DUMB AND DUMBER, "NCIS") and Giacomo Gianniotti ("Grey's Anatomy", "Station 19"). 

When a pre-med student gets her first job in a nursing home, an unexpected friendship with Luis (Louis Gossett Jr.), an elderly Cuban musician, reignites her love of music and changes her life forever.
Part of the music team comprised Grammy-nominated and Juno-winning pianist Hilario Durán. Roberto Occhipinti produced the score.

The star of the film Ana Golja performed the vocals on various tracks.

The sound team (Oscar-nominated team from SHAPE OF WATER) was led by Nelson Ferreira. 
You can find links to “THE CUBAN” soundtrack here.

Opening In Los Angeles, In Select Cities On July 31

Snoop Dogg, Billy Ray Cyrus, 2Chainz, Sinbad, DC Young Fly, Big Boy, Sinbad, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Paul Rodriguez, dozens of other stars set for AGAPAO LIVE, unity through music, entertainment, streaming live worldwide July 11

More than 100 artists from the hottest names in music, comedy and crossover entertainment have been set for “AGAPAO LIVE,” world-wide streaming pay per view event, set for July 11 from 12 - 6 p.m. PT/ 3-9 p.m. ET.  
This six-hour event will be live-streamed on the hottest new urban online network, Xperienc On Demand, to households around the world and include some of the biggest stars in entertainment coming together from their homes to inspire a locked-down world in a message of Unity through Music & Entertainment as the greatest artists in our time respond to Covid-19 and civil unrest around the globe.

The debut event will be streamed on xodlive.com/
Plans are underway for the first-ever collaboration between Snoop and Billy Ray Cyrus on a new song, which will have its world premiere on the global streaming AGAPAO LIVEconcert next weekend.

Other standout performances sure to rivet include those from 2Chainz, DC Young Fly, Johnny Gill, YK Osiris, Lisa Raye, Lenny WilliamsCase, Ro James, Izzy, and chart-topping Gospel artists Deitrick HaddonKiKi SheardKeyla RichardsonTitusLast CallJokia Williams, JJ Hairston, and the hottest headlining comedians including Sinbad, Carlos Mencia, Michael Colyar, Paul Rodriguez, Bruce Bruce, and DC Young Fly.
AGAPAO LIVE will also feature the world’s first Global KickBack Vibe Party comprised of a DJ marathon with the hottest DJ's and hit makers (producers) from around the world, including DJ Snoopadelic (Snoop Dogg), DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Drama, DJ Mustard, DJ Don Cannon, DJ QuickSpinderella, DJ D. Wrek, Brian Michael Cox, Zaytoven, BreZ, and many others.

Tying it all together will be radio's hottest celebrity host DJ’s from Sway Calloway and Big Boy "interviewing" rarely available surprise talent, including 50 Cent, Ludacris, Bakari Sellers, Judge Mablean, Judge Dedra David, and more.
Pre-order discounted "tickets" are available now for $9.99 at:

Joe R.Lansdale profiled in starry documentary ALL HAIL THE POPCORN KING


With Squee Projects’ All Hail the Popcorn King, filmmaker Hansi Oppenheimer paints a vivid picture of award-winning author and screenwriter Joe R.Lansdale (“Bubba Ho-Tep”, “Cold in July”) in what’s been described as a “five star” film (GrimdarkMagazine).

Chronicling the life and career of the Lone Star State's "writer of the purple rage” (The Austin Chronicle), the acclaimed documentary also features new interviews with the likes of Bruce Campbell, James Purefoy, Joe Hill, Don Coscarelli, Mick Garris, Del Howison, Amber Benson, novelist David J. Schow and former Fangoria editor Tony Timpone.

“All Hail the Popcorn King” trailer about writer Joe R. Lansdale who's written over 50 novels and 500 short stories including Bubba Ho-Tep, Cold in July, The Drive-in, the Hap & Leonard series.

Lansdale is also a Master in Martial Arts and created his own technique. He's well known for his unique voice and his generosity and support of other writers and filmmakers.

“All Hail The Popcorn King” has been touring the country and will be released wider over the coming months.

Coming Later This Year

#ThisFunktional #Contest: FOUR KIDS AND IT digital code, out now

Written by Jesus Figueroa

“Four Kids and It” arrives On Demand June 30, and ThisFunktional is giving away digital codes to some readers who enter this contest.

Enter for your chance to win Lionsgate’s “FOUR KIDS AND IT.”

Also download and print these activity sheet for your kids.

Winners will receive:
  • 1 — “FOUR KIDS AND IT” digital code
Here's more ways to enter:
Subscribe, like, follow on YouTube channel: ThisfunktionalTwitch.tv/ThisFunktional, Facebook.com/ThisFunktionalLA, instagram.com/Thisfunktional and email me your full name with the subject line #ThisfunktionalContest #FourKidsAndIt to Thisfunktional@Gmail.com.

Disclaimer: Winners will be chosen randomly. Contest runs to July 3, 2020 at noonNo purchase necessaryPrize provided by AEM Marketing. 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.



The Enchanting Star-Studded Film, Featuring the Voice of Academy Award® Winner Michael Caine, Arrives On Demand on June 30

The heartwarming story about a newly blended family getting to know one another amidst extraordinary and magical circumstances, “Four Kids and It,” arrives everywhere on June 30 from Lionsgate.
“Four Kids and It” is a charming and whimsical story featuring a star-studded cast including Paula Patton (2 Guns, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and Matthew Goode (TV’s “Downton Abbey” and “The Crown”), with Russell Brand (TV’s “Ballers,” Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and the voice of Academy Award® winner Michael Caine (1999, Best Supporting Actor, The Cider House Rules; The Dark Knight franchise, The Prestige).

Based on iconic children’s author Jaqueline Wilson’s “Four Children and It,” the story is a modern twist based on E. Nesbit’s 1902 classic “Five Children and It,” and also stars Teddie Malleson-Allen, Ashley Aufderheide, Billy Jenkins, and Ellie-Mae Siame.

The film adaptation is directed by Andy De Emmony (TV’s “The Nest” and “Spitting Image”) and written by Simon Lewis.

On a seaside holiday, four kids from a blended family visit the beach, where they discover a floppy-eared creature that grants their wishes.

But there’s a catch: the kids’ adventures in rock-climbing, pop stardom, and flying end promptly at sunset — leaving them in danger each time.

Can they learn to control the magic before something dreadful happens?

Will Be Available June 30 On Digital, Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand
Including Major Digital Platforms Including iTunes, Amazon Prime, Vudu, More

Funimation to exclusively premiere new episodes of FIRE FORCE Season 2, DECA-DENCE, BY THE GRACE OF THE GODS at FUNIMATIONCON 2020 July 3-4

Check Out the Full Schedule for FunimationCon 2020

Funimation announced it is premiering new episodes from “Fire Force” Season 2, “DECA-DENCE,” and “By the Grace of the Gods” at FunimationCon 2020.

Fans are in for a treat as FunimationCon 2020 debuts the first two dubbed episodes of “Fire Force” Season 2 before anyone else.

FunimationCon 2020 is previewing Episode 1 of the larger-than-life “DECA-DENCE” (subtitled) before Japan, and will exclusively premiere Episode 1 of “By the Grace” of the Gods (subtitled), the fantasy isekai anime based on the light novel series of the same name from Roy and Ririnra.

FunimationCon 2020 also unveiled the Full Programming Schedule of activities happening during the two-day event. 
The newly announced panels round out an impressive lineup of cosplay, voice actor panels and events at Funimation’s free, two-day event.

Previously announced voice actor panels include “Attack on Titan,” “My Hero Academia,” “Fire Force,” “Fruits Basket,” “Dragon Ball Super,” “Toilet-bound Hanako-kun,” “Listeners,” and “One Piece” along with partner panels VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Virtual Panel, ANIPLEX OF AMERICA’s The Aniplex of America Living Room Sessions, and RIGHT STUF’s Right Stuf Anime Industry Panel.

FunimationCon 2020 events include Live My Hero One’s Justice 2 Esports Tournament, My Hero Academia Game Show with Voice Actors, and July 4 live programming from Aniplex Online Fest.

Funimation, in collaboration with Sony Music Labels Inc., will feature special programs from music guests BLUE ENCOUNT, FLOW, KANA-BOON, Luna Haruna, and a DJ performance by DJ MarGenal, as well as a special airing of the 2019 SACRA MUSIC Festival.

FunimationCon 2020 is gathering popular cosplay personalities Yaya Han, Riddle, Phil Mizuno, Dressesandcapes, Alicia Marie, and Stella Chuu; plus new home video releases and merchandise available to purchase in The Funimation Shop. 
Register now for FunimationCon 2020 FunimationCon.com. 

Fire Force Season 2 SimulDub™ Premiere and Voice Actor Q&A

Don’t miss the world premiere of the first two dubbed episodes of “Fire Force” Season 2.

Plus, join Funimation for a hot discussion about Season 1 and what’s to come in the new season—with host Matt Acevedo and the English voice actors.
Premiere Screening:
“DECA-DENCE” Plus Interview with Japanese Cast

Be one of the first fans in the world to preview Episode 1 of the larger-than-life “DECA-DENCE” (subtitled) before the Japanese broadcast! Plus hear commentary from director Yuzuru Tachikawa (Death Parade, Mob Psycho 100) and Studio NUT producer Takuya Tsunoki.
Premiere Screening:
“By the Grace of the Gods” (Subtitled) 

Be the first to see Episode 1 of By the Grace of the Gods (subtitled) at this exclusive premiere event. Join us for the official unveiling of the fantasy isekai anime based on the light novel series of the same name from Roy and Ririnra.
About Funimation
Funimation distributes the best anime to a passionate, global community of fans. For over 25 years, Funimation has pioneered an omni-channel approach to engaging and entertaining millions where they want it most—streaming, home entertainment, theatrical, e-commerce, merchandising, live events, and more.
Funimation’s streaming services offer a growing catalog of over 700 anime series and 13,000+ hours of content available on 15 platforms and in 47 countries. Funimation’s in-house team designs must-have, exclusive collectibles distributed through major retailers and an e-commerce site; Funimation’s theatrical division is responsible for six of the top 20 anime films in the U.S. As pioneers of the SimulDub™, Funimation is the gold standard for foreign language dubbing of Japanese anime with the highest quality standards and fidelity to the original artists. With a fan-centric approach, Funimation has built a loyal social community of over 30 million followers and earned the trust of Japan’s most iconic creators. 
Funimation has nine offices in six countries, and over 400 employees worldwide. As an independently operated joint venture between U.S.-based Sony Pictures Entertainment and Japan’s Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., Funimation benefits from deep entertainment expertise across cultures, territories, and languages.
To learn more about Funimation, visit funimation.com and follow Funimation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Noticias Telemundo presents CORONAVIRUS: ¿QUÉ HACEMOS? a live one-hour news special, on July 1 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT

Telemundo’s Prime-Time News Special Will Feature an In-Depth and Comprehensive Look at the Impact of the Resurgence in the Number of New Coronavirus Cases 

Simultaneous Livestream Will Be Available on NoticiasTelemundo.com, the Noticias Telemundo Mobile App, and Noticias Telemundo’s YouTubeFacebook and Twitter

With the rise in coronavirus cases putting Latinos at disproportionate risk, Noticias Telemundo presents a live one-hour special, “CORONAVIRUS: ¿QUÉ HACEMOS?” (CORONAVIRUS: What do we do?), examining the latest developments on the spread of the virus and its impact on the Latino community.

The prime-time news special will feature reports from a team of Telemundo reporters across the country and take a deeper look at the impact on Latino-owned businesses and workers.

The program will also include segments on how the increase in coronavirus cases is impacting the health care system and potential school reopenings.

Viewers will be able to submit questions over social media and receive responses in real time.

July 1 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.

The special will air live on Telemundo and livestream simultaneously on NoticiasTelemundo.com, the Noticias Telemundo Mobile App, and Noticias Telemundo’s YouTubeFacebook, and Twitter.

Noticias Telemundo anchors Julio Vaqueiro, Vanessa Hauc and Felicidad Aveleyra will host the special.

“CORONAVIRUS: ¿QUÉ HACEMOS?” is Noticias Telemundo’s latest prime-time news special to keep viewers informed on the spread of COVID-19. It is part of a network-wide initiative that includes 24/7coverage on NoticiasTelemundo.com and Telemundo.com/noticias/salud with extensive news and analysis from medical, business and financial experts, as well as coverage from the network’s top international reporters and correspondents dispatched throughout the world. Telemundo’s stations continue to deliver local coronavirus coverage to their communities through their local newscasts, on their websites and apps.


The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) will host its third “THE BLACKER THE PLAN: Our People. Our Problem. Our Solution. conversation. Facts Only: How to Survive and Thrive During a Time of Pandemics.”

This event is part of a thoughtfully curated, compelling and relevant three-part virtual speaker series, sponsored by Gilead Sciences.

These 45-minute online experiences will not only fuse meaningful perspectives, engage partnerships and brand content, but also provide a multi-generational Black audience with the resources they need to strengthen themselves and their families during this historical moment in our community’s history.

Through the speaker series, BAI’s objectives are to educate 10,000+ Black Americans on Black mental wellness, empower them to protect themselves and their loved ones against COVID-19 and mobilize Black communities in the ongoing fight to end systems of oppression that impact Black lives.

President of the American Medical Association, Dr. Patrice Harris, and Community Engagement and Social Scientist for the COVID-19 Prevention Trials Network & HIV Vaccine Trials Network, Dr. Stephaun Wallace, will discuss adapting to the changing environment during the pandemic, the importance of self-care for people on the front lines and sex and social distancing.
June 30

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM PST/ 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM EST 

Broadcast Med 
For more information and/or to donate, please visit Black AIDS Institute and the Foundation’s social media platforms:FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Join Danny Trejo and friends to celebrate the release of his remarkable documentary INMATE #1: THE RISE OF DANNY TREJO on July 7


To celebrate the U.S. debut of “Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo,” Universal is partnering with IGN to host an evening of eventful activity on July 7 with Hollywood’s most unlikely hero, Danny Trejo.

Tune into IGN’s Instagram Story at 5 p.m. PDT (8 p.m. EDT) to view fun content of Trejo as he virtually celebrates his premiere, with interactive trivia, amusing video clips and a call for questions which will be answered in the evening.
At 5:30 p.m. PDT (8:30 pm PDT), we encourage fans to view the documentary, available on Digital retailers including Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, Playstation Video, Amazon Video and more. Following your screening, tune back into IGN’s FacebookYouTube, or website at 7:30 p.m. PDT (10:30 p.m. EDT) to watch a special Q&A with the legend himself, along with special guests.
Is Available On Digital July 7

Pre-order the film now on iTunes HERE:
July 7, 2020
Pre-Show starts at 5:00 p.m.PDT on IGN’s Instagram
Live Q&A with Danny Trejo starts at 7:30 p.m. on IGN’s FacebookYouTube, or website

Jun 29, 2020

@ThisFunktional talks with Ashley Aufderheide | FOUR KIDS AND IT

Actress Ashley Aufderheide talks with Jesus Figueroa, @ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com, about her role is FOUR KIDS AND IT, arriving On Demand June 30.

Based on the best-selling children’s book, this engrossing family fantasy-adventure stars Michael Caine, Russell Brand, Matthew Goode, and Paula Patton. On a seaside holiday, four kids from a blended family visit the beach, where they discover a floppy-eared creature that grants their wishes.

But there’s a catch: the kids’ adventures in rock-climbing, pop stardom, and flying end promptly at sunset — leaving them in danger each time.

Can they learn to control the magic before something dreadful happens?


Intro/Outro music:
“A Dark Heart”
Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com


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