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Nov 20, 2020

Disney+ releases trailer for its magical holiday comedy GODMOTHERED, premiering December 4 on Disney+

(Info from Press Release)

Disney+ shared the new trailer for its all-new enchanted Christmas comedy, “Godmothered,” starring Isla Fisher and Jillian Bell, which will debut exclusively on the streaming service December 4.

Set at Christmas time, “Godmothered” is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell) who upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 10-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “Happily Ever After,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not. 
 
“Godmothered” is directed by Sharon Maguire (“Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Bridget Jones’s Baby”) and produced by Justin Springer (“Dumbo”), Diane L. Sabatini (“Lady and the Tramp”), Tom Pollock (“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”), Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters”) and Amie Karp (“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”) served as executive producers.
 
“Godmothered” also stars Santiago Cabrera, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Jane Curtin, June Squibb, Jillian Shea Spaeder, Willa Skye, Artemis Pebdani, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Stephnie Weir.
 
Hashtags: #DisneyPlus #Godmothered

Nov 19, 2020

CONAN on TBS airs tonight with guest Sarah Silverman

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com 

Conan O’Brien sits down with comedian Sarah Silverman on November 19, 2020 on CONAN on TBS.

Now that Conan’s viewers helped decide that the snack Joe Biden looks most like is Japanese shrimp chips, Conan’s monologue gets to be edgier and more political than ever. Plus, Sarah Silverman joins Conan in-person at Largo to explain why there’s a crocheted pillow of her face backstage. She also shares what it’s like to get high with her dad and stepmom, and in an online-only outtake, plays 20 Questions with Conan & Andy.

Conan & Sarah Silverman Confront Largo’s Owner 
Conan and Sarah compare highly suspicious stories about famous figures that they heard from Largo’s owner, Flanny. 
 
Sarah Silverman Gets High With Her Dad & Stepmom 
Every Saturday, Sarah’s family gets together for a backyard dinner, and sometimes those dinners end with a shared joint. 
 
Sarah Silverman Is Here For Podcast Subscribers 
Sarah talks about her new podcast, argues with Conan over the meaning of "illicit," and confirms that Andy is "a top" who presents as "a bottom."
 
#CONAN: Sarah Silverman Full Interview
Sarah joins Conan in-person at Largo to explain why there’s a crocheted pillow with her face backstage, share what it’s like to get high with her dad and stepmom, and talk about her new podcast. 
 
Sarah Silverman Plays 20 Questions With Conan & Andy
In this outtake, Sarah tries to guess which famous actor Andy once spotted driving a '70s Ford Crown Victoria on the Warner Brothers lot. 
 
Everything Is Bigger This Thanksgiving 
Farmers are worried that they bred too many big turkeys this year, but Andy’s thrilled. 

CONAN
Airs Monday Through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS

Watch the trailer for HOLLYWEIRD

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

The trailer for “Hollyweird,” now available On Demand, shows an intense couple of scenes.

After a freak accident on a movie set incapacitates its Latino star, a hunt for his replacement begins. Steve Fernandez, a struggling actor, vies for the lead role as the undercover cop Basco, but can't seem to get out of his own way. His agent questions if he’s “Latino” enough to play tough, macho parts as his personal life falls apart. The only bright spot he has is his new Texan neighbor Tabby, and the hope that soon he’ll land this star-making role. Meanwhile a mysterious new arrival, Alejandro Costello, hitchhikes into town with just his bravado and the red shirt on his back and is instantly discovered on the streets of Hollywood to take the part of Basco. Everything seems to be looking up for Alejandro as he navigates the glamour of his burgeoning celebrity. All he has to do is pretend to be someone Steve was born to be! But when these two actors finally collide, and Alejandro’s secret is discovered, both are forced to redefine success in Hóllyweird.

Artist Rights Distribution’s “Hollyweird” is directed by Edwin Porres Jr. The cast includes Douglas Spain, Michael J. Knowles, Deborah Dir, Bill Posley, Jason Stuart, Alex Vaughan, Ludwig Manukian, Edwin Porres Jr. Gino Aquino, Guillermo Jorge, Kristopher Campa, Kevin Alexander, Madison Dewberry and Richa Moorjani.

HOLLYWEIRD
Available Now On Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vubiquity, iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, AT&T Unverse, VUDU, Vimeo, Roku, FandangoNow, Redbox, Cox Cable, Spectrum Cable, Comcast, Verizon Fios, Xtreme, YouTube Movies

Watch the trailer for ADAM SANDLER: FUNNY GUY

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

Legacy Distribution takes a look at the man behind the humor in “Adam Sandler: Funny Guy,” now available on Amazon Prime.

The career of Adam Sandler has had its ups and downs with critics, but fans and co-stars continue to propel him forward.

Adam’s lasting appeal has earned more than $2 billion at the box office. TV audiences got to know him as a writer and performer on SNL during the early ‘90s. Forty-four films include Billy Madison (1995), Happy Gilmore (1996), The Waterboy (1998), The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Daddy (1999), Mr. Deeds (2002), 50 First Dates (2004), The Longest Yard (2005), Click (2006), Grown Ups (2010), Just Go With It (2011), Grown Ups II (2013), Blended (2014) and Murder Mystery (2019), that achieved the biggest opening weekend for a film in the company’s history (source: Netflix).

Adam Sandler remains a consistent favorite among fans who are comforted that they will always have a good time. Get the inside story on this fascinating actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, husband, father, and forever FUNNY GUY.

The feature-length biography ‘Adam Sandler: Funny Guy’ is now available on Amazon Prime.  https://amzn.to/2IS9xcX

“Adam Sandler: Funny Guy” was directed by Danielle Winter, produced by Dana Webber, and is distributed by Legacy Distribution.

ADAM SANDLER: FUNNY GUY
Available Now On Amazon Prime

Nov 16, 2020

50 Cent's IN DA CLUB surpasses 1 billion views on YouTube

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

50 Cent’s debut single “In da club,” from the album “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’,” has surpassed 1 million views on YouTube.

“In da club” becomes only the second rap/hip hop music video from the pre-YouTube era to get 1 million views.

The award-winning music video for "In da club" featuring Eminem and Dr. Dre, is now available in 4K, fully restored from the original film.

The video for “In da club” was directed by Philip Atwell and won the 2003 VMA Best Rap Video, 50 Cent also won the 2003 VMA Best New Artist, and was nominated for the 2003 VMA Video of the Year.

50 Cent's Official Artist Channel on YouTube featured multiple classics throughout November, all remastered in HD for the first time. Titles available now include: "Baby By Me," "Do You Think About Me," "OK, You're Right," "Get Up," "I Get Money," "Straight To The Bank," "Still Will," "Ayo Technology;" "Amusement Park," "Window Shopper," Best Friend," "Wanksta," "P.I.M.P.," "21 Questions" and "Heat."

Nov 15, 2020

Watch the trailer for WEREWOLF

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

Take a look at the newest trailer for “Werewolf,” coming to blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on December 1.

Adrian Panek’s intense WWII survival horror/thriller Werewolf is due to release on Blu-Ray, DVD and VOD across North America on December 1st via Indiecan Entertainment.

In Werewolf, children liberated from a Nazi concentration camp have to overcome hunger, thirst and vicious attack dogs in abandoned mansion surround by the forest. The intense Polish film was an official selection of Fantastic Fest (where it was nominated for Best Picture) among many other fests, has won 11 festival awards worldwide, and been nominated for 14 more.

“Werewolf” was written and directed by Adrian Panex and stars Nicolas Przygoda, Kamil Polnisiak, Sonia Mietielica, Jakub Syska, Helena Mazur, Krzysztof Durski, Maksymilian Balcerowski, Julia Ślusarczyk, Matylda Ignasiak, Danuta Stenka, Oleh Shcherbyna, Eugeniusz Malinowski, Werner Daehn, Radosław Chrześciański, and Wojciech Namiotko.

WEREWOLF
On Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital December 1

Nov 14, 2020

Thundercat, Ariana Grande perform THEM CHANGES for Adult Swim Festival

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

Thundercat and Ariana Grande treat Adult Swim Festival viewers to a special performance of “Them Changes,” from Thundercat’s 2017 album “Drunk.”

Thunder said, “It feels like Ariana and I are forever connected through Mac and this is part of the healing process.”

Grande previously performed “Them Changes” at the BBC’s Live Lounge.

Nov 12, 2020

Luck Reunion, Assembly announce PRIME CUTS: FAMILY MEAL presented by Remy Cointreau

Luck’s food-meets-music cook-a-long series returns for a special holiday event complete with shopping lists and pre-order food and cocktail kits

Got a little hitch in your holiday meal plan giddy-up? Wanting to dip your toes into cool, casserole-free waters? Need a little live music fix while you’re at it? Well, per usual, you’re in Luck.

Austin’s Luck Reunion Reunion crew are partnering with the fine folks at all-star food delivery service Assembly for a once-in-a-holiday-season party sure to tick all of the above boxes. Streaming to kitchens nationwide on November 19 at 7 p.m. CST, “Prime Cuts: Family Meal” Presented by Remy Cointreau will gather Luck-favorite chefs and musicians around the virtual family table for the latest rendition of their cook-a-long (and sing-a-long!) streaming series.

For more information and to purchase admission or meal and drink kits, please visit this link

Austin-based chefs Kristen Kish, Alex Munoz of Arlo Grey, and Philip Speer of Assembly and Comedor will guide viewers through the preparation of a traditional holiday family meal close to their hearts and rich in history. As with previous Prime Cuts streams, a shopping list will be provided, as well as the option to pre-order food and cocktail kits available for national delivery. And it wouldn’t be a party without tunes, so Luck Reunion has invited New Jersey’s psychedelic soul songstress Nicole Atkins and New Orleans’ most beloved genre-benders Tank and the Bangas along for the ride.

All proceeds will benefit the Luck Family Foundation x Assembly Thanksgiving Community Initiative to help nourish hungry people and support the Central Texas community in the fight against hunger this holiday season. Donations raised through “Prime Cuts: Family Meal” will be made to The Luck Family Foundation, directly benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank. For every Prime Cuts meal kit purchased, 12 families will be fed. Every $1 donation provides 4 meals. 

Throughout “Prime Cuts: Family Meal,” Chef Kish and Chef Munoz will be mixing up some masa (from scratch!) and filling it with delicious slow-cooked, farm-raised free-range pork. Chef Munoz will share his family tradition of pinto beans and his Munoz Family style rice. The chefs will chop up the Pico with viewers, adding a spicy kick and cool freshness to the whole dish and all of the pre-ordered meal kit produce and proteins are farm-raised from local farm partners and ranches in, or near Austin, TX. Two holiday cocktails from mixologist Emily Arseneau, The Cosmopolitan and the Hot Buttered Rum, will anchor the episode. A full list of meal and cocktail kit contents can be found below. 

“Let’s break bread ‘together,’ catch some great tunes, make some festive cocktails with Remy Cointreau, and celebrate community and what the holidays are all about.” says an official statement from Luck Reunion. “From our family to yours, just in time for the holidays.” 

Each Assembly x Luck meal kit will include:
 
Meal Kit
  • 8 oz. masa harina
  • 6 dried corn husks
  • 2.5 oz. pork lard
  • 1t. baking powder
  • 1T. kosher salt 
  • 8 oz pork broth 
  • 8 oz cooked Peaceful Pork Farms, in broth
  • 1 qt. cooked jasmine rice
  • 4 oz. chicken stock
  • 1 oz. tomato paste 
  • 1 oz. smoked butter
  • Dried herbs (ground cumin, ground coriander, ground Mexican oregano)
  • 1 pt. fully cooked pinto beans
  • 1 medium tomato
  • ¼ onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 sprigs cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 limes
  • 1 oz. neutral oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 radish
The Cosmopolitan Kit
  • Cointreau
  • Citrus vodka
  • Lime juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Lemon peel
Hot Buttered Rum Kit
  • Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum
  • Spice blend (dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt)
  • Cinnamon sticks
More About Luck Reunion:
Inspired by our own anti-festival of the same name, Luck Reunion is an experience-based collective based in Willie Nelson’s backyard of “Luck, TX”. Nearly 10 years ago, a group of friends came together with a vision for a new kind of live music experience. We knew we wanted to honor the cross-section culture that has long motivated creative tradition; to preserve traditions in music, food, and craft; and to create a stage for modern-day outliers who are influenced by the legacies before us. Luckily, we had the keys to the private Luck, TX property, and the singular opportunity to open its gates to people who, like us, value artistic tradition and want to do the legwork to discover talent that reflects our cultural heritage. What started as a one-day event has grown into a community; a platform for us to share the ethos of Luck and bring together musicians, chefs, and artisans who are contributing to American roots culture in an authentic way. In addition to the flagship annual event, Luck produces content and experiences both in and out of Luck with the mission of providing a space for craftsmanship, preservation, and discovery.

More About Luck Family Foundation:
Formed by Luck Reunion for the purpose of preserving and supporting the music and cultural community inspired by the work of Willie Nelson and the Luck Reunion family, the Luck Family Foundation—managed by the Austin Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization—provides financial grant assistance and other resources to artists, organizations and programs in need.

More About Remy Cointreau:
Rémy Cointreau is a French, family-run group whose origins date back to 1724. A love of our terroirs and the mastery of time have always been at the heart of our expertise. It is up to each and every one of us to bring this link to life, connecting land, people and time

FLOW’s special concert FLOW CHOKAIGI 2020 -ANIME SHIBARI RETURNS- to stream on Funimation

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

Sony Music Video content will start streaming on Funimation Global Group, LLC with “FLOW CHOKAIGI 2020 -ANIME SHIBARI RETURNS-“ exclusively beginning at 8 p.m. on November 13 on Funimation.com in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Wakanim.tv by Wakanim will stream “FLOW CHOKAIGI 2020 -ANIME SHIBARI RETURNS-” in France, Russia, Denmark, and Scandinavia and AnimeLab by Madman will Australia and New Zealand.

Brazil and Mexico will be streamed via Funimation later this year when the service launches in those countries.
Anime Shibari Returns was a live performance that we definitely want to carry out to appreciatefans around the world who love our songs through anime works. The concert was held just before the coronavirus outbreak in February. The staff and voice actors from each anime work cooperated beyond the boundaries of different works and together we made a miracle night like no one else had ever made. I am glad that we can share this experience with people all over the world through Funimation,” Flow said. “For now, we cannot meet you directly, but we’ll definitely perform live in front of you guys againPlease look forward to that time and enjoy Anime Shibari Returns! The highlight is from the beginning to the end, so rock out.”
FLOW is a five-piece rock band made of up KOHSHI (Vocals), KEIGO (Vocals), TAKE (Guitar), GOT’S (Bass), and IWASAKI (Drums). KOHSHI (Vocals) and his brother, TAKE (Guitar), have been making music together since 1993. They formed FLOW in 1998 and eventually joined by KEIGO (Vocals) and GOT’S (BASS) in 1999 and IWASAKI (Drums) in 2000. In 2003, they had their major debut with the single “Blaster” and ever since, they’ve unleashed their brand of music with their melodic and powerful double vocals throughout the world. Their music was an excellent fit for anime so they went on to do many anime songs such as “GO!!!” as an opening song for the anime Naruto; “Colors,” an opening song for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion; and the opening song for Tales of Zesteria the X, “Kaze no Uta.”

They started performing overseas in 2006 and have now performed 58 shows in 19 countries all over the world including countries in Asia, North America, South America, and Europe, proving that their powerful live performances can cross borders. In 2018, they held a concert tour entitled 15th Anniversary TOUR 2018 “Anime Shibari” focusing only on the anime theme songs and anime related songs they have sung and toured in Japan and 5 countries in Central and South America. In January 2019, they successfully held their concert at the Nippon Budokan for the second time after their first performance 10 years ago and released the album “TRIBALYTHM” in April. They then held FLOW LIVE TOUR 2019 “TRIBALYTHM” in 7 cities throughout Japan. Moreover, in the end of September 2019, the opening song for Naruto Shippuden, “Sign,” exceeded 30 million plays on the subscription service Spotify and all of their songs exceeded a total of 100 million plays.

(FLOW photo courtesy of Resonance Media)

About Funimation
Funimation distributes the best anime to a passionate, global community of fans. For over 25 years, Funimation has pioneered an omnichannel 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.

To learn more about Funimation, visit funimation.com and follow Funimation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Nov 5, 2020

Take some time off from Election Results to watch CONAN on TBS

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

It’s a stressful time, so why not take some time to laugh as CONAN has guest Nicole Wallace on November 5 on TBS.

Conan weighs in on stopping The Count (Dracula) and why you shouldn’t ask your A.I. who won the election. Plus MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace discusses how Biden would be the strongest person to govern after Trump, as well as the massive challenge ahead if he’s elected President. She also predicts how Trump will handle the transition of power if he loses the election.

Top Clip:
Protesters from the Maricopa County election center don’t seem to know what they want. PLUS: Whatever you do, don’t ask your AI who won the 2020 presidential race.

LIVE TOMORROW MORNING at the Team Coco YouTube Page HERE
Nicolle Wallace On The Future Of The Republican Party 
Nicolle, a former staffer for the Bush administration, explains why "flirting with QAnon and playing footsie with white supremacists” is a dead end road for the Republican party.
 
Nicolle Wallace On Trump’s Handling Of COVID-19
Nicolle discusses some of the Trump campaign's missed opportunities ahead of the 2020 election.
 
#CONAN: Nicolle Wallace Full Interview 
Nicolle, a former staffer for the Bush administration, weighs in on the election, Trump's legal threats, the future of the Republican party, and how Trump would handle a transition of power.




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