@Thisfunktional interviews ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ cast members

@Thisfunktional interviews ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ cast members Andrew Jacobs and Jorge Diaz

@Thisfunktional chats with ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ cast members Andrew Jacobs and Jorge Diaz about the Blu-ray/DVD release. Jacobs and Diaz discuss their enthusiasm for the film and the fun they had making the film as well as much more. Blu-ray/DVD combo pack available now.


@Thisfunktional interviews Gabrielle Walsh & Renee Victor of ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’

@Thisfunktional chats with ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ cast members Gabrielle Walsh and Renee Victor about the Blu-ray/DVD release. Walsh and Victor discuss the fun time they had filming the movie and the experiences they had with the rest of the cast as well as much more. Blu-ray/DVD combo pack available now.




Thisfunktional’s Top 10 Most Unexpected Film of 2013

Written By Jesus Figueroa of Thisfunktional.com
Some films are made to be blockbusters and then there are some that just sneak up and just are incredible films.

This list is some if the films that just surprised me. I thought most if these could not possibly be that good. Some just had bad promotions. Nonetheless they ended up being films I saw and film that were some of the best of the year. They are must see films of 2013.

10. The Baytown Outlaws
This film’s trailer didn’t do it justice. It’s incredible and I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it. It was a must see film I’ve seen multiple times through the year.
9. Struck By Lightning

Much like “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” this coming-of-age story is moving and incredible. Based on the book by Chris Colfer, who is also the star of the film.
8. The Last Stand
Who doesn’t like a good action film? This one had the amazing Arnold  Schwarzenegger come back. Not only was the action adequate but it had a cowboy feel to it that made Schwarzenegger even tougher.
7. Metallica Through the Never

The aged rockers show off just what has made them icons and legends. The story was brilliant and the music was spectacular. It took everything that a concert movie was and made it an adventure. The film pushed the limits of it’s genre and succeeded in making it appealing.
6. Now You See Me

This magic act is intense. The marvelous concept caught the audience’s attention from the start and never let it go. The plot is complex and the twist in the story is great.
5. Upside Down

This Romeo-and-Juliet-type story is cute, romantic and a tear-jerker. The breathe-taking scenery and contrast of worlds amplifies the powerful message of the film. The struggles of the main characters has a realistic feel although it is sci-fi.
4. Evil Dead

Surprisingly this was a great addition to the “Evil Dead” franchise. It’s gore and terror sticks long after the movie is over. Of course Jane Levy as the title role was incredibly as she made her deadite character hot and sexy.
3. Mama

Guillermo Del Toro presents “Mama” which scared the audience which watched it. In the theater where I watched it there were plenty of men and women screaming when they saw it. It was shot amazing and casted magnificently.
2. Quartet

Only a limited release but incredibly breathtaking. The performance by the entire cast was inspiring. There’s few movies that leave a lasting impression but this one touches some crucial subjects which make it memorable.
1. Despicable Me 2

The most shocking part is the manner in which Kristen Wiig comes back to voice an entirely new character in this sequel. It shocked me how well this animated film was hilarious even after setting the bar high with the first part.

Kickstarter Projects- “Bereave” A New Feature starring Malcolm McDowell

Written by Jesus Figueroa


Feature length film “Bereave” looks to crowd-funding to take this project from development to pre-production and production.

The feature film set to star Malcolm McDowell and Jane Seymour needs the support from the crowd to get to the next step.
The Giovanis brothers head this Kickstater. They are passionate about this film and have been trying to fund this project since 2008.
With three films having had a good response on the film festival circuit and having won awards at some of these prestigious film festivals, the Giovanis brothers look to crowd-funding as a way to improve their film.
With every film trying to be better than their previous film, their new film “Bereave” combines a great cast with a good storyline.
“Fatally ill and unable to reveal this secret to his family, Garvey thinks he has figured out how to die alone. Suffering the mortal fears, Garvey’s behavior becomes erratic. But when his beloved wife Evelyn mysteriously goes missing on their anniversary – he must live to save her! In that short time, Garvey realizes what life still has to offer and in following his journey; we do too.”
The Giovanis brothers are asking for $100,000 to make a feature film. How will this project be made with such a low budget?
The $100,000 Kickstater project is just part of the funding, an “angel” investor will match up to 50% of the crowd-funding.
There is only a short amount of time left to fund this project and they have some good incentives for supporters. Take a look at their Kickstarter video and see what this project is all about.
“Bereave” Kickstarter link: http://kck.st/15oAyoa

Kickstarter Projects- Art Therapy: The Movie

Written by Jesus Figueroa

This Kickstarter only has 10 days left and it is for a great project that explains the importance of Art Therapy. This project just seems like an amazing way to make a wider audience aware of the important role art plays in many people’s lives. They have a moderate goal of $20,000 to bring “Art Therapy: The Movie” to theaters in the spring of 2014.

The documentary will not just be of the way art affects people in the United States but rather on a world wide scale. Primarily focusing on North America, South America and Japan.

The donated money does not go to buy equipment but rather to improve on the production of the documentary by allowing for a chance to get an Emmy Award winning Editor, Animation and effects team that has experience working on projects like this documentary and for music, Grammy nominated artist are working on the soundtrack of the film.

The biggest part of the donations will go to the expense of travel, since it is the biggest cost. The film will show real people and in order to get to those real people the filmmakers have to go to where they are. The people that will be featured are all around the world and although the filmmakers don’t mind the cheaper alternatives to flying there are some places where there is no alternative.

The cost of screening the film, going on the festival circuit and distributing is a costly one and will also be part of what the donations will cover.

Please check out more of the project here.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ With the Eyegore Awards

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ With the Eyegore Awards
Featuring The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero and Cast Members, Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler, Sharon Osbourne, Insidious’ Jason Blum and Machete Kills’ Danny Trejo With Event Hosted by SyFy’s Face Off’s McKenzie Westmore

Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off “Halloween Horror Nights” with its annual Eyegore Awards, honoring individuals for creating Hollywood’s most indelible and terrifying moments in the field of horror on September 20.

Halloween Horror Nights” brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. Mazes include: “The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven,” based on AMC’s Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning TV series; “Evil Dead: Book of the Dead,” based on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s chilling remake of the cult classic; “Black Sabbath: 13 3D,” inspired by the darkest lyrics from the legendary rock band’s 43-year history of Heavy Metal music, “Insidious: Into the Further” based on the disturbing “Insidious” film franchise that explores the darkest corners of the paranormal experience and “El Cucuy: The Boogeyman,” a startling, terror-filled maze based on the Latin American legend of the mythical, shape-shifting monster, will feature chilling narration by prolific actor and producer, Danny Trejo.

Eyegore Awards recipients: Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer, Director, Special Effects
Supervisor will be joined by cast members from AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning TV series, Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler with the award presented by Sharon Osbourne, Jason Blum, Producer of Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2, and prolific actor and producer, Danny Trejo, star of Machete and the upcoming sequel Machete Kills. Eyegore Awards host, McKenzie Westmore, host of Syfy’s “FaceOff” returns.

“Halloween Horror Nights” dates: September 20, 21, 27 and 28, October 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 31 and November 1, 2. Hours: 7pm to 2am. More information at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/hollywood.

New faces revealed in ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ Special Effects Make-up Artist Demonstration

Frightening New ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ Faces Revealed as
Leading Special Effects Make-Up Artists Demonstrate Trade
Secrets Behind the Creation of Terrifying Characters to be Featured in
Universal Studios Hollywood’s Award-Winning Horror Event, Beginning September 20
(Photo by Damian Barrios)

Universal City, California, August 27, 2013—To showcase the black magic that brings the most gruesome monsters imaginable to life during “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, extreme horror make-up artist Larry Bones and his innovative team joined John Murdy, “Halloween Horror Nights’” Creative Director, for a sneak peek of the most bone-chilling effects planned for this year’s event. “Halloween Horror Nights” begins on Friday, September 20, and continues on 21 select nights through November 2, 2013.
As skilled professionals created the illusions of severed heads, oozing wounds and slashed throats, an additional team of experts showcased other effects employed to craft the many scare-actors featured throughout “Halloween Horror Nights.” Costume designers were on hand to distress and customize wardrobe, wig makers teased and twisted locks, and a graphic artist adeptly illustrated original “Halloween Horror Nights” concept art.
Tickets to this year’s event are now on sale and available for purchase at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/hhn, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority access at each maze and theme park attraction, as well as an all-new VIP Experience ticket offering guests an enhanced guided tour of “Halloween Horror Nights.” Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

(Photo by Damian Barrios)

Halloween Horror Nights” 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures. Featuring a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled Scare Zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, this year’s featured “Halloween Horror Nights” attractions include: “The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven,” based on AMC’s Golden Globe-nominated show, “Evil Dead: Book of the Dead,” inspired by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s blockbuster remake of the cult classic, “Black Sabbath 13 3D,” based on the legendary heavy metal band’s darkest lyrics, “Insidious: Into the Further,” based on the 2010 thriller “Insidious” and the upcoming sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2,” and “Universal Monsters Remix: Resurrection” featuring the music of Artist/DJ Figure.
New original scare-zones include: The Purge based on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster and upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release, and the Curse of Chucky, an all-new movie from the filmmakers of the unforgettable horror franchise inspired by Universal Home Entertainment’s upcoming release.
First-ever access to extended portions of Universal’s iconic backlot will take center stage this year as movie sets and soundstages become a thrilling new “Halloween Horror Nights” backdrop, and the popular “Terror Tram” returns with hordes of flesh-eating zombies from “The Walking Dead.”
Maze announcement videos are available on Halloween Horror Nights’ YouTube Channel. Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” are available online at Halloween Horror Nights, on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

(Photo by Damian Barrios)

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A. includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the critically-acclaimed and award-winning mega-attraction, “Transformers: The Ride-3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.”

Marvel Studios and the Live-Action World of Disney Delight at D23

Disney and Marvel Studios revealed exclusive details about their upcoming live action film slates this morning at the D23 Expo, aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers and hosted by The Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn.

“Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm are some of the most powerful and beloved brands in entertainment,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We have so many incredible cinematic adventures ahead of us, and it is especially exciting to be able to share the exclusive details with our biggest fans first at the D23 Expo.” Horn welcomed the crowd to the D23 Expo and introduced the live action slate by talking about the addition of Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Studios and the excitement and anticipation surrounding Disney’s first “Star Wars” film, “Star Wars: Episode VII,” slated for release in 2015. Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, and Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, presented overviews of the Marvel Studios and Disney live action slates.

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” thundered into D23 with an introduction by its producer, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who then introduced stars Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins to the excited crowd. Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.  Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and screenplay byChristopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery “ #83 in August, 1962. The film releases November 8, 2013. “Thor: The Dark World” will mark the first Marvels Studios feature to be feature under the sole Marvel Studios banner.

Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” stars Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie were on hand to greet the audience, which was then treated to a glimpse of Captain America in action via clips chosen especially for D23. Kevin Feige riveted the audience with details of the action-packed story’s highlights. After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is produced by Kevin Feige, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In theaters April 4, 2014.

Kevin Feige then introduced the epic space adventure Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and thrilled the crowd with a clip from the film, which went into production in London in June. Based on the Marvel comic book that first appeared in 1969, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is produced by Kevin Feige, directed by James Gunn from a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn and screenplay by James Gunn, and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close. The film is slated for an August 1, 2014 release.

Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn hit the stage to share exciting news for Disneynature’s newest big-screen adventure “Bears.” Horn announced plans to support our National Parks through opening-week ticket sales. See “Bears,” Protect Our National Parks invites moviegoers to see the film during opening week (April 18-24, 2014) and Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation to protect wildlife and wild places across the National Park system. D23 Expo fans were among the first to see the film’s new trailer, which is slated to premiere online next week.

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s upcoming True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.

Ty Burrell on stage to present “Muppets Most Wanted”

President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production Sean Bailey came on and stirred up Muppet mayhem with details about Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” welcoming Ty Burrell to the stage—via Le Maxium, a tiny European car that aptly underscored the actor’s portrayal of French Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. The film also stars Ricky Gervais, plus Tina Fey, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, who greeted guests of the D23 Expo “live” from the film’s international set—somewhere far, far away.

Directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Gervais. Fey is featured as Nadya, a feisty prison guard. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

Sean Bailey shares details on “Into the Woods”

Disney’s “Into the Woods” celebrated its first public introduction as Sean Bailey shared some details with the audience about the highly anticipated musical. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is set to helm “Into the Woods,” which stars Academy Award®-winning actress Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt. Marc Platt, who produced the multiple Tony Award®-winning musical “Wicked” on Broadway, will produce “Into the Woods,” along with producers Marshall, John DeLuca and Callum McDougall.

“Into the Woods,” based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, surrounds a baker and his wife’s quest to break a witch’s curse in order to start a family. Along the way, they encounter several well-known fairy tale characters and together they learn what happens after “happily ever after.” The film is slated for a December 2014 holiday release.

Sean Bailey reveals “Cinderella” release date

Sean Bailey thrilled the D23 audience with an exclusive, very early, sneak peek at the vision of Disney’s “Cinderella, courtesy of director Sir Kenneth Branagh. Though many of the elements are still in development and pre-production, like Cinderella’s gown, the audience enjoyed getting a taste of what they could expect when Disney’s live-action version of the classic fairy tale opens in theaters on March 13, 2015. Although Disney’s magical and amazing “Cinderella” promises to be faithful to the original fairy tale, the filmmakers will elevate the story, the characters and the visuals to take audiences on a sweeping dramatic journey never seen before.

Angelina Jolie takes to the stage to talk about Maleficent

Academy Award®-winning actress Angelina Jolie joined Sean Bailey on stage after the audience had an exclusive first look at Disney’s “Maleficent.” Starring as the title character in the highly anticipated live action film, Jolie chatted with Bailey about the film before exiting to wild applause. “Maleficent” is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

The film also stars Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville and is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg. Linda Woolverton, the screenwriter of “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast,” wrote the screenplay. “Maleficent” opens in theaters on July 2, 2014.

Writer Damon Lindelof and Director Brad Bird discuss their top secret project “Tomorrowland”

The D23 audience was treated to a glimpse into the mysteries surrounding Disney’s “Tomorrowland” as Sean Bailey and filmmakers Brad Bird (director, co-writer, producer) and Damon Lindelof (co-writer, producer) talked about the inspiration of the secrets of the black box, which was featured in a short behind-the-scenes piece screened for the audience about the visionary Walt Disney. Although the audience was buzzing with questions, Bailey remained coy, but then announced a special, surprise “Tomorrowland” exhibit opening in the afternoon on the D23 floor that would reveal the contents of the box and more. Starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson, the action-packed adventure hits theaters December 12, 2014.

Sean Bailey set up the story and talented cast of Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen, and reminded everyone that “Mary Poppins” is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. After showing two clips from the movie to the D23 audience, Bailey introduced Jason Schwartzman and B. J. Novak, who portray the famous composing team of Richard and Robert Sherman, respectively, in the film. In a big surprise moment, Schwartzman and Novak welcomed “Mary Poppins” composer Richard Sherman on stage to greet the excited audience. The two talented actors then engaged the crowd in a rousing, confetti-filled, grand finale sing-along performance of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” the classic song from “Mary Poppins.”

Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is directed by John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side,” “The Rookie”) and produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer. Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith wrote the screenplay.

 When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

“Saving Mr. Banks” releases in theaters December 13, 2013, limited, December 20, 2013, wide.

D23 Delivers Exciting Reveals and Unveilings from Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

The Walt Disney Studios unveiled new details about its upcoming animation slate this morning at the D23 Expo, showcasing new imagery, signature music and behind-the-scenes stories surrounding the roster of upcoming animated adventures. The presentation included information about the just-announced feature film “Zootopia” (working title) from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the newest film in Disneytoon Studios’ Disney Fairies franchise, plus never-before-shared voice cast announcements for upcoming Disney•Pixar titles that include Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris and Diane Keaton, among a host of others.

“It’s a fantastic, exciting time for animation at Disney and Pixar,” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “The filmmakers at our three studios are so talented—their films are all so touching and beautiful, but so different. I am truly excited to share these films with everyone.”

Lasseter surprised fans with a screening of the first 10 minutes of Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story OF TERROR!”, a first for the “Toy Stoy” franchise as the first holiday special to feature the beloved characters. The D23 Expo audience was the first ever to see footage from the spooky new 30-minute special. What starts out as a fun road trip for the “Toy Story” gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this “Toy Story OF TERROR!” From director Angus MacLane and producer Galyn Susman, “Toy Story OF TERROR!” premieres on ABC Oct. 16, 2013.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen” directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan”) and Jennifer Lee (“Wreck-It Ralph”- screenplay by), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”), shared never-before-seen film footage, introduced by “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell, voice of Anna, and Josh Gad, voice of Olaf. Fans were also treated to a show-stopping live performance of the film’s powerful new song “Let It Go,” sung by Broadway’s Tony® Award-winner Idina Menzel, who provides the voice of Elsa in the film. Based upon Hans Christen Anderson’s classic tale ‘The Snow Queen,’ “Frozen,” fearless optimist Anna (voice of Bell) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Gad) in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. In theaters Nov. 27, 2013.

‘Get A Horse!’

“Get A Horse!” made its U.S. premiere at the D23 Expo. Featuring Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse via archival recordings , this black-and-white, hand-drawn theatrical short follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical haywagon ride—until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road. This groundbreaking short from Walt Disney Animation Studios is directed by Lauren MacMullan (TV’s “The Simpsons”) and produced by Dorothy McKim (“Prep & Landing” trilogy, “Meet the Robinsons”), “Get A Horse!” opens in front of “Frozen” on Nov. 27, 2013.

Disney Fairies’ “The Pirate Fairy”

Disneytoon Studios’ “The Pirate Fairy” brought pixie dust to the festivities, unveiling the newest and most exciting adventure in the Disney Fairies franchise. Director Peggy Holmes (“Secret of the Wings”) introduced Christina Hendricks, who gives voice to Zarina, and Tom Hiddleston, tapped to voice a young James aka Captain Hook. This will not be the first time the Disney Fairies have hinted at eventually connecting with the 1953 classic ‘Peter Pan’ with hints as early in the first film of the franchise series.

When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow’s all-important Blue Pixie Dust, and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place. However, in the midst of their pursuit of Zarina, Tink’s world is turned upside down. She and her friends find that their respective talents have been switched and they have to race against time to retrieve the Blue Pixie Dust and return home to save Pixie Hollow. With comedy, heart and epic thrills for the whole family, “The Pirate Fairy” sets sail Spring 2014.

Disney•Pixar’s heartfelt and hilarious “The Good Dinosaur”, originally under the tongue-in-cheek working title, “The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs,” roamed the convention center this morning. Co-director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream ( “Cars 2,” “Up”- associate producer) were on hand to announce key members of the voice cast, including Lucas Neff, voice of Arlo; Bill Hader, voice of Forrest; Judy Greer, voice of Ivy; Neil Patrick Harris, voice of Cliff; John Lithgow, voice of Poppa; and Frances McDormand, voice of Momma. Neff and Greer appeared on stage, alongside Hader, whose voice was also heard in Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University.”

 “The Good Dinosaur” asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters May 30, 2014, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo’s tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way—a young human boy named Spot.

The crowd roared when their favorite monsters returned to the big screen as Disney•Pixar’s short “Party Central” scared up six minutes of fun at the D23 Expo. In the short, Mike and Sulley are back at Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers. The gang is throwing their first party, but no one’s showing up. Luckily for them, Mike and Sulley have come up with a plan to make sure “Party Central” is the most epic party the school has ever seen. In theaters May 30, 2014, with “The Good Dinosaur.” This will be the first short since 2002’s “Mike’s New Car” based on the universe of Monsters, Inc.

Disneytoon Studios’ “Planes: Fire & Rescue” landed on stage at the D23 Expo, welcoming Dane Cook, the voice of Dusty in “Disney’s Planes,” the action comedy adventure that landed in theaters this weekend. Cook, who returns to voice the character in the follow-up, joined director Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”) on stage. Julie Bowen was announced as the voice of Lil’ Dipper, and fans were treated to story details for “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” plus character images, concept art and footage from the film.

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” features a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of wildfire air attack. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous air attack team, including spirited super scooper Lil’ Dipper (voice of Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.  “Planes: Fire & Rescue” ignites July 18, 2014.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6” hit the D23 Expo in style, welcoming director Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) to the stage with a story presentation, including concept art and a sizzle piece designed to build excitement for the action comedy adventure. “Big Hero 6” features brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated “Big Hero 6” hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

Disneytoon Studios director Steve Loter revealed plans for “Legend of the NeverBeast,” which takes the Disney Fairies on an epic action adventure that’s full of heart and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can’t judge a book by its cover—or an animal by its fangs—so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tink and her friends aren’t so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must trust her heart and take a leap of faith if she hopes to rally the girls to save the NeverBeast. Directed by Steve Loter, “Legend of the NeverBeast” roars to life in Spring 2015.

The Characters of “Inside Out”: Fear, Sadness, Joy, Disgust and Anger

Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” brought Joy to fans—literally—revealing members of the voice cast, including Amy Poehler as the voice of Joy, Lewis Black as the voice of Anger, Mindy Kaling as the voice of Disgust, Phyllis Smith as the voice of Sadness, and Bill Hader as the voice of Fear. The audience met two of the film’s five starring emotions, Sadness and Fear, when Smith and Hader appeared on stage to greet fans and fuel excitement for the 2015 film. From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. Riley, an 11-year-old girl who recently moved with her family to San Francisco, is not the main character but the setting for the film. Moviegoers will go inside her mind to explore how memories are formed and how a mixture of five emotions—Joy, Disgust, Anger, Fear and Sadness—defines life experiences. In theaters June 19, 2015.

Director Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”) shared exciting voice cast announcements for Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” Joining Ellen DeGeneres, who provides the voice of Dory, are Albert Brooks as the voice of Marlin, Diane Keaton as the voice of Dory’s mom Jenny, Eugene Levy as the voice of Dory’s dad Charlie, and Ty Burrell as the voice of Bailey. The all-new big-screen adventure dives into theaters Nov. 25, 2015, taking moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film. “Finding Dory” reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. Pixar fans also delighted in a surprise appearance by the studio’s “lucky charm” John Ratzenberger, who was ceremoniously paraded on stage by the Disneyland marching band.  Ratzenberger joined Hader in a hilarious duel of one-upmanship over the multiple Pixar characters each has voiced.

“Zootopia” (working title) Concept Art

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ director Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and writer Jared Bush shared plans for the upcoming comedy adventure ”Zootopia” (working title). In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends. In theaters in 2016.

Veteran Disney Filmmaker Celebrates 60 Years with Walt Disney Animation Studios

Burny Mattinson

Burny Mattinson counts 60 years with Walt Disney Animation Studios this year, and the milestone was marked with a surprise celebration at the D23 Expo. Mattinson is one of the few remaining Disney artists who worked with Walt Disney and is still on staff at Walt Disney Animation Studios. His career is highlighted by helming the Academy Award®-nominated 1983 animated featurette “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” which returned Mickey Mouse to the big screen for the first time in 30 years. In 1984, wrote, produced and directed “The Great Mouse Detective.” Mattinson’s credits include “Sleeping Beauty,” “101 Dalmatians,” “The Sword in the Stone,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Aristocats” and “The Rescuers.”  He served as a key member of the story team on Disney’s contemporary classics including “Aladdin,”  “Beauty & the Beast,” “The Lion King, “Pocahontas,” “Mulan,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Tarzan,” and was senior story artist on 2011’s big-screen adventure “Winnie the Pooh.” Mattinson joined Disney in 1953 at age 18 with no formal art training; within six months, he was working as an in-betweener on “Lady and the Tramp.”

Astoria Entertainment presents ‘Thunder Road’ Kickstarter Project

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Astoria Entertainment brings kickstarter project “Thunder Road” to kickstarter in an attempt to get crowd funding for a project that these three filmmakers are passionate about. This film looks to be more than the Hollywood guns-a-blazin’ hero takes the war and comes home film. This film seems real. 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects many of the soldiers who go out and fight for our freedom, for our way of life and for the ideals that the United States stands for. 

“Thunder Road” will tell a realistic story of a soldiers life post-war, dealing with PTSD and trying to adapt to continue on with his life, as close to normal life as he can possibly get. 

The Kickstarter goal is set at $750,000 to produce this film in a stripped down manner. That goal is a minimum amount that is set to just produce the film. The more money they gather the more the film will be their true-to-life vision of the film.

Below are links to learn more about the film and a link to their kickstarter page. Help bring to lis film that is not based on research done through a search engine.

These filmmakers took a trip across the United States gathering real stories, from real soldiers, with real problems. 

The result of all their research is the script for “Thunder Road” which contains many true stories from soldiers that were there.

Follow the links check everything out and support this film any way possible. Spread the word or donate towards making this film a reality.
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Steven Grayhm- Actor and Co-founder of Astoria

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Sunset Strip Music Festival Honors Joan Jett (Originally Posted at EntertainmentRocks.com)

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Written by Sergio Berrueta and Jesus Figueroa


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The first day of the Sunset Strip Music Festival kicked off by honoring the legendary “Queen of Rock” Joan Jett at the House of Blues in Hollywood this past Thursday.
Jett was honored by being presented the Elmer Valentine Award and became the first honoree to perform at the SSMF.
Along with the award the Mayor of West Hollywood Abbe Land marked August 1st as Joan Jett Day in West Hollywood. The mayor said that Joan Jett has done so much for both men and women and has been a positive influence for Land.




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Rodney Bingenheimer, the mayor of the Sunset Strip, presented a signature Joan Jett Gibson guitar.
Jett danced around on stage with the guitar giving audiences a small taste of the performance that followed with her band The Blackhearts.
Master of Ceremony Bob Buchmann brought on presenters including comedian Magaret Cho, Pat Smear of the Germs and actress Carmen Electra.
The owners of the Whiskey A Go-Go and the Roxy presented Jett with the Elmer Valentine Award for her legacy on the Strip.
Friends and colleagues of Jett sent their love via video message that shared personal and emotional stories.



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Producer Kim Fowley, who helped Joan Jett’s first band The Runaways get their starts in the punk rock scene, gave praised to the woman.
“Joan is more than a human being, she is a person. She is a wonderful woman and still more gorgeous than ever,” Fowley said.
Politician Howard Dean sent his regards for Joan’s help with his campaign and being on the same level political wise.
Members of Blondie gave condolences and even revealed a rare picture of Joan Jett in a dress.
Celebrities in attendance, musicians both new and old were thrilled to be in attendance to give tribute to one of rock ‘n roll’s female icons.
There’s still two days of musical acts and excitement to go at Day 2, August 2, and Day 3, August 3, of the SSMF.



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