YOUTUBE ANNOUNCES “THE KEYS OF CHRISTMAS” HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Special Features Mariah Carey, YouTube Comedy Star Rudy Mancuso and Performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam and More
Directed by World Renowned Music Director Dave Meyers
YouTube today announced that it has ordered “The Keys of Christmas,” a holiday special starring global superstar Mariah Carey and YouTube musical sensation Rudy Mancuso that features original musical performances by many of the hottest acts around including Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled and Fifth Harmony. “The Keys of Christmas” will debut on YouTube Red on December 19, 2016.
The star-studded ensemble cast will shepherd Mancuso on a magical adventure of the true meaning of Christmas. This seasonal tale, from Endemol Shine North America and its digital studio Endemol Shine Beyond USA and Just Entertainment Studios, will uncover what happens when you accidentally go off the grid on Christmas Eve with no phone and no way to function on this festive night.
World renowned and Grammy Award-winning music director Dave Meyers (Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Pink’s “Just Like Fire” and Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been”) will direct “The Keys of Christmas.” This special will also feature original musical performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Nicky Jam, Bebe Rexha and Gregory Brothers. Boxing legend Mike Tyson will make a special appearance, as he and the others join Mariah to show Rudy the true meaning of Christmas.
“Music is wildly popular on YouTube and we’re excited to bring together some of the biggest names in music alongside some of the biggest stars on YouTube. The musical icons and rising artists in ‘The Keys of Christmas’ bring this new holiday tale to life,” said Ben Relles, Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals. “We are also thrilled to have YouTube comedy star Rudy Mancuso in his first leading role in a music special.”
“‘The Keys of Christmas’ is truly a modern take on the holiday variety special, bringing together traditional and digital natives in this very unique musical format for the YouTube audience,” said Bonnie Pan, President, Endemol Shine Beyond USA. “Dave Meyers, who has an amazing track record working with the top musical acts of our time, had a vision and was able to weave that into a fresh new format with the likes of Mariah Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Rudy Mancuso and many other incredible performers just in time for Christmas.”
“Nothing makes you believe in a Christmas miracle more than creating a show where over 20 super stars from Mariah Carey to DJ Khaled, Rudy Mancuso, Fifth Harmony and the champ himself, Mike Tyson, all come together,” said Justin Hochberg, CEO of Just Entertainment Studios. “Christmas is the global holiday, so launching this show with YouTube Red in the U.S. and so many other countries all on one magical night is the perfect partnership; and would make Santa proud.”
YouTube Red is a paid membership that gives you an enhanced, uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Gaming. Members also get exclusive access to new Original series and movies from top YouTube creators. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, with plans for additional international expansion next year.
Written by Jesus Figueroa
Director Ben Younger talks to Jesus, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, about trying to be as truthful as possible to the larger-than-life story of Vinny Pazienza told in “Bleed For This.”
Younger talked about some of the unbelievable things Pazienza did in real life, his enthusiasm for the story and how the boxing scenes came to look so good.
“Bleed For This” now playing.
Written by Jesus Figueroa
Actress Katey Sagal talks with Jesus, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, about playing Louise Pazienza, the mother of boxer Vinny Pazienza, in “Bleed For This.”
Sagal talks about being a mother and pulling from her real emotions to play a realistic mother, the complexity of her character which drew her to it and having her character evolve throughout the movie.
“Bleed For This” opens in theaters on now.
Written by Jesus Figueroa
Eckhart talks about training as a boxer, being a fan boxing and the experience he had talking with the real Vinny Pazienza.
The physical changes Eckhart needed to go through were only a small part of the challenge it was to portray his character.
This larger than life story of Vinny Pazienza has several supporting characters and his trainer Kevin is one of the ones which is prominent in the movie.
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Actor Miles Teller talks with Jesus, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, about portraying boxer Vinny Pazienza in “Bleed For This.”
Teller talks about the larger than life personality that the real boxing legend Vinny Pazienza is, the training regimen needed to play a boxer and how the script came to him.
Vinny Pazienza has one of the greatest comeback stories in boxing history, with some unbelievable moments.
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Director and co-writer Fede Álvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues talk with Jesus, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com about their collaboration in “Don’t Breathe.”
Álvarez talks about using silence and making the choice to keep the music low or not use any so that the audience feels the intensity of the scenes.
Sayagues talks about the silence in the movie being a challenge in the movie because its installed in the plot when robbing a blind man.
ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA & MAJOR TV ADAPTING CHRIS PEREZ’S TO SELENA WITH LOVE FOR TELEVISION
Studios Developing Series For Both English and Spanish Audiences Based On Best-Selling Book About Latin Superstar’s Love Story
Endemol Shine North America and Major TV have optioned the television rights to Chris Perez’s To Selena With Love, the best-selling book that tells the late Latin music superstar’s love story through the eyes of her husband.
Endemol Shine and Major TV are adapting To Selena With Love for both English and Spanish TV audiences with Blue Mariachi, Perez and Carlito Miranda’s production company. Endemol Shine, Major TV and Blue Mariachi are also developing additional culturally-driven scripted and non-scripted content together.
In To Selena With Love, which was first published in 2012 (English and Spanish), Perez recounts for the first time his compelling, forbidden and ultimately tragic love story with one of the most revered Latin music stars, Selena Quintanilla. The TV series will also include details, stories, perspective and insights which were not covered in the book from Perez’s perspective.
Major TV is led by Raymond Garcia, formerly publisher and founder of Celebra at Penguin Random House, where he published numerous best-sellers with top authors such as Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and Perez, author of To Selena With Love.
“I spent several years keeping the memories of my late wife bottled up inside,” says Perez. “To Selena with Love allowed me to finally embrace my experience and understand the void it could fill in the hearts of so many others. I am now ready to take the important step of being fully transparent and bringing my everlasting relationship to life on the screen.”
“Selena is one of the most influential Latin artists of all time and her legacy continues to live on long after her tragic death,” says Endemol Shine North America CEO and Endemol Shine Americas Chairman Cris Abrego. “Chris Perez’s beautiful book To Selena With Love captured their amazing life together and will make for the perfect foundation for a TV series that our team is currently developing for both English and Spanish audiences worldwide.”
Added Major TV’s Garcia, “I could not be more honored and humbled to launch Major TV with Endemol Shine and the captivating love story of the legendary Selena Quintanilla and Chris Perez. Having published To Selena with Love, I witnessed legions of fans moved to tears with a rare glimpse into the heart and soul of their eternal icon. I am very proud of Chris for sharing his deeply personal relationship for the first time on television.”
Grammy Award-winner Selena Quintanilla is one of the most influential Latin artists of all time, having sold 60 million albums world wide. The Texas-born singer made her recording debut in the ’80s, going on to become an award-winning recording artist in the Latin music scene with albums like Amor Prohibido and Selena Live. In 1995, she was tragically murdered by the founder of her fan club. Her last album, Dreaming of You, was released posthumously in 1995 and became a huge hit. Selena’s life story was the subject of a 1997 film, Selena, which starred Jennifer Lopez in her career-propelling role as the Tejano superstar and James Edward Olmos as her father.
Lloyd is back! During our Power 98.3 & 101.9 Studio Session, Lloyd talksa bout his new project TRU, his remix to “Tru” featuring 2 Chainz, learning to play the guitar, the results of the 2016 election and the healing process, his new record deal and a lot more! To attend one of our Studio Sessions, follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
Lloyd talks influences growing up, favorite artist, Marvin Gaye and learning the guitar.
Lloyd Talks new single “Tru” & the remix with 2 Chains
Lloyd talks election, police brutality & more.
Studio Session w/ Lloyd performing new single “Tru”
Wasup movie fans?! Well, I actually had the chance to check this out late last night…yep…once everyone fell asleep…I climbed into bed with my iPad and started THE MONSTER.
OK…let me start off by saying…DO NOT. Let me repeat myself…DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER. Now…the trailer doesn’t really ruin anything but…ya gotta keep this one ole natural! (lol) Just trust when I say…you gotta watch THE MONSTER.
So…what’s the movie about – without giving anything away. Kathy played by Zoe Kazan and Lizzy played by Ella Ballentine are mother and daughter – right from the beginning – you can tell they’ve had some serious conflicts in their relationship…as you keep watching – you see these conflicts in a few flashbacks and…HOLY CRAP BALLS…talk about CRAAZZZYYYYYYYYYYYY.
So because of all the craziness – Lizzy would like to spend some time with her dad. Kathy’s job – drive her there. Sounds pretty simple, right? WRRRONNGGGGG!!! On their way there – Kathy hits a wolf crossing the road, blows out a tire and totally messes up the car. After calling dad and giving him the scoop – they decide to investigate the dead wolf on the road (I know, whyyyy?) They see that the wolf has huge gashes in it – NOT from the car – but from something else…but what could it be? They then find a tooth. A HUGE FREAKING TOOTH. They soon realize – hmmmmm maybe this whole thing with the wolf…is more serious than they thought. Maybe this wolf was being chased by something!!! Something BIGGER and SCARIER!
…AND THAT’S IT – that’s all I’m gonna say…well…one more thing. IT GETS BANANAS FROM THERE!
So. WHAT DID I LIKE ABOUT ‘THE MONSTER?’
I didn’t like it – I freaking LOVED it. Within the first 23 minutes of the movie…I was totally pulled in. 35 minutes into the movie…I began getting uneasy, WTF feelings (lol)…which is a good thing. 1 hour into the movie…I realized for me…this was one of the best horror movie’s I’ve seen in a long time..definitely becomes my BEST HORROR MOVIE FOR 2016 – that’s for sure. Writer/Director Bryan Bertino did an awesome job. Loved the music. Loved the way it was shot. Just a great movie.
Let’s talk about the cast – Holy Crap Balls! Ella Ballentine who plays Lizzy. She was amazing. Freaking amazing. She made you feel everything she was feeling. There’s a scene where they’re both in the car and she’s scared and crying. GOOD LORD. I wanted to jump into the TV and hug this little girl. (lol) Man. I have a 2 year son and I immediately started thinking – what would I do in this situation. Ella’s a force movie fans – she’s one of my favs now…after watching this movie – I started following her on Twitter!! Zoe Kazan who plays Kathy the mom. She was amazing as well. Freaking amazing. There were so many times I wanted to karate chop her through the TV…then I became Team Kathy…then I wanted to karate chop her…then Team Kathy again. Zoe was great at playing with my emotions! (lol) I hated her and I loved her…damnnnn youuuuuuu!! The chemistry of these two in the movie – just perfect. They seriously did a great job.
I also loved the monster. I don’t want to give anything away – so – yeah – I loved the monster. (lol)
So. WHAT DID I NOT LIKE ABOUT ‘THE MONSTER?”
Nothing. It was awesome. Just go see this freaking movie.
I give THE MONSTER…5 out of 5 popcorns!
THE MONSTER opens today in Houston, TX. It’s actually showing at the AMC Gulf Pointe 30. Why one freaking theater? This movie needs to be seen I say. Rumor has it – it’s available on VOD – so maybe you can find it there.
Just go see this movie. I’m definitely adding this movie to my DVD/Blu-ray collection.
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