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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

Actor Aaron Eckhart talks withe Jesus, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, about playing boxing trainer Kevin in “Bleed For This.”

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.

“Bleed For This”
is out in theaters now

Written by Jesus Figueroa

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.

“Bleed For This”
is out in theaters now

Written by Jesus Figueroa

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.

“Don’t Breathe” comes to Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 29.

Selena

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.

The Monster

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!

The Monster

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

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.

Happy Friday Gothamites! Here’s the latest Gotham review – – hope you enjoy it…it was another great episode!

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Bleed for This

BLEED FOR THIS is the incredible true story of one of the most inspiring and unlikely comebacks in sports history. Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent) stars as Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, a local Providence boxer who shot to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves Vinny with a severed spine, he is told he may never walk again. Against all odds and doctor’s orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) agrees to help Vinny return to the ring just a year after the accident for what could be the last fight of his life.

BLEED FOR THIS
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:30pm and 7:00pm (San Jose)

Visit GOFOBO.COM and use the screening code below.

Los Angeles – Cinepolis Pico Rivera: mJwnt21762
Miami – AMC Sunset Place 24: XublT71577
Chicago – Regal City North: ilCwv06682
Houston – AMC Gulf Pointe: NUDOa00984
San Diego – AMC Plaza Bonita: EDybX40421
Phoenix – AMC Westgate 20: RozWY24890
San Jose – AMC Eastridge: Shhiz59666

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While supplies last. Once all allotted passes are redeemed, the code will no longer be valid. Supplies are limited. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Limit up to two (2) passes per person. Seating is first-come, first-serve basis. Employees of all promotional partners and their agencies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Refer to screening pass for further restrictions. SEATING IS LIMITED, SO ARRIVE EARLY. PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT AT THE SCREENING.

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BLEED FOR THIS – In Theaters November 18
Website: http://bleedforthisfilm.com
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