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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:
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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.



A MAGICAL ADVENTURE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

BASED ON THE BEST-SELLING BOOK FOUR CHILDREN AND IT BY JACQUELINE WILSON

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?

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


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?

Trailer:

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

FOUR KIDS AND IT

Runners of All Ages and Skill Levels Can Choose from a Variety of Virtual Race Packages and Receive a Collectible Finisher Medal Featuring Trolls World Tour Characters Poppy, Branch or Guy Diamond

Sign Up Here for the EventRegistration is Limited

Universal Studios Hollywood invites guests to bring the excitement and colorful exuberance of DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls” to their front door by participating in the all-new 5K, 10K or Kids’ 1K “Running Universal” Virtual Race

Registration is now open at RunningUniversal.com with multiple standard and VIP packages available.

Registration is limited and the Virtual Race can be completed at any time.

All participants will receive a collectible finisher medal featuring their favorite Trolls World Tour characters, complete with touchable hair.

Runners who complete the virtual 5K can choose between colorful Poppy or Branch medals, while those who complete the virtual 10K will receive a sparkly medal featuring the energetic Guy Diamond.

Guests can also choose to purchase the Trolls Party Package which includes all three medals. Kids who run the 1K will receive their own exclusive Trolls medallion. 

Guests can choose between several different running packages to commemorate their own hair-raising Trolls tribute to the popular “Running Universal” series.

The Standard 5K or 10K package will include one collectible medal, a themed drawstring backpack, a collectible Trolls pin and a downloadable bib and certificate.

The VIP 5K or 10K package will include the Standard package items plus a Running Universal reusable water bottle.

Young racers participating in the Kids’ 1K will receive an exclusive medallion, a themed drawstring backpack and a collectible Trolls pin along with a downloadable bib and certificate.

The ultimate Trolls fan can select the Trolls Party Package, which includes all three medals along with the Standard Package items and reusable water bottle

Running can enhance their at-home experience by listening to the “Running Universal” playlist on Spotify as they train and complete the race.

To further engage with fans nationwideparticipants can share their experience on their social media channels using the hashtag #RunningUniversal and use brand-new Virtual Race stickers on GIPHY. 

“Running Universal,” featuring DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls” continues Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular Running Universal” series, which launched last year with the popular “Minion Race” and was followed by the Jurassic World Race.

For more information about “Running Universal” events, visit RunningUniversal.com
 
About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride,” and the all-new ride, “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.


Unforgettable Tale about One Very Special Gorilla 

Directed by Thea Sharrock Features the Voices of Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren and Stars Bryan Cranston

The Walt Disney Studios announced that the heartwarming adventure “The One and Only Ivan,” an adaptation of the bestselling, award-winning book about one very special gorilla directed by Thea Sharrock, will premiere exclusively on Disney+ August 21. 
 
The film, which was previously scheduled to be released theatrically by The Walt Disney Studios, is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place one calls home.

The One and Only Ivan,” which comes to the screen in an impressive hybrid of live-action and CGI, is based on Katherine Applegate’s book, which won numerous awards upon its publication in 2013, including the Newbery Medal. 
“The world has changed in a heartbeat. People all over the globe have shared important, life changing experiences in ways we have not seen for a century,” Thea Sharrock said. “In response to this, I am so happy that we can share Katherine Applegate’s delightful and original story, ‘The One and Only Ivan’ with the world this August on Disney+, bringing some joy through this unique movie of true friendship, inspired by a true story.” 
The film features the voices of: Sam Rockwell as the gorilla Ivan; Angelina Jolie as Stella the elephant; Danny DeVito as Bob the dog; Helen Mirren as Snickers the poodle; Chaka Khan as Henrietta the chicken; Mike White as Frankie the seal; Brooklynn Prince as Ruby the baby elephant; Ron Funches as Murphy the rabbit; Phillipa Soo as Thelma the parrot; and stars Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt and Bryan Cranston.

“The One and Only Ivan” is directed by Thea Sharrock from a screenplay by Mike White based on Applegate’s novel and is produced by the late Allison Shearmur, p.g.a., Angelina Jolie and Brigham Taylor, p.g.a. Sue Baden-Powell and Thea Sharrock serve as executive producers. 
 
Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant and Bob the dog. He has few memories of the jungle where he was captured, but when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it touches something deep within him. Ruby is recently separated from her family in the wild, which causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he ultimately wants to be. 
 
About Disney+
Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. As part of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment, Disney+ is available on most internet-connected devices and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment, the service is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as part of a bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu (ad-supported), and ESPN+. Visit DisneyPlus.com to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.


PS5's exclusive game lineup includes blockbuster series such as Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon Forbidden West, along with brand new titles from the industry's top game creators

Enhanced and expanded version of Grand Theft Auto V coming to PS5; New standalone version of Grand Theft Auto Online will be free to all PS5 owners within first three months of the title's launch in 2021

Innovation and creativity collide this holiday season, as Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) revealed new details for PlayStation®5, including the next-generation console's design and a deep lineup of brand new games coming to the platform.

In a livestream event on June 11 reaching millions of gaming fans, SIE showed the PS5™ hardware for the first time, with its bold, two-tone design marking a radical departure from previous PlayStation consoles.

PS5 will launch in two options: a standard model with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, and a digital model without a disc drive, offering unprecedented choice at launch to gamers.

Today's livestream also provided fans with a first look at the new games that will define the next generation of gaming on PlayStation 5.

Across dozens of titles, most of which are launching as console exclusives or full exclusives on PS5, the world's most talented developers showcased the potential of the hardware, which will unlock rich experiences for gamers, bringing them deeper into extraordinary game worlds than ever before.   
"With PlayStation 5, we are making a significant leap to deliver a truly new generation of transformative play experiences that will redefine expectations for what games can be," Jim Ryan, President and CEO of SIE, said. "Worlds will be richer and more beautiful, they'll captivate your senses in ways you didn't think possible, and you'll be able to experience them much more seamlessly, with lightning fast loading. Today's showcase is just a glimpse of what's to come in the next generation, and we want to thank our community for taking this journey to PS5's launch with us."
One of the biggest series of all time, “Grand Theft Auto,” will be coming to PS5, thanks to the close partnership between SIE and Rockstar Games.

Enhanced and expanded versions of “Grand Theft Auto V” and “Grand Theft Auto Online” will launch on PS5 in the second half of 2021.

With a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements, “GTAV” & “GTA Online” will take full advantage of the PS5 hardware and its new features, making the game more beautiful and more responsive than ever.

In addition, a new standalone version of “Grand Theft Auto Online” will also be made available, with access to all PS5 owners for free within the first three months of the title launching.

Once the entitlement is claimed, the game is theirs to keep, and with a PlayStation Plus membership, PS5 owners will be able to play GTA Online as much as they want.

Finally, starting today, all “GTAV” PS4 owners will get GTA $1,000,000 every month until the PS5 version of the game launches in 2021.

Additionally SIE Worldwide Studios and the industry's top publishers and developers unveiled a lineup of PS5 titles that demonstrate a depth and breadth of unique experiences.

Some of the first-party PlayStation Studios exclusives included: “Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales” (Insomniac Games), “Gran Turismo 7” (Polyphony Digital), and “Horizon Forbidden West” (Guerrilla Games).

Reveals from third-party publishers included blockbuster franchises such as “NBA 2K21” (2K, Visual Concepts) and “Resident Evil Village” (Capcom), as well as brand new IP launching on PS5 as console exclusives, such as “DEATHLOOP™“ (Bethesda) and “Project Athia*” (Square Enix/Luminous Productions).

New titles from independent developers, such as “Stray” (Annapurna/ Blue Twelve Studio) and “Bugsnax” (Young Horses), demonstrated the diversity of content coming to the platform.

SIE also announced a slate of new PS5 accessories to enhance the gaming experience, including:
  • PULSE 3D™ wireless headset – offering 3D audio support and dual noise-cancelling microphones;
  • HD Camera – featuring dual 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments;
  • Media Remote – a remote control with built-in microphone to navigate movies and streaming services with ease; and
  • DualSense™ Charging Station – for convenient charging of two DualSense™ Wireless Controllers.
SIE will announce pricing and additional details for PlayStation 5 at a later date.

For more information, or to watch the stream on-demand, please visit: blog.us.playstation.com.

PS5 Games from SIE Worldwide Studios and second-party partners
  • Astro's Playroom (Japan Studio)
  • Demon's Souls (Bluepoint Games / Japan Studio)
  • Destruction All Stars (Lucid Games / XDEV)
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games)
  • Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games)
  • Returnal (Housemarque / XDEV)
  • Sackboy A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital / XDEV)
PS5 Games from third-party publishers and developers
  • Bugsnax (Young Horses)
  • DEATHLOOP (Bethesda)
  • Ghostwire™: Tokyo (Bethesda)
  • Godfall™ (Gearbox Publishing / Counterplay Games)
  • Goodbye Volcano High (KO-OP)
  • Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar Games)
  • HITMAN 3 (IO Interactive)
  • JETT : The Far Shore® (Superbrothers)
  • Kena: Bridge of the Spirits (Ember Lab)
  • Little Devil Inside (Neostream Interactive)
  • NBA 2K21 (2K, Visual Concepts)
  • Oddworld Soulstorm™ (Oddworld Inhabitants™)
  • Pragmata (Capcom)
  • Project Athia* (Square Enix/Luminous Productions)
  • Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
  • Solar Ash (Annapurna Interactive / Heart Machine)
  • Stray (Annapurna / Blue Twelve Studio)
  • Tribes of Midgard (Gearbox Publishing / Norsfell)
  • The Pathless (Annapurna Interactive / Giant Squid)
*Working title


About Sony Interactive Entertainment
Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. The PlayStation family of products and services include PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation™Store, PlayStation®Plus, PlayStation™Video, PlayStation™Music, PlayStation™Now, and acclaimed PlayStation software titles from SIE Worldwide Studios. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, SIE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation and has global functions in CaliforniaLondonand Tokyo.
"PlayStation," "PS5 ," and "DualSense" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. 

Welcome Back

Free Self-Parking Offered During This Initial Soft Opening Period

Universal CityWalk begins a thoughtful phased reopening of select venues welcoming guests back to enjoy theiconic destination as it resumes operations with enhanced health and safety measures.

CityWalk is open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  

Following is a partial list of select venues that are now open; individual venue hours may vary.

Additional venues will be added as the phased opening continues and hours of operation are subject to change. Complimentary self-parking is available during this initial reopening period, subject to change.  

Please visit the Universal CityWalk website or the Universal Studios Hollywood mobile app for updated information.
  • Dining & Eateries: Voodoo Doughnut, Johnny Rockets, Blaze Pizza, StarbucksCrepe Café, Pizza Hut & KFC, Taco Bell, and Buca di Beppo.
  • Retail: Shoe Palace, Skechers and GuessAccessories
Universal CityWalk is implementing new health and safety measures that focus on Screening, Spacing and Sanitization.

A single point of entry now welcomes guests to the destination along with temperature checks and required face coverings.

While working closely with local health officials and the company’s own health and safety experts, Universal CityWalk will continue to monitor conditions and make adjustments as conditions evolve.

Specific health and safety measures include: 
  • Temperature checks for all Guests upon arrival. If they have a temperature of 100.4° Fahrenheit /38° Celsius or greater, the Guest will not be permitted to enter.
  • Face coverings required for all Guests throughouttheir visit. Face coverings also will be available for purchase.
  • Limited occupancy at all venues to help enforce social distancing.
  • Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting at all high touch points, including chairs and tables.
Universal Studios Hollywood remains temporarily closed.

Universal Orlando’s theme parks, CityWalk and hotels are now open.

More information about Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudiosFacebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.
 

Universal CityWalk Health and Safety Guidelines
All Universal guests are urged to follow CDC guidelines and conduct temperature checks prior to their arrival.  Guests should evaluate their own risk before they visit, and it is not recommended that older adults or individuals at high-risk with serious underlying medical conditions visit.  People who are asymptomatic can still spread COVID-19 if they are infected.  Any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and Universal cannot guarantee guests will not be exposed during their visit. For information on CDC guidelines, click here. Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.
 
About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride,” and the all-new ride, “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalkentertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.


WWE (NYSE: WWE) today unveiled the Free Version of WWE Network, the company’s award-winning digital streaming service, unlocking a vast portion of its content library with more than 15,000 action-packed WWE titles now available for free, no credit card required. 

The Free Version of WWE Network includes:
  • New shows including Raw Talk, streaming Monday nights each week immediately following Raw.
  • Groundbreaking original series including Monday Night War, Ride Along, Table for 3, Photo Shoot and Story Time.
  • Recent episodes of WWE’s flagship programs Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and NXT.
  • Select historical WWE pay-per-views and NXT TakeOver events.
  • Weekly WWE highlights, Top 10, WWE’s The Bump, WWE Now, The Best of WWE and WWE Timeline.
“The launch of WWE Network’s Free Version is a key component of our company’s digitization strategy and a new way for all fans to be able to experience premium WWE content,” Jayar Donlan, WWE Executive Vice President, Advanced Media, said. “As we continue to reimagine WWE Network’s offering, the Free Version will serve as an effective way to reach a broader group of consumers and allow them to experience the history and spectacle of WWE.
WWE Network’s Free Version is available now…no credit card required.

To access, download the WWE App on any device, including TVs, gaming consoles, mobile phones, tablets and computers.

About WWE
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 28 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

About WWE Network
WWE Network is WWE’s award-winning digital streaming service featuring every live WWE pay-per-view, original programming and more than 11,000 hours of video on demand. Available anywhere, anytime on any device, WWE Network can be accessed on TVs, gaming consoles, mobile phones, tablets and computers.
Written by Jesus Figueroa

Thank you Lionsgate and Petmate for sponsoring this Doggie Surprise Box

Want to have a fun movie night with the family?

Enter for your chance to win Lionsgate’s “THINK LIKE A DOG,” premiering in June 9.

Winners will receive:
  • 1 — “THINK LIKE A DOG” digital code
Here's more ways to enter:
To enter you must be subscribed to YouTube channel: Thisfunktional and follow Twitch.tv/ThisFunktional, "Like" Facebook.com/ThisFunktionalLA, follow instagram.com/Thisfunktional and email me your full name with the subject line #ThisfunktionalContest #ThinkLikeADog to Thisfunktional@Gmail.com.

Disclaimer: Winners will be chosen randomly. Contest runs to June 8, 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.


Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox star in this whimsical family comedy about a boy and his dog, and a science project that will change all of their lives forever.

“Think Like a Dog” follows 12-year-old Oliver, a tech prodigy whose middle-school science fair experiment goes awry, creating a telepathic connection between him and his furry friend, Henry.

The bond brings Oliver and Henry even closer as they join forces to comically overcome complications at school, and help Oliver’s parents rekindle their marriage along the way.

THINK LIKE A DOG
Premiering On Apple TV, Everywhere You Buy Movies June 9

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 an...