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Written by Jesus Figueroa

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Fifteen-year-old Cody Newman was named one of 102.7 KIIS FM’s Next Up Artist.

The youthful Newman’s latest single “Palo Alto” just released on September 18, but she said there is still more music she has to release soon.

The natural talent is clear to those who watch her perform covers and originals on her Instagram (@CodyNewmanMusic) and YouTube (Cody Newman) live performances.

“I try to incorporate music into my everyday life, for multiple hours of the day,” Newman said. “Whether it’s listening to music, singing my favorite song in the car, or, I do alot of instagram, TikTok, or YouTube videos of me performing a song or a tidbit of a song for people online. I incorporate that into my practice”

Growing her social media is not only something that’s important to Newman for exposure, it’s a place where she can interact with fans and friends.

For Newman when people find her on social media she hopes she can provide a space where they feel they can interact and be safe.

“I try to form a connection with my fans and see what they like,” Newman said. “Most of the time, if they find me of course, we have similar interests. I try to build on that and build a small community, which eventually build I to a large community, because they will tell friends and friends of friends. It’s a really loving place where everyone feels safe.”

As with any art, putting work out for the world to critique is bound to get both positive and negative comments and a young artist who experiments with different genres, some that may not always mesh with the style fans are use to from her, may have second guess themselves in putting so much of themselves out there, but Newman has a maturity in the way she faces the criticism when putting her music out for the world.

“Well, there’s alot of people that are going to tell me that I can’t, but it’s my life,” Newman said. “That’s what I always say. As long as I am passionate about it and I feel it’s the right way to do and the right choice, I am okay with putting my music out in the world.”

Newman’s age may have some people thinking that she is too young to be in the music industry, but she believes that when it comes to creativity, age does not matter.

Taking rejection well and being able to continue to move forward regardless is trait all artists need to gain, because no matter the age, artists have turbulent times.

“So, I have had alot of people tell me no,” Newman said. “But, I also have a lot of people telling me yes. Those yeses stand out and build up my career.”

As Newman builds her music portfolio by releasing singles and EPs, as well as playing live events — such as she did for 102.7 KIIS FM in Los Angeles — she attends an Art School where she is a vocal major.

The art school is lenient on attendance or with late work when it comes helping her progress her music career.

With so much positivity around Newman, the support from family helps her continue on through her journey.

“(My parents) are extremely supportive,” Newman said. “They are with me every step of the way and they will always be.”

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Two funny clips — “The Attic” and “Shaving cream” — are available to watch from 101 Studios and Brookdale Studios family comedy “The war with grandpa,” in theaters October 9.

“The Attic” showcases the young talent in the movie while “Shaving Cream” show cases the older actors.

Sixth-grader Peter (Oakes Fegley) is pretty much your average kid-he likes gaming, hanging with his friends and his beloved pair of Air Jordans. But when his recently widowed grandfather Ed (Robert De Niro) moves in with Peter's family, the boy is forced to give up his most prized possession of all, his bedroom. Unwilling to let such an injustice stand, Peter devises a series of increasingly elaborate pranks to drive out the interloper, but Grandpa Ed won't go without a fight. Soon, the friendly combatants are engaged in an all-out war with side-splitting consequences. Based on the award-winning book by Robert Kimmel Smith, THE WAR WITH GRANDPA also stars Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Laura Marano and Jane Seymour.


In Theaters October 9
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The trailer for DreamWork’s “The Croods: A New Age,” in theaters this Thanksgiving, is available to view now.

The Stone Age family is set for a new adventure which has them meet a new family that are a bit more evolved — the Betterman.

The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to surviving the end of the world, but now they will face their biggest challenge of all: another family.

The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world in search of a safer place to call home. When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved … except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans.


The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”)—with their elaborate tree house, amazing inventions and irrigated acres of fresh produce—are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions escalate between the cave family and the modern family.


Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.

The returning voice cast includes Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood, Catherine Keener as Ugga Crood, Emma Stone as their daughter, Eep; Ryan Reynolds as Eep’s boyfriend, Guy; Clark Duke as Thunk and Cloris Leachman as Gran and they are joined by Peter Dinklage as Phil Betterman, Leslie Mann as Hope Betterman, and Kelly Marie Tran as their daughter, Dawn.

The film is directed by Joel Crawford and produced by Mark Swift.


Opens In Theaters This Thanksgiving

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Actor, singer Carlson Rowland releases “Disappear” featuring Taylor Castro, out now via PMA Records.

The soft sounding, relaxing summer time tune starts with slow ambient beach sounds and leads into a catchy chorus which is up-lifting.

“Disappear” is a good song for the end of summer with a wonderful collaboration from Castro who mixes well with the soothing sound.

This song was a wonderful follow up to Rowland’s first single “Game,” released earlier this year.
"With music, I have the ability to express who I am. My EP is going to be called ‘You Know Who You Are’ because it's written by me, and is about me and my interactions with people in my life. Songwriting gives me a way to express myself and my feelings that I can't find in acting," Rowland said.*
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Unit animation director Jaime Maestro talks with Jesus Figueroa, @ThisFunktional of, about his latest project “Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs,” out on Digital and on Demand September 18, on Blu-ray and DVD September 22.

This outrageous fairy tale spoof starts as Snow White steals a pair of red shoes that transform her into a princess. Meanwhile, a witch’s curse turns seven brave princes into dwarfs, forcing them to seek out the princess, hoping for a kiss to break their spell. Together, they must face Snow White’s wicked stepmother – who will stop at nothing to get her precious shoes back – and, along the way, learn that true beauty lies within!
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs was directed by Sung-ho Hong, and features character design and animation direction from Jin Kim, who worked on Disney’s animated classics Fantasia 2000, Frozen II, and Tangled. Music is by Primetime Emmy® award-winning composer Geoff Zanelli (2006, Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, “Into the West”; Emmy® nomination: 2010, Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, “The Pacific”), whose theatrical work includes Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Voice direction is from Tony Bancroft, the director of Disney’s Mulan. It was produced by Locus Animation Studio.

On Digital And On Demand September 18,
On Blu-ray And DVD September 22

Intro music:
“Before Dawn”
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The hit Spanish box office comedy “Father there is Only a one” comes to digital on September 8 via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment .

Javier, a workaholic father who knows nothing about housework or childcare, is forced to stay home alone with his five children when his wife Carmen goes on a trip without him.
Santiago Segura (director of Spain’s all-time highest-grossing film franchise, Torrente) directs and stars in “Padre No Hay Más Que Uno.” The film debuted in Spain in 2019, where it became the top-grossing local film of the year with $15.9 million at the box office. Its success has spurred a recent hit sequel, “Padre No Hay Más Que Uno 2,” which has become Spain’s highest grossing film of the year with over $11.7 million in box office earnings to date.

“Father there is Only a one” stars Santiago Segura, Toni Acosta, Leo Harlem, Silvia Abril, Martino D’Antiochia, Calma Segura, Luna Fulgencio, Garlos González, Sirena Segura with the special collaboration of Anabel Alonso.

The film was directed by Santiago Segura, written by Marta González de Vega and Santiago Segura, and produced by Santiago Segura, Mercedes Gamero and María Luisa Gutiérrez.

Available On Digital September 8

San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s 50-year History of Wildlife Conservation to be Celebrated with a Float in the 134th Rose Parade Presented by Honda

(Info from press release) Giraffes, Rhinos and Wildlife Safari Truck Represent the Safari Park’s Ability to Connect People to Wildlife and ...