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Music Video: Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy "Thrash"

On May 27th, Metal Blade Records will release SONGS FROM THE GARAGE (pre-order), the first album by comedian JIM BREUER and his backing band, THE LOUD & ROWDY. Earlier today, a new music video for "Thrash" hit my inbox, and essentially it's what happens here at my house when my wife takes The Rock Daughters™ on an adventure that leaves me with a few hours of free time... the exception being that I crank the metal sans headphones. Check this out... I'm digging it!

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Entertainment Earth 1st to debut Hasbro's MARVEL Legends Tom Holland Spider-Man Figure!

The time has come for MARVEL Studios' CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and if the buzz is a true indicator - the on-screen debut of Tom Holland as Spider-Man alongside The Avengers is the payoff that fans have waited decades for. Today comes a related surprise courtesy of my friends at Entertainment Earth who are sharing with THE ROCK FATHER Magazine a First Reveal of Hasbro's Captain America Civil War Marvel Legends Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man Set. It contains the first-ever figure of Holland's Spider-Man, and you can get it FIRST if you act fast enough!

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The Force is with Hallmark and Their New STAR WARS Offerings...

When it comes to some cool STAR WARS gifts, Hallmark has been a go-to source for many years. We have a dedicated Xmas tree just for their STAR WARS Keepsake Ornaments, and The Rock Daughters have amassed a robust collection of their STAR WARS itty bittys as well. Now comes news of some new and upcoming offerings that will no doubt expand our collection this year, and what better day to showcase them then on STAR WARS day?

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STAR WARS Action Figure Giveaway: Captain Rex & Finn (FN-2187)

Their adventures took place decades apart, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... but Clone Captain CT-7567 and Stormtrooper FN-2187 have a lot in common. The former served in THE CLONE WARS, eventually becoming known as "Rex" and breaking The Empire's control and falling out of sight until former Jedi Ahsoka Tano arranged a meeting between he and the crew of The Ghost in STAR WARS REBELS. In THE FORCE AWAKENS, the latter would break free of The First Order, becoming known as "Finn" and joining The Resistance. Both men were at one point simply a series of letters and numbers in the eyes of their keepers - expendable soldiers in the service of evil. In reality, they were some of the greatest heroes, and kicking off on STAR WARS Day 2016, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is giving readers a chance to win these characters - each as newly-released action figures from the Hasbro STAR WARS collection!

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Pumpkin Spice Cheerios are Coming this Fall...

It's not even summer yet, and I'm already thinking of the most glorious season of the year... Fall. As an unabashed fan of all things Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice (when done well), I have high hopes for one of 2016's newest offerings, Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. Revealed via Bloomberg, it's a wonder that General Mills has waited this long to bring some pumpkin-y goodness to their famous oats since they already offer a ton of Pumpkin flavors throughout their other brands. While there's no release date announced just yet, I'd bet we'll start seeing Pumpkin Spice Cheerios on shelves (and pallet stacks, endcaps and other gloriously massive displays) right around the same time that the General Mills Monsters crawl out of their crypt... usually August/September.

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If You're Not a LEGENDARY Man, This Post is Not For You...

THE ROCK FATHER has partnered with the Legendary Life of Dad and Old Spice for this promotion.

What makes a man "legendary?" According to some, achieving legendary status is by accomplishing feats that are "remarkable enough to be famous, or very well-known" (thanks, dictionary). The Aquabats! once sang that "The Legend is True" (but the legend was you), while The Bloodhound Gang came closer to my reality with their song "Legend in My Spare Time." Countless others have found themselves simply a legend in their own mind, their accomplishments small in actuality, bloated to legendary status only to themselves. Old Spice knows what legendary means, and they've managed to find and declare a select group of men as being truly legendary. In the eyes of Old Spice, and Product King® Bob Giovanni, your old pal, THE ROCK FATHER is legendary. I have the trophy to prove it. Yes, a trophy, and displayed on fine base of simulated wood that's permeated with the scent of new Sweat Defense Lasting Legend Extra Strong Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant - a blast of fresh citrus balanced with a cool peppery spiciness. I'm saying that my "pits" smell of citrus-y, peppery goodness. Legendary!

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Prepare for STAR WARS Day with LEGO Store...

LEGO Shop - May the Fourth Be With You!If you're a STAR WARS fan, then you should already know that our Annual Holiday is fast-approaching, with May 4th officially deemed "International STAR WARS Day." Get ready for the cheers of "May the Fourth Be With You!" as STAR WARS goodness arrives around the globe with special events, merchandising and more. This year, the folks at LEGO are rolling out a few different promotions, including a chance to receive a FREE LEGO version of the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS theatrical poster at LEGO Retail Stores and online at LEGO Shop, the opportunity to score a FREE First Order Stormtrooper minifigure w/purchases over $50, and more. Check out all the deals and exclusives below...

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ZOOTOPIA Comes to Blu-ray, Digital HD & DVD on June 7th...

Walt Disney Animation Studios' ZOOTOPIA is the movie that The Rock Daughters deemed their "favorite movie -- better than FROZEN," and now after taking in over $900 million at the Global Box office, we finally know when it's coming home. ZOOTOPIA (pre-order) will arrive on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand (does not include bonus) platforms June 7, 2016, packed with bonus features.
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Revisiting The Space Shuttle... Shout! Factory's JOURNEY TO SPACE

While numerous parties continue to work on the next generation of reusable space vehicle, I miss the Shuttle program. Having grown-up in the era of regular launches and becoming so familiar with the closest thing we've ever had to a movie-style spaceship (one that looked like a plane and could blast off and return), I wish that my girls could see that on a regular basis right now... especially being so curious about space (last Xmas, little Finley asked for one thing - "a space station"). With Disney Junior's MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND, Sprout's THE FLOOGALS and PBS Kids' READY JET GO all inspiring some STEM-infused space adventures (in addition to regular visits to a galaxy far, far away through STAR WARS), it's time to take a look back - and a look at where we're headed, with the June 7th release of JOURNEY TO SPACE from Shout! Factory. For their first foray into a line of new, immersive, Giant Screen films in the visually stunning 4K Ultra HD™ format, JOURNEY TO SPACE will be released on Blu-ray, and in a 4K UHD + 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray 2-disc combo, and both releases will include trailers, a photo gallery, and behind-the-scenes footage as bonus features. Take a look at a new clip featuring the Space Shuttle Orbiter, and all the details on the film below...

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LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures - Premiere Details Revealed!

New faces, old friends, familiar locations and some brand-new adventures in a galaxy far, far away... LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will premiere MONDAY, JUNE 20 (10:00 a.m. EST) on Disney XD.  Set between the events of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI, the action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space. Along with the series, two new LEGO Star Wars sets based on the show will hit shelves in June, allowing families the immediate opportunity to add to their own building adventures. Details on the premiere can be found below!

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Smucker's Unleashes the Power of PB&J for Team USA

From school lunches to family picnics to team practices, America’s iconic sandwich – the peanut butter and jelly - has played an important role in the lives of many Team USA athletes. It’s why Smucker’s®, a proud sponsor of Team USA, is turning America’s passion for a PB&J into a way to support our Team USA athletes. Beginning today, for every tweet using #PBJ4TeamUSA, Smucker’s will donate $1 to the United States Olympic Committee (up to $200,000).

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NYC Friends: Find the Hasbro MARVEL Heroes Bus... TODAY!

It's extremely short notice, but for those of you in New York City, you need to be on the lookout for something awesome today (4/28/16)... the Hasbro Heroes Bus! To get ready for the release of MARVEL's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (in theaters May 6) Hasbro is hitting the streets of NYC and inviting fans to visit the #Hasbro Heroes Bus. There's fun #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan photo opps, and you can climb on board to play with the latest Marvel toys and games from Hasbro, and leave with tons of awesome, branded swag. Check out the schedule below, and know that THE ROCK FATHER will be with you in spirit...

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Netflix Family TV: Three New Offerings to Watch Right Now, and More Coming Soon...

Netflix #StreamTeamIf you've been following my adventures over these past few months, you may have already seen some of my reporting on the Family TV "Co-Viewing" initiatives that my friends at Netflix have been rolling out. While shows like FULLER HOUSE have gotten a big push already this year, the seeds were planted awhile ago, and one of last year's surprises is coming back, with two new seasons of MGA's Netflix Original Series, Project Mc2 on-deck. The Daytime Emmy-nominated series has shown girls around the world that Smart is the New Cool, and season 2 will premiere worldwide Friday, August 12, followed by Season 3, which will be available in fall 2016. So how about something fresh to watch in the meantime? Here's a few Rock Father-approved choices to check out right now...

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Mermaids and Mantacorn Horns - It's National Princess Week

There's a lot of different ways we could go with this, the royally regal National Princess Week being officially upon us. With two girls, my wife and I are well-versed in the ways and needs of young Royals in 2016. As a King of sorts myself, I can throw-down plenty of knowledge when it comes to the trade partners of Arendelle or the allies of Enchancia. Having just visited Walt Disney World as a family for the first time this month, The Rock Daughters met many a Princess first-hand, and while the traditional likes of Cinderella and Rapunzel are certainly prevalent both there and at home, it's a much younger Princess - one whose mother married into Royalty - that maintains the top spot here at Rock Father HQ: Sofia the First. Indeed, the title character from the Disney Junior hit his held in high regard  - a highlight of our visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios, and a character that both of our girls played in a Broadway Beginners production of SOFIA & JAKE: A PRINCESS & PIRATE ADVENTURE. All that said, for National Princess Week I'm featuring the new Sofia the First Mermaid Magic Princess Doll by Just Play Products.

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Test Drive: Rockin' the Road - Across Florida in the 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo

Brand unity is something that the folks at Kia Motors USA have really nailed over the past few years. Whether you're driving an entry-level model, or a fully-loaded luxury vehicle, the experience is distinctly Kia, and there's a comfort level in that feeling that's hard to surpass - no matter if you're in a car, crossover or minivan. When I last found myself behind the wheel of their best-selling nameplate, the Kia Optima, it was the 2014 Hybrid model. While we enjoyed that car, the 2016 Optima has been redesigned, and I recently had the opportunity to do a little roadtripping in Florida at the helm of the SX Turbo Edition - the perfect family ride for rockin' the road.

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