DreamWorks Animation's 2015 family feature HOME, was a strange thing for us - a rare animated film that just didn't really strike a chord at all. Featuring the voices of Rihanna and Jim Parsons in a buddy tale about a young girl and her alien friend, I didn't like it - but what was surprising is how flat it fell with The Rock Daughters™, who loved Parsons' Oh more as a little action figure (which they still have) than a CGI character on the big screen. When I was invited to the DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale, California to work on some promotional efforts for VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER as part of my gig with the Netflix Stream Team, I was a little apprehensive about the secondary component to the assignment - taking a then-early look at HOME: ADVENTURES WITH TIP & OH, their new animated series based on the feature film. I took a seat in the screening room and settled in for some episodes... and much to my delight, I really liked it!
I'm coming at you today from Rock Father Mobile HQ - currently located in Irvine, California. The 2016 Rock Father Tour has returned to Southern California, and this week my work puts me on assignment with the crew from Life of Dad and Kelley Blue Book to talk about something I'm very passionate about - cars. The #KBBDads are on the ground and hitting the streets in some of 2016's hottest rides for dads and families, and today at 4pm ET/3pm CT/1pm PT, we're going on Facebook LIVE where you'll be able to get your car questions answered by the experts at Kelley Blue Book! Visit the event page on Facebook to RSVP and submit your questions now! The first eight that we use on-air will receive a $25 VISA Gift Card for the submitter! What do you want to know about cars? Let us know, and join us online!
It should be no secret to readers of this site or those who know me well that FAITH NO MORE are my favorite band of all-time. If not for them, this site probably wouldn't exist (story here) - their presence felt daily (even my ringtone is "Absolute Zero"). The past few years have been a great time to be a FNM fan. They reactivated in 2009, released a new record in 2015, reissued Deluxe Editions of 1989's THE REAL THING and 1992's ANGEL DUST, and I was able to see them twice here in Chicago last year. Now comes news that following the August 19th "Deluxe Band Edition" of 1985's WE CARE A LOT being issued through Bill Gould's Kool Arrow Records, Rhino will issue Deluxe Editions of 1995's KING FOR A DAY... FOOL FOR A LIFETIME and 1997's ALBUM OF THE YEAR, each remastered and packed with bonus material. Available on September 9 and up for pre-order now, you can see the tracklistings below...
We're reached that weird point of the year here at Rock Father HQ where the Back-to-School season is about to hit full swing, but it feels like summer never really got to hit its stride. For us it's probably because we had The Rock Daughters™ in summer programs all the way through June (no break between the end of school and the start of those), but even if we hadn't - is summer really ever long enough? For many, August will bring that long-awaited road trip, or perhaps another type of sunny vacation to give the too-short season a send-off. Speaking of a "sunny vacation," that's just what Peppa Pig is taking with her family in her latest DVD release, appropriately-titled, PEPPA PIG: SUNNY VACATION! Out August 2 through 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, the new collection features the 4-part "Sunny Vacation" special, plus 8 additional fun-packed Peppisodes. After thinking of the true renaissance that Peppa Pig is currently enjoying and what big fans the girls are (we have the toys from Jazwares, the Softee-Dough from Cra-Z-Art, t-shirts for each girl and the "Muddy Puddles" song is sung often), perhaps we should give Peppa and her family a "sunny vacation" (or a sunny "holiday," as they'd say in Peppa's UK homeland) right here? And, it would give me a fine excuse for a little #Toyography and a chance to give all of you at home a chance to win PEPPA PIG: SUNNY VACATION on DVD!
I still remember the first time I saw KISS - it was on television, probably around 1980 or so, and I was at my cousin's house. I thought they were bizarre - but I was only four or so, and my mastery of The Force knowledge of rock was still a long way off. Decades later, KISS still puts on a Hell of a show, and on August 26th a new concert film is bringing them back into our homes with the Eagle Rock Entertainment release of KISS ROCKS VEGAS - available in several configurations, including the audio-only on vinyl, digital and CD. Today comes an extended clip of "Rock and Roll All Nite" - check it out!
You heard it here first that LAURA MARANO's version of the theme song from MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR would have its music video premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, and with that behind us, the video is online thanks to Nickelodeon. Take a peek below, and read-on for what's next for MIRACULOUS!
"A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING" - That's the early synopsis given for the first SPIDER-MAN film to officially be a part of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe in a collaboration between MARVEL Studios and SONY. Tonight at San Diego Comic-Con, the film's villain was revealed to be The Vulture, with concept art posted by the team at MARVEL.com. Additionally, some additional credits confirm that Tony Stark (if not Iron Man) will be making an appearance when the film swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.
While word is that fans at San Diego Comic-Con just got their first look at GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2, I'm told we won't be seeing that footage online just yet. Those who are eager for something from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY can check out the video below, in which Joe Rohde of Disney Imagineering details plans for Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!, a new immersive experience coming to Disney's California Adventure theme park in 2017. Aside from that, we've got a look at the new logos and cast announcements for some upcoming entries into the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, including GOTG2, BLACK PANTHER (Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira), THOR: RAGNAROK and CAPTAIN MARVEL (Brie Larson as Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers), in addition to a behind-the-scenes featurette on Black Panther from the upcoming CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR in-home release. Check it out...
We just found out that the Robin costume is red, yellow and green for a very scary reason... it was once an alternate Batman costume known as "Reggae Man." Since this writer can't stand the music of Bob Marley, you can understand my terror at this revelation, but what else I can tell you is that February 2017 will bring forth a Batman movie that you can actually take your little ones to see (especially if the SUICIDE SQUAD promo has them all excited to see Harley Quinn and The Joker) - THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE! After a handful of teaser trailers, a proper look at the film has arrived thanks to the in-progress San Diego Comic-Con, and the good folks at Warner Bros. have placed it online for non-attendees like you and me to enjoy. Check it out!
What a big week this has been for MARVEL at San Diego Comic-Con. After unleashing numerous looks at new series' coming to Netflix, and with Hasbro serving-up the first look at new action figures that include the first-ever toy likeness of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, the folks at MARVEL Studios have set free a new trailer for the latest entry into the ever-growing MARVEL Cinematic Universe, right along side a brand-new poster. Get a fresh look at MARVEL's DOCTOR STRANGE below! Indeed, things are gonna geting weird strange, and the whole family is gonna want to see this one in theaters this November, because the impossibilities are endless...
It was a sunny day at the end of late spring when the crew from DriveShop delivered a 2016 Toyota Avalon Touring Edition to Rock Father HQ for testing. Straight-away, the Avalon is a familiar ride, one with nearly a million-and-a-half siblings sold in the U.S. since 1994 - a car that even my own father owns. In "Sizzling Crimson Mica," the Avalon stands apart from the crowd wearing a color that's hard to describe with its purple/red hue. Making this particular subject even more dramatic is the choice of dark grey (nearly blacked-out) 18" alloy wheels. On the interior, it's Almond Leather and brown accents provide a color scheme that doesn't immediately seem to match the exterior (to me), but it works. So how does the 2016 Toyota Avalon hold up as a family car? More importantly, what do The Rock Daughters™ think of it?
After busting out trailers for WONDER WOMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE, the folks at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment added a third piece to their SDCC mix with their SUICIDE SQUAD Official Comic-Con Soundtrack Remix - a 3+ minute series of clips from the upcoming film set to a trio of songs from SUICIDE SQUAD: THE ALBUM. Check out the action below featuring "Heathens" by TWENTY ONE PILOTS, "Purple Lamborghini" by SKRILLEX & RICK ROSS and "Sucker For Pain" by LIL WAYNE, WIZ KHALIFA, IMAGINE DRAGON, LOGIC and TY DOLLA $IGN (featuring X AMBASSADORS). Bot the film and album will arrive on August 5, 2016.
Okay, "officially" it's not a "trailer," but this "footage was prepared for the filmmakers as a special look for fans in attendance at Comic-Con 2016." As we know from year's past, it doesn't take long for horrible quality unauthorized footage to hit the web, and this year Warner Bros. is being proactive about it by sharing the first trailer footage from Zack Snyder's forthcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE with the masses, mere minutes after causing the infamous Hall H to erupt. I'm a lifelong "DC Kid," and I loved BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (review here), but as we all know, many thought the film was too heavy and/or too dark/serious. From this footage and some previous set reports, JUSTICE LEAGUE appears to have a much lighter tone, and again - I love what I'm seeing. The beauty of these timeless characters is that they work well under different direction and different storytelling conditions, and I do dig seeing Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) lighten up a bit as he puts a team together... OCEAN'S 11-style, while set to THE WHITE STRIPES' "Icky Thump." Check this out!
Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder. We have waited far too long for a WONDER WOMAN movie, but next year that wait comes to an end. Just-unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con, the first trailer for Warner Bros.' WONDER WOMAN is stellar - it quite literally gave me goosebumps... twice. If you've seen BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, you may recall the groovy music that signaled Wonder Woman's official entry into the DC Extended Universe, and that theme is here. From director Patty Jenkins, WONDER WOMAN starring Gal Gadot, blazes into theaters on June 2, 2017. Take a look at the trailer below!
I've said it before, but "space" is hot right now, and for a kid that grew up in the Shuttle-era with movies like SPACE CAMP and countless other sci-fi adventures in regular rotation, it's been fantastic to see The Rock Daughters be so inquisitive and excited for outer-space adventures. Fueled by the likes of STAR WARS, MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND, THE FLOOGALS and READY, JET, GO!, the kids have become enthralled with space, and it's obvious that they're not alone as even the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES recently went into orbit, and now BARBIE is getting into the action. Mattel has launched an entire line of toys based on BARBIE: STAR LIGHT ADVENTURE (I already bought the girls a few of the dolls), the latest CGI animated feature created in partnership with Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 13th, Fathom Events, Mattel and Women's Forum will bring BARBIE: STAR LIGHT ADVENTURE to the big screen for one day only, Saturday, July 30th, 2016, complete with an exclusive introduction from Barbie PLUS deleted scenes and bonus content, a special interview with a NASA astronaut, and the “Firefly” and “Shooting Star” music videos with lyrics so you can sing along! Check out the trailer and details below, then click here to get tickets via Fandango!