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#ForGrownups - CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III Revealed...

There's a November Holiday that I look forward to each year, and that's the release of a new CALL OF DUTY game. This year, it looks as if I'll have to finally make the upgrade to an XBOX ONE, though, as CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III has been revealed for a November 6 release (dubbed "The New Black Friday"), and this time around it's going current-gen-only. Available for Sony PLAYSTATION 4, Microsoft XBOX ONE and PC, the game's first reveal trailer can be viewed below, and pre-orders are already up through Amazon, Gamestop and Best Buy.

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The Shellraiser Just Got an Upgrade: Michael Bay Reveals TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 Vehicles...

The folks over at Playmates Toys have some work to do. Last year, the girls and I were thrilled to add the TMNT "Turtle Assault Van" to our collection here at Rock Father HQ. Whatever you call it - The Party Wagon, the Battle Shell, the Shellraiser, or even the "Cowabunga Carl Party Van" - the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES have had many variations on the vehicle they use to get around, and at the end of last year's Michael Bay-produced live-action film, the Turtles got the "Assault Van." While it was only in one scene, it made for a cool toy - one that's still used daily (and often becomes an argument with the neighbor kids). For next year's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES sequel, the boys are going a little bit "bigger," and their new ride has appeared in pictures on Bay's website. Based on a garbage truck with the words "TARTARUGA BROTHERS" emblazoned on its side, the new TMNT truck looks to be borrowing a lot from the "New Battle Shell" from a decade ago, which featured a logo that said "Tortuga Bros. Moving." We're gonna need an action figure-scale version of this as soon as possible, ok?

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Thoughts on JARED LETO as THE JOKER in the Upcoming SUICIDE SQUAD Film?

Joker 75 LogoOne thing that's certain with comic book heroes and villains is that they're moldable... changeable... adaptable. On the big screen (and the small one), every filmmaker that approaches a property is given certain freedoms to put a personal stamp on the characters, and that's something that can be exceptionally challenging - and daunting - especially when dealing with a character who has already been presented in several beloved forms. It's no different than when a new creative team approaches the same characters on the printed page - and that happens far more often than what audiences ever see on the screen. Reimagining a character is not an easy task, and "good" or "bad" tends to be a matter of passionate personal preference - and the general path of reaction is the same, and no property has seen it more than the world of DC Comics' BATMAN. Michael Keaton as BATMAN? No! Ben Affleck as BATMAN? No! Heath Ledger as THE JOKER... The kid from 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU? Absolutely not! (posthumous Oscar). And here we are again, with the first-look at JARED LETO as THE JOKER from Warner Bros. upcoming SUICIDE SQUAD film. Revealed by Writer/Director David Ayer on twitter yesterday as part of the #Joker75 celebration, the latest version of "Mr. J" may be the most divisive yet - and we haven't even seen him in action...

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Preview: WONDERLAND, ALICE'S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE - The New Production from Chicago Children's Theatre

ALICE IN WONDERLAND has been reimagined with a rock and roll spin, and it's happened in Chicago. Director Rachael Rockwell and Music Director Michael Mahler have brought to life Lewis Carroll's ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS as a new tale starring a pair of young stars - Isabelle Roberts and Ariana Burks - who will alternate performances as Alice. Performances run through May 24 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago), with tickets available through the Chicago Children's Theatre website. Details below...

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When Stages Attack! Sebastian Bach goes down in Beverly Hills...

Musicians falling. It happens... and a lot of times it's funny, and people just laugh it off. Several years back, I used to do a feature called "When Stages Attack!" on another site, and it gained a lot of traction, and everyone took it in stride. At one point, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx even crashed that site by sending his Facebook fans to his own feature - and now Facebook is largely the key platform for sharing Stage Attack videos, many of which originate via Instagram and YouTube. Since it's happening again (the Stages are relentless), I think it's time to bring back that feature, and I'm starting it with Sebastian Bach, who was attacked by the stage at Beverly Hills' Saban Theatre on April 19th.

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AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON - Free Printable Activity & Coloring Book!

On May 1, MARVEL Studios will release the long-awaited AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (get tickets via Fandango), the latest entry into their ever-expanding MARVEL Cinematic Universe. Once again, Joss Whedon is at the helm for the film, which stars Robert Downey Jr. (IRON MAN), Chris Hemsworth (THOR), Mark Ruffalo (HULK), Chris Evans (CAPTAIN AMERICA), Scarlett Johansson (BLACK WIDOW), Jeremy Renner (HAWKEYE), Don Cheadle (WAR MACHINE), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (QUICKSILVER), Elizabeth Olsen (SCARLET WITCH), Paul Bettany (VISION), Cobie Smulders (MARIA HILL), Stellan Skarsgård (ERIK SELVIG), James Spader (ULTRON) and Samuel L. Jackson (NICK FURY). For those who just can't wait to get their AVENGERS groove on, I've got a 15-page, printable activity and coloring book just for you, courtesy of my friends at The Walt Disney Studios. 

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DC Entertainment, Warner Bros and Mattel Team-up for "DC SUPER HERO GIRLS"

A press release hit my inbox today that had me genuinely excited. My wife and I have shared our love of superheroes with our daughters since their birth, and thus I've shared their own growing love of superheroes with readers of this very website -- so the news of DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Mattel teaming up for what they're calling "A New Superhero Universe Designed Just For Girls" really hit the spot. DC SUPER HERO GIRLS debuts this Fall, bringing with it "an immersive digital experience, original digital content and digital publishing—providing opportunities for girls to interact with characters, learn about the storylines, and engage in customizable play." In 2016 we will see toys (including  "Mattel's first Action Figures for Girls"), TV specials, movies, apparel, books and more, all with the goal of "building character and confidence, and empowering girls to discover their true potential." We're in, and if you follow my social profiles for THE ROCK FATHER, then you already know why. It was just last Friday that we had "Breakfast With the Superheroes" here with Supergirl and Wonder Woman, but that's happened before...

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Watch - SECRET METAL MYSTERIES: Episode 1 - Korn and Deftones

Animator Joey Siler has been making waves in the rock world for a bit with viral clips like his COOKING HOSTILE WITH PHIL ANSELMO series. Through his parodies, Siler has featured the likes of PANTERA, SLAYER, OZZY OSBOURNE, ANTHRAX, BUCKETHEAD, TESTAMENT and more... in cartoon form, and usually cooking. Now he's going after the ingredients, with SECRET METAL MYSTERIES: KORN and DEFTONES. What does Korn have to do with Corn? Watch the video below... popcorn's ready!

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Toy Review: The Sheriff Callie's Wild West Collection from Just Play

Over the past year or so, SHERIFF CALLIE'S WILD WEST has become a pretty big hit for Disney Junior, and for us here at Rock Father HQ. In fact, with a second season on the way, Callie and the crew are very much a part of the "Trinity" of Disney Junior series' here - right alongside DOC McSTUFFINS and SOFIA THE FIRST. With Mandy Moore voicing the titular Calico cat, kids can get some Wild West-style adventure with an underlying message of problem solving and working with others. One question I've seen posted quite frequently on my social networks is "where are the toys?" - and right now, the answer is simple: Target. Launched a few months back, Just Play has issued a full assortment of toys straight out of Nice and Friendly Corners, and ready for plenty of big adventures. The Rock Daughters recently received a sampling for review, and we're sharing a look today with a new installment of our UNBOXED video series, and some thoughts from yours truly...

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Giveaway: MY LITTLE PONY TALES: THE COMPLETE SERIES on DVD from Shout! Factory

Shout! KidsIn a lot of ways, the early 1990s was "The Dark Times" for the pop culture icons that were birthed in the 70s and 80s and would later return bigger, better, and undeniably more popular than ever. STAR WARS was dormant. G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS were nearly-dead, but limping along as revamped toy lines that seemed to be nothing more than keeping the names alive. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE had been rebooted as THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HE-MAN and flopped... and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and the CARE BEARS seemed to be M.I.A. In the meantime, MY LITTLE PONY returned for 26 episodes (combined into 13 half-hours) of MY LITTLE PONY TALES, a new series that never really took off in the States, but spawned a line of toys marketed exclusively in Europe. Now, for the very first time, MY LITTLE PONY TALES is on DVD (out April 28) via Shout! Kids and Hasbro Studios, and it's all thanks to the modern success of MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, which recently premiered its fifth season on Discovery Family. Would you like to win a copy of MY LITTLE PONY TALES: THE COMPLETE TV SERIES for your DVD stable? Shout! Factory and THE ROCK FATHER have your chance to win below!

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Watch: RECESS MONKEY Releases "Penguinese" - the First Single & Video from HOT AIR

Just in time for World Penguin Day (April 25), Seattle's prolific purveyors of perfectly pop! Kindie rock are serving-up "Penguinese." Yes, RECESS MONKEY have returned, and they'll be unleashing their latest album, HOT AIR (pre-order on Amazon) on June 16, 2015. In the meantime, "Penguinese" is the funky new single (available on iTunes) that focuses on a “new kid in school" -- a penguin searching for acceptance. Band leader Jack Forman (of SiriusXM's Kids Place Live) created the produced the 3D animation-live action video, which features vocalist/guitarist Drew Holloway and a penguin. Take a peek, and read-on for the tracklisting and cover art for HOT AIR, which includes something for the STAR WARS fans...

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Tech Review: ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE (AT&T)

When searching for the right tablet, there's so many options out there that it's often hard to cut through the clutter. With expanding features and a wide breadth of price points and options available, the market is always-evolving, and I'm always interested in checking out the latest. One feature that I'd not previously had on a tablet before is 4G LTE, and that just changed with the release of the new ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE, available exclusively through AT&T. This new, feature-packed, competitively-priced Android tablet just hit the streets a few weeks ago, and after spending some time with a a review sample, I'm ready to share some thoughts.

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Spring Fun Giveaway: Win The Step2 Extreme Coaster!

Earlier this year, I posted an article about going hands-on with the newest version of Step2's legendary Extreme Coaster. While the toy hasn't changed, it's color scheme has, and as a Step2 Brand Ambassador, my girls (and the rest of the neighborhood kids) have had a blast on their own personal "their-size" roller coaster (perfect, since we live in the shadows of Six Flags Great America) right here in our own backyard. While my initial post showed the Coaster in a very unconventional manner (indoors), now that it's warmer, the kids are absolutely loving this as it's outside in all of its glory. Would you like a Step2 Extreme Coaster for your own little rockers? We're giving you a chance to win one right now!

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