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Maybe it's just the state of the world right now, but it seems that we could use a little "holiday cheer," and it does seem like 2018 is bringing an unusually large (and welcome) amount of new holiday movies. One big surprise is The Christmas Chronicles, coming to Netflix on November 22 (perfect timing to watch with family over the Thanksgiving week) and starring Kurt Russell as Santa Claus. The story follows a brother and sister who set out to capture Santa on video and wind up getting into an adventure. Directed by Clay Kaytis (The Angry Birds Movie) and written by Matt Lieberman (2019's Addams Family), The Christmas Chronicles was produced by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter). Check out the first teaser below...

Something about the 2018 holiday season is already feeling more urgent. It's almost as if its surrounding us earlier, and that it will be over just as quickly as it begins. With that, the United States Postal Service has just unveiled their holiday shipping deadlines. These are important for getting things to where they need to be by December 25, but of course they're never a guarantee. Check out the full list below...

The last three months of the year are the best three month of the year, and as wee stare down the coming end of the Halloween season on October 31st, the holiday season fires-up on November 1st when it's 100% acceptable to start listening to Christmas music. As such, Freeform is getting into the spirit early this year, priming the holiday pump with a new event called Kickoff To Christmas - a full month of holiday fun that will lead into their annual 25 Days of Christmas in December. Kickoff to Christmas will also include the premiere of the Freeform original film The Truth About Christmas, from MarVista Entertainment, airing SUNDAY, NOV. 25 at 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST/PST.  

Following today's big reveal of the much-anticipated launch of Funko's new line of FORTNITE Pop! Vinyl figures comes a quick follow-up on retailer exclusives. Following the recent trend of Holiday Funko Pops, a trio of characters decked-out in seasonal flair will be hitting stores in time for the holidays. The Red-Nosed Raider will be available only at GameStop (pre-order), with the Crackshot nutcracker (throwing up the horns!) headed for Walmart and Codename E.L.F. only at Target. Let the hunt begin!

Thursday, September 27 2018 08:48

DIE HARD: Now They Have Pop Vinyls, Ho-Ho-Ho!

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Let's make something very clear right now: DIE HARD  is a Christmas movie. Same goes for its first sequel, DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER. There is no debate, period. With that in mind, it's exciting that Funko and 20th Century Fox have teamed-up for a new collection of Pop! Vinyl figures. Available for pre-order via my affiliates, Entertainment Earth and GameStop, there's John McClane (Bruce Willis), Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Sgt. Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson) and Tony Vreski (Andreas Wisniewski), along with a GameStop-exclusive version of Hans rockin' his long coat. A pick for my 2018 Holiday Wish Guide, these figures would make the perfect gift for the action lover on your list. Now can we get Argyle and Ellis? If you want these, you better pre-order them now!

'Tis the season for holiday movies! Debuting on NETFLIX on November 20th, Air Bud Entertainment, the creators of the Air Bud Golden Retriever films, the  Disney Air Buddies talking puppy adventures and PUP STAR will unwrap an all-new holiday adventure film -- PUPPY STAR CHRISTMAS. A song and dance-filled movie for the whole family, PUPPY STAR CHRISTMAS continues the fantastic adventures of the talking (and singing) canine characters that have recently gained overwhelming popularity in the PUP STAR franchise of films. These action-packed and song-filled family stories, feature an adorable cast of dogs including talking Yorkie, ‘Tiny,’ and ‘P.U.P.,’ the street-smart rapping mutt who stole Tiny’s heart.  Check out the just-released trailer and synopsis below!

We may have just entered fall, but already the cool air is hinting at snowflakes and peppermint. Soon, the holiday specials will be rolling out, and for Hasbro's My Little Pony, 2018 brings forth an all-new seasonal adventure, In My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever, the ponies discover that "to find the perfect gift before the night ends, they’ll need a little help and some special new friends.” Hasbro Studios just unwrapped the new trailer for the special, which premieres on Saturday, October 27th on Discovery Family. Check it out below!

Monday, September 24 2018 00:44

The Toy Insider Unwraps their 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

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When it comes to hot holiday toy lists, you'd be hard-pressed to find one better than the one assembled by my friends at The Toy Insider in New York. Their annual Holiday Gift Guide helps gift-givers shop for kids by age, and as always there's the three big signature lists: The Toy Insider's Hot 20, Top Tech 12 and STEM 10. This year's guide will appear in print, included with the November issue of Family Circle magazine (on stands 10/9), and will feature more than 200 toys from more than 100 different manufacturers. An additional 170 toys can be found in the online version of the guide, representing nearly 200 toy companies in total. Check out the video below and a quick overview on some featured items below, then visit The Toy Insider for more great gift ideas!

It's gonna be a great holiday season. I can feel it because we've got an uptick in seasonal fare coming on the entertainment front, and leading the charge is the return of a familiar icon from the mind of Dr. Seuss... THE GRINCH! Back in theaters in an all-new film from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures, a new trailer was just released and it's almost enough to get me to switch my pumpkin spice to a peppermint mocha. Almost. Check it out!

Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is coming to theaters this November, and thanks to the folks at Funko, some characters from the new version of the classic tale are coming to the famed Pop! Vinyl format. Hitting stores just in time for the 2018 holiday season, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara are up for pre-order now via my friends at Entertainment Earth. Check out the latest trailer for The Nutcracker below...

Monday, September 17 2018 20:58

These Pops are Mean Ones, Mr. Grinch!

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This November, Dr. Seuss' The Grinch is back on the big screen in an all-new animated adventure from Universal Studios and Illumination. Of course, what's a movie without some cool merch, right? There's toys on the way from Just Play, and Funko is in on the action as well with a host of Pop! Vinyl figures based on characters from the film. There's The Grinch, the Young Grinch, Cindy-Lou Who and Max the Dog - all available for pre-order via my friends at Entertainment Earth. Of course, we can't just do standard... there's plenty of retailer variants as well.

I may have mentioned this in passing before, but this fall will see the release of an all-new wave of Holiday Funko Pop! Vinyl figures... and yes, more Star Wars is in the mix. Of course these are technically bobbleheads (thanks to licensing) but cool just the same. There's festive new versions of Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, Darth Vader (there's a Chase version as well) and Yoda. All of these new figures are up for pre-order via my friends at Entertainment Earth. I see them as new-school holiday decor, and early additions to my 2018 Holiday Wish Guide here at The Rock Father™ Magazine.

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