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2017 Holiday Wish GuideI've been keeping track of the latest in holiday music and movies for years - each year delivering an ultimate guide to what's hot in all-new releases and reissues. On the music front, the last couple of years have been light, but for 2017 there's a ton of new holiday music to enjoy, and as part of the ongoing rollout of The Rock Father™ Magazine's annual Holiday Wish Guide comes the 2017 Holiday Music & Movies Ultimate Guide!

Modern film marketing has really ruined the element of surprise for the audience. It's important to remember that back in the 80s, you could just show a paw sticking out of gift box and that was the poster for GREMLINS - they didn't have to reveal the awesomeness of the creatures before audiences were in theater seats. Now, audiences are pretty much handed everything, and in the case of BETTER WATCH OUT, the film has a twist that is straight-up presented right there in all of the marketing. In fact, it's built around it, and as a moviegoer, it would've been much cooler to see the change unfold for the first time on-screen. Alas, a new trailer recently arrived for the new holiday film BETTER WATCH OUT (a holiday-comedy horror-hybrid) that's not only probably NSFW (unless you work somewhere cool), and definitely not for kids. It does look fun, though - almost a "Home Alone" for the days we live in. Check this out!

As we fast-approach the holiday season, more news is rolling in on 2017's fresh batch of seasonal cheer, and one big piece is the debut of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You. Based on Mariah's 1994 song and the book that it inspired, All I Want for Christmas is You is an all-new animated feature  that follows little Mariah as she chases her dream of having a puppy of her very own, making her ultimate wish for Christmas come true. The film comes home for the holidays on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand on November 14, 2017 from Universal 1440 Entertainment. Check out the first trailer below!

Back in June, the first trailer for STX Entertainment's A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS hit the scene, and now with just three months until the big day arrives, the second "red band" trailer has arrived. With the "red band" comes a warning - that means "Restricted," so please don't watch this one with the little ones in the room. If you must, there is a "clean" version available here, but what's the fun in that? Let's get naughty...

As of this writing, we're just about three months out from Christmas, and that means that the news is starting to roll in at a furious pace when it comes to a fresh dose of holiday cheer for 2017. If you happen to be the kind of "Scrooge" that will complain about it being "too early" to talk holiday entertainment, remember that this is not something new. What we have today is the first trailer for THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS, a new tale based on the true story of how author Charles Dickens (played by Dan Stevens of Disney's Beauty and the Beast) was inspired to pen one of the most famous holiday stories of all time, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Check out the preview below, and look for the film to hit theaters on November 22.

What new Holiday Music and Movies are on the way for 2016? I'm looking at all the new releases and reissues on the books for this season and will be choosing a hand-picked a collection to showcase here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. Are there other titles hitting shelves this year? Yes, but they won't all make my list, and I will be checking it more than twice - adding some late additions before December 25th arrives. 

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THE ROCK FATHER's TOP PICKS for 2016 Holiday Music New Releases & Reissues:

 Oak Ridge Boys My Little Pony Christmas Jukebox

 Jimmy Buffett Kacey Musgraves Chris Young

R. Kelly Jennifer Nettles She & Him

 A Capitol Christmas Loretta Lynn Amy Grant

Jordan Smith Neil Diamond Reba

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS Jane Lynch Rascal Flatts

Sarah McLachlan Frankie Valli The Ventures

Peter Hollens Donny Most Kylie Minogue

Amazon's Acoustic Christmas Kidz Bop Christmas Leslie Odom Jr.

Disney Channel Holiday Hits Lacuna Coil - Naughty Christmas

There's also a TON of classic Christmas albums getting vinyl reissues this year, many of which get almost yearly variants with special covers and artwork. 

THE ROCK FATHER's TOP PICKS for 2016 Holiday Blu-ray & DVD New Releases & Reissues:

PAW Patrol Pups Save Christmas nickjr  mimim  pwdino
sheep  Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas  Back to the Future  Daniel Tiger
Northpole  TWILIGHT ZONE Christmas Episodes  Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby Christmas  krampus 
barbie  Curious George  Munsters Christmas  Muppet Christmas
Thomas & Friends Christmas  Woody Woodpecker Christmas  snoopy  xmasclassic
carebears  kratts magoo  snowtime
 
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