We have officially entered holiday movie season - a time when families gather to share classic tales and traditions while experiencing new ones as well. I'm a big fan of Christmas movies in general, often citing Jingle All the Way as the greatest holiday film of all-time (really, it's just my favorite). Whatever your flavor, from A Christmas Story to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Elf or Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas, they all have a lineage that dates back to a classic tale... Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Now, the story of how that story came to be is coming to life in THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS, a new film opening in theaters everywhere on November 22, 2017.
To celebrate the release of the film and the launch of The Rock Father™ Magazine's annual Holiday Wish Guide™, we've teamed-up to give readers a shot at a Family Movies DVD Prize Pack that includes the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol starring George C. Scott, plus a pair of films featuring the stars of THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS - 2017's Beauty and The Beast (Dan Stevens) and 1965's The Sound of Music (Christopher Plummer)!
Over the past few years, drones have continued to dominate kids' holiday wish lists - not just children, mind you, but big kids (grownups) as well. One downside to the drone craze is that they tend to be pretty fragile, and breakage upon crash landing is a concern. But what if the drone was actually made to be crashed, with rebuilding intended to be part of the fun? That's where FlyBlocks comes into play, and to celebrate the launch of The Rock Father™ Magazine's annual Holiday Wish Guide™, we've teamed-up to give readers a shot at winning FlyBlocks' new 4-in-1 Build N' Fly Drone Kit! A perfect holiday gift, these retail for just $59.95, but you could win one, so check this out...
This Special Feature is Sponsored by Best Buy in Collaboration with The Rock Father™
The 2017 Holiday Gifting Season is upon us, and this year my friends at Best Buy have unwrapped their biggest and best family-centric Gift Guide ever! MORE TECH. MORE TOYS. That's the mantra this year as Best Buy brings the Top Toys of 2017 into their stores (and online) to give families a wide selection that ranges from classics to state-of-the-art. The Best Buy Toy Gift Guide recently arrived in the mail here at Rock Father™ HQ, and with that I'm showcasing a few items hand-picked by yours truly (with help from The Rock Daughters™)
I'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!
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NOW That's What I Call Music! has been releasing holiday compilations for years, and now they've refreshed NOW That's What I Call Merry Christmas for 2017's holiday season. This new version features 20 evergreen holiday favorites spanning more than 60 years, and is available now on CD and Digital. Check out the tracklisting below...
The Holiday season is officially underway for the United States Postal Service, who have just-launched their 2017 collection of Holiday Forever Stamps. The USPS just hit The Rock Father™ with details on the four new Forever stamps, each one featuring an image that illustrates and celebrated the theme of one of four beloved Christmas carols: “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.” See them below...
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter toplines Universal Studios Hollywood's Holiday Festivities...Written by James Zahn
When I'm in Los Angeles, one of my favorite places to visit is Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood. Since I often stay at the Sheraton Universal, it's just a short walk up the hill and a place that comes with a couple of constant reminders: 1) I need to take my entire family to L.A. soon (my wife and kids have never been to California), and 2) we have to visit Universal Studios. In fact, ever since I saw construction of Hogwarts begin a few years back, the wheels on a trip have been turning, particularly since my wife is a massive Harry Potter fan (she has the wands to prove it). Now comes news that really gives me the bug because it taps into my unusually-high love of Christmas. This year, "Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" is happening, but that's just one piece of what's promised to be "a wintry calendar of festive holiday experiences and an array of delectable treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy" at Universal this coming season. Here's the rundown on what visitors can expect for 2017...
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!
Each year, it seems that there's a "new" collection of Frank Sinatra holiday music, and for 2017 that tradition continues with ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS, a new compilation from Frank Sinatra Enterprises and Capitol/UMe. Ultimate Christmas features 20 festive and warm holiday classics from Sinatra's Capitol and Reprise catalogs. The new collection also honors the Sinatra Family's holiday traditions with Frank joined by his children, Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr., on three songs. Ultimate Christmas is available now for preorder in CD, digital, and 180-gram 2LP black vinyl editions, as well as a limited 2LP white vinyl edition exclusively offered for preorder on the Sinatra Store and UDiscover Music. The album arrives on October 6.
As I do every year, I just mentioned the 1957 release of Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album in an article in which I discuss how "Christmas Creep" is not a new thing, and thus isn't really a thing at all. That album was released 60 years ago - on October 15, 2017, and now, after countless collections and reissues, RCA Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 2017 holiday season with the release of Elvis Presley - Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, October 6.
A few days ago, the girls and I were over at The Home Depot - picking up our first round of fall flowers, and scoping out the new assortment of Halloween decor that THD has to offer. They've upped their game this year, and I could do some serious damage if set loose in there. Truth be told, Home Depot can be a dangerously-tempting place, and I'm still paying off our last project loan from when we gutted the bathrooms here at Rock Father HQ and rebuilt them from the bare studs. When it comes to the "Big Two" on the holiday front - Halloween & Christmas - I'm all over the decor, so it was a nice coincidence when The Home Depot sent us their new WindowFX Plus Projector for review.