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It was November 16, 1990 that audiences first experienced John Hughes' HOME ALONE on the big-screen. With a cinematic return set for this November to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, families can get that big-screen experience once more... but for repeat enjoyment at home (alone, if you choose), there's the just-released HOME ALONE 25th Anniversary Collection. Packaged in a limited edition paint can, you get all five movies in the HOME ALONE Saga (the first two of which are on Blu-ray, the rest on DVD), packaged with fun prop replicas and trinkets that add to the holiday fun. As an early entry into my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, my friends at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and I are getting one lucky reader a set of their own (MSRP: $69.99)! Plus, I did a live unboxing via Periscope (hence, not HD) that's been captured and uploaded to YouTube - so you can see exactly what's in the set, and hear my commentary on each piece. Ready to enter?

There's a small percentage of folks out there who might gripe that it's "too early" to be thinking about... writing about... or encouraging the purchase of Holiday decor. Those people are wrong, and I can tell you this from a "past life" working retail, and from my longtime work in the music business. Holiday action in October is not a new thing - heck, even the famous CHRISTMAS ALBUM by ELVIS PRESLEY was released on October 15, 1957! Fact is, if you want the good stuff, you need to plan ahead and act early, and that's exactly why my annual Holiday Wish Guide is rolling out now on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. This year, I've partnered with US Family Guide and Fisherman Creations to help spread the word about Crab Pot Christmas Trees - incredible, MADE IN THE USA decorations that are visible and sparkling from any angle.  Readers of THE ROCK FATHER can get 20% off and FREE Shipping with promo code USFG right now at CrabPotTrees.com! See them in-action below...

When it comes to diecast rides, there's a lot that we love, and our fleet increases regularly here at Rock Father HQ. Among the latest to start rockin' the road with The Rock Daughters are the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES T-Machines - reviewed here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine earlier this Fall. Created by Playmates Toys and available in the diecast aisles of your favorite toy emporiums right now, these vehicles take inspiration from Nickelodeon's hit TMNT animated series, placing each character (heroes and villains alike) in vehicles that would be totally appropriate for "raising shell" on the streets of NYC. An official entry into The Rock Father's 2015 Holiday Wish Guide, the T-Machines are also the very first Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway for the season, with one lucky reader taking home a seriously Turtle-riffic prize pack that includes two (2) basic vehicles, two (2) vehicles with sound, and one (1) basic playset - all chosen at random from the available assortment!

Holiday Wish GuideLast year, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and WWE Studios got into the "Holiday Cheer" game with the release of JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2, which I covered extensively. Campy as some of them may be, I really love holiday movies, so when word arrived that WWE & Fox had another one in the pipeline, my jingle bells started ring ding dingin'. SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER arrives on DVD and Digital HD™ on Tuesday, November 17, with viewers invited to "Ho-ho-hold on tight for holiday hijinks" in the new family comedy starring WWE®  Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin®, WWE Diva Paige™ and AnnaLynne McCord (DALLAS, NIP/TUCK).

Thursday, September 10 2015 19:51

Prepare for the Coming of The KRAMPUS...

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This one is not for the kids, folks. Or, maybe it is (if they've been naughty!), as I've often mentioned that more children should know the legend of the Krampus. Perhaps it's because of my own German roots, but I do love the Krampus - the opposite of Santa Claus, you could say - a creature that punishes the naughty kids instead of rewarding the good ones. My wife does not share my love of the Krampus, so when THE HIPWADERS' new CD single (yes, those still exist) arrived with "El Chupacabra" and "der Krampus," I was giddy. Heck, even THE AQUABATS! have squared off against the legendary monster, so when news came down that Legendary Pictures was letting TRICK 'R TREAT director Michael Dougherty make a big-screen KRAMPUS adventure, I was totally on-board. Now the trailer is here, and what a sight to behold... the perfect marriage of two of my favorite things - Halloween and Xmas. Check out the trailer below, and pre-order your tickets now via Fandango!

2015 Holiday Wish GuideWhen it comes to holiday movies, its no secret that I have a real soft spot for them. One of the greatest is also very much a "Chicago" movie, and one written by a local icon - the late John Hughes. HOME ALONE turns 25 this year, and the folks at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment are releasing a collection that I'm officially adding to my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER - the HOME ALONE 25th Anniversary Ultimate Collection! This new set features all five films in the HOME ALONE franchise, along with some cool collectibles that come packed-in a paint can.

By now, the Dancing Baby Groot from the end of MARVEL's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is a familiar, if not iconic fixture for even those who haven't seen the movie. Here at our house, The Rock Daughters even associate the little guy with The Jackson 5, breaking into that "Groot dance" whenever they hear "I Want You Back." I also have the Funko Pop! Vinyl Dancing Groot here in my office, and they always want to play with him. Now, with the holiday season fast-approaching, Funko is releasing a special edition Pop! Vinyl that brings it all together... Holiday Dancing Groot

Brian Setzer is one of my favorite guitarists and performers of all-time, his extensive discography well-worn here at Rock Father HQ. Of his many projects, THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA has long-been a favorite, and with my penchant for holiday music also deep-rooted, their Christmas albums and occasional tours have also been a big deal. It was recently announced that The BSO would release their first studio Christmas album in a decade on October 16th (via Surfdog Records), with ROCKIN' RUDOLPH currently up for pre-order via PledgeMusic. Now comes word that the band is hitting the road, and their 12th Annual CHRISTMAS ROCKS! Tour is hitting 31 cities this Holiday Season!

According to star Seth Rogen, THE NIGHT BEFORE is a movie that "was made by Jews about Christmas and opens on Thanksgiving." That's completely accurate, and Columbia/Sony Pictures' forthcoming Xmas comedy marks the first time that I've kicked-off a Holiday Movie Season by featuring a film that's completely not family-friendly. In fact, unless you work somewhere really cool, the just-released red-band trailer is probably not even safe for your place of employment. Funny enough, Rogen's church scene is pretty close to my own visits to a house of worship... minus the Star of David sweater. 

With Summer officially at its mid-way mark, that also signals that planning for what's ahead has reached full-steam here at Rock Father HQ. Seasonal opportunities for the rest of 2015 include the annual 31 Days of Halloween, 25 Days of Xmas, and the premium event - the 2015 Holiday Wish Guide! As always, we'd like to make sure that everyone has a chance to submit before things become last-minute and coverage opportunities get missed. Here's what's coming up...

Wednesday, December 24 2014 11:07

Playing it Forward for the Holidays as a Step2 Santa...

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Step2 Brand AmbassadorFor the past two years, I've had the privilege of working with The Step2 Company, first as a "Test Driver" in 2013, and later a full-fledged Brand Ambassador in 2014. I've had some great adventures as part of the Step2 team, and it's gone well beyond just playing with toys and talking about cool products. The folks at The Step2 Company are a very kind and giving bunch, many of which are parents themselves, and after visiting their HQ in Streetsboro, Ohio this past summer, I saw first-hand the pride that they take in their toys - most of which are Made in the USA. Going above and beyond, Step2 has been there for me on other projects, like when I needed a great raffle prize for the annual Fall Fest at Addie's school this past October, they stepped-up with a fantastic Studio Art Desk. For our final project together for 2014, all of the Step2 Brand Ambassadors have been "Playing it Forward," each spreading a little cheer to the recipient of their choice, and again, I've chosen Addie's school. After consulting with her Principal (who took feedback from the faculty), it was determined that the Pre-K/Kindergarten play area was in need of a new playhouse. Rock Father Santa was back in-action, delivering a Neat & Tidy Cottage II last week - my little Elf Finley along for the ride as we made our delivery on the way to Addie's Kindergarten Christmas party...

With Christmas just days away, I didn't think I'd be launching anymore Holiday Wish Guide Giveaways. But, this little movie just landed on my desk and will be viewed here tomorrow, and along with it comes an opportunity to share a copy with one of you. From Cowgirl Up Entertainment and Lionsgate comes ANGELS SING, a new holiday film with a really cool cast including Harry Connick Jr., NASHVILLE's Connie Britton, 1/2 of THE HIGHWAYMEN with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson checking-in, and Lyle Lovett in the mix. Check out the trailer and synopsis below, then enter for your chance to win the film on DVD...

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