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I've featured the metallic covers of Leo Moracchioli here on the site before, and with each one, I tend to feel that the Norwegian musician is a kindred spirit on the other side of the world. Aside from being a fellow "Rock Father" (he has a daughter as well), his musical inclinations tend to head in a similar direction, with frequent metallic covers of songs that run the gamut from pop to soundtracks and beyond. His latest really hits home as it's a song that I've actually covered myself - Danny Elfman's iconic theme to The Simpsons. The Frog Leap Studios version is admittedly much better than my own Saturday Action Theatre edition (from the 2004 Remakes & Sequels EP), but I'm including both for your listening enjoyment below along with Green Day's 2007 punk version and Powerglove's 2010 metal take!

"Fear does not exist in this dojo." - It's been 33 years since Kreese (Martin Kove) lead the Cobra Kai, a group whose most famous battle found Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) facing off against Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) at the 1984 All Valley Karate Championship. While our first real hint as to what happened to these characters in the years since arrived a decade ago in No More Kings' excellent "Sweep the Leg" music video, now we'll have an official continuation of the KARATE KID saga in COBRA KAI, a new original series coming to YouTube Red in 2018. THR reports that the series landed at YouTube following bidding by Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and AMC - getting an immediate order of 10 episodes.

Wednesday, August 02 2017 11:40

Fancy Sneaking a Stream? Netflix Says You Do...

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Netflix Stream TeamThe Rock Father™ is a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam

Do you sneak time to stream your favorite movies and shows? According to new data from Netflix, you probably do. Sneaking a stream is nothing new - from husbands and wives catching up or jumping ahead on their favorite series' sans their significant others (I've done it), to jumping on while sitting on the throne (some of you may even be reading this while in the potty*), a sneak is part of daily life as a parent. In fact, while I like to stress the importance of "parents" vs. any kind of "mom" or "dad" thing, this month's Netflix revelation comes from the moms, and the #MomSneak is real. And yes, while I may be "The Rock Father," I don't think it's a secret that most of my friends and readers are women... so what say you about this? Seems like sneaking is the new binge, and the #1 sneak may surprise you...

It's not too early to be thinking about the holidays, and when it comes to gift-giving for tech-savvy kids, the folks at KD Interactive have a full suite of products that are worth of a look! Join The Toy Insider this Friday, August 4, for the #KDInteractive Twitter Party taking place from 11am-12pm ET for a chance to win some of the hottest new kid's tech! The Kurio Watch 2.0 Smartwatch, Kurio Snap Camera, Kurio Next Tablet and Aura Drone will all be featured as The Toy Insider shares information on each, along with serving-up chances to win! You must RSVP to participate: http://bit.ly/KDIntRSVP

It's August as of this writing - the heart of Back-to-School season, but here at Rock Father™ HQ sights are currently set on Halloween and Christmas... or, the "Holiday Season" in general. Truth be told, behind-the-scenes at THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine, things run months in advance, much like the editorial calendar of print mags. I've actually been working on holiday content for months, and now comes the traditional open call for submissions. Opportunities for 31 Days of Halloween, Holiday Wish Guide™ and the Rock Father™ Santa Holiday Giving Program are now available.

Marvel Studios' ANT-MAN still holds-up as one of our favorite installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a film that I covered extensively back in 2015. After my own children shot their own sequel two years ago, now comes official word that production has begun on ANT-MAN & THE WASP starring Paul Rudd (“Captain America: Civil War,”  “The Fundamentals of Caring”), Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” “Lost”),  Michael Peña (“The Martian,” Fury”) and Academy Award® winner Michael Douglas (“Behind the Candelabra,” “Wall Street”),  who all return to the roles they originated in the 2015 box office hit “Ant-Man.”  Bobby Cannavale (“Vinyl,” “Chef”), Judy Greer (“War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Wilson”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness,” Transparent), Tip “T.I.” Harris (“Sleepless,” “Get Hard”) and David Dastmalchian (“Twin Peaks,” “The Belko Experiment”) also reprise their supporting roles.

Hold onto your capes! Based on the bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey, DreamWorks Animation presents CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE. “…One of the funniest, most heartwarming films of the year” (William Bibbiani, Crave Online). Certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com, this outrageous family comedy tells the story of two overly imaginative best friends, George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch), who hypnotize their principal (Ed Helms) into thinking he’s the hero from their comic books: Captain Underpants. CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE also features the voice talent of Nick Kroll as Professor Poopypants.

Every generation has their memorable entry point into the world of video gaming, and for The Rock Daughters™, I know they'll remember theirs as the Nintendo 3DS XL - the first system that they really got into. Now, even as we have the Nintendo Switch and the NES Classic Mini (need to get my hands on an SNES Classic!), their 3DS is the go-to, and for families looking to get into the handheld action, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems is a great entry point into a world that continues to grow, and for those looking for some real value, the new 2DS just may be the perfect starter, and this week brought the announcement of some new games and fun ahead...

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! has been rolling out in Asia this summer, and now the latest film based on the Pokémon brand is coming to movie theaters around the world for two days this November. Audiences in the U.S. can look for the film to hit screens for two days only, on Sunday, November 5, and Monday, November 6, 2017 via Fathom Events.

The Hot Wheels Car & Track Play Table from The Step2 Company has been a favorite here at Rock Father HQ for awhile now, a staple of daily play that we've recommended to many friends and family members over the past year. So what did they do for a sequel? Created by Step2 under license from Mattel, the new Hot Wheels Road Rally Raceway is a new way to play Hot Wheels in a space-saving design, that features zig-zagging molded track, and the ability to connect additional orange track to the table to extend the racing fun. Check this out...

They say that "friendship is magic," and with that in mind, Hasbro - makers of MY LITTLE PONY - celebrated International Friendship day by unveiling what they're calling their first "brand anthem" for MY LITTLE PONY, titled ‘Through the Eyes of a Friend.’ It's social experiment that invited parents to hear how their child was doing in school; and surprised them with a report card from their child’s best friend. Check out that video below, but keep scrolling as there's much more...

Do you hear the rumble? The folks at Spin Master just inked a "monster" deal with Feld Entertainment - one that will see them begin a 10-year partnership as the worldwide master toy partner for MONSTER JAM beginning in 2019. "This decade-long brand partnership with Spin Master will grow the Monster Jam toy line exponentially, engaging new and current fans, while reinforcing the Monster Jam franchise as one of the most exciting and fastest growing in all of motorsports," noted Kenneth Feld, CEO, Feld Entertainment.  For longtime fans of Monster Jam, this news marks some big changes ahead.

Over the past year or so, I've noticed an uptick in the amount of simple toy vehicles being released - specifically ones that are character-based, or include a non-removable character behind the wheel. Geared toward the preschool crowd, there's some cool ones out there, and one of the newest players is Jazwares, who've served-up a new collection of miniature vehicles including Peppa Pig Mini Buggies, Chuggington Train Cars, Chuck & Friends (featuring a crossover with Marvel Comics) and Dinosaur Train. Sent to us for review here at Rock Father HQ, here's a look at some of what's in stores now...

When Ben 10 launched the first time around, my wife and I were still some years off from becoming parents, and thus the multi-dimensional adventures escaped us for a bit. While the series has evolved over the past decade and a half, 2017 brought the opportunity for a fresh start and a new series of Ben 10 was born - the perfect opportunity for a new generation of kids to enjoy the adventures of 10-year-old Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and their grandfather, Max. With the power of the Omnitrix on his wrist, Ben can transform himself into one of 10 different alien creatures as the family embarks on great adventures in their Rustbucket - a combination RV/laboratory. With a great new show comes some great new toys, and Ben 10 is being handled by Playmates Toys - the same team behind the long-running success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the recent Voltron: Legendary Defender collections. 

This special feature is brought to you in collaboration between The Rock Father™ and The Walt Disney Company

Considering the fact that California has practically become my second home, I feel increasingly bad that my wife and kids have never come with me to the west coast. That means that they've not yet been to Disneyland Park or Disney's California Adventure... which I have. Having done our first big Disney family adventure last year with a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida, I'm setting sights on getting the family out west - probably around the time that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens in 2019, but maybe sooner if we can find a way to make it all work. For those who are headed west this year, Disneyland has a fresh lineup of new activities and attractions, and I recently had a chance to experience them first-hand during the Summer of Heroes!

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