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This Friday night, FM Entertainment & Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey present MOTOGRATER, PRODUCT OF HATE and IMPERIAL FALL on the House of Harley-Davidson Stage at Route 20 in Sturtevant, Wisconsin (get tix). For PRODUCT OF HATE, it's hometown show, and it marks the end of the album cycle and touring for their full-length debut, BURIED IN VIOLENCE. While Napalm Records released that album on February 5, 2016, the band actually started touring it almost a year earlier, hitting the road with Allegaeon (Metal Blade Records) and The Agonist (Napalm) in 2015. Later tours with the likes of Mushroomhead (Megaforce), Hammer Fight (Napalm), Sumo Cyco and Madame Mayhem would follow, with the band most recently spending nearly 40 dates on the road with the reunited Skinlab and IKILLYA (Urban Yeti Records). Now, as the two year anniversary of Buried in Violence approaches, PRODUCT OF HATE will close the book on Buried and set sights on Album #2.

In 1984, the world was first introduced to two teams of heroes, both based out of New York City, and each comprised of four members with a distinct set of talents. Operating in two different dimensions (and under different rights holders), the odds of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES working alongside the GHOSTBUSTERS seemed unlikely. Defying the odds, that's exactly what happened back in 2014, when IDW Publishing brought the whole crew together for an interdimensional adventure in comic book form, released as a 30th anniversary celebration for the two franchises. Now, in 2017, they've come back together for a comic book sequel, and for the first time ever... toys. From Playmates Toys comes NINJA GHOSTBUSTERS, a collection action figures that features the Turtles as their Ghostbusters counterparts! Sent to us for review, NINJA GHOSTBUSTERS land not only in my annual Halloween countdown, but also on the 2017 Holiday Wish Guide™!

As we roll toward Halloween, more "treats" have been arriving on a daily basis, and this weekend we have one from Bea Miller. From her latest release, Chapter Three: Yellow (out now on Hollywood Records) comes a lyric video for "To the Grave." "Halloween is my favorite day of the year, and because I have a song with a title we could play on, we made this for you. I hope you love it," said Miller about the new clip. Check it out below!

Netflix Stream TeamHalloween is almost here, and for 2017 my friends at DreamWorks Animation have served-up a fresh batch of free printable activities from some of their kid-favorite Netflix Original Series. There's printable pumpkin stencils for Spirit Riding Free and DinoTrux, and from Voltron: Legendary Defender there's patterns for creating masks, a sword, and The Cow of Voltron!

Ready for some Halloween action?

With the December 15 release of Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi fast-approaching, audiences will soon be reunited with Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and the crew as they find out what Luke Skywalker's been up to (aside from hanging out with porgs). The current Star Wars trilogy puts a strong woman at the center of the action, with Daisy Ridley's Rey inspiring a new generation of young girls. Here at Rock Father HQ, we have two of those - and I've written about that often, both here and at The Toy Insider. We're certainly not alone in this, and it's fantastic to see how other families share their love of Star Wars... but since it's Halloween, what if there was a spooky spin on things? Enter NORAH OF THE LIVING DEAD, a short film from NYC-based producer/editor/dad Matt Mayers. Check out the three-minute short below in which one 8-year-old girl faces off against a zombie straight from the world of George A. Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD by harnessing The Power of The Force (and some Hasbro action figures)!

With most of October now behind us, more folks are seeking frights in the final days leading up to Halloween. The crew over at YouTube has seen an uptick in searches for terrifying content, and tonight they sent over a list of the Top 10 horror films that people have been searching for and watching on YouTube. Some, like 2013's The Conjouring, are surprising, while the return of the SAW franchise to theaters with Jigsaw is no doubt fueling interest in the earlier installments. Also, 1988's Child's Play makes the list, right alongside Cult of Chucky, which hit Netflix, Blu-ray and AMC this month. And did you think that Pennywise would be left out? Check out the full list below!

After decades of calling William Patrick Corgan "Billy" Corgan, it feels weird to type the man's full name. At the same time, I get it - much in the same way that I'm "James" and get weirded out when people call me "Jimmy" or "Jim," especially people I don't really know. Naming conventions aside, today we've got something unexpected from Corgan in the form of an acoustic performance of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" from the Cover Room on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. As far as I know, this is only the second Cover Room performance, with Kesha dropping by for "House of the Rising Sun" over the summer - a performance that's pretty much been erased from the internet, with the video being pulled from YouTube. Check out "Wrecking Ball" below...

It's been a few years since we've seen a real-world Hot Wheels Chevy Camaro available at dealers, but now it's happening again - and better than ever before. Chevrolet and Hot Wheels have announced the 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition, "celebrating 50 years of partnership, performance innovation and design." Announced ahead of SEMA 2017 in Las Vegas, the special package will be available for sale in the first quarter of 2018, while diecast versions of the vehicle will also be rolling out to retailers as well. Check out the specs below!

After making some waves with audiences this summer, Sony Pictures' THE EMOJI MOVIE has come home on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD. While I'll post some more detailed thoughts in a formal review of the in-home release next week, suffice to say that The Rock Daughters loved it (we even had a themed birthday party back in August), and the appeal is lasting - just like the Emojis that inspired the film. For families looking to put an Emoji spin on Halloween, now you can with FREE PRINTABLES including a collection of EMOJI MOVIE Pumpkin Carving Patterns! Gene, Hi-5, Jailbreak, Poop and Smiler are all here, ready to add a friendly glow to your favorite gourds!

Updated 10/30/2017: Disney Store TOYBOX Action Figures are a new line of toys that include characters from STAR WARS, MARVEL and PIXAR. Each figure features 14-points of articulation, with the launch coming on November 3. The figures will retail for $12.95 US/$15.95 CAN. More updates follow the original article below!

Earlier this morning, visitors to the ShopDisney website (an affiliate) started seeing an advertisement for something interesting on the "New" page. Disney Store's TOYBOX action figures are touted as making their debut in-store and online on Friday, November 3, 2017. "Get ready to interact with PIXAR, Star Wars and Marvel characters like never before," it says. With no formal announcement yet, what's particularly notable is that the two figures featured are of Rey and a First Order Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Last Jedi... but that they're styled almost exactly like their video game counterparts where in the long-shuttered Disney Infinity. Here at our house, the figures from that game are still in-use, and just yesterday our youngest daughter was playing with the Star Wars ones. There's a huge appeal in those designs.

When it comes to "critical" opinion, I'm in the group that really enjoyed David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation, SUICIDE SQUAD. In addition to the film itself being enjoyable in an almost-music-video kinda way, I really dug the soundtrack. It didn't fit the mold of what a superhero film usually receives, much less one from a universe typically known for sweeping cinematic scores. The fourth single from that record was "Gangsta" by Kehlani, used as a representation of the relationship between Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and The Joker (Jared Leto). On this summer's PUNK GOES POP VOL. 7, New Years Day put their spin on the track, and now we've got an official video that finds Ash Costello channeling Harley, right down to an appearance of the classic suit straight out of Batman: The Animated Series. Check it out...

As the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have evolved over the past few decades, they've had a habit of stepping into their own version of the "monster mash" on more than a few occasions. Mikey, Leo, Donnie and Raph have not only battled all manor of supernatural beast, but they've also become them at times. In a tale that finds a quartet of reptiles mutated into humanoid form, few things are off-limits as the story sometimes becomes multi-dimensional. Have they really become monsters, or are they simply wearing costumes? Depends on the time, but years ago Playmates Toys issued some crossover figures in which The Universal Monsters were mashed-up with the Turtles themselves. Now, that general spirit is back with TALES OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MONSTERS + MUTANTS, a recent four-episode arc of the hit Nickelodeon series (now in its final season), and with that comes some fantastic new action figures from the folks at Playmates!

Tuesday, October 24 2017 08:00

Preview: ABC's THE TOY BOX Season Two, Week Five

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We've cleared the halfway mark for the second season of ABC's slightly retooled version of THE TOY BOX and this coming Sunday we'll get a look at a fresh batch of toys from a new crop of hopeful toy inventors. This week we've got yet another toy that first hit my radar some years back - "My Doll Room," which was previously marketed as "American Doll Room." Geared toward 18" dolls, it'll be interesting to see how that fares when put in front of Mattel, makers of American Girl. Check out the full rundown on all seven toys competing this week...

If you think you've heard about this one before, you're correct. Way back in 2004 - years before becoming "The Rock Father," I was working regularly in television and film, and pretty much dropped everything to focus on bringing one of my own visions to the big screen - a genre-bending crime/horror hybrid called DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS). The tagline was a big hook - "Vampires. Demons. Zombies. Werewolves. The Mob." - and what followed was a few years of absolute craziness that saw the in-development film and its two planned sequels (one was written) get coverage in major media, get nominated for a Spike Scream Award for "Most Anticipated Film" (a category sponsored by Hot Topic) and the ahead-of-their-time video "making-of" video podcasts get nominated for an Emmy, all while casting was tackled, set/costume/prop design was completed, and special FX tests were underway. Sadly, the project fell apart due to a massive storm of "circumstances beyond our control" for my co-writer and I, but the plus side is that a prequel comic book series took shape in the years that followed. 

13 years into the DWTS journey, there's still new friends discovering the DWTS world for the very first time, and in the eight years since the first comic was published, new readers have been enjoying and experiencing our stories on a weekly basis. For Halloween, we're inviting YOU to experience DEATH WALKS THE STREETS through a FREE DOWNLOAD of DWTS #0 and DWTS #1 (the Halloween issue!) via Noisetrade Books!

As we roll toward Halloween, it just feels right to see some seasonal fare topping the box office. Thing is, the box office results for the weekend of October 22 could be considered frightening for studios and theater owners alike, as audiences weren't exactly out in droves. According to data provided by comScore, Tyler Perry's BOO 2! A Madea Halloween topped the weekend estimates, pulling in $21.6M, far ahead of Warner Bros. Geostorm with $13.3M. In its second weekend, Happy Death Day (Universal/Blumhouse) is in third with just $9.4M. As for Universal's The Snowman? Although they did hit media outlets like this one with some entertaining care packages this past week, The Snowman got decapitated with just $3.4M amid bad reviews and rumors that the whole script may not have even been shot (seriously).

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