Later this month, I will be back on the ground in Los Angeles, working alongside my friends at Walt Disney Studios for the launch of their new film, Christopher Robin. Today, tickets for the film went on-sale (get 'em via my affiliate, Fandango) and families will get their first look into the Hundred Acre Wood on the night of August 2, for preview showings ahead of its August 3 release. As those tickets went on-sale, Disney also just released a new "Adventure" sneak-peek and an all-new featurette about the legacy of the famous characters created by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. Take a look!
Back in April, Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War (reviewed here) roared into theaters, quickly becoming the #4 film of all-time. I was there for the launch, a guest of Marvel on the red purple carpet, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe was changed forever. Now, as audiences await the release of Avengers 4 next spring, Infinity War is coming home Digitally on July 31 and Blu-ray on Aug. 14 with over two hours of bonus features! Check out all the specs below, and read-on because my personal adventure with the Avengers isn't over yet...
For a few years now, Paramount Pictures has been hard at work on a new animated film entitled AMUSEMENT PARK. Back in January, I made the announcement that the film would be getting a full line of toys from my friends at Funrise, but when I entered their showroom at the 115th North American International Toy Fair in New York, they had a large standee touting the future arrival of Amusement Park toys - but didn't want pictures of the sign taken, despite the logo having already been out there for a good year. Cue the title change and Amusement Park is now WONDER PARK, a magical tale about a defunct theme park called Wonderland, "where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive." They're betting big on this one, with a companion animated series for Nickelodeon already in-production, but little was known about the project until today. Check out the teaser trailer below!
Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Episode IX should start filming later this summer, and one new addition to the cast just might be an old collaborator for Writer/Director J.J. Abrams. Variety broke the news that Keri Russell, who famously worked with Abrams as the title character on Felicity, will join the final chapter in the Sequel Trilogy in an "action-heavy" role. According to the trade, Lucasfilm and Abrams met with several actresses for this role over the past few months, eventually locking in Russell right before the 4th of July.
Cartoon Network's Ben 10 is one thing that I'd thought I'd missed due to the age of my kids, and then it got rebooted and became a big hit here at Rock Father HQ with a great show on Cartoon Network, some awesome toys from Playmates Toys and a pretty entertaining video game.. Now comes news that the coolest alien-powered kid hero has a new DVD collection coming home, with Ben 10: Omni-Tricked arriving on September 18, 2018. Fans can revisit the adventures from Cartoon Network’s hit animated series with 16 action-packed episodes and a 44-minute special. Following Ben and his family as they go on a cross-country road trip, fans will embark on a fun, extraterrestrial animated journey. Officially, this is Season One, Volume Two.
On August 9, 2019, Sony Pictures will release the ninth feature film from writer/director Quentin Tarantino. Today comes the first official photo from the set of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor...Sharon Tate.
Is Scrooge McDuck a big EDM fan? While I can't say (though I have taken a dive into his famed money pit), the DuckTales have entered a whole new world with the release of a brand-new collaboration between Marshmello and Disney. The DJ/Producer's recent video for "Fly" already racked up more than 48 million views on YouTube, and now there's a new version featuring the DuckTales crew. A mix of animation and live-action, the music video launches Scrooge, his nephew Donald, great-nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie and their friend Webby into a musical outer space adventure. When their spaceship unexpectedly crashes, they encounter an alien DJ on a remote Marshmello planet. The video just made its premiere during a screening of Disney·Pixar's The Incredibles leading into the "2018 Radio Disney Music Awards" (RDMA) (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel. See Marshmello x DuckTales - "FLY" below!
Giveaway: Celebrate Fred Rogers and "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" with The Rock Father & Fandango FanShop!Written by James Zahn
They don't really grasp the legacy or importance just yet, but our girls first experienced the world that Fred Rogers created thanks to Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS Kids. Now, there's a new documentary that takes a look back at how it all began, and why the spirit of Mister Rogers Neighborhood is exactly what the world could use right now. Focus Features' Won't You Be My Neighbor is winning audiences to become one of this summer's surprise hits (99% "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes), and now The Rock Father™ has teamed-up Fandango and the all-new Fandango FanShop to invite you back into the neighborhood with a fun Mr. Rogers prize pack. Two (2) lucky readers will receive bundles including a a Funko Mister Rogers Pocket Pop! Keychain plus a $20 Fandango Gift Card. Won't you be our neighbor?
The were missing during the events of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War, but in this new featurette for Ant-Man & The Wasp, Marvel's Kevin Feige confirms speculation that Ant-Man and the Wasp will be very important to the upcoming Avengers 4. In fact, he lays it right out in stating that the film "connects directly to Avengers 4." So who is the Wasp? Get a brief history lesson below!
At its core, Hotel Transylvania has always been about vacationing. In fact, the first film established that with its titular location - a five-stake resort for all manner of monster. But what happens when the proprietor of said resort needs some time for a vacation himself? Well, that's the story of Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. In theaters on Friday the 13th of July, Dracula and the crew hit the seas for a luxury cruise, and from the looks of things, he's gonna need a vacation when he's done with his vacation - something that rings true from my own experience as The Rock Father™. Now, to get your family up to speed before the third film in what can now be called "The Hotel Transylvania Trilogy" hits theaters, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment at yours truly have teamed-up for a double-feature movie night with Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 on DVD. I'm coining #DadsForDrac as a tagline!
We all face challenges and struggles in life, and sometimes the balance between personal issues and work becomes a hard thing to maintain. In CREED II, the eighth film in the Rocky series, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) struggles with that very challenge - balance - as the saga comes full circle with echoes of 1985 as Creed prepares to face an unexpected adversary that wears familiar colors of red and gold... DRAGO. See the trailer below!
In order to share this news, I have to go back to when I first reported on SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom during the 2017 installment of my annual 31 Days of Halloween and what I said then: "He may not know it, but SpongeBob Squarepants is my nemesis. Actually, if we're being honest, he's just one of my nemeses, but for years Mr. Squarepants has been on that shortlist of undesirables, and I can't pick a singular reason for it. I don't like his voice... his animation... in fact, I can't find a single redeeming quality in SpongeBob, and I know I've pointed that out before. Still, many of you enjoy his antics, and that's why I continue to keep tabs on what they're up to down in Bikini Bottom." Now, the one thing that did excite me about SpongeBob (aside from a David Hasselhoff appearance in his movie) is that they went stop-motion for a Halloween special, and that special is now coming home on DVD.