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Another day, another new featurette from Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!  Tonight we get a brief look behind-the-scenes at Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, a new hero of the Rebellion, and one at the center of this new adventure - the tale of the brave Rebels tasked with hunting down the plans for the Death Star in the days prior to the events of 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope. Take a look...

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We're just under two weeks out from the release of Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and as the anticipation continues to mount, each new glimpse into the throwback return to a galaxy far, far away is more enticing. Much has been said about the "lived-in" quality of the film, one that rightfully embraces its place in the timeline, taking place in the days just prior to the events of 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope. With that comes creatures (many of which we already have action figures for) that are created by skilled craftsmen and women rather than pixels created in a computer. Tonight comes a new featurette that takes a look at just that, along with a new TV spot... "Worth It." Check 'em out!

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Previously on THE ROCK FATHER... We took a journey to Los Angeles, following Agent Peggy Carter and Edwin Jarvis in their relocation from New York, setting up shop in the newly-created West Coast Office of the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). There we met with actors Hayley Atwell and James D'Arcy, along with showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas to discuss Season Two of MARVEL's AGENT CARTER. Now that story continues...

What is visible on the surface is often just the tip of the metaphorical iceberg - the front-facing public visage of the SSR being much the same. Hidden behind the New York Bell Company on the East Coast, the precursor to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have taken on a very "Hollywood" front for their entry into the sunnier climate, naturally, a talent agency. Behind the painted glass window of the Auerbach Theatrical Agency, the familiar Rose Roberts mans the phones, a task in which she's well-versed - but here she finds herself fending off a seemingly endless onslaught of Hollywood hopefuls with stars in their eyes.  "We don't advertise. Our sign is barely legible. Our address is wrong in the city directory. And yet, somehow, they find us," she tells Agent Carter upon her arrival, speaking of the hungry actors who constantly come calling. Perhaps a talent agency wasn't the best front they could've chosen, but with Howard Stark now moonlighting as a film producer, a natural one to fit with the show's new West Coast narrative... and a fun one in which to play a bit of "make believe" for the cast and crew.

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS recently received five nominations for the 88th Academy Awards (airing live February 28 on ABC), and of them is rightfully in the category of visual FX. While the focus has been on the "real sets" and "practical effects" of the film, audiences might be surprised at just how much CGI was actually used... the key being that good CGI is undetectable. From large-scale set pieces that would've been impossible to build (crashed Star Destroyers on Jakku), to simple digital set extensions (the TIE Fighter bay - which would've been Matte Paintings in the old days), all the way to complex, fully-realized characters like Maz Kanata, the work was impressive. Now, a newly-released VFX breakdown released by I.A. Magazine reveals just how in-depth the work truly was. Take a look...

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THE ROCK FATHER - Holiday 2014For some it's A CHRISTMAS STORY. For others, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE or WHITE CHRISTMAS. For me, the undisputed greatest Holiday film of all-time is the 1996 Christmas classic, JINGLE ALL THE WAY - a film that I've mentioned in nearly 30 articles on this site alone.  The reasons behind my affection for the film are many (a "perfect storm" of elements), so when the news arrived that Twentieth Century Fox and WWE Studios were going into production on a belated sequel, I covered the announcement with cautious optimism. For me, the thought of a JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 was akin to messing with the legacy of what I'd argue to be the CITIZEN KANE of Christmas films, so when the out-of-nowhere opportunity to visit the Vancouver set came along, I couldn't pass it up. In March, I found myself standing alongside Larry the Cable Guy, WWE Superstar Santino Marella and director Alex Zamm (THE LITTLE RASCALS SAVE THE DAY) on the set of JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2. Thousands of miles from Rock Father HQ, I was back inside a world of movie magic that I'd been missing - a member of the FHE Insiders crew.

There's a lot of people that visit THE ROCK FATHER that aren't aware of my pre-fatherhood past. I often say that I'm "an adventurer" of sorts, and over the course of time, I've been fortunate to have many adventures that have crossed-over into several different areas of media. Some of those adventures have been in the realms of film and television. Did you know that I once voiced Starscream from the TRANSFORMERS on TV? Sure did (scroll about 10 slots down). Or that I played a farmer in a movie that often shows up on cable in the UK? Guilty. But... what about that time that I did the voice of Olaf for Disney's Academy Award-winning picture, FROZEN? Yes, you are correct that the wonderful actor Josh Gad performed the voice of the lovable snowman in the film, but there was one day... a day not long ago... when I had to step into the recording booth, to lend my voice to Olaf, and even sing "In Summer."

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