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After a special trailer premiere event in Los Angeles yesterday, the long-awaited, yet perhaps divisive trailer for Paul Feig's GHOSTBUSTERS arrived from Sony's Columbia Pictures this morning. The rebooted franchise is back in theaters this summer, more than thirty years after the beloved original took the world by storm. While there's certainly a nostalgia factor at play here - even noting the original Ghostbusting foursome of the original at the start of the trailer, the 2016 GHOSTBUSTERS is a fresh start, outside of the continuity of the 1984 film and its 1989 sequel. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth are strapping on the Proton Packs this time around. Well, Hemsworth, maybe... if he put down the hammer. See the trailer below...

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Two days ago, Tom Burns of 8-Bit Dad weighed in on the usual hard-to-find nature of female action figures by making an off-the-cuff remark about the future availability of toys from Director Paul Fieg's GHOSTBUSTERS. The new film starring Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones is out July 15 via Columbia Pictures/Sony, and from the looks of things, next month's annual Toy Fair International in New York City should have no shortage of GHOSTBUSTERS goodness. According to Fieg on twitter, pretty much all of the current licensees for classic GHOSTBUSTERS merch (based on the 1984 film and its 1989 sequel) are in the mix - LEGO, Diamond Select, Funko, and more - and will be producing over 20 figures in various sizes and styles. The first batch to be revealed? Mattel's 6" line of articulated figures. Take a look...

PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)This week, most of my fellow PBS KIDS VIPs (Very Involved Parents) are in Austin, Texas attending the PBS Annual Meeting. While I had to miss this year's meeting, the news is still flowing, and today comes the full details on this Fall's next big hit, NATURE CAT! First reported here on THE ROCK FATHER back in January, NATURE CAT is a new series from creators David Rudman (“Cookie Monster” and “Baby Bear” on SESAME STREET; “Scooter” and “Janice” on THE MUPPETS) and Adam Rudman (TOM & JERRY, SESAME STREET, CYBERCHASE), that aims to encourage children ages 3-8 to explore and develop connections with the natural world. The series is now set to debut on November 25 on PBS KIDS (check local listings for times), and will feature a very familiar voice cast...

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