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Thursday, October 31 2013 14:22

Watch: Full Trailer for The LEGO Movie...

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It's BATMAN, SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, and the GREEN LANTERN together on the big screen for the very first time. It's ABRAHAM LINCOLN, GOD, the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, ROBIN HOOD, THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, a GHOST, and HAN SOLO, coming together for one very special adventure. Yes, Warner Bros. built The LEGO Movie, and the first full-length trailer has arrived. Check it out below...

For Day 30 of 31 Days of Halloween 2013 here on The Rock Father, we have... a repeat entry from 2012? Indeed we do, as IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN makes it back into my annual celebration of the Halloween Season. Airing tomorrow, Halloween night at 8|7c on ABC, as I said last year, there has never been, nor will there ever be, another Halloween special as timeless as the 1966 classic featuring The Peanuts Gang. If you don't already have it on DVD or Blu-Ray (or maybe, even if you do), there's just something really special about sitting down as a family and watching it on live television. In the meantime, here's a couple of clips...

75 Years ago, "The Panic Broadcast" took place. It was then that a 23-year-old ORSON WELLES performed THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, a radio drama broadcast as part of THE MERCURY THEATRE ON AIR. Based on H.G. Wells' 1898 novel of the same name, Welles and his crew managed to cause panic across America as unknowing listeners began to believe that aliens had really descended upon the small town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey. For Day 29 of 31 Days of Halloween here on The Rock Father, I'm featuring PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: WAR OF THE WORLDS, which premieres tonight on PBS. Check out a preview below...

Tuesday, October 29 2013 01:33

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (Blu-Ray Review)

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MONSTERS UNIVERSITYIt didn't even hit me until recently that MONSTERS INC. is already a twelve-year-old movie, just the fourth film in a string of hits born of the now-famed Disney•Pixar relationship. Released nearly eight years before I became a parent - or, "The Rock Father" - my little ones hadn't actually seen the film prior to the release of MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (Disney•Pixar's 14th film) earlier this summer. While we'd missed the new prequel during it's theatrical run, a review copy arrived here at Rock Father HQ courtesy of Disney... conveniently just one day after we'd seen the original broadcast on Disney XD.

Sunday, October 27 2013 10:44

GIVEAWAY - HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST on DVD

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THE ROCK FATHER - ROCK YOUR HOLIDAYSIt's almost the season to be jolly, and my friends at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are gearing up to release their latest seasonal film, HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST. The fifth installment of the HOME ALONE franchise first appeared last year as an ABC Family Movie Event, and this year it comes home on October 29th, arriving on DVD just in time for the holidays. FoxConnect has teamed-up with The Rock Father to get two lucky readers hooked up with copies of the new DVD, and you can find your chance below. Ho Ho Ho!

PBS KIDSIn a season where new "Halloween specials" have been light, there's a real classic vibe that comes with CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST. Making it's television debut this Monday (10/28) on PBS KIDS (check your local listings), this first-ever pumpkin-spiced tale for the little monkey has a warmth that I haven't really gotten from recent seasonal fare. Seeing my oldest curl-up on the couch with her Curious George mask as we took in a sneak-preview here at Rock Father HQ, it reminded me of those nights as a kid in the 1980s where I'd do the same while eagerly-awaiting IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN. With that, CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST secures its place as part of 31 Days of Halloween here on The Rock Father.

On November 5, eOne Entertainment will release GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: HIDDEN TREASURES on DVD. This new, 80-minute collection brings the beloved children's books to life as originally seen on Disney Junior a few years back. Check out a preview below...

Wednesday, October 23 2013 22:42

LEGO KidsFest Announces 2014 Tour Dates...

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LEGO KidsFestThe folks behind the LEGO KidsFest just hit The Rock Father with the full details on their 2014 Tour, which will bring a massive, traveling LEGO exhibit to seven cities across North America from February-November of next year. The interactive, hands-on event features a multitude of cool activities for kids of all-ages and grownups, too! Check out the dates and details below...

All month, my friends at Sprout have been gearing up for Halloween with their ongoing Sprout Halloween Parade, in which kids can march in place in their Halloween costumes and use the "Send to Sprout" App to submit their video to become a part of the user-generated parade. Now, we're just a week away from when the real treats start rolling on October 28, and the Sunshine Barn takes on a Halloween theme for the Sunny Side Up Show (airing live, 9am-noon ET) and the 24-hour preschool network starts airing some terrific Halloween content. Here's a preview... 

For my local readers in the greater Chicagoland Area, I have a chance for you and your family to experience a brand-new event for free. The World Pet Association is bringing the Aquatic Experience - Chicago the the Schaumburg Convention Center from November 15-17, 2013. This inaugural event is bringing everything aquatic together for the first time, creating a family-friendly environment that includes a Live Shark Encounter, Kids Aquarium Contest and much more. The folks behind the event have teamed with The Rock Father to get one lucky family set-up with a Daily Family Pass, valid for up to 2 adults and 4 children for Aquatic Experience – Chicago. The winner of the giveaway may select the date (Nov. 15, 16 or 17) and the pass includes access to all exhibits and show floor activities! Learn more about the show, and enter for your chance to win below...

As of today, there are only 69 days until Christmas. Yes, the Holiday Season is almost upon us, and the folks at Disney have just hit The Rock Father with details on some classic titles that will be released on Blu-ray for the very first time, each perfect for gifting or family viewing. MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL: 30th Anniversary Edition and WINNIE THE POOH: A VERY MERRY POOH YEAR (Gift of Friendship Edition) will arrive on November 5, followed by THE LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEA & ARIEL'S BEGINNING on November 19. Check out full details on each, along with some additional Disney goodies below in today's Disney Roundup...

This month, Shout! Factory in association with Hasbro Studios released TRANSFORMERS PRIME: PREDACONS RISING, a 90-minute epilogue to the recently-concluded, TRANSFORMERS PRIME. BUMBLE BEE got his voice back... MEGATRON raised an undead army (seasonally-appropriate for Halloween!)... and for the rest, you'll just have to watch. Luckily for you, my friends at Shout! Factory and Hasbro have teamed up with The Rock Father to get three readers hooked-up with some sweet prizes. So which side are you on? AUTOBOT... DECEPTICON... or PREDACON?

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