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This Avengers: Infinity War Special Feature is presented in collaboration between The Rock Father™ and Marvel Studios. This article contains spoilers...

The release of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War invoked a lot of reaction from fans and critics alike. While the film was met with near-universal acclaim and a box office take that would make Thanos smile (over $2B worldwide), the emotional response elicited by the events of the film's final act left many feeling... things. Anger, sadness - downright shock... the first ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had all been leading to this, the uncertain fate of some of Earth's mightiest heroes. So how is that fan reaction taken in by those behind-the-scenes? In celebration of Avengers: Infinity War's in-home release, I had a chance to find out - catching up with Executive Producer Trinh Tran at the all-new Marvel Superheroes 4-D attraction at Madame Tussauds Hollywood.

When I last met up with actress Hayley Atwell, it was December of 2015. I was Los Angeles for the Global Media Event for the theatrical launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but in the midst of things my group made a detour. After rolling onto the Universal Studios lot on Burbank, California, we soon found ourselves at the Los Angeles Office for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). An incredible, 360° set located just a quick walk from where The Voice was taping, the 1940's-era West Coast home base for the precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D. was a sight to behold, and sadly, the work that went into creating it was seen in just one season of Marvel's Agent Carter. Just a few months later, that series would come to an end, but like many actors that find themselves welcomed into the Disney family, Atwell would soon find herself embarking on another adventure... this time into The Hundred Acre Wood. With Disney's Christopher Robin (reviewed here) now playing in theaters everywhere, Hayley sat down with a crew of the usual suspects (myself included) to talk about her role as Evelyn Robin in the film that would see Winnie the Pooh and friends brought to the big screen in live-action for the very first time.

Even if you don't know Jim Cummings, you certainly know his voice. For the past 30 years, he's been the man behind the familiar sound of the most famous resident of The Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh. Taking over for Hal Smith in keeping Sterling Holloway's famous rasp alive, Cummings has become familiar to generations. "I’ve jokingly said, you know, a ‘Winnie the Pooh' generation is every three and a half years because that brings a brand new set of Pooh fans," he says with a smile, taking some time to sit down with a group (including yours truly) during the launch of Disney's Christopher Robin (reviewed here) in Los Angeles. For the Marc Forster-directed take on a grown-up boy who's lost his way, Cummings inhabits the "live-action" (via CGI) Pooh, along with Tigger (who he took over formally in 2005). During the course of our interview, Jim bounced seamlessly between his own voice and that of his characters...

Sunday, August 05 2018 10:35

Giveaway: Celebrate DOG DAYS and Pamper Your Pup!

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August is the month that famously ushers in "the dog days of summer," so what better time to release the new ensemble comedy, DOG DAYS? From Actor/Director Ken Marino (How to Be a Latin Lover, MTV's The State) comes a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals.  When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected. In theaters on Wednesday, August 8 (look for my formal review soon), it's a surprisingly cute movie with a fantastic cast and a ton of heart! Now, to celebrate DOG DAYS release (get tickets via my affiliate, Fandango), The Rock Father™ and LD Entertainment have teamed-up to help you pamper your pup (or pups!) with a $50 Petco Gift Card!

Going into the World Premiere of Disney's Christopher Robin on The Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank Monday night, I was in the unique position that I'd actually already done something that much of the cast and crew had not - I'd seen the film in a private screening with my group the night before. Now, writing this review a day prior to its theatrical release, I'm eager to see it again with my family - a prospect that I was already looking forward to before seeing it, and am even more excited about having seen it twice already. Christopher Robin isn't necessarily the film that you might think that it is. Indeed, young Christopher isn't really that young anymore, and yes - the residents of The Hundred Acre Wood do set out to help him (as seen in the trailers), but that's not the point. Christopher Robin is a film about family - specifically about being present and aware of all that is good around us. As I tweeted upon exiting the theater, Christopher Robin is a film that will make you rethink your life, and it's also about something that's very dear to me... the importance of play.

This interview may contain minor spoilers for Disney's Christopher Robin...

It's a sunny afternoon in Beverly Hills as I enter the Montage, immediately complimented by a member of the house staff for the Marvel t-shirt peeking out from beneath my Red Kap button-down. I take off my sunglasses and head for the staircase, en route to a meeting on the second floor with a man whom I've never met, but one whose work I've been enjoying ever since I rented a copy of Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave on VHS from a Hogan's Video store in Davenport, Iowa back in 1995 or so. Taking a seat at the table for a roundtable interview (I feel compelled to point out that in reality, the table was rectangular), I placed my Funko Pop! Vinyl Winnie the Pooh near the head seat just in time for Ewan McGregor to pull up a chair to discuss his title role in Disney's Christopher Robin

Wednesday, August 01 2018 19:00

Production on Star Wars: Episode IX has Begun...

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It's August 1, and as promised, director J.J. Abrams is back at the helm as production has begun on the final chapter of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Star Wars: Episode IX started lensing today at Pinewood Studios in London, and the set was a familiar one. In the first behind-the-scenes photo shared on Twitter, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Finn (John Boyega) and possibly Rey (Daisy Ridley) were seen seated in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

This Christopher Robin Special Feature is presented in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company...

The Walt Disney Studios lot in sunny Burbank, California is a magical place as-is... a place where the power of imagination has been harnessed to shape and realize timeless stories that will continue to inspire audiences until the end of time. But on Monday night, something truly unique happened as that magic manifested itself in new ways. To celebrate the release of Disney's Christopher Robin, the lot was transformed into a wondrous place that had not only been ripped from the pages, but had leaped from the screen. For the World Premiere and red carpet, cast, crew and invited guests were welcomed not just onto the Studio lot, but into The Hundred Acre Wood.

It's officially happening. On August 1, 2018, the as-yet-untitled Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios. J.J. Abrams has returned to direct the final installment of the Skywalker Saga from a screenplay that he co-wrote with Chris Terrio. The official news hit the inbox here at Rock Father HQ just moments ago, and the list of new and returning cast members is both expected and surprising. See all the details below!

The Rock Father is part of #TeamJurassic - presented in collaboration with Universal Studios Home Entertainment

65 million years in the making, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom burst into theaters this summer with the biggest array of dinosaurs ever realized on film! The sequel to 2015's Jurassic World brought audiences into a new realm where Jurassic Park is finally gone, but the adventure - or threat - has just begun. Now, families looking to experience the excitement once more can own the film when it comes home on Digital HD on September 4, followed by the Blu-ray & DVD release on September 18 (pre-order here). Pack with exclusive bonus features, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives just in-time for the perfect late summer/early fall movie night!

Winnie the Pooh is a very important character around these parts. Sure, my wife and I grew up on the famous stories from A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard, but there's also a connection that's a little more recent. Back in August of 2009, we were living in a one-bedroom apartment in northern Illinois when the birth of our first daughter took place on the exact date of our 10th wedding anniversary. That bedroom was unusually spacious, the same length as our living room and kitchen combined, and thus it became half-nursery, with the decor themed as "Classic Pooh." Nine months later, we bought the house that would become "Rock Father HQ," and soon after little Addie would discover a particular depiction of that silly little bear in the form of a stuffed animal that I'd bought for my wife many years before... Poopsie Bear. Nine years later, we have two daughters who love the stories from the Hundred Acre Wood, but it's still Addie who's been enchanted by them. Poopsie is still her most prized possession and companion, and above her bed hangs one reminder of that nursery in the apartment where it all began: a picture of Piglet and Pooh. This is why my next adventure in Los Angeles is so special, and why walking the red carpet at the World Premiere of Disney's Christopher Robin is something that I'd quietly hoped for since the film was first announced.

This week, I will embark on my latest adventure with The Walt Disney Company - my 10th trip on Mickey's dime (disclosure and all) - as part of a that will work on promotion for the theatrical launch of Christopher Robin (#ChristopherRobinEvent), along with the in-home release of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War (#InfintyWarBluRay) while gearing-up for the November release of Ralph Breaks the Internet (#RalphBreaksTheInternetEvent), the 57th feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios

If you didn't think that eSports would go mainstream, think again. Sony Crackle announced today that their first eSports docu-series, Hook’d is slated to premiere Friday, July 27, with subsequent three to five-minute episodes rolling out on Monday, July 30, Wednesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 15.  Presented in partnership with NRG ESports and Complex Networks, Hook'd was filmed in the final month leading up to the largest and longest-running fighting game tournaments in the world – The Evolution Championship Series (Evo) in Las Vegas. The first teaser provides a first-look at the improbable journey of 21-year-old Eduardo Deno (aka HookGangGod), an up-and-coming eSports gamer. 

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