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When the Netflix Original Series BEAT BUGS made its debut in 2016, families were quickly immersed in a vibrant new world inspired by the timeless music of THE BEATLES.  Following the adventures of five best friends -- Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz and Walter -- who band together to discover life's most important lessons in an overgrown suburban backyard -- Beat Bugs encourages lessons of friendship and problem-solving while introducing a new generation to some of the greatest songs of all-time. Mixing classic and contemporary, here The Beatles' music is performed by an all-star line-up of artists including Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, Pink, Robbie Williams, Sia, Rod Stewart, Regina Spektor, James Corden, and late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. With two seasons already streaming in full on Netflix, the Beat Bugs adventures are just getting started...

It's a pretty big week for Star Wars, and something tells me that there's still some more news yet to come. As folks continue to discuss the forthcoming Han Solo movie and its production set to continue under filmmaker Ron Howard, some attention is turning to the upcoming Star Wars Forces of Destiny, which will debut in animated form next week. Additionally, Star Wars Rebels' third season will be hitting Blu-ray this fall, and there's a new episode of The Star Wars Show that covers everything that I've just mentioned here... and then some. Ready to watch some videos? Here we go...

As we cross the mid-point in the year, it's roughly 180 days until Christmas. Indeed, the holiday season is a big deal here at Rock Father HQ, and over the years that spirit has made its way into the virtual pages of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine via my annual Holiday Wish Guide™, and my ongoing seasonal lists of new release holiday music and movies. With that comes one of 2017's first Christmas movies, and this one is a bit unexpected since it's from the BAD MOMS... a known favorite among readers and friends of the site. This November, get ready for A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS! See the "Red Band" (Restricted) trailer below! Believe me, it's naughty - so don't watch with the kids in the room. You have been warned, but there's a cleaner version here.

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Disney's VAMPIRINA Gets a Voice Cast...

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One of our most-anticipated new animated series' makes its debut this fall, and that's VAMPIRINA - from Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee. Today Disney hit The Rock Father™ with news that James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek," What Would Diplo Do?") and Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls") will voice the roles of Vampirina's parents, Boris and Oxana Hauntley. Twelve-year-old Isabella Crovetti ("Colony") stars as the voice of Vampirina (aka Vee), a lovable young vampire girl, who is facing the joys and trials of being the new kid in town when her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. The series will debut on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and the Disney NOW App.

In Short: After five films, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT closes the book on a decade on cinematic adventures from Michael Bay and Co., but blasts a door wide open for more Autobots & Decepticons yet to come...

It's been ten years since Michael Bay launched TRANSFORMERS into the live-action realm, his Steven Spielberg-produced 2007 epic arriving in theaters more than two decades after the animated classic, TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE hit theater screens back in 1986. As a kid who grew up on the original series and Hasbro toys that started with 1984's "Generation One," my excitement for Bay's film series was a given - and for the past decade I've been there, capping it off by attending the U.S. premiere of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, the fifth film in the series, and what's being touted as "The Final Chapter" for Bay's run on the franchise.

This Disney Movies Under the Stars Backyard Theater feature is presented in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Signature Collection has been bringing movie fans all-new editions of some of the biggest classics from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Launching with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio have also received the Signature treatment, and the latest to appear is the 1942 classic, Bambi. We have a strange relationship with that film here in our house... quite simply, my wife won't watch it. Still, that didn't stop us from making that our second film in our latest run of Disney Movies Under the Stars in our backyard theater here at Rock Father HQ with the Bambi Anniversary Edition.

Brought to you in collaboration between The Rock Father™ and Universal Pictures

On June 30, 2017, Universal Pictures will bring Illumination Entertainment's DESPICABLE ME 3 (get tix via Fandango) into theaters nationwide. To celebrate the third chapter of Gru's epic saga (which finds him teaming-up with brother Dru), Universal and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to give you a shot at winning a cool DESPICABLE ME 3 Soundtrack & Toy Prize Pack. One lucky reader will receive the DESPICABLE ME 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring Original Songs and Themes by Pharrell Williams, and a Despicable Me 3 Mini Music Mate from Thinkway Toys

This Disney Movies Under the Stars Backyard Theater feature is presented in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company

It was last year that something finally happened that I'd been hoping to do for a very long while... we finally put together a backyard theater here at Rock Father HQ. In partnership with Disney, we started an outdoor movie series right in our own backyard - and it was awesome. Movies are best enjoyed in a group, and while a great cinema experience is fantastic, there's something special about seeing a movie outdoors. Drive-in theaters are the best, and of course there's movies in the park - but now technology has caught up to the point where it's affordable for families to host some screenings at home. First up for our 2017 season? Disney's live-action reimagining of Beauty and the Beast!

May 25, 2017 officially marked the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, but the birthday celebration continues as we head toward the December release of Rian Johnson's new film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With all the great products out there that pay tribute to a galaxy far, far away, some of the coolest aren't toys or apparel, but wall art for your home or office. The folks at EntertainArt have been making pop culture decor for ages, and Star Wars has been a big part of that for awhile. When they asked me to take a look at their special collection of Star Wars 40th Anniversary prints, one in particular immediately grabbed me and I knew I had to have it... "Darth Vader Lives." It's an exclusive design that you won't find anywhere else, digitally-printed in a 16"x20" recessed box. So why did this particular design grab me? Because I had it once before... in fact, I wore it.

I've been talking about it for months, and now Disney•Pixar's Cars 3 has officially come racing into theaters! The latest chapter in the Cars saga finds an aging Lightning McQueen faced with a turning point in his life and career as a new breed of "next-gen racers" have burst onto the scene, with newcomer Jackson Storm leading the pack. With the help of racing trainer Cruz Ramirez, McQueen sets out to get back on track. Before you head out to the theater, take a look at the latest clips from the film, along with LOU - the latest Pixar short, screening just before Cars 3. Get tickets now via my affiliate, Fandango.

It wasn't necessarily a secret (in fact, I mentioned here that it was in-development), but ABC's THE TOY BOX is coming back for a second season. The network made it official today, announcing on Instagram that production is underway and that some "brand new toy inventions will be unveiled soon" 

It's time to get back to Duckburg, as the new animated comedy adventure DuckTales officially has a premiere date! The revamped DuckTales will premiere in a one-hour television movie to be presented for 24 consecutive hours, SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 (beginning at midnight EDT/PDT), on Disney XD. Then, the series will debut with two new episodes SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. EDT/PDT). Each will also be available on the Disney XD app and Disney XD VOD on these same dates. And what's DuckTales without it's iconic theme song? Check out the opening title sequence below to hear it now!

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