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Nothing at all against Emily Blunt (she's lovely and married to Jim Halpert John Krasinski), but I thought I had Mary Poppins cast perfectly back in December of 2015. My choice: Star Wars' Daisy Ridley.  Alas, my choice was overruled by the powers that be, and Mary Poppins Returns has come to life under the direction of Rob Marshall with Blunt in the title role, alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. Today we've got the first photo of Ms. Blunt as Ms. Poppins. Take a look!

Star Wars Rebels is truly some fantastic storytelling, and a series that our whole family enjoys watching together each week. That said, I was excited when the news hit my inbox that production is underway on the fourth season of the acclaimed animated series from Lucasfilm. The fourth season is scheduled to premiere on Disney XD later this year continuing the thrilling and inspiring galactic adventures of the Ghost crew.

With the madness of the Oscars now fading, Jimmy Kimmel is back behind the desk, and tonight he played host to the debut of a brand-new trailer for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. You wanted more Baby Groot, and Marvel just delivered. Plus, this one gives us our first live-action look at a character revealed here on The Rock Father™ Magazine in action-figure form earlier this month... Kurt Russell as Star-Lord's dad, Ego!

Netflix #StreamTeamOver the past year or so, something has changed in our household dynamic here at Rock Father HQ... video games have become a part of daily life. Now, there have always been games present in our house, but aside from LEGO Dimensions and the late Disney Infinity, they weren't really noticed by our girls, The Rock Daughters™.  Oddly enough, despite having some of the newer consoles, it was the classics that really planted the bug. A brief session with the Atari 2600 at a birthday party last year... an infatuation with Super Mario Bros... a curiosity for the dark world of Castlevania. Mirroring my own childhood, Nintendo has become a big deal, with the 3DS XL the platform of choice.  Then, after I took our oldest daughter on a surprise trip to Nintendo's North American Headquarters in Redmond, Washington last November on the launch day for the NES Classic, the world of classic gaming just exploded here, looking toward the past with an eye on the present and future. An interest not only in the games, but also their history and legacy in other facets of pop culture manifested itself, and there's no better place to feed that quest for knowledge and entertainment than Netflix. With the much-anticipated release of the Nintendo Switch upon us, along with the announcement of Castlevania as a Netflix Original Series, here's a look at some video game-based titles to stream right now!

Sunday, February 26 2017 23:00

Trailer: It's the LAPD + Magic and Orcs in BRIGHT

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Netflix #StreamTeamThe film just wrapped production earlier this month, but we've already got the first-look at Bright, a new Netflix Original Film. The teaser trailer just arrived during tonight's Oscars telecast, surprising viewers with Will Smith as a member of the LAPD who all of a sudden is rockin' a sword and pictured with an Orc. Indeed, Joel Edgerton co-stars as the LAPD's first "orc cop" in a film that's touted as a story of where "fantasy has become a reality." From director David Ayer (Suicide Squad), Bright will be streaming on Netflix this December. Take a look...

Thursday, February 23 2017 19:14

Here's a Star Wars Rumor that You've Heard Before...

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Star Wars 40thHere's a rumor that you've no doubt heard before: The original, un-altered, non-Special Edition Star Wars Trilogy will soon see a re-release. If you haven't heard said rumor, go ahead and jump on Google - it surfaces a couple times a month, and it's been going on for years. This is the "hope" that eventually, we will see a restored version of the original films from 1977, 1980 and 1983 as they appeared in theaters. That means all mistakes and limitations of technology at the time are left intact - whether for the sake of history and film preservation, or simply to allow old folks (like myself) to enjoy the films as they originally saw them (no modern updates). In the past, these rumors have been just that - pure vapor. Thing is, in recent months, there have been some rumblings, and there just might be some legitimacy to them this time around. The folks over at Making Star Wars (who have a really good track record when it comes to accuracy in rumors) have heard some things... but the thing is, I've heard things, too.

We've long-expected that Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would be coming home in April, but this week that's been made official. Announced yesterday on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, Rogue One will be coming home on Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray on April 4th. This news comes on the heels of the start of production announcement of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story.  Check out the new trailer and specs below!

A bunch of people (myself included) might've jumped the gun when reporting that the currently-untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story began filming last month. In reality, it was probably some second unit stuff, as word came down today that principal photography on the film officially began yesterday at Pinewood Studios, London. Set for release on May 25, 2018 (exactly 41 years after the 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope), the new film will explore the early adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, including "encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian."

We really need to find a way to get Josh Gad into a Star Wars film. While Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (probably not the real title) is lensing now, the follow-up to Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi should soon be ramping up with Colin Trevorrow at the helm. Gad is quite obviously Star Wars-obsessed (as most of us are), and that has certainly carried over into his work on Murder on the Orient Express, in which he stars alongside Daisy Ridley (whom I interviewed here), Rey herself. Over the past few months, he's pressed Ridley for answers - a quest that has been fruitless, and perhaps annoying.  Today, however, he didn't have any questions for Daisy. In fact, it was a familiar troupe of faces who had a few questions for one of The Last Jedi...

When it comes to collaboration between filmmaker and composer, the relationship between Steven Spielberg and John Williams is about as solid as it gets. Starting in 1974 with Sugarland Express, Williams has scored all but two of Spielberg's films, most recently providing the music for 2016's The BFG, and already on-deck for 2018's Ready Player One. Over the years, the music from their collaborative efforts has been issued in a couple of different collections, but the ever-expanding library hasn't had an updated "greatest hits" in quite awhile. That changes on March 17, 2017, when Sony Masterworks releases John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection. Check out the tracklisting and details below.

Wednesday, February 15 2017 08:14

Giveaway: Get Ready to Rock with ROCK DOG!

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On February 24, Lionsgate Premiere will unleash ROCK DOG, a fun new animated adventure from Ash Brannon, co-director of Surf's Up and Toy Story 2. The tale of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff that leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician after a radio falls from the sky and into his possession, ROCK DOG features the voice talents of Luke Wilson (Bodi), Eddie Izzard (Angus), J.K. Simmons (Khampa), Lewis Black (Linnux), Kenan Thompson (Riff), Mae Whitman (Darma), Jorge Garcia (Germur), with Matt Dillon (Trey) and Sam Elliott (Fleetwood Yak). To celebrate the release, Lionsgate has teamed up with The Rock Father™ to give readers a chance at scoring a ROCK DOG prize pack, including a $50 Visa Gift Card to see the film in theaters, plus a Beanie, Tambourine and Temporary Tattoo! Are YOU ready to ROCK?

I don't know that most people expected DreamWorks' Trolls to be as big as it's been, particularly on the spin-off front. With its colorful characters, vibrant world, sing-along soundtrack and positive message, kids have been inspired to create their own Trolls-inspired projects that keep the spirit of "happy" going long after the end credits have rolled. Now, with the film having come home on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD, my friends at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have partnered with a variety of writers and creative types (including yours truly) to come up with some fun projects to do at home. Armed with a box of supplies graciously delivered by the folks at Fox, The Rock Daughters™ and I set out to craft something awesome. Thing is, I realized after we were well underway that I'm just not very good at the whole "crafting" thing, and that there's others out there who have some really impressive project ideas. But, that's actually not what's important - the real importance is in having fun and fostering creativity, no matter how things turn out.

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