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Star Wars: Forces of DestinyThere was some buzz awhile back that Star Wars: Episode VIII would be called "Forces of Destiny," after some astute internet sleuths dug up some fairly recent trademark registrations on that name. After the announcement came for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a few folks were left scratching their heads, but now it's all revealed! STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY was just announced by Disney and Lucasfilm as "a new initiative celebrating the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from across the Star Wars universe." The movement features "an original series of animated shorts (each 2-3 minutes in length) that will explore exciting, all new adventures of key characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others, ahead of books and a TV special later in the year. The stories will also be supported by a line of toys from Hasbro, including new ‘Adventure Figures’ – a fusion between traditional dolls and action figures, creating a whole new way to play Star Wars." Check out an early preview and the full announcement below!

Disney's Descendants was a big hit here at Rock Father HQ, and now that we're just a few months out from the release of Descendants 2, our girls have been getting more excited with each little tidbit of info. Now comes a big reveal - full details on the film's soundtrack, and the pending release of "Ways to Be Wicked," the first single. The new track featuring Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart, will debut on Radio Disney tomorrow, THURSDAY, APRIL 13 (3:00 p.m. PDT). Additionally, the single will be available for download, and the pre-order for the full Descendants 2 soundtrack will be available from Walt Disney Records wherever digital music is sold and streamed on FRIDAY, APRIL 14

Star Wars 40th AnniversaryFrom an office far, far away from Star Wars Celebration Orlando, I'm still rockin' the pre-show updates remotely as thousands of Star Wars fans prepare to spend the next few days rubbing elbows with the folks who make the saga happen. Since it's Wednesday, that means a new episode of The Star Wars Show has hit the web, and they're pregaming, too. In fact, it's a much better pre-show than I could give you, as they've got the real scoop on what's coming up involving the Star Wars 40th Anniversary panel, The Last Jedi, Star Wars Rebels and much, much more. Check it out...

On June 23, the fifth film in Michael Bay's cinematic TRANSFORMERS franchise hits theaters, and it's going to be a Transformers tale unlike any we've seen before. In the latest trailer for TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, we see Optimus Prime called upon by his maker (if you recall, "the makers" wanted him back in the last film) and is seemingly reprogrammed to be an enemy of the human race. The Transformers have been here for years, and a call is out to "rethink history," as the Autobots and Decepticons have ties to The Knights of the Roundtable, the Nazi Empire, the Samurai warriors of Japan and more. Take a look...

Star Wars 40th AnniversaryAnnounced today on ABC's Good Morning AmericaStar Wars: Force For Change has teamed up with Omaze to launch Star Wars “Past, Present and Future” — a new fundraising campaign to benefit UNICEF and Starlight Children’s Foundation — in honor of the saga’s 40th Anniversary celebration. The new initiative will give Star Wars fans a shot at winning three "once-in-a-lifetime" experiences, including an appearance in the upcoming untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story, tickets to the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or an overnight stay at Skywalker Ranch. Each week, a new prize will be awarded to a randomly-selected winner, and at the end of the campaign, one randomly-selected grand prize winner will be awarded all three Force-filled experiences. Check out the announcement video featuring Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) below...

Despite being entertaining, the THOR films have always been sort of a sidenote to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for me. Good, yes - but I've just never anticipated them in the same way that I have Captain America, Iron Man, etc. That just changed with the first teaser for THOR: RAGNAROK, the third "solo" Thor outing, and one that looks like it certainly took a few cues from the "fun" factor of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Check it out below, and crank up your speakers - Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" provides the soundtrack!

Monday, April 10 2017 09:25

Film Review: Disneynature's BORN IN CHINA

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It's been two years since Disneynature's last theatrical release hit screens, the fantastic Monkey Kingdom. Attached to that film was an early teaser for what would be the next film from the studio, Born in China. Due to taking a year off from the Earth Day schedule, another teaser followed in 2016, and now comes the anticipated release of a film that my daughters have been asking for since they saw that first teaser two Aprils ago. While in San Francisco for the #Cars3Event last month, I had a chance to check out an early screening of Born in China, a film that is about to take audiences to some of the world's most beautiful and remote locales. 

Just as the weekend was getting under way, Kabam and Hasbro officially launched TRANSFORMERS: Forged to Fight, a new high-definition, action-fighting RPG mobile game. For the first time ever, Transformers fans and mobile gamers everywhere are able to build their Transformers team and battle with the most iconic Autobots and Decepticons from nearly every era of the storied franchise’s 30-plus year history. TRANSFORMERS: Forged to Fight is now available on the iOS App Store and for Android on Google Play. Check out the launch trailer and "Showdown" videos below...

Sunday, April 09 2017 22:27

First Teaser - My Little Pony: The Movie

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"A new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 (Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity) embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home" in My Little Pony: The Movie, coming to theaters on October 6, 2017 via Lionsgate. It's just a first-look teaser and one-sheet, but our girls, The Rock Daughters™ (particularly our youngest), are gonna flip when the see this. Check it out...

Friday, April 07 2017 08:00

ABC & Mattel Prepare to Open THE TOY BOX...

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This special look at #TheToyBox is presented in collaboration with ABC and The Rock Father™.

Despite the fact that most American homes have toys in them (even those that are sans-kids), the general public still seems to know fairly little about the toy industry and how it works. Each year, thousands of toys hit the market, and for every one that makes it from development to production, there's dozens more that have been pitched and failed. While most toymakers have in-house development teams, a good portion of new toys are developed by independent inventors or design studios who turn around and either sell or license their creations to one of the major companies. As a toy reviewer myself, I see a ton of toys come into The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ™ each year, and I'm always on the lookout for current and upcoming trends in play (I'm also on the Parent Advisory Panel for The Toy Insider and have served as a Play Influencer for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair). That said, when ABC invited me to take an early look at their new competition series, THE TOY BOX (premiering TONIGHT, FRIDAY, APRIL 7 from 8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT on ABC), I was intrigued - especially since I was able to see it in the screening room at Pixar Animation Studios with Jen Tan, Creative Director of Consumer Products for Pixar - a mentor on the show. The premise: Toy inventors present their concepts to a group of mentors and a panel of judges (kids!) with an ultimate goal of making it to the finals, where the winning toy will be produced by Mattel and sold exclusively at Toys "R" Us immediately following the season finale. 

Bad Lip Reading is one of YouTube's finest channels, and one permanently marked with "legendary" status here at Rock Father HQ thanks to their Star Wars parody, SEAGULLS! (Stop It Now) - A Bad Lip Reading of The Empire Strikes Back. Our four-year-old has the song and it's dialogue breaks completely memorized. Now comes a new trip into a galaxy far, far away with THE FORCE AWAKENS: A Bad Lip Reading (featuring Mark Hamill as Han Solo). It's almost overdue that they're just now getting to THE FORCE AWAKENS, but it's a good clip - one in which Han Solo (indeed, voiced by Luke Skywalker himself) has a language barrier issue with Admiral Ackbar (who's first name is "Bill"), in addition to some pretty exciting moments while looking for the gift shop at Starkiller Base alongside Rey, Finn and Chewbacca. Check it out below...

Tuesday, April 04 2017 09:07

Win 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' on Digital HD!

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After bringing audiences back to a galaxy far, far away this past winter, Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has officially come home! Ripped from the opening crawl of 1977's Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope comes the tale of the Rebel spies who risked it all to steal the plans for The Empire's ultimate weapon, The Death Star! To celebrate the release, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and The Rock Father™ are giving you a shot at winning the film on Digital HD!

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