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Monday, January 30 2017 08:21

First-Look: Warner Bros.' Ocean's 8

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I have an above-average affection for Warner Bros. Ocean's series. I've been a longtime fan of the 1960 Frank Sinatra-starring Ocean's 11 that inspired Steven Soderbergh's stylish 2001 film, Ocean's Eleven. I fell so much in love with the vibe of that film and its David Holmes score that I used it as inspiration for certain elements of my own Death Walks the Streets screenplays and comic book series. Then, when Ocean's Twelve filmed in Chicago, I worked on it for one day in an uncredited role as a bartender (sadly, cut), but did get the priceless opportunity to work with Andy Garcia, and be directed by Soderbergh himself.  By the time Ocean's Thirteen came out in 2007, the franchise was losing a little steam, but still fun. Now, here we are a decade later and it's time for the continuation - Ocean's 8. Directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), today the first-look image and synopsis hit my inbox here at Rock Father HQ. Check it out...

Netflix Stream TeamIf you happened to catch the SAG Awards, then you already know that the big winner was one that many rooted for, but few expected to clean house - Stranger Things. The Netflix Original Series scored big with audiences last year, coming seemingly out-of-nowhere, delighting audiences by bringing back the classic storytelling of the 1980s, complete with a period setting to perfectly capture that vibe. As families have gathered to experience a modern classic that has in many ways opened the door to share the films that inspired it (E.T., for example), it's interesting to see how important the 70s & 80s are to the viewers of today. One Day at a Time was inspired by the 1975-84 series of the same name; Fuller House is huge; but that's just scratching the surface. Here's some things you need to stream right now...

On March 17th, one of our most-anticipated films of the year will arrive in theaters, with Bill Condon's live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast. The excitement is building, as the tv spots have started, the toys have arrived at retail, and snippets of the original soundtrack have begun getting out there (enamoring our girls). Just before the weekend, my friends at Disney unleashed a dozen character one-sheets, all of which can be seen in the gallery below. Take a peek...

MARVEL Studios and Sony Pictures will release Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, and ahead of the movie comes the toys. This week, Hasbro revealed a sneak-preview of what they'll be rolling out this spring, serving up a refreshed line of action figures, vehicles and playsets in support of the film. From this initial preview, the Spidey stuff looks a lot more appealing than the last few lines, with the 6" action figures sporting a movie look, the "Spidey Racer" vehicle including a NERF dart feature (akin to recent Star Wars vehicles), and some pretty cool playsets. 

Netflix Stream TeamBB2's The Office was a global phenomenon, inspiring the U.S. series of the same name, and making Ricky Gervais a household name. Now, he's back in his Office role as David Brent, 12-years on from the "documentary" about his former life, rejoined by a film crew to capture his new role as a traveling salesman attempting rock stardom by self-financing a UK tour for his band, Foregone Conclusion. David Brent: Life on the Road (released in the UK last summer) comes to Netflix on February 10th,  and the spotlight is finally on Brent, the self-proclaimed "friend first, boss second. Probably an entertainer third." Check out a preview...

Thursday, January 26 2017 17:07

Preview: Nickelodeon's New Series, "Bunsen is a Beast"

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Debuting Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 5:30p.m (ET/PT), Nickelodeon's new animated series, Bunsen is a Beast follows the unlikely friendship between a beast and a human. Created and executive produced by Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents), the 20-episode series follows the adventures of Bunsen, the first beast to attend a human grade school, and his best friend Mikey. Check out a preview below...

When it comes to film soundtracks, the one that accompanied Cameron Crowe's 1992 film, Singles, ranks among my personal all-time favorites. Capturing the front-end of the growing "grunge" movement of the era, the original soundtrack featured music by Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and others. Now, for the film's 25th Anniversary, Epic Soundtrax and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack-Deluxe Edition on Friday, May 19. Remastered and expanded, the set will be available in 2CD, 2LP and digital configurations and is available for pre-order now.

After some festival appearances and a limited theatrical run last year, NERDLAND, the feature-length animated adult comedy from Titmouse, Inc., creators of the hit animated series Metalocalypse, comes to Blu-ray and DVD February 7, 2017 (out now on Digital HD), from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Samuel Goldwyn Films. The film features Paul Rudd (Sausage PartyAnt-Man) and Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) leading an all-star comic voice cast in a tale of two showbiz nobodies (Rudd and Oswalt) determined to become famous at any cost. Check out the trailer (not for kids!) and details below...

Monday, January 23 2017 11:07

Episode VIII becomes STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI!

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If you wanted some good news to kick-off the week, I'm here to give you some. After months of speculation (Forces of Destiny was kicked around the rumor mill quite a bit), Rian Johnson's forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII has its official title -- STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. Along with the announcement comes the teaser poster and title treatment, and it's interesting to note the red-and-black color scheme that recalls 1983's Return of the Jedi. Take a look...

We're just two months out from the March 24 debut of Saban's Power Rangers movie, and today the folks at Lionsgate have dropped a new trailer that gives fans what they've been waiting for - a real look at the Zords in-action. It's certainly a gloomier, perhaps "moodier" depiction of the 'Rangers than we've seen before, but color me interested. Check out the all-new trailer below, appropriately soundtracked with Kanye West's "Power."

This March, ahead of the debut of Tangled: The Series, Disney Channel will reunite audiences with Rapunzel and friends with the special movie event, Tangled: Before Ever After. Set in the time between the 2010 film and the animated short, Tangled Ever After, this new series features the return of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi voicing Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, along with new songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Kevin Kliesch will serve as score composer. Check out the new trailer below, and yes - the hair is back!

Last year, on one of my strange adventures in Los Angeles, far from my Illinois home, I found myself at a premiere party that Dax Shepard was attending. I didn't get a chance to, but I really wanted to ask him about CHIPs, his big screen adaptation of one of my favorite shows from my childhood: CHiPs. At that point, there was very little information available about the film, one that not only stars Shepard, but finds him handling directorial and screenwriting duties. Ever since, I've been constantly on the lookout for some details, and tonight the doors have opened. Jimmy Kimmel Live! debuted the first trailer for CHIPs, which opens everywhere on March 24, 2017. Check it out, along with the official synopsis and details below!

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