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Thursday, September 27 2018 16:16

First-Look at Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers...

Following the success of the documentary film, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Sony Pictures is rolling on an Untitled Mr. Rogers Project with Tom Hanks taking on the role of Fred Rogers. Two-time Oscar-winner Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in what's described as "a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor."

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They don't really grasp the legacy or importance just yet, but our girls first experienced the world that Fred Rogers created thanks to Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS Kids. Now, there's a new documentary that takes a look back at how it all began, and why the spirit of Mister Rogers Neighborhood is exactly what the world could use right now. Focus Features' Won't You Be My Neighbor is winning audiences to become one of this summer's surprise hits (99% "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes), and now The Rock Father™ has teamed-up Fandango and the all-new Fandango FanShop to invite you back into the neighborhood with a fun Mr. Rogers prize pack. Two (2) lucky readers will receive bundles including a a Funko Mister Rogers Pocket Pop! Keychain plus a $20 Fandango Gift Card. Won't you be our neighbor?

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PBS Distribution has announced that it's releasing the new DVD “MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD: IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY COLLECTION.” This special set of 32 memorable episodes and over 15 hours of content celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the pioneering children’s television series from The Fred Rogers Company. Mister Rogers helps children learn the importance of being kind to others, appreciating what makes everyone unique, recycling and taking care of our planet, and much more in the classic series. The new release also includes a very special bonus episode – the series premiere, in original black-and-white! 

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Netflix #StreamTeamAs we move into Fall, there's a ton of great content arriving on Netflix in September, and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine has the full rundown on what's coming to the streaming service... and when. This month I'm also marking a collection of "Rock Father Picks," selections that I just dig for one reason or another. Some of those lean to the spookier side of things, because Halloween is just two months from today! Here's what's new on Netflix for September 2015...

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DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD is a fantastic show, and if you haven't been tuning in to check it out on PBS Kids, now you can grab a full 26-minute episode as a FREE Download from iTunes. "Fruit Picking Day/Daniel is Big Enough to Help Dad" is available for a limited time as a freebie to celebrate the iTunes release of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD Vol. 2

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The folks over at PBS Digital Studios just hit The Rock Father with the news that due to the recent sucess of their highly-viral Mister Rogers video ''Garden of Your Mind,'' they've made the audio track available as a FREE MP3!

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