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It's an undeniable truth that The Force is strong in my family, and with STAR WARS being bigger than ever, we're constantly finding new ways to enjoy and expand our connection to a galaxy far, far away. Just as it was when my wife and I were kids that were immersed in the Star Wars Saga during its original 1977-1983 run, there's a ton of tie-in merchandise that brings the fun into unexpected areas, and with the new film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story© (™Lucasfilm LTD) headed for theaters on December 16, the folks at Kleenex® Brand are blasting into hyperspace, helping families share quality time together through moments of care - like sharing a tissue from a limited-edition box featuring Rogue One designs!

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"Darth Vader is in this one?!?!" That's the big reaction from 4½-year-old Jedi-in-training, Finley, as she watched the new trailer for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS Story with daddy here at Rock Father HQ this morning. While I've loved everything that I've seen from filmmaker Gareth Edwards' new standalone "STAR WARS Story," this trailer did something that's hard to do - it took me back to my childhood so perfectly that I had both a smile on my face and tears in my eyes. This is the first big-screen STAR WARS film to take place outside of the Skywalker-driven "Episodes," focusing on a story that takes place in-between Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS and the opening crawl of 1977's first STAR WARS film. This is the tale of the Rebels that stole the plans for the first Death Star - the very plans that Princess Leia once placed inside of R2-D2, setting off the Saga that generations have known and loved. See the new trailer below...

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I'm fairly certain that I've never set my DVR to record GOOD MORNING AMERICA before, but that changes with the scheduled reveal of what will likely be the final full trailer for ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story set to debut on GMA tomorrow, October 13, 2016. Director Gareth Edwards dropped the news on today's episode of THE STAR WARS Show (see it below), along with the first-look at the new one-sheet poster for the film. I'm just gonna say, I need one of those hanging in my office. Take a look...

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Friday, September 30 2016 23:02

Now that Disney is on Netflix... a Look Ahead

Netflix Stream TeamLast week, the day that many were waiting for finally arrived, with some fresh content from The Walt Disney Company making it's way to Netflix. Now, Disney on Netflix is not a new thing (titles have been there before), but per an agreement made a few years back and now officially enacted, the floodgates are slowly beginning to open for recent releases. In fact, all 2015-2016 theatrical releases from Disney will be headed to Netflix at some point in the near future, with Walt Disney Animation Studios' ZOOTOPIA making the big splash, along with other recent fare like THE FINEST HOURS. So what else can we look forward to? A ton of great films from Disney, MARVEL, Pixar, and yes, even Lucasfilm...

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Over the summer, we partnered with my friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment to put together something that I've always wanted to have here at Rock Father HQ: A Backyard Theater. The set-up was simple and relatively inexpensive (some items were provided for the project), and sans fighting the unpredictable and uncontrollable factors like weather (heat/storms) and bugs, having the ability to enjoy movies outside, with friends, and in our own backyard was a fun new way to bring people together. We screened some big ones, too - STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, ZOOTOPIA, and most recently, THE JUNGLE BOOK. Now that the kids are back in school and the cooler, fall nights are coming, we're not going to let the fun stop. In fact, I'm eyeing some new releases and old favorites for potential screenings this fall. In fact, shorter days make for earlier screenings, so I'm all for grabbing the blankets and cuddling up with the family.

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For a new generation of STAR WARS fans, Disney XD's animated series, STAR WARS REBELS has been "a first step into a larger world." While The Rock Daughters were already familiar with the original STAR WARS Trilogy thanks to their parents (quite strong in The Force, we are), it's was REBELS that really threw the doors wide open and created a pair of hardcore STAR WARS fans. Set in the years between REVENGE OF THE SITH and A NEW HOPE, STAR WARS REBELS has provided new adventures with a new cast of characters - often interacting with some fan favorites from the live-action films that have been delighting audiences for the past forty years. While there has been quite a bit of different merchandise released featuring characters from STAR WARS REBELS, this checklist focuses on Hasbro's classic 3¾" action figures, vehicles and playsets (carrying on the tradition that Kenner started 40 years ago)- along with the ever-popular "Black Series" of collector-focused 6" figures and accessories (and a few extras). Look for this list to be updated frequently with new items (and soon pictures) as the collection continues to grow.

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