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Hasbro's HASCON is fast-approaching, and today the toymaker has issued details on additional entertainment programming for their first ever "FANmily" event. Happening September 8 – 10, 2017 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, HASCON will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life, with experiences based around Transformers, My Little Pony, Nerf, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, MarvelPlay-Doh and more.

The media landscape is ever-changing, and when it comes to the big news of the day, the complicated relationships between some entertainment powerhouses just became even more tricky. In the interest of full disclosure, I'll say that I've cashed checks from both Netflix and Disney as an independent contractor over the years, and will continue to do so as often as I can. They're two of my favorite companies overall, and it's been rumored off-and-on for years that Disney would eventually make a play for Netflix (and maybe they still will down the line), but for now they're letting their new release streaming distribution contract with Netflix run out, opting to create their own "Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service" in 2019, preceded by an ESPN-branded "multi-sport streaming service" in 2018.  The move comes as they take majority ownership in BAMTech, a streaming technology leader in which Disney had already purchased a 33% stake in last summer. For the consumer, there's gonna be a huge new player in the streaming mix.

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Netflix #StreamTeamHe was the longest-serving host in the history of U.S. late night television, and in 2018, DAVID LETTERMAN is back. The original host of Late Night (NBC) and The Late Show (CBS) – is returning to television in a yet-to-be-named new series for Netflix. Picked up for six episodes, the new series touts Letterman as he combines "two interests for which he is renowned: in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor." In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a singular guest - and will also explore topics on his own, away from the studio. 

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Do you sneak time to stream your favorite movies and shows? According to new data from Netflix, you probably do. Sneaking a stream is nothing new - from husbands and wives catching up or jumping ahead on their favorite series' sans their significant others (I've done it), to jumping on while sitting on the throne (some of you may even be reading this while in the potty*), a sneak is part of daily life as a parent. In fact, while I like to stress the importance of "parents" vs. any kind of "mom" or "dad" thing, this month's Netflix revelation comes from the moms, and the #MomSneak is real. And yes, while I may be "The Rock Father," I don't think it's a secret that most of my friends and readers are women... so what say you about this? Seems like sneaking is the new binge, and the #1 sneak may surprise you...

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1984 is a year that I remember well. The Ghostbusters and Gremlins became a huge deal, Michael Jackson's Thriller was still fresh in our minds, and occasional trips to Aladdin's Castle were a serious treat. Now comes the first trailer for the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things 2 - and it captures 1984 just as I remember it. While the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab, Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived. Darkness falls across the land, with Stranger Things 2 arriving just in-time for Halloween...

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Unlike the world I grew up in as a kid, military toys for kids in 2017 are a little bit hard to come by. Aside from an True Heroes at Toys "R" Us, Lanard Toys' The Corps at Walmart and maybe the occasional G.I. Joe release from Hasbro, there just isn't a huge presence for old-school military adventures, and with that in mind I was pretty surprised to come across a new collection called AWESOME LITTLE GREEN MEN. Featured on display at The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite '17, this new line of blind boxed figures and vehicles comes from MGA Entertainment, the folks behind LOL Surprise, Num Noms, Lalaloopsy, Project Mc2, Bratz and Little Tikes.  With a goal of "combining humor and battle play with a pop vinyl aesthetic," Awesome Little Green Men will begin hitting retail stores nationwide on August 1, 2017.

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