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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

31 Days of Halloween: Eric Herman - MONSTER LEAGUE BASEBALL

MONSTER LEAGUE BASEBALLLast night, the San Francisco Giants captured the pennant and were declared World Series Champions, thus ending another season of Major League Baseball, and sending the Kansas City Royals back into the shadows of shame. But what if the Giants weren't giants at all, but were aliens... and not from San Francisco, but New York? This is just one of many mysteries to ponder in MONSTER LEAGUE BASEBALL, the new video from family music artist, ERIC HERMAN. But it's not a song, it's a radio play, and there may not be Giants, but there is a Giant Spider who calls upon STAR WARS' most famous Dark Lord of The Sith, DARTH VADER, to pinch-hit. Gather the kids and turn up the volume on that there computer box, and get ready to find out what would happen if Count Dracula, The Mummy, Bigfoot and The Invisible Man happened to play for Chicago. It's a perfect entry for Day 30 of 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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The Week When ECHO Came Home... #AdoptEcho #EchoInsiders

My Daddy says that there should be more movies like EARTH TO ECHO. He says that the little guy reminds him of E.T. I watched E.T. once, and Daddy has a statue of him in his office that plays music when you push a button. Echo is soooo cute, but he was so scared when his spaceship landed in the movie. Last week, Echo came to live with us for awhile and he has a twin who is also called Echo. Mommy and Daddy told me and Finley that there are many creatures like Echo, and that they all live together on some other planet that is far away from Earth. Did you know that Earth spins around every day? That's how we have day and night and that's so cool! The moon comes out to see us every night, except for when it's cloudy and we can't see him smiling at us.

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Watch: A NEW Look at AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, and the MASSIVE MARVEL Cinematic Universe Phase 3 Plan...

After the masterful handling of the week-early trailer leak for MARVEL's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, a lot of folks wondered what then would become of the promised sneak-preview that was slated to air with tonight's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC? Walt Disney Studios answered that with "A Special Look" at the upcoming film, and one that capped a fantastic day for fans of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe. Take a peek...

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31 Days of Halloween: Michael Jackson's THRILLER in 20 Different Styles by Ten Second Songs

If you haven't seen or heard what Anthony Vincent does with his TEN SECOND SONGS series on YouTube, you've got some viewing to do. After tackling LINKIN PARK and KATY PERRY, JASON DERULO and ARIANA GRANDE in videos that have become certified viral hits, Vincent has put his skill to work on MICHAEL JACKSON'S THRILLER - released this week, just in-time to make it into this year's 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER. Performed in 20 different vocal and musical styles, Vincent shifts seamlessly from OINGO BOINGO to TYPE O NEGATIVE, CANNIBAL CORPSE to THE MISFITS, TOM WAITS to JACKSON himself and more. Check it out...

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Halloween Candy Heist

For Halloween Week, it's only appropriate to take a deeper look at the infamous DEATH WALKS THE STREETS #1: A NEW MARSHALL FALL. The "Halloween issue" was ripe in seasonal goodness, a heavily-detailed affair featuring the artwork of Guilherme Balbi (DC's SUPERBOY, Dark Horse's PREDATOR), along with the gorgeous interior color work of Milen Parvanov (DC's RESIDENT EVIL, Lion Forge's KNIGHT RIDER). With The Organization running things in New Marshall, it's to be expected that certain things will "fall off the truck" on occasion... or the whole truck will just wind up in the wrong hands. What bounty would Michael find himself tasked with unloading in the first moments of DWTS #1? Halloween candy... specifically, "Choco-Bats."

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PBS KIDS launches an early digital rollout for new math series, ODD SQUAD

PBS KIDS VIPAs of today, kids can meet the ODD SQUAD and start getting a jump on those math skills. Previewed this past May at the PBS Annual Meeting in San Francisco (I was there) ODD SQUAD will premiere November 26 on PBS stations, but families can now enjoy six full-length 11-minute “Case Files” from the series, as well as many additional clips that include profiles of the agents, agent training videos, recruitment videos and more, are now available for free on pbskids.org, the PBS KIDS Video App, and PBS KIDS on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire. In addition, two games and parent resources are now available on the series’ website

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31 Days of Halloween: DROWNING POOL - "Bodies" (13th Anniversary Zombie Lyric Video)

13 years ago, DROWNING POOL released SINNER, their breakthrough album - the one from which "Bodies" came forth. The anthemic single has become their signature song, and one oft-used in other media from soundtracks and commercials (FRIDAY THE 13th sequel, JASON X) to events like WWE SummerSlam. To celebrate the (un)lucky 13th, the band will release a 2-Disc Anniversary Edition of the album on November 11, but for 31 Days of Halloween, "Bodies" makes an appearance here on THE ROCK FATHER in an all-new Zombie-themed lyric video. Crank it up!

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Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway: TICKETY TOC - Christmas Present Time on DVD!

Christmas time in Tickety Town is fast-approaching, and Anchor Bay and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up for a giveaway to celebrate the release of TICKETY TOCK - CHRISTMAS PRESENT TIME on DVD. This all-new collection of seasonal adventures – including the Christmas Present Time extended special – brings viewers along as twins Tommy and Tallulah find a new way to make snow, build a giant igloo, roll the biggest snowball ever and even help Santa fix his sleigh in time for Christmas Eve. But when their zany escapades get out of hand, the twins look to their friends, McCoggins, Pufferty, Madame Au Lait and Tooteroo, to help them make things right! Ready to enter for a chance to win a copy of the new DVD for your family? 

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Watch: OK Go - "I Won't Let You Down" (their latest elaborate music video)

I've always imagined that every time the members of OK Go sit down to brainstorm a new music video, one of them throws down a pencil and curses their 2005 treadmill-hopping clip for "Here It Goes Again" (I played that a ton on ROCK BAND) as the piece that started them down an elaborate path that grows more complex with each new album. The latest in their string of continuous-take videos is for "I Won't Let You Down," the second single from their recently-released album, HUNGRY GHOSTS. Check it out below...

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Watch: A Look Inside Disney's INTO THE WOODS...

Walt Disney Studios is on a live-action roll these days, and the next film to hit theatres putting a flesh-and-blood spin on some old classics is INTO THE WOODS. Based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine,  INTO THE WOODS stars Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, and follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch who has put a curse on them. Check out a behind-the-scenes featurette on THE ROCK FATHER, below...

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: When Danielle jumped from the page to the screen!

Oh, the oddities of the DEATH WALKS THE STREETS project...

Indeed, there were many, and in a lot of ways we were ahead of the curve in terms "transmedia" marketing and how different pieces would fit into the bigger puzzle. At one point, at least a half-dozen characters from the DWTS world had dedicated MySpace pages where they were blogging regularly (stories penned by me) with tales that would directly plug into the larger DWTS storyline with seamless continuity. By the time the comics came along, we took things to the next level, calling into action the actress that was set to be our live-action Danielle in the planned films - our Australian friend, Efisia Fele. Her screen test for the first DWTS film was KILLER (I hope I still have a copy somewhere), but what we did for the comics were video blogs that led directly into each issue. Take a look...

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Cool Kickstarter: SOMETIMES YOU NEED A JELLYFISH by Chris Routly

Portland-based illustrator and author Chris Routly has been putting his "questionable wisdom" (his words) as a stay-at-home parent online at The Daddy Doctrines for quite some time, and now he's going full-steam ahead in the publication of his new children's book, SOMETIMES YOU NEED A JELLYFISH. With his previous works now available on Amazon, Routly is taking to Kickstarter* to take pre-orders for 'JELLYFISH, a book inspired by his oldest son, Tucker. Check out Chris' pitch video below.

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31 Days of Halloween: The Terrifying Tricks & Terrific Treats of Netflix #StreamTeam

Netflix Stream TeamAs we enter the home stretch of 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER, we're also in the biggest week for spooktacular viewing for the whole family. As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, once a month I highlight some hand-picked selections, chosen for you right here at Rock Father HQ. From television terror to sinful cinema, there's plenty of devilish delights for this pun-fully eerie time of year. So pour the kids some hot apple cider, crack open a pumpkin beer for yourself, and sit back for these terrifying tricks and terrific treats!

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