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

The Dairy Queen Blizzard at 30: A Family Tradition to #GetUpsideDown Over...

Dairy Queen - #GetUpsideDownTHE ROCK FATHER is participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dairy Queen. He has been compensated for his participation.

I remember when Dairy Queen first introduced the Blizzard back in 1985. Yes, it was the year of BACK TO THE FUTURE and THE BREAKFAST CLUB, G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO finally became a regular series, and on a more "rock" note, it was the year that the infamous Senate hearing from the PMRC brought Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider to testify alongside John Denver and Frank Zappa. In the three decades since, much has changed, but the DQ Blizzard prevails and has become a family tradition here at Rock Father HQ, enjoyed with our daughters just as my wife and I enjoyed them with our parents as children. Now, to celebrate 30 years of tasty Blizzard greatness and the 75th "Fanniversary" of DQ as a whole, Dairy Queen is inviting everyone to #GetUpsideDown this month for an Oreo Blizzard, which will be served upside down or your next one is free (at participating locations).

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Preview - SCOOBY-DOO AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY

Back in 2003, KISS made a special appearance on the Halloween episode of WHAT'S NEW, SCOOBY DOO? to help the Mystery, Inc. gang thwart a haunting. Now, more than a decade later, there's an all-new movie on the way, with SCOOBY-DOO AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY arriving on Digital HD (July 10) and DVD & Blu-ray (July 21) via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Earlier today the first trailer made its debut over at USA Today, and there's plenty to dig, but it's also a little odd that they're actually using SIMPLE PLAN's 2002-era theme song. Check it out...

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Watch Now! BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE - The Official Teaser

Sorry, MARVEL. Despite my massive love for the MARVEL Cinematic Universe and all the care that my friends at Disney have been putting into their big screen adaptations, when it comes to comics, I grew up a DC kid. SUPERMAN and BATMAN were always my favorites as a kid, and they're still my favorites today. That said, following a cellphone leak of a subtitled trailer ahead of Monday's special IMAX event, Warner Bros has taken appropriate measures with the official online release of the first teaser for BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. With Henry Cavill reprising his role as the MAN OF STEEL, and Ben Affleck picking up the cowl as THE DARK KNIGHT, the film sets the stage for the forthcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE film. Based on the two minutes seen here - I like it. I enjoy the darkness... the bleakness... and the way that Director Zack Snyder continues the path carved by his first SUPERMAN effort by emphasizing the foreign - alien - nature of Kal-El. Borrowing from Christopher Nolan's Bat-world, remember when Harvey Dent pointed out that "the night is always darkest just before dawn?" I think that applies here. Take a look...

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Watch & Listen: DAVID HASSELHOFF - "True Survivor" from the KUNG FURY Soundtrack!

Did you think that the new trailer for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS was the only great thing you'd see today? Oh no, friends, this day just keeps giving - and it's given me the return of my childhood heroes - not only Han and Chewie, but Michael Knight as well. That's right, DAVID HASSELHOFF has a new single out today, and it's pure 80s goodness as part of the release campaign for KUNG FURY - the fantastic-looking Kickstarter hit that raised a ridiculous amount of money to craft what might be the greatest 1980s action film not crafted in the 80s. It wasn't long ago that I showed my wife the initial KUNG FURY trailer and declared it to be a cinematic masterpiece. This makes me want to break out NIGHT ROCKER, the album that David released at the height of KNIGHT RIDER's popularity back in 1985...

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Listen: Los Angeles' EARSHOT Returns with 5-Song Mini-LP, AFTERMATH

Around the beginning of the 21st Century, Los Angeles rockers EARSHOT were rising stars in a crowded pack. With a pair of albums released by Warner Bros. (2002's LETTING GO and 2004's TWO), the band scored a placement on the QUEEN OF THE DAMNED soundtrack, had gamers feeling the groove on MADDEN 2005 and WWE's LEGENDS OF WRESTLING II, and logged major tours with the likes of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, KID ROCK and STAIND. Then, just as many artists of the era did, they found themselves in label-limbo after the big industry crash, only to re-emerge with THE SILVER LINING in 2008 via Fontana/Universal. In the years since, many things have changed, and "change" is a good thing to have in mind when considering AFTERMATH, a new 5-song "Mini-LP" that marks the first new music from EARSHOT in over five years, following a single release back in 2009. Headed-up by EARSHOT vocalist and songwriter Wil Martin with production by Sam Hughes, AFTERMATH is out today, and for a limited-time (through April 20), readers of THE ROCK FATHER can get the whole thing for just a buck! Details and promo code below...

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"Chewie, we're home." The 2nd Teaser for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is Here...

Fresh from STAR WARS CELEBRATION in Anaheim comes the second official teaser for J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. This is everything you've been waiting to see, and so much is hidden in just a two minute teaser. Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie? Yes, they're all here with so many nods to the past as we glimpse into the future. Watch this now...

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What if STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Was Made with the Guys from ENTOURAGE?

Two things I really love: STAR WARS and ENTOURAGE. Both have new movies in theaters later this year, and today comes a potentially-viral clip from the folks at Quiznos (yes, those purveyors of tasty subs that massively over-expanded in the Chicago market, and all but disappeared following the "Great Recession" and prior to their 2014 bankruptcy - I know too much about this stuff). The new short from Windowseat recalls a time when STAR WARS mashups were just coming into their own with "fan films" like AMERICAN JEDI or TROOPS. Check out STARTOURAGE: THE FOURSOME AWAKENS below, and let me know - does it make you want a sub? Toasty...

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Toy Review: Our Generation Dolls My Way & Highways 4x4 and R.V. Seeing You Camper for 18" Dolls

Our Generation DollsWhen we last went hands-on with Our Generation Dolls here on the site, The Rock Daughters (Adalyn and Finley) were checking out a full starter assortment of items from Battat Toys' 18" Doll line - all sold exclusively at Target stores here in the U.S. With Spring here, we're putting emphasis on the outdoors, and our latest review box from Battat featured a pair of big items that are perfect for embracing that spirit of outdoor adventure for kids - whether they're playing indoors or out. The My Way and Highways 4x4 and R.V. Seeing You Camper have both been on the market for awhile now, but like us, many families are just discovering the incredible assortment of affordably-priced items that Our Generation offers. Let's take a look...

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PBS KIDS Launches New Online World for Kids: KART KINGDOM

PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)PBS KIDS today announced the launch of Kart Kingdom, the children’s media brand’s first-ever online world. Now available at pbskids.org/kartkingdom, Kart Kingdom features a collection of fun, curriculum-based games that help kids ages 6-9 learn systems thinking skills. The game also helps children build collaboration skills as they work together to create gadgets and unlock rewards for the entire Kart Kingdom community. In another first, PBS KIDS’ Kart Kingdom features a new junior edition of E-line Media’s Gamestar Mechanic, which allows kids to create, play and share their own digital games. PBS stations will bring Kart Kingdom into the community with live game events across the U.S. starting this spring.

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The New Era of Music Gaming is Upon Us: GUITAR HERO LIVE Arrives This Fall...

GUITAR HERO LIVEOh, how I've missed the classic era of music gaming... and in the Fall of 2015, The New Era of Music Gaming is officially upon us. Just a month after the official announcement that Harmonix was bringing ROCK BAND 4 to stores, Activision has unleashed the first taste of GUITAR HERO LIVE, signaling the return of a rivalry that spanned the music gaming heyday. Where ROCK BAND will be emphasising the "band" (something that GUITAR HERO got into with WORLD TOUR), it looks like Activision and developer FreeStyleGames are taking GUITAR HERO back to it's roots - focusing just on guitar - but with a whole new gaming experience. Check out the details below, including the first-look teaser, and a peek at the new guitar controller...

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Covered: JAZZY ASH Takes On LOUIS ARMSTRONG in "Heebie Jeebies"

There's a lot of different flavors coming forth in the family music realm this days, and it's those genre shifts that tend to make the Kindie world a little more interesting. I really dug JAZZY ASH's HOME last year, and now she's gearing-up to release another set of New Orleans-inspired goodness with the release of BON VOYAGE this July. The first single is out now, and it's a cover of "Heebie Jeebies," the LOUIS ARMSTRONG classic that is widely credited as "the birth of vocal scatting." Check out the video below, and if you dig it, head over to PledgeMusic to pre-order a copy of the new record.

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Hallmark Gears-up for Convention Season with Announcements for STAR WARS CELEBRATION, D23 & SDCC 2015...

From the Department of "Cool Stuff from Cool Events I Won't Be Attending This Year" comes a fresh announcement from the folks at Hallmark. Starting this week at STAR WARS CELEBRATION in Anaheim, the Hallmark crew will be serving-up pop culture exclusives at some of 2015's most important pop culture events including Comic-Con International (San Diego Comic-Con of SDCC), New York Comic-Con (NYCC) and Disney's D23 Expo. Check out the full slate below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER!

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Toyography: Meanwhile at The Walt Disney Studios Offices...

On my visits to The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, I've noticed the life-sized FIX IT FELIX JR. machines (perhaps the same machine) in two different locations. Built to promote the release of WRECK-IT RALPH back in 2012, the FIX IT FELIX JR. games are based largely upon DONKEY KONG JR., and present a true throwback to classic arcade gaming. The girls and I recently made a Papercraft FIX IT FELIX JR. machine using printer paper and a template found on DeviantArt (an alternate plan exists on Disney's official site). The end result is a little sloppy, but it's perfectly-scaled for 3 ¾" action figures, and inspired this photo. "Meanwhile at The Walt Disney Studios Offices..."

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