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Listen Now: FAITH NO MORE and MARVEL Debut "Superhero" from SOL INVICTUS!

What a great way to start the week... FAITH NO MORE have just unleashed the second single from their forthcoming SOL INVICTUS (out May 19 on Reclamation/Ipecac), and they picked the perfect partner to do it with - MARVEL. "Superhero" popped up over on MARVEL.com yesterday, racking up over 107K streams for the song in just 24 hours - a welcome feat for a band that hasn't released an album since 1997. The track debut came alongside Ryan Penagos' interview with FNM Bassist Bill Gould (read it) in which some serious love for Jack Kirby and the Silver Surfer are thrown down.  Check out the track, and keep on reading below...

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NETFLIX: What's New in Streaming Content and Binge-Watching for March? #StreamTeam

NETFLIX #StreamTeamWith a new month comes new additions to Netflix, and as a member of their online #StreamTeam, THE ROCK FATHER has the full rundown on 37 titles being added to the service this month. As usual, there's something for everyone, from the debut of the new Netflix Original Series'  UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT and BLOODLINE, to new family titles like Mattel's new MONSTER HIGH: HAUNTED and the MARVEL/ESPN FILMS collaboration 1 of 1: GENESIS. Check out the full listing below and get those Instant Queues loaded up! Curious what's leaving Netflix this month? Click here for that list!

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NETFLIX: Last Call - What's Leaving the Streaming Service in March? #StreamTeam

NETFLIX Stream TeamIt's a new month, and that means a changing of the digital guard over at Netflix. As a member of their online #StreamTeam, THE ROCK FATHER is bringing you the full rundown on the "last call" titles for the month - 59 movies and series' that are leaving the service this month. If you haven't seen them yet and want to, act now because time is running out.

Actually, in some cases, it already has...

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LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES coming to Disney XD...

For all the goodness that LEGO STAR WARS has brought fans over the past 16 years, it's almost surprising that one thing that they haven't done until now is re-tell the actual STAR WARS Story. That changes later this year when Disney XD will air LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES, a five-episode mini-series that will re-tell the STAR WARS Saga through the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2, beginning with a gathering of Original Trilogy heroes after the Battle of Endor following RETURN OF THE JEDI. After the two Droids tell their story leading up to the beginning of THE PHANTOM MENACE, "an accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the re-telling of the entire saga."

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Get Ready for #CrazyHairDay with Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair Dolls and Chances to Win Sew-Cool Prizes!

Lalaloopsy SIP (Sew Important Person)Ready for a day that will be Sew-much fun? To celebrate the launch of Lalaloopsy Girls Crazy Hair Dolls, MGA Entertainment has declared March 6, 2015 as #CrazyHairDay, and by taking part in all the fun YOU could win some really cool prizes from Lalaloopsy (more on that in a minute)! Curious what these Crazy Hair Dolls are all about? As a 2015 Lalaloopsy SIP (Sew Important Person) Ambassador, my girls got a full set of four dolls to evaluate and style here in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house), and it became a true family affair. Below the break you can check out Scoops Waffle Cone (styled by Addie), Jewel Sparkles (styled by Finn), Cinder Slippers (styled by my wife, Jen), and Confetti Carnivale (styled by yours truly).

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Review: Hands-on with a Trio of Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE Figures...

On March 14, Cartoon Network will present the U.S. debut of TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, the latest animated incarnation of the long-running TRANSFORMERS franchise, now in it's 31st year. TRANSFORMERS were a huge part of my own childhood (something I mention often, and having been there from the beginning, it warms my heart to see my girls getting into the TRANSFORMERS action as well. This time around, Bumblebee is stepping into the role of leader to head-up a new team of young Autobots as they take on new threats from the Decepticons here on Earth. Ahead of the premiere and with the new toys just hitting retailers, Hasbro sent a trio of figures to my girls for evaluation here at Rock Father HQ - Underbite (Decepticon) and Sideswipe (Autobot) from the 1-Step Changers Assortment, and Dinobot leader Grimlock from the 3-Step Changers. Let's take a look...

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Review: MARVEL Ultimate Spider-man and Avengers Assemble Capsules (ZURU Toys)

Within the past couple of years, the "blind" toy craze has been picking up steam. From blind bags and blind boxes, to mystery eggs, surprise eggs and now capsules, there's something for just about interest, and the latest toymaker to get in on the action is ZURU Toys. With licenses from Disney, the first ones to hit retail were the Disney FROZEN Capsules back in January, and the next batch that's shipping now are based some heavy-hitters from MARVEL - Ultimate Spider-man and Avengers Assemble. This is the first time I've ever received a shipment of toys direct from the factory in China, so I actually had to go to FedEx to pick them up - their arrival being a complete mystery to me as well (I had no idea they were coming). What was inside? Let's take a look at the MARVEL Capsules Assortment...

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Hands-On with the Step2 Extreme Coaster in its All-New 2015 Color Scheme...

Step2 Brand AmbassadorFunny thing is that we live just minutes away from Six Flags Great America here in Illinois, and I have yet to take the girls. We see the roller coasters towering over the horizon on a daily basis, and my little ones keep asking when they can ride those mighty creations. My answer is always "someday, when you're older." While they are the right age for the kiddie areas of the park, those coasters are a little way's off, but this year The Rock Daughters are going to have something very special - their own coaster, right here in our own backyard. Yes, the Step2 Extreme Coaster has become legendary over these past few years, but even as a Step2 Brand Ambassador (on the payroll, disclosure and all), I'd held off on getting one - largely due to it's coloring. Well, that's all changed, as Step2 has re-issued the Extreme Coaster in an all-new color scheme and graphics package for 2015. We now have one, but there's a slight problem... we have over two feet of snow on the ground right now...

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BIG HERO 6: A Conversation with Scott Adsit - Finding the Voice of a New Icon (Baymax)

You always hear about how "it's a small world," and when it comes to Disney, they pretty much have a lock on the theme song (and ride) for that. Right now, I'm gonna tell you just how small the world really is, and how that plugs into the strange and exciting path that my life has taken over the years. Back in 2008, I met multi-hyphenate (Actor/Writer/Director/Producer) Scott Adsit. By "met," I mean we quickly exchanged a nod and "hello" in passing while headed separate directions at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. It was like two seconds - and it feels weird to say it, but we were both "guests" of the same event - Wizard World Chicago. Adsit was there to promote and do a panel for his grownup-aimed [adult swim] series MORAL OREL, and I was there as the Creator/Writer of the grownup-aimed comic book DEATH WALKS THE STREETS, which launched with a Wizard Exclusive Variant at that same event. Fast-forward nearly seven years, and I'm sitting across from Adsit in a room at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles, with Scott throwing down some words about his time as the voice of one of Disney's latest icons - the loveable Baymax of the Academy Award-winning BIG HERO 6 (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Disney Movies Anywhere).

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Wrangling a Neverbeast: Inside the Animation Design of the latest Disney Fairies Adventure... #NeverbeastBloggers

Consider it a sort of "genetic modification" - but rather than splicing genes, Story Artist Ryan Green and Animation Supervisor Mike Greenholt were tasked with shifting pen, ink and pixels to help craft an animal never-before-seen, but one with traits familiar to millions in a 3+ year process working with the Director and Story Team on the design for Gruff, the titular Neverbeast in DisneyToon Studios' TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST (out March 3). For this task, what was particularly interesting in creating a fictional new species is that in addition to animation, Green actually holds a degree in Biology.

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MONSTERS OF ROCK Cruise: Poseidon's Revenge is coming...

At this point, there is a cruise for everything. No matter what the interest - from music to Disney to Star Wars - you name it, you can find a ship that has it going on. When it comes to Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, the longest-running (and largest) is the MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, which sets sail once more April 18-22. What rockers are riding the waves this time around? For 2015 it's Tesla; Europe; Night Ranger; Tom Keifer of Cinderella; Extreme; KIX; Queensryche; Krokus; The Winery Dogs; Stryper; Lita Ford; Black Star Riders; Y&T; Zebra; Black ’N Blue; Faster Pussycat; Honeymoon Suite; Tyketto; Keel; John Corabi; Kip Winger; Michael Sweet; Richie Kotzen; Mike Tramp; Joel Hoekstra; Derek St. Holmes; Ron Keel; Leatherwolf; Babylon AD; Bang Tango; Heavens Edge; Frank Hannon Band; Lillian Axe; Rhino Bucket; Pamela Moore; Gabbie Rae; Atomic Punks; and AJ’s Bravehearts. If you want to go, the folks behind the cruise just hit THE ROCK FATHER with info that there's just 34 cabins left. Read on for details... 

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Trailer: FROZEN FEVER marks a Springtime Return to Arendelle...

It's finally here - the official trailer for the new short film, FROZEN FEVER. The official follow-up to Walt Disney Animation's Oscar-winning cultural smash (see all my coverage here) will debut in front of Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios' live-action CINDERELLA (get tix) in theaters everywhere on March 13. I haven't shown this to my girls yet, but what I can tell you is that Olaf steals birthday cake like my oldest does - not-so-stealthily, and in plain sight. Check out the seasonally-appropriate trailer below and start thinking Spring!

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Based on a True Story? Steve Loter and Michael Wigert talk TINKER BELL and the LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST #NeverbeastBloggers

"It’s fairies and monsters, but it’s kind of based on a true story," explains Director Steve Loter of the latest Disney Fairies adventure, TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST (out March 3), meeting with a group of writers inside DisneyToon Studios in Glendale, California earlier this month. While her name is in the title, this may well be the least Tink-driven film in what The Hollywood Reporter once called "Disney's Stealthy $300M Franchise," now six feature films deep. Where the genesis of the NEVERBEAST actually lies is not even within DisneyToon Studios, but with Loter's young daughter and her love of animals. "The movie was inspired by my daughter," says Loter, detailing his lifelong fear of "very large dogs" - something that his daughter loves very much. In fact, NEVERBEAST is very much a movie crafted by Loter and Producer Michael (Makul) Wigert out of love for both of their own daughters.

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