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

Watch Now! STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS - Official Teaser

This will be a day long remembered. While I was out doing some Black Friday shopping for good (more on that later), I caught my first glimpse at the glorious teaser for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS via the reflective screen of some guy's phone. Now that I've seen it? As if I needed my arm twisted before, this lifelong STAR WARS enthusiast is completely in on that action. Take a trip back to Tatooine, fire up the speeder, crank up the sound and press play on this right now...

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FROZEN Turns One - Here's the Five Best ROCK Cover Versions of "Let It Go" and a Look Back

Given how big a Global cultural phenomenon it's become, it's almost hard to imagine that it was just one year ago today - November 27, 2013 - that Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN first hit theaters. A year out, and FROZEN has officially toppled Barbie to be the biggest doll line (with MONSTER HIGH close behind), has inspired countless YouTube videos, parodies and tributes - and has managed to sell over three million Elsa dresses (at least one to me). Out of all the films I could've done a press trip for, I was fortunate to be included in the group of writers to visit Walt Disney Animation Studios to help promote the first home video release of FROZEN earlier this year, and now seems like a perfect time to do a recap - this being the first anniversary of the forever-classic - along with five of the best ROCK cover versions of "Let It Go," the iconic song that has made Idina Menzel a household name. Ready to "Let It Go" again?

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Preview: Check out a Clip from Nickelodeon's SANTA HUNTERS...

This Friday (November 28) at 7pm ET/PT, the SANTA HUNTERS are coming to Nickelodeon. This all-new original TV movie stars Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores Jr. and Breanna Yde of THE HAUNTED HATHAWAYS, along with Mace Coronel  (NICKY RICKY DICKY DAWN) as kids who've perhaps gone a little bit too far in their quest to prove that Santa Claus is real. The folks at Nickelodeon sent over a clip, and I've got it for you below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...
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Watch: The Trailer for George Lucas' STRANGE MAGIC Arrives...

Now this is exciting, sort of a throwback vibe when you don't hear much about a movie and then BAM! - the trailer hits, and it's just a couple of months away. Such is the case with STRANGE MAGIC, the new film from STAR WARS creator George Lucas, bringing to life a new world of goblins, elves, fairies and imps inspired by A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (TOY STORY TOONS" HAWAIIAN VACATION) from a story by Lucas himself, the voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare. Check out the trailer and photos below...

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Preview: PBS KIDS' Holiday Programming Kick-off starts this week!

PBS KIDSIt's a BIG week for PBS KIDS, as the Holiday season officially launches on November 26th with the perennial favorite, CURIOUS GEORGE: A Very Monkey Christmas on PBS stations nationwide. It also marks the long-awaited debut of ODD SQUAD, the all-new live-action math series for kids, along with gearing-up for holiday-themed episodes from favorites like PEG + CAT, THOMAS & FRIENDS, DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD and more in the weeks ahead. Check out the full programming rundown and previews below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Holiday Wish Guide: Collector’s Edition Hess Toy Truck

Holiday 2014I've written about the Hess Toy Truck several times here on THE ROCK FATHER, but since it's been an East Coast tradition, we never owned one until earlier this year when we were out in Pennsylvania and managed to score a Hess Miniature Truck at a Hess Express location. The Hess Toy Trucks have always been fascinating to me since they're a true American classic - launched in 1964 as an affordable, high-quality toy - and one that's become a phenomenon loved by families and collectors alike. This year, they've taken the trucks online, and in honor of the Hess Toy Truck’s 50th anniversary, Hess Corporation has released the first-ever Collector’s Edition Hess Toy Truck, an individually numbered tanker truck with a replica of the original 1964 tanker trailer inside. Thanks to the folks at Hess, we now have one - and I'm including this as a must-have in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide. Just look at how beautiful this is... packed with play features and more than 100 working LED lights...

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Listen: AC/DC Streams New Album, ROCK OR BUST on iTunes, New Video Released...

It looks like AC/DC may have been playing a goof when the released the ultra-low budget video for "Play Ball" earlier this month, drawing the ire of fans around the Globe. The iconic rockers have just unleashed the proper video for "Rock or Bust," the title track from their forthcoming new album, and the video - like the song itself - is pure, vintage AC/DC. While I've got that embedded here on THE ROCK FATHER for your viewing pleasure, you can stream the entire album right now for free on iTunes First Play

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Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway: Win JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 on Blu-ray Combo Pack!

WWEAs the Holiday Season officially kicks-off this week, it's only right to start spreading some holiday cheer tied into my most-anticipated holiday film of the year - WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox's JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 (I was on-set in Vancouver for the filming of it earlier this year). Larry the Cable Guy stars alongside WWE's Santino Marella in the sequel to the 1996 Holiday classic (my favorite Christmas movie of all-time), and we're gonna give all of you a chance to win a copy on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Combo Pack!

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Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway: NYPD Motorbike Battery Powered Ride-On Toy from GiGGo Toys!

With the Holiday Season officially upon us. it's time to start thinking of those "big" gifts - the ones that kids will remember and talk about for the rest of their lives. One cool item is a ride-on toy, and Long Island, New York-based GiGGo Toys is producing some new rides that will have the kids rockin' the road (sidewalk) in style. Hot off the release of their Little Indian Vintage Motorcycles comes a new ride-on for kids ages 2-4: The NYPD Motorbike! To help roll it out, my friends Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy have partnered with THE ROCK FATHER and a few other friends to get one lucky reader hooked-up with one of these for their own little ones. If I were a kid, I'd want one of these to play CHiPs (but then Ponch and Jon would probably be pursuing me). Ready for a shot at glory?

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THE ROCK FATHER's Thanksgiving Netflix Feast featuring FREE BIRDS, FAMILY GUY, OITNB & more #StreamTeam

Netflix Stream teamWhen it comes to Thanksgiving, it's one of the Holidays that I put on my B-list - a sort of inconveniently-placed day that falls in-between the two greatest Holidays of the year - Halloween and Christmas. It's become easier for us in recent years, but Thanksgiving has traditionally been the gateway into the massive headaches of the "when do we have to be where?" season, where getting together with family turns into arguments about why you can't physically be in several locations at once, and why work schedules largely dictate the can and cannots. But, there is still plenty of good to be had, ushering in the day with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and settling in for some prime viewing on Netflix. While I'm generally more inclined to skip right into the Christmas specials (our tree has been up for over a week already), here's some fun (and off-the-wall) turkey-tinged treats to check out this week!

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Report: The 12th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair Brings Old Friends & New Favorites Out to Play! #ChiTAGFair

This weekend, the Chicago Toy & Game Group brought the 12th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair to Navy Pier, and for the third year in a row, THE ROCK FATHER was there to cover it. The only show of it's kind that's open to the public in addition to members of the toy and game trade, #ChiTAGFair or simply #ChiTAG serves as an unofficial kick-off to the Holiday season here in Chicago - a tradition that offers families a first-hand chance to check out a wide array of new offerings hands-on, from some of the season's hottest toys, to some of the newest and most "out there" games. While my first two experiences at ChiTAG had been good, and the show had impressed, I left last year thinking that the show was skewing too "game" for my liking, ignoring that "toy" is the first part of it's name. Knowing that many of the organizers have deep roots in the gaming community, that wasn't really a surprise, but for my own interests (big on toys, light on games) I was hoping to see a little more balance this year... and the Chicago Toy & Game Fair crew did a fantastic job in bringing together some old friends and new favorites to delight families for two days of pre-Holiday fun. Check out my picks for this year's #ChiTAGFair all-stars below!

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Giveaway: Win a hiku Shopping List Scanner & $50 Visa Gift Card!

Ready for something interesting? We've all forgotten our shopping lists (I'm especially guilty of leaving the paper on the counter), and sometimes we even forget to add items to it. Now comes the hiku - a new scanning device that makes creating a shopping list a breeze. It's magnetic and attaches right to your fridge so it's always handy and ready when you are. Simply scan an item or speak the name of a product that you need into the hiku and it's automatically added to the hiku app shopping list. Each item is separated by the product type so you don't have to deal with the frustration of returning to a previous aisle because you forgot an item. How would you like to WIN a hiku of your own, and get a $50 Visa Gift Card to give your shopping trip a jump start? My friends at Thrifty Nifty Mommy & Viva Veltoro have teamed up with hiku to help make that happen for one lucky reader!

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Rides Report: MÖTLEY CRÜE and DODGE Rock the Monkey in Dallas

The band that spawned such iconic songs as “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Kickstart My Heart,” along with the arena anthem “Home Sweet Home” and a dozen or more 80’s and 90’s smashes made a very rare appearance at a small venue earlier this month in Dallas. Mötley Crüe played a sold-out/climb-the-walls-to-get-in venue on Saturday November 1st at Richard Rawlings' (he of Discovery Channel’s Fast-n-Loud reality show fame), Gas Monkey Live concert club. It was billed as “Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey” sponsored by the car manufacturer - who is sponsoring this leg of the Crue's North American farewell tour which ends this weekend.

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