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PROJECT Mc2: Rockin' with S.T.E.A.M. & Showing Kids that Smart is the New Cool...

Netflix #StreamTeamWhen it comes to learning, sometimes kids need a reminder that learning new things is fun - something that I’m told happens more often with older kids - ones that sit in that “tween age.” While my girls (The Rock DaughtersTM) are still much younger, we’re really working to embrace that sense of wonder, exploration and curiosity that both have. For Addie, our oldest, there’s been a growing tendency to conduct “experiments” on her own, and she generally pulls little Finn into the mix. Things can get messy, but that’s just fine as the girls develop their own first-hand methods of witnessing action and reaction… even if that means I might spout off like David Seville with a frustrated “Addddddie!” once in awhile (that’s my problem, not the kids’). With a lot of what they’re doing, the girls are engaging in a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) realm without even knowing it. Embracing those interests at a young age (or refreshing them at an older one) is why it’s cool to see a program like PROJECT Mc2 hitting the scene.

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Watch: "Walk This Way" from the AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON Concert Film...

Earlier this year, AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON 2014 premiered theatrically, and after gaining audience and critical acclaim, Eagle Rock Entertainment is bringing the film home on September 4th.  Filmed at Donington Park during the band's appearance at the DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL last year, the new film captures the band performing a career-spanning set featuring 20 of their biggest hits, among them, "Walk This Way." With the release coming up this week, a full performance clip of that track has emerged, which you can check out below!

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Have Design Skills? The POWER RANGERS and WeLoveFine Need You!

This past Friday marked the 22nd anniversary Saban’s POWER RANGERS franchise, and to celebrate WeLoveFine launched its second Power Rangers t-shirt design contest. Have design chops? Then it's time for you to POWER UP your skills for a shot at some big prizes, and the chance to have your design turned into a piece of official Power Rangers merchandise! Prizes up for grabs include cool Power Rangers collectibles and cash (up to $1500).

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Kicking Off Fall with New Toys from Step2 + Win the One You Want!

Step2 Brand AmbassadorAs a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I've had the joy of bringing you a ton of news, reviews and features on new products from The Step2 Company over these past few years. For Fall 2015, we're going a little bit bigger, and I'm helping to drop the curtain on 11 new products (MADE IN THE USA*) destined to be sought-after by children, and almost certain to make several Hot Holiday Toy lists (a few will be in my own Holiday Wish Guide). The lineup is impressive, and we're inviting all of you to share in our excitement by taking part in a very special giveaway - one in which the winner will get their choice of which item they'll receive from the Fall 2015 reveals! Ready to rock? 

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Legacy Collection Yaddle - 5 Days to Go

We're nearing the end... #ForceFriday is just five days away, and STAR WARS fans are making plans for where they'll be to get their hands on the first merchandise from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Since May, we've been taking part in Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar - presenting a daily look at items from nearly four decades of STAR WARS toys. The final countdown begins now, with 2008's Yaddle from "The Legacy Collection" of action figures featured. When she first appeared on-screen in THE PHANTOM MENACE, I thought it was cool to see another of Yoda's species... but at the same time, I was conflicted in that having Yoda being the only one (kind of like Tigger in Winnie the Pooh) was even cooler...

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS RISK - 6 Days to Go

Six days to go until #ForceFriday. As fans prepare an assault on their favorite stores to acquire new STAR WARS toys with military precision, it's fitting that STAR WARS RISK makes an appearance in the countdown - a Force-filled spin on the popular board game. The 2007 STAR WARS RISK game is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Galactic Heroes Escape from Mos Eisley - 7 Days to Go

We have officially hit the week were things turn CRAZY. Force Friday is just seven days away, and for STAR WARS fans, this day is gonna be bigger than Black Friday when it comes to shopping with a true sense of purpose. I don't have much to say about today's feature, but the 2008 STAR WARS Galactic Heroes Escape from Mos Eisley set is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

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Watch This Now: The Trailer for ALL THINGS MUST PASS, the Tower Records Documentary...

Back in 2011, just days before I officially launched this site, I wrote a news item for my old gig about a documentary film called ALL THINGS MUST PASS. A documentary about the rise and fall of TOWER RECORDS, the film by Colin Hanks, ALL THINGS MUST PASS was one of the first Kickstarter projects that I'd ever written about, and it achieved its goal practically overnight. And then we all waited... for over four years. Now, Gravitas Ventures will release ALL THINGS MUST PASS in limited theatrical release on October 16th (there's some festival appearances in September), and my friends at Fandango have the trailer (and you can get tickets, too). This is an important film for all music lovers to see, especially since there's already a generation coming of age that arrived after the music industry collapse...

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Play an 8-Bit IRON MAIDEN Video Game Right Now...

Earlier this month, metal legends IRON MAIDEN unleashed the music video for their new single, "Speed of Light." Taken from their forthcoming album, THE BOOK OF SOULS, the video is pure 80s glory - the type of video you would've seen on MTV's HEADBANGERS BALL during the midnight hour. In the video, IRON MAIDEN's mascot Eddie is seen in 8-bit form - the subject of a Nintendo-style video game. As of today, you can actually play that game online! It's a little DONKEY KONG-esque, with Eddie racing to rescue a woman from the top of a building. I made it to level four (you only get one life), but maybe you can do better?

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Force Friday Giveaway: Entertainment Earth x Han Cholo - STAR WARS Jewelry from A Galaxy Far, Far Away (or Los Angeles)!

There has been an awakening... and you will soon feel it. J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will hit theaters on December 18th, but on September 4th - just one week from today - the first merchandise from the new film will become available for sale. One of the biggest destinations for STAR WARS is Entertainment Earth, and with unique items that go far beyond the usual spectrum - STAR WARS for the entire family. One of the newest outfits to enter the mix is Han Cholo - jewelry from Los Angeles-based designer Brandon Schoolhouse. In addition to his original pieces that have a true sense of timeless rock 'n' roll style, Schoolhouse's work has branched into the licensed realm, with limited-edition pieces featuring iconic pop culture brands like VOLTRON, G.I. JOE, MONOPOLY, SCRABBLE, and of course, STAR WARS - officially-licensed by Lucasfilm and DisneyWith one week to go until #ForceFriday, Entertainment Earth and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are teaming-up to get two (2) lucky readers set-up to rock some Han Cholo designs of their own. Will The Force be with you?

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR TOURS "Rex" - 8 Days to Go

Paul Reubens is hard at work on Pee-wee's Big Holiday for Netflix right now, but today is his birthday, so it's totally cool if he'd like to take a break. What does Pee-wee Herman have to do with STAR WARS, you ask? Well, Paul has a small part in the STAR WARS Universe as RX-24 (aka Rex), the pilot droid featured in Disney's STAR TOURS attraction. I've never been on STAR TOURS (actually, I've never been to Disneyland, and I was only at Disney World back in 1988), but I have seen Rex, and fairly recently, too! RX-24 made a cameo on the first season of Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS. 2013's Disney STAR TOURS Section 2 Security Pack RX Droid is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

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Giveaway: JURASSIC WORLD is Back in IMAX® for One Week Only! Want Tickets? I've Got 'Em...

#TeamJurassicThe BIGGEST movie of the summer is back on the BIGGEST screens, and it's here for ONE WEEK ONLY in IMAX®! Starting Friday, August 28, 2015, Universal Pictures presents Jurassic World: An IMAX 3D Experience, back in theaters for just one week. The IMAX release of JURASSIC WORLD has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie. Want to experience it? I've got a special, limited-time giveaway in which one (1) lucky reader will receive a four-pack of tickets to see the film this week. Entries will only be open for THREE DAYS, as I'll be getting the winner their tix on Monday!

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