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Meet Darren Cross of CROSS TECHNOLOGIES... plus a WHIH Special Report

At CROSS TECHNOLOGIES, "Big Things Come from Small Beginnings," and on July 17th the future of warfare will arrive. CEO Darren Cross recently announced through corporate communications that the company will introduce "The Yellowjacket," the "ultimate secret weapon" that posits the idea of a soldier the size of an insect. Intrigued? You can view the announcement message from Mr. Cross in the embedded video player below.

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Watch: KOO KOO KANGA ROO - "Everybody Poops"

Nope, R.E.M. did not release a sequel to "Everybody Hurts," but KOO KOO KANGA ROO is back with the first video from their new EP, GROSS. "Everybody Poops" is the perfect song for my almost six-year-old and her friends right now - all of whom seem to have become fecalpheliacs over the past few months. Weird thing is, I really don't like gross-out kid stuff (poop, snot, etc.), and previously gave a one-star review to PAPA CROW's fart-themed EP from 2013. Still, I do enjoy KOO KOO KANGA ROO, who Addie and I saw on tour with THE AQUABATS last year. Check out the new video below, and catch the guys on a Warped Tour date near you...

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Force Friday Countdown: REVENGE OF THE SITH Mustafar Final Duel Playset - 63 Days to Go...

Well, this is a bit of foreshadowing. The final duel at Mustafar between Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in REVENGE OF THE SITH would signal the true turn to the Dark Side for the latter, his transformation into Darth Vader complete. We'd eventually see the two face-off once more in A NEW HOPE, but the outcome would be significantly different. For today's entry into the Hasbro Force Friday Countdown, the Mustafar Final Duel Playset is featured, and this is one I've actually not seen before. Things are getting pretty hot for Ani...

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Review - KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (Blu-ray)

Comic book movies are certainly the norm these days, but it's a surprise when one hits the scene that doesn't overtly scream "comic book," nor rely on the expectations of a built-in fanbase. Interestingly, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE fits that bill, taking some basic cues from its not-so-distant comic past (2012's Mark Millar/Dave Gibbons collaboration, THE SECRET SERVICE), but tossing much of the book aside in favor of new characters, locations, and more glaringly, the titular organization. When changes as drastic happen to beloved properties with a long history, fans cry foul, but KINGSMAN is spared such outrage due to just how new it is, and the fact that it's a damn fine spy film that goes over-the-top to ridiculously-awesome results.

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Force Friday Countdown: EWOK Assault Catapult - 64 Days to Go...

The EWOKS have made an appearance in the Hasbro Force Friday Countdown already, previously checking-in back in May with 107 days to go. But here they are again, and I don't mind - because I will proudly admit that I love the Ewoks. Here we find them featured with the 2013 Ewok Assault Catapult that was released as part of The Vintage Collection, I believe as a Kmart exclusive. While I don't have this one in the collection, I do have some Ewoks. Speaking of which, did you see when I made an "Endor Garden" using cactus and succulents from Costa Farms

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Watch - Netflix Unleashes the WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP Trailer...

#StreamTeamWhen it comes to the Netflix Original Series WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP, the cast is just so huge, I can't help but wonder how come I'm not in this thing? Seriously (or not), the cast is immense, and if the 8-episode mini-series (which debuts July 31st on Netflix) is anything like it's just-released trailer, the laughs will be immense as well. The sequel to the 2001 cult film features Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, ANT-MAN himself - Paul Rudd (look for my interview with him coming soon), Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter, along with new characters played by Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery, and more. Check out the preview below, but be warned - this is solely For Grownups!

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Rock Father Picks: Five New Summer Adventure Essentials...

THE ROCK FATHER is sharing #TheIndisposables in his life as part of a Schick® Xtreme3® sponsored series for Socialstars. Horns up! \m/ \m/

Ah, the summer months... a time for adventure, excitement, and of course, The Indisposables - those essential items that just help to make things better. For 2015, I'm highlighting just five new indisposable essentials that can be considered to be certified "Rock Father-approved" picks. If you're a regular reader, there's actually a good chance that these have already crossed your browser in a more subtle form as they've already become a part of our daily routine, and hopefully they'll soon be a part of yours as well!

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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Darth Vader - 65 Days to Go...

It was roughly 4 minutes and 33 seconds into 1977's STAR WARS (before we knew it as "A NEW HOPE" or "EPISODE IV") that audiences first witnessed the cinematic debut of Darth Vader... Dark Lord of the Sith. He didn't even need to say a word, and audiences knew he was the biggest badass in the galaxy. By the next time we see him again just over a minute later, he's choking some guy, and then he just tosses him aside. Evil? Sure, but within a year or so, millions of kids (myself included) were running around dressed as Darth, and his original Kenner action figure from 1978 quickly became a sought-after item for backyard battles. In celebration of actor David Prowse's birthday, Darth Vader is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar!

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STAR WARS REBELS Officially Announced for Blu-ray and DVD...

On Friday, it was sheer coincidence that I happened to have received an announcement regarding Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS... while standing in a hallway at Disney XD. While I was there to check out a screening of Disney's DESCENDANTS (more on that later), I was excited to learn that STAR WARS REBELS: COMPLETE SEASON ONE had officially been announced for a home video release on Blu-ray and DVD for September 1st. No doubt our favorite show to enjoy as a family right now, SEASON ONE packs all 15 episodes ("Spark of Rebellion" is counted as a two-parter) alongside bonus material and interviews with the cast and crew.

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Here's the Complete Line-up of SDCC Exclusives Being Offered by Toys "R" Us...

It feels like it really crept up on us this year, but the annual Comic-Con International is set to take place in San Diego from July 9-12, and the crew over at Toys "R" Us has unveiled their full lineup of exclusive items, which they've once again partnered with the folks from Entertainment Earth to make available on-site. It's a Hasbro-heavy collection, but Mattel, Bandai, Mezco and Schleich are also in the mix this year, with toys also being made available online on July 9th as part of Toys "R" Us' all-new #CollectorVector - a store-within-a-store that will focus on the "mature collector." This announcement was made a few days back, but since I've been traveling, I'm a little late with the news, but I do have some thoughts on these. The Batgirl, G.I. Joe and STAR WARS sets are items I'd love to have here at Rock Father HQ, while I should probably avoid showing the girls the MLP offerings...

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Force Friday Countdown: Bib Fortuna - 66 Days to Go...

Every proper gangster has a solid right-hand man, and for Jabba the Hutt, it was Bib Fortuna that answered the call. This cloaked Twi'lek served as a gatekeeper for those seeking an audience with Jabba, speaking mostly in Huttese, and falling victim to a Jedi mind trick performed by Luke Skywalker himself in RETURN OF THE JEDI. While Fortuna's allegiance to Jabba is said to have lasted decades, it came to an explosive end on a sail barge high above the Pit of Carkoon. Bib Fortuna is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar!

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The Rock Father's July Movie Preview and $100 Fandango Gift Card Giveaway!

Fandango FamilyWith the 2015 Summer Movie Season really heating up in July, I've taken some time as a member of the Fandango Family Digital Network (paid gig, disclosure and all) to take a look at what's coming up in the weeks ahead. From 4,000+ screen blockbusters to indies playing in limited release, there's roughly eighty (yes, 80!) new titles hitting cinema screens over the next month. I'm highlighting eleven of those movies here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, calling out a few "Rock Father Picks," Wildcards, and perhaps even... a flop. But that's not all, friends! Fandango and I are giving YOU a chance to score a $100 Fandango Gift Card so that your family can enjoy some movies this summer (at participating theaters). Let's rock...

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