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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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Throw on The Jackson 5 Christmas Album & Welcome Funko's Holiday Dancing Groot!

By now, the Dancing Baby Groot from the end of MARVEL's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is a familiar, if not iconic fixture for even those who haven't seen the movie. Here at our house, The Rock Daughters even associate the little guy with The Jackson 5, breaking into that "Groot dance" whenever they hear "I Want You Back." I also have the Funko Pop! Vinyl Dancing Groot here in my office, and they always want to play with him. Now, with the holiday season fast-approaching, Funko is releasing a special edition Pop! Vinyl that brings it all together... Holiday Dancing Groot

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There's Been an Awakening... on Instagram

Instagram rolled-out a pretty sweet update today - one that eliminated the need for resizing apps. It's now possible to go proper widescreen with both photos and videos, allowing users to share their content however it's intended to be. You can do portrait or landscape orientation, but I completely blame Periscope and Snapchat for making users think that it's actually okay to suffer from VPS: Vertical Phone Syndrome. Widescreen or square for me, and to demonstrate the new cinematic look to Instagram, the very first video to display the format is a pretty appropriate one - a new clip from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS!

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Here's What's Happening at Disney Store on Force Friday!

With all the news continuing to roll in about #ForceFriday, it's time for the full details on what's cooking at Disney Store. They're preparing to feel the Force on Friday, Sept. 4, in celebration of the global retail set date for product from the highly anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In a follow-up to the announcement I shared from Disney Consumer Products the other day, the following information just rolled into Rock Father HQ...

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AMERICAN GIRL Goes Back to the "Nifty '50s" with Maryellen Larkin

For years, fans of Mattel's AMERICAN GIRL line have been requesting something that surprisingly hasn't been produced until now - a BeForever doll with a story rooted in one of America's most iconic decades: The Fifties. Today that changes, with the introduction of Maryellen Larkin, "an energetic and optimistic girl who follows her heart instead of the crowd." This new doll and all of her accessories have become available today, exclusively at American Girl in the U.S.*, with special launch events planned across the country. Personally, I think it's pretty cool to now have a doll from the decade that gave birth to Rock 'N Roll - complete with records and a jukebox. Check out a preview, and all the details below...

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Nute Gunray - 9 Days to Go

Nute Gunray... what can I say about this guy? I do know his name is about as cheesy as they come (Raygun=Gunray), but this awkward fool had an annoying voice and never knew what to do with his hands... and aside from all of that, he was a jerk! This Trade Federation Viceroy helped invade Naboo while serving as a mindless pawn Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine aka Darth Sidious, and thus he finds no love from me. 1999's Nute Gunray figure from THE PHANTOM MENACE 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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Tyrannosaurus Teamwork! Smashing, Crushing & Learning with DinoTrux!

Netflix #StreamTeamFact: Most kids love dinosaurs. Another Fact: Most kids also love trucks, cars, trains, planes, boats and other things that are mechanical and/or move. Bonus Fact: The previous two facts are simply claimed by me, with no form of research and/or scientific proof to back that up. Hey, I didn’t question it when all of a sudden Optimus Prime had Grimlock and a bunch of other Dinobots running around back in 1984, so why would kids in 2015 question the existence of a race of “giant creatures that are half dinosaur, half construction vehicle and all awesome?” I figure most won’t…

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