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Here's the First Teaser for Paramount's ZOOLANDER 2

On February 12, 2016, the sequel no one saw coming is headed for theaters. Paramount Pictures' ZOOLANDER 2 arrives 15 years after Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson first hit cinemas as fashion icons Derek Zoolander and Hansel - finding our heroes under fire by a new enemy that wishes to take them out of the fashion business. After a leak last week, the official teaser is here, and it seeks to answer one of life's eternal questions...

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Listen: SNAKED releases new single dedicated to KISS' Paul Stanley

There's an L.A.-based duo called SNAKED (Hugh Myrone and Depressed Teenager) that just debuted a new single called "Paul Stanley" via NestHQ, and it's worth a listen. They're calling it RDM (Rockstar Dance Music), and over the top of the beats and riffs sits the onstage banter of the KISS vocalist for which the song is named. There's a couple of "Ohs" and "Woos" that sound more like VAN HALEN's David Lee Roth from the famed "Running With the Devil" acapella takes, but it's a tune all about Paul. Check it out below... 

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Jedi Force Playskool Heroes R2-D2 & C-3PO - 33 Days to Go!

There isn't a lot you can say about C-3PO and R2-D2 that hasn't already been said before. The loveable Astromech Droid and his Protocol-spewing friend have been made into toys countless times, and one of the first versions that was purchased new for The Rock Daughters was the Jedi Force Playskool Heroes set. These are featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Did you know that Donnie and Marie Osmond once played Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia... with Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, SANFORD & SON's Redd Foxx as Obi-Ben Kenobi, and CONVOY's Kris Kristofferson as Han Solo? It happened... 

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Wedge Antilles - 34 Days to Go!

Wedge Antilles was a a True Badass of The Rebel Alliance™. Playing a role in the destruction of both of The Empire's poorly-designed Death Star Space Stations, what happened to Wedge post-ROTJ (that's RETURN OF THE JEDI for most normal folk) is told in the forthcoming novel, STAR WARS: AFTERMATH. 2014's Black Series Wedge Antilles action figure is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. You know what Wedge is? A SURVIVOR!

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Watch: Here's all the Musical Numbers from Disney's DESCENDANTS!

Moments ago, Disney's DESCENDANTS (read my review here) finished its debut airing on Disney Channel, introducing audiences to The United States of Auradon, and the children of some iconic Disney Villains (and some heroic counterparts). The musical from Director/Choreographer Kenny Ortega (read my interview here) is already blowing up social media (#Descendants has been trending Globally tonight), and if you're wanting to relive those musical moments - you're in luck! My friends at Disney have just uploaded every musical number to the Disney Music VEVO Channel on YouTube, and I've assembled them into a handy playlist that's viewable below! But that's not all - want to own the music? The DESCENDANTS Soundtrack is now available from Amazon and iTunes.

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Aayla Secura - 35 Days to Go!

Aayla Secura was a Twi'lek Jedi Knight that fought in The Clone Wars. In a cinematic form, it was Amy Allen who donned the blue paint and headgear for ATTACK OF THE CLONES and REVENGE OF THE SITH, and while we don't have one of her action figures here at Rock Father HQ, I do have a personal anecdote.  A long time ago (probably 2003, maybe '04) I ran a small multimedia production company that also had some apparel items. Trucker Hats were all the rage back then, and we had some that said things like "Celebrity" and "Director" on them - a sorta very "L.A." thing, despite me being based in Illinois. Amy Allen, along with fellow Prequel Trilogy actors including Zac Jensen and Michonne Bourriague stopped by our booth at a Wizard World show and bought some. Then we took a picture, but I have no idea who has a copy. The 2012 "Vintage Collection" Aayla Secura figure is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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Review: Disney's DESCENDANTS

Do you want to be very, very good at being bad? That's the question posited by Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent in Disney's DESCENDANTS, throwing down some musical wisdom during a number penned by GRAMMY and TONY-nominated songwriter Andrew Lippa in a film from HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL director/choreographer Kenny Ortega (read my interview here). It's long-been said that villains have more fun (and better costumes), a fact I'd back up with names like Cobra Commander, Skeletor, Darth Vader, and maybe even Blofeld (that collar is about the make a comeback)... but what about their kids? Like Doc Brown tells Marty at the ends of BACK TO THE FUTURE, something has to be done about the kids, and that's where the DESCENDANTS begins. Could the children of Maleficent (SLEEPING BEAUTY), The Evil Queen (SNOW WHITE), Jafar (ALADDIN) and Cruella de Vil (101 DALMATIANS) have a future outside of the family business? 

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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Dagobah Action Playset - 36 Days to Go!

The STAR WARS Dagobah Action Playset from Kenner's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK collection was hands-down one of my favorite playsets of all-time. Any kid that had this upon release in 1981 can tell you just how many adventures were had putting figures into foam "quicksand" that was supposed to emulate the swamp into which Luke Skywalker crash-landed his X-Wing Fighter - or "levitating" plastic boxes for that true "Force" effect. While my playset is long-gone, I do have a Mint-on-Card (MOC) Yoda that my wife bought me as a gift a long time ago... and a loose Obi-Wan Kenobi that I can look upon with fond memories. The Kenner STAR WARS Dagobah Action Playset is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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A Visit to Camp Kikiwaka: On the Set of Disney Channel's BUNK'D

Having attended "camp" several times as a kid (for Boy Scouts & church), there was a strange familiarity stepping onto the set of BUNK'D at Hollywood Center Studios last month. Along with 24 other familiar writers from the pop culture parenting space, I entered Camp Kikiwaka and took a seat inside a mess hall/lodge to meet the kids from the principal cast. A spin-off of the ever-popular JESSIE (which has come to a close after four seasons), there's some familiar faces in Peyton List (Emma Ross), Karan Brar (Ravi Ross) and Skai Jackson (Zuri Ross) as siblings sent from New York City to Maine (Cameron Boyce is now over on GAMER'S GUIDE TO PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING) - an adventure that finds them as Counselors-in-Training at the very camp where their parents first met. Rounding out the cast are Miranda May (Lou), Kevin Quinn (Xander), Nina Lu (Tiffany) and Nathan Arenas (Jorge).

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Rock Father Tour is in Grand Rapids to go hands-on with the 2016 Scion iM & iA

The #RockFatherTour is back on the road this week. I'm currently in Grand Rapids, Michigan getting ready to hit the road in pre-production models of the all-new 2016 Scion iM and Scion iA. These new vehicles will be available for sale beginning September 1, and I'll be serving-up some sneak-peeks on social media throughout the day.

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Lando Calrissian and Luke Skywalker... in Disguise - 37 Days to Go!

Oh, man... growing up, the "in disguise" action figures were always such a treat! Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise! Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise! Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise! Today it's Luke and Lando (in Disguise!) that are featured as an entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. While we don't have the specific versions that are featured (Saga Legends Lando and Black Series Luke - both from 2015), we have some of the late 1990s Power of the Force figures that are still having plenty of adventures. 

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS REBELS' Sabine Wren - 38 Days to Go!

It is undeniable that one of the breakout characters on Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS is Sabine Wren. Sporting Mandalorian armor similar to that of Boba Fett, Sabine was one of the most skilled explosives and weapons experts in the early days of the Rebel Alliance. While her story may have unfolded "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," families still have much to learn about this talented tagger as new episodes of STAR WARS REBELS are set to debut this Fall. Sabine's Mission Series action figure from Hasbro is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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The First Xmas Movie I'm Covering for 2015 is Not Family-Friendly... prepare for THE NIGHT BEFORE!

According to star Seth Rogen, THE NIGHT BEFORE is a movie that "was made by Jews about Christmas and opens on Thanksgiving." That's completely accurate, and Columbia/Sony Pictures' forthcoming Xmas comedy marks the first time that I've kicked-off a Holiday Movie Season by featuring a film that's completely not family-friendly. In fact, unless you work somewhere really cool, the just-released red-band trailer is probably not even safe for your place of employment. Funny enough, Rogen's church scene is pretty close to my own visits to a house of worship... minus the Star of David sweater. 

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