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Nickelodeon BUNCH OF PLAY DATES 3-DVD Set Coming in July...

On July 7, Paramount Home Media will release a unique, three-disc DVD collection featuring over seven hours of educational and musical fun. Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates features eighteen episodes from Dora the ExplorerTeam UmizoomiBubble GuppiesGo, Diego, Go!The Wonder Pets!Ni Hao, Kai-LanThe Fresh Beat Band, and Blue’s Room - all placed in themed bundles; Dance to the Music; Rootin' Tootin' Wild West; Once Upon a Rhyme. The set will carry an MSRP of just $19.99. Check out the episode listing and special features below...

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The Random Rock: News on FOO FIGHTERS, BEA MILLER, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, more...

I get hit with so much music news here at Rock Father HQ that there's barely any way to cover it - much less a lot of it. That's why I'm going to make an effort to get my old "Random Rock" column happening on a more frequent basis again. The deal is simple - I'll start off with a stream or video to enjoy while reading, followed by a list of quick news items from around the music world (though likely with a "rock" focus). If you'd like to know more about a story, a link will be provided to do so.  Here we go...

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Giveaway: Celebrate the Release of TOMORROWLAND, Win a $25 Fandango Gift Card!

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From Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, TOMORROWLAND is the latest fantasy to be inspired by and rooted in Disney lore - the tale of a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen, who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space. To celebrate its release, THE ROCK FATHER is presenting a Fandango Family Giveaway in which one (1) lucky reader will receive a $25 Fandango Gift Card, good toward the purchase of tickets for TOMORROWLAND, or any other film at participating theaters. Welcome to TOMORROWLAND...

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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Slave I and BOBA FETT - 106 Days to Go...

It was 35 years ago today, May 21, 1980, that STAR WARS EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK hit theaters. Like many fans of the STAR WARS Saga, I hold EMPIRE (or, TESB) in high regard as my favorite - possibly because it's the first STAR WARS movie that I can remember seeing in the theater. That film also spawned some of my favorite toys not just from STAR WARS - but favorites, period - particularly those relating to Hoth and Bespin. From the latter, it was there that audiences first got a big-screen look at Bounty Hunter BOBA FETT, who had already made an appearance in the infamous STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL, and a parade of some sort. He, along with his ship, the SLAVE I, became instant favorites for kids like me, and over the years I've owned five incarnations of his famous ship. 

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Will You Win Big in Schick Xtreme3's Comfortopia? #TheIndisposables

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

The Indisposables are back, folks. And this time? That's right, we're taking you on a trip to an exotic place called Comfortopia - a land where you could win big - scoring all 10 of the Indisposable Comforts from an HDTV and XBOX to the simple things, like proper undies and a great pair of pants. In fact, there's over $5,000 in "Indisposable" prizes, and some of that glory could be yours.

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LEGO Dimensions Goes BACK TO THE FUTURE with Dr. Emmett Brown...

Last month, a great ripple was felt on multiple planes when LEGO Dimensions was officially announced. Now, more details have emerged as Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) comes face to face with his quite "handsome" LEGO counterpart in a new trailer that takes viewers into LEGO Hill Valley and well beyond. The first BACK TO THE FUTURE Fun Pack will be released alongside the game, on September 27, 2015, with an additional shortly behind. Take a peek...

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Chicago's RIOT FEST Stays in the City, Announces Move to Douglas Park...

While I don't live in the City proper, I've always identified as a "Chicagoan," and have long looked at the annual RIOT FEST as a true Chicago tradition - one that's spread to other cities, including Denver and Toronto. Having attended, and having seen it grow from small clubs to a multi-venue, week-long event (I covered and shot it back in 2011) that then morphed into the RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL, I (like many) was disheartened to see the fest being squeezed as part of a larger debate about its recent home in Humboldt Park. Today, that debate ends as far as RIOT FEST is concerned, as the 2015 RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will stay in Chicago, moving south to Douglas Park.

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Force Friday Countdown: 1983 Kenner STAR WARS EWOK VILLAGE Action Playset - 107 Days to Go...

It was 33 years ago today - May 20, 1982, that principal photography was completed on STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI. The conclusion of George Lucas' Original Trilogy was still a year away from hitting theaters, and the folks at Kenner were hard at work prepping the toys to accompany the new adventures and new worlds that audiences would soon witness on-screen. The most notable new locale in ROTJ was the Forest Moon of Endor - home to a divisive little species known as Ewoks. Personally, I've always been a fan of the Ewoks, and despite a sometimes-fashionable public dislike that some express for the furry little ones, they did spawn two made-for-television feature films, and a Saturday Morning Cartoon series. Today's featured entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar is firmly-rooted on Endor, with the Kenner STAR WARS Ewok Village Action Playset. This is one that I never had, but it was still so cool to play with at friends' houses on occasion.

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Revell to Release Six New Chip Foose Model Kits...

Funny enough, the girls and I were just at Hobby Lobby earlier today picking up some Revell products for a Pinewood project I'm doing (#DriveShopPineBlock - stay tuned!), and then we returned home to find some cool news from Revell sitting in my inbox. The Illinois-based model company has entered into a three-year partnership with car builder Chip Foose for six new model kits that will join Revell's existing Foose collection. Here's what they have to say about the new kits...

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Watch: SONY Pictures' New Trailer for the 80s Video Game Alien Invasion Film, PIXELS!

On July 24, the cinema will get a little more crazy when PIXELS begin their invasion of your local multiplex. Based on a 2010 short film, PIXELS is the latest film from director Chris Columbus (ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, HOME ALONE), and finds a world under alien attack... albeit one inspired by a time capsule that the aliens received during the Reagan-era. Check out the just-released trailer for Sony Pictures below!

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Force Friday Countdown: 1978+ Kenner STAR WARS Chewbacca - 108 Days to Go...

It was 1977 when audiences were first introduced to the mighty Wookiee, Chewbacca, who along with smuggler Han Solo, served as co-pilot of the legendary Millennium Falcon. It was on this day back in 1944 that actor Peter Mayhew entered the world, and in celebration of the 71st birthday of the man behind the furry mask, Hasbro is featuring the first-ever Chewbacca figure from the 1978 Kenner STAR WARS line as today's entry into their Force Friday Countdown Calendar. While Chewie and Han have had many adventures over the years, I, too have had my fair share with the Wookiee at my side. From backyard battles and trips to my Grandparents' farm (where I once thought my Chewbacca figure had fallen down a vent and into their massive fire-burning furnace) to a recent trip to Los Angeles, where I took my Kenner counterpart to a meeting at ABC, and to the famous Walt Disney Studios Lot and Disney Legends Plaza. While my original Chewie is long-gone, I currently own two vintage figures - the loose 1978 version, and a carded RETURN OF THE JEDI version that my wife purchased from Brian's Toys for me as a birthday gift back in the late 90s.

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This is THE MUPPET SHOW Cuckoo Clock You've Been Waiting For...

With THE MUPPETS heading back to television on ABC this Fall, it's no surprise that there's some pretty cool Muppets goodies in the pipeline for the months ahead. From The Bradford Exchange comes this lighted LED Cuckoo Clock representing the classic, 1970s version of THE MUPPET SHOW. Produced under license from Disney, it runs just shy of $200 and definitely taps into the interest of longtime Muppets fans like myself...

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Force Friday Countdown: 2007 STAR WARS Titanium Series IG-88 - 109 Days to Go...

When much of the general public thinks of the badass bounty hunters summoned by Darth Vader to track down Han Solo in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, it's Boba Fett that generally comes immediately to mind. But among those featured in that brief, yet iconic scene (Dengar, IG-88, Fett, Bossk, 4-LOM, Zuckuss), the assassin droid IG-88 has long-been viewed as one of the more interesting (and creepy) by hardcore fans. In fact, the official STAR WARS website describes assassin droids as "independently programmed mechanical killers that had no masters." For the May 18th entry into the Force Friday Countdown Calendar, Hasbro is featuring their 2007 Titanium Series IG-88 figure (find it on eBay). 

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