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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

Rock & Roll Santa: How I Used Black Friday for Good in an OnStar 4G LTE-Equipped Chevrolet "Sleigh"

Note: An earlier version of this story originally appeared on General Motors' Fastlane site.

For centuries, the Legend of Santa Claus has evolved. From Saint Nicholas to Kris Kringle, Father Christmas to simply, Santa - this mysterious giver has taken many forms, appearing throughout the world under countless names to delight and inspire families by doing for others each and every holiday season.

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Watch: RUSSELL MADNESS - New Year's Resolution

When the original AIR BUD movies started rolling out, I'd missed them due simply to my age at the time, and not yet being a parent. In recent years, I've caught up a bit, checking out some of the original films and their more recent "Air Buddies" spin-offs (thanks to Netflix), each a reminder that kids love talking animals. Now comes RUSSELL MADNESS, a new film from Air Bud Entertainment that takes the franchise in a new direction and an entirely different world: professional wrestling. Having seen the film way early (a full review is forthcoming), I can attest to the fact that it's an adorable new tale for kids of all-ages. With New Year's Eve this week, it's time to make those New Year's Resolutions, and for many it's to get in shape. After all, if a tiny terrier can do it, so can you!

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Binge Watch This: ALL HAIL KING JULIEN is the Perfect New Year's Eve Family Party!

Netflix Stream TeamEarlier this month, the Netflix Original Series ALL HAIL KING JULIEN made it's debut, bringing the first five-episodes of the new MADAGASCAR spin-off from DreamWorks Animation to audiences everywhere. Ever since the show premiered, things have been a little bit different here at Rock Father HQ, with that loveable lemur infecting The Rock Daughters with the spirit of a true "party animal." Take a look...

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Playing it Forward for the Holidays as a Step2 Santa...

Step2 Brand AmbassadorFor the past two years, I've had the privilege of working with The Step2 Company, first as a "Test Driver" in 2013, and later a full-fledged Brand Ambassador in 2014. I've had some great adventures as part of the Step2 team, and it's gone well beyond just playing with toys and talking about cool products. The folks at The Step2 Company are a very kind and giving bunch, many of which are parents themselves, and after visiting their HQ in Streetsboro, Ohio this past summer, I saw first-hand the pride that they take in their toys - most of which are Made in the USA. Going above and beyond, Step2 has been there for me on other projects, like when I needed a great raffle prize for the annual Fall Fest at Addie's school this past October, they stepped-up with a fantastic Studio Art Desk. For our final project together for 2014, all of the Step2 Brand Ambassadors have been "Playing it Forward," each spreading a little cheer to the recipient of their choice, and again, I've chosen Addie's school. After consulting with her Principal (who took feedback from the faculty), it was determined that the Pre-K/Kindergarten play area was in need of a new playhouse. Rock Father Santa was back in-action, delivering a Neat & Tidy Cottage II last week - my little Elf Finley along for the ride as we made our delivery on the way to Addie's Kindergarten Christmas party...

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Watch Now: ENTOURAGE - The Movie Trailer has Arrived! #EntourageMovie

It's hard to believe, but this past summer marked the 10th anniversary of the premiere of ENTOURAGE on HBO. I was completely on-board from the first episode, and watching the show with friends became a weekly tradition. There were parallels to my own group of friends at the time, as I was in the midst of pursuing a career in film/tv, as were a couple others close to me - one of which was a rising actor. By the time the final season rolled around, I actually missed it and stayed completely spoiler-free until binge watching it earlier this year. Now, the first "official teaser" trailer for Warner Bros.' big-screen ENTOURAGE adventure has arrived, and it's reminded me just how sorely this show has been missed. Watch it below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Giveaway: MGM 90th Anniversary Brings Family Classics to Blu-ray, Here's Your Chance to Win Some! #MGMInsiders

MGM 90th AnniversaryIn 1924, Marcus Loew founded MGM, ushering in the era of films preceded by the iconic "lion's roar." 2014 has been a celebration of the MGM 90th Anniversary with special releases, reissues and a full assortment of titles from the studios library, all on-sale in a special Amazon store. To close out 2014 and usher in 2015, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, MGM and THE ROCK FATHER are teaming-up to highlight some of the great family films that have been re-issued in special MGM 90th packaging - but that's not all! We're going to give you a chance to win a trio of these MGM Family Classics: THE SECRET OF NIMH, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN and LEGALLY BLONDE!

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Disney Imagicademy: Opening New Worlds of Learning and Magic for Kids & Grownups #DisneyImagicademy #CG

In the short period of time since I finally decided to allow my girls to get some hand-held screentime, we've gone from having no tablet to having at least three (there might be more). The iPad Mini is largely THE ROCK FATHER's tablet, and that means that it's pretty much set-up for me, but over the past couple of months, I've really started to kid-ifiy it a bit, loading up the best Apps that can both teach and entertain. One of the best new releases comes from Disney, a name that families like ours are immersed in on a daily basis, and with Disney Imagicademy there's a whole new world of learning opening up for kids ages 3-8, and a parental component that can enrich the entire program through an interconnected experience.

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Every day, care™: Decking the Halls at Rock Father HQ

THE ROCK FATHER is participating in the Every day, care™ Project from Whirlpool® as part of a sponsored campaign for Socialstars. #EveryDayCare 

If you take even a passing glance at this site right now, you can see that Christmas is a big deal around here. Each year, around mid-November, I deck my virtual “halls” just as I deck the real ones here at home. As a big kid, the holidays have always been important to me as a magical time filled with sparkling lights, glistening snow and the festive sounds of the season. As parents, it's a chance for my wife and I to create lasting memories for our girls as we stake out new traditions while sprinkling as much of that “magic” into our little ones' lives as possible. Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest difference, and it's not always things that we, as grownups, make note of.

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Watch: Christmas! With The Aquabats! A Full Episode of THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW! featuring The Krampus!

The AquabatsAfter The Hub Network began it's slow disintegration earlier this year (disclosure: I was one of their "Hub Club" writers for about five minutes), one of the major signs that the end was near was their unceremonious non-cancelling cancellation of THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW!, almost at the same time in which The Aquabats! received five Daytime Emmy nominations, of which they'd win one. If I understand it correctly, they essentially gave the show back to The Aquabats!, leaving them free to take it to another network or service. While Netflix is the obvious choice for new episodes (and hey, I write for the Netflix #StreamTeam now!), the first season disappeared from the streaming giant on December 15th, but in a "Christmas miracle" of sorts, the entire run of the show, including the "lost" Season 2 and "3" (special) episodes have appeared on both Amazon Instant and iTunes. Why is this so important, you ask? Well, as a gift to all of you, The Aquabats! have uploaded the entire Christmas! With The Aquabats! special to YouTube, and it can be viewed now, right here on THE ROCK FATHER. Personally, I've been waiting nearly a year to see this one again...

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Holiday Giveaway: Win ANGELS SING (Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton) on DVD!

With Christmas just days away, I didn't think I'd be launching anymore Holiday Wish Guide Giveaways. But, this little movie just landed on my desk and will be viewed here tomorrow, and along with it comes an opportunity to share a copy with one of you. From Cowgirl Up Entertainment and Lionsgate comes ANGELS SING, a new holiday film with a really cool cast including Harry Connick Jr., NASHVILLE's Connie Britton, 1/2 of THE HIGHWAYMEN with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson checking-in, and Lyle Lovett in the mix. Check out the trailer and synopsis below, then enter for your chance to win the film on DVD...

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Watch - CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE gets even more star-studded for EXO ZOMBIES DLC

CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARECALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (a top gift in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide) is taking things to another level with a whole new breed of zombies. Following in the star-studded DLC of year's past,  John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal star in Exo Zombies, coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC in 2015 as part of the Havoc DLC Pack. This quartet of top talent stars as Atlas employees facing a new threat with no training or preparation. The first teaser is below - and it's not for the kiddies...

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Watch: Spanish STAR WARS REBELS Action Figure Commercial from Hasbro Gets it Right...

Coming from the original STAR WARS generation, I miss the old-school kind of toy commercials - the ones that Kenner did so right back then. Kids playing with the toys in a slightly-elevated reality was the way of those original spots, and with the newer Hasbro figures making a return to 5POA (thats, "five points of articulation") like the toys I grew up with, it's even cooler to see a more vintage approach in commercial form. The first spot to surface for Hasbro's new line of figures and vehicles based on Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS comes from an unlikely location - Spain. Hopefully the U.S. marketing follows a similar path, as 2015 is gonna be a hell of a year for STAR WARS fans, and I can't wait to see what Hasbro is cooking up!

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Culinary Adventures: Going All-In with Applebee's New Burgers + a #BurgerSelfie Twitter Party!

THE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Life of Dad and Applebee's for the #BurgerSelfie promotion.

I am an unapologetic burger aficionado. Yes, I will eat a turkey burger, but what I really need is beef - a real burger, cooked properly with a little pink in the middle. You could say that when I approach a good burger that I'm "all-in" (just like how I raise the girls) and that's exactly what my friends at Applebee's have tapped into with their new collection of All-In Burgers - four varieties of proper burgers with flavors hand-smashed and seared-in, much like you'd do at home. They're hand-made with fresh ground beef - none of that pre-packed, frozen nonsense. The other night, I took the family out for dinner and dug into the Triple Bacon All-In Burger, served-up with some BBQ-spiced fries and a Diet Pepsi. Wanna see my #BurgerSelfie? How would you like to talk burgers for a chance at prizes and glory?

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