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

Happy Dreams Daycare: A Place Where Kids (from Horror Movies) Can Just Be Kids...

We all know that little kids can be little "Hell-raisers" on occasion, but somewhere there's a place where all of those children can "just be kids" - no matter which home or horror movie they might spawn from. Happy Dreams Daycare is the setting for this 2013 short from CollegeHumor that just landed here at Rock Father HQ. New to me, perhaps not to you, but I'm sharing it anyway. After all, who knew that Damien from THE OMEN, those little cuties from John Carpenter's VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED and Stephen King's CHILDREN OF THE CORN, Samara from THE RING and Regan from THE EXORCIST where such big fans of the Necronomicon at story time?

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Chicago Auto Show: And the 2017 Ride that Readers are Most Interested in is...

Chicago Auto ShowAttending the media preview days of the just-opened Chicago Auto Show last week, I experienced and photographed hundreds of new vehicles that are all vying for attention - not just from members of the press, but more importantly, from potential drivers. While I have some personal favorites and top picks that will be rolling out here on THE ROCK FATHER in the days ahead, if Instagram is any indicator, I already know what car the public seems most interested in... and it's one from a nameplate that I've mentioned in passing, but have yet to review here on the site: FORD. The 2017 Ford GT Supercar caught the attention of automotive enthusiasts when a blue version made it's debut last month in Detroit, but here in Chicago the twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 is bringing 600 horsepower excitement to attendees in a striking silver package. That car has quickly become my most-liked Instagram post of all-time thus far. Check it out...

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Interview: Kevin Costner on McFARLAND, USA, Fatherhood, Sports Films and a Drive to 'Do Better' #McFarlandUSAEvent

"There's nothing more American than parents wanting more for their children." 

That quote, spoken by actor/director/musician Kevin Costner to his McFARLAND, USA director Niki Caro was a perfect statement to encompass not only his latest film, but the overall aura around it - both on-screen and off. Based on the true story of Coach Jim White and his underdog team of cross-country runners in 1987, it would be easy to look at McFarland, USA as just another come-from-behind sports film... and that would be a very wrong assumption to make.

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Preview: SESAME STREET - THE COOKIE THIEF

PBS KIDS VIPIf you don't already have those DVR's set, get ready - today is the day that THE COOKIE THIEF premieres on PBS KIDS, bringing the first-ever one-hour Cookie Monster special to the masses! This Sesame Street special is "a classic chewdunnit" that guest stars SNL-alum Rachel Dratch as a museum security guard that's looking to finger someone for the theft of a priceless piece of cookie art - Leonardo da Crunchy's The Muncha Lisa! But why would Cookie Monster take such an iconic piece of art? Well, you'll just have to gather the kids to find out...

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Toy Fair 2015: Mattel Welcomes TMNT, MONSTER HIGH, TERMINATOR, STAR TREK into the MEGA BLOKS World...

After acquiring MEGA BLOKS last year following a previous partnership that found iconic Mattel properties such as Barbie and Hot Wheels making their way into block form, Mattel has announced some major moves to expand their construction sets by bringing some major licenses into the world of MEGA BLOKS. From Mattel's own portfolio comes the long-rumored new collection of MONSTER HIGH Building Sets that find the ghoulish guys and gals taking play into a whole different realm. MEGA BLOKS will also issue new sets under their Power Rangers line, with collections based on Saban's POWER RANGERS DINO CHARGE, which just debuted on Nickelodeon this month. While those are cool, the biggest news may be a pair of licenses that they've snagged from others in the growing brick segment...

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App Preview - STAR WARS JOURNEYS: BEGINNINGS

Star Wars JourneysJust before Christmas last year, I got to test out a new iOS App that hit right in that sweet spot for us here - STAR WARS JOURNEYS: BEGINNINGS. Available now for iPhone and iPad, BEGINNINGS brings families a new way to experience the first trilogy of stories made famous in the classic, six-episode cinematic STAR WARS SAGA. With the prequels currently being explored in this 180-degree virtual experience, new add-ons featuring A NEW HOPE, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI will be released in the months ahead, all leading up to the release of THE FORCE AWAKENS. Check out a preview and specs below...

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Celebrate a New Episode of Lalaloopsy on Nick Jr. with a Peppy Pom Pom Giveaway!

THE ROCK FATHER is a Lalaloopsy SIP (Sew Important Person) Brand AmbassadorOn Monday, February 16 at 10am PST, Nick Jr. will debut an all-new episode of Lalaloopsy when "Peppyball" hits the screen! In the new episode, Peppy Pom Pom needs something big to cheer for, so she creates a new sport in Lalaloopsy Land — Peppyball! To celebrate the release, THE ROCK FATHER and MGA Entertainment are sharing a clip from the show, along with offering readers a chance to win the new Peppy Pom Poms Doll (in-stores now)! THE ROCK FATHER is one of the newest members of the Lalaloopsy SIP (Sew Important Person) Brand Ambassador program, and will be serving up some fun stuff throughout the coming year. It's Sew Cool!

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Watch: SLIMY PIECE of WORM-RIDDEN FILTH - LIFE INSIDE JABBA THE HUTT

When STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI was released in 1983, I found myself completely enamored with the new character creations in the film - particularly a "vile gangster" known as Jabba the Hutt. There was a "Making of" that had aired on television here and there, offering a glimpse at how skilled puppeteers pulled-off such a large-scale project. Now, 32 years later, filmmaker Jamie Benning has put together a 20-minute "filmumentary" that spawned from a Skype interview with puppeteer Toby Philpott. Check out SLIMY PIECE OF WORM-RIDDEN FILTH - LIFE INSIDE JABBA THE HUTT...

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Movie Review: Disney Channel's BAD HAIR DAY is like LETHAL WEAPON for the Tween Crowd...

When it comes to live-action Disney Channel fare, I'm always completely honest in that I missed all of the 1990s and much of the 21st century up until recently. While KIDS INCORPORATED and variations on the MICKEY MOUSE CLUB spring to mind as the stuff I recall from the 80s, it's being a parent that has really brought me back up-to-speed, though it's predominantly the excellent animated series' on Disney Junior and Disney XD that are huge in this house, if only because my girls are still pretty young. It also doesn't hurt that STAR WARS REBELS and all that MARVEL stuff is cross-generational, either! But on the live-action note, I know from some of the older kids my girls occasionally associate with that it's some serious business. One familiar face is that of Leigh-Allyn Baker (read my interview with her here), who just-wrapped GOOD LUCK CHARLIE and has jumped into the Executive Producer chair and a starring role in BAD HAIR DAY alongside AUSTIN & ALLY's Laura Marano. After catching an advance screening of the film during my recent trip to Los Angeles, it's time to share a few thoughts ahead of the official premiere tonight at 8/7c on the Disney Channel. 

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TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE to debut with Primetime Premiere on Cartoon Network...

It's official: Cartoon Network will unleash TRANSFORMERS: Robots in Disguise on Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m. (ET/PT) with a special one-hour premiere event. The latest installment in the iconic franchise features an all new animation style, and builds upon the lore of the iconic Transformers franchise filled with great humor and lots of fun adventure for fans of all ages. Having covered this new series since it was first-announced last year, it's fantastic to have the premiere date solidified. Check out a preview below...

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Guest Column: WWE Diva Alicia Fox talks Black History Month...

WWEWWE Diva Alicia Fox contributes a special guest post...

Black History Month is a time to celebrate freedom and the differences in individuals. There are moments of bravery to celebrate all year, however, during February we acknowledge the strength of great thinkers who inspired change in America. For me, those leaders cross the racial divide. It is not about being black or white. Leaders that include Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln, have taught us that the freedom of speech, the freedom to love, and the freedom to be you is a right, and it is a beautiful thing that we are able to share these freedoms with one another.

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Rock: PRODUCT OF HATE & ALLEGAEON announce Tour Dates with THE AGONIST on select dates...

What's the best news I'm gonna share here on THE ROCK FATHER today? It's that ALLEGAEON have announced the "Get Rekt" Tour, and in addition to including THE AGONIST on select dates, my boys, PRODUCT OF HATE (PoH) will be along for nearly the entire run. As some of you may know, in addition to running this website, I do have some other irons in the fire, one of which is serving as Co-Manager for PRODUCT OF HATE - my dear friends, who I've known since 2009 and have been working with since 2010. PRODUCT OF HATE will be touring in support of their debut album for NAPALM Records, which is currently being mixed by James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) at SafeHouse Production in Florida. While a release date has not yet been set, you can check out the band doing what they do best when they roll through town with their brothers and sisters from ALLEGAEON and THE AGONIST. First-round dates below with more to-be-announced...

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