It's been pretty-much determined that it was Disney•Pixar's CARS that inspired the love of vehicles that both of The Rock Daughters™ share with daddy here at Rock Father HQ.  It started with Addie fairly early into things, an interest that spread to little sister Finn - who just may be the more octane-inclined at this point. Regardless of who has the bigger "need for speed," our daughters have a collection of Hot Wheels, Matchbox and CARS vehicles that has already eclipsed that of my own youth, and these girls are just 4 & 7. One common thread is that all of those brands are produced by Mattel, and something that came to us recently through Mattel's Play, Rate & Review program is the Disney•Pixar CARS Piston Cup Collection - an 11-car box set of fan favorite vehicles from the famed Piston Cup Championship.

The latest trailer for Gareth Edwards' ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY continues to ignite audiences with enthusiasm and curiosity, and the release of that clip just a week ago is the catalyst for a few bits in this installment of our STAR WARS roundup here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

It came from out of nowhere, but the news is official - on November 18, 2016, METALLICA will release their new album, HARDWIRED... TO SELF-DESTRUCT! Not only are we getting a new album, but it's a double-album, with a third disc included in the Deluxe Edition. Today's announcement comes with the music video for "Hardwired," and it's a jam - a throwback with an appropriately simple video in black and white. The track is also streaming now on Spotify.  Get all the album details below!

I've been attending the Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con since the late 90s, first as a fan, then as an exhibitor, and eventually as a listed guest and creator (2008's launch of the DEATH WALKS THE STREETS comics - complete with a Wizard Exclusive variant). After officially becoming "The Rock Father" in 2009, I've been more on the media side of things, and after taking The Rock Daughters™ to their first proper Wizard World last year (covered here), the time has come for another trip back to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois for the 2016 edition, running August 18-21. If you're coming to the show - or thinking about it - here's some highlights to look forward to...

Wednesday, August 17 2016 20:38

Giveaway: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Prize Pack!

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This month, one of our most-anticipated films of 2016 arrives in theaters with Focus Features' release of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (get tix via Fandango), the latest cinematic adventure fro LAIKA, the studio behind THE BOXTROLLS and CORALINE. With a magical instrument at the heart of the tale, my curiosity was piqued from the very first teaser, and to celebrate the release, Focus Features and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine have partnered to give readers a chance to score a fun KUBO AND THE  TWO STRINGS Prize Pack!

Like many, I came into loving FAITH NO MORE (my favorite band of all-time) upon the release of 1989's THE REAL THING (I was not quite 13 at the time), not knowing at the time that prior to the addition of vocalist Mike Patton, there was a whole different era in which the band released two albums fronted by the very-different-sounding Chuck Mosley. Those albums, 1987's INTRODUCE YOURSELF and 1985's WE CARE A LOT were like doors into an alternate universe for me, albums that were surprising in their rawness, yet both fantastic, each in their own way. This Friday, WE CARE A LOT gets reissued as a "Deluxe Band Edition" via Bill Gould's Kool Arrow Records (check out special band-direct packages here), and there's listening parties in select cities, along with something unexpected - a pair of just-announced shows with Chuck Mosley fronting FNM again, August 18 at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, followed by August 20 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. Check out the announcement video below, along with a stream of the remastered "We Care A Lot" that debuted on the Wall Street Journal earlier this week...

Wednesday, August 17 2016 11:50

Giveaway: Win a Scholastic LEGO Nonfiction Prize Pack!

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We all know and love LEGO® for their iconic bricks and building sets, along with their growing collection of pop culture mashups, crossovers and fictional works like LEGO STAR WARS, The LEGO Movie, LEGO Dimensions and  the forthcoming The LEGO BATMAN Movie. While you know those, what you might not be familiar with is LEGO Nonfiction - the result of two powerhouse brands, LEGO and Scholastic, coming together to reinvent children's nonfiction publishing for kids ages 4-12. In this innovative new publishing program, LEGO models and minifigures are illustrated in fun and fantastic scenarios throughout as the first point of engagement for kids with real-world topics. This program represents a marriage of core values between LEGO and Scholastic: imagination, creativity, fun, and learning, as well as providing the most engaging, educational information for children. To celebrate the collaboration, THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine has partnered with Scholastic to give readers a shot at winning a fantastic LEGO Nonfiction Prize Pack that includes the first four books in the collection, plus a $50 LEGO Gift Card! Learn more below...

Wednesday, August 17 2016 09:06

From THE BEATLES to BEAT BUGS, "All You Need Is Love"

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Netflix #StreamTeamOne of this year's most surprising new series' for families comes from Netflix, with BEAT BUGS bridging generations by introducing new listeners to the music of THE BEATLES through the adventures of five best friends -- Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz and Walter -- who band together to discover life's most important lessons in an overgrown suburban backyard, which to them is their entire universe. When the first 13-episode season began streaming earlier this month, it was an immediate hit right out of the gate here at Rock Father HQ, but for us it came with a challenge posited by the leaders of the Netflix #StreamTeam, a crew I've been a part of for the past three years: Cover "All You Need Is Love" and invite all of you to do the same. BEAT BUGS opens with a 30-second rendition of the 1967 single from the Lennon-McCartney songbook, and just as the original is said to have taken 33 takes to get right, The Rock Daughters™ and I (with Mommy behind the camera) couldn't quite nail it in one shot...

When Spotify and services like it first hit the scene, I was not a supporter - but I've become one, particularly for music discovery. When it comes to that "discovery," a lot of it comes down to new generations of listeners that are experiencing the older stuff for the very first time, and with that in mind, Spotify has launched Landmark - "an original video series about monumental moments in music history," and  "whether delving into the origins of thrash metal or the release of a classic album, each installment of Landmark enlists credible, eclectic voices to explain not just what happened, but why it still matters." Paired with themed companion playlists, listeners can dig deeper after they watch. On August 18, METALLICA: THE EARLY YEARS will make its debut, and tonight we've got a trailer...

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Back-to-School is still such a strange time of year around here - something that just seven years ago was decades behind us, and the thought of having one kid in school was unbelievable, much less having two. But now my wife and I do have two in school, and at the end of the month The Rock Daughters™ will be rockin' the halls once more. As our lives become busier with each passing year, and seemingly with each flip of the calendar, it's also incredible how much we depend on technology to hold it all together. Here at Rock Father HQ, my office PC is labeled with a Batcave-esque label that describes on the monitor exactly what it is: "THE ROCK FATHER - COMMAND CENTER." That HP desktop has been labeled as such for years, and my laptops are always a component of my "Mobile HQ" as I travel. Now it's time to tie the whole family into one, and for that we've added the HP Pavilion Liquid Platinum Gaming Laptop (15-AU010WM) to the arsenal - one of the all-new lineup of HP computers available at Walmart just in time for Back-to-School this year. It's a perfect machine for the entire family.

Tuesday, August 16 2016 01:18

POWER RANGERS Updates from Morphicon...

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The annual Power Rangers Morphicon took place this past weekend in Pasadena, California, and out of the fan event came quite a bit of news straight from the creative forces responsible for Saban's Power Rangers franchise.

Alt-rockers The Nearly Deads have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to help fund their forthcoming EP, scheduled for release in January 2017. Running from through 1/15/17, the campaign will provide fans with one-of-a-kind merchandise and experiences, including exclusive opportunities to interact with the band. Starting at $10 for a download of the new EP and an “Access Pass” to all Pledge-only updates, offers include signed merchandise (CDs, vinyl, posters, drum sticks), a “Zombie” bundle (a knowing nod to their fans, who are referred to as “zombies"), Skype hangouts, “Band" hangouts, personal “birthday" wishes, acknowledgement in the credits, song collaborations, an elaborate “Nearly Deads Scrapbook” (only two are being produced) and custom lyric art by singer Theresa Jeane. One lucky fan can even pledge to “Name the EP.”

The Orchard and Regal Cinemas are proud to announce an exciting collaboration to bring the award-winning documentary, LIFE, ANIMATED, to 30 cities around the country on August 27, 2016. This special one-day national screening date is part of Regal’s My Way Matinee screening series, featuring a sensory friendly screening environment to support those on the autism spectrum and their families.

Last weekend, a very special thing happened in Indiana, with the opening of DOC McSTUFFINS: The Exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The bilingual (English/Spanish) interactive exhibit transports kids and families into Doc's iconic backyard clinic and the McStuffins Toy Hospital. There, young visitors go on a "feel better adventure" as they become "doctors in training," don a white coat and toy stethoscope, "scrub in" (learning the importance of washing hands to avoid germs), report to an "operating room" where they can fix seams on a toy bear, assist in an "operation" on a toy dragon robot, and use Doc's tools including a toy otoscope, stethoscope, thermometer and blood pressure cuff to give a checkup to their own toys. Open now through January, the exhibit will hit the road in 2017 to visit other Children's Museums around the country, and the folks at Disney Junior have sent over a new featurette on what families can expect to find when they enter the world of McStuffinsville...

Friday, August 12 2016 00:40

Giveaway: Win a SING STREET Prize Pack!

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Inspired by writer/director John Carney’s (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN) life and love for music, SING STREET is one of 2016's best films - a comedic coming-of-age story that shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater. The film is a personal favorite, an inspiring tale with a killer soundtrack packed with 80s hits. Now available to own and watch on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On-Demand (check out Go Watch It for purchase locations), my friends at Anchor Bay Entertainment have teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER Magazine to get one lucky reader hooked up with a copy of SING STREET on DVD, plus a $25 iTunes Gift Card to purchase the SING STREET Original Motion Picture Soundtrack! Get details and enter below...