No, you're not seeing things - it is mid-summer, and yes, I'm talking Christmas. For a very long time, "Christmas in July" has been a thing (particularly in retail marketing), and for the past seven months, I've been sitting on a couple of things... waiting for this occasion for a special giveaway, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine! Last year, 20th Century Fox and WWE Studios collaborated on the belated follow-up to my favorite holiday film of all-time, the 1996 classic, JINGLE ALL THE WAY. I had the opportunity to spend a few days on the Vancouver set of JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2, hanging out with director Alex Zamm (THE LITTLE RASCALS SAVE THE DAY, DOG WITH A BLOG) and cast members including LARRY THE CABLE GUY and WWE Superstar SANTINO MARELLA. My coverage rolled-out here on the site, and the film made it's debut in December, just in-time for Christmas. One version of the release was a limited edition DVD that included a small, beanbag-style toy of the "Harrison Bear" - the sought-after MacGuffin that keeps the story moving. For Christmas in July 2015, I'm going to get two (2) lucky readers hooked-up with this cool collectible!
Out of all the adventures that I've had this year (and there have been many), one of my favorites was the trip I took to the Vancouver set of JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 back in March. When word came down that Twentieth Century Fox and WWE Studios were doing a follow-up to The Greatest Holiday Film of All-Time (the 1996 classic JINGLE ALL THE WAY), I was in. Little did I know that I'd have a chance to actually spend some time on-set with Larry the Cable Guy, WWE Superstar Santino Marella and Director Alex Zamm. With the film now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD ahead of it's World Television Premiere on the USA Network this Sunday as part of WWE Week, I'm sharing a few more stories from the set (read Part I of my set coverage here) along with some photos of some Jingle-themed activities we did at a family Christmas party last weekend. Ready to Jingle?
It's WWE Week on the USA Network, with special programming each and every night beginning tonight with MONDAY NIGHT RAW. The action continues with Super SmackDown Live, the 12th Annual TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS and select movies featuring WWE Superstars, including the brand-new Holiday film JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 starring Larry the Cable Guy and Santino Marella airing on Sunday, December 21 (more on that one here).
For some it's A CHRISTMAS STORY. For others, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE or WHITE CHRISTMAS. For me, the undisputed greatest Holiday film of all-time is the 1996 Christmas classic, JINGLE ALL THE WAY - a film that I've mentioned in nearly 30 articles on this site alone. The reasons behind my affection for the film are many (a "perfect storm" of elements), so when the news arrived that Twentieth Century Fox and WWE Studios were going into production on a belated sequel, I covered the announcement with cautious optimism. For me, the thought of a JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 was akin to messing with the legacy of what I'd argue to be the CITIZEN KANE of Christmas films, so when the out-of-nowhere opportunity to visit the Vancouver set came along, I couldn't pass it up. In March, I found myself standing alongside Larry the Cable Guy, WWE Superstar Santino Marella and director Alex Zamm (THE LITTLE RASCALS SAVE THE DAY) on the set of JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2. Thousands of miles from Rock Father HQ, I was back inside a world of movie magic that I'd been missing - a member of the FHE Insiders crew.
As the Holiday Season officially kicks-off this week, it's only right to start spreading some holiday cheer tied into my most-anticipated holiday film of the year - WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox's JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 (I was on-set in Vancouver for the filming of it earlier this year). Larry the Cable Guy stars alongside WWE's Santino Marella in the sequel to the 1996 Holiday classic (my favorite Christmas movie of all-time), and we're gonna give all of you a chance to win a copy on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Combo Pack!
I've been promising some new gifts from WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox's JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 (I was on-set in Vancouver for the filming of it earlier this year), and while they're coming to THE ROCK FATHER very soon, tonight I'm helping to spread a little early cheer. Next Monday, November 24 at 8/7c on the USA Network, Larry the Cable Guy will Guest Star on WWE's Monday Night Raw to get the season kicked-off right. Larry stars alongside WWE's Santino Marella in the upcoming sequel to the 1996 Holiday classic (my favorite Christmas movie of all-time).