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SDCC: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 is Coming... July 28, 2017

MARVEL's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY doesn't hit theaters for another week, but that's not stopping a bold announcement - On July 28, 2017, Walt Disney Pictures will release it's sequel. Filmmaker James Gunn and star Chris Pratt dropped the news earlier today at Comic-Con International in San Diego. I have some high hopes for the film (had to pass on an advance screening), and the confidence of the studio just solidifies that. Check out more details on the upcoming GUARDIANS below, and check back later this week for a look at Hasbro's new line of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY toys, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.

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SDCC: STAR WARS REBELS: A LOOK AHEAD features C-3PO, R2-D2 and more...

Fans at Comic-Con International in San Diego have no shortage of The Force this week, with some pretty incredible STAR WARS-themed offerings around every turn. The buzz is big for Disney's STAR WARS REBELS, and a new two-and-a-half minute look at the upcoming animated series has been released, and while there's a lot of goodies for new fans and old ones alike, I think we can all agree that C-3PO and R2-D2 just tie the whole Saga together. Take a look...

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Build-A-Bear Workshop releases the Minnie Mouse-themed Bear Collection...

Build-A-BearThe folks over at Build-A-Bear Workshop just sent over word that their latest collection has been released, and it's dedicated to the pink-and-white polka-dotted world of MINNIE MOUSE.

Now available are a 16" Minnie Mouse-themed bear, complete with Minnie's signature bow on top, and custom graphics on her paws. This bear is completely customizable with a full line of outfits and accessories - even her own little bear.

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SDCC: Disney and Sony team-up for DISNEY INFINITY: MARVEL SUPER HEROES Collector's Edition

When it comes to video gaming, I still have not yet entered the "Next Generation," which is technically already here. I've also not yet played DISNEY INFINITY, despite covering news on it for over a year at this point - but the upcoming release of DISNEY INFINITY: MARVEL SUPER HEROES (2.0 Edition) just might be the push I need. But then there's conflict since I've long been a loyalist to the Microsoft XBOX 360, but Sony's PS4 is looking more and more appealing with the news that landed here at Rock Father HQ this evening: Disney and Sony have teamed up for a Collector's Edition for both PS4 and PS3, and a hardware bundle for the PS3 (not sure why they wouldn't go PS4 on that, though). Check out the trailer and specs...

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SDCC: LEGO is rolling out the AWESOME for Comic-Con with BATMAN, STAR WARS, TMNT and more...

LEGO Shop at HomeIt's that time of year again, the week when everything awesome in pop culture gets a massive spotlight shone upon it at the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego. This year, LEGO is rolling into the convention center with the big guns out - showing off incredible new offerings from their pop culture brands, including STAR WARS, DC COMICS, MARVEL, THE HOBBIT, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, MIXELS, and of course, THE LEGO MOVIE. I wish I was going this year, if only to get a look at the new LEGO Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT Trilogy, and to pick-up the Classic 1966 Batmobile set - which is real, and not one of the fan designs that keeps getting touted. Take a look at the full LEGO lineup below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.

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Watch: 15-Year-Old BEA MILLER releases "Young Blood" Music Video...

Two years ago, BEA MILLER appeared on THE X FACTOR, scoring a slot as a finalist and finishing ninth. Now, the 15-year-old (weird to me that she was born the same year I got married) has a new EP out through Hollywood Records/SYCO Music, and this week, the official music video for the title track has arrived. Check out "Young Blood" below, along with a few words about the single from Miss Miller...

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xDISNEYCOREx: BETRAYING THE MARTYRS Deliver the Most METAL Cover of FROZEN's "Let It Go"

I don't think I'll ever be able to stop writing about FROZEN here on THE ROCK FATHER. In fact, it's almost unbelievable that the movie only hit theaters nine months ago. That said, Idina Menzel's now iconic rendition of "Let It Go" continues to inspire, with over six million (I made that number up) cover versions currently posted to YouTube. Now, I've noted on several occasions that my favorite comes from THE LAST SLEEPLESS CITY, who rocked it up Pop Punk style a few months back (hear it here), and that hasn't changed - but I guarantee you haven't heard "Let It Go" like I'm about to share. From Sumerian Records comes BETRAYING THE MARTYRS' metallic take on the song. It's harsh - not kid-friendly, and might turn some of you off, but I dig what they did with the chorus around the 1:01 mark. The dueling clean/harsh vocals are interesting, indeed. Check out the new video below, and if you dig the song, download it on Amazon or iTunes.  

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Watch: BIG HERO 6 Gets a Full Trailer, While the Voice Cast is Revealed...

One of my most-anticipated films of the fourth quarter is Walt Disney Animation Studios' first foray into the MARVEL World with BIG HERO 6. Having seen a hallway that was teasing, yet being quite protective of the film during my February visit to the studios, my interest is piqued, and tonight I've got the first full trailer, and your first look at character profiles and the voice cast reveal, right here on THE ROCK FATHER. The trailer is pretty rockin', and it's even got Chicago's own FALL OUT BOY lending a tune...

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FROZEN: Anna and Elsa - Arendelle In Summer (A Dress-Up Play Adventure)

There've been several running themes that I've revisited on occasion here on THE ROCK FATHER over the past few years, and one of the biggest is the importance of imaginative play. Especially right now, in the summer months - when so many would just surrender the little ones to a tablet or smartphone - it's important to get the kids outside and let their imaginations run wild. Playing dress-up is a classic tradition that works indoors and out no matter what the season, but when the weather is good, we need to take advantage of it. Actually, I posted about this very subject exactly one year ago, and now that Little Finn is mobile and can join big sister Addie in the action, we've been revisiting a favorite locale... but under a new theme. Two little girls... two young sisters... completely enamored with Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN. I present to you, Anna and Elsa: Arendelle In Summer, featuring Adalyn as Elsa, and Finley in her new Deluxe Anna costume, graciously provided by my friends at BuyCostumes.com.

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