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On November 20, Amazon will drop the curtain on Pete the Cat: A Groovy Kind of Christmas - an all-new animated holiday special (see the trailer here). Among the highlights are some new music by Dave Matthews and Jason Mraz, and today we've got your first-listen to a new song from the latter. "Givingest Time of the Year" is a new song from Pete the Cat and Jason Mraz, and you can check it out for a fresh bit of holiday cheer below!

Walk Off The Earth, the indie-pop band known for their chart topping originals and unique covers of current hits, have released the first single from their upcoming EP, Subscribe To The Holidays, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” performed by band members Sarah Blackwood and Gianni Luminati’s five year old son, Giorgio Michaels. Subscribe To The Holidays includes six holiday classics, re-imagined in Walk Off The Earth’s signature style.

Pete The Cat has become a hit for Amazon, and now it's getting a dose of holiday cheer. Pete The Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas features all-new Christmas music from Dave Matthews and Jason Mraz, among others. Based on the popular book series, Pete The Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas features the voices of Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Jessica Biel, and Jacob Tremblay, and will begin streaming on November 20 in the U.S. and UK. Check out the trailer below...

There's a few artists whose concert films I always pick up, and Brian Setzer is one of those. While he's had several DVD and Blu-ray releases over the years, only a a handful have focused on The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and there hasn't been a holiday release since 2005's Christmas Extravaganza. That changes this season with the release of Christmas Rocks! Live, coming to Blu-ray on November 9, 2018 via Surfdog Records. See the trailer and full tracklisting below, and if you want more family entertainment for the holidays, check out The Rock Father's Ultimate Guide to New Release Holiday Music and Movies for 2018, a presentation of my Holiday Wish Guide™!

On November 9, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The timeless tale of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit, if The Grinch is being reimagined, so should the soundtrack. Today I received the full details on The Rock Father™-approved tracklisting for the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for The Grinch - an album featuring some classic tracks from Run-DMC and The Brian Setzer Orchestra alongside some new cuts as well. One of those tracks is a complete re-working of "You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch" by composer Danny Elfman and Tyler, the Creator. Check out the lyric video below, and if you want more family entertainment for the holidays, check out The Rock Father's Ultimate Guide to New Release Holiday Music and Movies for 2018, a presentation of my Holiday Wish Guide™!

Maybe it's just the state of the world right now, but it seems that we could use a little "holiday cheer," and it does seem like 2018 is bringing an unusually large (and welcome) amount of new holiday movies. One big surprise is The Christmas Chronicles, coming to Netflix on November 22 (perfect timing to watch with family over the Thanksgiving week) and starring Kurt Russell as Santa Claus. The story follows a brother and sister who set out to capture Santa on video and wind up getting into an adventure. Directed by Clay Kaytis (The Angry Birds Movie) and written by Matt Lieberman (2019's Addams Family), The Christmas Chronicles was produced by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter). Check out the first teaser below...

Something about the 2018 holiday season is already feeling more urgent. It's almost as if its surrounding us earlier, and that it will be over just as quickly as it begins. With that, the United States Postal Service has just unveiled their holiday shipping deadlines. These are important for getting things to where they need to be by December 25, but of course they're never a guarantee. Check out the full list below...

The last three months of the year are the best three month of the year, and as wee stare down the coming end of the Halloween season on October 31st, the holiday season fires-up on November 1st when it's 100% acceptable to start listening to Christmas music. As such, Freeform is getting into the spirit early this year, priming the holiday pump with a new event called Kickoff To Christmas - a full month of holiday fun that will lead into their annual 25 Days of Christmas in December. Kickoff to Christmas will also include the premiere of the Freeform original film The Truth About Christmas, from MarVista Entertainment, airing SUNDAY, NOV. 25 at 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST/PST.  

Following today's big reveal of the much-anticipated launch of Funko's new line of FORTNITE Pop! Vinyl figures comes a quick follow-up on retailer exclusives. Following the recent trend of Holiday Funko Pops, a trio of characters decked-out in seasonal flair will be hitting stores in time for the holidays. The Red-Nosed Raider will be available only at GameStop (pre-order), with the Crackshot nutcracker (throwing up the horns!) headed for Walmart and Codename E.L.F. only at Target. Let the hunt begin!

Thursday, September 27 2018 08:48

DIE HARD: Now They Have Pop Vinyls, Ho-Ho-Ho!

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Let's make something very clear right now: DIE HARD  is a Christmas movie. Same goes for its first sequel, DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER. There is no debate, period. With that in mind, it's exciting that Funko and 20th Century Fox have teamed-up for a new collection of Pop! Vinyl figures. Available for pre-order via my affiliates, Entertainment Earth and GameStop, there's John McClane (Bruce Willis), Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Sgt. Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson) and Tony Vreski (Andreas Wisniewski), along with a GameStop-exclusive version of Hans rockin' his long coat. A pick for my 2018 Holiday Wish Guide, these figures would make the perfect gift for the action lover on your list. Now can we get Argyle and Ellis? If you want these, you better pre-order them now!

'Tis the season for holiday movies! Debuting on NETFLIX on November 20th, Air Bud Entertainment, the creators of the Air Bud Golden Retriever films, the  Disney Air Buddies talking puppy adventures and PUP STAR will unwrap an all-new holiday adventure film -- PUPPY STAR CHRISTMAS. A song and dance-filled movie for the whole family, PUPPY STAR CHRISTMAS continues the fantastic adventures of the talking (and singing) canine characters that have recently gained overwhelming popularity in the PUP STAR franchise of films. These action-packed and song-filled family stories, feature an adorable cast of dogs including talking Yorkie, ‘Tiny,’ and ‘P.U.P.,’ the street-smart rapping mutt who stole Tiny’s heart.  Check out the just-released trailer and synopsis below!

We may have just entered fall, but already the cool air is hinting at snowflakes and peppermint. Soon, the holiday specials will be rolling out, and for Hasbro's My Little Pony, 2018 brings forth an all-new seasonal adventure, In My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever, the ponies discover that "to find the perfect gift before the night ends, they’ll need a little help and some special new friends.” Hasbro Studios just unwrapped the new trailer for the special, which premieres on Saturday, October 27th on Discovery Family. Check it out below!

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