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The Rock Father™ has collaborated with Lucasfilm for the #RogueOneDigital launch! #TeamRebel

RSVP for a chance to win prizes here! It's no secret that I'm a lifelong Star Wars fan, but when it comes to taking sides, sometimes the battle chooses for you. In this case, I will be representing #TeamRebel during the Star Wars #RogueOneDigital Twitter Party Battle - taking place this Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 4 pm PST /7 pm EST.  This is a LIVE VIEWING EVENT, and at 7pm ET, all participants will press "play" on their Digital HD copies of Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, immediately becoming immersed in both a galaxy far, far away, and a growing war of words (and memes!) in the Twitterverse. Hosted by @MagicalSiblings@DawnChats, lines will be drawn as various writers, bloggers and digital personalities engage in live-tweeting Rogue One as representatives of either #TeamRebel or #TeamEmpire. Don't forget, @TheRockFather is #TeamRebel! We'll be celebrating the early release of Rogue One on Disney Movies Anywhere and Digital HD, ahead of the April 4th debut on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand. Join my team on Sunday, and let's fight The Galactic Empire with the true power of The Rebel Alliance! Stay tuned for an RSVP and list of participants, but in the meantime, download Rogue One on Digital HD, and check out the bonus features below...

Thursday, March 23 2017 23:42

Watch - Driven: An Interview with Korn

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Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) is the outfit behind the biggest rock festivals in America. This spring and summer, you can see Korn performing at three of them -- May 6 at Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, May 20 at Rock On The Rangeand then on July 15 they'll play the summer's biggest rock festival, Chicago Open Air. As the band gears-up for the coming festival season,  DWP asked the band "what drives them?" Here's what Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer had to say. Check out Driven: Korn below

It's National Puppy Day, so what better day than today to debut the first trailer for a show called Puppy Dog Pals? Coming to Disney Junior on April 14 (10:30 a.m. EDT), Puppy Dog Pals was created by comedian Harland Williams, and will debut with two back-to-back episodes on Disney Channel and will also become available that day on the Disney Junior app and YouTube page. The show follows two fun-loving pug brothers, Bingo and Rolly, whose thrill-seeking appetites take them on exhilarating adventures throughout their neighborhood and around the globe. Williams also serves as consulting producer and writer and voices the role of Bob, the pups' devoted owner. Sean Coyle ("The Awesomes," "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse") serves as executive producer. Stay tuned, as I'll be checking out more from Puppy Dog Pals at the #Cars3Event next week (details here), but in the meantime, check out the trailer below!

They say that "love is a new puppy," and that's something that I've experienced twice in my life - both within the last 15 years. No, I didn't have a pet until my teens, and even then, it was hamsters. I would've enjoyed having a dog running around,  but sometimes having a real-life canine companion just doesn't work - for a lot of reasons. That's where Peppy Pets can come in with their Peppy Pups - adorable puppies that are packed with personality! To celebrate the joy of puppy companionship on National Puppy Day and beyond, TPF Toys and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to get one family hooked-up with a Peppy Pup of their own!

Wednesday, March 22 2017 23:54

Racing into San Francisco for the Cars 3 Event...

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The Rock Father™ is collaborating with Disney Pixar for the #Cars3Event

Over the course of four decades, I've had some adventures. In fact, some have been so unique, that I fully expect to one day become that white-haired old grandpa, who sits and spins tales so elaborate that younger generations don't know whether to believe them or not. As a grown-up, I've explored many career paths, my interests casting a wide net, quite possibly inspired by my own lineage. Even as a child, there were some uncommon experiences, and those adventures helped shape who I am today, though certain interests have gone dormant at times, only to be reignited somewhere later down the road. A love of cars and racing is a prime example, something once fueled by my dad's 70's/80's gig as a track announcer for UARA and World of Outlaw Midgets, and later doing NASCAR at the legendary (and sadly, closed) Santa Fe Speedway. As my adult life veered me toward exploits in music, television, film and writing, it was the birth of our daughters that brought all-things automotive back to the forefront. What we think really did it was Disney•Pixar's Cars... specifically, 2011's Cars 2. Addie was absolutely enamored by Lightning McQueen and Holley Shiftwell, and that ignited an octane-obsession that led to an impressive collection of Hot Wheels. I thought she loved cars... but her little sister has a passion that's even bigger. Those girls are responsible for "Rock Father Rides" even existing, and it's completely exciting how everything has all come together. Next week, I'll be at Pixar Animation Studios, stepping into the world of Cars 3! Indeed, The Rock Daughters™ are bummed that they can't come with for this one.

Collectors of Funko Pop! Vinyl got a surprise this week with the reveal of two new Entertainment Earth Exclusives - and they're from very different corners of the pop culture landscape. From Warner Bros.' upcoming Wonder Woman, there's a Diana Prince vinyl figure that features the character in her "civilian disguise" for the first-time ever. And for those into some serious horror action, there's a "Bloody" Ash from Starz' Ash vs Evil Dead. Check them out below, courtesy of my affiliate, Entertainment Earth.

As some of you might know, I co-manage PRODUCT OF HATE (disclosure and all), and these past few months have been busy - but it's about to get busier. This week, we're finally able to drop the curtain on the details for the next big round of touring, and it happens in two legs this May-July. PRODUCT OF HATE will be out supporting their Napalm Records debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE, first on an East Coast run with SKINLAB (first tour in seven years!) and IKILLYA (new album, WAR FOR AN IDEA, out 6/2 on Urban Yeti Records). Then, the 2017 Summer Annihilation Tour finds PRODUCT OF HATE and IKILLYA making a trek across the U.S., with local support and special guests in each city. Confirmed dates below, with more to be added shortly...

Tuesday, March 21 2017 22:41

Heroes are all around us… Who is Your Hero?

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The Rock Father™ has collaborated with Life of Dad and Marvel for the #WhoIsYourHero initiative.

Look closely. They’re all around us…

Though some might be operating in unexpected places - many even out of the normal scope of view - there are heroes everywhere.

While the colorful characters that inhabit the pages of Marvel Comics continue making the leap to screens big and small in new installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a host of television series’ both live-action and animated, the legendary accomplishments of these Super (or even “mystic,” looking at you, Doctor Strange) Heroes often pale in comparison to that of the real-life heroes that we encounter every day.

I never knew the feeling prior to becoming a parent, but once you have children, there is nothing more important - nor terrifying - than the health and well-being of your little ones. My wife and I have been fortunate to have had no major issues thus far, but for so many others, the journey has been much harder. You always hear the saying "the struggle is real," and for one family near Boston, indeed - the struggle is not only very real, but a series of battles that started before the birth of their son, Ari "Danger" Schultz. Their little guy was identified as having heart issues while still in the womb, and he soon became the first person to ever undergo two successful heart surgeries before birth. Now four years old, Ari just received a new heart this month (after 211 days on the waiting list) and is going through some harsh "rejection" as his body works to accept his new organ. As if being entrenched in an ongoing war for their son's life wasn't enough (in addition to raising other children), Ari's family was dealt another blow when they recently found that their home is a "tear-down" thanks to extensive water damage, black mold and fungus. Sadly, their insurance will hardly cover it, and because of that, a GoFundMe account has been established to help them on their way. Check out the video below...

Disney's live-action reimagining of the 1991 animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, is a huge hit, and with most big movies comes a line of great toys. As part of my gig with The Toy Insider, I recently took part in a Beauty and the Beast twitter party, and the folks at JAKKS Pacific sent us a couple of their new toys to play with here at Rock Father HQ. Ballroom Belle and the Enchanted Objects Tea Set are two of the most popular toys based on the new film, and ones right up The Rock Daughters' alley! Check out the video and details below...

The Rock Father™ has collaborated with Life of Dad and Marvel for the #WhoIsYourHero initiative.

If you're into Twitter Parties, by now I certainly hope that you know that there aren't many that are as vibrant and fun as a Life of Dad Twitter Party. Our next one is coming up, and this one is pretty exciting - brought to you by MARVEL! We'll be talking not only about the vast legion of legendary characters from Marvel, but also about the real-life heroes that inspire others each and every day. Of course, we will have some prizes to dish out within our chat as well! One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $175 Marvel Toy Pack, while five (5) runners-up will each receive a $50 Visa Gift Card.

THE ROCK FATHER™ has created this post as part of a #sponsored series with Socialstars and Zicam®; all opinions are that of James Zahn. #ZicamCrowd

Ah yes, the wonders of Spring. The clocks have been set ahead... the grass is starting to green... the tulips and daffodils have begun to poke their fingers through the soil as the birds have returned and started to sing. But there's a bit of an issue here this year. As I mentioned last month, that dirty groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his evil lair with news that he was planning to punish us this year. "A long winter," he declared, sentencing us to an additional six weeks of cold. Given that our winter was relatively mild this year, the Chicago-area famously snow-less in January/February (we hit 70°!) - something that hadn't happened in over a century, it was easy to write Phil off as giving a "typical cartoon villain speech." And then the snow came in March. As the rodent put forth a jubilant "victory laugh" from within his underground bunker, the humans above were faced with mountains of fresh powder. It was an act of revenge by a vermin, one who's been mocked for his weather predictions allegedly being right less than 50% of the time. No one knew that he'd built a Weather Machine in his basement. His vile actions would now result in travel disruptions, and new battles against an old foe: The Common Cold.

"In a world run by machines, humans are an endangered species..."

In what sounds like the thematic inspiration for the latest FEAR FACTORY album, author James Patterson returns for a new novel, Humans, Bow Down - a tale of a robot uprising that doesn't end well for the flesh-and-blood crowd. Now, in collaboration with Little, Brown and Co., The Rock Father™ is helping to celebrate the new book, with an epic giveaway. One (1) lucky reader will receive a hardcover edition of Humans, Bow Down, plus a $100 Visa Gift Card that can no doubt be used to buy survival supplies that will assist with living in a world run by robots!

Wednesday, March 15 2017 20:09

Disney•Pixar Cars 3: Easter Cars are on the Way!

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We have a tradition here at Rock Father HQ that every Spring, the Easter Bunny leaves the girls the new collection of Easter Hot Wheels - a set available in super-limited quantities at Walmart every year. While the Bunny has yet to find the 2017 set (I've spoken to him, and he's actively hunting), this year there's something else that Mattel has for the season, and it comes from the ever-growing world of Disney•Pixar's Cars. Available for a limited time, the Easter Cars assortment features vehicles and coordinating baskets that are based on the 2012 book, Mater and the Easter Buggy. Easter Lightning McQueen, Easter Mater, Easter Ramone, and yes, The Easter Buggy are all hopping into town... but the real trick is gonna be finding them.

Back in the days when we only had one daughter, Target had a line of clothing from Gwen Stefani called "Harajuku Mini." I gobbled it up, dressing the little one in some really cute things, and one item that was handed-down for a short time was what we dubbed the "rocker hoodie." Alas, the clothing is long gone, but there's more Harajuku to enjoy, including Stefani’s animated series KUU KUU HARAJUKU. The 2D-animated series currently airs on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and on Family Channel in Canada, and on June 13, 2017, Shout! Factory in collaboration with DHX Media will release KUU KUU HARAJUKU: MUSIC, BABY!, - the series' first-ever DVD. Containing 14 episodes from Season One, initial shipments of the DVD contain a code to download the KUU KUU HARAJUKU theme song (while supplies last). KUU KUU HARAJUKU: MUSIC, BABY! is available now for pre-order at Amazon.com and ShoutFactory.com

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