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Thoughts on JARED LETO as THE JOKER in the Upcoming SUICIDE SQUAD Film?

Joker 75 LogoOne thing that's certain with comic book heroes and villains is that they're moldable... changeable... adaptable. On the big screen (and the small one), every filmmaker that approaches a property is given certain freedoms to put a personal stamp on the characters, and that's something that can be exceptionally challenging - and daunting - especially when dealing with a character who has already been presented in several beloved forms. It's no different than when a new creative team approaches the same characters on the printed page - and that happens far more often than what audiences ever see on the screen. Reimagining a character is not an easy task, and "good" or "bad" tends to be a matter of passionate personal preference - and the general path of reaction is the same, and no property has seen it more than the world of DC Comics' BATMAN. Michael Keaton as BATMAN? No! Ben Affleck as BATMAN? No! Heath Ledger as THE JOKER... The kid from 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU? Absolutely not! (posthumous Oscar). And here we are again, with the first-look at JARED LETO as THE JOKER from Warner Bros. upcoming SUICIDE SQUAD film. Revealed by Writer/Director David Ayer on twitter yesterday as part of the #Joker75 celebration, the latest version of "Mr. J" may be the most divisive yet - and we haven't even seen him in action...

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AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON - Free Printable Activity & Coloring Book!

On May 1, MARVEL Studios will release the long-awaited AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (get tickets via Fandango), the latest entry into their ever-expanding MARVEL Cinematic Universe. Once again, Joss Whedon is at the helm for the film, which stars Robert Downey Jr. (IRON MAN), Chris Hemsworth (THOR), Mark Ruffalo (HULK), Chris Evans (CAPTAIN AMERICA), Scarlett Johansson (BLACK WIDOW), Jeremy Renner (HAWKEYE), Don Cheadle (WAR MACHINE), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (QUICKSILVER), Elizabeth Olsen (SCARLET WITCH), Paul Bettany (VISION), Cobie Smulders (MARIA HILL), Stellan Skarsgård (ERIK SELVIG), James Spader (ULTRON) and Samuel L. Jackson (NICK FURY). For those who just can't wait to get their AVENGERS groove on, I've got a 15-page, printable activity and coloring book just for you, courtesy of my friends at The Walt Disney Studios. 

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DC Entertainment, Warner Bros and Mattel Team-up for "DC SUPER HERO GIRLS"

A press release hit my inbox today that had me genuinely excited. My wife and I have shared our love of superheroes with our daughters since their birth, and thus I've shared their own growing love of superheroes with readers of this very website -- so the news of DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Mattel teaming up for what they're calling "A New Superhero Universe Designed Just For Girls" really hit the spot. DC SUPER HERO GIRLS debuts this Fall, bringing with it "an immersive digital experience, original digital content and digital publishing—providing opportunities for girls to interact with characters, learn about the storylines, and engage in customizable play." In 2016 we will see toys (including  "Mattel's first Action Figures for Girls"), TV specials, movies, apparel, books and more, all with the goal of "building character and confidence, and empowering girls to discover their true potential." We're in, and if you follow my social profiles for THE ROCK FATHER, then you already know why. It was just last Friday that we had "Breakfast With the Superheroes" here with Supergirl and Wonder Woman, but that's happened before...

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Toy Review: The Sheriff Callie's Wild West Collection from Just Play

Over the past year or so, SHERIFF CALLIE'S WILD WEST has become a pretty big hit for Disney Junior, and for us here at Rock Father HQ. In fact, with a second season on the way, Callie and the crew are very much a part of the "Trinity" of Disney Junior series' here - right alongside DOC McSTUFFINS and SOFIA THE FIRST. With Mandy Moore voicing the titular Calico cat, kids can get some Wild West-style adventure with an underlying message of problem solving and working with others. One question I've seen posted quite frequently on my social networks is "where are the toys?" - and right now, the answer is simple: Target. Launched a few months back, Just Play has issued a full assortment of toys straight out of Nice and Friendly Corners, and ready for plenty of big adventures. The Rock Daughters recently received a sampling for review, and we're sharing a look today with a new installment of our UNBOXED video series, and some thoughts from yours truly...

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Giveaway: MY LITTLE PONY TALES: THE COMPLETE SERIES on DVD from Shout! Factory

Shout! KidsIn a lot of ways, the early 1990s was "The Dark Times" for the pop culture icons that were birthed in the 70s and 80s and would later return bigger, better, and undeniably more popular than ever. STAR WARS was dormant. G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS were nearly-dead, but limping along as revamped toy lines that seemed to be nothing more than keeping the names alive. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE had been rebooted as THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HE-MAN and flopped... and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and the CARE BEARS seemed to be M.I.A. In the meantime, MY LITTLE PONY returned for 26 episodes (combined into 13 half-hours) of MY LITTLE PONY TALES, a new series that never really took off in the States, but spawned a line of toys marketed exclusively in Europe. Now, for the very first time, MY LITTLE PONY TALES is on DVD (out April 28) via Shout! Kids and Hasbro Studios, and it's all thanks to the modern success of MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, which recently premiered its fifth season on Discovery Family. Would you like to win a copy of MY LITTLE PONY TALES: THE COMPLETE TV SERIES for your DVD stable? Shout! Factory and THE ROCK FATHER have your chance to win below!

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Watch: RECESS MONKEY Releases "Penguinese" - the First Single & Video from HOT AIR

Just in time for World Penguin Day (April 25), Seattle's prolific purveyors of perfectly pop! Kindie rock are serving-up "Penguinese." Yes, RECESS MONKEY have returned, and they'll be unleashing their latest album, HOT AIR (pre-order on Amazon) on June 16, 2015. In the meantime, "Penguinese" is the funky new single (available on iTunes) that focuses on a “new kid in school" -- a penguin searching for acceptance. Band leader Jack Forman (of SiriusXM's Kids Place Live) created the produced the 3D animation-live action video, which features vocalist/guitarist Drew Holloway and a penguin. Take a peek, and read-on for the tracklisting and cover art for HOT AIR, which includes something for the STAR WARS fans...

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