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Rockin' the Red Carpet at Disney's The BFG Premiere...

Like young Sophie is plucked from a window by The BFG ahead of an adventure in Giant Country, The Rock Father is plucked from Illinois by Disney for an adventure in 'Dream Country'... Hollywood.

It's pretty safe to say I live a dual-life at this point... or at least, it certainly seems like it at times. I have a bad habit of getting caught up in flight delays, and that's just what happened Wednesday night as my 5pm flight out of LAX became a 6:30-ish departure thanks to stormy weather in Chicago. A midnight landing found our plane without a gate, and by the time we had one an hour later, there was no one there to attach the sky bridge to the plane so we could properly deboard. By the time I was off the plane and caught the train to economy lot E followed by a quick bus ride to lot G and an hour drive home, I was back at HQ after 3am. I was running again by 7, my day consisting of taking the girls to/from Summer Academy/Camp, and stopping by Meijer for some groceries before half falling asleep on the couch with the kids while checking out LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. While my norm is here in Lake County, I was back on the red carpet for the U.S. Premiere of Disney's The BFG this week... another adventure, and a big one - for a friendly giant

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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY - Vader Returns, EW Cover Revealed!

I'm sitting in Los Angeles as I type this, about to head over to Walt Disney Studios on some not-so-secret Rock Father business. While I'm on the Disney lot, of course I'll be keeping my eyes and ears open, hoping to discover some grand secrets about December's release of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, but I can be 99.999% sure that there will be none. As with THE FORCE AWAKENS, official news has been light thus far, but with STAR WARS CELEBRATION: EUROPE coming up and SDCC (which I'm told will not have a ROGUE ONE presence, but ya never know) as well, you can bet the floodgates will soon be open as we head toward fall. ROGUE ONE is an interesting beast, a film that's a prequel by definition (34 years before THE FORCE AWAKENS), but not in the same realm of the infamous George Lucas-helmed "Prequel Trilogy," and today comes some real details.

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Giveaway: Win EYE IN THE SKY starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul and Alan Rickman

One of the year's most intriguing military thrillers is coming home, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are giving readers a chance to win it! EYE IN THE SKY looks at the moral issues involving drone warfare spread across a multi-national canvas. The gritty film stars Academy Award® Winner, Helen Mirren (Trumbo, The Queen), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad,” Need for Speed), Academy Award®  Nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Philips), Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones,” Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and the late Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter) in his final on-screen performance. Check out the details, and enter to win one of two copies on Blu-ray below!

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Movie Night Giveaway: SHREK 15th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

It's hard to believe, but DreamWorks Animation's SHREK turned 15 this year, and with news that a fifth installment is in the works, it's time to spin things back to where it all began with the newly-released SHREK Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and the FHE Insiders have teamed-up once more to give readers a shot at winning #Shrek15, and your chance to do so can be found below!

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FINDING DORY Giveaway: Zuru's Finding Dory Coffee Pot Playset!

Disney•Pixar's FINDING DORY has been swimming into theaters this week, winning the hearts of families with record-breaking crowds turning out for the long-awaited sequel to FINDING NEMO. As with most great cinematic family adventures, kids want to continue the story at home, and as such the folks at Zuru Toys have released a new line of FINDING DORY Robo Fish (reviewed here), including the Coffee Pot Playset. To celebrate the new film, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and Zuru Toys are giving readers a chance to win the Coffee Pot Playset, which includes a special, water-activated Dory inside said coffee pot.

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Disney Movies Under the Stars at Rock Father HQ: ZOOTOPIA

Backyard Theaters are a trend that's been picking up steam in recent years, and for good reason: Families have really been taking advantage of ways to "take the indoors outdoors," and having your own movie screen in your backyard can be a crowning achievement. While the idea might seem complicated or expensive, it certainly can be, but it hardly has to be. With a little preparation, you can enjoy the communal cinematic experience of "Movies in the Park" or an old-school Drive-In right in the comfort and freedom of your own backyard. My friends at The Walt Disney Company asked if I'd be up for starting a backyard screening series right here at Rock Father HQ, and to be honest - it was something I was already looking into doing, so when they offered to provide some tools for the kick-off, those plans got rolling fast, with a screening to celebrate the home release of ZOOTOPIA in-mind. But first, I needed a trial run.

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