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When audiences finally witness Jon Favreau's big-screen reimagining of Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK when it opens this Friday, those who stay through the credits will notice an interesting line for a film set deep in the heart of India... "Filmed in Downtown Los Angeles." That line is a testament to just how good THE JUNGLE BOOK is, a film that beautifully captures the spirit of such exotic locales, while being a completely digital creation aside from the work of its young star, newcomer Neel Sethi. Last week, I sat down with Sethi and Favreau at the Beverly Hilton to discuss the new film, all in an informal setting alongside 24 friends and fellow writers. For me, the meeting was particularly exciting, if only because I've been such a fan of Jon Favreau dating back more than two decades - a creative talent whom I've always viewed as being sort of a kindred spirit, and one who my wife and I have sort of watched "grow up" from an actor, to one of our generation's top filmmakers. From the very 90's performances in PCU and SWINGERS, to his 2001 theatrical directorial debut, MADE (which my wife and I saw on opening night at an art house theater in Highland Park, Illinois), his career behind the camera has been has been impressive - with the ability to balance cinematic spectacles like ZATHURA, IRON MAN (and IRON MAN 2), with smaller fare like CHEF, and TV projects like REVOLUTION (a short-lived series which I loved). And then, of course, there's his perennial holiday classic, ELF. With THE JUNGLE BOOK, Favreau's storytelling has reached a whole new level, a marvel of technological toys that has spawned a few plastic ones, too.

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This news JUST hit my inbox here at Rock Father HQ: Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

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Last night, many readers lost an hour to Daylight Savings... or was it stolen from them? That's the question posited in a new TV spot for ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, Tim Burton's follow-up to his live-action reimagining of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. See the new clip below, and go back down the rabbit hole when ALICE arrives in theaters on May 27 from The Walt Disney Company...

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The most astute viewers have noticed something in the marketing of MARVEL's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (get tickets via Fandango) over the past few months... the teams were lopsided. Today that changed as the latest trailer for the next entry into the MARVEL Cinematic Universe hit the web... with a certain character "on loan" from SONY included in the mix. Ending much speculation, Tom Holland's first appearance as Spider-man (in perhaps his most comic-accurate costume ever) is revealed in this new clip, with Tony Stark summoning "Underoos" to round-out Team Iron Man. May 6th is looking real good right about now...

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There have been rumors and leaks in recent days, but now the news that so many have been waiting for has arrived - STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1, four days before it comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5 (pre-order now). Announced this morning by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger at The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, THE FORCE AWAKENS will arrive packed with bonus features, along with an extensive documentary about the making of the film. How can I get goosebumps again just by watching the in-home trailer? See it and all the specs below...

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment just hit THE ROCK FATHER with news that they've partnered with The Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm, Ltd to reissue the original six film STAR WARS Saga as individual commemorative Blu-ray Steelbooks on November 10th. Additionally, STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA will be released in newly repackaged artwork on October 13th. These highly collectible films will be available for a limited time only and can be pre-ordered beginning August 7th.  Being on STAR WARS overload ahead of December's release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, I can tell you - there's no other film series that I've personally owned on so many different formats... though I don't yet have the Blu-rays. Details below...

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