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It's odd for a new toy announcement to land in my inbox at 11:15 on a Friday night, but the folks at Diamond Select Toys hit me with a new product listing tonight that had a few things to pique my interest. The main one, however is the reveal of Muppets Minimates Series 2, set for release in the summer of 2016. Thing is, I somehow missed the announcement that there was a Series 1 slated for spring... or the fact that Muppets Action Figures should be arriving around May. Yes, ABC's MUPPETS is a growing hit at this point, but Kermit and the gang are timeless - and not since the fabled Palisades Toys line of the early 2000's (mine currently being played with by The Rock Daughters) has there been this much Muppets excitement in toy form.

How did I get here? There was a moment of pause that was punctuated with misty eyes as I looked over an itinerary placing me in the same room - and the same table - with actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o and filmmaker J.J. Abrams. What really took a moment to sink in was the other name present - Harrison Ford. This is a man who was there the first time around - when STAR WARS was a new thing, and a little boy named "Jimmy" would spend countless hours having adventures with Ford's dashing smuggler, Han Solo in Kenner action figure form. It was STAR WARS that inspired me to try my hand at working in film and television, and here we are on the cusp of a new film that continues the original saga, with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hitting theaters on December 18th... and I've been invited to Los Angeles to cover the Global Media Days! While The Force is strong with this adventure, my journey to a galaxy far, far away is just one piece of the puzzle that includes projects from Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel and ABC...

Published in James' Journal

The Force was with JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE last night, as the show drew its 4th-biggest-ever Monday night audience with appearances by the cast of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Jimmy welcomed Director J.J. Abrams and castmembers Harrison Ford with Chewbacca, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and R2D2. ABC will re-air JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: THE STAR WARS SPECIAL in primetime on Wednesday, November 25, at 10:00|9:00 CT on ABC. Check out a clip below...

Published in Movies, TV and More

I've seen the first two episodes of ABC's THE MUPPETS, and they're pretty fantastic. While the series doesn't make its official debut until next week, many already know that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have been on the outs - but now comes word that they've been seen together again (again). Seems Piggy's been tipping off the TMZ crowd, and it's all coming just prior to the 67th Emmy Awards - airing Sunday, September 20th, live on FOX... just two days prior to THE MUPPETS premieres on ABC. In a new video just-posted by The Television Academy, Piggy and Kermit meet Viola Davis (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, though I'm looking forward to SUICIDE SQUAD) and Julie Bowen (MODERN FAMILY), while Joel McHale (THE SOUP) shows up to throw down a little automotive knowledge. Take a look...

Published in Rock Father Rides

 "It’s time to pour a beverage! It’s time to make some snacks! It's time to read some stories with THE ROCK FATHER tonight!"

This Fall, THE MUPPETS are back with an all-new series on ABC, one that's geared toward grownups - folks like myself, that grew up with Jim Henson's wonderful characters. Since there's a solid chance that grownups might be enjoying a grownup beverage as well, the folks at Diamond Select Toys are helping get those drinks "Muppified" with the release of four new pint glasses, each shipped in a colorful logo box. Kids of the 70s and 80s rejoice! There's THE MUPPET SHOW, PIGS IN SPACE, MUPPET LABS, and my personal favorite... DR. TEETH AND THE ELECTRIC MAYHEM!Entertainment Earth has them all up for pre-order right now...

Published in Food and Drink

Visitors to next month's D23 Expo in Anaheim had best bring a few extra bucks, and an extra suitcase. The folks at Disney Store are rolling out some new products that are being previewed at the show - and offered for sale for the first time ever! There's new offerings from the Disney Fairytale Designer Collection, TOY STORY 20th Anniversary, Tsum Tsum, ABC's ONCE UPON A TIME, and yes, my favorite - STAR WARS. Check out a sneak-preview below!

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