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I've said it before, but "space" is hot right now, and for a kid that grew up in the Shuttle-era with movies like SPACE CAMP and countless other sci-fi adventures in regular rotation, it's been fantastic to see The Rock Daughters be so inquisitive and excited for outer-space adventures. Fueled by the likes of STAR WARS, MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND, THE FLOOGALS and READY, JET, GO!, the kids have become enthralled with space, and it's obvious that they're not alone as even the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES recently went into orbit, and now BARBIE is getting into the action. Mattel has launched an entire line of toys based on BARBIE: STAR LIGHT ADVENTURE (I already bought the girls a few of the dolls), the latest CGI animated feature created in partnership with Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 13th, Fathom Events, Mattel and Women's Forum will bring BARBIE: STAR LIGHT ADVENTURE to the big screen for one day only, Saturday, July 30th, 2016, complete with an exclusive introduction from Barbie PLUS deleted scenes and bonus content, a special interview with a NASA astronaut, and the “Firefly” and “Shooting Star” music videos with lyrics so you can sing along! Check out the trailer and details below, then click here to get tickets via Fandango!

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When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, I was undeniably a “DC kid.” While I had an appreciation for MARVEL’s stable of heroes including Spider-man and Captain America (and the SECRET WARS toys were way cool), my allegiance was planted firmly with the residents of Metropolis and Gotham City, and all of their counterparts living within the pages of DC Comics.

Reruns of the 1966 BATMAN aired regularly on Channel 32 in Chicago, while the SUPER FRIENDS cartoon fueled my desire to get my parents to buy me more of Kenner’s SUPER POWERS Collection action figures. Christopher Reeve’s SUPERMAN films were a regular viewing staple, with the under-appreciated SUPERMAN III and the fairly bad SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE watched more times than they should’ve been, thanks to HBO. When it comes to the source material - the actual comics, it was John Byrne’s 1986 MAN OF STEEL that truly hooked me with it’s then-more grown-up portrayal of the character. Superman was my #1 for a few years, and then the summer of 1989 came around and Tim Burton’s BATMAN hit the screen, and ever since it’s been The Caped Crusader as my #1, with “The Big Blue Boy Scout” as #2.

As an adult, I’ve been there right with everyone else in appreciating how well-handled the MARVEL Cinematic Universe has been cared for at Disney, and while their 13-strong film series continues to grow, my heart is still with Batman and Superman...

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From Director Keith Arem (Talent Director of CALL OF DUTY and TITANFALL), THE PHOENIX INCIDENT blurs the line between reality and fiction, a fact-based sci-fi thriller that revolves around an investigation into the March 13th, 1997 disappearance of four Arizona men exposing a military cover-up of the largest UFO sighting in North America - an event known as "The Phoenix Lights." With Fathom Events presenting a special, one-night-only U.S. Premiere on March 10th, and to celebrate, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is teaming up with THE PHOENIX INCIDENT, CELESTRON and FANDANGO to give readers a chance to win some out-of-this-world prizes (over $4K in all!) as part of The Phoenix Incident Sweepstakes. Enter using the widget below, or click here to visit the entry page and official rules.

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As a member of the Fandango Family Digital Network, I've been asked to do something a little bit different than my norm in my review of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS - to do a spoiler-free review written in breakdown form with families in-mind - specifically parents that might be considering taking the little ones to see it in the days and weeks ahead. For our first viewing of THE FORCE AWAKENS, my wife and I went sans children, but we're planning to take the girls at some point during Holiday break.

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Fandango Family Digital NetworkTHE ROCK FATHER Magazine is a part of the Fandango Family Digital Network.

I don't think that any child of the 1980s could avoid the power of JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS. Hasbro's line of pop star fashion dolls was perfectly pushed by a daily cartoon series, and I often found myself playing JEM with my sister - rockin' out and battling THE MISFITS. Little did I know that three decades later, I'd be sharing the original cartoons with The Rock Daughters™ (The Complete Series DVD Set is available through Shout! Factory) and that an IDW Comic Book series (which is really cool) and a live-action movie from Universal Pictures would be putting Jericca Benton and Synergy front-and-center for a whole new generation. To celebrate the release of the live-action JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, Fandango Family and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are giving readers a chance to win a $100 Fandango Gift Card!

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Back in 2011, just days before I officially launched this site, I wrote a news item for my old gig about a documentary film called ALL THINGS MUST PASS. A documentary about the rise and fall of TOWER RECORDS, the film by Colin Hanks, ALL THINGS MUST PASS was one of the first Kickstarter projects that I'd ever written about, and it achieved its goal practically overnight. And then we all waited... for over four years. Now, Gravitas Ventures will release ALL THINGS MUST PASS in limited theatrical release on October 16th (there's some festival appearances in September), and my friends at Fandango have the trailer (and you can get tickets, too). This is an important film for all music lovers to see, especially since there's already a generation coming of age that arrived after the music industry collapse...

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