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With the December 15 release of Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi fast-approaching, audiences will soon be reunited with Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and the crew as they find out what Luke Skywalker's been up to (aside from hanging out with porgs). The current Star Wars trilogy puts a strong woman at the center of the action, with Daisy Ridley's Rey inspiring a new generation of young girls. Here at Rock Father HQ, we have two of those - and I've written about that often, both here and at The Toy Insider. We're certainly not alone in this, and it's fantastic to see how other families share their love of Star Wars... but since it's Halloween, what if there was a spooky spin on things? Enter NORAH OF THE LIVING DEAD, a short film from NYC-based producer/editor/dad Matt Mayers. Check out the three-minute short below in which one 8-year-old girl faces off against a zombie straight from the world of George A. Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD by harnessing The Power of The Force (and some Hasbro action figures)!

With most of October now behind us, more folks are seeking frights in the final days leading up to Halloween. The crew over at YouTube has seen an uptick in searches for terrifying content, and tonight they sent over a list of the Top 10 horror films that people have been searching for and watching on YouTube. Some, like 2013's The Conjouring, are surprising, while the return of the SAW franchise to theaters with Jigsaw is no doubt fueling interest in the earlier installments. Also, 1988's Child's Play makes the list, right alongside Cult of Chucky, which hit Netflix, Blu-ray and AMC this month. And did you think that Pennywise would be left out? Check out the full list below!

After making some waves with audiences this summer, Sony Pictures' THE EMOJI MOVIE has come home on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD. While I'll post some more detailed thoughts in a formal review of the in-home release next week, suffice to say that The Rock Daughters loved it (we even had a themed birthday party back in August), and the appeal is lasting - just like the Emojis that inspired the film. For families looking to put an Emoji spin on Halloween, now you can with FREE PRINTABLES including a collection of EMOJI MOVIE Pumpkin Carving Patterns! Gene, Hi-5, Jailbreak, Poop and Smiler are all here, ready to add a friendly glow to your favorite gourds!

Tuesday, October 24 2017 08:00

Preview: ABC's THE TOY BOX Season Two, Week Five

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We've cleared the halfway mark for the second season of ABC's slightly retooled version of THE TOY BOX and this coming Sunday we'll get a look at a fresh batch of toys from a new crop of hopeful toy inventors. This week we've got yet another toy that first hit my radar some years back - "My Doll Room," which was previously marketed as "American Doll Room." Geared toward 18" dolls, it'll be interesting to see how that fares when put in front of Mattel, makers of American Girl. Check out the full rundown on all seven toys competing this week...

As we roll toward Halloween, it just feels right to see some seasonal fare topping the box office. Thing is, the box office results for the weekend of October 22 could be considered frightening for studios and theater owners alike, as audiences weren't exactly out in droves. According to data provided by comScore, Tyler Perry's BOO 2! A Madea Halloween topped the weekend estimates, pulling in $21.6M, far ahead of Warner Bros. Geostorm with $13.3M. In its second weekend, Happy Death Day (Universal/Blumhouse) is in third with just $9.4M. As for Universal's The Snowman? Although they did hit media outlets like this one with some entertaining care packages this past week, The Snowman got decapitated with just $3.4M amid bad reviews and rumors that the whole script may not have even been shot (seriously).

Netflix Stream TeamIt's almost time for Frank Castle to have revenge. On November 17, Marvel's The Punisher makes its long-awaited debut as a Netflix Original Series, the latest following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders. Jon Bernthal stars as the title character, a heavily-armed former Marine-turned-vigilante known throughout New York City. On a mission to punish the criminals responsible for the murder of his family, Frank Castle will soon find himself involved in a military conspiracy far bigger than he could possibly imagine. Check out the new trailer below!

Wednesday, October 18 2017 23:00

#31DaysOfHalloween: Mickey Mouse - Merry & Scary

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There's long been a strange relationship between Halloween and Christmas, perhaps the fact that two of the year's biggest holidays arrive at the end of a month, at the end of the year with just a month bridging the gap between the two. While Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas might be the most famous example, this year Mickey Mouse is getting in on the action with a new DVD collection, Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary. Featuring the fantastic retro-styled Mickey Mouse cartoons from Disney Channel, families can get into the Halloween spirit as Mickey, Donald, and Goofy swap hair-raising Halloween stories. Then fast forward a couple months to Donald’s first Christmas festivities with friends! Check out a preview below...

Tuesday, October 17 2017 11:34

SOLO: A Star Wars Story Wraps Production...

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Production on the previously "Untitled Han Solo Movie" has officially wrapped, and as of today the film has a proper title - SOLO: A Star Wars Story. This had been one of the long-rumored titles practically since day one, but now director Ron Howard confirmed it via Twitter and a little help from a mighty Wookiee (is it Chewbacca?). Check out the video below!

Monday, October 16 2017 23:49

Preview: ABC's THE TOY BOX Season Two, Week Four

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I don't know that moving ABC's slightly retooled version of THE TOY BOX to Sunday nights has been a good decision. The first season premiere last spring captured the attention of some 4 million+ viewers, but the remaining episodes bottomed-out around 2.4M. Now, three episodes into a new season with new judges and an altered format (gone are the "mentors), The Toy Box is averaging right around 2 million viewers a week, which isn't much in the grand scheme of things.  Still, there's another five weeks to go, and her at Rock Father HQ, our girls have really become invested in it - to the point of cheering things on, while blasting others. I'm biased, but The Rock Daughters™ should really be on the judging panel if the show gets picked up for Season Three (which has been in-development, but the ratings slide could nix that). Curious what new toys will be going in front of the judges this Sunday? Here's a preview!

As Marvel Studios prepares to unleash THOR: RAGNAROK onto the world, it's time to start looking ahead to the not-so-distant future. While AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR looms large with its April release, it's the February 16, 2018 debut of BLACK PANTHER that has people buzzing right now. After a teaser some months back, the official trailer has just arrived, and it's something you need to check out. See it below!

Netflix Stream TeamIt was just about a year ago when I first mentioned Super Monsters, a new series geared toward the preschool (and a bit older) set in which the children of monsters learn to navigate the social waters while coming to grips with their powers. Think Monster High, but in preschool - with a bit of that PJ Masks daytime/nighttime vibe, and you're on the right track. Now, just in-time for Halloween, the first season of Super Monsters has made it's debut as a Netflix Original Series, and straight out of the gate it's a good one. 

If you're hoping to attend your first screening of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI completely 100% unspoiled this December, director Rian Johnson feels that you should probably avoid watching the full trailer that just made it's long-awaited debut. Still, he admits that like most of us (myself included), he watches all the trailers. Tickets are on-sale now (get 'em via my affiliate Fandango) for THE LAST JEDI along with several special events, including a opening night double-feature and an eight film episodic marathon. Check out the new trailer below, and share your thoughts! STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in theaters everywhere December 15, 2017.

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