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As I type this, we're mere minutes away from the long-awaited debut of the official trailer for Rian Johnson's STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. As if the hype weren't already at an insane level, the final theatrical poster for the film has arrived just ahead of the trailer release, and it's beautiful. Carrying the red-and-black motif seen in this summer's teaser (currently hanging in my home), we haven't really seen a Star Wars poster like this one before. The hallmarks are all there, but it's strikingly different with Luke Skywalker looming large. See it below!

This week, a bunch of my friends are in Los Angeles gearing-up for the red carpet premiere of THOR: RAGNAROK, and while the rest of us have a few more weeks to go before we get to experience the glory of a Thor/Hulk team-up, Marvel Studios is keeping those teasers coming, and the latest focuses on Hela - the Goddess of Death. See Cate Blanchett get "Hela Good" in the featurette below!

It was nearly a month ago when a disturbance in The Force came from the twitter account of Luke Skywalker himself. It was in a since-deleted tweet that Mark Hamill said "Watch Monday Night Football on Monday October 9 - for no reason in particular." He later said "Disney will announce when ready," but the reality is that this follows the established pattern, and now it's official... the full trailer for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI will debut during halftime on ESPN's Monday Night Football, after which is will surface online. Tickets will go on-sale immediately following the trailer debut. Additionally, several special ticket offers have been revealed, from opening night double-features to eight-film marathons and theater-exclusive premiums. Here's the full details as announced by StarWars.com...

We know that SUPERMAN will return in next months much-anticipated JUSTICE LEAGUE. What we don't know is how it will happen, or what form of Superman we'll be seeing, though the new "Heroes" trailer for the film shows just how dark a shadow the "Death of Superman" storyline has cast upon the cinematic world of DC Comics, as Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman come together after realizing that "divided they're not enough." Check out the latest trailer for JUSTICE LEAGUE below!

Whenever I visit Disneyland or Walt Disney World, a visit to The Haunted Mansion is an absolute must. I love the place, though The Rock Daughters got a little freaked out when we took them to Disney World last year (they haven't paid a visit to California just yet). That said, it's pretty cool that The Haunted Mansion has made its way to Disney XD this month, hitting the airwaves for a series of entertaining stop-motion animated on-air promos that find Disney characters from "DuckTales," "Big Hero 6 The Series" and "Star vs. The Forces of Evil" on their own adventure hosted by Haunted Mansion ghosts. The promos, a collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and Disney XD are airing now through Halloween, with more to be found online.

He may not know it, but SpongeBob Squarepants is my nemesis. Actually, if we're being honest, he's just one of my nemeses, but for years Mr. Squarepants has been on that shortlist of undesirables, and I can't pick a singular reason for it. I don't like his voice... his animation... in fact, I can't find a single redeeming quality in SpongeBob, and I know I've pointed that out before. Still, many of you enjoy his antics, and that's why I continue to keep tabs on what they're up to down in Bikini Bottom. This Halloween, Nickeloden will be treating viewers to a spooky stop-motion special with the premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom, on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7p.m. (ET/PT). This new holiday special spins a tale of the Flying Dutchman (Brian Doyle-Murray) coming to Bikini Bottom to make sure everyone in town is scared--especially SpongeBob, who seems to be unflappable in his belief that spooky things are actually funny. See the trailer below!

Official Selection - The Rock Father's 2017 Holiday Wish GuidePresented in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Just in time for the holiday season, the #1 animated comedy of the year is coming home. The DESPICABLE ME 3 Special Edition is available for pre-order now and will be available on Digital November 21st with the Blu-ray & DVD arriving on December 5th. A perfect stocking stuffer, the release includes nearly an hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, The Secret Life of Kyle!

Netflix #StreamTeamI've written at length about PJ Masks over the course of the past two years, and what's really cool is that the legend of these young heroes just continues to grow as more families discover the adventures of Catboy, Gekko and Owlette. Despite airing daily on Disney Junior, this is an example of a program that's not actually produced by Disney (it's eOne and Frog Box), so it sorta stands on its own. Now, for those who may not have seen it (or those who have and just want to access it at any time), PJ Masks has come to Netflix with the entire first season streaming now!

Sunday, October 01 2017 11:48

D23 Announces 2018 Disney Fan Club Events...

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2018 isn't that far off, and with that D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has announced a full year's worth of new events for fans around the country to enjoy. The 2018 slate of events includes a special birthday celebration for Mickey Mouse, advance movie screenings, exclusive tours, Broadway shows, and a return to Walt’s hometown of Marceline. Check out the full details below!

For a character that first hit screens more than 40 years ago, it's interesting to note just how hard it is to get the look of Chewbacca just right. Licensees have now had four decades to work on their Chewie products, yet in certain categories, nailing the proper look of the STAR WARS galaxy's most famous Wookiee is still a real problem. In fairness, any character or creature with full-body hair is challenging to pull-off, but I'd argue that the co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon deserves a lot more care than he gets. That said, here's a look at an assortment of different "Chewbacca" costumes that are available for purchase right now. From 1977's STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE to 2017's STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Chewie's had a variety of looks (and we may see a different one in Ron Howard's Untitled Han Solo Movie next year), but most of these look nothing like the Porg's beloved friend. 

Tuesday, September 19 2017 23:49

Get Ready to Play with ABC's THE TOY BOX Season Two!

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This past spring, I had the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of ABC's latest competition series, THE TOY BOX. Now, the series is back for a second season in which a new crop of inventors will present their toy concepts to a panel of judges in hopes of making it to the end, in which the grand prize winner will see their toy manufactured by Mattel, to be sold exclusively at Toys "R" Us. For Season Two, THE TOY BOX has been retooled - gone are the "industry mentors," and instead of facing just one panel of kid judges, contestants will face a rotating panel of five kids. The only returning judge from Season One is apparently, Noah Ritter. Like the first season, the episodes will be airing out of numeric order as they work toward the endgame, but for the purpose of my previews, I'll be labeling them by week. Curious what's on-deck for the first two episodes? Here's a preview...

RICK AND MORTY is one of those shows (like GAME OF THRONES, BREAKING BAD, etc.) that people keep telling me that I have to see, yet I just haven't caught an episode of. I know it's big, and I've seen the toys start making their way out to stores, but I'd never seen any of it - not even a preview - until this hit my inbox. I've written much about metal covers of popular themes in the past, but they're generally not officially-sanctioned. This one is. Check out the metal version of the RICK AND MORTY theme song below, created by Jason Suecof from Time + Space and Alex Rudinger. I dig it...

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