As the finger-snappin', toe-tappin' sound of Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea" sets the tone, the first trailer for the long-awaited big-screen adaptation of Steve Alten's MEG has finally arrived. This August, Warner Bros. Pictures will release THE MEG, a film that's finally a reality after nearly two decades of studio-spanning "development Hell." Shark movies are a genre all their own, and while it's my wife that's the big JAWS fan and Shark Week enthusiast in this house, I am 100% in for anything starring Jason Statham, so this just hit my "must-see" list. Check out your first bite of THE MEG below!
Some years back, Michael Bolton found himself drawn to Detroit while researching for his 2013 album "Ain't No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville USA." Beyond the music of Motown, Bolton realized that there was so much more to explore about Detroit’s past, present and future. Now comes his new documentary, American Dream: Detroit, a film that celebrates the golden age of the Motor City - featuring natives such as Francis Ford Coppola, Jerry Bruckheimer, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson and Alice Cooper. It's an exploration of a city in turnaround, pulling back the curtain on the vision of a new Detroit being built by young visionaries and entrepreneurial moguls alike. On May 15th, Fathom Events will bring it to theaters for one night only - see the trailer below!
On May 25, 2018 - 41 years to the day that 1977's Star Wars first hit theaters, audiences will go back to a time shortly before that... a time when Han Solo and Lando Calrissian were just gaining their legendary status. Solo: A Star Wars Story will showcase the smugglers and scoundrels in an one of their early adventures in a galaxy far, far away. Having made its debut on ABC during American Idol, here's the second trailer for Solo - the first to give some real looks at the story. Check it out!
This special feature is presented in collaboration between The Rock Father™ and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
It was just over six years ago that I first published Teaching The Force The Rock Father™ Way. At the time, I was discussing how I'd initially shared with our only daughter the original Star Wars films. Six years and nearly 6,000 articles later, times have changed greatly. My wife and I are now raising two daughters who are well-versed in the ways of the Force, something I've written about at length both here and in my column over at The Toy Insider. To put things in perspective of just how greatly life has evolved, when I published that entry back in 2012, we thought that Star Wars was done. Instead, Lucasfilm was sold to The Walt Disney Company just eight months later and a new era of Star Wars was ready to begin! In the years since, there has been more Star Wars storytelling than we ever experienced the first time around. Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Forces of Destiny (2017-), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) and now we're looking ahead to Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), the Untitled Episode IX (2019), a new series of films from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, a new Trilogy from Rian Johnson and a live-action television series from Jon Favreau. With much to look forward to, we're still in "Last Jedi mode" around here, and the recent in-home release for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has added fuel to the fire.
As of this writing the April 27, 2018 release of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War is fast-approaching. I will be on the ground in Los Angeles for the World Premiere - walking the red carpet for the #InfinityWarEvent (more on that soon) - but as the arrival of Thanos looms on the horizon the hype continues to build. While they just released a batch of character posters a week or so ago, Marvel Studios has just unleashed an onslaught of new ones - a whopping 22 new character posters featuring individual poses from some of the core heroes from the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Check 'em out below, or hit this link to see a full gallery of Avengers posters and promotional artwork on The Rock Father™ Facebook page!
As the first Jurassic Park celebrates its 25th Anniversary, Universal Brand Development and Film Concerts Live! have announced the world premiere of Jurassic World in Concert, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), led by guest conductor Emil de Cou. Ahead of this summer's release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the NSO will perform the complete Jurassic World score live, while Colin Trevorrow's hugely successful 2015 film is projected in HD onto a massive screen. The opening night of Jurassic World in Concert will take place on May 30 with a special concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Steven Spielberg's long-awaited adaptation of Ernest Cline's best-selling novel READY PLAYER ONE is now in theaters. Audiences are entering the OASIS for an adventure unlike any other, and now The Rock Father™ has teamed-up with Warner Bros. to make sure that you experience it for yourself... and possibly decked-out in some sweet READY PLAYER ONE gear. While we can't grant you the keys to the OASIS, one winner will score a Prize Pack that includes a Fandango Code to see READY PLAYER ONE in theaters along with a copy of Ernest Cline's book, a t-shirt and more! Are you ready for adventure?
I didn't expect that we'd have multiple Marvel stories to start the week, but here we are - and the latest reveal comes from Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War. As of this writing we're a month away from its release, and now comes five striking character posters, each representing the color of one of the Infinity Stones. Of course, Thanos would probably very much enjoy having these in his collection. With so many characters taking part in Marvel's long-awaited big-screen battle, this was a fantastic way to highlight many of them, but still some might be feeling a bit left out. Many are also still wondering what happened to Hawkeye? I heard a rumor that he retired and was teaching archery at a summer camp. Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27, 2018. Check out the posters below!
While word started to slip out a few days ago, now it's been made official -- Marvel Studios has begun principal photography in Los Angeles, California, on its newest film, CAPTAIN MARVEL. Set for release in the U.S. on March 8, 2019, the story follows Carol Danvers (Academy Award winner Brie Larson) "as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races." A period piece set in the 1990s, CAPTAIN MARVEL will take audiences on an adventure that occurs in a previously-unseen era in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
More from the Official Press Release: Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose credits include “Mississippi Grind” and “Half Nelson.” An all-star collective of accomplished writers penned the screenplay, including Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out,” “The Good Dinosaur”), Nicole Perlman (upcoming “First Man,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (“Tomb Raider,” upcoming “Sherlock Holmes 3”), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (“Glow”), and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
Brie Larson (left) gets hands-on help from Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander (right), on a recent trip to Nellis Air Force Basein Nevada to research her character, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, for Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.”
The film stars Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Hateful Eight”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Ready Player One”), Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lee Pace (“The Book of Henry,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lashana Lynch (“Brotherhood,” “Fast Girls”), Gemma Chan (“Humans,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Algenis Perez Soto (“Sambá,” “Sugar”), Rune Temte (“Eddie The Eagle,” “The Last Kingdom”), McKenna Grace (“I, Tonya,” “Gifted”), with Clark Gregg (“Live by Night,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”), and Jude Law (“Spy,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).
Kevin Feige is the producer of Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.” Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patty Whitcher and Stan Lee are executive producers, with Lars Winther serving as co-producer/first assistant director and David Grant serving as co-producer.
Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s creative team includes director of photography Ben Davis (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange,”), Oscar®- nominated production designer Andy Nicholson (“Gravity,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), costume designer Sanja Hays (“The Fate of the Furious,” “Star Trek: Beyond”), editors Elliot Graham (“Steve Jobs,” “Molly’s Game,”) and Debbie Berman (Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), two-time Oscar nominee, visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), stunt coordinator Jim Churchman (Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” and “Ant-Man” ) and six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther”).
Based on the Marvel comic character first appearing in 1968, “Captain Marvel” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and, most recently, “Black Panther.”
With the release of “Black Panther” in February, Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success. At the time of release, the film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with $202 million and is on track to the become the highest grossing superhero film at the domestic box office. The film has grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide to date. “Black Panther” propelled the Marvel brand’s #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 19 consecutive films.
There's nothing like seeing a movie in 4DX. While the communal experience of seeing a movie on the big screen with an audience is always special, 4DX takes things to an entirely different level - from watching the movie to almost living in it. This fully immersive cinematic experience brings motion chairs and environmental effects like rain, snow, fog, wind, bubbles, lighting, and scent into each dedicated 4DX auditorium where they work in perfect synchronicity to transport audiences into the story unfolding onscreen. There's 10 4DX locations across the U.S., one of which our family has visited many times - Marcus Gurnee Cinema at Gurnee Mills. Now, with a ton of great films yet to come in 2018, The Rock Father™ Magazine and 4DX USA have teamed-up for a giveaway. Two readers will each score a prize pack that includes a pair of 4DX theater vouchers and some gear from the recent TOMB RAIDER film. You can use the vouchers to see an upcoming film in 4DX (winners will have to live close to one of the 10 locations). Right now PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING is playing, with Steven Spielberg's READY PLAYER ONE on-deck. What do you want to see in 4DX?
First Trailer: RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - You Haven't Seen the TMNT Crew Like This...Written by James Zahn
After a five-year run, Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came to a close at the end of 2017, but as that chapter finished, fans knew that there was an all-new series coming down the pipeline. At Toy Fair in NYC last month, I got a first-look at all the new toys on the way from Playmates, presented by a few of the folks involved with the new series. Now, the first trailer for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is here, and fans are getting their first real look at this 2D re-imagining. It's a whole new look for the Turtles and their world, as their origin has a new spin. Check it out...
At SXSW earlier this month, Rian Johnson mentioned that a special "score-only" edition of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was on the way. This weekend it did arrive, hitting as a digital-exclusive via the Movies Anywhere service, and it's only available for a limited time. Playing like a silent film, this presents a unique way to experience the latest chapter of the Star Wars Saga, with John Williams' score taking center stage. To unlock the score-only version of the film, simply sign-up for Movies Anywhere and link your digital retailer account where you purchased your digital copy. They haven't said when this limited time window will expire, but Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is now available on digital and arrives on Blu-ray & 4K on Tuesday, March 27th. Check out a teaser for the score-only version below!