It was 20 years ago that actor Sam Waterston (LAW & ORDER) appeared on Saturday Night Live to endorse Old Glory Insurance and their excellent coverage against robot attacks on seniors. Sure, "Robot Insurance" was just a pipedream a mere two decades ago, but this week news came down that one of my favorite companies - and one that I work with on a weekly basis - has just unveiled a line of "Companion Pets" geared toward seniors... or in more simple terms, ROBOT CATS. Hasbro's JOY FOR ALL Companion Pets are their first foray into products aimed specifically at the truly oldest older kids, utilizing the animatronic technology that Hasbro has honed with products like their FurReal Friends and Furby lines.  These cats "respond to petting, hugging and motion through built-in sensors," and boast "authentic cat sound effects, and soft fur inspired by real felines." Watch the video below to see it in action...

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By now you all should know that I'm big on movies as the perfect Stocking Stuffer,  and together with my friends at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, we're giving readers a shot at winning another good one for that special recipient this Holiday Season! From Director Jake Schreier comes PAPER TOWNS, the latest filmic adaptation of a book from John Green - the author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Enter for your chance to win PAPER TOWNS on Blu-ray Combo Pack, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

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This weekend, the 13th annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) returns to Navy Pier in Chicago for two days of fun, Saturday, November 21, 2015 and Sunday, November 22, 2015. Having covered ChiTAG extensively here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine for the past four years of its run, I've taken a look at this year's schedule and floor plan to highlight five things that we're looking forward to this weekend. With hundreds of participants, there's some familiar faces and some fresh ones that will be exhibiting some of 2015's hottest toys and games (several of which are in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide), appropriately just ahead of Thanksgiving Week and the infamous Black Friday shopping kick-off. Here's a few things to check out... and yes, there will be STAR WARS.

It was just about a month ago that a teaser for the Neflix Original  Holiday Special, A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS hit the web. Today comes the full trailer, and what Bill Murray and half of Hollywood have cookin' may well be the finest example of Holiday Cheer to be spread for grownups this season. Directed by Sofia Coppola, A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS will be available for streaming this December, only on Netflix. See the full trailer below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

In this digital age, content providers strive to be wherever kids might be, and for Nickelodeon that includes a multitude of devices that comprise the footprint of their digital platform. They've got Apps, eBooks, Games and more, and this year they're getting decked-out for the Holidays with all-new seasonal updates. The folks at Nick just hit THE ROCK FATHER with all the details on which titles are getting a snowy makeover, and I've got all that news to share below. Check it out!

It may have been "Friday the 13th," but this past Friday brought a new holiday single from SABRINA CARPENTER, with "Christmas the Whole Year Round" arriving on iTunes, Amazon and all the usual streaming outlets. Sabrina has some additional Holiday Cheer to spread in the weeks ahead as well - slated to host and perform (along with Sofia Carson, Andy Grammer, Jacob Whitesides and Charlie Puth) in the “Disney Channel Fa-la-la-lidays Celebrates a Radio Disney Family Holiday” premiering Friday, December 4 (9:00 pm, ET/PT) on Disney Channel.  And to end the year, Sabrina will star as “Wendy” in PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS at The Pasadena Playhouse from December 9, 2015 – January 3, 2016. Check out the new single below...

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