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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.
James Zahn

James Zahn

About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™. 

Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality and Commentator.

He serves as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), has made guest appearances as a member of the Sprout Kindness Crew, was featured in the Father's Day issue of Lake County Magazine, and is a former contributor to Chicago Parent.

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for the likes of FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, ARCANIUM and others, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, and in 2013 he's been quoted on CNN, Babble, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project, in addition to making appearances on ABC News and WGN.

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SEW-Infectious: The LALALOOPSY GIRLS Music Video Hits the Streets...

There's a new earworm in town this evening, and it comes from an unlikely source - Lalaloopsy. A new live-action music video inspired by MGA Entertainment's Lalaloopsy Girls doll line just been released, and you could say it's SEW infectious... or, it certainly is here at Rock Father HQ. I've already had both of my girls on my lap requesting it ("Play it again!"), and after watching it three times, they were upstairs singing the chorus and dancing with sunglasses on while they should be in bed getting rested for school. Speaking of "school," this new video features the girls rocking the halls of L.A.L.A. Prep (Lalaloopsy Academy for Learning Arts), where they attend magical classes like Glitter 101 and Cloud Sculpting, busting out moves from choreographer JaQuel Knight (Beyonce, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera). Stitched Together….Friends Forever. Check it out below...

Toy Review: Hasbro MARVEL Super Hero Adventures Spider-Man Crane Capture Track Set

With THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 now available on Blu-ray, the folks over at Hasbro hit me up to take a look at a couple more of their toys based on the iconic web-slinger - ones that weren't included when I did my feature on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 toys back in May. This time, we took their new MARVEL Super Hero Adventures Spider-Man Crane Capture Track Set for a spin, part of an interesting new line that combines "Action Figures + Racing" - two things that kids absolutely love. But that's not all - Power Charged Electro from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Power Charged Action Figure assortment dropped in as well. Check these out in-action below....

Preview: The Bridge Direct's Large-Scale Smaug from THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

If you're a fan of Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT films, or just a fan of cool action figures, The Bridge Direct has something worthy of a look - an all-new, large-scale action figure of Smaug from THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES. Limited to just 3,000 individually-numbered pieces, Smaug just went live for pre-order exclusively at WBShop.com, and I've got all the details for you, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

Century Media announces ANOTHER CENTURY RECORDS, signs THE BLOODLINE, REV THEORY, LIKE A STORM...

anothercenturyWord on this has been circling for a bit, but now the cat is out of the bag - CENTURY MEDIA has formed a new record label, ANOTHER CENTURY RECORDS. The new label is set to focus on hard rock, and has signed three new acts - my friends, THE BLOODLINE (based right here in Chicago), New Zealand's LIKE A STORM and Los Angeles' REV THEORY. These bands join Century Media's FOZZY, ADRENALINE MOB, and OTHERWISE to round-out the initial roster. Century Media founder Robert Kampf shared a few words about the label this morning...

STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION gets release dates for TV and DVD!

The much-anticipated STAR WARS REBELS has a release date release dates. The all-new animated series will debut with a one-hour movie entitled STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION as part of a multi-platform launch across television, digital and DVD with the rollout beginning on September 29th and completing with the DVD release on October 14 (pre-order it now). Check out the synopsis, the new "Art Attack" short (funny enough, that was the title of my first short film back in 1989), and all the rollout dates and details below...

Giveaway: Win The Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage II!

THE ROCK FATHER is a Step2 Brand AmbassadorAs a Step2 Brand Ambassador, my kids and I get to check out a lot of great new toys (here's the latest) - but there's no way we could possibly check them all out. Fortunately, I've met the other Step2 Ambassadors, and between the 10 of us, we've pretty much got the full line on lock. On a recent trip to Step2 HQ in Ohio, we took a look at the Neat & Tidy Cottage II - the enhanced, latest version of of the popular playhouse - complete with a charming exterior the resembles stone and wood, and plenty of built-in play features to give your kids (and the neighborhood) endless tools for quality, imaginative play. My friends and fellow Step2 Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro have teamed-up to host a giveaway for the Neat & Tidy Cottage II, and now THE ROCK FATHER is in on the action, sharing your chance to win one of these great playhouses below!

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