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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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Watch: Christmas! With The Aquabats! A Full Episode of THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW! featuring The Krampus!

The AquabatsAfter The Hub Network began it's slow disintegration earlier this year (disclosure: I was one of their "Hub Club" writers for about five minutes), one of the major signs that the end was near was their unceremonious non-cancelling cancellation of THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW!, almost at the same time in which The Aquabats! received five Daytime Emmy nominations, of which they'd win one. If I understand it correctly, they essentially gave the show back to The Aquabats!, leaving them free to take it to another network or service. While Netflix is the obvious choice for new episodes (and hey, I write for the Netflix #StreamTeam now!), the first season disappeared from the streaming giant on December 15th, but in a "Christmas miracle" of sorts, the entire run of the show, including the "lost" Season 2 and "3" (special) episodes have appeared on both Amazon Instant and iTunes. Why is this so important, you ask? Well, as a gift to all of you, The Aquabats! have uploaded the entire Christmas! With The Aquabats! special to YouTube, and it can be viewed now, right here on THE ROCK FATHER. Personally, I've been waiting nearly a year to see this one again...

Holiday Giveaway: Win ANGELS SING (Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton) on DVD!

With Christmas just days away, I didn't think I'd be launching anymore Holiday Wish Guide Giveaways. But, this little movie just landed on my desk and will be viewed here tomorrow, and along with it comes an opportunity to share a copy with one of you. From Cowgirl Up Entertainment and Lionsgate comes ANGELS SING, a new holiday film with a really cool cast including Harry Connick Jr., NASHVILLE's Connie Britton, 1/2 of THE HIGHWAYMEN with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson checking-in, and Lyle Lovett in the mix. Check out the trailer and synopsis below, then enter for your chance to win the film on DVD...

Watch - CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE gets even more star-studded for EXO ZOMBIES DLC

CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARECALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (a top gift in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide) is taking things to another level with a whole new breed of zombies. Following in the star-studded DLC of year's past,  John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal star in Exo Zombies, coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC in 2015 as part of the Havoc DLC Pack. This quartet of top talent stars as Atlas employees facing a new threat with no training or preparation. The first teaser is below - and it's not for the kiddies...

Watch: Spanish STAR WARS REBELS Action Figure Commercial from Hasbro Gets it Right...

Coming from the original STAR WARS generation, I miss the old-school kind of toy commercials - the ones that Kenner did so right back then. Kids playing with the toys in a slightly-elevated reality was the way of those original spots, and with the newer Hasbro figures making a return to 5POA (thats, "five points of articulation") like the toys I grew up with, it's even cooler to see a more vintage approach in commercial form. The first spot to surface for Hasbro's new line of figures and vehicles based on Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS comes from an unlikely location - Spain. Hopefully the U.S. marketing follows a similar path, as 2015 is gonna be a hell of a year for STAR WARS fans, and I can't wait to see what Hasbro is cooking up!

Culinary Adventures: Going All-In with Applebee's New Burgers + a #BurgerSelfie Twitter Party!

THE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Life of Dad and Applebee's for the #BurgerSelfie promotion.

I am an unapologetic burger aficionado. Yes, I will eat a turkey burger, but what I really need is beef - a real burger, cooked properly with a little pink in the middle. You could say that when I approach a good burger that I'm "all-in" (just like how I raise the girls) and that's exactly what my friends at Applebee's have tapped into with their new collection of All-In Burgers - four varieties of proper burgers with flavors hand-smashed and seared-in, much like you'd do at home. They're hand-made with fresh ground beef - none of that pre-packed, frozen nonsense. The other night, I took the family out for dinner and dug into the Triple Bacon All-In Burger, served-up with some BBQ-spiced fries and a Diet Pepsi. Wanna see my #BurgerSelfie? How would you like to talk burgers for a chance at prizes and glory?

JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2: On-Set Part II, and a Very Jingle Party! #JingleInsiders

Out of all the adventures that I've had this year (and there have been many), one of my favorites was the trip I took to the Vancouver set of JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 back in March. When word came down that Twentieth Century Fox and WWE Studios were doing a follow-up to The Greatest Holiday Film of All-Time (the 1996 classic JINGLE ALL THE WAY), I was in. Little did I know that I'd have a chance to actually spend some time on-set with Larry the Cable Guy, WWE Superstar Santino Marella and Director Alex Zamm. With the film now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD ahead of it's World Television Premiere on the USA Network this Sunday as part of WWE Week, I'm sharing a few more stories from the set (read Part I of my set coverage here) along with some photos of some Jingle-themed activities we did at a family Christmas party last weekend. Ready to Jingle?

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