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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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The Dairy Queen Blizzard at 30: A Family Tradition to #GetUpsideDown Over...

Dairy Queen - #GetUpsideDownTHE ROCK FATHER is participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dairy Queen. He has been compensated for his participation.

I remember when Dairy Queen first introduced the Blizzard back in 1985. Yes, it was the year of BACK TO THE FUTURE and THE BREAKFAST CLUB, G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO finally became a regular series, and on a more "rock" note, it was the year that the infamous Senate hearing from the PMRC brought Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider to testify alongside John Denver and Frank Zappa. In the three decades since, much has changed, but the DQ Blizzard prevails and has become a family tradition here at Rock Father HQ, enjoyed with our daughters just as my wife and I enjoyed them with our parents as children. Now, to celebrate 30 years of tasty Blizzard greatness and the 75th "Fanniversary" of DQ as a whole, Dairy Queen is inviting everyone to #GetUpsideDown this month for an Oreo Blizzard, which will be served upside down or your next one is free (at participating locations).


Back in 2003, KISS made a special appearance on the Halloween episode of WHAT'S NEW, SCOOBY DOO? to help the Mystery, Inc. gang thwart a haunting. Now, more than a decade later, there's an all-new movie on the way, with SCOOBY-DOO AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY arriving on Digital HD (July 10) and DVD & Blu-ray (July 21) via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Earlier today the first trailer made its debut over at USA Today, and there's plenty to dig, but it's also a little odd that they're actually using SIMPLE PLAN's 2002-era theme song. Check it out...

Watch Now! BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE - The Official Teaser

Sorry, MARVEL. Despite my massive love for the MARVEL Cinematic Universe and all the care that my friends at Disney have been putting into their big screen adaptations, when it comes to comics, I grew up a DC kid. SUPERMAN and BATMAN were always my favorites as a kid, and they're still my favorites today. That said, following a cellphone leak of a subtitled trailer ahead of Monday's special IMAX event, Warner Bros has taken appropriate measures with the official online release of the first teaser for BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. With Henry Cavill reprising his role as the MAN OF STEEL, and Ben Affleck picking up the cowl as THE DARK KNIGHT, the film sets the stage for the forthcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE film. Based on the two minutes seen here - I like it. I enjoy the darkness... the bleakness... and the way that Director Zack Snyder continues the path carved by his first SUPERMAN effort by emphasizing the foreign - alien - nature of Kal-El. Borrowing from Christopher Nolan's Bat-world, remember when Harvey Dent pointed out that "the night is always darkest just before dawn?" I think that applies here. Take a look...

Watch & Listen: DAVID HASSELHOFF - "True Survivor" from the KUNG FURY Soundtrack!

Did you think that the new trailer for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS was the only great thing you'd see today? Oh no, friends, this day just keeps giving - and it's given me the return of my childhood heroes - not only Han and Chewie, but Michael Knight as well. That's right, DAVID HASSELHOFF has a new single out today, and it's pure 80s goodness as part of the release campaign for KUNG FURY - the fantastic-looking Kickstarter hit that raised a ridiculous amount of money to craft what might be the greatest 1980s action film not crafted in the 80s. It wasn't long ago that I showed my wife the initial KUNG FURY trailer and declared it to be a cinematic masterpiece. This makes me want to break out NIGHT ROCKER, the album that David released at the height of KNIGHT RIDER's popularity back in 1985...

What if STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Was Made with the Guys from ENTOURAGE?

Two things I really love: STAR WARS and ENTOURAGE. Both have new movies in theaters later this year, and today comes a potentially-viral clip from the folks at Quiznos (yes, those purveyors of tasty subs that massively over-expanded in the Chicago market, and all but disappeared following the "Great Recession" and prior to their 2014 bankruptcy - I know too much about this stuff). The new short from Windowseat recalls a time when STAR WARS mashups were just coming into their own with "fan films" like AMERICAN JEDI or TROOPS. Check out STARTOURAGE: THE FOURSOME AWAKENS below, and let me know - does it make you want a sub? Toasty...

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