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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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Force Friday: Sphero's BB-8 is the Droid I've been Looking for Since '77

  • September 3
  • Published in Tech

Playing on the famous line offered-up by Sir Alec Guinness in 1977's STAR WARS (before it was "A NEW HOPE"), the makers of Sphero's BB-8 App-Enabled Droid have declared that "This Is the Droid You're Looking For." After seeing the big reveal today leading into #ForceFriday, this new tech toy based on the upcoming STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS certainly looks like the Droid I've been looking for... and believe me, I've owned a lot of Droids since '77! Take a look...

Updated: Force Friday Official Images - LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

As part of the rolling reveal of new products from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, my friends at The LEGO Group have officially begun pulling back the curtain on their new products as part of #ForceFriday. The first set to be officially unveiled is Poe's X-Wing Fighter (75102). The 717-piece set comes with minifigures of Poe Dameron, BB-8, a Resistance X-Wing Pilot and a Resistance Ground Crew Member. Check out the pictures below, and be sure to check back to this post. I'll be sharing more LEGO Star Wars reveals here as they come in. Sets will be available at 12:01am local time at #ForceFriday events at major retailers, and online at LEGO Shop.

The Xbox One Elite Bundle is Coming for the Holidays... packing 1TB of Storage...

I'm having a bit of a flashback. It was the Holiday season of 2007 that Harmonix released their original ROCK BAND game, and it was that very title that led to my wife buying me an Xbox 360. Fast-forward to 2015, and ROCK BAND 4 is on the way, and I really want an Xbox One for Xmas - especially since Microsoft just unveiled the Xbox One Elite Bundle, which is now available for pre-order exclusively at Gamestop and MicrosoftStore.com with a release date of November 3rd. While the system will be available globally, if you want the bundle, those are the stores you need to visit. Here's the details...

Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Anakin to Darth Vader Color Change Lightsaber - 1 Days to Go

This is it - less than one day to go. In fact, 24 hours from this posting (12:01am local time), it will officially be #ForceFriday - the day that new toys and products from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will first be available for sale. Since May 4th, we've been following Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar - presenting a daily look at items from nearly four decades of STAR WARS toys, all leading up to #ForceFriday, September 4, 2015. The final entry before #ForceFriday is the 2012 Anakin to Darth Vader Color Change Lightsaber. We've featured a lot of sabers in the countdown, but this one is the only one that let kids choose their side - or choose to switch sides from Jedi to Sith, or Sith to Jedi.

Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS The Black Series Mosep Binneed - 2 Days to Go

Mosep Binneed is one of those STAR WARS characters that was essentially a "featured extra" when it comes to the actual cinematic realm. Featured in Jabba's Palace, this Nimbian convict was an accountant, later revealed to handle the finances of Jabba the Hutt himself. Gangsters always need a good book keeper, which I assure you I know nothing about. The Black Series Mosep Binneed is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar - presenting a daily look at items from nearly four decades of STAR WARS toys as we lead up to the debut of new toys and products from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS on #ForceFriday, September 4, 2015!

Preview: Characters from STAR WARS REBELS & A NEW HOPE Crossover on LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES!

LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales – Mission to Mos Eisley" is coming to Disney XD this Monday, September 7 at 8pm ET/PT. It's the third episode in the all-new series of event specials that re-tell the classic Star WarsTM saga in LEGO® brick form through the stories of C-3PO. The folks at Disney XD just sent over a preview clip along with five images from the episode - and for the first time ever, characters from STAR WARS REBELS and STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE come together in LEGO! Check them out below...

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