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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 Countdown: RETURN OF THE JEDI Nien Nunb - 62 Days to Go...

I guess it's appropriate that Hasbro decided to feature Nien Nunb for Independence Day - after all, he did help destroy the second Death Star, co-piloting the Millennium Falcon with Lando Calrissian and busting out some interesting verbiage along the way. While it's the 2012 "Vintage Collection" version of the pilot that's featured in the Force Friday Countdown Calendar today, it's the 1997 Power of the Force edition that we have here at Rock Father HQ. But, since we're spinning things back a bit, lets take a look at the mail-away commercial for the vintage Kenner edition circa 1983...

Watch: KOO KOO KANGA ROO - "Everybody Poops"

Nope, R.E.M. did not release a sequel to "Everybody Hurts," but KOO KOO KANGA ROO is back with the first video from their new EP, GROSS. "Everybody Poops" is the perfect song for my almost six-year-old and her friends right now - all of whom seem to have become fecalpheliacs over the past few months. Weird thing is, I really don't like gross-out kid stuff (poop, snot, etc.), and previously gave a one-star review to PAPA CROW's fart-themed EP from 2013. Still, I do enjoy KOO KOO KANGA ROO, who Addie and I saw on tour with THE AQUABATS last year. Check out the new video below, and catch the guys on a Warped Tour date near you...


Comic book movies are certainly the norm these days, but it's a surprise when one hits the scene that doesn't overtly scream "comic book," nor rely on the expectations of a built-in fanbase. Interestingly, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE fits that bill, taking some basic cues from its not-so-distant comic past (2012's Mark Millar/Dave Gibbons collaboration, THE SECRET SERVICE), but tossing much of the book aside in favor of new characters, locations, and more glaringly, the titular organization. When changes as drastic happen to beloved properties with a long history, fans cry foul, but KINGSMAN is spared such outrage due to just how new it is, and the fact that it's a damn fine spy film that goes over-the-top to ridiculously-awesome results.

Force Friday Countdown: REVENGE OF THE SITH Mustafar Final Duel Playset - 63 Days to Go...

Well, this is a bit of foreshadowing. The final duel at Mustafar between Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in REVENGE OF THE SITH would signal the true turn to the Dark Side for the latter, his transformation into Darth Vader complete. We'd eventually see the two face-off once more in A NEW HOPE, but the outcome would be significantly different. For today's entry into the Hasbro Force Friday Countdown, the Mustafar Final Duel Playset is featured, and this is one I've actually not seen before. Things are getting pretty hot for Ani...

Force Friday Countdown: EWOK Assault Catapult - 64 Days to Go...

The EWOKS have made an appearance in the Hasbro Force Friday Countdown already, previously checking-in back in May with 107 days to go. But here they are again, and I don't mind - because I will proudly admit that I love the Ewoks. Here we find them featured with the 2013 Ewok Assault Catapult that was released as part of The Vintage Collection, I believe as a Kmart exclusive. While I don't have this one in the collection, I do have some Ewoks. Speaking of which, did you see when I made an "Endor Garden" using cactus and succulents from Costa Farms

Watch - Netflix Unleashes the WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP Trailer...

#StreamTeamWhen it comes to the Netflix Original Series WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP, the cast is just so huge, I can't help but wonder how come I'm not in this thing? Seriously (or not), the cast is immense, and if the 8-episode mini-series (which debuts July 31st on Netflix) is anything like it's just-released trailer, the laughs will be immense as well. The sequel to the 2001 cult film features Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, ANT-MAN himself - Paul Rudd (look for my interview with him coming soon), Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter, along with new characters played by Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery, and more. Check out the preview below, but be warned - this is solely For Grownups!

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