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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: STAR WARS Lando Calrissian and Luke Skywalker... in Disguise - 37 Days to Go!

Oh, man... growing up, the "in disguise" action figures were always such a treat! Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise! Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise! Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise! Today it's Luke and Lando (in Disguise!) that are featured as an entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. While we don't have the specific versions that are featured (Saga Legends Lando and Black Series Luke - both from 2015), we have some of the late 1990s Power of the Force figures that are still having plenty of adventures. 

Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS REBELS' Sabine Wren - 38 Days to Go!

It is undeniable that one of the breakout characters on Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS is Sabine Wren. Sporting Mandalorian armor similar to that of Boba Fett, Sabine was one of the most skilled explosives and weapons experts in the early days of the Rebel Alliance. While her story may have unfolded "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," families still have much to learn about this talented tagger as new episodes of STAR WARS REBELS are set to debut this Fall. Sabine's Mission Series action figure from Hasbro is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

The First Xmas Movie I'm Covering for 2015 is Not Family-Friendly... prepare for THE NIGHT BEFORE!

According to star Seth Rogen, THE NIGHT BEFORE is a movie that "was made by Jews about Christmas and opens on Thanksgiving." That's completely accurate, and Columbia/Sony Pictures' forthcoming Xmas comedy marks the first time that I've kicked-off a Holiday Movie Season by featuring a film that's completely not family-friendly. In fact, unless you work somewhere really cool, the just-released red-band trailer is probably not even safe for your place of employment. Funny enough, Rogen's church scene is pretty close to my own visits to a house of worship... minus the Star of David sweater. 

Empire Reveals Three New Looks at BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

If there wasn't a certain film called STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS set for release this December, I'd try using my time-shaper to fast-forward right to March 25, 2016 to see my two favorite superheroes battle it out on the big screen. See, BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE has me conflicted, if only because SUPERMAN was my favorite superhero during my religious reading of comic books in the 1980s... but then Tim Burton's 1989 BATMAN film bumped the caped crusader into the top spot, where he's forever remained. Personally, I believe it's because my own personality is closer to that of BATMAN and his alter-ego, BRUCE WAYNE... but knowing that they'll be going head-to-head is still a weird thing - but one I look forward to. Today, EMPIRE Magazine unleashed a trio of new images that will be featured in their September issue (get it here). Take a look...

Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi - 39 Days to Go!

Well this is a little bit different. Today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar (moving toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS) features the 2008 Legacy Collection version of Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi - but we're not talking about Sir Alec Guinness, the exploits of that "crazy old wizard," or even the adventures of a young Kenobi in the days prior to his hiding out near The Dune Sea. No, today's entry is dedicated to Producer Gary Kurtz, who was born back in 1940. The producer of both STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Kurtz also has the producer's cap for a related film that I've had some involvement with over the years... Patrick Read Johnson's 5-25-77.

UNBOXED: Summer of MARVEL - Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Edition

If you've paid a visit to the "action" aisles of your local toy retailer recently, there's a solid chance that you've seen MARVEL'S ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: WEB WARRIORS Toys. The folks at Hasbro have been rolling these out since the spring, and we've actually got quite a few of them here at Rock Father HQ - several of which were featured a few months back in an episode of UNBOXED. But now we're in summer, and with summer comes a ton of role-play fun... the kind that's quite fitting for a #SummerOfMarvel. With Addie on an adventure of her own (truth: she was napping), Little Finn and I went outside to take a look at what Hasbro had bestowed upon us...

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