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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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Disney XD Orders STAR WARS REBELS: Season Three!

Here's some great news to start the week - Disney XD has ordered a third season of STAR WARS REBELS from Lucasfilm. The announcement came alongside news that STAR WARS REBELS: Season Three is already in-production and set to debut sometime in 2016. With STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS set for release on December 18th, it's interesting to see how REBELS will play out as ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY should hit theatres for Christmas 2016, meaning that there will be both animated and live-action STAR WARS projects at the same time - both of which inhabit a similar timeline leading up to the story told in 1977's original STAR WARS film. Appropriately, our youngest daughter is wearing her "famous" Her Universe "Sabine" shirt right now as I type this...

Holiday Wish Guide: Unique Gift - Mama Beads & Baby Baubles

If you're looking for a unique gift that also makes a great stocking stuffer this Holiday season, it's no secret that jewelry can often fit that bill... for kids, too! Even better is when you can put a handmade spin on some pop culture icons for a design that's both familiar and different. Mama Beads & Baby Baubles is a small business based in Pennsylvania, producing handmade Bubblegum Bracelets and Necklaces, with custom designs featuring semi-precious and glass beads available as well. Owner Amy Martin spotted The Rock Daughters' fashion sense a few months back and sent us a few of her creations. We liked them so much that I'm including them as an official pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

Holiday Mischief: The Rock Daughters vs. Isaiah Mustafa & The Rock Father!

Since Isaiah Mustafa first graced television screens draped in a towel and delivering that now-iconic "Hello Ladies" back in 2010, I've been obsessed with his series of Old Spice commercials. Hundreds of millions of views (and parodies by MARVEL and SESAME STREET) later, I'm hardly alone - they're fantastic - so as a half-decade has since passed, I've looked forward to new commercials featuring Mustafa... and his nemesis, Terry Crews. As part of my own sometimes-bizarre life of adventure and things that are increasingly hard to explain at family gatherings, I was excited when Old Spice and Life of Dad asked me to partner with them to make a #Smellmitment to the brand. Sadly, they were not seeking to pit The Rock Father's mighty "keg" against the "six-pack" abs of Mustafa and Crews, but what they did get is something that few would've expected - that it would be one of The Rock Daughters™ that just might prove to be the undoing of both myself and the smooth-talking, horse-riding Isaiah. Timber, Swagger and Bearglove can help a gentleman improve their mansmells, with the choice being an important one - different scents for different gents. 

Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway: GUITAR HERO LIVE!

When news of GUITAR HERO LIVE first hit my inbox some months back, I could hardly believe that by the time the game hit stores this Fall, it would've already been five years since I reviewed the last installment of the popular music gaming franchise back in 2010. A lot has changed in the half-decade since, but GUITAR HERO is back on the map in a big way, and one of my Top Video Game picks for my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. With players new and old strapping on the plastic guitars to rock out once more, GUITAR HERO LIVE puts YOU in the center of the action - focusing on the feel of playing live in front of a crowd of thousands. I've rocked the stage in real-life, and playing GUITAR HERO LIVE makes me itch to get back out there... but for now, Activision and I are going to give you a chance to win the game for your choice of platform (Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360) - a great way to rock out this Holiday Season! Wanna see the game in-action? Check out the video of Lenny Kravitz and James Franco below...

Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway: VTech Kidizoom Action Cam

  • November 29, 2015
  • Published in Tech

When it comes to high-quality, innovative technology-based play for kids, I can't think of anyone that's released as much cool stuff over the past few years as VTech. Real-world functionality and durability is the hallmark of their Kidizoom line, and for 2015 the Kidizoom Action Cam makes my annual Holiday Wish Guide, a fitting follow-up to last year's excellent Kidizoom Smartwatch. We received a review sample back in August, and The Rock Daughters have been using it regularly to document the big world around them. It's the exact thing that I would've absolutely LOVED to have growing up - back in a time when I made movies with Super 8mm film and audio cassette tapes. Having a working video camera at a young age can inspire later pursuits (I speak first-hand on this), and in an age where grownups have their GoPro's, the Kidizoom Action Cam is the perfect thing for budding action filmmakers. In the spirit of the Holiday Season, VTech and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are giving you a shot at winning one of these for your own little Director! Wanna see how it works? Check out some footage shot by six-year-old Addie...

Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway: WWE Studios' SANTA's LITTLE HELPER

Last year, WWE Studios took a top rope leap into the Holiday Entertainment game with the release of JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 - a film that I was invited up to Vancouver to cover on-set. This year, they've once again partnered with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for another dose of Holiday Cheer - SANTA's LITTLE HELPER, starring WWE Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, WWE Diva Paige and AnnaLynne McCord. To celebrate the season, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is throwing down another Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway to get one lucky reader hooked up with a copy of this new Holiday Film!

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