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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.
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: The Vintage Collection Grand Moff Tarkin - 101 Days to Go...

Grand Moff Tarkin. When the first STAR WARS was released in 1977, not much was known about this member of the Imperial Forces... but it sure seemed like he had Darth Vader at his disposal. In 2015, audiences are getting to know more about Tarkin through STAR WARS REBELS, but the way the character was originally - and villainously - inhabited by actor Peter Cushing will always be remembered. This veteran actor of the Hammer Films' horror series brought his menace to a galaxy far, far away, and would've turned 102, had he lived to see today. Peter Cushing was born on May 26, 1913, and his entry into the Hasbro Force Friday Countdown Calendar celebrates THE VINTAGE COLLECTION action figure of Grand Moff Tarkin that was released in 2012. Up top, the calendar is pictured here at Rock Father HQ, flanked by his earlier, POWER OF THE FORCE figure.

PEANUTS Summertime Giveaway! Win a Cool Prize Pack featuring Target-Exclusive PEANUTS Items!

PEANUTS Brand AmbassadorIt's a huge year for PEANUTS, as the iconic characters from Charles M. Schulz celebrate their 65th anniversary - a year that will be capped-off by the release of  the first-ever 3D CGI Peanuts feature film, THE PEANUTS MOVIE, from Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox. To get that PEANUTS vibe rolling for the summer, the folks at Target commissioned their design team to create a full line of exclusive Summertime PEANUTS products - over 100 items in all! Now, as a PEANUTS Worldwide Brand Ambassador, I'm giving all of YOU a chance to win a special PEANUTS Summertime Prize Package that includes a Paddle Ball game featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock; a Jumbo Flying Disc emblazoned with Snoopy himself; a Snoopy Sippy Cup; and the massive Snoopy Ride-On Pool Float!

The Greatest 80s Action Film of All-Time is Coming to the El Rey Network... on Thursday

KUNG FURY just may be the greatest action movie of the 1980s to be made in 2015. Written by, Directed by, and Starring DAVID SANDBERG, the crowd-funded epic will have it's Global Premiere this Thursday, May 28, 2015, with Robert Rodriguez' El Rey Network handling the broadcast duties. Featuring KNIGHT RIDER's DAVID HASSELHOFF as Hoff 9000, and THE LONELY ISLAND's JORMA TACCONE as Kung Führer, this Thursday evening just got a whole lot crazier...

Preview: Disney Infinity 3.0 STAR WARS: TWILIGHT OF THE REPUBLIC Play Set!

As we approach the halfway mark of the year, 2015 is looking like a fantastic year for media, with the best titles yet to come. When it comes to games, one of the biggest on my most-anticipated list is the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition... aka the STAR WARS edition. Today comes a fresh look at one of the three STAR WARS Play Sets to be released for the game this year, STAR WARS: TWILIGHT OF THE REPUBLIC. Developed by Ninja Theory, in partnership with Avalanche Software, the game is set to deliver "an authentic family-friendly STAR WARS game experience with an enhanced combat system."

SENSES FAIL Gets a New Lullaby Collection from Sparrow Sleeps...

If you read THE ROCK FATHER regularly (and I sure hope that you do), then you already know that there's a ton of great family music out there that escapes the mainstream radar. For the youngest rockers, that music often skews toward lullabies based upon the works of popular artists - an increasingly busy field dominated by a few companies of note, such as my friends at Roma Music Group and their massive library of Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star titles. While the "bigger" artists get lullabied regularly (sometimes by multiple labels), the folks at Sparrow Sleeps are focusing on a more niche market, with the subjects of their work often involved in the release of these nursery-friendly counterparts. Casey Cole and Peter Lockhart describe themselves as "two midwestern guys with pop-punk fueled hearts," and that shows through their releases, which lullaby fan favorite tracks from artists such as MXPX, THRICE, HOT ROD CIRCUIT and CARTEL. Today comes their latest release, THE CRIER - lullaby renditions of your favorite SENSES FAIL songs.

TURBO FAST: SEASON ONE Races to DVD!

It's hard to believe that I've been writing about DreamWorks Animation's TURBO for two years already, but here we are - and the Netflix Original Series spawned by the feature film is coming to DVD for the very first time. TURBO FAST: SEASON ONE, from the creators of TURBO, races home on June 2 in a three-disc collection from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, bringing with it over 9-hours of high-octane action with the world’s fastest snail and his Fast Action Stunt Team as they put their elite skills to the test against all-new opponents on and off the track. Check out the full episode listing below...

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