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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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Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway - Win HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 on Blu-ray Combo Pack!

Holiday 2014One of this year's hottest family movies, DreamWorks Animation's HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is flying home for the holidays on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy takes audiences back to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago! A prime addition to my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER, I've teamed up with Fox to offer readers a chance to win a copy of the Blu-ray combo pack! 

31 Days of Halloween: TRICK OR TREAT - A New Short Film starring UNIVERSAL MONSTERS Select Action Figures

Diamond Select Toys makes some of the coolest collectibles out there right now (we have some here at HQ), among them a line of action figures based off of the iconic Universal Monsters. This year, animator Alex Kropinak (MARVEL.com's "What The...?!" series) has brought the figures (sculpted by Gabriel Marquez, Rudy Garcia and Jean St. Jean) to life in their first-ever animated short using a combination of stop-motion photography and computer graphics. Behold the horror below as the Mummy, the Wolfman, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein's Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Metaluna Mutant star in TRICK OR TREAT!

31 Days of Halloween: POPPY CAT - "The Halloween Woods" (Sprout) #PoppyCatUS

Poppy CatTHE ROCK FATHER is a paid member of the POPPY CAT U.S. Network...

The second season of POPPY CAT kicks-off tomorrow on Sprout, and with a seasonally-spiced theme, a preview of "Halloween Woods" lands here on THE ROCK FATHER for Day 24 of my annual 31 Days of Halloween. We checked out an advance of the episode this week (it's super-cute), and you could say that it was sort of inspiring for us, as the girls requested that Daddy draw them a Poppy Cat... so I did, entirely out of crayon...

Out this Weekend: 23 BLAST Brings an Incredible True Story to the Screen...

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I've never been one to keep quiet the fact that I'm not a football fan (putting it politely). While I massively outgrew the game that consumes so many on a professional level each and every Sunday during this time of year, I have enjoyed a number of football-based movies over the years - films like WILDCATS (1986), NECESSARY ROUGHNESS (1991) and ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (1999). This year comes a new addition to my short list with 23 BLAST (Rated PG-13), an uplifting indie about tackling impossible challenges and finding hope where it seems there is none. In theaters this weekend, I caught an early look at the film and am highlighting it here on THE ROCK FATHER for your consideration...

31 Days of Halloween: BUTCHER BABIES - "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!"

Back in 1966, Napoleon XIV released a sonic oddity called "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" - a song that has often emerged during the Halloween season as a bizarre addition to the spooky, seasonal playlist. While it's popularity has dwindled over the years, the BUTCHER BABIES have brought it back for 2014, metalizing it for their recent covers EP, UNCOVERED (released via Century Media). For 31 Days of Halloween this year, I'm adding it to the playlist, fueled by the release of their new, slasher-eque music video. See it below, but don't show the kids!

For Grownups: BREAKING BAD Action Figures Pulled by TOYS "R" US, but Here's How to Get 'Em!

I have never seen an episode of BREAKING BAD, but stories like this make me want to dig in on Netflix. "Florida Mom" Susan Schrivjer of Fort Myers raised all kinds of trouble this past week, going after Toys "R" Us (a store I love, despite their reward program being... not very rewarding) for carrying Mezco's BREAKING BAD action figures in their "adult collectibles" section. In a lot of ways, TRU is much akin to this very site - carrying toys "for all ages," kids to grownups alike. There's a HUGE market for "adult collectibles," and just this past week I spotted the aforementioned figures on the pegs while I was checking out Diamond Select's new Minimates based on Kevin Smith's CLERKS. After a back-and-forth in the media, Toys "R" Us has pulled the figures, and the $15-$30 toys are now fetching $100+ on the secondary market. If you were hoping to score a set, be patient, as specialty retailers like my associates at Entertainment Earth will soon be well-stocked with all the BREAKING BAD characters that you're looking for - including exclusives that even TRU didn't have.  

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