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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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Watch Now! STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS - Official Teaser

This will be a day long remembered. While I was out doing some Black Friday shopping for good (more on that later), I caught my first glimpse at the glorious teaser for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS via the reflective screen of some guy's phone. Now that I've seen it? As if I needed my arm twisted before, this lifelong STAR WARS enthusiast is completely in on that action. Take a trip back to Tatooine, fire up the speeder, crank up the sound and press play on this right now...

FROZEN Turns One - Here's the Five Best ROCK Cover Versions of "Let It Go" and a Look Back

Given how big a Global cultural phenomenon it's become, it's almost hard to imagine that it was just one year ago today - November 27, 2013 - that Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN first hit theaters. A year out, and FROZEN has officially toppled Barbie to be the biggest doll line (with MONSTER HIGH close behind), has inspired countless YouTube videos, parodies and tributes - and has managed to sell over three million Elsa dresses (at least one to me). Out of all the films I could've done a press trip for, I was fortunate to be included in the group of writers to visit Walt Disney Animation Studios to help promote the first home video release of FROZEN earlier this year, and now seems like a perfect time to do a recap - this being the first anniversary of the forever-classic - along with five of the best ROCK cover versions of "Let It Go," the iconic song that has made Idina Menzel a household name. Ready to "Let It Go" again?

Preview: Check out a Clip from Nickelodeon's SANTA HUNTERS...

This Friday (November 28) at 7pm ET/PT, the SANTA HUNTERS are coming to Nickelodeon. This all-new original TV movie stars Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores Jr. and Breanna Yde of THE HAUNTED HATHAWAYS, along with Mace Coronel  (NICKY RICKY DICKY DAWN) as kids who've perhaps gone a little bit too far in their quest to prove that Santa Claus is real. The folks at Nickelodeon sent over a clip, and I've got it for you below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

Watch: The Trailer for George Lucas' STRANGE MAGIC Arrives...

Now this is exciting, sort of a throwback vibe when you don't hear much about a movie and then BAM! - the trailer hits, and it's just a couple of months away. Such is the case with STRANGE MAGIC, the new film from STAR WARS creator George Lucas, bringing to life a new world of goblins, elves, fairies and imps inspired by A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (TOY STORY TOONS" HAWAIIAN VACATION) from a story by Lucas himself, the voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare. Check out the trailer and photos below...

Preview: PBS KIDS' Holiday Programming Kick-off starts this week!

PBS KIDSIt's a BIG week for PBS KIDS, as the Holiday season officially launches on November 26th with the perennial favorite, CURIOUS GEORGE: A Very Monkey Christmas on PBS stations nationwide. It also marks the long-awaited debut of ODD SQUAD, the all-new live-action math series for kids, along with gearing-up for holiday-themed episodes from favorites like PEG + CAT, THOMAS & FRIENDS, DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD and more in the weeks ahead. Check out the full programming rundown and previews below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

Holiday Wish Guide: Collector’s Edition Hess Toy Truck

Holiday 2014I've written about the Hess Toy Truck several times here on THE ROCK FATHER, but since it's been an East Coast tradition, we never owned one until earlier this year when we were out in Pennsylvania and managed to score a Hess Miniature Truck at a Hess Express location. The Hess Toy Trucks have always been fascinating to me since they're a true American classic - launched in 1964 as an affordable, high-quality toy - and one that's become a phenomenon loved by families and collectors alike. This year, they've taken the trucks online, and in honor of the Hess Toy Truck’s 50th anniversary, Hess Corporation has released the first-ever Collector’s Edition Hess Toy Truck, an individually numbered tanker truck with a replica of the original 1964 tanker trailer inside. Thanks to the folks at Hess, we now have one - and I'm including this as a must-have in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide. Just look at how beautiful this is... packed with play features and more than 100 working LED lights...

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