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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: First Trailer - CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR!

Well this is a pleasant surprise... tonight the first trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has arrived, giving audiences their first official look at the chaos that will hit screens on May 6, 2016. If the image of Captain America and The Winter Soldier viciously pummeling Iron Man sounds appealing - you're in luck. Tension between Cap (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has been brewing for awhile, and this is where it all boils over... and THE AVENGERS will be forced to choose a side. Check out the trailer and poster below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

Holiday Wish Guide: Meguiar's Car Care Products

When it comes to keeping your vehicle looking great, one needs look no further than Meguiar's. I've been using Meguiar's products since the mid-1990s, and with something for every level of automotive enthusiast from first-time car owners, to those with prized showroom-worthy collectible rides, there's something that's just right for any application. Featured in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide are three Meguiar's kits that make great gifts for any car lover on your Holiday list. 

Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Star Wars Special to re-air in Primetime...

The Force was with JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE last night, as the show drew its 4th-biggest-ever Monday night audience with appearances by the cast of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Jimmy welcomed Director J.J. Abrams and castmembers Harrison Ford with Chewbacca, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and R2D2. ABC will re-air JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: THE STAR WARS SPECIAL in primetime on Wednesday, November 25, at 10:00|9:00 CT on ABC. Check out a clip below...

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales heads for DVD...

It's seems a long way off, but on March 1, 2016, LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES will blast onto DVD. Collecting all five episodes of the recent Disney XD hit, DROID TALES presents a new telling of the first six episodes of the STAR WARS saga, re-told by C-3PO in anticipation of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Each DVD will include a set of exclusive trading cards. Check out full details and a new clip below!

Holiday Fashion: Outfits that SPARKLE & Gifts that WOW from Kohl's

With the Black Friday shopping week finally upon us, the end of the 2015 Holiday Shopping Season is already in sight - a green-and-red clad elf waving a festively-themed checkered flag at the finish line: December 25th. Family gatherings and the spreading of Holiday Cheer begins with Thanksgiving for us, and that means getting The Rock Daughters™ ready for all the photos and fun - and new Holiday Dresses are always a part of that. We're big Kohl's shoppers to begin with, and this year they've really gone all-in on the Holidays - increasing their toy selection  by 50%, and bringing families a fantastic selection of clothing, decor, gifts  and more. Our family headed for Kohl's to get the girls decked-out in their Holiday best, and (when they're behaving) trying on all the different possibilities is a huge part of the fun.

How I Almost Got Mugged in Chicago this Morning...

I dodged a bullet this morning,  figuratively speaking... but it could've turned literal. It's bothered me all day, as I really don't have a real answer of how I slid out of it.

Our family stayed at the Hyatt Place River North in Chicago last night - a special, semi-local getaway as part of a promotion that I've been working on with Chevrolet... a promotion that will bring some much-needed cheer to some families in-need this holiday season. Helping others is a large part of what I do, but that does not mean that I allow myself to be shaken down by the countless "homeless" thugs that have crept back into downtown Chicago - a societal blight that was largely eliminated under the leadership of Mayor Richard M. Daley, and one that has made a swift return under the reign of Rahm Emanuel. As a kid in the 80s, Chicago was often a big, scary city - a dirty, unfriendly place with danger lurking around every corner. As I grew into adulthood, the City changed - the place got cleaned up, and it became bright, lively and clean. You could walk around Downtown and feel safe. In 2015, safety is a memory. That became 100% clear to me this morning.

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