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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, Commentator, Adventurer and Raconteur. 

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers.

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

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, has been quoted in BusinessWire, CNN and Babble, in addition to making appearances on ABC News, WGN and more. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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It's a complicated arrangement that made it possible for Spider-man to finally enter the MARVEL Cinematic Universe with an appearance in this year's Captain America: Civil War - one that paved the way for next year's Spider-Man: Homecoming. The interesting thing is that this next "solo" outing (which we've learned is partially a team-up with Iron Man) is a SONY picture created in partnership with MARVEL Studios (Disney) - and with actor Tom Holland in the suit, we're into the third big-screen Spider-Man of this century. I often wonder if casual moviegoers understand all the "hows" and "whys" of all of this superhero-switching, but as the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming has shown us tonight, this may be the most comic-accurate version we've ever seen, and one that looks to really bring Spidey into the universe that he so rightfully should be a part of. Check this out...

This Fall, the "Mane 6" from Hasbro's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic television series returned to the digital realm in Backflip Studios' new high-definition match-3 puzzle game, MY LITTLE PONY: PUZZLE PARTY. Available for both iOS and Android, the game features hundreds of pony puzzle adventures and the real voices of the "Mane 6." In the game, players join Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Pinkie Pie as they use their unique “pony power-ups” to master magical levels throughout Equestria. To celebrate the game and the holiday season, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and Hasbro have teamed-up for a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway in which three readers will receive some fantastic MY LITTLE PONY: PUZZLE PARTY Prize Packs!

"A Physician-Musician on a Mission" - that's how Kenny Davin Fine quickly describes himself, the truth being that the singer-songwriter, medical doctor, and spiritual Journeyman may take the term "multi-hyphenate" to new and unexpected levels. With his new album, Brand New Road available now, he's got a collection of country, rock and blues ready to be heard, but also a message of "Finer Health" - not just for grownups, but for kids, too! To celebrate the new album, Dr. Fine has teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER Magazine to offer a special Prize Pack featuring his signature "Dr Blueberry" Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberries from The Organic Alternative, plus his new album and his previous children's record!

While he'll soon be stepping into a galaxy far, far away as he prepares to take over the role of Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming Han Solo STAR WARS Story, Donald Glover is currently in full-on music mode as Childish Gambino. Today comes a preview of his Music x Technology collaboration with Microsoft and Wolf + Rothstein - PHAROS, a virtual reality experience, which will be available in early 2017 following the vinyl release of his new album, Awaken, My Love (the record is already out on CD/Digital). A PHAROS VR performance of "Me and Your Mama" has been issued on YouTube, and is best enjoyed with the companion app (available for iOS and Android)

Wednesday, December 07 2016 08:12

A BreakFEAST for the Ho-Ho-Holidays...

Brought to you by Hungry Jack. THE ROCK FATHER is a proud Hungry Jack  Brand Ambassador.

Now that my favorite season is behind us (see ya next year, Fall!), we’re past the speed bump of Thanksgiving and racing full-steam-ahead toward the checkered flag that joyously waves upon the end of the Holiday season here at Rock Father HQ - Christmas. No matter what you choose or choose not to celebrate, the cold that December brings is always a great reminder of warm times spent with family - a chance to cozy up in the comforts of home, with great times and great meals. Around these parts, it’s no secret that breakfast is my favorite meal, and whether I cook for the family on a weekend morning, or break from tradition by doing mid-week breakfast-for-dinner, I try to make it a BreakFEAST by serving up Hungry Jack Pancakes and Waffles, but also letting everyone warm-up a bit with their favorite syrups.

When it comes to play kitchens, The Step2 Company has been the go-to source for fun and innovated models for years. This year they upped the game, releasing the modern Grand Luxe Kitchen to the assortment, but they've also done something completely different... and it's inspired by the sewers of New York City. The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Pizza Kitchen is the kind of pizzeria that Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael would consider totally rad! There's a pizza oven, a "pop" (or "soda," depending on where you live) machine, electronic stove top burner, mini-fridge and more - along with all the accessories a kid could possibly need to serve up some TMNT-style pie. As a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, I've teamed up with my friends at Step2 to give you a shot at winning one!

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