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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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Revenge of the Fifth: Watch ALLEGAEON Guitarist Greg Burgess Play a full STAR WARS Suite on Classical Guitar...

While STAR WARS Day is officially over, a lot of people like to carry things into May 5th each year by switching "May the Fourth Be With You" into "Revenge of the Fifth," so let's roll with that for a second. My boys from PRODUCT OF HATE (NAPALM Records) recently wrapped their first North American Tour, which found them on the road with ALLEGAEON (Metal Blade). Since the tour wrapped, ALLEGAEON guitarist Greg Burgess has been posting some pretty impressive one-take videos on Facebook, and yesterday's found him celebrating STAR WARS Day with a full suite of John Williams' famous score pieces performed on classical acoustic guitar. There's the "STAR WARS Main Title (Theme)," "Binary Sunset," "Cantina Band," "Imperial March," "Parade of the Ewoks," and the "Throne Room/End Title" in there. Check it out..

Seat Belt Safety: Getting Tweens to Buckle Up...

Seat Belt SafetyWhile our girls are still pretty young, we already face some occasional issues with getting them strapped-in and making sure that they stay buckled-up whenever we're in the car - even when parked at the bus stop. Word on the street is that tweens (ages 8-14) can be the worst when it comes to this, and the bottom line is that being buckled-up is a non-negotiable. In fact, I can tell you from experience that one of my best friends was killed five years ago when he was thrown from a vehicle after failing to wear his seat belt. I think about that every day, and as a parent, it's extremely frustrating when the little ones don't listen, and that's why the Ad Council is reminding families that parents and grownups are the #1 influence for children when it comes to seat belt safety. Regardless of how bad they may want to fight you, never give up until they buckle up.

Star Wars Day: The Toys "R" Us Wookiee Gunship LEGO Build...

With Star Wars Day falling on a Monday this year, the folks at Toys "R" Us got their action going a day early (Sunday, May 3) with a special LEGO build in which kids were able to build and take home a miniature LEGO STAR WARS Wookiee Gunship and an exclusive comic book - both completely free. While TRU has been doing cool in-store events for awhile, this is just a small piece of a larger initiative that looks to get families into the stores and build excitement for the forthcoming release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS this December. We attended at our local store yesterday, and while Addie was completely into the LEGO build, both girls enjoyed seeing their old friend, Geoffrey, and Little Miss Finley was really digging the larger-scale STAR WARS figures by JAKKS Pacific... greeting each one, which is something she's done on each of our past few TRU visits. Take a look...

Star Wars Day: "Legendary Chewbacca" Comes to Build-A-Bear Workshop...

There have been a lot of different plush versions and variations on Han Solo's faithful Wookiee companion, Chewbacca over the years, but what Build-A-Bear Workshop has unveiled today just may be the cutest ever. Revealed for Star Wars Day 2015, "Legendary Chewbacca" is an 18" plush character with electronic sounds. Available in-stores on July 24, 2015, Build-A-Bear Workshop is now accepting online pre-orders, with the promise that orders will ship prior to the in-store street date. Take a peek, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

Star Wars Day: TeeFury TwoFury pits Boba Fett vs. BB-8

For STAR WARS Day 2015, the crew over at TeeFury are pitting a Bounty Hunter against a brand-new Droid. It's a TwoFury with The Real Bounty Hunter (featuring Boba Fett) by jmlfreeman versus BeeBee-Ate (featuring THE FORCE AWAKENS loveable new droid, BB-8) by Captain Ribman. Both shirts are available for just 24 hours, and they start at just $11 a piece. Check 'em out below, and be sure to order yours exclusively at the TeeFury website...

Giveaway: Win a STAR WARS New Era Cap, Metal Earth Model Kit and SW X-Wing Miniatures Game!

Is The Force strong with you? Think you have the power to turn the tables... to bend the odds into your favor? Han Solo said to "never tell" him the odds, so we won't get into that except to say that "many will enter, few will win" (actually, just one), because in honor of the recent release of The STAR WARS Digital Movie Collection, I'm giving you a chance to win three cool items that arrived here from The Walt Disney Studios and were featured in my special edition of UNBOXED last month. From STAR WARS Day (May 4, 2015) through May 18, readers will have chances to score a cool STAR WARS prize pack featuring nearly $100 of prizes from a galaxy far, far away!

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