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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly 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 PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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While it hasn't "officially" been deemed a "reboot," the new trailer for Paramount Pictures' Bumblebee certainly looks to be a fresh start for the cinematic Transformers franchise. If it's not a reboot, it adds to a multitude of continuity errors and conflicting mythology that spawned from the five films under Michael Bay's direction... but if it is a reboot, it's got a solid chance to set up a new franchise that connects generations of fans by finally giving them what they've been asking for: G1 (Generation One) Transformers that actually look like the Hasbro toys and cartoons that audiences first fell in love with nearly 35 years ago. From director Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), check out the new trailer for Bumblebee below!

When it comes to hot holiday toy lists, you'd be hard-pressed to find one better than the one assembled by my friends at The Toy Insider in New York. Their annual Holiday Gift Guide helps gift-givers shop for kids by age, and as always there's the three big signature lists: The Toy Insider's Hot 20, Top Tech 12 and STEM 10. This year's guide will appear in print, included with the November issue of Family Circle magazine (on stands 10/9), and will feature more than 200 toys from more than 100 different manufacturers. An additional 170 toys can be found in the online version of the guide, representing nearly 200 toy companies in total. Check out the video below and a quick overview on some featured items below, then visit The Toy Insider for more great gift ideas!

Mickey Mouse is timeless, and as the iconic mouse prepares to celebrate his 90th birthday this November, a fantastic array of new products and collectibles keep rolling out. Funko has been rolling out a ton of items created in collaboration with the team at Disney Consumer Products, and one of the latest reveals is an exclusive with my friends at GameStop (affiliate). The Gamer Mickey Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure will hit stores on October 13th, presenting the main mouse in a familiar form for anyone who's ever spent some time playing console games online. With his backward baseball cap, gaming headset and controller in-hand, he's ready to rock! So what would Mickey be playing... Kingdom Hearts, perhaps?

Chicagoland friends - Get ready to celebrate Halloween early! Sony Pictures and The Rock Father™ Magazine invite you to join us for a special advance screening of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween! The screening will take place at 12pm on Sunday, October 7 at the Hollywood Blvd. Cinemas in Woodridge, Illinois. Hosted by yours truly, The Rock Father, kids are invited to wear costumes and get into the Halloween spirit. You must claim your FREE family 4-pack of tickets via the Sony Screenings website (while supplies last). Based on Scholastic's best-selling books by author R.L. Stine, Goosesbumps 2 brings Halloween to life in a whole new way! Check out the latest trailer below, and hopefully I'll see you on October 7th!

This #TeamJurassic  special feature is brought to you in collaboration with Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Dinosaurs have been a massive trend in pop culture and play this year, and at the summer box office that was extremely evident with the arrival of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, now available on Blu-Ray. The second chapter in the rebooted franchise took audiences back to the island once more - a place where Jurassic Park once stood with the intention of welcoming guests 25 years ago. Now, after the collapse of Jurassic World - a successful park build on the foundation of the original - Owen and Claire were back to save the dinosaurs from a second extinction… an adventure that left the island and has now come home.

This November, the long-awaited sequel to Walt Disney Animation Studios' Wreck-It Ralph arrives in theaters with the release of Ralph Breaks the Internet. Today comes the release of the final full trailer for the film alongside the theatrical poster. Check 'em out below, and stay tuned for some Ralph Breaks the Internet special features here on The Rock Father™ Magazine - including one that will arrive later today!

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