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, 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. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix).
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, 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 Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.
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The past decade or so has been a rough one for STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. Guitarist Dean DeLeo, Bassist Robert DeLeo and Drummer Eric Kretz dealt with the increasingly erratic behavior of legendary frontman Scott Weiland, only to part ways and team-up with Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington. Then, all hopes for an original lineup reunion were crushed when Weiland died on tour with his solo band, with STP embarking on a search for a new frontman. Then Bennington died earlier this year, putting a particularly dark lineage on the vocal spot in the STP lineup. Now, after reviewing thousands of submissions and conducting in-person auditions, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS has emerged with a new singer... one from an unlikely place: Michigan. After making their refreshed live debut in Los Angeles this week, STP's first new music with frontman Jeff Gutt has arrived. Listen to "Meadow" below, and see if you agree with me that it's capturing the classic STP vibe while charging into a new era...
On June 1, 2018, Ryan Reynolds will return to the big screen, once again starring as Wade Wilson in 20th Century Fox's DEADPOOL 2. Now, ahead of Thanksgiving, the first official teaser has arrived in all of its Bob Ross glory. Nothing wrong with fresh powder and making friends with happy little trees, but you're gonna want to keep this one from the kids as language is an issue, and stuff does blow up good. Check it out... and beat this teaser like it owes you money.
Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler are hitting the road this season for a Christmas Tour, and before they head out, they're making sure that they're both on "The Naughty List." For the new holiday single, the duo has released a music video with a classic look taking inspiration from those old USO Christmas shows. The clip made its debut on Yahoo Music, and is now available for all to enjoy. Check out the video and tour dates below, and be sure to check out The Rock Father™ Magazine's Ultimate Guide to 2017's Holiday Music & Movies right here!
Red Bull Sound Select is currently in full-swing with their 30 Days in Chicago concert series, and today we've got a new documentary from the folks at Red Bull TV. This and Nothing More: Chicago's Hip Hop Scene is an intimate portrait of three people in the Chicago hip-hop scene -- an up-and-coming, about-to-break female artist (Ravyn Lenae), a influencer/curator (Andrew Barber) and a poet/educator (Kevin Koval) – who are committed to living their lives driven by and in pursuit of their one true passion, hip-hop. Check out the 30 minute documentary below...
We have officially entered holiday movie season - a time when families gather to share classic tales and traditions while experiencing new ones as well. I'm a big fan of Christmas movies in general, often citing Jingle All the Way as the greatest holiday film of all-time (really, it's just my favorite). Whatever your flavor, from A Christmas Story to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Elf or Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas, they all have a lineage that dates back to a classic tale... Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Now, the story of how that story came to be is coming to life in THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS, a new film opening in theaters everywhere on November 22, 2017.
To celebrate the release of the film and the launch of The Rock Father™ Magazine's annual Holiday Wish Guide™, we've teamed-up to give readers a shot at a Family Movies DVD Prize Pack that includes the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol starring George C. Scott, plus a pair of films featuring the stars of THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS - 2017's Beauty and The Beast (Dan Stevens) and 1965's The Sound of Music (Christopher Plummer)!
Over the past few years, drones have continued to dominate kids' holiday wish lists - not just children, mind you, but big kids (grownups) as well. One downside to the drone craze is that they tend to be pretty fragile, and breakage upon crash landing is a concern. But what if the drone was actually made to be crashed, with rebuilding intended to be part of the fun? That's where FlyBlocks comes into play, and to celebrate the launch of The Rock Father™ Magazine's annual Holiday Wish Guide™, we've teamed-up to give readers a shot at winning FlyBlocks' new 4-in-1 Build N' Fly Drone Kit! A perfect holiday gift, these retail for just $59.95, but you could win one, so check this out...