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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On April 1st, Comedy Central will premiere JO KOY: LIGHTS OUT. Two days later, on April 3, they'll release the uncensored DVD with footage not seen on the television version. Known for his frequent appearances on CHELSEA LATELY, Koy has released two preview clips, both of which can be viewed below.
On April 3, Comedy Central will release JB SMOOVE: THAT'S HOW I DOOZ IT, the first-ever stand-up comedy special from comedian JB Smoove. The uncensored DVD will feature footage not seen when the special aired on Comedy Central this past January. Check out a preview from the special in the widget below. Personally, I thought that JB was great on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM.
I never used to be a big fan of LISA LAMPANELLI, but I've really grown to like her based on THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE. Likely fueled by the mainstream exposure, Warner Bros is releasing EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFENDER: The Best Of Lisa Lampanelli on April 17th. The comedy album will be available on both CD and Digital formats, while Newbury Comics is offering autographed pre-orders. If you'd like a NSFW preview, check it out below.
While updating The Rock Father™ Facebook page tonight (please, go give me a ''like''), I happened across a post from the folks at Step2 that was too cool not to share. Previously ''retired'' in 2009, their Pedal Farm Tractor is back - revamped with a sleeker look and a smiley-face grill. The one question I had was quickly answered by a trip to their website - yes, they also have a trailer. I'm tempted... $79.99 for the tractor, while the trailer runs an additional $49.99. I'm picturing my daughter crusing around the vegetable garden on this right now while hauling some plants and her little garden tools in the back...
Judging from the hit-count on my blog posting yesterday that featured a 22-second snippet of a new SOUNDGARDEN song slated for inclusion on THE AVENGERS Soundtrack, I'd say interest in both the film and the band are pretty high. Well, earlier today, Disney sent over the full tracklisting for AVENGERS ASSEMBLE: Music From and Inspired by The Motion Picture. Additionally, The Rock Father has learned that the aforementioned SOUNGARDEN cut Live to Rise will be featured over the end credits of the film. Check out the full tracklisting and all the artists below.
I've been meaning to post this for about a week now, but it just kept getting pushed back until today. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist ZAKK WYLDE is indeed a Rock Father himself - just check out this home video of him singing I Thank You Child with his daughter. While that's certainly some compelling evidence, this recent trailer for his forthcoming book BRINGING METAL TO THE CHILDREN: The Complete Berzerker's Guide to World Tour Domination (out April 10 via HarperCollins) is just pure entertainment. I wish that my daughter's reading groups at the local library looked more like this. Take a look.