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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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As the Fidget Spinner craze continues to grow, it's pretty incredible to see just how fast a host of products have hit the market, many of which have dubious levels of safety and quality. With so many options appearing everywhere from major retailers to gas stations and street corners, the folks at The Toy Association have served-up some tips, as they urge caution and stress safety when it comes to the polarizing little gadgets. Considering a Fidget Spinner or already have one in your home? Here's some things to think about... 

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Lexus in general, so I was excited to drive the 2017 CT 200h F SPORT when it arrived here at Rock Father HQ some weeks back. Packing Lexus style and F SPORT performance into a small, hatchback package, the immediate draw of the CT 200h is that it's a hybrid - a fuel-efficient, gas-powered luxury vehicle that carries a combined fuel economy of 42mpg. 

In my adventures over the years, I've had the opportunity to drive a lot of different vehicles. What I've come to realize is that I'm definitely a "car guy" - meaning that I have little interest in motorcycles, and a limited knowledge of trucks. That doesn't mean that I haven't driven them, as I've been behind the wheel of many, but surprisingly it's full-size pickup trucks that have largely eluded me. That's just one reason why I was so intrigued by the chance to get behind the wheel of the 2017 Toyota Tundra Limited Double Cab - a full-size pickup, and a ride that feels just gigantic compared to what I'm used to. The quick take? I loved it.

Netflix Stream TeamNintendo is going through a renaissance right now. The Nintendo Switch is an excellent game system and an even better experience, continuing to win fans as The Legend of Zelda and Mario are once again bringing generations together. Last Fall, the NES Mini Classic Edition arrived, fast-becoming a sought-after collectible that was hard to get, yet great to play - a perfect way for kids of my generation to introduce 30 classic games to kids of our own. Though it was quickly discontinued ("never meant to be a long-term item" is the reason), rumors persist that an SNES Classic Edition is lurking down the road. Beyond gaming itself, I've previously written about the deep gaming content available on Netflix, and on July 7, that world expands with the debut of the Netflix Original Series CASTLEVANIA. Thanks to the NES Classic, I've introduced the game to my girls... but now it's time to go bigger into the legend of the Belmont clan, and even the first teaser involves blowing into a classic NES cartridge. Check this out...

It is officially 5-25-17, and that means that STAR WARS is officially 40 years old! To celebrate, the cast of HAMILTON stopped by the Lucasfilm campus at Skywalker Ranch this week to sing "Happy Birthday" to the iconic film franchise. But that's not all! For the 50th episode of The Star Wars Show, the crew over at StarWars.com have thrown down some new details about Rian Johnson's upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in addition to sitting down with Timothy Zahn (no relation), the creator of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Check it out below...

Like the PAW Patrol, the folks at Nickelodeon are on a roll! The network sent over details on new seasons for four of their most popular series, each renewed for another year - and all four of which have scored big right here at Rock Father HQ. A fifth season of PAW Patrol, a fourth season of Shimmer and Shine and second seasons of Rusty Rivets and Nella the Princess Knight are all part of the network’s largest preschool content pipeline ever of returning hit shows and new series for the 2017-2018 season. Check out all the details below!

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