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, 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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From the North American International Auto Show in Detroit comes news that the 2019 Jeep® Cherokee has officially made its debut. FCA hit The Rock Father with the official announcement and full specs on the new mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV), boasting a new and "more premium design," along with the addition of an all-new, advanced 2.0-liter direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine that enhances performance and fuel efficiency. Check out the reveal video below (starts around 3:32)...

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Hyundai has unveiled the all-new 2019 Veloster Turbo and its high-performance counterpart, Veloster N.  While Veloster Turbo and Veloster N do not arrive in U.S. showrooms until later this year (second quarter 2018 for Veloster Turbo and fourth quarter 2018 for Veloster N), gamers can get behind the virtual wheel much sooner, as both cars will join the official roster of drivable vehicles in Forza Motorsport 7 for Xbox and Windows 10. Both cars become available in-game as part of a free downloadable content pack on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Check out a video preview below!

It's a fascinating story, and one that's baffled many throughout the years - what happened to the two original Ford Mustangs GT Fastbacks used in the filming of Steve McQueen's 1968 film, BULLITT? Many thought that at least one of them met with the crusher, and the fate of the other was more murky, with many claiming to have had it over the years. But in 2017, the truth was revealed that both still existed, but the most iconic of the two was the hero car, and now it's back. To help launch the 2019 Ford Mustang  BULLITT, the original car was brought together with it's modern counterpart, but there's a hell of a story about to be told...

On January 19, 2018, the Trolls obsession continues with a new Netflix Original Series from the crew at DreamWorks. Trolls: The Beat Goes On! picks up where the big-screen film left off, bringing a new series of colorful adventures and magical song to kids and families around the world. There are some changes to the Trolls this time around, but it tends to be the stuff that parents and hardcore fans (and trust me, Trolls has a growing legion!) will notice far before the kids do. Following both the film and recent Trolls Holiday Special, Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake step aside as Poppy and Branch (don't worry, they'll be back for Trolls 2 when it hits theaters in 2020) with Amanda Leighton (The Powerpuff Girls, This is Us) and Kendrick's Pitch Perfect co-star Skylar Astin (Wreck-It Ralph) stepping into those roles. But what if... hypothetically, it was yours truly voicing Branch instead of Skylar or Justin? Let's find out...

Disney•Pixar’s COCO is one of our favorite films of 2017, and now comes word that it's coming home. Coco arrives home Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere on Feb. 13, and on 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand on Feb. 27. Already a fixture here at Rock Father HQ (our oldest is taking lessons at Guitar Center on her Cordoba x Coco guitar. Check out all the details about Coco's in-home release below!

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo just hit Rock Father™ HQ with official word that Detective Pikachu, is going Global as a new video game scheduled to release exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems both digitally and at retail on March 23, 2018. A version of the title was released two years ago as a Japan-only e-Shop exclusive, and has since been announced as a live-action feature film set to star Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, Waiting) in the title role via motion capture. Check out a preview of the new game below...

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