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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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It's a pretty big week for Star Wars, and something tells me that there's still some more news yet to come. As folks continue to discuss the forthcoming Han Solo movie and its production set to continue under filmmaker Ron Howard, some attention is turning to the upcoming Star Wars Forces of Destiny, which will debut in animated form next week. Additionally, Star Wars Rebels' third season will be hitting Blu-ray this fall, and there's a new episode of The Star Wars Show that covers everything that I've just mentioned here... and then some. Ready to watch some videos? Here we go...

As we cross the mid-point in the year, it's roughly 180 days until Christmas. Indeed, the holiday season is a big deal here at Rock Father HQ, and over the years that spirit has made its way into the virtual pages of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine via my annual Holiday Wish Guide™, and my ongoing seasonal lists of new release holiday music and movies. With that comes one of 2017's first Christmas movies, and this one is a bit unexpected since it's from the BAD MOMS... a known favorite among readers and friends of the site. This November, get ready for A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS! See the "Red Band" (Restricted) trailer below! Believe me, it's naughty - so don't watch with the kids in the room. You have been warned, but there's a cleaner version here.

If you've read my "Coffee & Rock" features here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine, you already know that I do enjoy "a damn fine cup of coffee" on occasion... just like FBI Special Agent Dale Bartholomew Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan). With TWIN PEAKS' resident coffee aficionado back on the scene for a new limited series on Showtime, my friends at Entertainment Earth are bringing the character to life as the TWIN PEAKS Agent Cooper Bobble Head – Convention Exclusive, and they've teamed-up with yours truly to debut it! This new figure will make it's debut at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2017 in the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343)! Check out the full details below!

Tuesday, June 27 2017 10:51

Disney's VAMPIRINA Gets a Voice Cast...

One of our most-anticipated new animated series' makes its debut this fall, and that's VAMPIRINA - from Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee. Today Disney hit The Rock Father™ with news that James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek," What Would Diplo Do?") and Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls") will voice the roles of Vampirina's parents, Boris and Oxana Hauntley. Twelve-year-old Isabella Crovetti ("Colony") stars as the voice of Vampirina (aka Vee), a lovable young vampire girl, who is facing the joys and trials of being the new kid in town when her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. The series will debut on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and the Disney NOW App.

I'm a big fan of Greenlight Collectibles, particularly their Greenlight Hollywood Series (see my hands-on features here). They've been busy this summer, securing new licenses, and that means there's some new rides in the pipeline, including some that you wouldn't immediately think of - which makes these even more fun. After the recent announcement that they've teamed with Stephen J. Cannell Productions to produce diecast toys based on The Greatest American HeroHunter, Riptide and fan-favorite, The A-Team, today brings a double-dose of news involving new deals with Lionsgate and SONY Pictures Television.

Last year, I lucked out as my oldest daughter and I happened to be at Nintendo of America HQ outside of Seattle on the very day that the much-anticipated NES Classic was released. We were technically there for a project related to the 3DS system, but the folks at Nintendo were kind enough to set aside a stack of Classics for folks in our group to purchase. Fortunately, I did grab the Mini edition of the famed 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, as the $59.99 item was quickly hard-to-come-by, and resellers were charging hundreds. When news came that the system was discontinued this spring (after failing to meet demand), rumors swirled that something new was in the pipeline... a Mini Edition of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Yesterday, the SNES Classic Edition was officially announced, and it's hitting the streets on September 29, 2017 with an MSRP of just $79.99.

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