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, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly 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 PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, 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 the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.
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Toys "R" Us is teaming up with Macy's for the Holiday Season, placing pop-up stores in 24 Macy's locations. These Toys "R" Us Express-branded toy departments will be open from roughly from Oct. 15, 2012, to Jan. 15, 2013. Personally, I think this is a great move for Macy's, as their "toy departments" have been pretty weak for several years, especially since losing their FAO Schwarz-branded departments in 2009 - interestingly, after Toys "R" Us took over that company.
On November 25, 2015, just in-time for the 65th Anniversary of the debut of the PEANUTS comic strip and the 50th Anniversary of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, the iconic PEANUTS Gang will make their big-screen debut. Earlier today it was announced that Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have acquired rights to make a feature film based on the famous characters by the late Charles Schulz. As a Dad that has previously made special trips to Hallmark stores to acquire a plush SNOOPY for his daughter, you can bet that I'll be taking the munchkins to see this.
Heard any good stories about JASON ALDEAN lately? Rumor has it that he's been a popular guy for the gossip sites of late, but on the musical side of things, his new album, NIGHT TRAIN will be released next Tuesday (pre-order it on iTunes here). For those of you raising country babies (just remember what Waylon & Willie said: Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys) the folks over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have released LULLABY VERSIONS OF JASON ALDEAN, which hit stores today.
As a kid in the 80s, it was always kind of a thing that when October rolled around, you'd keep your eye out for the new Halloween "specials" that would land on TV just in time for the spooky season. It seemed that every year brought with it a new crop of self-contained stories that took place against a backdrop of fresh fall colors and pumpkin patches peppered with shades of orange and green. Whether it's age or reality, it doesn't seem that there's as many of those "specials" these days, but this year I found a new one that exists only in audio form.
With the November 2 release date of Walt Disney Animation Studios' WRECK-IT RALPH fast-approaching, the viral marketing is in full-swing. Today marks the arrival of this "vintage" 1982 Litwak's Arcade Commercial for "Fix-It Felix Jr. featuring Wreck-It Ralph." Check out the 8-bit goodness below. Will you be taking your kids to see WRECK-IT RALPH this November?
Since launching The Rock Father last year, I've had a few people ask me why I've never covered MONSTER HIGH. "You have daughters..." Yes. "You love monsters..." Yes. But quite simply, my daughters are a little young to fall into the target demographic for the popular line of Mattel toys, so not having them in the house (yet), they hadn't hit the site. That changes today with the release of MONSTER HIGH: GHOULS RULE, an original CGI movie released in partnership between Mattel and Universal Studios Home Entertainment.