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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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Presented in collaboration between The Rock Father™ and Warner Bros. Pictures

On Friday, January 19, 2018, Warner Bros. Pictures presents 12 STRONG, a powerful new war drama from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media, and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Starring Chris Hemsworth (THOR, GHOSTBUSTERS) and Oscar Nominee Michael Shannon (REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, THE NIGHT BEFORE), 12 STRONG is a story of heroism based on true events that unfolded a world away in the aftermath of 9/11. To celebrate the film's release, Warner Bros. and The Rock Father™ are giving readers a chance to win a 12 STRONG Prize Pack including a Limited-Edition Sweatshirt and a $50 Fandango Gift Card!

Wicked Cool Toys 2018Wicked Cool Toys is hoping that you'll be ready to "catch 'em all," and by that we mean their new line of Pokémon products, set for debut at the 2018 International Toy Fairs in London, Nuremberg and New York.

As announced last May here on The Rock Father™ Magazine, WCT was awarded the Master Toy License from The Pokémon Company International for the globally popular Pokémon brand. Their fresh assortment will include a full line of action figures, plush, roleplay items, and other toys based on the hit Pokémon animated series, expected to arrive at retail locations in worldwide markets (excluding regions in Asia) in fall 2018.

As the Nintendo Switch enters its second year, families have been eager to see what's coming next. While we know that there's a hefty slate of new games on the horizon, one unexpected addition to the lineup will arrive on April 20, 2018 with the debut of Nintendo Labo, a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences "designed to inspire kids and those who are kids-at-heart." Having visited Nintendo HQ myself (twice), I've seen the archives of where Nintendo has been as a company, and they're touting this as being something that's  "building on the 129-year history of Nintendo, which is rooted in innovative entertainment and game-play experiences." I can see that, because Nintendo has never been afraid to smash the boundaries when it comes to their systems and controllers. Get ready to watch a little video and take a look at this...

As I've mentioned before, the accelerated release schedule of new Star Wars movies can lead to some problems when it comes to the logistics and distribution of new toys - particularly those that are assorted. While it seems like it's been better lately, new action figures from Star Wars: The Last Jedi are about to start running into a squeeze when Hasbro releases new product tied to Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story and the long-awaited return of their Star Wars: The Vintage Collection line. As they did with Rogue One, my friends at Entertainment Earth aim to help kids and collectors looking for the hard-to-find characters by bringing in a trio of exclusives to finish up The Last Jedi-branded run. From Hasbro's 3¾" Action Figure collection comes a First Order Flame Trooper, Resistance Pilot C'ai Threnalli and the Finn vs. Captain Phasma 2-Pack (with Finn in First Order disguise)! You won't find these at a store near you!

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, The Honda Accord, Volvo XC60 and the Lincoln Navigator were crowned as the winners of the 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards. Chosen by a panel of more than 60 jurors from print, online and broadcast media across the United States and Canada, votes were tallied confidentially by Deloitte LLP and remained sealed until they were announced this week by NACTOY officers, President Mark Phelan, Vice President Matt DeLorenzo and Secretary-Treasurer Lauren Fix at Cobo Center in Detroit.

As my closet (and wife) can attest to, I'm always on the lookout for interesting pop culture t-shirts, particularly those of the mash-up variety. Last night, one came across that's been out for awhile, but it's new to me, particularly since I've recently become a fan of Hamilton: An American Musical. My wife has been a massive fan for a few years now, but I didn't catch the bug until I we won the Hamilton ticket lottery and scored a pair of second-row seats for just $20(!) to see the show in Chicago last month. "My Shot" is an infectious groove, but like Alexander Hamilton, you know who else didn't want to throw away his shot? Greedo. Yes, the Rodian bounty hunter that met his end at the blaster of Han Solo in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Not familiar with Star Wars: A New Hope? You better start paying attention - this is what I found on TeePublic...

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