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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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Paramount Pictures is currently in-production on AMUSEMENT PARK, a 3D computer animated adventure comedy film set to be released on March 15, 2019. Produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies and Ilion Animation Studios, there hasn't been a ton of information released about the project since it's original announcement a few years back, sans the casting of Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey Tambor, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, and John Oliver, all of whom will lend their voice talents to the film under the direction of Dylan Brown. Today comes news that Paramount is confident that AMUSEMENT PARK will be a big hit, with the announcement of a full line of toys to support both the film, and its already-in-production spinoff television series that's headed for Nickelodeon.

Wednesday, January 03 2018 09:31

Scooby-Doo and Batman are Teaming Up Again...

Over the years, Batman has been known to team-up with Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang, a tradition that dates back to The New Scooby-Doo Movies of the early 1970s. In fact, I recall buying said episodes on VHS in the 1990s (I believe at a Suncoast or similar store in Chicago's Water Tower Place) as "Scooby-Doo Meets Batman & Robin." More recently, there was a 2011 episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold in which everyone came together in an homage to the stories from the 70s, but now they're back together again for an all-new movie. From Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics comes Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, arriving on DVD & Digital HD on January 9, 2018. Check out the trailer...

It's a new year, and as I write this right now, we're having extreme sub-zero temperatures here in northern Illinois. Pair that with the residue from the snow and salt, and our rides aren't looking too hot, and there's no good way to clean them until it warms up. Dreaming of warmer weather, I'm always thinking about shining up the cars, and there's always that goal of making them as "new car" fresh as possible. With that in mind, the folks at Meguiar's (check out their full product line on Amazon) have sent over a list of six helpful tips that can aid in keeping your new car looking and feeling like new longer, but are also great for freshening up an older ride as well. I've got the full rundown below, along with a quick look at the team that makes Meguiar's...

I should probably preface this by noting that this is not a joke. I generally steer clear of the pop culture snark here in the virtual pages of The Rock Father™ Magazine (most of the time, but not always), but there's times when these things practically write themselves. Each year, I think that the folks behind the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival could not possibly create a more "anti-me" lineup for their much buzzed-about two weekend event. Still, Goldenvoice manages to surprise me, and this year just might be the most anti-Rock Father™ edition of Coachella yet! Sure, they've had some fantastic artists play (Faith No More in 2010 being the pinnacle, but others such as Guns N Roses, Depeche Mode, Oasis, and Paul McCartney have played), but they consistently manage to package a lineup of artists so devoid of anything remotely interesting to me, I still manage to find surprise in how boring it is. It wasn't always this way, either. The early lineups were good, in many ways picking up the torch for Lollapalooza in the years were Lolla went dark*. But since about 2011 it's been downhill, with very little exception. Here's a look at 2018...

Back when the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was in its original run (I still have yet to acquire an SNES Classic Edition), JVC and Lucasarts released a trio of games based on the Original Star Wars Trilogy. Super Star Wars (1992), Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1993) and Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1994) rank among my favorite games for that system, and now there's a new video that recalls the excitement of those titles. From 16-bit animator John Stratman, here's Luke Skywalker facing off against Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi... in classic SNES style!

Is Kylo Ren's body a wonderland? Following the now-classic Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base SNL sketch in which it is touted that Kylo Ren "is shredded" and "has an eight pack," Adam Driver had the chance to show the goods in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Indeed, while some audiences (and Rey) were surprised to see a shirtless Kylo Ren hanging out on his First Order Star Destroyer,  others took note of his unusually high-waisted pants. One such viewer was John Mayer, and he rung in the new year by launching the #KyloRenChallenge on Instagram. As of this writing, there's over 1,043 participants on Instagram, proving that The Force is strong with those looking to show off what they've got. Don't want to see some skin? You can turn back now...

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