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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 and 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, 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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By now it should be no secret that I do love the Lexus brand, most recently piloting the GX460 here at Rock Father HQ.  The "F" performance brand has been a big part of that (I love the F Sport models), and since 2008, Lexus has made it a goal that "each vehicle with an "F" badge would set new standards for Lexus performance and help redefine the brand for a new generation of customers." Now comes word that the next chapter will begin in The Windy City, with the introduction of the 2018 Lexus GS F and 2018 RC F 10th anniversary special editions that will be displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

Tuesday, February 06 2018 19:36

More Graboids? Indeed, the TREMORS are Back...

I personally lost track of the TREMORS timeline some years back, but I know that Michael Gross has been fighting the Graboids for nearly 30 years. There was recent word that a TREMORS TV Series (yes, there was one some years back) was headed for SyFy, but now comes the trailer and release plan for the sixth feature film in the series. TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL is arriving on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand on May 1, 2018 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Check out the trailer below...

The news first slipped out in Canada a week or so ago following a few toys that showed up at Hong Kong Toy Fair, but now it's officially official: MASSIVE MONSTER MAYHEM is getting a toy line, and it's coming from Alpha Group, the folks behind Super Wings and Screechers Wild. DHX Brands has named Alpha Group as the master licensee, promising "larger-than-life" inflatable role-play toys and dress up items as well as action figures, radio control toys, plush and board games inspired by the action-packed Nickelodeon series. After making its US debut on Nicktoons, the series just got a "massive" pick-up, with Nickelodeon International rolling it out in over 140 countries.

Sometimes I think that I could easily just run a full-blown Star Wars fan site, as there's so much news happening right now. These past few years have been exciting times to be a Star Wars fan, and while some very vocal folks in the online world have found recent offerings divisive, there's unlimited potential for stories yet to be told on-screen that can all exist within "a galaxy far, far away." Today it was announced that "a new series of films" is being developed by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. This new series will be separate from the episodic "Skywalker Saga," and from Rian Johnson's recently-announced new trilogy. 

Don't play this with the kids around. Also, unless you work somewhere cool, you can probably consider this NSFW (not-safe-for-work) as well. Those helpful tips out of the way, today brings a third trailer for MGM's DEATH WISH remake, and this time around the Eli Roth-directed action flick is getting the GRINDHOUSE treatment. With a new, 70's-style trailer that recalls the 2007 Tarantino/Rodriguez collaboration to which Roth contributed the infamous "Thanksgiving," you can see the splatter-iffic action below. Again, don't show it to the kids. There's brains involved. 

It's the smallest gap ever between Star Wars movies - a December release for Star Wars: The Last Jedi followed by the "standalone" Solo: A Star Wars Story less than six months later. While we know that Lucasfilm doesn't like to market their films on top of one another, it's almost unheard of to debut a first-look just four months ahead of a new release, but that's exactly what's happened here... and I don't mind it. During Super Bowl LII, many (like myself) weren't tuning in to see the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England Patriots - they were tuning in for the rumored first-look at footage from Solo. That was a promise quickly delivered on, and with that 45-second teaser came another one... "Trailer Tomorrow." That day has come, and after a debut on Good Morning America, here's the full teaser trailer for Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story!

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