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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, 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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Black Friday is behind us, and that means we're rolling full-steam ahead into Cyber Monday and Cyber Week! To celebrate, The Rock Father™ and Friends are co-hosting the #GameStopCyberMonday Twitter Party - Powered by PowerA!

As the holiday gifting is on everyone's mind, those looking for something new and exciting for little ones ages 18 months-5 years should check out this fresh spin on the classic push/foot-to-floor vehicle. The Simplay3 My Buddy and Me SUV transforms from child's push car to kid's ride-on with patented 180° floor rotation. The best part is that this ride is designed for two children, solving a problem we once had when our girls were smaller - no more fighting to get in since it's designed for two to ride! A 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™ Pick, the My Buddy and Me SUV is available in red or blue, and makes a perfect WOW gift for little ones that are ready to rock the road (the sidewalk). Simplay3 Black Friday Cyber Weekend Sale: Use Code GIFT10 for 10% Off + Free Shipping at Simplay3.com through 11/26/2018

I've written so many articles in the past year and a half where I've referenced things that I saw at the D23 Expo in Anaheim back in the summer of 2017 that I've lost count. But the BIG one - the one that everyone was talking about - was the "circle of life" teaser that filmmaker Jon Favreau presented from his reimagining of THE LION KING. In one sense it's the latest in the string of live-action updates to the classic Disney animated film catalog, but how do you call something "live-action" when everything on screen is a digital creation? It's astonishing how far we've come, and if you thought The Jungle Book was spectacular, just wait until you see what's embedded below... the very first teaser for Disney's THE LION KING.

In Walt Disney Animation Studios' Ralph Breaks the Internet, the Oh My Disney Princess scene (which I went behind-the-scenes of here) is one buzzed-about moment that's had people talking for months (SPOILER ALERT: The Disney Princesses are rather important in the grand scheme of things). Of course, many kids (and some grownups) have left the theater with a desire to own the Disney Princesses, and from Funko's Rock Candy line comes a collection of must-have vinyl figures that are going to be pretty well-wished-for this holiday season. Seven of them can be ordered via my friends at Entertainment Earth, while some of the others are retail exclusives to Target and others. Check this out...

When it comes to holiday specials, Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas has always ranked among my favorites - one that I'd eagerly await seeing each year when HBO would get around to airing it again... those primitive years before home video really caught on. Despite numerous releases on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray over the years, the soundtrack never got a proper release, and that's left fans like myself a little bit bummed. Paul Williams is a legend, having penned the Academy Award-nominated song "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie, "Evergreen" from A Star Is Born and many other #1 hits (he was also Little Enos in Smokey and the Bandit) and his music from Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas has been fueling singalongs for over 40 years. Now, just in time for the 2018 holiday season, the world premiere release of the soundtrack has finally taken place and Varèse Sarabande Records and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to give you a chance to win the all-new CD!

GreenLight Collectibles has been expanding in recent years, locking-down new licenses as they continually roll out new, authentic diecast vehicle replicas. Now they've inked a deal with Turtle Wax to develop a new line of collectibles ahead of the brand’s 75th anniversary celebration.

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