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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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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!

This article has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CheckYourPetFood #CollectiveBias

The Rock Father with his dog Harry

Before they opened a new store that's conveniently less than five minutes from Rock Father™ HQ, one thing that I really admired about Meijer was their pet department. In a lot of ways, it always felt more like a pet store than a pet department. Visiting Meijer at least once a week (and sometimes more), we're always in there purchasing food to feed our family, and that includes food for our dog as well. If it's been awhile since you've taken a good look at what you're feeding your pets, now is the perfect time to do it - and that means taking a real look at the total package from ingredients to price. Does your pet food contain real meat? Are you overpaying for what you're getting, or settling for lower-quality food to save on price? With Meijer (check out mPerks savings!) and Purina®, you can feed your dogs like family! 

What would happen if all hell broke loose atop the most advanced building in the world? In Universal Pictures' SKYSCRAPER, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson answers the call when his family is trapped inside The Pearl, a building touted as being "the tallest and safest in the world." As the Titanic has shown us, bold claims seldom end well. After a teaser spot during the Super Bowl, the full trailer for SKYSCRAPER made its debut during The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. See it below...

After weeks of rumors and Lucasfilm staying mum on the subject, the world got their first-look at SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY during Super Bowl LII. The 45-second teaser has ignited social media, setting the stage for the full trailer debut on Monday, February 5, 2018 on ABC's Good Morning America. Here's your first-look at our next visit to a galaxy far, far away...

It might be cold outside right now, but before we know it, spring will be here and the kids will be ready to rock the neighborhood once more. For little ones ages 18 months-5, The Simplay3 Company has something new this year - a fresh spin on the classic push/foot-to-floor vehicle. The 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 had when our girls were smaller - no more fighting to get in since it's designed for two to ride! As we look forward to warmer temperatures, the folks at Simplay3 have teamed-up with The Rock Father™ to give you a chance to win a My Buddy and Me SUV for your kids!

A few weeks back, my wife and I took The Rock Daughters to their first big train show. They loved it, and that was expected... after all, we have a several trains here at Rock Father HQ, one of which is from Bachmann Trains. I'm always interested in seeing what they're up to, and this year Bachmann Trains is introducing five new ready-to-run electric train sets in the two most popular scales at Toy Fair 2018 in New York. Today we've got early details on all five sets, along with photos of two of them!

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