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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Universal Pictures' Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has stomped, roared and clawed it's way into theaters, and if one message is clear - it's that "the park is gone." But amidst the excitement for the second chapter of the Jurassic World saga, fans are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the movie that started it all - Jurassic Park. There's a ton of great merchandise out there marking the milestone, and one of the most popular and hard-to-come by pieces is the Entertainment Earth Exclusive Dennis Nedry & Dilophosaurus Funko Pop! Vinyl 2-Pack. You remember Dennis - a computer enthusiast that looked suspiciously like Newman from Seinfeld. As he attempted to steal dinosaur embryos by stashing them in a shaving cream can, he found himself directionally challenged, eventually coming face-to-face with the venom-spitting dilophosaurus. This is the only way to get the spit-on version of Dennis, and while they've sold-out once before (more are coming in August), Entertainment Earth and The Rock Father™ want to get one of you hooked-up with a set for your own Pop! collection (see all the awesome Jurassic World Funko Pops here).
They don't really grasp the legacy or importance just yet, but our girls first experienced the world that Fred Rogers created thanks to Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS Kids. Now, there's a new documentary that takes a look back at how it all began, and why the spirit of Mister Rogers Neighborhood is exactly what the world could use right now. Focus Features' Won't You Be My Neighbor is winning audiences to become one of this summer's surprise hits (99% "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes), and now The Rock Father™ has teamed-up Fandango and the all-new Fandango FanShop to invite you back into the neighborhood with a fun Mr. Rogers prize pack. Two (2) lucky readers will receive bundles including a a Funko Mister Rogers Pocket Pop! Keychain plus a $20 Fandango Gift Card. Won't you be our neighbor?
The were missing during the events of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War, but in this new featurette for Ant-Man & The Wasp, Marvel's Kevin Feige confirms speculation that Ant-Man and the Wasp will be very important to the upcoming Avengers 4. In fact, he lays it right out in stating that the film "connects directly to Avengers 4." So who is the Wasp? Get a brief history lesson below!
At its core, Hotel Transylvania has always been about vacationing. In fact, the first film established that with its titular location - a five-stake resort for all manner of monster. But what happens when the proprietor of said resort needs some time for a vacation himself? Well, that's the story of Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. In theaters on Friday the 13th of July, Dracula and the crew hit the seas for a luxury cruise, and from the looks of things, he's gonna need a vacation when he's done with his vacation - something that rings true from my own experience as The Rock Father™. Now, to get your family up to speed before the third film in what can now be called "The Hotel Transylvania Trilogy" hits theaters, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment at yours truly have teamed-up for a double-feature movie night with Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 on DVD. I'm coining #DadsForDrac as a tagline!
Is Scrooge McDuck a big EDM fan? While I can't say (though I have taken a dive into his famed money pit), the DuckTales have entered a whole new world with the release of a brand-new collaboration between Marshmello and Disney. The DJ/Producer's recent video for "Fly" already racked up more than 48 million views on YouTube, and now there's a new version featuring the DuckTales crew. A mix of animation and live-action, the music video launches Scrooge, his nephew Donald, great-nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie and their friend Webby into a musical outer space adventure. When their spaceship unexpectedly crashes, they encounter an alien DJ on a remote Marshmello planet. The video just made its premiere during a screening of Disney·Pixar's The Incredibles leading into the "2018 Radio Disney Music Awards" (RDMA) (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel. See Marshmello x DuckTales - "FLY" below!
If you're an avid viewer of The Profit as I am (it's one of my favorite shows), then Inkkas Worldwear and Flex Watches should be familiar names. Both companies made appearances on the show within the past two years, each getting a much-needed lift and some directional assistance from Marcus Lemonis. Now that they're both in-house brands of the Marcus Lemonis Fashion Group, there's a new collaboration that may help to further put them on the map, and it's one from a galaxy far, far away. Flex Watches and Inkkas Worldwear have collaborated with Star Wars to launch a limited-edition capsule collection of watches and shoes.