All Photography by Joseph O'Donnell IV Unless Noted.

TAEM/TED Farewell End of an ERA

November 30th, 2014

It is with great sadness that we must announce that our publication will be coming to an end. As advertising has not caught up to the costs of production we have come to the conclusion that we must close our doors. As the publisher I have only a small pension and a monthly Social Security check to survive on, and I feel that out-of-pocket expenses for the magazine is no longer viable.

There will be no void, however, because this gives me a chance to complete two other books that I am writing and I am deeply involved in oil painting. I also wish to travel and I am researching my family history (possibly for another book in the future) and I wish to visit Scotland, the home of my father. Read more »

Actress Calista Carradine talks about her new film ‘Jade Trader’

November 1st, 2014

CalistaThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine has just been contacted by a very famous actress that we had interviewed some time ago. We had first met with her in Hollywood and followed up with an interview with Calista Carradine (click on to see article) for our January 1, 2011 issue. Her new film, Jade Trader, has received much attention in Hollywood and she sent us the following report and pictures:

When Gerry Pallay brought The Jade Trader to my attention, his wish was for Quentin Tarantino to direct it. He asked me to bring Quentin the script  since Quentin is tight with the Carradines’ Read more »

TAEM News Flash! Actress Maryam Tarami in the News!

November 1st, 2014

Maryam-Tarami-Shoot   News from Hollywood has alerted us about a fabulous actress, Maryam Tarami, that we interviewed in our May 25th, 2013 issue (click on to see article). Currently she is starring in the movie ‘February’ and has won the award for Lead Actress in the Red Dirt Film Festival in Oklahoma. The film was chosen above 1,000 other entries in the event.

Asked about the film, Maryam responded, ”February is based on a true story of a woman from Iran. Last year I met a woman who shared stories about her homeland Iran and how she one day left everything behind for freedom.”

Michael Florie, the Executive Producer on the project said of Maryam, I met Maryam by accident after she worked on a movie I was executive producer on. Her vision on life and film making got my attention. After she shared her ideas for February I was pleasantly surprised by the unusual concept and agreed to be the executive producer on the project. I made the right choice as the Short takes us through the 4 strongest human emotions in 10 minutes. Compassion, romance, suspicion and fear! She put down an excellent performance as the female lead and I see a great future for her as actress and producer! She is one of a few! Read more »

TAEM Interview with Cinematographer Thomas Kaufman

November 1st, 2014

 Tom-films-the-butlerTAEM- One of the most important positions behind a good movie, or documentary, is the cinematographer. Scripts, storylines, and acting do not work well without the skills of the man behind the camera. He must be able to capture the subject matter on film to makes the production stand out.

   Many of the students of the Arts who follow our publication as a learning tool for their own career, must learn every aspect of a film production in order to learn its full potential. The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has chanced upon a well known cinematographer from our own region, Thomas Kaufman, and we would like to introduce him to all our readers.

Tom, I would like to make our readers aware of your many film credits and ask you about your techniques for your trade. First, though, I would like you to tell us about your educational background for your trade, and what inspired you to take up your craft.

TK- I owe it all to Charlie Chaplin. When I was four and visiting my grandparents, we went to an ice cream parlor and there was a nickelodeon there. Now, television I knew about, but this? I asked my father what it was, so he hoisted me up and dropped in a nickel and turned the crank – and there was Chaplin, from one of his early silent films. I was enchanted. At age ten I found a wind-up 8mm camera in our attic – my father had purchased it for home movies but had never used it much – and I started fooling around with it.

As a teenager I learned a lot about still photography and darkroom technique from my mother, who was graduated from the Eastman School. Then I applied and was accepted at the USC School of Film & Television, from which I received a BA and MFA. Read more »

TAEM News Flash! George Mason University in the News!

November 1st, 2014

mason   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST has been very fortunate to obtain many articles for our SCIENCE section from George Mason University in Virginia. We had visited there often to attend meetings of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) and many of the schools professors have contributed articles for our various science series.

Professor Harold Geller has contributed much to us to pass along to the many science students who follow our magazines to enhance their own careers. His knowledge of astronomy is extensive and he had let our publication visit the school’s telescope observatory to get a first hand look at the equipment that has made the university outstanding. Read more »

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

November 1st, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Back Where We Started – Our portfolio emerged from the carnage of the past five weeks in worse shape than the S&P 500. Double-digit declines in Hertz Global (HTZ), Linn Co., LLC (LNCO), Goodyear (GT), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) caused our portfolio to give up all its gains for the year. Over the past five weeks, our portfolio dropped 9.6% while the S&P 500 fell 5%. Since its January 9 inception, our portfolio is flat while the S&P 500 has gained 2.68%.

Only one of our stocks went up over the past five weeks: health care REIT Ventas (VTR), which climbed 8.5%. Ventas’ 4.4% dividend and impressive earnings and revenue growth are attractive, especially in turbulent markets. Read more »

TAEM Interview with Actress Adrienne Wilkinson

September 26th, 2014

xwp_official04TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is very honored to present a most talented, beautiful, and well known actress to all our readers. Since 1996 she has appeared in films and television shows and has more than sixty-five credits toward her acting career. She has also been a producer, director, and writer and has contributed to a soundtrack to her long list of achievements as well.

   This well known personality is actress Adrienne Wilkinson whose name is well known throughout Hollywood and the television industry. Adrienne, what made you choose acting as your career and what training did you undertake to achieve such a resounding success ?

AW-  I had grown up taking dance and being on stage, but always thought of it as a hobby.  It wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I was truly introduced to acting, and I fell instantly in love with it and decided to pursue it as a profession.   I was lucky enough to also meet some working industry professionals at that time, and was given advice and direction that helped lead me to this career path.    I think I knew what I wanted and had utter determination to make it happen.   Read more »

‘Humans to Mars as a Bridge to the Stars’ by Nicole Willett, Education Director, The Mars Society

September 26th, 2014

MarsMDRS Hi ResBecoming a space faring civilization is the goal of millions of Earthlings. If one pays attention to the universe around him, it is impossible to deny its breathtaking humility. We long to explore, to expand, to go out and touch a piece of another planetary body. This longing is what encouraged NASA and their supporters to stand behind the Apollo missions to the Moon.   President John F. Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the Moon not because it is easy… but because it is hard.” We are on the verge of a new millennial space race. On September 16, 2014 NASA announced the human return to space. They are utilizing Boeing and SpaceX to accomplish this. SpaceX and many others have plans to send humans to Mars. The interest in exploring and settling the Red Planet is obvious.   The first true plans to go to Mars were analyzed in 1948 and published in the 1950’s by Dr. Werner von Braun. Read more »

TAEM Breaking News!!!

September 26th, 2014

Jenn_and_Matt   Our publisher, Joseph J. O’Donnell, has just learned that his daughter, Jennifer, is now engaged to be married. Her husband-to-be, Matt Baird, “had asked permission for my daughter’s hand in marriage yesterday and I proudly accepted”, the happy father of the bride said. Matt proposed to Jennifer today on an outing and she was overwhelmed with joy.

The wedding date has not been announced yet and the whole O’Donnell and Baird clans are looking forward to the celebrations.

“We met with his parents over the course of the summer, and both our children were witnessed to be much in love with each other”, our publisher said. Jennifer had already met with many of her fiancé’s family members and will meet his entire family in short order. Read more »

TAEM Interview with Actor Yuriy Turchyn

September 26th, 2014

YuriyTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is always searching for new talent to reveal to our readers. A good portion of our readership consists of Students of the Arts who follow our publication in hopes of better learning about their chosen profession.

One new actor that we would like to introduce is Yuriy Turchyn who originally hailed from Ukraine. Yuriy, tell our readers about your life before coming to our country, and the how you adjusted to your new surroundings.

YT- It was great. Most of my days were enjoyed outside with my friends playing soccer, riding bikes, hide and seek (my favorite), or making campfires (also my favorite). Those were the good ol’ days. When I first moved here, I was really excited to start my new life. Though I studied English back home, it was barely enough to help me get through a conversation. Fortunately I was able to absorb most of the language within my first year. From that point on it was all smooth sailing. Read more »

‘The Next Steps in Space Exploration’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

September 26th, 2014

us-space-spacex-dragon-v2-spacecraft-elon-musk-e1401420115811  To date the only manned exploration of other worlds had been the United States ventures on the lunar surface in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Since that time the only other great achievement was the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting earth. Following these projects our country, and others, have launched remarkable telescopes to study the cosmos, and ingenious robotic instruments to act as scouts on the surface of Mars.

Visually exploring the cosmos, and detailing and testing the surface of Mars, is important as these are the necessary first steps to targeting where we should go. They give us a better understanding of our galactic neighborhood as well as determine the safety and longevity of colonization on our neighboring planets. The study of our own solar system is also important as it will spur interest from the private sector in developing space vehicles and habitats for manned missions . The studies will also spur on mining for precious materials and their manufacturing on nearby worlds. The moons of our solar system, comets, and asteroids have also been preliminarily explored by satellites and probes, and show promise as well. Read more »

TAEM interview with Film Music Composer Charles-Henri Avelange

September 26th, 2014

TChrles-Henri 1AEM- One of the most important components in a great film is a great musical score. The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has seen many well thought of productions created for the silver screen fall by the wayside from their outset because the music created for it was of poor quality. A good example of this was two films starring the same well known actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both films had the same theme and made in the same genre, but Red Sonja rated a distant second compared to Conan the Barbarian as a result of poor music composition.

   With Music students, among the Students of the Arts, who follow our publication for educational insight we would like to share our interview with French film composer Charles-Henri Avelange. Charles-Henri please tell our readers about the learning process for your career that you undertook as a student in your own country.

CHA- I started making music at the age of nine. By the age of sixteen I was already making my own compositions. After I graduated high school, I was received at the ESRA Nice Côte d’Azur — one of the best film school in France — where I graduated with honors in sound engineering, sound design, acoustic science and music production. Read more »

TAEM interview with props and makeup artist Lisa Hansell

September 26th, 2014
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Lisa with Courtney Peldon as Shree in Star Trek Renegades

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine knows that there are many facets to the movie making industry and it is not only actors that make a movie great, but also those behind the camera who help create the illusions and scenes that are made for it. One such team of professionals within the movie’s crew consists of those artists responsible for props and makeup.

   We have been recently interviewing the actors and music composer for the movie production Nobility and have decided to probe behind the cameras and reveal the inner working of the project for our readers. We turned our attention to ImpaQt FX , a highly skilled component for the film. This company is headed by Lisa Hansell and her husband Tim Vittetoe. We caught up with Lisa and asked her for an interview with us.

   Lisa, please tell our readers how your company started and of the skills both you and Tim possess. Read more »

‘My Virginia – The Shenandoah Caverns’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

September 26th, 2014

IMG_3787   The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to many spectacular sites, some of which we had introduced in this series of articles. Virginia has access to the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay in the east. To the west you can easily drive to the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains to see the fantastic views from up high. Between these two mountain chains runs the Shenandoah Valley, called the ‘breadbasket of the South’ during the Civil War.

This long valley, running almost the entire length of the state, still is predominantly farm lands, but is also home to many fine universities. Its picturesque beauty can be better seen by traveling the Skyline Drive which sits on top of the Blue Ridge summits. You can also glimpse its splendor when traveling along Route 81, a major North/South conduit running the entire length of the eastern part of our country. Read more »

TAEM interview with actor E.J. De LA Pena

September 26th, 2014

 

E J De La Pena

E J De La Pena

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine loves bringing new faces before our readership for their enjoyment. We recently were introduced to an astounding young actor who has over twenty credits to his name stemming back to the early 1990’s. Actor E.J. De La Pena has been in a number of television shows, movies, and television series wracking up some amazing credits towards his stardom. E.J., you first appeared in the well known television series, ER, in 1994. Please tell our readers the excitement that you felt to be in such a well known show.

 

E.J.- Well First off, thanks for that awesome intro! Actually, at that time, I’d been in the business a few years already working on commercials, student films, and several other things that aren’t listed on my IMDB – including one film with soon to be E.R. star Anthony Edwards. Being so young (I was 6 at the time I shot E.R.) I really didn’t know I was supposed to be excited. It had already become a part of my life. I did have a lot of fun throwing up all over Noah Wiley in that episode (the first Christmas Episode). And while waiting on set I would play hackey-sack with the cast – including George Clooney. This is before E.R. had become as huge as it was and launched him into stardom. What I can say is that it was a lot of fun and a great way to grow up. Read more »

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed for October 2014

September 26th, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

A Tough Stretch

Our portfolio was hurt by growing market concerns over the past three weeks and, as a result, lost ground to the S&P 500. Large losses in Hertz Global (HTZ), Ventas (VTR), and Anadarko Petroleum (APC) could not be overcome by gains in International Paper (IP), Bank of America (BAC), and Facebook (FB). Over the past three weeks, our portfolio fell 1.3% while the S&P 500 lost 0.1%. Since its January 9 inception, our portfolio has risen 10.65%, while the S&P 500 has gained 8.06%.

Stock market traders are now increasingly concerned that interest rates will increase earlier in 2015 than previously expected, and this had a negative effect on the portfolio overall. For example, health care REIT Ventas lost 6.7%, as higher interest rates make high yield investments like REITs less attractive. However, the prospect of higher rates positively impacted Bank of America, up 4%, and Fifth Third Bancorp, up 1.6%, because higher interest rates allow banks to make more money on the spread between interest paid out to depositors and the interest paid to the bank on loans made to customers. Read more »

TAEM Explores the Outer Banks by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

August 28th, 2014

IMG_3641   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine recently journeyed to the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a travel destination interest for our readers. The area is the premier visitor destination on the Atlantic coast of the United States and is one of the only few locations where wild horses roam in this section of the country. Our adventure lasted five days and was planned by Maryann O’Donnell and photographed by both our publisher and our staff photographer Joseph O’ Donnell IV. We have included pictures of our visit along with tips and advisories for those who wish to make this journey. Read more »

‘Kill Devil Hills’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

August 28th, 2014
Joseph O'Donnell

Joseph O’Donnell

Kill Devil Hills- The Wright Brothers Slip the bonds of Earth

By author Joseph J. O’Donnell

   For our series promoting manned space exploration and human colonization of our solar system The Arts and Entertainment Magazine wanted to take America’s story back in time to it’s true beginning. We decided to visit Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the location of this country’s first true pioneers of manned flight…..the Wright Brothers.

Orville and Wilbur Wright wanted a site that provided isolation, high dunes, strong winds, and soft landings. The stretch of beach between Kitty Hawk and Nags Head on North Carolina’s Outer Banks proved to be an excellent choice. Their predecessors for this quest included George Cayley, Alphonse Penaud, Otto Lilienthal, and Octave Chanute, but none of these men achieved powered flight. All their machines were based on gliders or flew with the power of brute strength. The Wrights also experimented with gliders but with of the advancement of gasoline engines, the Wright Brothers were able to combine this to their craft to make powered flight feasible. Read more »

‘Getting Real About First Contact’ by John and James Gaines

August 28th, 2014

jim-gains1-300x225 Getting Real About First Contact: The Ferengi Hypothesis

Recently, the human race has taken a step forward by beginning to treat first contact with an alien life form as a matter of when, rather than as a matter of if.   NASA, the European Space Agency, and hopefully the Russians and Chinese have even devoted some consideration to the contingencies of what should or must happen if we happen to be the visiting life form, rather than the visited; in popular culture, the film Avatar has taken a similar path. However, consideration of the obverse possibility, that we should be the visited, has not received enough attention, though for the time being it is the most probable of the two possibilities. In official terms, contingency planning seems to have been limited to a worst case scenario of the Battlefield Earth variety, namely that the visiting race should have exploitative plans for Earth and humans that are overtly and immediately hostile to our interests. Scenarios of a human guerilla campaign successfully fighting off a concerted attempt by space-capable beings to destroy us are infinitesimally low in probability of success. Some of the proposals (like the one recently aired on television on National Geographic Channel’s 2011 special When Aliens Invade, where human survivors use helium balloons to ascend and “frag” spaceships) are patently ludicrous and undeserving of attention. The rare book-length texts on human survival, such as An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion, by Travis S. Taylor, Bob Boan, Bob Boan (Author) Read more »

TAEM New interview with author David Sakmyster

August 28th, 2014

Dave SakmysterTAEM- In our August 1st, 2010 issue we first interviewed David Sakmyster (click on to see article) and recently learned that Dave has been quite busy indeed.

David in reading your bio it states : “David Sakmyster is an award-winning author and screenwriter who strangely finds himself at home amidst the icy upstate New York winters.  He has over two dozen short stories and nine novels published. In addition to The Morpheus Initiative series about psychic archaeologists (described as “Indiana Jones meets The X-Files”) starting with the book The Pharos Objective, he has published the horror novel Crescent Lake, the suspense-thriller Blindspots and the historical epic, Silver and Gold. His screenplay, Nightwatchers, has been optioned for production, and when he’s not researching ghost sightings or fighting corruption, he’s currently at work on several other screenplays and novels. Visit him at www.sakmyster.com.” Read more »