Spotlight

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

Thursday, 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. (more…)

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

Thursday, 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. (more…)

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

Thursday, 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) (more…)

TAEM New interview with author David Sakmyster

Thursday, 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.” (more…)

TAEM interview with actress Marianne Mills

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

headshotTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is always excited to present Hollywood personalities to all our readers. One such personality is actress Marianne Mills who will be an inspiration to all the Students of the Arts who follow our magazine to inspire their own careers. Marianne has been good enough to describe her journey into stardom as an example for them all.

Marianne, your first experience in acting took place during a high school theater when you were just a teenager. How exhilarating was this for you and how did it build your confidence for your future career ?

MM- Hi, First I would like to thank you for asking me to describe my journey into stardom, however I would say that I really am an aspiring star. I do believe however, if as an actor if you work very hard, you believe in yourself and if you are able to notice an opportunity when it comes your way, that you are well on your way to stardom. I have always liked to perform, even as a young child. I was always the one that had to put on plays in my backyard, or dance for the video camera when my parents filmed home movies. When I got to high school in New Orleans, I decided to join the drama club. Through that I was able to meet other actors, people that had a lot in common with me. I worked on a couple of plays in high school, on stage and behind the scenes. It was a very exhilarating experience and I just knew that it was what I wanted to do. I also got involved in many beauty pageants in my teen years. Through that I was able to meet great people that helped to guide me along the way into how to achieve my dreams. It was also a great experience as it was on a stage in front of hundreds of people, helping me to gain self confidence during my teen years, a time when people’s self confidence or lack of it can change on a daily basis. I feel that when a teenager gets involved in something that they enjoy doing, that it really can help them to stay out of trouble and gain self confidence. (more…)

‘Pass The Salt’ by author Glenn James

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Dark Fantasy Writer and Illustrator Glenn James has a long standing familiarity with Doctor Who. In the summer of 2014 he was asked to undertake a rather special commission for a private collector, a man with a deep and affectionate knowledge of the programme. The resulting illustration followed a very unusual route, as the following article reveals.

© By Glenn James 2014                                                                                                                                                               (Black Biro and Ink, Black watercolour Paint and Chinagraph Pencil on Mount board.)

© By Glenn James 2014 (Black Biro and Ink, Black watercolour Paint and Chinagraph Pencil on Mount board.) Left to right: The War Doctor (John Hurt), the 8th Doctor (Paul McGann), the 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), the 10th Doctor (David Tenant), the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith), River Song (Alex Kingston), Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman, standing), the First Doctor (William Hartnell, seated centre), the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi, standing), the 2nd Doctor (Patrick Troughton, seated), the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker, standing), the 3rd Doctor (Jon Pertwee, seated), the 6th Doctor (Colin Baler, with cats), the 5th Doctor (Peter Davidson), and the 7th Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)

As a fantasy artist I have been asked to undertake some unusual works in my time, but this one was a real challenge: How to portray all the incarnations of Doctor Who together, and do something really fresh and original with the composition.

Putting all the Doctors together is no new thing in artistic terms. You often see illustrations or posters depicting all of them in one composition, and this was especially true at the time of the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2013.   Conventionally this is usually a matter of showing the various actors faces side by side in one illustration, usually in chorological order of the incarnations, with the most current one to the fore. (more…)

J&J Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy-5Marvel has done it again! The Guardians of the Galaxy was a smash hit. At first glance at the trailers, my expectations of the movie were very low because these were not your well known Marvel superheroes or super heroines.

The movie starts off with the main character Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt for the opening scene. Peter Quill is an space outlaw and a thief and he calls himself, star-lord, which no one seems to know him by. Peter is followed by Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper , a genetically enhance rodent who is brilliant and well armed. Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, is a strong and loyal living tree creature with a lack of a vocabulary. Drax played, by Dave Bautista, is a powerful alien warrior with no common sense. Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana, is a sexy, lethal, no-non sense alien assassin. Other actors and well known people make their appearance in movie like Michael Rooker, Lee Peace, Glenn Close, Stan Lee, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Benicio Del Toro and Lloyd Kaufman. (more…)

Five More Poems by Poet Laureatte Candice James

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Candice James, Poet Laureate

Candice James, Poet Laureate

White Wine Scroll

I unroll

From the white wine scroll

In beads of scarlet passion.

Hot to the touch,

Wet to the soul;

Mining the moment,

Invisibly staining claims. (more…)

‘The Tweed Report’ by Guest Author Roger Tweed

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Come Fly Away – Our portfolio again outperformed the S&P 500 over the past seven weeks. Big gains from JetBlue Airways (JBLU) and Facebook (FB) spearheaded our portfolio’s almost 2% gain, while the S&P 500 gained 0.15%. Although geopolitical contributed to losses in Goodyear (GT), Vanguard FTSE Europe (VGK), and International Paper (IP), the majority of our positions had gains during the period. Since its January 9 inception, our portfolio has risen 12.18%, while the S&P 500 has gained 8.21%.

JetBlue is now our best performing position, following its 15.7% gain over the past seven weeks. The stock was helped by falling oil prices and an upgrade from an analyst who noted that the company will be making changes in its services to emphasize profit. JetBlue is already one of the more profitable airlines.   (more…)

Celebrating Our Fifth Birthday!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Happy 5th BirthdayOur Publication’s, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine and THE EERIE DIGEST is celebrating Five Years since they first appeared on the Internet!

We have had many important changes since we began and the present product has been well received, and read, around the world. With hundreds-of-thousands of readers to date we have become a must read for students, and Students of the Arts, to boost their careers. From informative articles to Hollywood Interviews, from Science to Music, and great late night stories and poetry, we have become an icon to many. (more…)

‘Astrobiology and the search for Alien Life’ by Guest Author Professor Mike Summers of George Mason University

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Michael SummersTAEM – Could you expand upon your atmospheric studies as they have a direct relationship to what would effect explorers on other worlds and where we should look to discover life forms.

My research background is in the area of chemistry and dynamics of planetary atmospheres. I’ve worked extensively on the chemistry of the Earth’s middle atmosphere (stratosphere, mesosphere and lower thermosphere) and its chemical and dynamical response to solar effects and climate forcing. This work entails several topics related to ozone chemistry, the budget of the greenhouse gases such as water vapor, carbon dioxide and ozone, and the formation of Earth’s highest clouds – noctilucent clouds (also called polar mesospheric clouds PMCs, at around 80-85 km altitude). I’m also interested in the long-term changes in the atmosphere due to human activities, such as lower atmosphere global warming, upper atmosphere cooling, and middle and upper atmosphere weather. I’m a co-investigator on the AIM (Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere) satellite mission that is focused on the study of these high altitude clouds and how they respond to global change. The public website for this mission is at: http://aim.hamptonu.edu

I’ve also been involved in the New Horizons Pluto mission as a co-investigator: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu (more…)

‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Past, Present and Future Exploration of the Moon and Mars’ by Guest Author Dr. Harold A. Geller – George Mason University

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Professor-Gellers-TV-appearance-300x168When I think of all the dreams I had as a teenager, the one I recall best is the dream I had of human exploration of the Moon and Mars. I was visiting my cousin in Ventnor City, New Jersey in 1969, that fateful evening when Neil Armstrong took the first steps of any human on the surface of the Moon.

What is it that President Kennedy said about such an effort? He said that such a “space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.” He also had said in that 1961 speech that “in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the Moon; it will be an entire nation.” (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Author Raymond Benson in the News!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

raymondbenson2013colorWe are very pleased to announce that Raymond Benson (click on to see article) who we had the pleasure of doing a second interview with in our ‘November 15th, 2013 issue’ has been quite busy as of late. Raymond, as you may recall, had written six of the James Bond novels.

In our last interview we talked with the author about his new series of novels titled ‘The Black Stiletto’ .We caught up with him recently and asked him about some of his latest work.

He told us that on January 2014: “The Black Stiletto: Secrets & Lies” (4th book in saga) was published. He also said, ” On April 2014: “Ice Cold—Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War” was completed. This is the annual Mystery Writers of America anthology of short stories, it was edited by Jeffery Deaver and Me… the first collaboration between two Bond authors (I was the first American Bond author, Jeff was the second). My short story “Ghosts” appears in the book as well.”
The film/TV rights for Black Stiletto have been optioned by Tony Eldridge of Lonetree Entertainment. Tony is one of the producers of the upcoming “The Equalizer” starring Denzel Washington and Chloe Moretz. (more…)

Joseph J. O’Donnell’s ‘My Virginia’: Williamsburg Attractions

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The-Alliance     Recently The Arts and Entertainment Magazine decided to tour the southern coastal region of Virginia and discover some of the wonders of the area. Notably Williamsburg is famous for Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg, so we decided to see what other hidden treasures the region held. We chanced upon the historical site of Yorktown, not far from the Williamsburg tourist attractions. There we discovered Yorktown Sailing Charters.

There are two sailing schooners available, the three-masted Alliance and the smaller two-masted Serenity. We naturally opted for the Alliance which was available at the time. The schooner is a seventy-five ton steel hulled ship handled easily by a three person crew. This includes its captain, Alex, and a well trained crew consisting of Emily and Darby. All three were gracious and knowledgeable and allowed us to help them set the sails.

The charter service also has a Pirate Adventure cruise in which both ships depart the Yorktown dock and actually fire live cannons at each other while sailing on the York River. The river is also a deep river port of bygone days and presently is used by the Navy and Coast Guard vessels for training and docking. (more…)

5 Poems by Candice James, Poet Laureate

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Candice James, Poet Laureate

Candice James, Poet Laureate

The Absence

In the absence of all,
Walking beneath the big blue tent,
Clouds drift and scramble impatiently
Across the vast expanse of sky.
Night claws its way over the edge
Staining the blue
Like spilled ink.

Alone on the path
I search for another set of eyes
In the semi-glow of dusk.

Somewhere
There is water
Scrubbing the back of a warm beach.
Somewhere
There are sheep
Wending their way home
Under the weary gaze of a shepherd boy. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Guest Author Roger Tweed

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Continuing to Climb – Our 2014 portfolio, along with the major averages, overcame the Middle East turmoil and continued to post gains over the past three weeks. Riding a snap back in shares of Hertz Global (HTZ), along with gains in JetBlue Airways (JBLU), Goodyear (GT), Linn Co., LLC (LNCO), and International Paper (IP), the portfolio rose 2.78% since June 13. The S&P 500 gained 2.54% in the same period. Since its January 9 inception, our portfolio has risen 10.07%, while the S&P 500 has gained 8.05%.

Hertz was our best performer with a gain of 9.2%. To me, Hertz’ gain was simply a bounce back from the early June plunge suffered when Hertz announced its unreliable accounting issues and need to restate previous yearly results. Since the company has not commented on its financial issues since early June, this move is not based on any real information. I would continue to stay away from Hertz. JetBlue rose 6.5% as fiscal 2014 earnings estimates were raised and Zack’s Equity Research upgraded the stock to a buy. (more…)

‘Future Explorations in Space’ by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Enterprise1-640x353The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is about to embark on a series of articles involving Future Explorations in Space. We are hoping to involve all the scientists and college professors that have appeared in our Science section since its addition in our publication.

NASA has been gearing for this as other nations have now set future dates for trips to the Moon and Mars. In my article ‘Space- Our Manifest Destiny’ (click on to see article) which appeared in the Science section of our publication for July 24, 2013, I have been promoting the theory in a number of colleges that follow our magazine. I also hope that college students, led by their professors, can add to future articles as well. To have them participate in this series is the main purpose for its undertaking. (more…)

TAEM interview with actor Ashton Bingham

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Ashton-Bingham-head-shotTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has many followers among students of the Arts who use our publication as a learning tool to hone their careers. By taking the learning experiences of successful actors they are able to undertake the learning processes and avoid the pitfalls of those that we have interviewed.

One of the success stories that we like to tackle is the transition from television to the silver screen. We also like to explore the differences between the two types of acting for our readers to digest. One actor who straddles these venues is Ashton Bingham.

Ashton, what enticed you to take up acting for your career and who were your greatest influences to do so?

AB- I was first enticed at the age of 8, when my grandfather taught me a magic trick. That small action became the catalyst that completely shaped the rest of my childhood, all the way through high school. Every fiber of my being looked forward to learning my next magic trick, and performing it for my next spectator. I wasn’t much of a partier in school; I spent my time and allowance practicing, honing my sleight of hand, and acquiring more learning materials. By the time college hit, I was working very consistently in the northern Nevada area at corporate gigs, kids’ birthday parties, restaurants, and theaters, performing everything from close up card tricks, to large stage illusions (yes I did cut my assistant in half!). How did this lead me to acting you ask?? Well, like magic, I had a major fascination with making movies and acting in them. It was hard to catch me without a camera in my hand; but despite the fact that this hobby fell by the wayside a bit when magic came along, it was a fire inside me that never died. As I was finishing up my second year of college, I had to pick a direction. And as much as I would have loved to have my own show in Vegas…I dreamt bigger. It took me about 9 months, but I made all the necessary arrangements, packed everything, left everyone I knew, and moved to Los Angeles on January 9th, 2010 – the most exhilarating and terrifying day of my life to date. (more…)

Joseph J. O’Donnell’s “My Virginia: State Arboretum of Virginia”

Friday, June 27th, 2014

walk-way     The Commonwealth of Virginia offers a variety of exciting and interesting places to visit. It also offers some historical, educational, and natural wonders to explore.

In some of my last articles I had introduced The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Aldie Mill, and back trail hiking among some other interesting places to visit. One of the best hidden treasures is the State Arboretum of Virginia located near Boyce Virginia just off of Rte. 50 in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The location itself is beautiful with a panoramic view of the Shenandoah Valley a short distance away.

The Arboretum offers several walking trails if you are in a mood for a short hike and wildflower walks for your visual pleasure. The entrance from Rte. 50 leaves you off at a large brick structure which houses an old estate. Many weddings are also held here due to the pleasant surroundings that the site offers. There are also a number of ponds and gentle rolling hills giving a tranquil feeling to all the visitors. (more…)

5 New Poems by Poet Lauriate Candice James

Friday, June 27th, 2014
Poet Lauriate Candice James

Poet Lauriate Candice James

A Patch Of Black Grass

 

I set fire to a patch of black grass

Burnt by an unforgiving sun

Peeling back layers of over-ripe skin

On the seeds of this still-life painting.

 

This day is a fast rolling ball of fire

Chasing me down like a rabid dog

On the heels of a desperate clown

Walking an ice-glazed tightrope

In loose fitting second hand shoes,

All semblance of balance

Tossed aside for the thrill of the kill.

(more…)