June, 2013

Dedication to a Great Writer and Friend David Rhodes!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Author David RhodesAuthor David Rhodes


   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST has sadly learned of the passing of a great writer, David Rhodes. David had been a prolific writer and had submitted many stories to our magazine. His last story appeared in our publication just a few days before his passing.

David’s style was unique and unmatched by many. His stories were easy to follow and “scared  the bejusus out of you”, according to  fellow author R.B. Clague. David’s first entry was a serial called Maniacs which first appeared in our June, 2011 issue. His most memorable was Season of Drake, a four part series that we first introduced in our November, 2011 issue. I had constantly told David that I could envision Johnny Depp playing the title role, this just prior to Depp’s involvement in the Dark Shadows movie. Depp would have made a great Drake for this role if he could portray the same type of character that he played in the Sweeney Todd and Sleepy Hollow productions. (more…)

TAEM interview with Producer Jamee Natella

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

jamee-natellaTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine knows that everyone in Hollywood that is worth their salt, has learned the business from the ground up. Those who have made the grade have learned their trade through formal education and working alongside of seasoned professionals.

One such person is Jamee Natella. She has followed this tried and true method and has succeeded. Jamee, our publication is followed closely by college students who wish to make a career in acting and filmmaking. Please tell us about your formal training that you acquired to make your dream come true.

JN-My initial experience started in Chicago, IL. I was fortunate enough to grow up surrounded by Entertainment. My mom was a Ballroom dancer. I attended a performance Arts Camp, and High school. I had an agent so I was constantly auditioning and performing. This gave me a good sense of identity and understanding of being on set and what I truly wanted to become, a Producer. (more…)

The Tweed Update by Roger Tweed

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Roger TweedFalling Further – Our portfolio followed the S&P 500 straight down from the May 21 all-time closing high.  Unfortunately, the portfolio did not recover as sharply as the index when it bounced off its 50-day moving average on June 6, nor did it rise as smartly as the S&P 500 did on June 7, following the May employment report.  Over the past four weeks our portfolio lost 1.4% while the S&P 500 gained 0.6%.  Our stock positions gained 1.1% (despite a 12.7% loss in Facebook (FB)), but a 14.9% loss in mortgage REIT American Capital Agency (AGNC) combined with a 6.8% loss in our ETF positions (SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), SPDR S&P China (GXC), and Wisdom Tree Japan Hedged Equity (DXJ)) put our portfolio on the losing side of the ledger since May 10.  Since its January 10 inception our portfolio has gained 4.89% while the S&P 500 has gained 12.06%.   (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Anna Easteden to star in the new Batman film!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Anna Esteden   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is excited to announce that Anna Easteden who we interviewed in our September 1, 2011 issue is starring in the new Batman film.

She will be playing in the role of Barbara Gordon. The upcoming film is titled Crime Alley and is being shot in Helsinki. Barbara Gordon is a fictional character, a super heroine appearing in comic books published by DC Comics and in related media. The character was created by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino. At the request of the producers of the 1960s Batman television series, DC editor Julius Schwartz called for a new female counterpart to the superhero Batman that could be introduced into publication and the third season of the show simultaneously. The character subsequently made her first comic book appearance as Batgirl in Detective Comics No. 359 titled, “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!” (1967) by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino. Written as the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon, her civilian identity is given a doctorate in library science and she is employed as head of Gotham City Public Library, as well as later being elected to the United States Congress. In addition to appearing in other DC publications, she receives her first starring role in Batman Family which debuted in 1975, partnered with the original Robin, Dick Grayson. (more…)

‘The Game’ by Guest Author Alex Knight

Sunday, June 30th, 2013
Guest Author Alex Knight

Guest Author Alex Knight

There is a saying most of us are familiar with, ‘never kid a kidder’ and when you play the game it becomes a commandment: ‘thou shall not con a con artist.’ There is another saying, ‘never give a sucker an even break’ and generally we don’t. These are the two rules we live by and as with all rules, there are exceptions. We also have a couple of unofficial rules and those who have been playing the game long enough know to abide by them. We never infringe on each other’s territory or game. Michael’s on the Mile is one of the bars in my territory and I have several games. Since I confine myself to the ‘mile’ and never venture out of it, there is never any conflict between any of the other players and me.

Today I am playing the grieving widow, running a con on a mark at the bar, when a familiar face starts crowding me. In seconds I realize he’s targeting me. Obviously he doesn’t recognize me as one of the players. Then I think about how long it’s been since we’ve seen each other; perhaps he doesn’t remember me. I brush him off; he’s slow on taking a hint but finally gives up. I turn my concentration back to my mark. (more…)

TAEM interview with Author Marc Bauer

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

head-shot-blue-shirtTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has always sought new and interesting authors so that our vast readership can experience the many genres of storytelling. There have been many American authors that we had interviewed, but we often look beyond our borders to display talent that we have yet to uncover. Many times we have introduced some fabulous writers just north of us, in Canada.

Recently we just found new talent in the name of Marc Bauer, who just entered the literary field. Marc, please tell us about your early childhood, and the hometown that you hail from.

MB- I was born and raised till the age of 12 in a small Saskatchewan town by the name of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. We were your average family with lots of relations and close family friends in the immediate area. We always had places to go and people to see. (more…)

TAEM interview with Actor Paxton Marosok

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

paxtonmarosok-topTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has many followers who are students of the arts, and use our publication as a learning tool to hone their craft, and careers. We often introduce seasoned and accomplished personalities in the world of cinema to ask how they succeeded, and what pitfalls they made. In this way young actors can not only  follow the same course to reach their goals, but avoid the pitfalls that could trip them up.

We also introduce new actors to our readership to assure our readers that everyone starts somewhere. In this way we hope to assure our them that they are not alone in their quest for stardom. This is such the case with a newly discovered actor, Paxton Marosok. Paxton, please tell our readers about the beginning of your quest and your journey to California to help realize your dreams. (more…)

TAEM interview with folk singers ‘2 Guys’

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

highwaymen-TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine loves to delve into music that has inspired us for generations. We recently discovered two artists who were originally part of the popular group ‘The Highwaymen’ in the 1960’s. This group played in over 400 colleges in North America, and appeared on many popular television shows. Today former members Roy Connors and Alan Scharf continue those melodies in their new group, ‘2 Guys’ .

Roy and Alan, I’ll field these questions between you, starting with Roy. Roy, please tell us about the formation of the original group and the style of music that they generated.

RC- The original group started about 1960 at Wesleyan University. At that time they were known as the Clansmen singing for beer and peanuts at fraternity parties like most of the other early folk groups.

Inspired by the Kingston Trio, they went to New York where they teamed up with manager Ken Greengrass who advised them to change their name to The Highwaymen because the name Clansmen smacked of prejudice. Greengrass secured a recording contract with United Artists where The Highwaymen recorded ‘Michael, Row the Boat Ashore’ in 1961. After it’s release, it soared to the top of the charts and quickly became a standard song around campfires all over the country. It made recording history becoming #1 in every major country in the world at the same time. ‘Michael’, was followed by a string of folk songs, both protest and songs from other countries. (more…)

J&J Movie Review- ‘Man of Steel’

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Man of Steel (Superman)The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has asked us to take a look at the latest flick in a series of Superhero films to deluge the silver screen. This weekend we took in Man of Steel, the latest film released in this genre.

The film, released by Warner Brothers, is sure to rake in millions of dollars at the box office. Its cast consist of many famous actors that are well know in both cinema and television. These include Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Diane Lane (Clark Kent’s mother), Russell Crowe ( Jor-El), Christopher Meloni ( of Law & Order :SVU) , Kevin Costner ( Clark’s father), and Laurence Fishburne ( of Matrix fame). (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Actress Alicia Lara in the News!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Alicia Lara   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has just learned that a beautiful actress, whom we have interviewed in the past, has been cast in an upcoming film that will surely be a great attraction in the box office. Actress Alicia Lara (June 1, 2010 issue) has just landed a role in the movie Burden of Freedom .

“Burden of Freedom” follows the lives of two Spec ops soldiers that fought together in the Battle of Najaf, Iraq, only to come home to a different kind of battle. This film will help spread awareness of PTSD in an impactful dramatic way!! Get ready!!! We have assembled an amazing cast so far!! Also starring in the film is Kyle Hester and Eileen Grubba who we also interviewed in past issues of our publication. (more…)