Spotlight

TAEM interview with Film Music Composer Charles-Henri Avelange

Friday, 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. (more…)

TAEM interview with props and makeup artist Lisa Hansell

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Lisa and Courtney

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. (more…)

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

Friday, 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. (more…)

TAEM interview with actor E.J. De LA Pena

Friday, 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. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed for October 2014

Friday, 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. (more…)

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…)