October, 2011

House on Haunted Hill Compare and Contrast Essay by Joe O’Donnell, Jr.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

People go to see motion pictures for different reasons. Some people love the movie trailers that are shown on television or the internet. Others go because they had read the novel, or graphic novel. Still some want to compare the original movie to the remake. I’m going to be talking about both the 1959 and 1999 versions of House on Haunted hill.

In the introduction of the original film, the screen is black, and then you hear moans of man and the rattling of chains; all of a sudden, blood curdling screams from a woman.  A floating head appears on the screen, he introduces himself as Watson Pritchard, the caretaker of the House on Haunted Hill. He tells the audience that the house is haunted because of murders taking place inside the house, including the murder of his brother and sister-in-law. Watson then vanishes. Another floating head of a different man appears. He announces his name as Frederick Loren; he tells the audience that he has rented the house for a haunted theme party for his wife.Frederick has invited five guests to stay at the house for one night and each guest will get $10,000 if they stay the entire time. (more…)

TAEM News Flash- New Advertisers for October

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is announcing brand new advertisers for our October issue. Please see Holdon Log in the right hand column of our homepage. Holdon Log offers great deals to those in the Entertainment Industry. These include special deals to Actors, Producers, Filmmakers, Production Companies, and those entering the industry for the first time. Don’t miss out on these spectacular offerings ! Click on their site now to get the leg up on the competition.

The Arts and Entertainment Magazine would also like to welcome Amazon.com to our family. We have placed books offered by them in Our Book Store. These written works by famous authors are now on sale and join others who have advertised their work with us in there. So hurry and buy these books while they last !


TAEM News Flash- Major Change in Publication

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

From the Publisher- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine/ The Eerie Digest, will be changing the way we publish our material beginning November 1, 2011. From that point forward we will be adding new Interviews and Stories weekly.

This change is due to the increase in both readership and news opportunities. Our magazine will still have monthly advertising displaying product lines, promo reels, and articles in ‘Our Book Store’ and ‘Our Music Store’. Our Interviews and News articles will appear as a rolling ‘blog’ to keep our readers interested in our publication all month long. Stories and interviews will continue to appear without fading into memory. In this way we will also attract more viewing of those segments of our periodical in which we advertise.

This change will be for the better, and we have been urged to do so from a number of interested participants, and have been applauded widely for adapting this stance.


Press Release: “Horror in the Poconos”

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Bat Pig Pictures
Robert Gordon Spencer, Producer
PO Box 92824
Long Beach, CA 90809


Los Angeles, CA – October 24, 2011 — California based production company Bat Pig Pictures announces its latest film production “HOSTAGE”, a horror film to be produced and filmed in the Poconos, Pennsylvania.
Movie producer Robert Gordon Spencer challenged screenwriter and director Michael J. Yurinko, a PA resident, to create a horror screenplay that was sharp, unique and budget minded. The result was “HOSTAGE”, a story about Eugene, a man dealing with a personal tragedy of his family’s death by living at the vacation cabin that they last stayed, only to discover he’s completely snowbound. During Eugene’s desperate attempts to dig himself out, he discovers he’s not alone.

The film will star actor Holt Boggs, best known for his leading role in the hit action-suspense film “THE PRODIGY”. (more…)

TAEM News Flash – AMB Publicity and TAEM Team Up!

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The Arts and Entertainment Magazine/ The Eerie Digest and AMB Publicity have teamed up in a mutually beneficial agreement. This prestigious publicity firm is well known throughout Hollywood and the Entertainment Industry. Our magazine, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine/The Eerie Digest, is also a well known publication in both fields, as well as literary circles, and seen by our readership world-wide. Together we have forged a powerful alliance that will provide the entertainment and literary industries with greatest coverage conceived to date.


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TAEM News Flash – WMIFF and our Publisher Team Up!

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The World Music and Independent Film Festival  (WMIFF) has added Publisher Joseph J. O’Donnell to its ranks. Mr. O’Donnell has agreed to join their team and will secure Student Films for upcoming festival activities.

The Student Films category is an important segment of WMIFF, and they will be presented to the judges at the festival that will take place in the coming months. Winners, and contestants, will be mentioned on the agenda and will gain recognition throughout the film industry. Our magazine will also run stories about the event which we publish World-Wide.

Student film makers will be notified where to send your films to be judged, and the information needed to do so. The Arts and Entertainment Magazine/ The Eerie Digest is most proud to be a part of this prestigious organization. With the many University’s Student Newspapers that our magazine is presently advertising in, upcoming festival activities are predicted to be eventful with recognition of their films by all of Hollywood.


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TAEM interview with Actor Anthony DeLongis

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is very excited to introduce actor Anthony DeLongis to all of our readers. Anthony, you have been in many popular movies and television shows for quite a few years. Please tell us about your training for this profession and what influenced you the most to take up acting as a career.

AD- I began as an actor performing Shakespeare in the 1970’s at one of the finest repertory companies in the country, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. I continue to do theater as my schedule permits because I love the challenge, rewards and instant feedback from the audience that only theater can offer. Performing live theater is a bit like the old Hollywood studio system, the broader your training and the more varied your skills, the more often you’ll work. My favorite role has been playing Iago in Shakespeare’s OTHELLO, a wonderfully complex and layered role.

I love acting and I also love action. My favorite roles are ones where I get to combine both. To me IT’S ALL ACTING, whether I’m telling my character’s story with words or with deeds. Action is a dialogue of movement instead of words and can be subtle as a whisper or as dynamic as a shout. Such opportunities dramatically define character and invigorate the story, providing the actor commands the skills to deliver a safe, exciting, believable performance and the director can bring those images to the screen. Good action articulates character, anything less is just eye candy. (more…)

TAEM interview with Actor Michael A. Miranda

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has gained quite an interest in Canadian acting and actors. Most Americans assume that all actors come from the States, but we are finding a great treasure trove of talented actors come from across our northern border. One such actor is Michael A. Miranda, who is a familiar face on the silver screen as well as television. Michael, tell us of your early training and the recognitions you gained at the time.

MAM- My earliest training was in high school back in the 1970’s. My teacher, who I still consider my mentor in many ways, instilled in me a sense of magic that surrounds the theatre and performance; to perform for someone was an honour and a privilege. I went on to train at two universities in Toronto- York and Ryerson. It was at Ryerson that I was bestowed with the Best Actor Award upon graduation

TAEM- Who was your greatest inspiration that led to your decision to pursue acting as a career?

MAM-It may sound cliché, but after watching both Godfather movies, I was fascinated  by watching the likes of Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro and John Cazale. They seemed to be doing nothing yet their performances to this day stand the test of time. Such powerful performances that were intriguing. I was inspired to try and reach those heights. So there wasn’t a single inspiration, but a collective one. (more…)

TAEM interview with Producer June Daguiso

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

TAEM – The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has the pleasure of introducing one of the most versatile producers in the movie industry.  Producer June Daguiso has performed many of the tasks that strengthened his abilities behind the camera, including acting.  He also has arranged many of the top Independent Musical and Film festivals in the U.S. and Canada , and we introduced June to our readership in the article about the Washington , DC WMIFF event in our September 1st issue.  June, tell us about your earliest performance before the camera in “Deadlands:  The Rising”.

JD – I played one of the survivors at a rescue center that is slow to respond to people’s needs for food and security and, eventually, they take matters into their own hands.  The outcome is dismal, as the shelter soon becomes overrun by the walking dead.

TAEM – Please give us some of the details about the movie, and the theme behind it.

JD – “Deadlands: The Rising” (2006)
Budget:  $10,800.00
Writer, Director and Editor:  Gary Ugarek
Producers:  Herb Mollman, Darlene Barbour, Brian Wright, Lisa Brandt, Gary Ugarek and Paul Volpe
Composers:  Brian Wright and Gary Ugarek

TAEM interview with Oboist H. David Meyers

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

TAEM- As The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has stretched it’s wings from the early days as a blog, then The Eerie Digest, the entire entertainment field has opened up to us. With colleges and Students of the Arts panning our magazine monthly for guidance in their careers, we love to set examples for them in the many fields now laid before us.

Our newest exploration is in the genre of classical music, and we have chosen Oboist H. David Meyers lifetime achievement to do so. His friends have  fondly called  him ‘H’ for so many years, that he states that he has forgotten the true first name that ‘H’ stands for. Out of respect, we will call him ‘H’ for that very reason.

‘H’, tell us about your very early years and your initial love of classical music and the instrument that is the hallmark of your career.

HDM-I believe it was Oscar Wilde who said the “oboe is an ill wind which no one blows good!”  Might I add for the oboists of the world, “ an instrument which leaves no psyche in a palatable position!” In other words, you have to be crazy to play the oboe!  On the other side of the moon, the oboe is the solo instrument of the orchestra and the darling of the masters and Hollywood composers! (more…)

TAEM interview with Actor Michael Santi

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

TAEM- Hollywood is forever changing, both in context of films and additions of new faces to fill the screens. This is a good thing for moviegoers as variety, and changes, are the spice of life. One such new look for Hollywood is actor Michael Santi. Michael, please tell our readers what first interested you in a career in acting, and who was your greatest influence.

MS- Acting was always an “escape” for me. No matter what was going on in my life good or bad, when we went to the movies everything was just perfect. Watching the “Hero” save the “Damsel in distress” was a rush for me even at the ripe young age of 6.  I remember watching Chuck Norris, Al Pacino , and Robert De Niro and I would just be in awe of the presence that they bring to the screen. I was hooked and knew I wanted to be an actor.

TAEM- As we have many Students of the Arts who follow our magazine for tips in their careers what training did you undertake to reach for your dreams?

MS- It’s a lifelong process like staying physically fit; you have to make it a lifestyle not a seasonal thing. You have to always seek knowledge to condition your “acting muscle”.  I was told very early in this business that you have to have unconditional love for it. You have to be willing to do it for free. If you’re that passionate about anything in life and have complete respect for your craft, then you will find a way to become the best you can at it. Acting is a journey of constant self exploration….sometimes you find things that you never knew where inside of you, you just have to be willing to accept what you find.  I studied performing art, and took classes at reputable acting schools all my life. I believe that no matter what school you go to, or what “World Famous Teacher” you have, none of that matters if you don’t have a real passion to reveal the truth on Camera.  Its called being “Private in Public” and no school can teach you to allow yourself to be vulnerable.  To me acting is being able to show complete honesty. My motto is, you can never fool the audience. The second the audience sees an “Actor playing a role in a scene” your dead in the water and you failed to tell your story. You have to learn and be willing to learn, to give yourself unconditionally to the truth in every scene. Then you’re acting! (more…)

TAEM interview with Author Laurie Graff

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Author Laurie GraffTAEM- As a New York City boy, and publisher of The Arts and Entertainment Magazine, I always look forward to the many talent people that hail from The Big Apple, as it is known. One of my latest discoveries is the very talented actress and author, Laurie Graff. Laurie, tell us about your early days of performing on New York stages, and some of the plays that you were in.

LG- Straight out of college (Binghamton University) I did summer stock in Thomaston, CT.  We did twelve shows in thirteen weeks, and I had the time of my life doing roles like Charity (Sweet Charity), Ado Annie (Oklahoma), Carrie Pepperidge (Carousel) followed by dinner theater Corie Bratter (Barefoot in the Park).  But right after that, a dream came true when I got my Equity card playing Frenchy, the beauty school dropout, in Grease on national tour and then Broadway. Other wonderful gigs Off B’way, regionally and on national tour included Lala (The Last Night of Ballyhoo), Chrissy (In the Boom Boom Room), Nunsense, A… My Name is Alice, and Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

TAEM- Many actors say that stage performances strengthen an actor’s ability. With many Students of the Arts who follow our magazine, can you tell us about this aspect of acting and how it has helped you in your career.

LG- Dialogue.  You know how it works, when it works, how the words fit in your mouth, and how they land.  I love dialogue and capturing the specific voice and speech pattern of every character.

TAEM- You have also performed in many commercials as well. Please tell us of some of the sponsors whose ads you were in.

LG- My first spot was for Odor Eaters.  I played a college student.  And that night I had my first performance of Grease on Bway when I took over the role of Frenchy.  It was an exciting day.  I loved doing commercials, and did bunches for products like Maxwell House Coffee, Scope, Burger King, Red Lobster, TJ Max, AT&T, Arby’s, Kleenex.  Also did a lot of radio and voice over too. (more…)

TAEM interview with Author William Beck

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is excited to present an author of one of our best loved genres, Thrillers. William Beck is an author our readers will love to learn about. His background enhances his writing style and adds authenticity to his stories. William, Tell us about your early days in the Army and the Medical field in which you practiced.

WB- I joined the Army during the latter years of the Viet Nam war. After my initial training, I was stationed at Ft. Benning, GA.  My first assignment was with the 2nd Combat Support Hospital, a M.A.S.H. unit in the 34th Medical Battalion. Keep in mind this was during the infancy of the “Volunteer Army.” As the war’s end drew near, the military had difficulty enticing enlistees. Those who did enlist received a guarantee to stay in the States for sixteen months before heading overseas. Our medical unit had many similarities to the TV show, M.A.S.H. The only things missing were Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John. I can not even begin to recount all the tales. Suffice it to say, my memories are filled with much laughter. However, it was not all fun and games. I learned much from my days there, and it set the course for my future life. After my discharge, I became a registered nurse, and have mainly practiced in the critical care arena. And on a final note, I would like to add I am very proud of my service to this country.

TAEM- In your early years you actually wanted to write children’s books. Why did you decide to write Thrillers instead?

WB- I remember literally blurting out to my wife one day, “I want to write children’s literature.” I never had any thoughts of writing before that moment. She threw down the gauntlet and said, “Then do it.” After a three year educational process, I was ready to tackle the world. Naivety is a wonderful thing. It keeps us dreaming. I soon discovered I had little time to contemplate writing with demanding work hours and younger children. My zeal for writing never left and five years later I found myself at a small medical conference in Atlanta.  When asked by the moderator what is the one thing about you no one else knows, I blurted out, “I’m going to write a book.” I shocked myself by what I said. Her smile quickly evaporated when I replied I had no idea about what I would write. Three months later I read an article about the military’s HAARP project, in Alaska. I knew then this would become the topic of my first novel.  I thoroughly enjoy writing thrillers, but still toy with the idea of children’s books. However, for the moment, Bryson McGann keeps busy enough. (more…)

Date and Time Agreed (Part 1) by Guest Author Alex Knight

Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Guest Author Alex Knight

Guest Author Alex Knight

Jack slumped forward in the recliner; the cigarette fell from his half opened mouth leaving ashes everywhere. A radio blaring from the street jolted him awake again and he knocked over his can of beer. Damn punks, with the bass that high it rattled the windows.

“I hope you’re deaf before you’re twenty,” he shouted to no one at all. The car was long gone. “Sarah, get your ass in here and mop up this mess. Junior grab me another beer.” Silence was his only answer. Where the hell were those kids? “Now, dammit! You kids hear me?” When there was still no response he remembered that the brats and their mom were at some stupid school function that his wife Tracey insisted they all attend. Well not him. Sure she pleaded and whined, but that slap up the side of her head shut her up fast enough.

He worked hard and a man’s home was supposed to be his castle. Once he got home from the factory he didn’t want to go to no damn, sissified school thing. Looking around his ‘castle’ Jack momentarily recognized it for the dump it truly was. The carpet was threadbare, wallpaper faded and peeling and there were a couple of books underneath one end of the sofa to replace a broken leg. Why the hell didn’t Tracey take better care of the place? (more…)

Final Approach by Guest Author David Rhodes

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Author David Rhodes

The 747 coursed through the night sky toward Salt Lake City International Airport. A little over half of the people on board would stay in Salt Lake City, perhaps coming home from a business trip, or visiting a relative, while others would depart only to catch connecting flights. Most of those on the plane and in the terminal below had flown before, and became accustomed to its normality, and its frequency. And while America’s terminals were alive with fliers who were anxious to get to their gates, alive with strangers who were obviously up to no good (keep your hands on your wallets, please), sometimes alive with a chaos that could only be created by juggling so many flights, the general ambiance during all the activity was calm, routine, and second nature. After all, thousands of flights were in the air every day, all without incident.

A man in a gray suit sat in a window seat in first class, staring out at the night sky and its sprinkling of stars. He was returning from a business trip to Denver, where he had paid a prostitute a hundred dollars for sex; tonight, he would be returning home to his wife and kids like it had never happened. He glanced over at two very wealthy-looking women on the other side of the plane, and they raised their noses, glaring back disdainfully. “Bitches,” he muttered. (more…)

Drowning by Guest Author Bobbie Carducci

Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Bobbi Carducci

Author Bobbi Carducci

I didn’t know I was going to drown that day, otherwise I would have stayed home and prayed or something.

I woke early to the scent of summer and the sound of daddy’s snores. Morning was always my favorite time of day.  I’d slip out of the bed I shared with my sister and tiptoe into the kitchen to let the dog out for his morning pee before going to the bathroom to relieve myself. I was supposed to wash my hands after, but I didn’t always. Sometimes they seemed clean enough already.

Don’t let Mom catch you, I thought. She has this thing about hands and where they might have been, whatever that means. Where can they go? I wondered.

Quietly stepping onto the back stoop, taking care not to slam the screen door, I headed out for my morning walk. No one minded my early morning forays.  Kids wandered unaccompanied all over our small town back then. If someone misbehaved on our block she was in trouble long before she got home. Bad news always traveled faster than I did and I got more spankings because of that, but it wasn’t a nosy neighbor that got me in trouble that day, no siree, this time I did it pretty much on my own. (more…)

Returning to School? by Guest Author Suzanne E. Snyder

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Suzanne Synder


By Suzanne E. Snyder

When I first came to NVCC’s Loudoun Campus ten years ago, all I wanted was to take a psychology class. My oldest child was in high school and my youngest son had just started kindergarten. It had been more than twenty years since I’d graduated from high school, where my greatest accomplishment was never having to attend summer school. I was told back then that I was not college material, and twenty years later, I was still a little intimidated by that remark.

I told a friend of mine about my plan to take a psychology class at NOVA.   She suggested I take an English course first, since I might have to write a paper for psychology, and I’d need the English class to teach me how to do that. “English! I hate English,” I protested, “I don’t want to take English!”  I was sorry I’d mentioned my plan to her, but what she said made sense, so off I went to sign up for English.

I filled out an application for admission and was sent to see a counselor for program placement. The counselor asked if I’d chosen a major and I tried to explain that even though I was going to register for English, all I really wanted to do was take a psychology class. “Well, we don’t have a psychology degree,” he said, “but let’s put you down for General Studies, just in case you decide to continue.” He also recommended I take an orientation class. (more…)

Sacrosanct Shade by Guest Poet Candice James

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

I danced on the edge of a Tsunami wave,

Tripping, stumbling, slipping into dark cave;

Losing loose grasp on subconsciousness,

Spirit unwrapped in full state of undress.

Waking, baking in suffocating heat,

Head swimming in pain with aching pulse beat,

Fumbling in pocket, find a match and light it. (more…)

‘The Blessed or the Damned’ by Guest Author Paul DeThroe

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Guest Author Paul DeThroe

I came back from the dead.  It was the most horrific experience.  When I first died, my soul went to the end of the waiting line for the Divine Court of Eternal Judgment.  It was a damned long line and it didn’t move very fast so I took the time to make some new acquaintances.  Most of us hadn’t planned on dying, but fate being what it is; we had little choice in the matter.  All of us had been led from the great light to here by relatives that had been dead for ages.  The relatives had to leave once we reached the line, though, because no one was allowed to wait with us in the great line.  So, it was just us, the blessed or the damned.

In my case, I felt really stupid for trying to shoot my wife’s lover when I’ve never even fired a gun before.  When I came home early and walked in on their sordid affair, I was utterly flabbergasted.  I had misguidedly believed that my marriage was in good shape, but as she moaned and groaned in response to her lover’s violent thrusts, I knew I had been duped.  I looked down and saw a handgun sticking out of the man’s trousers that lie on the floor.  I took it and aimed at his tattooed back.  When I pulled the trigger nothing happened. (more…)

‘The Pride of Pimlico’ by Guest Author Jesse Langley

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Guest Author Jesse Langley

I flew into London on the anniversary of D-Day.  As we broke through the dense cloud cover over Gatwick, I couldn’t help thinking that London looked like Jessica Lange—getting a little decrepit, but you still have to admit that the old girl’s still got it.  I covered up the sound of the squalling baby in the seat behind me by stuffing my headphones into my ears and turning up the volume on The Weepies.

I waited like all the other sad sacks in the long line leading to customs and endured the inordinate suspicion of the customs agent who had apparently never heard of university fellowships.  I suspected he may have been dowsing his fish and chips with more malt vinegar than was absolutely necessary.  While waiting on my luggage I exchanged a wad of dollars for a much smaller number of British pounds.  I had never seen bills so huge.  Those things were the size of napkins.  But they were all emblazoned with a very regal looking Queen Elizabeth, and that took my attention away from wondering how big English wallets would have to be to accommodate such monstrosities.  After claiming my battered backpack from the luggage carousel and wondering how the ground crew managed to get sufficient grease smeared on it to transfer to my pinstriped linen pants, I wandered out and caught a train bound for Victoria station. (more…)