A Holiday Wish from our Publisher

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

I want to thank all of our writers and contributors who have made this year’s publication of The Arts and Entertainment Magazine and THE EERIE DIGEST possible. Our magazines are geared to be instructional and entertaining for all the students, and those looking for words of wisdom towards their chosen careers, to follow. Without their support and contributions, so many of our readers world-wide may not find an equal source of first hand experiences.

I also want to thank our many readers who follow our publication for your loyalty, and we hope to continue our work for your enjoyment. We are coming into a trying time and we look to give our readership the hope and great reading far into the future. As the publisher I therefore wish every one of you a…….

Happy Holiday and Hopeful New Year !

TAEM J&J movie review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

  We had the pleasure of reviewing Peter Jackson’s rendition to his fabulous series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. This was the prequel that was long awaited for. It was also the inspiration for the senior member of our team to take up writing over thirty years ago.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is an brilliant undertaking of Director Peter Jackson that helped fill in all the holes, nooks, and crannies that existed in Tolkien’s work, and laid the basis for the series that followed. Many of Gandalf the Grey’s disappearances in the author’s story are now well explained and tie in to the Ring trilogy beautifully. (more…)

Travel Time with Roger Tweed- Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks (part 3)

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Travel Time with Roger Tweed

On Friday, our fourth and final full day in the parks, we had a full day scheduled.  First, it was back to Lodgepole to hike to Tokopah Falls, then back to the Giant Forest to see the General Sherman Tree (the largest tree by volume in the world) and hike the Congress Trail.  Later in the afternoon we were scheduled to tour Crystal Cave.  And finally, if time permitted, we’d visit Moro Rock.

Lodgepole has a very large year-round campground and we drove through most of it as we searched for the trail head for Tokopah Falls.  The trail to the falls is about 2 miles with a little bit of a climb.  Bugs were not quite as bad as earlier in the week.  You are hiking alongsisde the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River.  At 1200 feet, Tokopah Falls is the highest falls in the park and one of the highest falls in California (outside Yosemite).  As you approach the falls the trail becomes mostly granite rocks, and that makes it a bit tricky.  Yellow Bellied Marmots are said to live in these rocks near the falls, but we didn’t see any.  And unfortunately for us, we didn’t see the falls either.  Mid September was too late in the year to see any falls or cascades, at least it was this year.  You can see where the cascades and falls would be, and some of the rock faces were wet, but no falls on this day.  If you go online you can see pictures taken in the spring.  (more…)

TAEM News Flash: Past Authors in the News!

Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Jeremy Shipp

Jeremy Shipp

The Arts and Entertainment Magazine and THE EERIE DIGEST has just been informed that two authors that we had the honor of interviewing in our past issues have published new novels. Author Rick Chesler whom we interviewed in our June 2010 issue, and Jeremy Shipp who appeared in our March 2010 edition both have produced new work to the delight of our readership.g

Attic ToysAttic ClownsAuthor Jeremy Shipp has two new books on Amazon for our readers. The first is Attic Toys, a collection of 19 Tales of Fantasy by masters, and rising stars, of horror and dark fantasy. This book will keep our readers glued to their seats. His second book is Attic Clowns which he guarantees to cause our readers to bite their nails. Jeremy has always been at the forefront of tales for late at night and is well loved by horror story lovers everywhere. You can click on the book titles to discover their links to Amazon for their purchase. (more…)

An Expression of Dissatisfaction by guest author Glenn James

Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Author Glenn James

Guest Author Glenn James

(Or “In Loving Memory”)

T’was a tough time of year to be contemplating a burial, but there you go.  At least it wasn’t Mansell’s job to have to hack a hole 6ft down through the unforgiving frost, and the rock-hard flinching soil, but that’s what the grave diggers are paid for.  He was wondering if they’d have to use dynamite, the weather was so unseasonably brutal.  But if someone has the discourtesy to go and fall off the perch in the dead of winter, and leave instructions to be buried on Christmas Eve, what do you expect? It would help if the dear departed had been decent enough to leave a little gratuity, whereby the members of the profession so inconvenienced might perhaps drink to his everlasting peace.  But no, the man had been as tight as a ducks arse, and the job was being done on the cheap.  And a Merry Christmas too you, too, my lords and masters, with knobs on. (more…)

TAEM J&J movie review of ‘Lincoln’

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

    This movie is based upon Abraham Lincoln’s personal struggle during the American Civil War. One of the two issues portrayed in the movie involved his quest to abolish slavery by passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. The other issue revolved around his personal life.

The difficulties in passing the bill that might change the future of the country and the history of the world was the main theme. These difficulties were brought about by those who were opposed to change and was further hampered by the conflict between the States. There were only those who would accept the bill’s passage, some for personal gain, and others who wished to reconcile with the Confederacy first. Personal prejudices of many voting on the bill was also a factor holding up it’s passage. Lincoln believed that the Amendment was the essence of the Constitution in that all men were created equal. He used his cunning and oratory skills to convince people to vote in favor of the bill, without changes that might hinder it’s true purpose. (more…)

Travel Time with Roger Tweed: Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks (Part II)

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Travel Time with Roger Tweed

Day 3 (Thursday) in the parks had us traveling into Sequoia National Park for the first time.  We departed Grant Grove early (a bit too early as it turned out) and headed through the Sequoia National Forest/National Monument (you can collect sequoia cones for personal use in the National Forest but not in the National Park) to Lodgepole Village where we wanted to eat breakfast and check in at the visitor center to plan our hikes for the next two days.  Along the road through the National Forest you pass the Montecito Sequoia Lodge and the Stony Creek Resort (the only place you can get gasoline).

Lodgepole has the largest market in the parks along with a snack bar, and we were planning on getting lunch provisions and eating breakfast.  We arrived a little after 8 am, and the market did not open until 9.  Worse still, the snack bar was closed for the season.  So, Bob and I availed ourselves of the visitor center conferring with the rangers about local hikes.  We also bought our tickets for the 3:00 pm Crystal Cave tour on Friday (tickets must be purchased a day in advance).  After conferring with a ranger, we decided that we would drive down to Crescent Meadow and hike the High Sierra Trail about 4.5 miles to the east toward Bearpaw Meadow (11 miles east) and determine how far we wanted to go before turning around.  After that hike and lunch, we would park at the Giant Forest Museum (formerly the Giant Forest Market) and hike the Alta and Huckleberry Trails up to where Alta meets the Congress Trail, making a loop that would take us past several meadows and named Giant Sequoias.  (more…)

TAEM interview with Actress Vida Ghaffari

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Photo courtesy of CBeckett Photography

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is constantly on the hunt for acting talent to display for our readership. We recently discovered actress Vida Ghaffari, who has a strong background in indie films. Vida, how did you originally get started in films ?

VG-When I first moved to LA to pursue more opportunities in journalism, I was cast as a wacky, over the top tabloid-type reporter in a short film and realized that I enjoyed playing a reporter more than being one. I actually got my start in journalism writing for the school paper in college (University of Maryland, College Park) as well as being a DJ on my campus radio station, WMUC. I loved interacting with guests and being on the air. In retrospect, I think that really helped me with my voiceover career as I’ve always been really comfortable with a mic. A lot of actors have problems going from on-camera to voiceover work as their bodies are their instrument, but it was a really seamless transition for me and I go back and forth between the two mediums quite easily. As for acting, I got my start in the theatre where I had acted in some plays. I did tons of sketch comedy and was in a couple of troupes. That lead to work in many short films and indie features. I’ve even acted in a lot of student films, so I’ve really paid my dues.  (more…)

TAEM Newsflash- Actor Adrian Bustamante in New Role!

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

   Actor Adrian Bustamante, who we interviewed in our June 15, 2012 issue, has landed a new role as a chef on a popular You Tube channel. The show, Food Deconstructed, takes a culinary classic and breaks it down into its basic elements and reconstructs it in four unexpected exciting ways.

Adrian, who grew up in the rich culinary landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area, has always had a passion for cooking. He had attended a culinary school and worked at various restaurants. Now Adrian will share his daring creations that are inspired by traditional dishes. See Food Deconstructed on YouTube and prepare for an appetizing adventure.



TAEM In San Francisco

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Arts and Entertainment Magazine and THE EERIE DIGEST recently visited San Francisco, the second home for motion pictures in California. Most people don’t know this, but it is the home of PIXAR, who recently developed a new style of animated pictures which began with Disney’s Toy Story.

There ongoing success also brought Buzz Light Year, Monster, Inc, Cars, Wall-E, Ratatouille, Toys, Finding Nemo and so many more animated films. One of their newest, which I had the pleasure of viewing, is Brave. Lucasfilm , American Zoetrope, and many more also hail from the Bay Area. (more…)

TAEM Goes to a Wedding…LA Style !!!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

  The Arts and Entertainment Magazine and THE EERIE DIGEST was invited to an LA wedding this month by his friends Meredith Molinari and Aaron Clute. This was a fabulous wedding following the uniqueness that only Los Angeles can do. It was a ‘Halloween Wedding Costume Ball’ thrown at LA’s fantastic Cicada Club on South Olive Street in downtown Los Angeles.

It was a great setting and everyone showed up in costumes ranging from horror garb to roaring 20’s showgirls. The groom and groomsmen wore attire reminiscent of the Victorian era, and the bride and bridesmaids matched with Victorian showgirl dress. There were the Pirates of the Caribbean on hand, a Hugh Hefner and Playgirl look-alike, even one of the Blues Brothers was on hand.  Our publisher and his wife appeared as a Scottish Laird and Victorian Lady that would fit right in with one of ‘The Royals’ weddings. (more…)

TAEM at LA and Universal Studios

Thursday, November 15th, 2012


    The Arts and Entertainment Magazine and THE EERIE DIGEST went on tour in Los Angeles and visited the Universal Studios. Here is Hollywood at its finest. In our flight to LA we had the great fortune of sharing seats with actor Danny Glover. I presented him with our business card and hope that he responds with our request for an on-line interview with our magazine.


TAEM Interview with Producer Lorenzo Raveggi

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

TAEM- Filmmaking in the United States seems to dwell on the action-packed picture with special effects at its core. European filmmaking, on the other hand, tends to be more artistic. This was recently evident in the recent motion picture ‘The American’. To explore that point further The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has started to focus on European producers and directors as the basis for this trend. We recently discovered Lorenzo Raveggi, a director/producer that hails from Florence Italy. Lorenzo, Please describe your origins in filmmaking.

LR- Hello, I am Florentine yes. Florence is capital of the Renaissance. I was born like career with the lyric theatre and than growing up to writing movies and acting. My passion for the great history transported me to filmmaking. And now here I am.

TAEM- Who were your mentors in your career and tell us who inspired you the most ?

LR- I trust very much in Lorenzo Raveggi. And if I can say a name of inspiration maybe the Great Luchino Visconti. But I repeat I think to be Lorenzo Raveggi and love my originality. (more…)

TAEM – Revisiting director & producer Jason Croot

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Jason Croot

Jason Croot; photo credit: Lizzie T

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine originally interviewed director & producer Jason Croot for our April 2011 issue. We have recently learned that he has not rested on his laurels but has been very busy on several new projects. Jason, tell our readers about that production that you were working on during that first interview with you.

JC- Hello TAEM readers, over a year has passed since our first interview and I have learnt so much about filmmaking in that time, it’s so true that doing can be more educational than studying; I was working on Le Fear my debut feature film during the first interview.

TAEM- Tell us of its success and where it has been seen.

JC- After pulling out of a distribution deal I decided to give the film away for free online and over 10,000 have watched the film and we have had some good reviews which gave me the confidence to make a sequel. (more…)

‘Shattered’ and ‘Patch Work’ by Guest Poet Alex Knight

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Guest Author Alex Knight

Guest Author Alex Knight

A fine line

Walked daily

Pulled one way

Pushed another

Cries for help


“You’re the one

we always

count on,


‘strong one.'” (more…)

TAEM interview with producer Justin Samuels

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine loves to explore all the facets of movie making. One of the most prevalent, and often unsung, is the art of creating a video documentary. These are important films and deal with the every day life around us. One such documentary filmmaker is someone from Long Island, New York where I grew up. His name is Justin Samuels. Justin, what interested you in movie making, and especially documentaries.

JS- I’ve always enjoyed storytelling and sharing information with people in various forms.  I’ve written 8 screenplays, and during the fall of 2011, as occupy formed, I began blogging about it.  I eventually began taking pictures of it, and started to video interview occupiers as well as take random footage.  As a filmmaker, I’m not specifically a documentary filmmaker, I do both documentaries and fiction film.

TAEM- As many students of the arts follow our publication for tips on how to succeed in their craft, tell us about the training and education that you undertook to perfect your trade.

JS-I have a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University in History.  I also took a number of English and writing courses at Cornell.  Outside of Cornell, I participated in various screenwriting workshops and read books on the matter.  (more…)

Travel Time with Roger Tweed: Banff National Park (Part 2)

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Travel Time with Roger Tweed

Finally, after all the delay, here is the story of our hiking experiences in the Shadow Lake area of Banff National Park (one of the 4 oldest National Parks in the world!).

On Tuesday (8/14), our plan was to hike from the lodge to Gibbon Pass and beyond. With breakfast out of the way and lunches packed, we put on our gear and headed to the trail. Or at least what we thought was the trail. The map was a bit imprecise and it looked like the northbound trail turned off of the main trail (the one we took into the lodge) just before you arrived at the lodge. Heading in that direction we found two trails that led in the right direction, but one ended at the horse corral and the other seemed to dead end. As it turned out, the trail to Gibbon Pass and beyond to Rte. 93 began right behind our cabin. And with that knowledge we were off once again. (more…)

‘One Last Magickal Ride’ by Guest Author Paul DeThroe

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Guest Author Paul DeThroe

The ice melted from my perpetually frozen skin, first in drips and then chunks. Though I had been imprisoned in thick ice for well over a thousand years, I had no idea exactly how long.  I was once the world’s greatest wizard.  But I let my guard down for a beautiful lady, whom I trusted more than I should have.  The next thing I knew, I became the world’s second greatest wizard.  Once that happened, I became trapped for all of eternity at the very top of the world. Or, so she and I thought.

Then a funny thing happened. The world warmed up.  It could’ve all been foreseen.  As humankind’s knowledge increased, along with its population, new technologies would surely take hold and choke the atmosphere with thick clouds of polluted dust, creating an oven-like effect.  Unfortunately for me, the damage was already done.  Yea, I was awakening now, but into a time that had passed me by.  As my consciousness came back alive, I would know nothing of my new existence.  And I would know no one. (more…)

TAEM interview with artist Bobby Oyawusi

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Bobby OyawusiTAEM- Our publication, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine, would like to touch upon one of the major cornerstones of our magazine, Art. Art is portrayed in our every day lives. From pictures, to film, and even advertising. We don’t believe most people knows how it affects them, no less reaches out to catch their attention. One constant influence of art is in advertising. Art helps advertisers connect with the buying public. It helps move products by first catching your attention, then focusing it on the subject in question. One such artist is Bobby Oyawusi, whose stunning displays are both pivotal to view and pleasing to the eye. Bobby, what art courses and training did you undertake to achieve this dream ? 

BO- Good question this is probably one of the biggest hurdles I have to get over, I actually didn’t realize I wanted to get into art and advertising until a couple years ago.  I studied pre-med in college. However, I would always jot down these ideas and concepts I had and one day a co-worker suggested that I try to execute them. I got a lot of good feedback so I just kept at it, I realized I liked it I realized a whole lot actually, I kind of have a mild obsession with perfection and I think the world should see it as I do. (more…)

TAEM interview with actress Donnie Kent

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Donnie Kent

Actress Donnie Kent

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine always loves to hear from new actors and reveal the process that all who hone their craft must go through. With many students of the arts using our publication as a learning tool to follow in the footsteps of success, we try to ask each of those that we interview to reveal the path that they have taken to achieve their goals.

A new actress who has taken these same steps has now come into our focus. Donnie Kent has begun to achieve the goals that she has set her sights on. Donnie, what was the learning process that you originally undertook?

DK- I started this career in my early 30’s, but I let life get in the way.  When I realized there was a large demographic for baby boomers, I decided to give it another shot and not give up on the dream.  I enrolled in workshops, got some great headshots by Bob Lasky, a fabulous photographer, signed on with a few agents, and started the process of auditioning. (more…)