July, 2013

Wishing Our Publications a Happy 4th Birthday!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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Wishing our publications

A Happy 4th Birthday!

Our two publications, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST, is entering their 48th issue and we want to thank our fabulous team on their accomplishments. Originally starting as a blog site, we have grown and expanded to cover short stories, Hollywood, Sports, Science, Music, The Arts, Web Series and so much more. Our Web Partners span the realms of Hollywood, to the British Isles and India. (more…)

‘Where There’s Smoke’ by Guest Author Alex Knight

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Guest Author Alex Knight

Guest Author Alex Knight

(An Anya Orlova short story)

“Tell us where the body is!” His fist pounded on the interrogation room table.
The paper cup bounced once and then tipped over; spewing its muddy contents all over the documents spread out in front of me. His look of bewilderment was comical and it was all I could do not to smirk.
“Look, we found your fingerprints at the crime scene. You might as well tell us what happened so that we can help you. Did he attack you? Was it self-defense? We all know Pedro was a worthless piece of shit that won’t be missed by anyone, probably not even by his widow, once we break the news.”
Good cop was trying to take the focus off of his partner whose bulging purple veins were an angry roadmap that led to no place I wanted to go.
I knew my fingerprints weren’t found at the scene; they have never been found anywhere and they do not exist in AFIS or any other database anywhere in the world. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Producer Michael Haney in the News!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Producer Michael Haney

Producer Michael Haney

The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has just learned that Producer Michael Haney (see our January 2012 issue), who we have interviewed last year, now has become an acting coach in Florida. His school, The Palm Beach Acting School, is up and running, but there is limited availability for enrollment.

The school is located at:

1263 South Military Trail, #6
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Classes are ongoing – can start any week!
Call Mr. Haney for additional dates and times – (561) 667-1298 (more…)

The Tweed Update by Roger Tweed

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Roger TweedA Surprising Win – Our portfolio managed to recover more quickly than the S&P 500 over the past four weeks, gaining 1.1% while the index lost 0.7%.  Although June was brutal for mortgage REIT American Capital Agency (AGNC), SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), and SPDR China (GXC), our portfolio overcame these losses on the strong performance of B&G Foods (BGS), Ford (F), Wisdom Tree Japan Hedged Equity (DXJ), Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) and News Corp. (NWSA) (the two new companies created by the split of the former News Corp.), and a gain from Facebook (FB).  Since its January 10 inception our portfolio has gained 6.02% while the S&P 500 has gained 10.13%.

Our stocks were led by B&G Foods, which gained 17.7%.  The company’s acquisition of Pirate Brands, makers of healthy snacks under the Pirate’s Booty label, was well received by analysts and the stock has restored its image as a fast-growing, high earning food company.  Japan Hedged Equity gained 6.9% as the Nikkei snapped back from its 20% slide in May, as traders are once again betting that the Abe government’s unprecedented monetary easing will continue and will produce higher inflation and growth.  Ford gained 6.2% as U.S. sales grew 13% in June, F-Series pickup sales (the largest contributor to Ford’s bottom line) grew 24% in June, and sales in China grew by 44% in June.  (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Producer Josh Mitchell in the News!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Producer Josh Mitchell

Producer Josh Mitchell

The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is very happy to announce that long time friend and publicist Josh Mitchell has just released his Independent Film, Helen Keller Had A Pit Bull  on Vimeo Pro. “Vimeo is the new wave of Independent Filmmaking”, he stated.

Asked to describe the film, he said that it is “Based on true events.  A Boston publicist moves to LA with his girlfriend-actress to live the dream but his world is turned upside down when a rival competitor posts a nasty lie about him on the consumer website Ripoff Report.  To worsen matters, his girlfriend is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and her final dying wish is to get a pit bull.  As he mourns her tragic loss he is forced to make nice with his new furry friend while he works to get revenge on his enemy and restore his company’s reputation.” (more…)

TAEM Interview with Author Peter Brow

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Author Peter Brow

Author Peter Brow

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine continues to search the globe for new writers so that we can introduce them to our vast readership. Many talented authors are being discovered by us monthly in the lands just north of our border. One great Canadian discovery that we recently just chanced upon is writer Peter Brow.

TAEM- Tell us about your native Canada, and where you come from.

PB-It’s an interesting story because although I’m Canadian and live in Vancouver, B.C., I was actually born in India. I spent my first seven years in a small, Northern Indian village. So, my first experiences were far removed from the Canadian tundra. I had more of a craving for spicy curries than Canadian back bacon! At age seven, we moved to Canada and my father immediately enrolled me in the all-Canadian activity – hockey. I’ve loved it ever since. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Author Beverly Lien

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Author Beverly Lein

Author Beverly Lein

TAEM- Many good things are coming from our northern neighbor, Canada. Among them is a bevy of authors who have been producing some great work. The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has recently introduced a number of them to our vast readership and we have just discovered another author of great interest, Beverly Lien.

Beverly, what first interested you to take up the pen and who was the author that most influenced you in your work ?

BL-We grew up in a world with no power, no telephones, no running water,  no such things as computer’s etc. Our lives were governed by hard work so if you ever got your hands on a comic book or story book of any sort you were one lucky kid. School had storybooks so one could lose themselves in a fantasy land.

There was no one special author who influenced me if the story was good  I read it.

I loved the Old Louis L’Amour cowboy stories or Edgar Rice Burrows and his Tarzan stories.

My first book about an elk I had called Butter was what prompted me to write my first story. She was so unique I wanted the world to know about her. I finished it and called it An Elk in the House. I was fortunate a publisher liked it and took it on. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Escape Artist Curtis Lovell II

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

7TAEM- The world of entertainment is as vast and varied as the many kinds of media by which it is enjoyed. Our publication, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine, explores new avenues of this immense field to keep our readers well informed.

One area of the industry deals with magic, mysticism, and illusion. In delving into this area, we chanced upon an expert to reveal this world to our readers, escape artist Curtis Lovell II. Curtis, please tell our readers what prompted you to take up this challenging career.

CL-  As a child in Columbus, Ohio, I tried different hobbies, looking for books on how to build a rocket ship to the moon, for example.  In my search I came across books on magic and escapes, which I found really exciting.  A few weeks later I saw a magician at a school assembly program, and I quickly fell in love with the world of magic and escapes.  I read many books on the great escape artist Harry Houdini.  (BTW, I didn’t totally give up on being an astronaut – I got a rockin’ pair of Moon Boots!) (more…)

‘Blood Ties’ by Guest Author Glenn James

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013


Author Glenn James

Guest Author Glenn James

BLOOD-TIES”:  A Review of “Dracula: The Undead” By Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt

With grateful thanks to Dacre Stoker for his insights and thoughts into the writing of the novel.

Sometimes you sit down to read a book quite happy to simply discover where the story is going to take you.  In the case of “The Undead”, if you are a fan of anything gothic, you would approach it with quite a degree of anticipation: metaphorically wanting to either ward it off, or embrace it, to either approach it with a crucifix stretched out before you in a trembling hand, or in the mood to rip a cross away to expose your neck.  For we are treading on hallowed ground, and the dead are restless in their tombs. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Executive Producer Greg Centineo

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

gregcentineoTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is now exploring many of the upcoming films that will be hitting the silver screen next year. One of the latest is Legends of OZ: Dorothy’s Return the animated film just coming out of Cannes. We had just interviewed producer Ryan Carroll for this production and would now like to introduce another executive producer for this film, Greg Centineo, to all of our readers.

Greg, before we broach the subject on this film, we understand that you had a different start for you career. You had previously went to Florida to work with youth . Please tell us about this aspect of your life and how it might have prepared you for your work on Legends of Oz.

GC-  I have had a few careers in my 49 years. My brothers and I owned a landscaping business back in the 1980’s. I spent about ten years of my life cutting lawns, which I hated with a passion, but also enjoyed at the same time. I think that experience taught me perseverance and how to work hard physically. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Producer Ryan Carroll

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Legends of Oz logoTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is excited to be at the forefront of the news in letting our vast readership know of upcoming films. We have uncovered a major animated film that will be reaching the silver screen in 2014. The production company for the production is Summertime Entertainment whose CEO is Ryan Carroll.

Ryan, the name of your project is Legends of OZ: Dorothy’s Return. I have seen the film’s trailer and believe that you have created a blockbuster that will be seen by millions of moviegoers. For all the students who follow our publication, please tell us how you first got started and what you did to prepare yourself for your career.

RC- I watched A LOT of movies and bought an espresso machine! I also did everything in theatre from Lighting and Sound to Stage Managing and Set Building even some Acting.

TAEM- Tell us about your educational background and what influenced you to take up this career.

RC-   I was very lucky to start training under Byrne Piven, Jeremy Piven’s father, at the “Piven Theatre Workshop” with such actors as Aiden Quinn, Joan and John Cusack and guest teachers like William H. Macy. Byrne wrote my letter of recommendation to the “Goodman School of Drama” in Chicago, now called “The Theatre School/DePaul”. It was an incredibly great and intensive program which gave me a wonderful “bag of tools” to use in the creative process of storytelling. (more…)

TAEM Tours Vermont!

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Montpelier-3The Arts and Entertainment Magazine just recently toured the beautiful state of Vermont to spread the word about our publication to many of the college student population there. We flew from Washington, DC on United Airlines and landed at Burlington Airport just before midnight on Saturday, so that we could start the week off on Sunday. The trip was booked through Travelocity.

Things began to go wrong upon landing as the airport shuts down at midnight, but we landed at approximately 11:25pm. Most airport personnel had already left and we discovered that a major portion of our luggage was missing. After frantically searching for help we were able to recover it prior to the place going dark. We also booked a car rental from Dollar Car Rental (big mistake) as we normally book through Enterprise. The Dollar car attendant tried to force insurance upon us, even though we were covered through our State Farm policy. She was very adamant about it and was forcing us to take it stating that we would have an accident that we were fully liable for. To her surprise I refused and she began to get snippy. Luckily our hotel, the Burlington Hampton Inn, came to the rescue and ordered us a cab for which the hotel paid for.  (more…)

‘The Ordeal of the Semillante’ contributed by Guest Author Jim Gaines

Sunday, July 14th, 2013
Guest Author Jim Gaines

Guest Author Jim Gaines

The Ordeal of the Sémillante[1] -By Alphonse Daudet

-Translated by guest author James F. Gaines

          Since that northerly wind the other night blew us up onto the coast of Corsica, permit me to tell you the tale of a terrible maritime tragedy the fishermen down there mention often during the evenings and on which chance has furnished me with very interesting information. It was two or three years ago.

I was sailing the seas around Sardinia with a team of seven or eight customs officers.  Tough trip for a novice!  All through the month of March we didn’t have a single good day.  The easterly gale bore down on us and the waves would show us no mercy.

One night we were racing before the storm when our boat came to find shelter at the entrance to the Gulf of Bonifacio in the midst of a cluster of little islands.  Their appearance offered nothing encouraging; huge windswept boulders covered with seabirds, a few tufts of wormwood, stunted locust trees, and here and there in the mud, scraps of wood moldering away.  But by heaven, for a spot to spend the night, these hideous rocks were better than the broken keel of wrecked ship where the waves swept in and out as though they owned it, so we made the best of it. As soon as we had gone ashore, while the mates were putting together a fire to boil some chowder, the skipper called me over and showed me a little enclosure of white stones hiding in the broom at the end of the island.  (more…)