This past month The Arts and Entertainment Magazine had announced that actress Eileen Grubba was advocating a campaign for Global Genes, to help young children all over the world. She continues to assist this cause and you can see the latest interview with her at http://globalgenes.org/interview-with-writer-advocate-and-actress-eileen-grubba/ . Eileen continues to support many great charities and recently explained another of her projects : Sleeping with the Bear . Asked about this she quoted : “We made “Sleeping With The Bear” to show audiences what it looks like when a person with a REAL physical challenge, inhabits a character with a similar challenge. We wanted to show the depth of pain one feels, behind closed doors, when they are facing devastating news, from the point of view of someone who HAS faced such news. The kind of pain we never really feel comfortable sharing with others. We also made it to take the audience through the journey of being in your worst emotional place, and then show how you can turn it around when you take the focus off of your problem, and turn your energy and mind toward helping someone else. We hoped to show the entertainment world the emotional depth and passion that comes when you hire an actor with extreme life experience to inhabit a challenging role. (more…)
TAEM- On March 29th, 2013 we interviewed Professor Todd Messegee (click on to see article) who has now moved his talents to George Mason University. Professor Messegee is well versed in Art and Digital Photography and is now teaching students at GMU all about screenwriting. He has also written a number of stories for our publication (see our Short Stories section on the Homepage Toolbar) and his works are well read by all our readers.
Todd, writing and books are the forte of our magazine, and we have displayed many talented writers over the years. One such writer is Raymond Benson (click on to see article for March 1, 2010), who had written six of the James Bond novels. His work has actually been made into some of the most well known films of our time. How does a screenwriter interpret a novelist’s work to incorporate it into a feature film?
TM- Hello again and thanks for having me back! The world of the fiction book writer and the screenwriter are intertwined and deeply related. Some of the most successful films in history began their journey as books. The main challenge that a screenwriter faces when interpreting a book is that there is often more story content in a book than filmmakers can ever bring to a two hour movie, so unfortunately the first step when translating a book to a movie is to distill the story down to the major narrative beats. That means cutting away anything that doesn’t move the story forward. It’s difficult work and at times is heartbreaking. (more…)
TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine constantly looks for exciting talent to present to all of our readers. Recently we ran across an actress that is versatile to fit many roles. From the dramatic to comedic, actress Jona Xiao has a wide spectrum of accomplishments.
Jona, when did acting first appeal to you and what steps did you take to learn your trade ?
JX- When I was young, I never thought I’d become an actress. English was my second language (I was “Made in China”) and I was super shy because I could barely speak English at the time.
Then, in the 6th grade, I was forced to take a drama class. Somehow I ended up playing the lead role in the class play “Rapinstilskin,” the rap version of Rapunzel. It was such a blast being able to step into this fairy tale role that it was what I looked forward to every day. I really found myself opening up more emotionally as a result of my experiences in this production and future ones. (more…)
TAEM- In the production of a film there is much that goes into its creation that could bring it success. A music score has always been the hallmark of a great film. The Arts and Entertainment Magazine would like to uncover the this field to give our readers a better understanding of it. Because many of our readers are college students, we feel that it is important to shed some light on this subject. We, therefore, would like to introduce composer Cory Perschbacher to our readership and ask his help in doing so.
Cory, what educational steps did you take for your career and why did you choose it ?
CP- For education, I went to school for audio engineering, but I was recording my own music since I was fifteen, and learned by doing and also by reading interviews, watching videos, and talking one on one with other film composers. I would like to go back to school someday to learn as much as I can about music. (more…)
TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST recently attended the Baltimore Comic-Con and discovered a number of creative writers and artists to introduce to all our readers. One such memorable meeting was with Jason B. Crawley, of the Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror.
Jason, you originally hailed from England then moved to the United States . Please tell us about this aspect of your life and the reason for moving ‘across the pond’.
JBC- I was born and raised in England and lived there for 33 years. I met Mary (my now wife) online in a chat room at the end of 2000 and after travelling to see each other for a couple of years, we got engaged and in April 2003 I made the permanent move over to the US. We were married June 20th 2003 and earlier this year, celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary. (more…)
TAEM- Recently The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST attended the Baltimore Comic-Con and came away with quite a few avenues for us to explore. Comic books are a form of graphic novels, both of which our magazines hold great interest in. These fields have a great following and many artists and writers are flocking to their front lines to demonstrate their abilities.
One attendee to the show was comic book creator Elvin Hernandez whose outstanding concepts in The Solution left us in awe. Elvin, how do you classify your work? Would it be proper to say it is a comic book or a graphic novel?
EH- As of now, it’s a continuing comic book series rather than a full on graphic novel, though the original concept does have a beginning, middle and end; this makes it a bit different than your standard superhero story which tends to be about the continuing adventures of a recurring character. (more…)
Stretching the Lead – Our portfolio again outperformed the S&P 500 during the past five weeks as all of our stock positions showed gains. Our only losing positions since September 6 were American Capital Agency (AGNC) and SPDR Gold (GLD), while the trio of Whole Foods Market (WFM), Facebook (FB), and Boeing (BA) each gained over 11%. Since September 6, our portfolio gained 5.2% while the S&P 500 gained 2.9%. Since its January 10 inception our portfolio has gained 21.84% while the S&P 500 has gained 16.14%.
Whole Foods led the portfolio with a gain of 12%. The high-end grocer recently announced the introduction of its own line of pet foods and plans to open stores in Chicago and Newark, and also received an analyst’s Buy recommendation. Our Whole Foods shares have gained 37%. Facebook gained 11% even though the shares plunged almost 12% from October 7 to October 9 when escalating Government shutdown and debt ceiling fears dragged down the market. Facebook’s stock price has risen so dramatically since its July earnings report that the upcoming October 30 earnings report will need to be impressive to maintain its strong momentum. Facebook is our best performing position with a gain of 56%. (more…)
Natasha Blasick’s New Television Series and Paranormal Romance Novel!
The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is excited to release information on Actress Natasha Blasick (click on to see article) who we interviewed in our August 2010 issue. We learned that Natasha has spread her wings and is now doing much more than acting and modeling. She even is a member of an international rock band.
Recent months have been a time of creation for actress Natasha Blasick. Dreams inspired her to commence writing a paranormal romance novel trilogy. And a television series starring the Ukrainian native is in the works.
Natasha is currently co-writing Live In Your World, a series of novels about Vivien, a woman whose dreams of an alien lover turn out to be more than she could ever imagine. The story spans across the galaxy. A handsome alien, Ardin, reveals an amazing truth to Vivien in book one. Book two takes her to her true home world. Book three brings it all together. Other worlds are connected to Earth with competing agendas. (more…)
The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has just learned that actor Said Faraj (click to see article) who we interviewed in our June 1st, 2010 issue is starring in a new film. The title of the film is The American Failure and it won several awards in the Sarasota Film Festival this year. Asked the theme behind the movie Said told us it was about a Los Angeles attorney Carlos Elias, a man who is running from both the cartel and the law after it’s discovered that he’s extorted millions of dollars. The film also features Hakeen Kae-Kazim, Dan Thiel, Adrienne Wilkinson and Chris Anglin. (more…)
TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST recently attended the Baltimore Comic-Con to dive into another world of writing and art. This involves the world of graphic novels, and it is of great interest to many of our readers.
On the second day there we ran into professor Greg M. Smith from the Georgia State University, who was displaying some of his work there. Professor, we have many students of the Arts who use our publication as a learning tool. Please tell us about your formal education that prepared you for your present work.
GMS- My college degree was in computer science, and I worked in that field for several years before deciding to go back to grad school to study film and television. At the time (the 80’s) the move from computers to film seemed to make no sense to anyone. Now it seems like a brilliant choice! My master’s (at UNC-Chapel Hill) and Ph.D. training (at Wisconsin-Madison) were increasingly focused on narrative, and that’s been the backbone of my work. (more…)