January, 2014

TAEM Explores Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

tree-of-lifeDisney’s Animal Kingdom was the third Disney Park that The Arts and Entertainment Magazine explored during our Thanksgiving 2013 visit to Florida. This adventure had to be compromised time-wise as with our last Disney foray. We did get in as much as possible although we would have loved to see much more during our visits. The park did not let us down, though, as with more additions arriving with our group it proved to be time well spent.

One of the first stops was the Animal Conservation Center where we were treated to views of the many animals and insects that are housed there. The official reason for this park’s construction was that Disney supports the preservation of all animal species. What better way to do it than to display wildlife in both instructional ways as well as in their natural habitats. The next stop was at the children’s Affection Station. To enter this area you must take the Wildlife Express Train (my favorite on this visit) where I actually was aloud to pose by the European style locomotive (I actually have two of those locos in my collection). Here youngsters can interact with many domestic and farm animals that are on display here. The Boneyard was also a place that that we stopped and proved to be another favorite for the children. Here play areas and children’s rides dominate this section. (more…)

‘In Search of….Me’ (pt.2) by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Joe O'Donnell   In this past issue I had started a quest to learn something about my ancestral name. Taking the advice of several friends I had decided to log on to Ancestry.com to give me help. Before doing so I set out to discover the birthdates of  my grandfather (also named Joseph) and my grandmother. This would help pinpoint them on the registers of travel that they would need to take for their trip to America.
I knew that they were both buried in New York City, which was their arrival point in this country. Upon learning of the whereabouts of their burial plot, I then obtained the date of birth for both of my grandparents. This done I was able to better research them on that site. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Roger TweedThe 2013 Portfolio Wins By A Nose – Our 2013 Portfolio rode a strong final four weeks from leaders Boeing (BA) and Facebook (FB) to outperform the S&P 500 for the year ended January 9, 2014.  Although the S&P 500 gained 3.5% over the final four weeks while our portfolio gained 1.9%, from its January 10, 2013 inception through January 9, 2014, our portfolio gained 25.8% while the S&P 500 gained 25.34%.  I am very pleased to have once again outperformed the S&P 500.

Boeing was our top performer with a gain of over 82%.  Facebook was our second best performer gaining over 81%.  One year ago, when overheating batteries were about to temporarily ground the 787 Dreamliner and Facebook was thought of as a company that hadn’t done anything right since before its disastrous initial public offering, it took some courage to include them in a portfolio (using my own money) whose performance would be reported publicly.   (more…)

‘Crisis’ – Chapter Two by Guest Author R.C. Hutchins

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Robin Hutchins - PictureThe drive to the hospital did not take as long as the demon lord first thought. When the car pulled into the hospital parking lot, Belial glanced once at the sleeping form of his young sorcerer and let himself smile, just a little. The car engine turned slowly after the demon lord shut the car off. Stretching languidly, Belial leaned over the space between the passenger and him, stretching his hand leisurely toward the human’s face. His long nails smoothed over the worry lines at the corner of Koen’s lips and Belial purred softly.

“You’re far too young for worry lines…” the demon purred softly. But then the human stirred and the demon lord pulled back his hand as if struck. In a louder voice, Belial said, “We’re here, pet.”


“…too young for worry lines…” came his purr, interrupting my sleep. I stirred slowly, blinking blearily in the afternoon light. “We’re here, pet.”

At the words, I shifted and stretched slowly, arching my back as I stretched. “Nnng… It’s only ten past eleven? I thought the drive was a five hour trip?” (more…)

TAEM Interview with Producer Matt Giudice

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

matt-giudiceTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has been fascinated with the new filmmaking process involving web series productions. This aspect of the moviemaking field has been growing in popularity for some time. It allows young filmmakers the opportunity to create films without dealing with the large film studios and affords them with seeing their work come to fruition much sooner.

One such filmmaker is Matt Giudice. Matt, what first inspired you to create a web series ?

MG- Well I’ve always wanted to do some sort of a series. I’ve always liked the idea of a story that took place over the course of multiple episodes and having the characters evolve, learn lessons, and develop over time. This is the kind of entertainment I always prefer to watch whether it is on TV or on the Internet. I think the Internet gives everyone the freedom to do whatever you want and it’s a great medium to make it open to the world. There’s also a lot more freedom with producing a series on the internet, whether it’s because you don’t have to listen to anyone or simply it’s about certain words you can say online but not on TV. I had made a lot of content for my university and I wanted a larger scale I suppose. (more…)

TAEM interview with Film Consultant Robert Fingerman

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

R FingermanTAEM- There are a multitude of functions needed to get a film produced that most people are unaware of. One of the major hurdles that a filmmaker must breach is financing his work. For that The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is tapping into the inner workings of this area for all those who wish to create a film and start a production company.

We therefore would like to introduce Robert S. Fingerman to all our readers. Robert, you are a film consultant and a CPA. What influenced you to venture into this area of financing?

RF- I got involved in the film business primarily as a production accountant. But the area of financing and packaging is so critical to indie film producers, that it became extremely important for my business to assist filmmakers in financing their films. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Screenwriter Scott Morgan

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

scott-morgan-1TAEM- It takes a lot of experience to finally take a place behind the cameras for filmmaking in Hollywood and produce award winning films. It is not often that The Arts and Entertainment Magazine can truly interview a filmmaker with those qualities of diversification. One such talent is Scott Morgan, who has worked in front of a camera, as well as behind it.

Scott, we understand that you first started out as an actor and model. Please tell us about this aspect of your career.

SM-My modeling in Chicago led to three commercials, one a national for Calvin Klein, that sent me to LA.  I worked on LA Law and other shows. (more…)

TAEM Visits The Magic Kingdom

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

disney-castleIn our last issue The Arts and Entertainment Magazine toured Epcot (click here to see article). We wanted to share with all our readers the thrills and magic that is Walt Disney World.

The theme park, which was a duplicate copy dreamed up by Walt Disney for his first endeavor ( the first being Disneyland in California), was his vision for families being able to enjoy quality time together. Walt wanted to build his theme parks so that family members could participate in his creations no matter what their ages were. True to his dreams the parks adhere to his golden rule.

Our second day in Florida saw us arrive at the Disney ticket center where we headed toward the Monorail for The Magic Kingdom. The ride was overflowing with passengers, so we chose the alternate route by boarding the steamboat to take us to our destination. Disney World left no stone overturned when thinking of its patrons comforts. This proved to be a good choice as the boat was not overcrowded. (more…)

‘The Elders’ by Joe O’Donnell

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

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‘In Search of……Me’ by Joseph J. O’Donnell

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
Joseph O'Donnell

Joseph O’Donnell

For many years I have toiled with the idea of finding out something about my family roots. This was first inspired by author Alex Haley and his novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. In 1977 ABC aired the story as Roots and was watched by a record breaking 130 million viewers. It later went on to become a mini series and spurred world-wide interest in people to research their own ancestry.

A second film, Enemy Mine, with Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr. nudged me even more. The film depicted Gossett as an lizard-like alien, and Quaid, as an earthling, doing battle in outer space. Both had crashed landed on an barren world and had to come to grips with each others cultures. Upon spying on a ritual chant by Gossett, Quaid asked if Gossett was praying to an alien God. Gossett explained that he had been reciting the names of his ancestors from over one hundred generations in the past.  He challenged Quaid to recall his own predecessors in which Quaid could only remember no further back then his grandparents. (more…)

Interview with Musician Becky White

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Becky-WhiteTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is constantly on the prowl looking for new musicians, and music styles, to introduce to our readership. A short time ago we had toured San Francisco and wrote an article about it in our ‘NEWS’ section. Recently we were introduced to a new group from there called Firekeeper.

  The group is comprised of Becky White and drummer/ designer Nathan Pundt. Becky, we understand that you and Nathan were associated in your musical endeavor for a long time. Please tell us about how you met.

BW – Nathan Pundt and I met my last year at Prescott College in Arizona.  The first day we met, we actually moved into a big house together with four other mutual friends.   We had some great parties in that house which was a little ways out of town, near the national forest. We played a lot of music then and Nathan and I have been collaborating on musical and life adventures big and small ever since! (more…)

‘Crisis’ by guest author RC Hutchins

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Robin Hutchins - PictureCHAPTER ONE

“I can’t believe you would say that,” his voice grated on my nerves, even as my hands stuffed shirts and pants into a shoulder bag, “and I can’t believe you’re just going to leave! What you said to my parents back there-“

“Was the complete truth. If they didn’t want the truth, they shouldn’t have asked.” I know; I was being short with him, but he was just fouling up my already ruined mood. “Now, I’m going to leave before I am insulted further.” I slung the bag over my head, turning towards his amethyst gaze. But what I met wasn’t what I expected. The normal fire in his eyes was gone and there was pain and hurt clearly there. “Look… Derrick. I’m sorry, but I can’t stay here.”

“But my parents-”

“Your parents don’t exactly like me, especially your father. I’m pretty certain they’d celebrate if I left.” (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Roger TweedBack to Life

Over the past three weeks, our portfolio came back to life largely due to Facebook (FB), our biggest holding, gaining over 15% when it was named to join the S&P 500 and S&P 100.  Our only other positions in the black since November 22 were AIG (AIG), Whole Foods (WFM), and News Corporation (NWSA), but these showed only fractional gains.  During this period, our portfolio gained 0.9% while the S&P 500 lost 1.6%.  Since its January 10 inception, our portfolio has risen 23.46%, while the S&P 500 has gained 21.06%.  (more…)