February, 2014

TAEM Explores Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Hollywood-StudiosThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine’s last stop on our tour of Disney’s Orlando theme parks had brought us to the doors of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was Thanksgiving Day and we got a late start from our hotel.

Upon arriving at the park we had found that there was a parade in progress so we decided to skip that event and head to The Tower of Terror ride. The line was surprisingly long, but with enjoyable weather, was manageable. With luck the youngest member of our group passed the minimum height requirement so we jumped on line anticipating the park’s ultimate attraction. We were not disappointed as the thrills and chills were everything that we hoped for. Surprisingly the youngest of us enjoyed the ride so much that she wanted to go again. (more…)

TAEM News Flash ! Actress Calista Carradine in the News !

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Calista Carradine -1    In our January 2011 issue of The Arts and Entertainment Magazine we had the honor of interviewing actress Calista Carradine (click on to see the article). Calista is the daughter of the late actor David Carradine and a great actress herself. The Carradine family has captivated audiences for generations.

Since our interview Calista has been quite busy and has completed filming a role in Hitchhiker Massacre.


She is also starring in two films now in post-production : Mansion of Blood and Mata Hari.

Calista is also a great singer and has appeared in many shows. Asked about some of her performances she stated:

“This was my first visit to the desert playing an original of mine  which I wrote for Robert Loveless an American Legend with my new guitar player Kevin Quinn , the drummer from WAR Alvin Taylor and my old bass player John Schayer  who wrote Bad Too Long   for the film Mansion of blood (more…)

In Search of….Me- Part 3 by Author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Map of Ireland  The search for my ancestors is going to be a long journey for me. I do it in part to discover my past and my family’s name. I also do it for my children so that they know of something of themselves.

  I now know something  about my parents and grandparents. This can be found in the found in the last two issue of my magazine where I had begun this story. I also realize that I need to present a connection to the distant past where the story first began. To do so I have decided to add a little bit of history for my readers. The following is what I have uncovered so far.

 Niall of the Nine Hostages, forefather of the Ui Neill (a whole series of septs tracing their ancestry to him), was making raids on Britain and France towards the end of the fourth century when the Romans were returning home. From Conall Gulban, a son of Niall, descend the O’Donnells of Tirconnell (meaning Conall’s territory). They take their name from Domhnaill (meaning world mighty) an ancient and very popular Irish personal name. In time Tirconnell became known as Donegal, the area in Ulster where this powerful family was established for many generations. Their chiefs were inaugurated at Kilmacrenan, north of Letterkenny in County Donegal, first in a religious ceremony and then on the Rock of Doon, in a civil ceremony. It was here, in 1200, that Eignechan was made the first Chief of the O’Donnell clan. Like many of the ruling families at that time, they occupied themselves in tribal conflict, mostly attacking their kinsmen, the O’Neills. The family were also erenaghs of Letter and Lisfannon in the parish of Fahan in Inishowen. There are well over three hundred references to individual O’Donnells in the Annals of the Four Masters. The O’Donnells have always been both numerous and eminent in Irish life. They are of course chiefly associated with Tirconnaill (Donegal) the habitat of the largest and best known O’Donnell sept; but, as the present distribution of persons of the name implies, there were quite distinct O’Donnell septs in other parts of the country, two of which require special mention; that of Corcabaskin in West Clare, and another, a branch of the Ui Maine (Hy Many) in Co. Galway. All of these descend from some ancestor Domhnall (anglice Donal) and are Ó Domhnaill in Irish. The Donal particularized in the case of the great Tirconnaill sept, who died in 901, was himself descended from the famous Niall of the Nine Hostages. Their predominance only dates from the thirteenth century: prior to that they were located in a comparatively restricted area around Kilmacrenan, Co. Donegal. With a total of nearly 13,000 the O’Donnells are among the fifty most common names in Ireland. They have produced many illustrious figures in Irish history, as soldiers, churchmen, authors and politicians. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Actor Michael Emery in the News!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Michael Emery   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine first interviewed actor Michael Emery (click on to see article) in our June 1st, 2010 issue. Since that time Michael has scored some great acting credits.

Michael has a true passion for acting, and trained at the prestigious The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since his graduation, Michael has worked steadily, appearing on ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, MONK, GUIDING LIGHT

and most notably as “Andy” on AS THE WORLD TURNS. Michael also Co-Starred on the CBS’ hit show BLUE BLOODS portraying “Phil Daelman”, a thief who terrorizes a Latino family. He also Co-Starred on the ABC show, BODY OF PROOF opposite Dana Delany and showed his acting range in a TV Movie titled SCOURGE in a lead role, playing a Heroin addict named ‘Jake.’ Michael recently just finished shooting a Co-Star role in the TV Pilot titled , ‘WHOA!’ starring Linda Blair. (more…)

‘Wulfcleaver and the Lost Gold’ by Guest Author Glenn James

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Author Glenn James

Guest Author Glenn James

The following work was written for the Potteries Museum and Art gallery, in Staffordshire, England, about their celebrated and internationally renowned Saxon find, The Staffordshire Hoard.

This amazing collection of artefacts, martial in content, has some of the most amazing examples of Anglo Saxon artwork ever found, and is thought to date from the reign of king Penda, last Pagan King of Mercia in the 7th century.

But… There is no record of this amazing treasure. No record or even legend makes reference to it, and its origins are lost in the mists of antiquity….

Dark Fantasy Writer Glenn James penned the following story about whom it belonged to, how it came to be buried, and why it was lost all those centuries ago….

Behold, hearken and listen! How bottomless is the wound to tell of an unmatched treasure once lost, and given up to all memory.  But what glory to tell of the valour and prudence which vouchsafed it before the all seeing eye of the creator of the world into the safekeeping of the soil, in the bosom of the kingdom.  (more…)

Exploring the Arts by Author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Joseph O'Donnell

Joseph O’Donnell

Not content to dabble in just writing I have decided to test my metal in the other areas of the Arts. Just over two years ago I had sat in a painting class with my son who also does a lot of the photography for my magazines. He was attending classes in Northern Virginia Community College and took several of these classes to earn his degree. After some prodding by him I had decided to try my hand in drawing the following semester.

With a bit of good fortune I had acquired Professor Todd Messegee (click on to see March 2013 interview) who had taught me the finer points of drawing. This went a long way in preparing me towards my goal. Todd was not only inspirational towards his students, but he gave them courage as well as instructional fortitude to reach their goals. All his students excelled in their love for art and his classes were always lively and fun. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Out in Front – Our 2014 Portfolio jumped ahead of the S&P 500 over the past five weeks.  Strong showings from Facebook (FB) and Goodyear (GT) overcame selling in Bank of America (BAC) and flat performance from Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), JetBlue Airways (JBLU), and LinnCo, LLC (LNCO) to record a gain of 2.6% since January 17.  The S&P 500 lost 0.1% in that time period.  Since its January 9 inception, our portfolio has gained 2.43% while the S&P 500 has lost 0.06%.

Facebook was our best performer, gaining almost 22%.  After reporting stellar fourth quarter earnings and revenues on January 29, the shares continued higher despite the February 20 announcement of the controversial $16 billion acquisition of mobile messaging app WhatsApp.  Although Facebook is paying a huge price, the acquisition is further evidence that the company intends to dominate the mobile space. (more…)