April, 2014

TAEM’s ‘New’ interview with actress Ellen Dubin!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Ellen-DubinTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine constantly checks into the whereabouts of all those that we have had interviews in the past. In this way we keep our readers abreast of the success stories that have developed for them. This is also true for those readers who are students of the Arts so as to show them that the strides of the many personalities that have appeared in our magazine can be used as examples for their own course in their careers.

Such is the case for Gemini nominated actress Ellen Dubin(click on to see article) who we first interviewed in our May 1st, 2010 issue. Ellen’s career has been followed in our magazine since then. We checked with her recently and saw that her career was still going strong.

Ellen we learned that you have expanded your career and have done voice acting alongside of your growing acting career. How much different is this for you in blending in with the characters that you represent ?

ED- I think it is a wonderful extension of the training and work I have already done in the entertainment business. I believe that every job you do in acting contributes to another job. Because of my theater background voice work, especially in video games and animation, comes naturally to me. As a voice actor, you have to quickly analyze the text and make choices and deliver a fully fleshed out performance by breaking down a script and figuring out all the lovely delicious things about your character’s goals and relationships in the script. If it isn’t on the page, then you have to also go with your gut and have a great sense of play and imagination. (more…)

Our Photographer’s New Venture – Advertising Art & Book Covers!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

Joe O’Donnell, Jr.

Joe O’Donnell IV has long been a photographer and article writer for The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST. He is also one of our touted pair in our ‘J&J Movie Review’ series. He has now set his sites on an all new venture: Creating Advertising Art and Book Cover Designs.

Joe’s artistic talents have developed early in life and his knack for photography has made these magazines a success. He is also the one that developed the initial name for the magazine known as THE EERIE DIGEST. His computer skills created our original blog and has guided us to our present day publications. At present he is also developing several comic strips, one of which, The Elders, has appeared in one of our last issues. (more…)

‘A Certain Smile’ by Guest Author Glenn James

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Author Glenn James

Guest Author Glenn James

I won’t cry for help. I know there’s only one soul out there who can hear me, and I’m too frightened as it is. They must be pretty close by now, I can hear the movements getting nearer, and it’s too horrible to think about; I need to save my strength. No-one else will hear me now, I’m too far off the beaten track, and the chances are pretty remote.

It’s like being lost in the Everglades. Tall weeds and bushes follow the path for miles, clinging to its fringes like an encroaching disease. Like a ghost suffering from a fever, it wanders crazily, winding in and out of odd little copses where you aren’t even sure how close to the river you are anymore. It’s really deceptive, because all of a sudden you see it’s only about a foot away through the brambles. One minute you are right next to the cocoa coloured waters, and the next you could be a hundred yards back inland. I don’t believe a bird could see that route clearly from above, so tangled and winding is the path.

Every now and then a clapped out a knackered boat will loom up through the leaves out of nowhere, its stained bow yoked to the bank with a filthy umbilical cord of slimy blue-nylon rope. There are quite a few along the way, their tiny walkways overflowing with rough firewood, and the hoods over their cabs permanently aloft, weathered grey-green and patched with gaffer tape. Ancient bikes and nervous dogs are stationed on the decks, and little disturbs their solitude, except from the ebb and flow of the tide, the silent swans, or the raucous cries of the rowing coaches bumping along the opposite bank at dawn and dusk, swearing at their crews. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Our publisher’s new Art Site!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Joseph O'Donnell

Joseph O’Donnell

Our publisher, Joseph J. O’Donnell, has now posted his latest paintings on DeviantArt ! You can now buy a print of his work through this site.

You can find his listings at: http://josephjodonnell.deviantart.com/

We hope that all our readers, along with his friends and fans, purchase prints of his work in order that he can expand our magazine site.


5 Poems by Poet Laureate Candice James

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Guest Poet Candice James

Guest Poet Candice James


© Candice James, Poet Laureate


I crack the skin of the moon

In the slick black cradle of night


I bind my lips to a star

To burn off my scars

To cremate my sins

To polish the edge of this dream

And shine the tears in my eyes

To a cool blue ice (more…)

TAEM interview with screenwriter Ken Ramoz

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

kenTAEM- There is a lot that goes into making a film not the least important is writing the screenplay for it. It is because of this that The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has sought out Ken Ramoz.

Ken, in writing a screenplay for the movie Burden of Freedom you had experience as an actor in a number of famous films. Please tell our readers about this aspect of your life and the films that you had roles in.

KR- In 1992, I had the honor of participating in TNT’s historic production of the Civil War film “Gettysburg”. It was an incredible opportunity and a once in a lifetime chance to film on the actual Gettysburg, Pennsylvania battlefield, including the filming of Pickett’s Charge on the actual field where that historic charge actually happened! I was a soldier in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. In 1994, I had another incredible opportunity to participate in another TNT production called “Andersonville”, a made for TV series about the infamous prison, also during the American Civil War. In this production I was both a Yankee prisoner, and a member of Captain Wirtz’s Confederate Guard. It was during this three-month filming production where I met my dear friend and Film Partner, the incredibly gifted and talented Actor Kyle Hester. Legendary Director John Frankenheimer was very intrigued and impressed with Kyle’s uncanny ability to nail every speaking line and character portrayals of the roles he was given by the historic Director. I personally witnessed that high esteem and confidence in Kyle by him. Frankenheimer continued to use Kyle’s solid talents and gifts to show other less seasoned actors, including the seasoned ones, how it was done. Watching the dynamics between the two of them had an enormous impression and influence on me and I gravitated to Kyle, whom I met and connected with immediately during one of our night scenes early in the shooting. Kyle was very friendly and extremely courteous to everyone on the set, and wasn’t arrogant or aloof with anyone at all. Then upon my return from filming Andersonville, I played a suited detective carrying a gun, in the movie “Getting Even With Dad” in San Francisco, CA. In 1997 I was part of a documentary film entitled “Antietam”, about the Civil War battle of the same name, filming on the Antietam National Battlefield park, in Maryland. In 2001 I participated in a Greystone Communications production for The History Channel called Civil War Combat. I was a Confederate soldier as well as a Federal soldier and also credited as Re-enactor Coordinator. In this production I assembled the core group of re-enactors at the Director’s request, and conducted site location, eventually securing a friends’ ranch property for filming in Livermore, CA. That was a lot of fun. All of those opportunities were a lot of fun. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed


Through the Ringer – Our 2014 Portfolio rode the same roller coaster as the markets over the past four weeks, with individual positions falling brutally for one or two days followed by sharp advances in many cases. An 18% advance in the shares of Anadarko Petroleum (APC) was completely negated by sell-offs in Facebook (FB), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), and Bank of America (BAC). But a 9% advance in medical REIT Ventas (VTR) combined with dividend payments and other share price gains to drive the portfolio to a gain of 0.3% since March 21. The S&P 500 lost 0.1% during that time period. Since our portfolio’s January 9 inception, it has risen 2.74% while the S&P 500 has gained 1.49%. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Singer Carmen Perez in the News!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

gI_0_CarmenPerezPicCloseUp   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine that a fabulous singer who we interviewed in our November 2010 issue, Carmen Perez (click on to see article), has recently released her new album titled Collective Fantasy II.

Asked about her new work Carmen said:  “Collective Fantasy, Part II has been released into the Universe. On our journey into discovering galaxies of music and sound, I share with you my new EP with lots of love. Thank you for taking the time to listen to the songs. Right now you can buy them through my cool NEW website.

exclusively and via iTunes by clicking HERE. 🙂 (more…)

TAEM Interview with Actor Lupe Trejo

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Lupe Trejo photo 3TAEM- One of the most popular genre of movies today are Action Films. With this The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is exploring the fundamentals of these films and what makes them work so well. We chanced upon actor Lupe Trejo who was one of the actors in the hit, Machete.

Lupe, your original career focused on the sport of Pro-Wrestling. Please tell our readers what inspired you to take up this grueling sport.

LT-  I believe it started in my child hood. I came from a family background for a passion for music(tejano, blues, and rock-n-roll). Growing up I would watch my Dad, cousins, and uncles perform in bands all over Texas even my Grandpa. That there tells you all that I was already growing up in the entertainment industry. It had to be in my blood…Right? Ha!

My Grandpa was a huge fan of pro-wrestling. We then all followed liking the sport of sports entertainment Pro-Wrestling. I remember watching pro-wrestling on Saturday mornings before there was cable television. As I was getting older my Dad would take a bunch of us to the live wrestling shows when they came to town and surrounding areas like San Antonio and Austin, Tx. All the way up to my Jr. high years. At this point it had seemed I had lost interest and faded away from the likes of pro-wrestling. That is until…I meet my beautiful wife Sarah in high school who wrote another chapter in my life. After dating a while, you would find me over at her parents house watching pro-wrestling once again. My high school sweetheart had introduced me to cable television which lead me to pro-wrestling again. Bam! I was hooked. So after all this being said I would say my awesome family. My family inspired me to take on this so called grueling  sport. Ha! I love everyone in my LIFE. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Composer Tristan Rudat

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Tristan Rudat
Photo credit: Justine Alves

For this reason the Arts and Entertainment Magazine is asking composer Tristan Rudat about his work and the aforementioned talking point. Tristan, tell us about your background and the training that you undertook for your career.

TR-  Well, I guess it began in school, working with the A/V dept., video art classes, TV production and guitar/keyboard lessons. By the time I was in college I already knew I wanted to fuse these things together into some form of art. I was fortunate enough to have many awesome encounters with professionals and artists who shared parts of their story to help me along. My biggest thing is staying open minded. (more…)

TAEM News Flash ! Author William Fripp has a New Novel!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

author William FrippThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST has learned that an author that has contributed many stories to our publications has written a new novel. William Fripp (click on to see original interview), who we interviewed in our June 2011 issue, has just posted his new work on Amazon . You can now find it by clicking here.

The book’s title is Ad Infinitum and it’s a great sci-fi read. When asked to capture the theme for his new work William gave this description : “There is a thread that runs through this universe and the myriad universes that make up the multiverse, a commonality of spirit that connects each of the infinite spheres of time at the quantum core – humanity. (more…)

TAEM New Interview with Actress Maryam Tarami

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Maryam- 03TAEM-   The Arts and Entertainment Magazine had interviewed actress Maryam Tarami (click on to see article) in our May 2013 issue and learned that she has been quite busy since. At present she is just completed a movie that may be a big hit at the Cannes Film Festival.

Maryam, your new project is titled Tura.  Please tell us how the film came about.

MT- First of all, thanks for having me again. It is a pleasure to appear in your magazine.
We just completed February and I reconnected with my director friend Enrico Falconi. Collaboration with him has been on the table for a while and he asked me what concept I would be interested to be part of. I took little time to think about it and shared something I very close to my heart. Enrico loved it and I guess we cut the ribbon this time.   (more…)

5 Poems by Poet Laureate Candice James

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Guest Poet Candice James

Guest Poet Candice James

The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has had the great honor to present poetry from one of the great Canadian poets of our time in previous issues. Once again we welcome some of the works of Poet Laureate Candice James to grace our publication. The following poems were recently copyrighted by Candice and we now have the pleasure of letting our readers see them :

90 Less On 8th

© 2013 Candice James

90 less on 8th
With one breath left remaining
To kick at the cat.
On a dog day afternoon
That defies all explaining
I remove my hat. (more…)

‘Locusts’ by Guest Author James F. Gaines

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


By Alphonse Daudet

Translated by James F. Gaines

          Before returning to my mill, here’s another memory of Algeria…

The night I arrived in that farm on the outskirts of the Sahara, I couldn’t sleep.  The new landscape, the disruption of the trip, the barking of the jackals, and then that sapping, oppressive heat – complete suffocation –  as if the mesh in my mosquito netting could not allow the passage of a single breath of air.  When I opened the window at dawn, a heavy summer fog floated in the air, scarcely drifting along and fringed at the edges with pink and black.  It hovered like a cloud of gunpowder over a battlefield.  Not a leaf fluttered, and in the beautiful gardens that spread out below me, everything had the same sullen mood, the same immobility of foliage waiting for a thunderstorm: the grapevines aligned on the exposed slopes that made for sweet wines, the European orchard tucked into a shady corner, the orange and mandarin trees in long, calibrated rows.  Even the banana trees with their shoots of tender green, always waving in the slightest breeze that tousled the fine, light fronds, stood at attention silent and straight as the plumes of a cavalry regiment.  (more…)

‘In Search of …Me’, pt.4- by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Joe O'Donnell   My search has taken me a step farther back along the trail in connections to my ancestors. In the previous issue I showed the beginnings of the O’Donnell name and the pre-history of my family before immigrating to Scotland. My next steps are to find the link in which the first member of the O’Donnell clan set sail for Glasgow.

Glasgow was the goal of many Irish who sought work and to flee starvation in Ireland due to the potato famines of the 1800’s. Working and living conditions where they settled were harsh and they were always considered as second class citizens. Unlike America, though, where signs were hung in windows that read INNA (Irish need not apply) there was a relationship between Scots and Irish via blood lines. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Guest Author Roger Tweed

Guest Author Roger Tweed

Still in the Lead-

Our 2014 Portfolio held onto its lead over the S&P 500 during the past four weeks. Since February 21, our portfolio was essentially flat, with solid gains from Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), Bank of America (BAC), and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), being offset by large losses in LinnCo, LLC (LNCO), International Paper (IP), and JetBlue Airways (JBLU). During the same period, the S&P 500 gained 1.7%. Since our portfolio’s January 9 inception, it has risen 2.44% while the S&P 500 has gained 1.58%.

Fifth Third led the portfolio with a gain of 9.1%. Regional banks are currently in the sweet spot as they are less affected by international or even national financial issues that can negatively impact money center banks. At the same time, the benefits to domestic banks from higher U.S. interest rates will make regional banks like Fifth Third more profitable. Bank of America was our second-best performer, rising 7.8%. As the tensions over Crimea moderated, the shares of large banks like Bank of America began to recover. Then, the Federal Reserve’s hint of higher interest rates earlier than expected, combined with a successful round of stress tests, gave a further boost to large bank share prices. (more…)