Hollywood Take 2: Berlin Film Festival

11 Feb

Because they missed an earlier evaluation or are just new to your knowledge; many things in Hollywood are being reborn. Events that appeared to slip into the abyss of history have been dusted off to reveal new opportunity in contemporary and future entertainment. Old comedy duos are resurfacing to keep us laughing.  Old film festivals are receiving face-lifts. Technology innovators are receiving over due praise and recognition.

Essential stories;

1. Rosanne Reunion;

2. Berlin Film Festival

3.  African American Entertainment Technology Inventors

Rosanne Reunion?

  • Using almost the exact same title, like Variety.com, a story that was covered by all of the major entertainment magazines was the supposed “Roseanne Reunion.”  Yet no reunion of the cast of the Roseanne TV show actually occurred, instead all these news outlets used this headline to promote a related story.  John Goodman, who played Dan Conner in the 1990’s sitcom, was very close to signing on for another pilot for another sitcom with his sitcom spouse Roseanne Barr.  Maybe we should cheer this event; as much as it sounds repetitive Lucille Ball appeared with Vivian Vance in at least three sitcoms over her long comedic career.  Regardless of the new show’s quality, this is only Roseanne’s second go around with stcom’s.

John Goodman and Roseanne Barr from “The Roseanne Show.”

Berlin Film Festival

  • LIH recently featured a number of articles pertaining to the Oscars.  Recalling the Grammy’s, LIH writer Little Belles recently wrote a story about musicians who have competed to win Oscars.  Yet, in other quarters the award and exhibition buzz is focused on the Berlin Film Festival.  If you haven’t heard of this festival it may be because it is propelling it’s own recreation and pursuing it’s own renewal.  In terms of its history, it’s one of the few western festivals to frequently feature Asian and sexually experimental and progressive movies.  This year the rumor is a lot more Hollywood is both invited with far more films scheduled for screenings than in recent years.  During the event one can expect that Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Merryl Streep, Robert Pattinson, and others to present their movies, participate on panels, and fill out what sounds to be an interesting event.
Trailer for Robert Pattison’s “Bel Ami
Click here to watch Trailer

Trailer for Angelina Jolie’s “Land of Milk and Honey

Click here to watch Trailer

African American Entertainment Technology Inventors 

  • Written by Genetta M. Adams to coincide with black history month celebrations, MSN’s “the Root” featured a number of African American inventors whose work happened to benefit the entertainment industry.   One of these men was Gerald A. Lawson, “He created the first home video game system that used interchangeable cartridges, offering gamers a chance to play a variety of games and giving video game makers a way to earn profits by selling individual games.”  James E. West along with Gerhard M. Sessler, helped develop the electroacoustic transducer electret microphone, for which they received a patent in 1962. Their invention was acoustically accurate, lightweight and cost-effective.” An eventual home entertainer pioneer, Mark Dean made a home for all of the home entertainment we use today. “The computer engineer helped design the IBM personal computer, introduced in 1981, that became a staple on desktops. He, along with co-inventor and IBM colleague Dennis Moeller, helped develop the interior hardware that would allow computers to connect to printers, monitors and more.”

The RCA Studio II is one of the first systems with interchangeable cartridges and was released in 1977.



[1] http://www.variety.com/home/

[2] http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/berlin-film-festival-buzz-films-98012#1

[3] http://www.theroot.com/multimedia/20-black-science-and-tech-innovators

3 Responses to “Hollywood Take 2: Berlin Film Festival”

  1. Littlebells February 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM #

    Re the AA technology inventors: Holy cow that’s awesome! I had no idea and am so impressed. Why has society never acknowledged this? Maybe it has and I just don’t remember it, but either way, go inventors!!!

    • Open Book February 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM #

      LB-I know I was quite impressed.

      I also have never seen these trailers for both Bel Ami and Land of Milk and Honey. I think it’s going to be an interesting festival. So many great films making their debut.

      CR-Great job writing this Hollywood Take 2. What inspired u to choose these stories to write about this week?

      • Comic Relief February 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM #


        One of the necessities of doing this column is you have to read all this stuff. Of course, you end of looking for connections to make sense of otherwise disconnected events.

        Like the introduction says, all of this old stuff (even the period movies) was being dusted off to make sure they get the mantle positions they deserve.

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