HOLLYWOOD TAKE 2: The 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

28 Jul

Hopefully we are not being too self-conscious by saying there is one area of the entertainment industry LIH rarely covers.  Though there are purely pragmatic reasons this happens; the easiest to recall is the most mundane.   This site for Cinephiles rarely discusses sports because it rarely appears at the cinema multiplexes.  Using the Free Dictionary by Farlex, the Olympics Games is commonly defined as:

a. (used with a pl. verb) A group of modern international athletic contests held as separate winter and summer competitions every four years in a different city. In 1994 the winter games were moved ahead two years so that the winter and summer games would alternate every two years.

b. (used with a sing. verb) The set of contests that occur in one season: an Olympic Games that was boycotted by many countries. Also called Olympics. [1]

Hopefully we will continue to push beyond our passive lack of acknowledgement of this entertainment arena.  Certainly the continued punishment of the Penn State football team by the NCAA has ripple affects that impact everyone who relies on entertainment for their amusement [2].  As usual all stories in this installment of Hollywood Take 2 were widely reported in the media.


  • 2012 Olympic Opening ceremony
  • Unraveled “Robsten”
  • Hollywood addresses violence 


With a planned 40 million dollar opening spectacle; the 2012 Olympic opening was one of the highlights of this weekend.  As is the case with so many contemporary Olympics, getting an impressive international performance appraisal is a highly coveted response.  The opening ceremony is as competitive for national organizers as the awards are within the events for the athletes.  London England the current designated host chose “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle as their master of ceremonies for the entire sporting event [3].  It’s been reported, that Great Britain hit all of their intended marks in the event’s introduction.   The spectacle was designed to detail major events in the country’s dynamic history. The multimedia performance themed “Isle of Wonder” proved to be a rousing emotional production.



For anyone who is an even minimal fan of entertainment gossip, celebrity news, and young Hollywood, you have heard by now of the Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart break-up [4].  Before you claim this isn’t entertainment news, one should consult the history books.  Actors and actresses frequently informally represent their respective eras and just like “Bogey” and Bacall, Liz and Richard, and Burt and Sally, the seemingly younger Robert and Kristen might well represent all that is contemporary in this era.   But what caused the breakup?  Pictures turned up of Kristen engaged in an affair with her “Snow White and Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders.  Incidentally he’s married and has two children.  Public apologies would be issued by both Stewart and Sanders, stories of Pattinson’s move from the abode shared with Kristen would be circulated, and fan pandemonium have kept magazines and websites buzzing ever since the story broke.  This site has extensively covered the two actors.  Only time will tell how these events will unfold.



A result of the violence perpetrated against the cinema audiences at “The Dark Knight Rises” premiere last week, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has announced that he plans to initiate a summit [5].  This forum will be created to discuss the topic of violence promoted by the industry.  In case you think this move is a capitulation to forces that were either critical of the movie or its message, one should listen to how gracious Weinstein’s plea actually was.  He mentioned that the gross volume of violent content within past films such as those by Martin Scorsese or future movies by Quentin Tarantino (specifically “D’Jango Unchained”) were likely to tip the scales of what international audiences were likely able to accept.  Therefore it was about time Hollywood addressed this issue to assure the industry wasn’t actually contributing to the episode that injured 72 and killed 12 moviegoers last week.


Significant References:

[1] http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Olympic+Games

[2] http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/bigten/story/2012-07-23/ncaa-penn-state-punishment-sanctions/56427630/1

[3] http://www.london2012.com/spectators/ceremonies/opening-ceremony/

[4] http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20615110,00.html

[5] http://www.examiner.com/article/hollywood-executive-harvey-weinstein-calls-for-summit-on-movie-violence

2 Responses to “HOLLYWOOD TAKE 2: The 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony”

  1. littlebells July 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM #

    1) I enjoyed the opening ceremonies and loved the “queen” bit. 🙂

    2) I won’t even address the next topic because it is not worth the air I breathe.

    3) Couldn’t even finish that video. Honestly, I don’t think there is ANY reason, artistic or not, to show violence like THAT. I know violence happens, I know directors try to make it as real as possible, but it is not uplifting for the soul. Now I am a total hypocrite because I love The Departed and other films of that nature. But if all excessive violence was removed from films, I wouldn’t miss it. I get caught up just like everyone else, but I don’t need it in my films.

    • Open Book July 28, 2012 at 1:09 PM #

      Hi LB-

      My response to your comments.

      1) The ceremony was quite memorable and impressive.

      2) Ditto

      3) I always ask what caused people to act violently before films? I will agree LB that its hard to determine what is excessive violence. Its very subjective and not everyone has the same reaction or experience when viewing violent films.

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