Mar 2012 10

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When did a tragedy in life come with a recovery routine? I am talking about when tragedies happen to celebrities and socialites of course.

Lately, I can’t help but notice that when bad things happen in the life of celebrities they don’t take time to themselves or turn to family and friends only to get them through the pain. Instead they turn to Oprah and the public! It has become so routine that you can almost predict who a celebrity is going to turn to during their time of need based on the tragedy or based on who the celebrity is.

Tragedy  and The Recovery Routine

Tragedy Recovery Routine
Drug addition  Rehab & A Visit to Dr. Drew
Sex Addition, Cheating on the spouse, Caught in sex act, Producing a sex tape Sex rehab & Visit Pierce Morgan Tonight (Maybe Oprah too)
Celebrity death in the family, Celebrity has a brush with death Family of the celebrity goes on Oprah, Pierce Morgan & The View
Celebrity divorce, Celebrity separation Visit to The View & Oprah. Also an interview on E! News
Celebrity accident (car accident, skiing accident, injured on film set, etc) A visit to The View and an interview on E! News
Random celebrity scandal and negative rumors A Visit To The View, Ellen Degeneres & Pierce Morgan
Celebrity child dies or become sick or takes the wrong path A Visit to The View, Oprah and maybe Pierce Morgan

It has become expected or normal to share your pain with the world even when the tragedy or situation is considered very personal by most people. Why has painful experiences and personal strife become necessary public knowledge. This is not therapeutic or helpful for the celebrity. If a person needs to talk to someone to cope with a tragedy they should go to a professional therapist or psychologist. Although Oprah and the ladies at The View are very mothering and they APPEAR to be concerned, the fact is they are not professional therapists or psychologists, they are simply professional conversationalist! So why would anyone put their person pain and grief on display only for public speculation, opinion, ridicule and judgement. More importantly when did this become an acceptable way of life or the routine.

If you have never noticed this before or did not know this at all, now you know……………


Sophia Lenore



Feb 2012 23
 Undercover reporter makes Beyonce cry

Lately I have heard about reporters choosing to work undercover to reveal secretes and unknown opinions of celebrities. At first I thought that this was OK, as long as the celebrity is aware that they are being interviewed or recorded.

However, when an reporter pays or obtains permission (in Beyonce’s case, the reporter paided to interview her) to interview a celebrity about a particular topic, then during the interview the reporter reveals that they have another agenda, there might be a problem with the integrity of  the reporter. Especially if the reporter uses their footage or interview to embarrass or slander the celebrity. I am not judging, but I would like to know what you think of this video.


Undercover reporter makes Beyonce cry












Feb 2012 23

On Febuary 11th the world lost another pop ledgend. Iconic singer and actress Whitney Houston died at The Beverly Hotel in Los Angeles shortly before the 2012 Grammy awards ceremony. Like Michael Jackson, Whitney left the world in mourning and disbelief. There are some people who say that her untimely passing was inevitable due to her past, however I disagree.

The moment I heard about Whitney Houston’s passing I instantly thought of Michael Jackson.  Why did two iconic celebrities both on the verge of  a comeback suddenly die depressed, alone and addicted to  drugs? Why was the road they both took so similar? Why didn’t anyone see the signs of self destruction? Does society even care? Celebrities, we put them on a pedestal, worship them,  use them up, and then toss them to the side when someone new comes on the scene (even if the newbie is not as talented). We love a celebrity when they are hot and relevant, but why can’t we continue to love and support a celebrity when their down and in trouble. Unfortunately I think that there is something else at the root of this epidemic of fallen stars. Here is my observation between two of  the biggest stars in the world.

The Parallels between Whitney Houston & Michael Jackson

Whitney Houston

Michael Jackson

American Black pop star  American Black pop star
Ruled the 80’2 & 90′s as a female artist Ruled the 80’2 & 90′s as a male artist
Was the biggest female pop singer in the world (early career) Was the biggest male pop singer in the world (early career)
Considered the best female singer of their time Considered the best male singer of their time
Homosexual rumors (just reporting the truth) Homosexual rumors (just reporting the truth)
Involved in countless scandals and negative rumors Involved in countless scandals and negative rumors
Controversial marriage (Bobby Brown) Controversial marriage (Lisa Marie Presley, Debbie Rowe)
Very publicized Divorce Very publicized Divorce
Came from a family of musicians Came from a family of musicians
A single parent A single parent
Accused of questionable parenting Accused of questionable parenting
Children with unusual behavior (Bobby Christina) Children with unusual behavior (Prince, Prince Michael, Paris)
History of drug abuse History of drug abuse
Spent lots of time in court Spent lots of time in court
On the verge of a huge comeback right before death On the verge of a huge comeback right before death
Died with meager finances Died with meager finances
Very, Very publicized  funeral Very, Very publicized  funeral

Although other celebrities have suffered the same fate as Michael and Whitney I have chosen to focus on the two biggest and influential celebrities that have ever lived.  Just to get some of you to ask yourself s, Why? Leave me your comments.

If you were not aware of the similarities between these two iconic figures…… you know.


Sophia Lenore

Feb 2012 14
Day one of the 10 day Berlin film festival. I have my press pass I am ready to chat with celebrities. I am ready to rock it!

Sophia Lenore t.v. Post Berlin film festival

















Sophia Lenore t.v. Post Berlin film festival










Feb 2012 13







Sophia Lenore T.V. at the Berlin film festival. On the red carpet with Jake Gyllenhaal.








Sophia Lenore T.V. with Brad and Angelina on the red carpet at the 62nd annual Berlin film festival.

Welcome to the 62nd annual Berlin Film Festival!

This was my first time covering an international film festival. As you know I am a native New Yorker, and I have only ever covered festivals and events in the U.S.A.Over the years I have attended and covered many events in my home country, I have seen and experienced it all when it comes to U.S.hosted festivals and events. So venturing overseas to Europe to attend and cover the 62ndBerlin film festival was a major treat for me.

Every February, Berlincelebrates its International Film Festival, called “Berlinale”. If you are a film lover like me, it is a must to attend this event; it is one of the most exciting events inGermany.

The Berlinale showcases more than 400 movies from all over the world, many of them world or European premiers. In addition, the festival hosts a large number of special events, panel discussions, exhibitions, and of course, many star-studded parties.

Festival for the fans:

Together with the Film Festivals of Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale film festival is one of the most important film events in Europe. However what makes the Berlin Festival so special is its openness and inclusiveness to the fans and the rest of the public.

With over 300,000 tickets sold annually to the public, the festival is more than just an industry gathering for film professionals. It is the biggest audience film festival in the world, open to anyone who loves movies.

Films for Everyone:

The Berlin Festival easily and clearly divided into different film sections, each one with its own focus so that the fans, press and public can simply navigate though the programs and find the genre of films that interests them.

The Categories:

Competition: These are the “Big” international movies competing for the prestigious Silver and Golden Bear awards.
Panorama: Independent art house productions and documentaries. German Kino: Latest productions from Germany, including feature and documentary films (all with English subtitles).
Forum: Experimental and cutting edge films, most of them from far corners of the world.
Generation: International film selection for kids and teenagers,

The 62nd Berlin Film Festival provides a platform for thought provoking raw and inspiring independent world cinema to go head to head with potential mainstream blockbusters.

The Contenders

For the art-house fans the anticipation of seeing the new films by Alain Gomis, Wang Quan’an (White Deer Plain), Christian Petzold (Barbara), Brillante Mendoza (Captive) and Ursula Meier (Sister), is high. These films are all included in the official competition.

The jury critiquing and voting on these films are in for some eclectic viewing as they try to decide which of the almost two dozen titles in the competition should go home with the coveted Golden Bear.

For the English speaking residents and visitors inGermanylike myself (Oh yeah, I was not the only American in attendance. There is a large American population inBerlin) there are several American films premiering as well. This will prompt and encourage some familiar faces to attend. Scheduled to appear include some ofAmericasmost respected and acclaimed A-list actors and celebrities. Tickets for the English-language films sold out fast.

Some of the American Actors and Film Premiers

Although theBerlinfestival greatly honors and welcomes all German and European actors and celebrities to attend, and submit films all other countries are honored and welcomed as well. There are several American actors and film premiers that are highly anticipated and celebrated during the festival.

American Films

Bel Ami, starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas,

Stephen Daldry’s Oscar-nominated Extremely Loud and Incredible Close, starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.

Shadow Dancer starring Clive Owen.

Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol‘, starting Tom Cruise and the assassin in the film Lea Seydoux. The French actress appears in both the opening night film Farewell, My Queen, about the last days of Marie Antoinette, and Sister, in which she plays a young lady looking after her family at a ski resort.

Angelina Jolie will attend to celebrate her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, a story of a doomed love affair between a Serb and Bosnian duringYugoslavia’s civil war. The film recently opened in theUS to mixed reviews.

Also premiering are Werner Herzog’s documentary series Death Row and Kevin MacDonald’s film Marley, about the famed reggae star.

The festival will also celebrate the career of Meryl Streep. In addition to the German premiere of her latest Oscar-nominated role, playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, there were screenings of some of her greatest cinematic performances: in Kramer vs Kramer, Out of Africa, A Prairie Home Companion, Silkwood, Sophie’s Choice and The Bridges of Madison County.

All of these films mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg – almost 400 films will be shown at the festival.

TheBerlinfilm festive was filled with wonderful film selections and celebrity red carpet appearances. The event was beautifully decorated and fan friendly organized. This is a festival honoring films, actors and the art of cinema, with accommodations to the film lovers and fans. It was a wonderful and entertaining event, I thoroughly enjoyed covering it. This was indeed another successful year for theBerlinfilm festival.

*A very special Thank You, to the staff at the Press Office (T.v. & Radio office). All of your hard work as well as your friendly and wonderful treatment will always be remember and greatly appreciated.


Sophia Lenore


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