Stanley Donen was a friend and an early mentor. His generosity in giving over so many of his weekends in the late 60’s to film students like me to learn about telling stories and placing lenses and directing actors is a time I will never forget. He co-directed what some consider the greatest Hollywood musical of all time Singing In the Rain but when he left his partnership with Gene Kelly to go it alone he made his most compelling movies in multiple genres. Charade, Bedazzled and Two For the Road were my favorites. When visiting New York I will miss not bumping into him on his daily walks and hear him talking about life and film which for Stanley were inseparable.
Context: Quote from Steven Spielberg on the passing of filmmaker Stanley Donen.
You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.
There is nothing more beautiful in all the arts than something that appears simple. And if you try to do any goddamn thing in your life, you know how impossible it is to achieve that effortless simplicity.
Context: Daniel Day-Lewis said during an interview that touched on his preparation for what may be his last acting role. As part of his preparation to play the couturier Reynolds Woodcock in Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Phantom Thread, Day-Lewis re-created a Balenciaga dress. The actor has since announced his retirement from acting.
Context: Filmmaker James Cameron and Deadpool director Tim Miller talked with The Hollywood Reporter for the first time about how they will reboot a storied but troubled Terminator franchise for the new era of Amazon drones and A.I. (artificial intelligence) anxiety.
It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that.
Context: Skrein responded to backlash against his casting in the Hellboy franchise reboot by relinquishing the role he had been cast in. The 34-year-old British actor has earlier tweeted that he would be playing Major Ben Daimio, a character that was Asian American in Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy” comics. The news was met with complaints that Hollywood was once again “whitewashing” an Asian character.
Context: Said during an interview with Sky News in April of 2017, regarding his reason for voting for "Brexit," which will see the U.K. leaving the European Union.
I mean you're workin' on some crazy stuff in these buildings. Stuff that would freak me out if I actually understood it. I'm going to tell you about one that's been on my mind - Simulation Theory. The basic idea as I understand it is that we all could be living in a massive simulation, run by a far smarter civilization, like a giant computer game, and we don't even know it.
Context: Actor Orlando Jones reacting on Twitter to Joseph Fiennes being cast as Michael Jackson for a U.K. made-for-TV drama to appear on the British channel Sky Arts. The TV movie centers around a fabled road trip where Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando attempted to get home to Los Angeles from New York City after the September 11th terrorist attacks.
I applaud their attempts to do something about it, which is great. But again, this is dealing with the symptom and not starting at the root cause - how we even get to results like this - which has to do with inclusion and access, including the ability for people of color, women, minorities having opportunities to get entry level positions where you can become someone who can green light a movie.
Context: Don Cheadle commenting on the 2016 Academy Awards diversity controversy where every major acting award nomination went to caucasians, excluding people of color as well as all other minorities. In the video, Danny DeVito also comments on the issue, saying "We're a bunch of racists."
The term "fan film" has a negative connotation & I wish it would go away. I propose "unlicensed independents."
Context: Ice Cube, aka O'Shea Jackson, during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter July 31, 2015 issue, while discussing his film Straight Outta Compton, which tells the story of seminal rap group N.W.A.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
Context: The filmmaker - in a rare interview with the Los Angeles Times - talking about how the just-released film she made with her brother Andy Wachowski, Jupiter Ascending, might fare at the box office. There's another great quote by Brent Lang, the source article's writer, about the current state of the movie business: "Jupiter Ascending may have crashed and burned, but at least it tried to soar on the strength of its own originality and daring. Its failure makes it harder for other filmmakers to get a chance to take similar risks. In this climate, would The Matrix ever have gotten made?"
Context: Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons - speaking at the 2015 NATPE Conference - had harsh words about the lack of diversity he has encountered in Hollywood, since turning his focus to producing movies, TV shows and digital content. The event comes during a difficult time for race relations, after a series of police-involved shootings of black men.
When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it's all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they're not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before…
So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he's the first black person that is qualified to be president. That's not black progress. That's white progress. There's been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years. If you saw Tina Turner and Ike having a lovely breakfast over there, would you say their relationship's improved? Some people would. But a smart person would go, "Oh, he stopped punching her in the face." It's not up to her. Ike and Tina Turner’s relationship has nothing to do with Tina Turner. Nothing. It just doesn't. The question is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let's hope America keeps producing nicer white people.
Context: Rock gives his impressions of race relations in America during an interview with New York Magazine's Frank Rich. The interview came at the time of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was shot and killed by a local police officer.