"People ask me, 'Will the machines ever win against humanity?' I say, 'Look at people on their phones. The machines have already won.'"

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By: James Cameron

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.

source: www.hollywoodreporter.com,  

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.

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By: Ed Skrein
Genres: Action | Adventure | Comic Based | Crime | Fantasy | Remakes | Science Fiction

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.

source: www.washingtonpost.com,  

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.

What if this, all of this, IS a simulation.

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By: Matt Damon

Context:
Matt Damon says during a commencement speech he gave a MIT.

I'm TOTALLY on board with Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson IF AND ONLY IF Angela Bassett is cast as Elizabeth Taylor.

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By: Orlando Jones

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.

source: twitter.com,  www.cnn.com,  

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.

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By: Don Cheadle

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."

When I was young, originality was everything. A sequel was like a bad word. We’ve gone to the opposite place where [audiences] actually are more excited about a story we know the ending to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqTs0nvrMUA

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By: Lana Wachowski

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?"

source: variety.com,  

Hollywood should lead the way in healing. . . Hollywood should not be afraid of the subject matter Norman Lear dealt with 35 years ago.

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By: Russell Simmons

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.

source: variety.com,  

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.

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By: Chris Rock

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.

source: www.vox.com,  

It's my personal perspective that you live as hard and as vigorously as you can. My goals are something I believe in, because I believe I'm going to make it.

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By: Diem Brown

Context:
Reality show star Diem Brown, on her fight with cancer. It was a battle she lost on Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 10:22 a.m. in New York City. She was 32 years old.

source: www.people.com,  

Rock is finally dead. . . I am so sad that the next 15-year-old kid in a garage someplace in St. Paul, that plugs into his Marshall and wants to turn it up to 10, will not have anywhere near the same opportunity that I did. He will most likely, no matter what he does, fail miserably.

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By: Gene Simmons

Context:
KISS frontman Gene Simmons during an interview with Esquire Magazine that was conducted by his son, Nick. Simmons felt that because of what he says is a crumbling business model, including "file-sharing and downloading" by fans who believe they "were entitled to have something for free. . .rock is finally dead."

source: www.cnn.com,