Investing in artists and the future of comics has always been my one true passion and creative calling. Dan, Silenn and I couldn't be more proud to be launching Frank Miller Presents, which will serve as fertile ground for storytellers and new creations. Our focus for this publishing company is to cultivate a fellowship of artists and writers to mentor, collaborate and push forward not only each other but the art form as well.

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By: Frank Miller
Genres: Comic Based

Context:
Frank Miller makes a statement on launching his own comics publishing house, called Frank Miller Presents.

When people that you don't like, can say things that you don't like... then we have free speech!

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By: Elon Musk
Genres: Drama

Context:
Business man Elon Musk comments during an interview on his feelings on the direction of Twitter, a platform he had been seeking to take control of. At the time, Twitter and other popular social media platforms had been accused of suppressing the speech of conservative politicians and activists.

The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.

During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.

Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith's actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.

We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.

This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith's behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.

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By: David Rubin | Dawn Hudson
Genres: Award Shows

Context:
Text of an Open Letter from AMPAS to Academy members regarding the outcome of an investigation into the slapping incident at the 94th Academy Awards Presentation. Actor Will Smith, after a joke by actor and comedian Chris Rock, went on-stage and slapped Rock.

That white box, where you rotate shows every six, seven weeks: It’s so deeply ingrained into culture and the art world.

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By: Sasha Wolf

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Said by art dealer Sasha Wolf during a panel discussion on the future of retailing fine art and photography. Like other retailers, art galleries have been affected by online shopping and the changing habits of consumers. Wolf made the decision to close her physical exhibition space in December of 2016, after more than 10 years, choosing instead to work online and through pop-up shows.

source: www.pdnonline.com,  

The VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.

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By: Jack Valenti

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Jack Valenti, then head of the Motion Picture Association of America, famously warned against the use of VCRs at a congressional hearing in 1982. Hollywood was concerned about a machine that could record television programs without requiring any fees. History shows Valenti couldn’t have been more wrong, as consumers ended up spending billions to buy and rent copies of their favorite movies. By 1986, the $4.4 billion consumers spent buying and renting VHS tapes exceeded the $3.8 billion they spent going to the movies at the theater. On July 21, 2016, Japanese manufacturer Funai Electric, the last maker of VHS-compatible video cassette recorders, announced that they would cease producing the devices at the end of the month due to declining sales. Sony said it would cease production of video tapes in its Betamax format in 2015, 13 years after it stopped making compatible recorders.

Rich people only like being around rich people. Nobody likes being around poor people, especially poor people. So we try and make the place feel upscale for everyone. That is to say we cater to people who have discretion and judgment and we give them a choice and we are consistent in that.

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By: Steve Wynn

Context:
The Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO said this during a presentation to investors. The article states Wynn is making the point that he wants to create an "environment" of wealth that draws all kinds of crowds.

Innovation should be accessible to and we argue - is more important for - the common everyday citizen. The average person should understand, be able to afford, and clearly see ways to integrate new products and ideas into their daily lives. New concepts should disrupt without forcing someone to uproot their existing worlds. That seamless disruption then improves and enriches a person's current life, not the life someone else is forcing you to embrace. For us, that's innovation.

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By: René Carson

Too often in the industry I hear people say, ‘Oh, yeah, we bought that, it’s a piece of crap, but it’ll make money.’ But those are words we’re never going to utter because what we’re trying to do is build up credibility in our brand. We make very few compromises in programming, and we want to do the same on the distribution side.

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By: Tim League

Context:
Drafthouse Cinema CEO Tim League talking about the company's arthouse/grindhouse distribution arm, "Drafthouse Films."

source: watch.drafthousefilms.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,