Context: George Lucas said this as part of a speech at the time he made the film American Graffiti. Journalist Maureen Dowd used the quote as an example of how filmmakers of the 1970's and 80's rebelled against the heavy themes of movies made during the 1960's with lighter, grander cinema.
I don’t have to leave the theater whistling, but would it kill you once in a while to make a movie that doesn’t make me want to take a bath with the toaster. Academy nominations used to say, 'Look what great movies we make.' Now they say, 'Look what good people we are.' It’s not about entertainment, it’s about suffering, specifically yours.
Context: Bill Maher made the point on his show Real Time with Bill Maher, that we could use more escapism in movies during this year of plague and tumult. The statement was discussed in an article about cultural shifts in the art of moviemaking and the shrinking audience of The Academy Awards by Maureen Dowd.
What happened at the end was that the studios had taken over everything. And it was very difficult as an independent to compete with them. They could spend so much money that the stars you had access to as an independent were asking a mega amount money. They knew you had no choice. It became harder and harder and harder.
I've known and admired Michael and Lloyd for years. They are real film guys and Troma is an iconic brand. I'm proud of the films I've made and distributed over the years and am very happy that Troma will keep them in front of fans worldwide.
Context: Filmmaker James Glickenhaus on his 2021 deal with Troma Films to exclusively distribute his library of cult classic films including Maniac Cop, Frankenhooker, Basket Case 2 and 3, The Exterminator, Shakedown, McBain, Red Scorpion and more.
Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life – and leads by example – with empathy and compassion. She teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced.
I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us. We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism. The mental health consequences and systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal.
I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect.
Keep in your memory the fruitage of the spirt is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Context: Serena Williams took to Twitter to show support for Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, who, along with her husband Prince Harry, participated in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The revealing interview unveiled deep turmoil in the royal family. The interview, dubbed "Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special," aired on Sunday, March 7th, 2021.
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.