My values define who I am... We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.

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By: Chris Pratt

Context:
Actor Chris Pratt addressed a controversy surrounding the Church that he attends, after calls to recast his Marvel character Star Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. According to reports, the issue arose over the Pratt's public displays of faith and targeted the actor's Church as being homophobic. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn defended Pratt on Twitter, saying Pratt would "never" be replaced over "utterly false beliefs."

source: www.foxnews.com,  

We set out once again to push the limits of what cinema can do.

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By: James Cameron
From: Avatar: The Way of Water
Genres: Adventure | Science Fiction | Sequels

Context:
Filmmaker James Cameron addressed CinemaCon 2022 via video from New Zealand, where finishing touches are being put in place on Avatar: The Way of Water. Cameron promised giant technological leaps forward from the original, whose main characters Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) now have a family.

source: news.yahoo.com,  

I’d start with 'Hello. I hope this show helps cheer up the ordinary people watching at home. If you’re unemployed for example, take some comfort in the fact that even if you had a job, your salary probably wouldn’t be as much as the goody bag all the actors have just been given' ... and then: 'I’m proud to announce that this is the most diverse and progressive Oscars ever. Looking out I see people from all walks of life. Every demographic under the sun. Except poor people, obviously. Fuck them.'

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By: Ricky Gervais

Context:
Before the 94th Academy Awards presentation in March of 2022, British comedian Ricky Gervais was asked what he would say onstage if he were hosting the ceremony.

source: www.hollywoodreporter.com,  

I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy.

I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate.

Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.

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By: Will Smith
Genres: Drama

Context:
Superstar actor and producer Will Smith released this statement to media outlets on Friday, April 1, 2022, after officially resigning from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after slapping actor and comedian Chris Rock during the 94th Annual Academy Awards the Sunday before.

source: www.foxnews.com,  

Well, look at the time. I’ll try to keep this brief. After 28 years of peacock logos on much of what I own, it is my choice now to jump without a net into the great unknown. As I do for the first time in my 62 years, my biggest worry is for my country. The truth is, I’m not a liberal or a conservative. I’m an institutionalist. I believe in is place. And in my love of my country, I yield to no one.

But the darkness on the edge of town has spread to the main roads and highways and neighborhoods. It’s now at the local bar, and the bowling alley, at the school board, and the grocery store. And it must be acknowledged and answered for. Grown men and women who swore an oath to our Constitution, elected by their constituents possessing the kinds of college degrees I could only dream of have decided to join the mob and become something they are not while hoping we somehow forget who they were.

They’ve decided to burn it all down – with us inside. That should scare you to no end as much as it scares an aging volunteer fireman.

To my coworkers, my love and thanks. And I say again, everyone I’ve worked with has made me better at what I do. To my family, love and thanks doesn’t begin to cover it. But now I have the time to better express it. My friends know who they are. No one’s been blessed with better friends. To the guests on this broadcast, as you heard the nice man say a few minutes ago, it’s always been about you. Otherwise, I’d be staring into the camera for an hour, five nights a week. And nobody wants to see that. You are The 11th Hour and will continue to be The 11th Hour. This is where I thank you, however, for being so great for explaining these last five years.

As a proud New Jersey native, this is where I get to say, regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention. What a ride it’s been. Where else, how else was a kid like me going to meet presidents and kings and the occasional rock star? These lovely testimonials that I can never truly repay make me hyperaware that it has been and remains a wonderful life. It’s as if I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning in Bedford Falls. The reality is though, I will wake up tomorrow in the America of the year 2021, a nation unrecognizable to those who came before us and fought to protect it, which is what you must do now. My colleagues will take it from here.

I will probably find it impossible to be silent and stay away from you and lights and cameras after I experiment with relaxation and find out what I’ve missed and what’s out there. Every weeknight for decades now, I’ve said some version of the same thing. Thank you for being here with us. “Us,” meaning the people who produced this broadcast for you. And you, well, without you, there’s no us.

I’ll show myself out. Until we meet again, that is our broadcast for this Thursday night. Thank you for being here with us. And for all my colleagues of the networks of NBC News, good night.

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By: Brian Williams
From: The 11th Hour

Context:
Brian Williams hosted his final episode of MSNBC’s The 11th Hour on Thursday, December 9th, 2021, giving this cryptic 3 minute monologue as a final sign-off to viewers. According to MediaIte, it was as much a warning of what lies ahead for America as it was an appreciation of those who made the show possible over the last five years.

source: www.mediaite.com,  

I decided it was time to make a movie where people felt better coming out of the theater than when they went in. It had become depressing to go to the movies.

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By: George Lucas
Genres: Drama

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.

source: www.nytimes.com,  

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.

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By: Bill Maher
From: Real Time with Bill Maher
Genres: Comedy | Drama | Parody

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.

source: www.nytimes.com,  

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.

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By: James Glickenhaus

Context:
In a 2012 interview about his movie career, filmmaker James Glickenhaus explained his reasons for retiring from the movie business.

source: en.wikipedia.org,  www.flashbackfiles.com,  

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.

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By: James Glickenhaus

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.

source: www.filmfetish.com,  

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.

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By: Serena Williams

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.

source: twitter.com,  twitter.com,  www.foxnews.com,  

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.

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By: Steven Spielberg

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.

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By: Kanye West

Context:
West tweets on Apr 25, 2018 at 12:30 PM. The rapper and activist responds to critics after he voiced support for President Donald Trump.

source: twitter.com,  

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.

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By: Daniel Day-Lewis

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.

source: www.wmagazine.com,  

"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.