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.
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.
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 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.
Yesterday, a Minnesota woman named Diamond Reynolds went live on Facebook immediately after her fiancé, Philando Castile, had been shot by police in his car. Philando later died from his wounds. In the video, Diamond's 4-year-old daughter is watching from the back seat.
My heart goes out to the Castile family and all the other families who have experienced this kind of tragedy. My thoughts are also with all members of the Facebook community who are deeply troubled by these events.
The images we've seen this week are graphic and heartbreaking, and they shine a light on the fear that millions of members of our community live with every day. While I hope we never have to see another video like Diamond's, it reminds us why coming together to build a more open and connected world is so important -- and how far we still have to go.
Context: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg comments on a Facebook Live Stream of the aftermath of a police-involved shooting in Minnesota. The shooting took the life of Philando Castile, who was shot in front of his fiancé, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter.
Context: Chris Hardwick is an actor, host and comedian who founded Nerdist Industries, a digital media empire that has spawned numerous offshoots, including an improv school and live performance theater in Los Angeles, dozens of pop culture-related podcasts, an entertainment news website, among other entities.
Context: Statement made during a speech by the mother of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old African-American woman who died in a Texas jail cell last summer. The suspicious death as later ruled a suicide by investigators. Reed-Veal was speaking at the Library of Congress, part of the first symposium of the newly formed Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls.
Context: Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, asked the question to Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Susan Landau, during her testimony in front of Congress regarding encryption. She and Apple lead attorney Bruce Sewell testified about an FBI request made to the company to access the phone of a terror suspect.
I'm TOTALLY on board with Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson IF AND ONLY IF Angela Bassett is cast as Elizabeth Taylor.
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 great thing about being in this country is to be able to speak your mind.
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.
All I can say is that all of the emotions you are feeling need to be channeled into political power. Let that burning feeling in your gut be the fuel to power a movement. Otherwise when the smoke clears all we will have left are tears and ashes.
Context: Cooper wrote this on his Facebook page in response to anger about Officer Darren Wilson‘s non-indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The former host of BET‘s Teen Summit and burgeoning politician passed away weeks later from a sudden illness.