I'm sorry this dark day has come, that we're supposed to go back to what was in place since 1788 when the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified. And I would like to point out to the Supreme Court justices that the only weapons at the time were muskets. I'm prepared to go back to muskets.

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By: Kathy Hochul

Context:
Part of a speech given by New York Governor Kathy Hochul. The Governor was reacting to a Supreme Court ruling that struck down New York State's restrictive concealed carry gun laws.

source: www.foxnews.com,  

The more you say I can't say something, the more urgent it is for me to say it. It has nothing to do with what you are saying I can't say. It has everything to do with my freedom of artistic expression... They said everything about gender… they didn't say anything about art.

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By: Dave Chappelle
Genres: Comedy

Context:
Comedian Dave Chapelle on why he declined to have his Washington DC high school's new theater named after him. The decision was made over student backlash to his Netflix comedy special "The Closer." Chapelle said he was "sincerely hurt" by the protests from students when he visited his alma mater in November of 2021.

There has been an explosion of creators of color finally being equipped with resources and a huge platform. In the streaming age, content has a more global perspective. You can see this in the popularity of television from Asia, Europe and Latin America that the unique can also be universal. My story is a testament to that as well.

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By: Naomi Osaka

Context:
A press release quote from tennis star Naomi Osaka, discussing her partnership with LeBron James' SpringHill Company to launch her own media company called Hana Kuma. The company's goal is the tell diverse stories on television, film and other formats.

Eugene Kittridge: You and I know about this, that's where it stops. You understand? It never happened.
Frank Barnes: What about him?
Eugene Kittridge: I want him manning a radar tower in Alaska by the end of the day; just mail him his clothes.

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By: Dale Dye | Henry Czerny
Characters: Eugene Kittridge | Frank Barnes
From: Mission: Impossible
Genres: Action | Adventure | Spy and Espionage

Context:
Henry Czerny (as Eugene Kittridge) speaks to his associate Frank Barnes (played by actor Dale Dye) just after finding out that a top secret list of undercover agents has been stolen from CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Kittridge wants to avoid the embarrassment that would come from others learning of the theft out of one of the most secure buildings in the world.

Your days of fighting for the so-called greater good are over. This is our chance to control the truth, the concepts of right and wrong, for everyone, for centuries to come. You're fighting to save an ideal that doesn't exist... never did. You need to pick a side.

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By: Henry Czerny
Characters: Eugene Kittridge
From: Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One
Genres: Action | Adventure | Sequels | Spy and Espionage

Context:
Ominous words from Henry Czerny (as Eugene Kittridge), presumably to Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt, in the trailer for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One.

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.

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,  

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.

Yip Man: Kung fu is more than a system of fighting. It's a system of thought. You must outthink your opponent, whatever form he takes... because some of them will be more than just men.
Voice of Young Bruce: What else could it be Si Fu?
Yip Man: We all have inner demons to fight. We call these demons 'fear', and 'hatred', and 'anger'. If you don't conquer them, then a life of a hundred years... is a tragedy. But if you do, a life of a single day can be a triumph.

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By: Luoyong Wang
Characters: Yip Man
From: Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Genres: Action | Adventure | Biography | History | Martial Arts

Context:
Luoyong Wang (as Grandmaster Yip Man) lectures a young Bruce Lee on philosophy in martial arts. In this case, the importance of understanding Kung Fu as more than a way to defend yourself.

Emotion can be the enemy... Remember, it isn't size or strength that matters, it's focus.

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By: Jason Scott Lee
Characters: Bruce Lee
From: Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Genres: Action | Adventure | Biography | History | Martial Arts

Context:
Jason Scott Lee (as Bruce Lee) speaks to his first martial arts students in a gymnasium at the University of Washington in Seattle.

When I was a kid I had all these crazy ideas. I wanted to show the world the beauty of our culture, I wanted to give them a hero, but a Chinese hero. But I want something else now - I want to stop breaking my wife's heart. I want to play with my children without having to look at the clock. They're American... I need to go back to America or I lose them. If I lose them, nothing means anything.

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By: Jason Scott Lee
Characters: Bruce Lee
From: Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Genres: Action | Adventure | Biography | History | Martial Arts

Context:
Jason Scott Lee (as Bruce Lee) tells Hong Kong film producer Raymond Chow about his desire to spend more time with his wife and kids. The actor has been in Asia working on a number of film projects, taking up much of his time.

When you drop a pebble in a pond you get ripples... Soon that ripple crosses the whole pond.

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By: Jason Scott Lee
Characters: Bruce Lee
From: Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Genres: Action | Adventure | Biography | History | Martial Arts

Context:
Jason Scott Lee, playing martial arts legend Bruce Lee, tells his wife Linda, played by Lauren Holly, about his plan to open the first Bruce Lee Gung Fu Institute in California. Lee's hope was to create a chain of Chinese martial arts schools throughout the United States.

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,