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“The growth market of English language films out of the U.S. is China. The new growth must come from China. It is a major source of income. So, if China were to retaliate, it’s bad for both parties. I do not wish to see that materialize.”
Dalian Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin, China’s Richest Man, Cautions Against United States Regulating Chinese Investment In Hw’d
And – New Cinemas May Require Subsidies To Keep Lights On translated

variety

“If you want politics, the movies are one of the last places you’re gonna get ’em. You’ve got Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, television, radio, newspapers. People have their own personal polarized media for their beliefs and points of view, and I don’t think this is the time or place where political movies are going to work.”
Will Sundance Films See A Trump Effect? Gregg Goldstein Inquires

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“I do not own a private jet. Never have. And everything I do is completely offset with carbon credits. I do everything I can to walk the walk as I talk the talk.”
Al Gore On Sundance Opener An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power

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“Excuse me if you were crying too much. It is a piece of art with which nothing can compare, because the film is made according to a recipe of the past, the universal language of cinema, which is now rarely used.”
Kusturica Speaks Up For His Milky Road

LA Times

“I try and do things that look appealing to today’s eyes. I love it when an audience member says, ‘I just would love to wear that dress.’ You want people to have a crush on the clothing.”
Costumer Joanna Johnston On The Glad Rags Of Allied

By the Sea proves to be a beguiling mix of existential erotic thriller and tone poem—an audacious, challenging film brimming with heady ideas. With profound emotion and visual ingenuity, the film examines how love so often curdles into hate, the art of seeing and being seen, and meta-textually, the currency of movie stars in a cinematic landscape starved of them.”
Angelica Jade Bastién On “The Venomous Beauty Of By The Sea

“I gave them a set of Hermès riding crops so I wouldn’t feel badly about torturing them. I said,  ‘Here, you just beat me when you’ve had enough.'”
Tom Ford Extends Directorial Approach With Nocturnal Animals

“Warren Cowan asked if I could draw Sammy Davis, Jr. So I did it, ’cause I needed $100. But somebody else saw it and three months later I was the hottest thing in town. And then I got with Mr. Sinatra and his people, started doing all his stuff…”
Lola Landekic At Art Of The Title On Designer Sandy Dvore

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“China’s richest man, Jack Ma, invested in Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, among others, in a move to ensure his Alibaba online commerce company has a wealth of future movies for its Youku Tudou online video service.”
“Hollywood’s Merger Mania: Inside The Studios’ ‘Size Anxiety,’ Scramble To Match Silicon Valley”

NY Times

“I never, ever, ever felt worried — it never crossed my mind — that George Bush would do something crazy, even though I knew he hated me. He never sued me for a joke.”
Bill Maher Fears Retribution For His Comments On Trump

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“I was 15 when I first watched Sally Hardesty escape into the back of a pickup truck, covered in blood and cackling like a goddamn witch. All of her friends were dead. She had been kidnapped, tortured and even forced to feed her own blood to her cannibalistic captors’ impossibly shriveled patriarch. Being new to the horror genre, I was sure she was going to die. It had been a few months since I survived a violent sexual assault, where I subsequently ran from my assailant, tripped, fell and fought like hell. I crawled home with bloody knees, makeup-stained cheeks and a new void in both my mind and heart. My sense of safety, my ability to trust others, my willingness to form new relationships and my love of spending time with people I cared about were all taken from me. It wasn’t until I found the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that something clicked. It was Sally’s strength, and her resilience. It was watching her survive blows to the head from a hammer. It was watching her break free from her bonds and burst through a glass window. It was watching her get back up after she’d been stabbed. It was watching her crawl into the back of a truck, laughing as it drove away from Leatherface. She was the last one to confront the killer, and live. I remember sitting in front of the TV and thinking, There I am. That’s me.”
~ Lauren Milici On “The Final Girl”

“‘Thriller’ enforced its own reality principle; it was there, part of the every commute, a serenade to every errand, a referent to every purchase, a fact of every life. You didn’t have to like it, you only had to acknowledge it. By July 6, 1984, when the Jacksons played the first show of their ‘Victory’ tour, in Kansas City, Missouri, Jacksonism had produced a system of commodification so complete that whatever and whoever was admitted to it instantly became a new commodity. People were no longer comsuming commodities as such things are conventionally understood (records, videos, posters, books, magazines, key rings, earrings necklaces pins buttons wigs voice-altering devices Pepsis t-shirts underwear hats scarves gloves jackets – and why were there no jeans called Bille Jeans?); they were consuming their own gestures of consumption. That is, they were consuming not a Tayloristic Michael Jackson, or any licensed facsimile, but themselves. Riding a Mobius strip of pure capitalism, that was the transubstantiation.”
~ Greil Marcus On Michael Jackson