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“The outrage over the Oscar nominations has been welcome even if the problem isn’t the Academy Awards but a blinkered, fossilized industry that offers so few opportunities to women and minorities. While it’s disappointing that Ms. DuVernay wasn’t nominated, she made a great movie and is going to keep directing without the permission of the mainstream old guard. The good news is that she won’t be alone.”
Manohla Dargis Hard-Charges The Optimism For Systemic Shifts In Film Production

“Everything we do here is cooler than everything they do everywhere else, and so it will ever be. We will never necessarily be more compassionate or more intelligent, but we will be more grand and creative. Maybe the Chinese know math better because they count grains of rice or something, but American 16-year-olds invent apps on a dime — and America invented the 16-year-old.”
Considering Elizabeth Wurtzel’s “Creatocracy: How The Constitution Invented Hw’d”


“To all of those involved in the making of Selma, they have gotten in the door, they are telling their stories. It’s those who haven’t attained that status, who are lost, or will be lost. That is where we need to focus our attention.”
Barry Levinson Columnizes Controversy Of The Day

NY Times

“If you can’t find a woman you like to direct, then damn it, develop the female directors yourselves. The women who can direct are out there. Just call me, I’ll send them over.”
Manohla Dargis Talks Directing With Ava DuVernay, Barbra Streisand, Jill Soloway, Mimi Leder, Jennie Livingston, Kimberly Peirce And More 

“I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face.”
Lindy West On Billy Crystal On Gay Sex

“To avoid fame as an actor is foolish. It’s inevitable that if you’re going to be an actor, you’re going to be famous on some level if you’re going to be a successful actor. It’s naïve to think you can avoid all that. You can pick your route, you know, you don’t have to do your laundry in front of the paparazzi.”
Sam Rockwell On Where He Is

“I came to the end of that fabulous film and I thought, ‘God, she got it! How did she do it?’ ” He continued, “I was on the Pettus Bridge and I watched the mayhem, the madness of Sheriff Clark. She got it. I was there. I saw it. She wasn’t there, but she got it. When I was seeing the film, I was seeing what I remembered, truly remembered.”
Journalist Emeritus Gay Talese Salutes Selma

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“Almodóvar–the first name is almost unnecessary–is a genius, is a flower, is a guiding light: the last, best son of Buñuel and so much more than that. His screenplays, which he directs with passion and fine care, have taught us about the exteriors of his native land and the interiors of our own hearts. From the early, manic experimental Super-8 work to the breakthrough Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, his titles are as evocative as most people’s screenplays. Yet for all their antic energy, Almodóvar’s films are deeply spiritual: watching his disturbing, mysterious, heart-rending Talk to Her is to understand, perhaps for the first time, the full meaning of grace. An Almodóvar screenplay is a running leap off a Gaudi balcony, it flips, soars, ascends, careens, tumbles, falls – always landing, astonishingly and astonished, on its feet.”
~ Howard A. Rodman, Announcing Almodóvar’s Jean Renoir Award

“I got a feeling I am going to win in the long run, but I want to be part of the zeitgeist, too. I want to support young girls who are in their 20s now and tell them: You’re not just imagining things. It’s tough. Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times. Girls now are also faced with different problems. I’ve been guilty of one thing: After being the only girl in bands for 10 years, I learned—the hard way—that if I was going to get my ideas through, I was going to have to pretend that they—men—had the ideas. I became really good at this and I don’t even notice it myself. I don’t really have an ego. I’m not that bothered. I just want the whole thing to be good. And I’m not saying one bad thing about the guys who were with me in the bands, because they’re all amazing and creative, and they’re doing incredible things now. But I come from a generation where that was the only way to get things done. So I have to play stupid and just do everything with five times the amount of energy, and then it will come through.”
~ Björk to Jessica Hopper at Pitchfork