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“The White House didn’t respond to requests for comment.”
Could Trump Still Kill The AT&T-Time Warner Merger, Which He Has Publicly Threatened?

NY Times

“You’ve done something marvelous,The youth of the Cinema America are doing something important. Not just for Trastevere but for Rome and for Italy.”
Battle For Rome’s 1950s Cinema America Against Gentrification In Trastevere Neighborhood Persists

“It was an atrocity. I don’t know where we go from here. Does it scare me? Does it scare me? Fear is not an option, so I feel compelled to do what I can in response. And using the media I have available to do that.”
Kathryn Bigelow In London, Post-Charlottesville

NY Times

“Are you kidding me? I love electricity. I love the wind.”
David Lynch On “Twin Peaks” Sound Design

“No matter how strong a person is, they can’t outsmart a sociopath or get them to change their ways. The only way to survive is to make a clean break. Sociopaths often love-bomb women with their charm and sex appeal, so that women become sex-addicted and confused. The typical victim of a sociopath is a person with a good heart who is trusting and loving, who sincerely believes that the sociopath can be rehabilitated. It’s this trust and love that causes the victim to stay longer than another person – often, tragically, long enough to get killed.”
Anna Biller’s Followup To Love Witch: A Bluebeard Movie

“What’s striking isn’t just the size of the sum, or that ABC agreed to it before its lawyers started making their case at trial. It’s that the network continues to stand by its reporting (no retraction, no corrections, nada), which remains on its site. In a world where the free press is under attack from politicians, the public, and Silicon Valley billionaires, one of the few companies with the resources to mount a legal defense of journalism instead chose to pay its assailants to shut up and go away.”
On Disney And Its Deal In Its “Pink Slime” Story

“First he went after immigrants, the poor, Muslims, trans people and people of color, and you did nothing. Now he’s coming after you. The question is: what are you going to do about it?”
Michael Chabon And Ayelet Waldman Pen “An Open Letter To Our Fellow Jews”

“I watch so many old, really pretentious artsy movies that I just love. We were just watching Glauber Rocha. He’s constantly a source of energy. And I just watched The Lovers on the Bridge again. There are Godard movies that I’m still not over. His last movie was one of his best movies in my opinion.”
Talking Velocity With Good Time Cinematographer Sean Price Williams

“By far the biggest category is a group of films that found an older audience – what we’re calling Senior Cinephiles. We’re considering anyone over 35 to be ‘senior.'”
AFM Analyzes Successful Films Since 2000 Budgeted At $10-$20 Million

“I look at nudity as I would a costume.” 
French Actress Marine Vacth

LA Times

“If you call somebody that, yeah, that’s not cool. But the actual word is beautiful, you know?”
Justin Chon On His 1992 L.A. Riots Drama

“I’m just happy that it’s an original movie that’s done well. Getting an original movie made in this day and age, it seems at least five times harder. Original films, by their very nature, become more of a gamble, and thus to see a studio take the gamble and have it pay off for them and for me is amazing. It’s not that studios need to take more gambles on original movies. It’s that they should stop thinking about original movies as gambles.”
Edgar Wright Reflects On Baby Driver Breaking The $100 Million Barrier

“Earth-tone tank tops and hemp necklaces abound.”
Abby Bender On Early-2000s Surfer Girl Style In Blue Crush


“The Writers Guild of America West believes in free speech – even from Nazis and white supremacists. But we completely disavow their views, which reflect the worst stains of American history, a history that still lives through racism, prejudice and systematic inequality of opportunity. We demand that violence in support of such views be properly punished. Trump legitimizes hate speech and violence, and disgraces our nation.”
WGAW Makes A Statement

“The reason I kept it to myself was that I did not want my father to do anything that would have sent him to jail for the rest of his life.”
Polanski Accused Of 1973 Los Angeles Sexual Assault

“The fact of the matter is, I have been engaged personally on the issue of diversity and inclusion before it became a buzzword. Yes, I’m a 75-year-old white heterosexual male; that defines me, but it doesn’t limit me… There is so much untapped talent out there, and there is always new talent coming on line. It’s just a question of where do we consider the baseline of artistic eligibility to be. Each of the branches is starting to define that for itself.”
John Bailey

“This was Harris’ first film as a stunt performer; she was not wearing a helmet during the scene because her character does not wear a helmet.”
Stuntwoman Killed In Deadpool 2 Motorcycle Crash Was Joi “SJ” Harris, First African-American Female Road Racer

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Dear Irene Cho, I will miss your energy and passion; your optimism and joy; your kindness towards friends, colleagues, strangers, struggling filmmakers, or anyone who randomly crossed your path and needed a hand. My brothers and I have long considered you another sibling in our family. Our holiday photos – both western and eastern – have you among all the cousins, in-laws, and kids… in the snow, sun, opening presents, at large dinner gatherings, playing Monopoly, breaking out pomegranate seeds and teaching us all how to dance Gangnam style. Your friendship and loyalty meant a great deal to me: you were the loudest cheerleader when I experienced victories and you were always ready with sushi when I had disappointments. You had endless crazy ideas which always seemed impossible but you would will them into existence. (Like that time you called me and suggested that we host a brunch for newly elected mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti because “he is going to president one day.” We didn’t have enough time or funding, of course, only your desire to do it. So you did, and I followed.) You created The Daily Buzz from nothing and it survived on your steam in spite of many setbacks because you believed in a platform for emerging filmmakers from all nations. Most of all, you were a wonderful mother to your son, Ethan, a devoted wife to your husband, and a wonderful sibling and daughter to your family. We will all miss how your wonderful smile and energy lit up the room and our lives. Rest in peace, Irene.
~ Rose Kuo Remembers Irene Cho on Facebook

“You know, I was never a critic. I never considered myself as a film critic. I started doing short films, writing screenplays and then for awhile, for a few years I wrote some film theory, including some film criticism because I had to, but I was never… I never had the desire to be a film critic. I never envisioned myself as a film critic, but I did that at a period of my life when I thought I kind of needed to understand things about cinema, understand things about film theory, understand the world map of cinema, and writing about movies gave me that, and also the opportunity to meet filmmakers I admired.

“To me, it was the best possible film school. The way it changed my perspective I suppose is that I believe in this connection between theory and practice. I think that you also make movies with ideas and you need to have ideas about filmmaking to achieve whatever you’re trying to achieve through your movies, but then I started making features in 1986 — a while ago — and I left all that behind.

“For the last three decades I’ve been making movies, I’ve been living, I’ve been observing the world. You become a different person, so basically my perspective on the world in general is very different and I hope that with every movie I make a step forward. I kind of hope I’m a better person, and hopefully a better filmmaker and hopefully try to… It’s very hard for me to go back to a different time when I would have different values in my relationship to filmmaking. I had a stiffer notion of cinema.”
~ Olivier Assayas