When you pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud, too!
By: Robert McCall,
Denzel Washington as Robert McCall says this to Marton Csokas' character Teddy, in Antoine Fuqua film The Equalizer, based on the 1980's television series of the same name. McCall had just dispatched yet another group of Russian gangsters that Teddy had sent to kill him. The gangsters were sitting at a restaurant table eating with Teddy, describing how sure they were that they could "take care of him." The thugs get up to leave and moments later McCall enters the restaurant, sits at Teddy's table and gives him these words of wisdom... along with the bloodied sun glasses of one of the assassins.
Stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen!
By: Private Hudson,
Bill Paxton as Private Hudson in James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi epic Aliens. Hudson - while doing a satellite sweep - thinks he's found a group of missing colonists on a mining colony set on a distant moon. What he actually found were incubated and/or dead colonists, along with a pack of not so friendly alien creatures.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.
The VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.
By: Jack Valenti,
Jack Valenti, then head of the Motion Picture Association of America, famously warned against the use of VCRs at a congressional hearing in 1982. Hollywood was concerned about a machine that could record television programs without requiring any fees. History shows Valenti couldn’t have been more wrong, as consumers ended up spending billions to buy and rent copies of their favorite movies. By 1986, the $4.4 billion consumers spent buying and renting VHS tapes exceeded the $3.8 billion they spent going to the movies at the theater. On July 21, 2016, Japanese manufacturer Funai Electric, the last maker of VHS-compatible video cassette recorders, announced that they would cease producing the devices at the end of the month due to declining sales. Sony said it would cease production of video tapes in its Betamax format in 2015, 13 years after it stopped making compatible recorders.
If the United States continues its decline, we should absolutely expect continuing anemic long-run growth rates.
By: Ryan Murphy,
Professor and economist Ryan Murphy talking about stagnant wages and economic growth in the U.S. since the 2008 financial crisis , where annual expansion has yet to crack 3 percent.
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.
By: Mark Zuckerberg,
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.
There are nerds, and then there are "Nerdists." A "Nerdist" is, more specifically, an artful nerd. He or she doesn't just consume, he or she creates and innovates.
By: Chris Hardwick,
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.
God dammit, I'd piss on a spark plug if I thought it'd do any good. Let the boy in there major!
By: General Beringer (played by Barry Corbin),
Barry Corbin as General Beringer said this to skeptical colleagues who were preventing computer hacker Matthew Broderick from trying to shut down an A.I.-enhanced computer system in John Badham's 1983 film WarGames. The system - called "WOPR," short for War Operation Plan Response - was based at a NORAD command center in Washington State and was attempting to start Global Thermonuclear War as part of a computer simulation gone wrong.
I mean you're workin' on some crazy stuff in these buildings. Stuff that would freak me out if I actually understood it. I'm going to tell you about one that's been on my mind - Simulation Theory. The basic idea as I understand it is that we all could be living in a massive simulation, run by a far smarter civilization, like a giant computer game, and we don't even know it.
What if this, all of this, IS a simulation.
By: Matt Damon,
Matt Damon says during a commencement speech he gave a MIT.
People cry, not because they're weak. It's because they've been strong for too long.
Casey - As soon as credit cards disappear, everything will start to pick up again.
Harry - No way. If anything money will go away. Soon, we'll all be a number in a big computer.
Casey - Money go away! Are you crazy, it'll never happen!
By: Harry (played by James Coburn),
A conversation between professional pickpockets Harry (James Coburn) and Casey (Walter Pidgeon) from the 1973 film Harry in Your Pocket. They were on a ferry from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia discussing the economy and lowered expectations of how much they were finding in their marks' wallets.
I don’t come to sit and be a part of a caucus where we talk and do nothing. . . I leave you with this: it is time to wake up, get up, step up, or shut up.
By: Geneva Reed-Veal,
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.
Free will is a gift you'll never know how to use until you fight for it.
By: Harry Mitchell (played by Anthony Mackie),
The Adjustment Bureau
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called, life.
Rich people only like being around rich people. Nobody likes being around poor people, especially poor people. So we try and make the place feel upscale for everyone. That is to say we cater to people who have discretion and judgment and we give them a choice and we are consistent in that.
By: Steve Wynn,
The Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO said this during a presentation to investors. The article states Wynn is making the point that he wants to create an "environment" of wealth that draws all kinds of crowds.
You'd have better luck picking up a turd from its clean end.
By: Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz),
Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) says this to Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) during The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 14, titled "Twice as Far," which originally aired March 20, 2016. Ford says in response to Eugene calling dibs to eliminating the threat from an approaching walker.
Let me ask you a question. When you were pouring the bisquick, were you tryin’ to make pancakes?
By: Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz),
Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) asks the question to Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) during The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 11, titled "Knots Untie," which originally aired February 28, 2016. Ford, who's reevaluating his own relationships with women, seems shocked that Rhee and his wife Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) are purposing looking to have a child in the world as it exists, in its post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled state.
To your know knowledge Ms. Landau, has the U.S. Government ever ordered a shredding company to reassemble paper that a [professional] shredding company has shredded?
By: Darrell Issa,
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.
My two hands.
When I was 14yrs old we were evicted from our tiny one bedroom apartment in Hawaii 'cause we couldn't afford the $180 per week rent. Came home with my mom that day to find a pad lock on our door with the eviction notice. My mom stood there in front of the door crying because we had no place to go, but out.
It was a real all time shitty low, BUT the silver lining blessing was at 14yrs that moment changed my life. I made a promise to myself that from that day forward I was going to do all I could to make sure we never got evicted again. And I was going to do that with my own two hands.
In my 14yr old punk mind, hitting the gym hard and building your body equaled success. And success equaled never getting evicted again. So that's exactly what I did.. and have never stopped since.
These days, I know me and my family are a long way away from those hard times, but I'll always work daily as if that eviction notice is waitin' for me around the corner. If you're going thru your own hard times - I read your comments so I know many of you out there are - there's a lot of frustrating shit we can't control - so we gotta focus on the one thing we can always control - putting in the work with our own two hands. Stay strong, because change and success is always possible. Always.
By: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson,
An inspirational quote by The Rock posted on his Instagram after an obviously intense workout at the gym.
Innovation should be accessible to and we argue - is more important for - the common everyday citizen. The average person should understand, be able to afford, and clearly see ways to integrate new products and ideas into their daily lives. New concepts should disrupt without forcing someone to uproot their existing worlds. That seamless disruption then improves and enriches a person's current life, not the life someone else is forcing you to embrace. For us, that's innovation.
By: René Carson of Hit Pictures,
I'm TOTALLY on board with Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson IF AND ONLY IF Angela Bassett is cast as Elizabeth Taylor.
By: Orlando Jones,
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.
By: Don Cheadle,
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."
Too often in the industry I hear people say, ‘Oh, yeah, we bought that, it’s a piece of crap, but it’ll make money.’ But those are words we’re never going to utter because what we’re trying to do is build up credibility in our brand. We make very few compromises in programming, and we want to do the same on the distribution side.
By: Tim League,
Drafthouse Cinema CEO Tim League talking about the company's arthouse/grindhouse distribution arm, "Drafthouse Films."