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2013: The Year In Quotes

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by Jessica Kiang
January 9, 2014 2:23 PM
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March

“If you ride like lightning, you're going to crash like thunder.” 
Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) in Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines.”

“Elderly. She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home.”
Carrie Fisher imagines what Princess Leia is like today.

“[We] had tension, as men. Not as artists — as men.”
Shia LaBoeuf on Letterman on the friction with co-star Alec Baldwin that led to him quitting Stage show “Orphans” to be replaced by Ben Foster.

“the theater belongs not to the great but to the brash. acting is not for gentlemen, or bureaucratic-academics. what they do is antiart. actors used to be buried with a stake through the heart. those peoples performances so troubled on-lookers that they feared their ghosts.”
LaBeouf again, talking acting on Twitter and sounding, well, LaBeouffoonish.

“Who here actually thinks I would do '50 Shades of Grey' as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.”
“ ? ”
“Good, well that’s that sorted then.”
“ : ) ”
Emma Watson debunks casting rumors in an elegant series of tweets.

"Oprah and I had such chemistry. To be able to make out with Oprah and to have love scenes with her and those tig ol' bitties... I mean she's very, very, very beautiful. She's such a lovely, voluptuous woman... I mean that was wonderful. That was wonderful."
Terrence Toward laxes wyrical about “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” co-star Oprah Winfrey’s assets. Other people got a lot more bothered about it than Oprah.

“When you put me on a red carpet or on a stage, I turn into chihuahua Jennifer… I have no control over what comes out of my mouth.”
Jennifer Lawrence in interview with the U.K’s Fabulous magazine.

April

“I'm not goin' anywhere! I'm right here!”
Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) in Brian Helgeland’s baseball biopic42,” with “right here” presumably referring to the no. 1 box office spot for April which the film surprisingly claimed over Tom Cruise’s “Oblivion.” And this topsy-turvy year means it finished 2013 above other would-be big-name blockbusters “The Lone Ranger,” “After Earth” and “Elysium” too.

“Why must a film explain everything? Why must every motivation be spelled out? ... There will be many who find 'To the Wonder' elusive and too effervescent. They'll be dissatisfied by a film that would rather evoke than supply. I understand that, and I think Terrence Malick does, too. But here he has attempted to reach more deeply than that: to reach beneath the surface, and find the soul in need.”
The concluding phrases of the deeply missed Roger Ebert’s last filed film review, for Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder.

"Look, even if I don't get one directly, eventually they're just going to have to give me one when I get old. So no matter how you slice it, I'm getting one.”
Robert Downey Jr. to GQ, immodestly but probably accurately predicting his Oscar future.

“Could a father not marry his son?”
Jeremy Irons visits a previously unexplored bizarre backwater of the gay marriage debate while talking to the Huffington Post.

"We are humbled to be standing here. No, we're not humbled. We won. What's the opposite of 'humbled'? We're 'Biebered' to be standing here.”
Witty quip machine Joss Whedon delivers in his acceptance speech for Best Movie at the MTV Movie Awards for “The Avengers.”

“We’ll make a new ‘Star Wars’ every year.”
Disney Chief Alan Horn confirming every Indiewire blogger’s worst fear: that casting rumors, plot teases, set pictures, promos and PR tie-ins for the Star Wars universe are never, ever, ever going to stop.

“You’re about to find out who I am. You’re going to be on national news.”
Speaking to the arresting officer, Reese Witherspoon subverts her nice-as-pie image when she and her husband are pulled over for DUI.

"Cinema, as I define it and as something that inspired me, is under assault by the studios and, from what I can tell, with the full support of the audience."
Steven Soderbergh relating his reasons for retirement.

“I've never actually showed my body that much, even though I'm a French actress. It was a big deal for me to do it. This movie isn't fantasy. This is a film for people who can handle a pair of tits.”
Julie Delpy talks to GQ about going topless in “Before Midnight.”

“Sorry to everyone I shook hands with, I’m sick so you’re screwed. [Trips from a standing position, covers face in shame] Oh my God! I’m like all three of the Stooges right now--I’m on Sudafed. [long pause] I don’t know how to recover… I’m afraid to look at all of you.”
A tottery J-Law accepts her award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

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4 Comments

  • Sanker From India | January 11, 2014 8:29 AMReply

    R.I.P Peter O'Toole. Loved that bit about him raising hell. :-))

    A friend of mine recently had the same pathetic reaction as that stupid Israeli talk show host about Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman(We're both 21). I suppose Sexism is horribly rampant among young men all over the world.

    I read somewhere that the creator of Wonder Woman was some kind of fetishist and the rope was supposed to be used for S&M.

  • Sanker From India | January 11, 2014 7:31 AMReply

    I used to love those "Man of the year" and "Woman of the year" articles. Aren't you guys doing that this year. I can promise you 1 pageview although its not much of a bribe ;-P

  • Gerardd Kennellyy | January 10, 2014 8:40 PMReply

    Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell in what is definitely the funniest clip from any awards show all year

    Tommy Lee Jones sure did LOL

  • Mehrine | January 9, 2014 8:28 PMReply

    "Steven Spielberg explaining the unprecedented decision to award three Palme d’Ors (Palmes d’Or?)"
    Palmes d'Or.

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