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Inspirational Quotes

Everyone needs extra inspiration/motivation every once in a while. Therefore, I have compiled a list of some of my favourite inspirational Harry Potter quotes (quotes are from the books and films).

  • “Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more, believing in yourself”
  • “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things! - Friendship! And Bravery!”
  • “When in doubt, go to the library”
  • “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”
  • “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live”
  • “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends”
  • “Ah, music,” he said wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here”
  • “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on Earth should that mean that it is not real?”
  • “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic”
  • “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the the light”
  • “In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own”
  • “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be”
  • “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are”
  • “Well, [bad] times like that bring out the best in some people and the worst in others’
  • “The ones who love us never really leave us, you can always find them in here”
  • “What’s life without a little risk?”
  • “We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving”
  • “You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve”
  • “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect”
  • “No good sitting worrying about it. What’s coming will come, and we’ll meet it when it does”

I hope these quotes inspire you too!

Born Today, March 24, in 1930 ‘Mr. Cool’ Steve McQueen…

“You only say what’s important and you own the scene.” - Steve McQueen

 Over 40 film and tv roles including The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles (Oscar Nom), The Magnificent Seven, The Blob, The Cincinnati Kid,  The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, Nevada Smith,  Love with the Proper Stranger,  The Towering Inferno…

I really believed that she’d be ok. I really thought that I’d hear more stories from Carrie Fisher, that she’d write more books and do more interviews and we’d have years and years more of her, that she’d get to shoot scenes with Mark again, that we’d finally see Leia Organa hold a lightsaber. I’m in shock. There’s no words to describe how important she’s been to me, to film, to all of us. 

“It’s probably under the moonlight that we see that black boys can be blue, can be sad and sullen and intimate,” he said. “It’s under starlight that we see them differently, or that we get the chance to.”

“Because we rarely see ourselves in those hues or under that gauze. We see ourselves in the harsh police light or the amber of street lights, but what is it when the reflection of the sun in the moon is sitting on these bodies. What beauty can we see?”

- Tarell McCraney

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favorite actors 2/? | Ewan McGregor

Women are always expected to be naked. I like to try and be naked in films, and have the woman not be naked. It’s a feminist thing that I do.

There were countless Princess Leia posters at the march today, young girls walking around in her iconic buns. I think this is the importance of film. Because if a character stands among protesters at a march of resistance and unity and hope, it means something. Art has power and we need it now more than ever, I just wish Carrie Fisher could see all she’s inspired.

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Devon Terrell said playing Barack Obama helped him accept his identity

In a new interview with, Australian actor Devpm Terrell said that playing young Obama has helped him accept his mixed-race identity as someone of Anglo-Indian and African-American descent in a country where he still feels like an outsider. Like Obama, who moved to Indonesia with his mother at a young age, Terrell moved to Australia when he was 5.

“I was the only one of my kind, so I knew what it felt like to be an outsider and to try to fit into different circles. I’m still a very young man as well, so I’m asking the same questions as Barack.”

According to Terrell, however, the most important lesson he’s learned from playing young Obama for the film is to realize, no matter who you are or where you come from, you still belong. Read more

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Before The Flood is now available on YouTube! This is an incredibly important film that I had the privilege to see and talk about. Highly recommend watching it. 

Also, for every use of #BeforeTheFlood across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram between October 24 – November 18, they’ll donate $1 to Pristine Seas and $1 to the Wildlife Conservation Society!

Crazy Rich Asians To Be Fast-Tracked To Film

Kevin’s Kwan’s novel, Crazy Rich Asians was released in 2013 and quickly became a best-seller. Dubbed the Asian version of Pride and Prejudice meet The Devil Wears Prada, the book follows the life of a successful professor named Rachel, who’s engaged to a down-to-earth professor, Nick Young, whom, unbeknownst to her, comes from a wealthy/snobbish Singapore-based family that comes with a lot of drama.

The book garnered strong reviews and was a bestseller, spawning sequels, the last due out in 2017. However, unlike similar bestsellers–Gone, Girl, Girl on the Train, The Devil Wears Prada, The Nanny Diaries–the book failed to be optioned by a Hollywood studio.

Come word today that the film rights were purchased by WB studios and the film version will be fast-tracked for release in 2018.

You may wonder why this is important.  The film version of the novel comes at a crucial time for the debate surrounding diversity and representation in Hollywood. Variety reports the USC 2014 study, citing that only 5% of speaking parts in film, television, and digital programming were played by Asian actors in all of 2014. The news comes in light of Alan Yang’s Emmy speech citing low Asian-inclusiveness, and controversial castings of Emma Stone in Aloha, and Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell.

The entire cast of characters in the book is Asian, including the American-Born Chinese protagonist, Rachel. Crazy Rich Asians is an opportunity for Hollywood to cast Asians in meaningful roles, and to cast an Asian male actor (Nick Young) as a romantic lead.  Moreover, the behind-the scene agents will also be Asian. The film will be directed by Jon M. Chu. The screenplay will be written by Adele Lim (Fox’s Lethal Weapons).

Read more about the author, Kevin Kwan and the inspiration for the book via Vanity Fair.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate Jessica Rabbit here. She is sexy, beautiful, tall, curvy, red haired, smart, mature, classy…basically every guys’ dream woman. She has guys throwing themselves at her, going crazy over her and fighting just to get a glimpse of her. She could literally have any guy she wanted. And yet, she falls in love and marries someone who isn’t conventionally handsome, but who has a great personality which appeals to hers and is fun to be around. All her life she’s probably been told how physically attractive she is and been used for her beauty, so it must be so wonderful for her to meet someone who wants to make her laugh and be genuinely happy rather than have her as a trophy wife. Roger appeals to her humour and appreciates her mentality and personality and is the first guy to treat her like a normal girl and a human being. Of course she’s going to be defensive when guys don’t understand what she sees in Roger. He was the first and only guy to respect her personality and wanted to know her as a person so he could make her genuinely happy. She didn’t settle for any less than she deserved.

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Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen in On The Town (1949)

There was nothing the censors could put their fingers on. The red color, the girl in black and the sailor in white were very sensuous. The moves were sensuous. Yet I never laid a glove on her. There was nothing the censors could say. If they did, I could have said, “What? Do you have a dirty mind?" - Gene Kelly, Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age at the American Film Institute

the republicans are going to attempt to silence political dissent. they won the house, the senate, and the presidency by lying and having their supporters make a public spectacle of themselves. liberals responded by laughing at them on tv. big help that was. trump has already issued orders for federal employees to be silent, basically threatening their jobs. trump doesn’t realize he’s now effectively created thousands of whistleblowers. but whatever, he’s silenced them for now. and republican politicians will ditch townhalls and public appearances and routinely leave early, never be in office, and run from people who do catch up to them. so, it’s important to use direct action. show up, film them running away, lying, film yourself asking them questions. cause scenes. attend rallies. disrupt the spectacle the right wing capitalist order has learned to create that speaks to people who don’t know better. petitions and phone calls aren’t going to do much. direct action gets the goods. (and don’t get caught waiting for the next election, ffs.)

The sad, quiet little look Kylo Ren and Finn exchange at the beginning of TFA is one of the most important points of the film. But it goes mostly unnoticed by fans and critics.

Kylo knows, in that moment, that Finn can’t be trusted. That’s he’s not a killer. And Kylo tells Hux later, with 100% accuracy, that he knows fine well Finn was the stormtrooper who helped Poe escape.

So why didn’t Kylo say anything at the Jakku massacre? Why not just kill Finn on the spot? Or tell on him to Phasma and Hux?

Because that last little bit of humanity he had got to him. He let it slide (temporarily). He let Finn go.

But it’s not just about Kylo, it’s about Finn: Because he looked right back at that guy and realized: “Well, I’m not a hero, but I’m not that, either.” It sets up Finn’s character motivation in the movie.

Seriously: Watch that scene again. It’s rather crucial to understanding the whole thing.