R.F. Simpson: (apropos new sound technology for films) What do you think of it, Dexter?
Rosco: It'll never amount to a thing.
Olga: Its vulgar.
Cosmo: That's what they said about the horseless carriage.
Brain-2-Me-2: Are you pondering what I'm pondering, 3-Pinky-O?
3-Pinky-O: I think so, Brain-2, but a show about two talking lab mice? Heh, it'll never get on the air.
—Pinky and the Brain, "Star Warners"
"Hey, Chon, you're lucky I didn't invest in that ridiculous 'auto-mobile' idea. Yeah, that's gonna make a lot of money."
—Roy O'Bannon, Shanghai Knights
The Boss: Apparently, there are those in the U.S. military who consider camouflage too 'passive' a technique.
Sigint: Yeah, man. A walking tank? That's stupid.
Snake: I know, right? And what kind of name is 'Metal Gear' anyway? It will never catch on.
Sigint: Seriously, man. No one's gonna go with that.
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
"You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bon-fire under her deck? I have no time for such nonsense."
— Napoleon Bonaparte on the steamship.
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication."
— Western Union internal memo, 1876.
"The telephone is a curious device that might fairly find place in the magic of Arabian Tales. Of what use is such an invention?"
—A newspaper reporter, 1876.
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
—Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
“Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.”
People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box all night."
—Darryl F. Zanuck, President of 20th Century Fox, declining to invest in the television set
"Huh. Another new game."
—-Frank Mahan, upon hearing of Basketball
"I consider machine guns an absurdity in a field army of normal composition."
—Mikhail Ivanovich Dragomirov
"Kid," he said, "someday there'll be 50 hotels here and it'll be the entertainment capital of America." I thought to myself, "No wonder they call him Bugsy."
Can't act. Balding. Dances a little.
—Apocryphal note from Fred Astaire screen test
"An agent had suggested Ronald Reagan for the lead. We all had a good laugh. He was by no means a bad actor, but he would hardly be convincing, I said with the eerie prescience which has earned me the title the American Nostradamus, as a presidential candidate."
—Gore Vidal on The Best Man
"Get your feet off my desk. Get out of here. You stink. And we're not going to buy your product."
The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don't read anymore."
—Steve Jobs discussing the Kindle
"I thought for sure it was direct-to-video... it just seemed like such a simple story. Guy looking for his daughter. [mines leafing through a script] Ho hum. Hmm. Ooh, he finds her!"
"We were driving through the Kent countryside, and my mum was reading the paper. She said ‘oooh, they’re going to change Doctor Who. It’s going to be Tom Baker next’. And I remember being absolutely outraged. How dare they change the Doctor! How dare they turn Jon Pertwee into Tom Baker! He’ll be rubbish!"
"No one had much faith in me because I was so young. They imagined a little brat with a flash-in-the-pan single."
"They said of casting David Tennant as Casanova, 'Damn, you should have cast someone sexier'. With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. 'You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.'"
“I’m told there is a visitor for me, and it’s Patrick Stewart, who I’d not seen in years. Patrick told me, 'I'm doing a science fiction thing.' I asked him what and he told me Star Trek and I told him, 'Oh no, not that hackneyed thing!’ And he responded, 'Well, it will be a nice little pension for me.'"
"Interesting fact from IMDb is that Bruce Jenner turned down the role of Superman. On behalf of everyone everywhere I say thank you Bruce because you suck. You may not suck as bad as the rest of the cast, but that is like saying you are the least annoying character in a Rob Schneider movie. Guess what, you still suck."
"Connery just quit movies after this one, which he only agreed to do because he was bitter over turning down a part called "Gandalf" in a movie about midgets or some shit...a decision that cost him $450 million dollars — the guy could have his own tropical island nation today if he had just asked someone else, 'Hey, is this Tolkien guy any good?' But then the money gods who had favored him for so many decades pitied him and gave him another chance: They also offered him a role in The Matrix, though he hasn't confirmed which one. Once again Connery couldn't make heads or tails of it and turned it down, and once again the movie went on to make big bucks."
"2013 Grammys" Todd: Does anyone really care about John Legend? I mean, I didn't even know he had a song out this year, uh... Did you?
"2 Months Later" Todd: GOD DAMN MOTHER—! HOW AM I SO BAD AT THIS? Just once I want to saying something doesn't matter and have it not matter!
Ryan: (as gangster, dialing phone) Someday they're gonna invent a phone where you just push buttons.
Colin: You're crazy!
— ''Whose Line Is It Anyway??'
"It seems to me that neither I - nor for that matter anyone else - will be interested in the unbosomings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl."
—Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl (June 20, 1942)