They all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round
They all laughed when Edison recorded sound
They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother when they said that man could fly
They told Marconi wireless was a phony, it's the same old cry
—Shall We Dance (1937), "They All Laughed"
, you're lucky I didn't invest in that ridiculous 'auto-mobile' idea.
: Apparently, there are those in the U.S. military who consider camouflage too 'passive' a technique. Snake
: 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. *BA-DUM TSH!*
Ryan: (as gangster, dialing phone)
Someday they're gonna invent a phone where you just push buttons. Colin:
So much for this automobile of yours. If this is the future, God help us all. ... I can walk
faster than this piece of shit! Give me a horse anyday!
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.
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
's equation and Aston's curve are even roughly correct, as I'm sure they are, for Dr. Cameron and I have computed with their aid the maximum energy evolved in radioactive change and found it to check well with observation, then this supposition of an energy evolution through the disintegration of the common elements is from the one point of view a childish Utopian dream, and from the other a foolish bugaboo.
—Robert Andrews Millikan, on nuclear fission
I consider machine guns an absurdity in a field army of normal composition.
—Mikhail Ivanovich Dragomirov
Can't act. Balding. Dances a little.
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.
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
— Thomas J Watson
, CEO of IBM
My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don't know what that means, but it sounds like a dig.
I thought for sure it was direct-to-video... it just seemed like such a simple story. Guy looking for his daughter. [mimes 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.
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.'
Overall reactions to this pilot were not very favorable. Interest in the show was very narrow.
Fans, don't even think about changing the channel, because we've learned that at our competition, Mick Foley
, who used to wrestle here as Cactus Jack, is going to win their world title! Heh, that'll put butts in the seats.
The final shot of the CSM walking amongst the alien artefacts that are tucked away at the Pentagon is a real appetite whetter. Imagine if this really was a standalone TV movie; the untapped potential would have been an extraordinary waste.
...There is something a little off about the chemistry between Anderson
at some points in the first episode – his performance screams of trying to enjoy this for as long as it lasts
and hers occasionally tips into 'what am I doing here?'
How little they both knew that this was going to change their lives.
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