May 29, 2017

Quentin Tarantino roast postponed following Menke’s passing


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A planned roast of Oscar-nominated director Quentin Tarantino which scheduled for Friday in New York City has been postponed due to the unexpected passing of Tarantino’s frequent editor, Sally Menke.

A Friars spokesperson said that plans were immediately altered when Tarantino met with the group and requested “out of respect for the sad loss” to put the event on hold, the Hollywood Reporter writes. In a statement, Friars Club executive director Michael Gyure expressed “deep sadness for Mr. Tarantino’s loss.”

Menke, an Oscar-nominated editor who worked on Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglourious Basterds,” was found dead early Tuesday after hiking in Los Angeles’ extreme heat. Menke was 56.

The Hollywood Reporter says a new date for the roast will be announced soon. Samuel L. Jackson planned to act as roast master, while Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Silverman, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Neve Campbell, Christopher Walken, Kurt Russell and more were expected to attend.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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