Sally Menke, the movie editor who collaborated with Quentin Tarantino on all of his films, is thought to have died from heat stroke after hiking in the Hollywood Hills, reports BBC News. The 56-year-old's body was discovered in the early hours of Tuesday 28th September 2010, in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, and reports suggest that the Oscar nominated editor had been out walking with her dog, who was found by her side.
Los Angeles is currently experiencing a searing heat-wave, with temperatures reaching 113 degrees. The Huffington Post report that on Monday, "Firefighters carried heavy hoses up hills to battle a small but persistent brush fire west of Los Angeles in Thousand Oaks", and many residents of the city have been left without power.
Menke had worked on every Tarantino from his 1992 debut 'Reservoir Dogs' to last year's 'Inglorious Basterds' starring Brad Pitt. She was nominated for an Academy Award in editing for the latter, as well as for 1995's 'Pulp Fiction'. BBC News quoted her husband, Dean Parisot, as saying she was "truly proud of two things in her life - above all her family and her work". The highly-regarded editor had a history of seizures, and officials believe that she died from hyperthermia after collapsing from the heat.
The Pulp Fiction director was set to become the organisation's latest figure of fun at the annual 'roast' on Friday (01Oct10), with Uma Thurman, Eli Roth and Patricia Arquette all expected to rip into Tarantino with traditional mocking tributes.
But the event at the New York Hilton has been delayed following Menke's untimely demise.
A statement released on Tuesday afternoon reads, "The Friars roast of Quentin Tarantino, scheduled for Friday (Oct 1st) in New York, has been postponed due to the death today of Sally Menke - longtime editor, collaborator and dear friend of Mr. Tarantino."
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Menke went hiking with her dog in Beachwood Canyon on Monday (27Sep10), when the city was experiencing record heat waves, but failed to return home.
Her body was discovered in the early hours of Tuesday (28Sep10), after pals alerted authorities to her absence, reports the Los Angeles Times. Her pet pooch was found alive and well.
Menke began her career in 1990 when she landed a job on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but her big break came in 1992 when she teamed up with Tarantino for Reservoir Dogs, the first of eight collaborations between the pair.
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This documentary is precisely what it's title purports to be, an in-depth and instructive look at movie editing that literally spans 100 years of film history, from The Great Train Robbery to Cold Mountain. Through interviews with a copious number of directors and editors, The Cutting Edge covers everything from basic editing techniques like the matching of cuts to modern editing theory as inspired by MTV and The Matrix. The film goes into extreme detail in parts, like when we get to see James Cameron's trick of removing one frame per second out of Terminator 2 to give it more momentum and realism. It's all a little bit insidery and self-congratulatory, but the movie works far more often than not. Any film buff will find it hard not to like.
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