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“Hi, Sally!” clips…

Oh, man…I am such a dick! It just occurred to me that by blaming the heat wave for the fact that celebrities were “dropping like flies” last week, I inadvertently mocked the heat-related death of the late, great film editor, Sally Menke. See, last week, it literally was the heat wave that killed Sally Menke as she was hiking with her dog in Griffith Park.

Urgh…so sorry, Sally. I totally suck. Here’s hoping this mini-tribute will more than make up for my earlier lameness…

Over the years, Sally Menke worked with such big-name directors as Billy Bob Thornton and Oliver Stone, but, she is probably best known for the films she edited for Quentin Tarantino. The two began their fruitful collaboration on Tarantino’s first film, “Reservoir Dogs”, when Tarantino hired Menke because she was “cheap”. From then on, they were inseparable, with Menke being QT’s go-to editor on everything he’s worked on since.

Scoring Oscar nominations for editing “Pulp Fiction” and this past year’s rocking WWII sage “Inglourious Basterds”, Menke was often referred to as more of co-writer than an editor by Tarantino, who was always quick to give Menke credit for her vital role in shaping the plot and pacing of his movies.

Another cool thing Tarantino did for Menke was to make sure to shoot several outtakes during production with the cast and crew calling out “Hi, Sally!”. This became a tradition between the two of them and the footage is often hilarious. My favorite is a shot of the chick from “Grindhouse: Deathproof” hanging onto the hood of the car for dear life and chirping “Hi, Sally!”. So awesome!

Anyway, in honor of the passing of the sweet-faced, badass known as Sally Menke, here are just a couple of the best “Hi, Sally!” clips from YouTube. Enjoy…

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“Machete” trailer…for Arizona!

I know I totally missed the boat on this one, but last week, Robert Rodriquez and the filmmakers behind the upcoming Mexploitation pic “Machete” released a brand new “illegal” trailer for their movie on Cinco de Mayo. Even cooler was the fact that they tacked on an angry opening message aimed at the backwards-thinking politicos in Arizona. Ha! Suck it, Arizona!

Christine and I have been looking forward to seeing this movie ever since it’s debut as one of the “fake trailers” in the spectacularly-underrated “Grindhouse” double feature a couple of years back. Not only does it look bloody hilarious (emphasis on the bloody!) but it also stars Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Rodriquez, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Steven Seagal, and it features Lindsey Lohan as a gun-toting nun. Seriously, there hasn’t been a cast this cool since the first “Kill Bill”. Awesome!

And best of all, it also features longtime-Latino-character actor, the badass Danny Trejo in a rare leading role! Orale pues! It’s about freaking time, hombre.

So, check out the trailer (with the volume really low if you’re at work) keep on boycotting actual Arizona products and we’ll see you in the theater this fall when “Machete” opens everywhere!

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