Das Fake News

This weekend, the German edition of Playboy Magazine stated that legendary composer Ennio Morricone had called film director Quentin Tarantino a “cretin” who makes “trash” movies. Maestro Morricone, who scored such classic films as “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”, “The Untouchables” and multiple other features, turned 90 this weekend, and appeared to lash out not only at Tarantino but the Academy Awards and the United States in general.

However, in a statement this afternoon, Morricone refuted the alleged Playboy article, calling it completely false.

As per Variety Magazine:

“This is totally false,” the 90 year-old composer said in a statement released Sunday. “I have not given an interview to Playboy Germany and even more, I have never called Tarantino a cretin and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action.”

Morricone, who won an Oscar for composing Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” was quoted in the December issue of the German-language magazine as saying Tarantino was a “chaotic” director on set and lacked originality.

But Morricone claims the remarks were a fabrication.

“In London, during a press conference in front of Tarantino, i clearly stated that I consider Quentin one of the greatest directors of this time.”

Happy Birthday Maestro!

From Racism To Sexism

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32 years after the last one closed in New York City, the Playboy Club is making a comeback this week. Opening tomorrow, September 13th, the new establishment is opening at 512 W. 42nd Street in the heart of Times Square. Owners say that the club will be a celebration of “millennial luxury” and a top-tier membership will reportedly cost $250,000. One source for the Playboy Club told the New York Post that $2.2 million worth of memberships had already been sold. A press release for the club stated the following:

“The space will feature a lounge area, a game room and a full-service dining room, but by far the most attractive feature of Playboy Club New York will undoubtedly be the return of the Playboy Bunnies to Manhattan. The alluring Playboy Bunny hostesses, waitresses and cocktail servers have a worldwide, well-deserved reputation for their style and graciousness.”

It will be interesting to see how long the club lasts in this #MeToo era. As they say, timing is everything.

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