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Hugh Hefner “Owned the LAPD”
In an InTouch unique interview, Sondra Theodore, Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend, made some heavy accusations. She claimed that not solely did the Playboy founder personal the Los Angeles Police Department, however that he blackmailed the media, too.
Theodore, 65, is featured in A&E’s new ten-part docuseries, Secrets of Playboy. Part 1 aired on January 24. In the sequence, the ex-playboy girlfriend mentioned there was a lot occurring at the moment that wouldn’t be allowed as we speak. From underage women and consuming to having seven girlfriends directly, Hefner knew easy methods to have an excellent time and get away with it.
According to Theodore:
“He got away with it because he owned the LAPD at the time. He had security that were at least officers and higher up, and he had protected himself in many ways with the press.”
Theodore additionally claimed that Hefner would invite the media to his events as a result of folks let unfastened and do silly issues. He may then get footage of their actions and use them as leverage later.
Another Hefner ex, Holly Madison, can be on the docuseries and mentioned she felt “gaslit” into believing the Playboy founder was a pleasant man. Madison, who was with Hefner from 2001 to 2008, mentioned it was a cult-like ambiance dwelling at the mansion. “You had a 9 o’clock curfew, you were encouraged to not have friends over, you weren’t really allowed to leave unless it was like a family holiday,” she mentioned.
According to the present’s synopsis, the sequence will “help unravel the glamours mythology created by the Playboy brand over several decades.” In a press release to E! News, a consultant mentioned, “We trust and validate women and their stories and strongly support the individuals who have come forward to share their experiences in this documentary.”
The sequence paperwork numerous the behind-the-scenes intimate actions as effectively. According to the assertion:
“After nearly 70 years in business, there are many elements of Playboy’s long history of which we are immensely proud, and there are elements we find unworthy of our principles. Today, we strive to live up to the positive aspects of our legacy and are proud of the work we have done in recent years to stand for freedom and equality while advancing our mission of pleasure for all. The Hefner family is no longer associated with Playboy.”
China Changes Fight Club Ending
Are you a fan of the 1999 movie Fight Club? If so, you won’t need to see China’s model.
Remember the ending the place Edward Norton’s character, The Narrator, killed his alter-ego, Tyler Durden, performed by Brad Pitt, simply earlier than the bombs went off? Well, you gained’t see that in China’s launch of the movie. The nation is thought for its censorship however altering the ending in order that the authorities win is a bit a lot.
No extra explosions at the finish. Instead, Durden is distributed to a “lunatic asylum,” and the authorities foil the evil plot to save lots of the day. A message seems to tell viewers of how the story ends:
“Through the clue provided by Tyler, the police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding.
“After the trial, Tyler was sent to lunatic asylum receiving psychological treatment. He was discharged from the hospital in 2012.”
While followers could also be upset with this modification, think about what the creator, Chuck Palahniuk, felt. “This is SUPER wonderful! Everyone gets a happy ending in China,” he tweeted. And on Substack: “How amazing. I’d no idea! Justice always wins. Nothing ever exploded. Fini.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) threw in his two cents on Twitter, saying, “The second rule of Fight Club is ‘we will do and say whatever the Chinese communist censors tell us to do and say.’” And movie director David Fincher wrote: “The first rule of Fight Club in China? Don’t mention the original ending. The second rule of Fight Club in China? Change it so the police win.”
Cheers And Jeers
Sometimes, HollyWeird gamers make headlines for foolish or weird happenings, so here’s a assortment of newsworthy doings — honorable and dishonorable — by the tenants of Tinseltown.
Snow White’s Dwarfs Get Makeover
In final week’s column, Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Cyrano de Bergerac) known as out the new remake of Snow White for having a Latino feminine lead whereas leaving the dwarfs as is. Disney has responded to his message. Doc, Sleepy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Bashful, Happy, and Dopey will now be magical characters as a substitute of dwarfs. In a press release to The Wrap, Disney mentioned:
“To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community. We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.”
Tune in subsequent week to see what else Tinseltown has deliberate.
~ Read extra from Kelli Ballard.