Quentin Tarantino responds to accusations of nepotism

Director Quentin Tarantino led the jury at the Venice film festival this year, and critics have pointed out that his position of power may have presented a serious conflict of interest regarding the films that won awards.  Tarantino says that the jury selected the winners based on the merits of the respective films themselves, and the fact that those winners included some of Tarantino’s closest friends was mere coincidence.

Tarantino’s ex-girlfriend Sofia Coppola won the award for best picture, and his close friend Alex de la Iglesia won both best director and best original screenplay.  The jury even invented a new career achievement award that was then given to Monte Hellman, whose work Tarantino cites as a primary influence.  Critics in Italy have publicly criticized the jury’s decisions, claiming that there was never any way Tarantino could have made impartial choices with his friends up for awards.  Tarantino says the accusations are nonsense and that he would never let himself be swayed by favoritism.

Britney Ain’t Gonna Be A Lezbo Stripper, Y’all

Britney Spears, contrary to a gazillion net reports over the past 24 hours, is not going to play a lesbian stripper in Quentin Tarantino’s remake of the cult classic Faster Pussycat! Kill Kill! The part would have had her murdering her boyfriend, making out with girls, ripping her clothes off and other shizz that Britney would have to ACT to do. Actually, only the murdering part would require acting.

Brit’s reps tell Access Hollywood that it’s bogus, and Quentin will not be riding on the Spears crazy-train. Yes, sadly, they’ve already denied everything. Snarkista is PISSED! A Britney-Quentin combo had such enormous WTF potential!

Britney’s party-killer reps allow that:

“Though she definitely intends to explore acting roles down the road, right now she’s concentrating on recording her next album.”

Translation: Britney’s tied up (literally) in the studio right now playing with cheetos and cigarettes. We’re faking up some shizz for a release, and there’s no way in holy hell she’s gonna come within 3 states of Quentin Tarantino. Britney get THAT kind of behavior reinforcement? Oh, HELL no. Papa Spears has been working TOO effin’ hard to have it blow like a meth lab within 30 minutes.

It’s Gonna Be A Starry August In Denver

Denver, Colorado is going to look more like Hollywood during the Democratic National Convention this August 25-28th.

A-listers, movie moguls and other Hollywood movers-and-shakers are expected to turn out in droves to witness political star Barack Obama’s party coronation.

Convention sources tell NY Daily News that superstars Kanye West, N.E.R.D., Wyclef Jean and Usher are in serious talks to perform at the DNC blowout. There are always exclusive invitation-only events that are held while the Convention is in session, and this year looks like it will be no exception!

The Creative Coalition, a non-profit advocacy group that hosted parties for the Democrats in 2004, announced that the Black Eyed Peas are scheduled to perform at the DNC Gala at the Fillmore Auditorium on Aug. 27. Coalition Director Robin Bronk says:

The Black Eyed Peas represent a growing genre of music that emphasizes increased social awareness

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is coming for the Yoga Health Foundation’s festival, which begins the night before the convention. He plans to stay for the duration, saying…

I’m going to the DNC to add my voice to the growing collective consciousness I believe is rising in this country. I want to add my voice to this phenomenon that I believe is this country and the world’s only salvation: the promotion of love over fear.

Other A-list Democratic supporters who plan to join in on some of the festivities include Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee, Warren Beatty and wife Annette Bening, Susan Sarandon, Kerry Washington, Dana Delany, Forrest Whitaker, Ed Norton and many more. Norton is working on a documentary about Obama.

So, about a month from now Denver is gonna be a GREAT place to star-search, no matter WHAT your Party affiliation is! Here’s hoping the papz will behave, and not turn the “Mile High City” into “Miles Long Gridlock”!

photo credit: ny daily news