Sideshow: Violence criticism has Tarantino 'really annoyed'

Director Quentin Tarantino looks at photographers during a photo-call to present his movie "Django Unchained" in Rome Friday.

Quentin Tarantino is disturbed by the torrent of criticism poured on his über-violent new pic, Django Unchained, for being, like his other pics, too violent. "Yeah, I am. I'm really annoyed," he told NPR's Terry Gross of people who censure him in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre for promoting movie violence.

Connecting movies and a real-life tragedy, Tarantino says, is foolish.

"I think it's disrespectful to [the victims'] memory, actually ... to talk about movies," he said. "Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health." Continued Tarantino: "I've been asked this question for 20 years - about the effects of violence in movies related to violence in real life. My answer is the same as 20 years ago. It hasn't changed one iota. Obviously, I don't think one has to do with the other."


McDreamy: I beat Starbucks!

Patrick Dempsey, whose boy-next-door dimples made him the dreamiest McDreamy doctor on Grey's Anatomy, has beat all comers, including Starbucks, to win a bankruptcy auction to buy the Seattle cafe chain Tully's Coffee, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.

"We met the green monster, looked her in the eye, and ... SHE BLINKED! We got it! Thank you Seattle!" tweeted Dempsey, who has vowed to save the company's 500 jobs.

Starbucks, which wanted to turn Tully's cafés into Starbucks joints, hasn't given up: In a statement Friday, the green giant said a final determination of what happens to Tully's won't be made until a court hearing next Friday.


Cox: 'Cougars' new, yet same

Courteney Cox doesn't want you to think that her show Cougar Town's exit from ABC is a bad thing: Far from dead, it's been picked up for a new season by TBS! "I'm so happy," Cox told USA Today. "It feels like a brand-new show that hasn't changed." The fourth season will have a new theme: Cox has declared it'll be the year of her cleavage. "I'm getting older, and the plan is less focus on the face," Cox said.


Notes on celebrity (self-)love

Real Housewives of Atlanta's NeNe Leakes, 45, told Jimmy Fallon on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon she has become engaged to her ex-husband, Gregg Leakes.

Once upon a time, in a dark, cold, harsh place in the universe, there lived two fame-leeches, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, who hogged the limelight on The Hills and grabbed every paparazzo they could find. Then they disappeared and we laughed with joy. They're back! The couple, who have no marketable skills or talents but their hunger for fame, have joined the cast of Britain's Celebrity Big Brother.


See Mark Wahlberg in Phila.

Director Allen Hughes and star Mark Wahlberg will walk the red carpet at the Prince Music Theater in Center City on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. screening of their new political thriller, Broken City . For a chance to land two free tickets, send full name, postal mailing address including zip code, and your telephone number to


Tidbits 'n' pieces

Brazilian biologist Andre Nemesio, who discovered a brand-new species of orchid bee, has decided to name it the Euglossa bazinga in honor of Sheldon Cooper's (Jim Parsons) catchphrase "Bazinga!" on The Big Bang Theory. . . . The Writers Guild Awards on Friday nominated Zero Dark Thirty, Flight, and Looper for best original screenplay and Lincoln, Argo, and Silver Linings Playbook for best adapted screenplay.


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