harvquent.jpgWas wily Harvey Weinstein’s people charging journalists $1,500 apiece for a seat at the Cannes Death Proof junket? This and other matters are explored by my Village Voice Media brother Rob Nelson in his wonderfully subversive Cannes Film Festival coverage. (Read it here.) He describes The Weinstein Co’s Death Proof dog and pony show with Quentin Tarantino thusly: “Near the end of the press conference, which had QT literally sweating with enthusiasm for his movie and its many sources, a journalist asks Monsieur Grindhouse how he feels about writers having been requested by Harvey’s crew to pay $1,500 apiece for a seat at the Cannes Death Proof junket. Whoa—can we run this wicked vérité action scene in slo-mo? First shot: Extreme close-up of QT, who says he doesn’t “get” the question… Cut to long-shot of Stuntman Harv’s dutiful assistant slithering toward the dais and stopping to whisper something insinuating in QT’s ear… Cut to QT as another sweat-drop falls, repeating that he doesn’t know what this is all about… And finally a shot of dialogue moderator Henri Behar diplomatically declaring that this is a discussion for after the press conference, s’il vous plaît. After you mean like at night on the Weinstein yacht in the middle of the fuckin’ Mediterranean or some shit? (more…)