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She looked like a million Krugerrands, but South African beauty Charlize Theron did not sound happy as she marched into a Democratic National Convention screening of her new film, “Battle in Seattle.”
“I am absolutely flabbergasted how we went from no press to this kind of press,” the Oscar-winner fumed on her cell phone.
Possibly she was peeved that the media had become distracted by a TMZ.com video in which a paparazzo ambushes her at the Denver airport. Brushing him off, she says, “Are you blind or are you just stupid?”
The actress wasn’t talking about anything when we saw her at the SeaChange Forum screening. Fortunately, her beau, Stuart Townsend, who wrote and directed their film, was game to discuss the taut drama about the riots that derailed the 1999 World Trade Organization summit.
The protests at the DNC made a perfect backdrop for the film. As in Seattle, Townsend said, the massive police presence seemed to be aimed at intimidating demonstrators. “I do think that stifles dissent,” Townsend told us. “But I still think Americans will come here and speak up, as they should.”
Theron moved on later to the hoppin’ CNN Grill, where giant hoop star Charles Barkley gave her a big hug. Even that didn’t put her in the mood to talk with us. Fortunately, again, Barkley was chattier.
“I’m planning to run for governor of Alabama in 2014,” he told us, adding that he’s an independent. “I have to live there for seven years; I bought my house there last year. I have homes in Arizona and Pennsylvania, but Alabama needs more help.”
So, while he’s getting ready for his gubernatorial run, is there a job in the Obama administration that he’d like?
Said Sir Charles: “I’d like to be the guy who plays basketball with the President one day a week.”Silverman “poo-poos” McCain’s policyWhoopi Goldberg‘s 2004 sexual puns about Bush, but Sarah Silverman took her schtick at San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom‘s “UnConventional ’08” party straight to the toilet…literally comparing Republican candidate John McCain‘s foreign policy to a load of crap.Middle East. John McCain might be a war hero, but not of this war. He doesn’t even know the difference between Shiite and Sunni Muslims and that’s f–ed up. His foreign policy is if it’s brown, flush it down,” the potty mouth comedienne said to a roaring crowd at the Manifest Hope Art Gallery. “While I am the greatest advocate of doody jokes, that’s just wrong.”Barack Obama a year ago at a fundraiser in Los Angeles. “I planned to ask a smart question,” she said. “I asked, when you were a student in Boston did you ever encounter any racism and he said something really interesting, ‘I’m Kanye West.'”A Star is a person tooStar Jones is sick of celebrities getting bashed for showing their love of Barack.Suri Cruise.”Elsewhere…Tim Daly, Creative Coalition co-president, introduced Annette Bening at the Spotlight Initiative reception for “14 Women” by remembering when the two co-starred as “young people navigating a summer romance [on Broadway.] We were running around in tiny bathing suits. We got to know each other very well, but not that well. I think it showed tremendous restraint on my part, because she was so delicious.” No wonder Warren Beatty snapped her up.Eva Longoria Parker sported two pins on her blouse at the MySpace Cafe at the DNC, one proclaiming “Obama for President” and the other saying “Hillary Supporter for Obama.”Moby is still laughing about the night he played Lou Reed‘s “Walk on the Wild Side” at a 2004 fund-raiser with guitar-playing candidate John Kerry. Introducing the song at Tuesday’s DoSomething.org party, the rocker remembered that when he came to the line where Jackie “never lost her head” (you know the lyric), “John Kerry looked incredibly offended.”Jennifer Lopez was on hand to honor Marian Wright Edelman on Wednesday at the Colorado Art Museum. Meanwhile, her ex-better-half Ben Affleck was also pursuing personal causes in Denver, playing poker to raise money for paralyzed vets on Tuesday night. Between hands, we asked if he might get in touch with Mrs. Marc Anthony. “I would love to give you an answer,” he grinned, “but I’m too selfish.”Jamie Foxx has made it into town, showing up at the Recording Industry of America Party at the Endo Center after watching Bill Clinton‘s speech in the Pepsi Center.New York stud buddies Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers and Bradley Cooper hold court at the Spotted Pig. Out in Denver the two caught up and planned where to prowl for the night at the MySpace Cafe in the Curtis Hotel.
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