VEGA'D OUT? Tarantino, Travolta (inset, left), and Madsen (inset, right))
• After the commercial disappointment of Grindhouse, you might expect Quentin Tarantino to retreat to familiar ground. But he won't be doing it with a long-rumored film about the Vega brothers (that is, John Travolta's character from Pulp Fiction and Michael Madsen's from Reservoir Dogs). "I gotta say, it's looking unlikely now," Tarantino said on XM radio's Opie & Anthony Show last week. "I even had a title for it: Double V Vega. It would have taken place through the time that Vincent was in Amsterdam, running one of Marcellus's clubs." Noting that both Vega brothers die in their respective films, he added, "It would have to be a prequel."
• How many helpers does a billionaire need to empty his bladder? Three, if the billionaire in question is Steve Wynn. The Las Vegas-based developer and Picasso-destroyer was in Albany yesterday for hearings about who will get the franchise for New York-area racetracks. At one point, Wynn headed to the bathroom, flanked by two male bodyguard types and a woman who appeared to be an aide of some sort. The bodyguards followed him into the john; the aide waited demurely outside the door.