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Alan Ball's Birds Going Cretaceous On Neighbor Quentin Tarantino

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Writer/director Quentin Tarantino has filed a delightfully huffy lawsuit against "American Beauty" writer, "True Blood" creator, and Cahuenga Pass neighbor Alan Ball, and Ball's partner, actor Peter Macdissi. Tarantino says that since 2009 he's been tortured by Ball and Macdissi's menagerie of macaws, "a large variety of wild parrot known for its intolerably loud screech and for behaving poorly in captivity." The suit, published on TMZ, opens with an abridged version of Tarantino's resume (although "Kill Bill Vol. 1" and "Kill Bill Vol. 2" are listed individually), then fires the opening shot: "Another writer, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, once said: 'He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.' Plaintiffs bring this action because Defendants Alan Ball and Peter Macdissi have robbed Mr. Tarantino of the ability to find peace in his home." Snap!

The suit alleges that Macdissi and Ball, who is "ironically...also an Academy Award winning screenwriter," promised to build a soundproof outdoor aviary in early 2010. The new aviary, however, is not soundproof, and Tarantino hears "blood-curdling screams at random intervals for seven (7) to eight (8) hours each day." The screams are also characterized as "pre-historic sounding," and "pteradactyl-like" (sic) (even though they've been extinct for millions of years, you still somehow know what he's talking about, right?). The suit says that the birds are interfering with Tarantino's work and snipes: "Though one might assume that, as a fellow writer, Mr. Ball would understand and respect a writer's need for peace and quit while he is working, that assumption would be wrong."

Tarantino is asking for an injunction against the noise.
· Tarantino Sues -- Exotic Birds Are Driving Me INSANE [TMZ]