JULIAN LENNON refused to attend the premiere of his new documentary-style film - because of society's obsession with celebrity. Lennon, the 43-year-old son of late Beatles legend John Lennon, stunned audiences expecting to see him at the Monaco Film Festival screening earlier this week (begs11DEC06). A source tells British newspaper the Daily Telegraph, "Everyone waited for Julian to turn up at the showing of THE GATHERING: RETURN OF THE WHALE DREAMERS, which attacks the Japanese whale industry, but there was no sign of him. "Eventually he sent a message via the director explaining his absence: 'Society is obsessed with superficiality and celebrity, so it is more important for me to be there in spirit if not in person.'"