Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Anne Hathaway has been ordered to drop four dress sizes in less than three weeks, ABC is demanding changes to Madonna's racy new perfume ad, and George H.W. Bush went rogue after endorsing Mitt Romney.
Back in January, The Atlantic Wire's Richard Lawson noted how miserable everyone was on the set of the probably-doomed Les Miserables movie. Now there's word that Anne Hathaway has been ordered to lose "16lb in less than 20 days" to film her character's death scenes. To do this, Hathaway is reportedly eating "fewer than 500" calories a day, which is way, way too few calories. Currently a size ten, the goal is for Hathaway to get down to a size 6 by the time the scenes are filmed. Now, this bloghand is a boy and doesn't fully comprehend the whole dress sizes thing, but when he informed a female acquaintance that Hathaway was being asked to drop four sizes in two weeks, the response was a full-throated: "Oh my God!" Update: The women of the Wire have noted than Hathaway is a British size ten, which apparently is way different from an American ten. But they agree that four dress sizes is a lot to drop in the span of three weeks. [Mirror]
Did you hate Crash? Did you find The Next Three Days formulaic and predictable? If you're out and about on New York's party scene, you may have a chance to address these concerns with writer-director Paul Haggis face-to-face. Haggis reportedly relocated to New York to research a script about a fancy party reporter who gets into trouble, and has spotted out and and about recently at events at the Soho Grand, Tribeca Grand, Crosby Street Hotel, The Standard, doing what technically qualifies as research. [Page Six]