After recently being cast in Woody Allen’s next film opposite Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins, Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto is now set to star in Julian Schnabel’s next flick. Blake Lively and Penn Badgley dined with Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at Waverly, fueling rumors that Gossip’s greatest duo is headed for Hollywood, though Harvey says that he just thinks the couple is “fun.” Jennifer Hudson is slated to tape a surprise (no longer) performance on American Idol today. Anne Hathaway will play Judy Garland twice, in the film and stage adaptations of Gerald Clarke’s Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland, and following two years of talks to star in the upcoming remake of Footloose, Zac Efron just dropped out. That’s a shame.
Wine isn’t the only thing Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi likes aged. She was canoodling over vino with her latest flame, 68-year-old IMG owner Teddy Forstmann, at Strip House. Bill Gates ordered the $24 prix fixe lunch at Tao, telling the waiter, “That’s a good deal,” while Alec Baldwin dined at Elaine’s with Law & Order writer David Black. Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy had a cuddly dinner at August, and the staff at Scottsdale’s W Hotel had to make a special meal for Jessica Simpson’s dog.
Fred Astaire’s new bio reveals that he refused to join Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, and Sammy Davis Jr. in starting a writers’ workshop to promote young black talent. WWE wrestler John Cena thinks A-Rod should go to jail for using steroids. Anderson Cooper’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, has a steamy novel coming out in June, titled Obsession: An Erotic Tale. The Mark Hotel on Madison has yet to reopen, but Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant are already hanging around, filming the upcoming movie Did You Hear About the Morgans?
After blasting Twitter in the Daily Beast last month, saying it’s “largely about vanity,” Lee Woodruff is now promoting husband Bob Woodruff’s foundation, and its “Tweet to Remind” campaign in particular, encouraging donations of $1 per tweet. And Bruce Willis married model Emma Heming last weekend at his Parrot Cay home, but it turns out the couple didn’t meet through friends as his pals suggested. Willis ran casting for 2007’s Perfect Stranger somewhat like a dating game; he put in calls to modeling agencies, sat in on readings, and eventually found his future wife. What, like he’d go on JDate or something?