- Amy Winehouse has left The Causeway rehab facility. Apparently, she and her husband Blake Civil-Fielder got into a fight, then headed back to London. Blake "upset people in The Causeway with his behavior," says a source. She needs to dump this douchebag, and pronto. [The Sun]
- Between the MTV Awards in Las Vegas and the Emmy Awards in L.A., not a lot of stars are RSVPing for shows during Fashion Week. Hmm, whatever shall we focus on — the clothes??? [Page Six]
- Faye Dunaway: Went to Koo Koo Roo, ordered chicken, pulled out a tiny scale and weighed it. Not sure about the Roo but definitely a wee bit Koo Koo! [Page Six]
- Is Jeremy Piven literally Entourage's Ari Gold? Witnesses at Nobu Malibu heard him having a very loud argument... with his Mom. Oy. [Page Six]
- Cameron Diaz and John Mayer: Second date! That we know of! [Page Six]
- Lauren Conrad has a new man named Sean Zastoupil, in case you care. [Page Six]
- "She's far too voluptuously beautiful for the job, like a Tiffany necklace in a brown paper bag" - Variety's assessment of Scarlett Johansson in The Nanny Diaries. Ugh. [Page Six]
- OK, we get it, Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. is a total player — married and making out with chicks all over town — and almost surely the subject of yesterday's so-called blind item. [Rush & Molloy]
- Blind item! "Which TV bigwig's daughter recently commandeered the family beach house for a weekend-long orgy of psychedelic drugs?" [Rush & Molloy, 4th item]
- Kevin Federline got a job! He'll be a guest star on the CW's One Tree Hill. This should look great in court. [TMZ]
- Pete Doherty is free again! The suspicion of drug possession charges were dropped because of a technicality. How long do you think he can go without getting arrested again? [Guardian]
The sad thing is that The Nanny Diaries is actually kind of a cute, smart book. Yeah, it's flawed, but for an entry in its genre, it's a damn sight better than the Devil Wears Prada or any of those other stupid "I work among glamorous people and my boss is mean to me even though I graduated from a good school, wah wah wah" chick lit roman a clefs. It seems like they've gone for a completely different tone, and changed a whole bunch of details for no apparent reason—why does Nanny have to have the Alicia Keys best friend? Why does she have to live with the family, thus eliminating the subplot with her annoying roommate? Why does she have to be an anthropology major? Why did they make her a working-class Jersey girl, instead of the Chapin-educated Manhattanite she was in the book? Why did they have to make Mr. X into a lech (a totally cliche move). When I read the book, I thought it could have been almost directly translated to the screen as it was.
I do think the casting for this movie is all wrong. When I read the book back when it first came out, I pictured Anne Hathaway in the lead role, Lara Flynn Boyle as Ms. X, and Elizabeth Perkins as Ms. Chicago.