US DIARY ORLA HEALY
Someone should tell Anne Hathaway she doesn't have to try so hard. The actress, who got a Golden Globe nomination last week for her dazzling performance in Les Mis, appeared to be uncharacteristically needy for attention on Monday night when she pitched up to the NYC premiere of the movie without any underwear – a decision that was revealed to all as she stepped out of a car in a black S&M Tom Ford gown on to the red carpet.
The normally together actress lamented the incident the next morning on the Today Show (after a lewdish quip from host Matt Lauer who remarked he'd "seen a lot" of her recently) by complaining that the paparazzi had taken photos of what was "an unfortunate incident."
"It kind of made me sad on two accounts. One was that I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment, and rather than delete it, and do the decent thing, sells it. And I'm sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies the sexuality of unwilling participants. Which brings us back to Les Mis...", she said.
Later in the week the New York Post reported Hathaway was still banging on about the incident at a press event last Wednesday.
"I found out [about the pictures] just as I came in," she said in a room full of reporters. "And I just thought, 'OK, where's the comedy? I think what I am going to do is whatever my next appearance is. . . I'm going to step out of the car in a blanket." As one observer dryly remarked, a pair of panties would suffice.
Penn opens up about his love life
And we wondered why things didn't work out between Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson. Petra Nemcova. Jessica White. Or Valeria Golino. The actor with the playboy reputation may melt hearts with his revelation that he has "no shame" in saying how much he wants to be loved, but the ex-husband of Madonna and actress Robin Wright will also break a few hearts when he admits that looking back over his life "I don't feel I've ever had that".
In an interview with the January issue of Esquire magazine, the usually monosyllabic hell-raiser goes for broke when discussing his past marriages. "When you get divorced, all the truths that come out, you sit there and you go, 'What the f*** was I doing? What was I doing believing that this person was invested in this way?' Which is a fantastically strong humiliation in the best sense," he says, philosophically, adding: "It can make somebody very bitter and very hard and closed off, but I find it does the opposite to me."
Kerry steps into Hillary's shoes
Looks like President Obama has finally found the man to step into Hillary's shoes. Following Susan Rice's reluctant decision to withdraw her name from consideration for the role of secretary of state – her exit statement, issued last Thursday, cited the "lengthy, disruptive and costly" nomination battle as, natch, just "not worth it" – Republicans are, this weekend, voicing their support (or, as they put it, their lack of objection) for Mr Obama's second candidate of choice, Massachusetts senator and erstwhile Mitt Romney campaign-debate practice stand-in John Kerry.
"There were two people on the list," ABC News reported Friday night.
"Two minus one is one."
The 69-year-old chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who, during his own ill-fated run at the Oval Office in 2004, was savaged for his late opposition to the Vietnam War and his infamous flip-flop on the conflict in Iraq, is now in the words of The Washington Post considered a plus in that he is "familiar to America and the world," and "recognises that the world is a mess, starting with the chaotic Arab nations".
He might also, the newspaper notes, "find it easier to take diplomatic chances than other potential nominees, especially the younger, less experienced Rice".
Kerry, who was ranked the wealthiest member of the Senate in 2011 with a reported net worth of $193m (€146m) would also bring a certain frisson to diplomatic circles in the form of his wife, the formidable Teresa Heinz, who during the 2004 campaign was forced to apologise for a witheringly reference to the then First Lady when she told USA Today: "Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job – I mean, since she's been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things."
Anyone who was concerned that Hillary's exit might spell a lack of excitement over at Foggy Bottom can relax.