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“I wanted the audience to feel like the people who read Gatsby in the twenties,” said director Baz Luhrmann during yesterday’s intimate luncheon and discussion of The Great Gatsby at the New York Public Library. “Back then, it was dangerous and of the moment.” Following a string of stylish events and a splashy New York premiere worthy of any Fitzgerald novel, the event was a scholarly affair hosted by Anna Wintour, NYPL President Tony Marx, and editor in chief of The New Yorker, David Remnick. The latter moderated a Q&A with the film’s star-studded cast and crew.
Just steps from the library’s trove of Fitzgerald first editions, the film’s stars, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, and Carey Mulligan (DiCaprio was absent), offered insight into playing some of literature’s most memorable characters. “Daisy became a cocktail of a lot of research,” revealed Mulligan, who plumbed Princeton’s archives for the author’s intimate correspondence with muses Zelda Fitzgerald and Ginevra King. “I fell in love with these two women. The more I read their words, the more real Daisy became.” Fisher, who plays the down-on-her-luck Myrtle Wilson, admitted that her character’s capricious tendencies were hardly far-fetched. “I often play a floozy,” the Australian starlet deadpanned in a Chloé ensemble.
But perhaps the keenest observation came from the film’s scorer, Jay-Z, who was the first to see a rough cut. “We went to lunch afterward, and Jay told me, ‘The thing about this movie is that it’s aspirational,’” recalled Luhrmann. “I think he really nailed it. With Gatsby, everybody thinks of the parties, the fashion, and the champagne. I do hope the movie has a lot of razzle-dazzle, but ultimately it’s a book about hope.”
The Seats Of Honor At This Year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Henry Holland And Aggy Deyn On The Run, A Kardashian Kloset, And More…-------
The other event of the season? No, not the Met ball—the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Every year, the magazines and networks jockey to see who can score the biggest celebrity gets for their tables. The frontrunners so far this year: The New Yorker, with Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, and the Coen brothers; and Tina Brown and Newsweek, with Colin and Alma Powell, True Blood‘s Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, SNL‘s Jason Sudeikis, Michael Kors, and Diane von Furstenberg. Our crack team of experts has put together the face-off rendering above. [WWD]
Our Sunday plan: lounge on the couch, sip coffee, and generally laze. Aggy Deyn and Henry Holland’s plan? Run the London marathon to benefit Oxfam. Oh sure, guys, go ahead and make us feel bad, why don’t you? [Vogue U.K.]
Speaking of feeling bad: Should one be appalled or amazed by Khloe Kardashian’s floor-to-ceiling closet of stripper-ready Louboutins? The visual evidence awaits; feel free to weigh in. [Elle]
Jessica Simpson—who, against the odds, has emerged as a remarkably successful fashion brand (we can’t quite bring ourselves to say designer)—is set to be wed before the end of the year. She’ll be contributing to the design of her dress, naturally. [Extra]