Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Gwynnie gets some online flack, Casey Anthony wants to move, and Paul Ryan is having a theme party.
Oops! Celebrated Veela-American Gwyneth Paltrow is in a bit of a kerfuffle after she tweeted a photo of herself onstage with rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West in Paris with the caption "Ni**as in Paris for real," a reference to a song and the fact that they were really in Paris. But, see, "Ni**as" is a way of saying a word that someone like Gwyneth Paltrow, who a lonely old farmer made out of corn silk one fall afternoon, should not be saying. And though she technically didn't type the whole word, some website is upset with her. So she responded with, "Hold up. It's the title of the song!" Gwyneth, I'm not even sure you're allowed to say "Hold up." It's that bad for you. Anyway, her friend The Dream then got on Twitter and said that he was the one who typed "Ni**as" on Gwyneth's phone, so who knows. The lesson here is that Gwyneth Paltrow should probably stick to her territory, which is the land of light and dust motes, of flashes of forgotten wishes and tufts of dandelion fuzz. That stuff she can comment on however she likes, because that is her stuff. No one will get upset. Leave everything else to us opaque people. [Us Weekly]
In grim news, it seems that Casey Anthony, the so-called "Tot Mom" who was acquitted of murder in the death of her young daughter last year, is itching for her probation to end so she can leave Florida and move to Costa Rica, where it's cheap and where she can start a new life away from the prying American press. Which is probably not a bad plan. Although it will be far from perfect. Meaning, we're eager to someday read about Anthony's adventures down there, as Nancy Grace, trained by old Nazi hunters, chases her through the jungle screaming, "Caseeeeyyyy!" [Radar]
Aw. Republican boy wonder Paul Ryan, the plan-making congressman rumored to be a top VP pick, is hosting a party in Washington, D.C. tonight that has a wacky Mad Men theme. The fete is a fundraiser held by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a capitalism think tank, and so Mad Men, all about business, seemed the perfect theme. Which makes sense. Nothing says "Let's celebrate free enterprise for $40,000 a table" quite like a party based on a show all about the existential terror and emptiness found in monolithically driven corporate America. Sounds like a gas! Here's hoping that Paul Ryan dresses up like Joan. [The Ticket]
Heh. Al Reynolds, ex-husband of former The View cohost Star Jones, is currently living with current The View cohost Sherri Shepherd for a spell. Not in a romantic way, it's just that Reynolds is in town doing "a financial project" (is it a report for school?) so he needed a place to stay. So he's shacking up with Sherri Shepherd, because he cannot stand the thought of spending time in New York not under the roof of someone on The View. He just misses the old pizazz of it, the glamour of hearing stories about Barbara and the gang. He needs it. So to Shepherd's he goes. It was either there or curl up in the rain gutter under the over pass where Debbie Matenopoulos is spending most of her time these days. He chose wisely. [Page Six]
The group Little People of America is upset with Snow White and the Huntsman because it cast average-sized actors in the dwarf roles and shrank them with CGI rather than casting dwarf actors. Which, OK, sure, good opportunity to cast little people in a big movie completely missed, although, basically every major little person actor except Peter Dinklage and Warwick Davis just played a dwarf in Mirror Mirror this spring, so maybe it wasn't exactly a possibility? Eh, but who knows. We can't decide who's right and who's wrong, as we're too busy waiting to hear from the Actresses Association of America complaining that instead of an actress, they cast Kristen Stewart. A true outrage there. [TMZ]
Because the ravages of Western colonialism haven't done enough of a number on India, the proprietors of the chichi private dining and social club Soho House, which has a hugely popular location in Los Angeles and a New York location where people get murdered and is full of jerks (there are also six in England, one in Miami, and one in Berlin), are planning on opening up a venue in Mumbai. Because if there's something that India has been missing all these years, it's a sense of British exclusivity. [The New York Times]