The Devil and Anne Hathaway

What Everyone Is Talking About

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- When the roman a clef "The Devil Wears Prada" was published three years ago, all the juicy gossip swirled around Vogue Editor Anna Wintour's reaction to the book. Based on writer Lauren Weisberger's experience as an assistant at Vogue, comparisons between the fictionalized editor and Wintour were unavoidable -- and they weren't kind. The magazine ignored the book, and Wintour has never bothered to comment on it. Now, with the film version just weeks away from release, plenty of tongues are happy to re-fan the flames.
Actress Anne Hathaway dispels any rumor of a Conde Nast blacklist.
Actress Anne Hathaway dispels any rumor of a Conde Nast blacklist.

In a BlackBook interview, Anne Hathaway, the actress who stars as Andrea, the "devil's" assistant, is described as being in a "David and Goliath battle" against not just the fashion mag, but also its publishing company, Conde Nast. Her involvement in the film has, according to the magazine, "blackballed" both the movie and Hathaway from appearing in any of Conde Nast's glossy pages.

While it is unlikely that Hathaway will be asked to appear on the covers of House & Garden or Gourmet any time soon, the June/July issue of Jane, a relatively new member of the Conde Nast family after starting life as a Fairchild publication, splashes the starlet on its cover. She's also the subject of a feature story.

"It's just a rumor," said Vogue spokesman Patrick O'Connell, regarding the blackballing. "No truth to it." He added that Hathaway was not only in this month's Jane, but also was in Teen Vogue in February.

As for Vogue, the Jane interview addresses the rumors that anyone daring enough to take on the role of the assistant would be blacklisted from the fashion magazine. Hathaway, like she did in the BlackBook interview, easily dismisses such talk, saying, "It's just a movie."

Further dousing any gossip chatter was Wintour herself. The editor turned heads when she accepted an invitation to a private screening of the film in May. As the story goes, Meryl Streep, whose turn as Runway editor Miranda Priestly in the film was not modeled after Wintour, persuaded her to come.

Though Wintour has in the past waged war on Hollywood, such as with Robert Altman's fashion satire "Pret-a-Porter," a current feud, especially one of Biblical proportions between the film's stars and the glossy magazine company, seems closer to fiction than fact.
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