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Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter's love of Hollywood is about to undergo a new test: Jeff Bridges will play Carter, renamed Clayton Harding, in the film adaptation of onetime Vanity Fair contributor Toby Young's book.

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CASTING CALL: Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter's love of Hollywood is about to undergo a new test: Jeff Bridges will play Carter, renamed Clayton Harding, in the film adaptation of onetime Vanity Fair contributor Toby Young's book, "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People." The book depicted Young himself as status-obsessed and wildly inept, even as it skewered the New York media and celebrity scenes. Simon Pegg will play Young, starring alongside Kirsten Dunst, Gillian Anderson and Danny Huston. Carter was traveling to the Cannes Film Festival and could not be reached for comment Thursday. It remains to be seen whether Bridges will mine past characters to help portray the polymathic Carter. The Dude? Tron? Let's just hope it's not "Jagged Edge." — Irin Carmon

WHO'S COUNTING?: Few magazine franchises are better recognized than People's 50 Most Beautiful People, so when its Spanish-language version, now in its 11th year of doing its own 50 Más Bellos, added a 51st, it raised eyebrows. Particularly noteworthy was that said 51st is Beyoncé Knowles, who has been reaching out to the Latino market with Spanish language singles and collaborations with major stars. But not everyone was pleased at her appearance on the list and on the magazine's cover — one of several bloggers to weigh in, LatinGossip.com, scolded People En Español managing editor Peter Castro by name: "Bad mistake, Peter. Don't be a pawn in someone's marketing strategy. Let's not have this happen again."

There was nary a controversy in sight, of course, at the gala celebrating the 50 on Wednesday evening, which drew 16 of the beautiful, including Sara Ramirez of "Grey's Anatomy" and Ana Ortiz of "Ugly Betty." — I.C.

STYLING UP: These days, chatty fashion news online is almost as easy to get as the weather report. So what does Style.com, a usual destination site during fashion weeks, do to compete with bloggers and fashion magazines' own Web sites breathlessly covering the world of style 24/7? Add more reasons to check out the site in between fashion weeks. In June, the site will launch its Stylefile blog, which typically runs during the shows, as a regular feature updated daily. Nancy Macdonell will oversee the blog, joining Style.com after contributing to the site from London and working as fashion and featured director for Nylon.
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