Let's face it, Hollywood is a cruel and vicious taskmaster. Impelled to act by fans' indecent desires - or, at least, the unconscious drives they've been programmed to have by Hollywood (it's a vicious cycle!) - the Biz forces women who want to succeed to carve themselves up in dread ways physical and spiritual so they appear impossibly thin and young. And the consequences?

What about the loss? The trauma? Amanda Seyfried knows. The Les Misérables and Lovelace star was forced to sacrifice her curvelicious figure on the altar of fame.

"I looked way better when I was 15. I had beautiful, huge breasts!" Amanda, 27, said Thursday on Ellen DeGeneres' TV gabfest.

"And then I came to Hollywood and I was, like, 'I gotta lose weight. I gotta look thin. I gotta get fit.' And I lost them a little bit." Ellen, fascinated, asked after Amanda's original cup size (D).

Amanda pressed her point. "I was feminine. I had some nice curves," she said. "And I think we should appreciate that, instead of trying to get rid of everything."

Educating celebrities

Bono, 53, was decked out in orange wraparound sunglasses as he and wife Ali Hewson attended daughter Eve Hewson's graduation Wednesday from New York University. The New York Post says Bono turned down an offer from NYU to deliver the commencement address and to pick up an honorary degree.

The New York Daily News says Eve, 21, who studied acting, has two projects coming up, including a role in Guillaume Canet's crime pic Blood Ties, starring Clive Owen and Zoe Saldana.

Eva Longoria, 38, who on Saturday had a lewd, stimulating wardrobe malfunction at Cannes, was decked out in a cap and gown Wednesday in Los Angeles, where she picked up a master's degree in Chicano studies from Cal State Northridge.

"You're never too old or too busy to continue your education!" the Desperate Houswives star says on Whosay.com.

TMZ says Eva's thesis is titled, Success STEMS From Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM Careers. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

La Salle student film at Cannes

Empty Pages, a film made by five communication students at La Salle University, was screened at Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner. The movie also won last year in the best-story category at the Campus Film Fest Awards in Los Angeles.

The Miley-Liam circus to end soon?

The tortuous Miley Cyrus-Liam Hemsworth engagement story has taken yet another interesting turn: Life & Style Weekly says that, although the couple live in the same sumptuous, luxurious, lovely, exquisitely furbished, relaxing, stimulating, comfy, roomy, airy home, they do not share the same bed.

Miley "stays in the master bedroom, and Liam stays in one of the guest rooms," Unnamed Insider tells the glossy mag. Are they saving themselves for the wedding? Probably not. "The two know it's over . . . but aren't ready to announce it," says the source.

Even the president went to the prom

Time mag has published photos of President Obama's high school prom night in 1979 as part of the mag's special prom issue. One pic, which has also been posted on Gawker.com, shows the then-17-year-old Obama, who was a student at Punahou School, and his date, Megan Hughes, posing with another couple, Greg Orme and Kelli Allman, at Allman's parents' house in Honolulu.

"It was a really fun, happy time. We were all cracking up, and everyone was smiling," Allman tells Time. "It was pretty typical from there out as far as what happens at prom: the dinner and the dancing and the photos."

Debbie Reynolds: I was Liberace's date

Debbie Reynolds, 81, plays pianist Liberace's manipulative mom Frances in Steven Soderbergh's high-powered Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, which stars Michael Douglas as the mature Liberace. It's a stroke of good casting, says Reynolds, who was pals with the artist in real life.

Reynolds tells the Associated Press that she and Liberace went out on the town after their respective shows, sometimes with pal Tom Jones.

"I have never had a better time than being Liberace's date," she said. "We all knew he was homosexual. That was a friend: You know what they love and the people that they love, and what they are."

Reynolds was also close with Liberace's much younger lover Scott Thorson, who's portrayed by Matt Damon in the film.

The two actors rock their parts, says Reynolds. "They had to immerse themselves - two straight men - to make this come off as loving and real."

Joe Francis apologizes to jurors

Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis, 40, has apologized for lashing out at the jurors in the court case he just lost. The Picasso of soft-core porn was found guilty earlier this month of imprisoning three women in 2011 at his Bel-Air home. (He picked them up outside a club under false pretenses and wouldn't let them leave.)

"Only the stupidest of the stupidest people end up on juries," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "They should all be lined up and shot." In a statement, Francis says, "I deeply regret the remarks attributed to me." He adds, "I disagree with the jury's verdict, as I am completely innocent of the charges and intend to appeal."

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