Welcome to the Smart Set: all the morning's gossip coverage filtered for what matters. In today's roundup, Redford gets mocked, HBO goes in for more fantasy, and Newsweek's Jonathan Alter lands on his feet

  • Fresh off a cameo as himself in the Wall Street sequel last year, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter has landed a supporting role in the high finance thriller Arbitage, costarring Eva Green, and Susan Sarandon. He'll play the "head of an investment bank trying to snap up a firm from a hedge-fund magnate, played by Richard Gere." The two filmed scenes at Le Caprice on 5th Avenue yesterday. [Page Six]
  • HBO is developing a series based on author Neil Gaiman's 2001 fantasy novel, Sandman. The network's first foray into the genre, Game of Thrones, debuts Sunday  [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Robert Redford's premature exit from the National Wildlife Federation's annual gala in Washington (before dinner, but after his Conservationist of the Year award) did not go unnoticed by fellow famous attendee Chevy Chase. “I thank Hopalong Cassidy,” joked Chase to the audience.“I’m just kidding because I know Bob’s not here. .  . I just want to know what the river ran through.” [The Reliable Source]
  • Jonathan Alter is joining Bloomberg View as a weekly columnist when the new opinion site launches in May. Earlier this week, it was reported that Alter was leaving Newsweek after 23 years. He had been a senior editor and a columnist at the magazine. [New York Post]
  • Super market magnate, media dabbler, and Bill Clinton pal Ron Burkle has offered to buy the struggling Sacramento Kings basketball franchise, even though the team is not for sale. Burkle previously owned hockey's Pittsburgh Penguins. [LA Observed]
  • Hecklers gave FCC chairman Julius Genachowski the business during a panel discussion in Silicon Valley yesterday. Topping their lists grievances was "the installation of smart meters using wireless spectrum as well as the government’s failure to fully investigate whether cell phone emissions are harmful to people." The exchange was caught on video. [VentureBeat]