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  • Tea is really more of a British thing, but don't tell that to Chelsea Clinton and Ron Howard, who ducked into Michael's yesterday at 2 p.m. in Manhattan, where they (probably) drank tea and (probably) ate tiny sandwiches. No word on why they were meeting. [Page Six]
  • Mindy Kaling is one of the most popular performers to emerge from The Office, but her status with the show beyond this year is unclear. Kaling's contract expires at the end of the month. After conversations with insiders, "the general consensus is that Kaling seems very likely to continue with her on-air role," and while nothing is definite "industry insiders say NBC wants her to return and that those associated with the series seem to be working under the impression that Kaling wants to continue acting on the show." What's "far less clear" is whether she'll return next season as "a full-time writer-producer and sometimes director," because she's busy with other projects. [Vulture]
  • ICM chairman Jeff Berg and newly-hired director Barry Levinson said all the right things about their upcoming John Gotti biopic in Cannes yesterday. Berg promised foreign buyers that the film, whose casting decisions have raised eyebrows in America, was "going to resonate internationally because of the values of the family." Levinson, who directed Bugsy and knows what a good mafia is all about, was also optimistic. "If we can bring all that [detail] to  the screen, we can redefine the mob picture," he said [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Politico's Patrick Gavin is leaving the site's multimedia CLICK section, but he's not going far away. He'll be a features writer on Politico's main site. [FishbowlDC]
  • Mary Tyler Moore will undergo brain surgery. Her spokeswoman said in a statement yesterday that the 74 year-old actress "went in for an elective surgery to remove a meningioma, which is a benign tumor of the lining tissue of the brain (not a brain tumor)." [The Reliable Source]