Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today:Glenn Beck takes in a Hitchcock movie in the park, a former Bond girl runs afoul of Myanmar, and Belgian royalty descends on D.C..
- Celebrities, of course, are just like us, which is why Glenn Beck took in an outdoor screening of The 39 Steps in Bryant Park in New York last night. Accompanied by a group that was "apparently his family," Beck sat and watched the film on an American flag-patterned blanket and tried at various time to recline, with limited success. [Gawker]
- Actress Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tomorrow Never Dies) was deported from Myanmar last week, less than a day after she arrived in the city of Yangon. An official from the military-backed government confirmed that Yeoh was on "a blacklist," although declined to elaborate on why. It might have something to do with The Lady, the new film from director Luc Besson in which Yeoh "stars as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi," who spent nearly two decades as a prisoner of Burma's military junta before her release last year.The film was shot in Thailand, and Yeoh was able to visit Burma and spend time with Suu Kyi in December. [AP]
- It didn't attract the headlines of other royal visits, but Princess Mathilde of Belgium is in Washington this week with her husband Prince Phillipe and "a delegation of 300 Belgian businessmen to drum up investment and trade for their small country." Yesterday's duties included "a ladies’ power lunch at the ambassador’s residence" with "heavy hitters" like Tina Tchen (Michelle Obama's chief of staff), Laura Liswood (secretary general of the Council of Women World Leaders), Susan Blumenthal (former assistant surgeon general), plus "female leaders from the World Bank and other policy players." [The Reliable Source]
- David Strathairn will be playing Secretary of State William Seward in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, based on Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field are already on-board as the Lincolns. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- Clint Eastwood is directing Beyonce in the fifth film version of A Star is Born, and he's reportedly targeting Leonardo DiCaprio to play the film's male lead. Eastwood and DiCaprio are currently working together on J. Edgar, a biopic of the infamous FBI leader. Before DiCaprio's name was floated, "there'd been talk of pairing Beyonce and Will Smith" in the project. [Deadline]
- Roll Call's Anna Palmer and Opensecrets.org editor Dave Levinthal are making the move to Politico, where they'll contribute lobbying reporting to Politico's Influence blog when it relaunches in mid-July. [FishbowlDC]