Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Dave Chappelle plans his comeback, the NYPD may be reopening a Tupac shooting, and Tim Russert's FBI file goes public.
- Six years after his abrupt departure from Comedy Central, Dave Chapelle is said to be eying a return to the small screen. Said an insider, "Dave Chappelle's going back to TV. It's not for a network. It's for Netflix or Crackle or some other subscription service." [The Daily]
- On the heels of the Super 8 nostalgia trip, director Steven Spielberg is kicking around another idea that will please (or enrage) people who grew up on his movies: a Jurassic Park reboot. Reportedly the director has "met twice with [writer Mark] Protosevich to fashion a story for a potential fourth film in the franchise." Spielberg's representatives don't deny the meetings, but say they were "purely exploratory." [The Hollywood Reporter]
- "Deteriorating market conditions, valuation concerns and a potential tax payout" have apparently complicated Italian fashion giant Prada's plan to raise $2.6 billion through a Hong Kong IPO. "Under the new guidance for investors, Prada will seek 39.50 to 42.25 Hong Kong dollars ($5.07 to $5.42) per share, toward the middle of an official price range of HK$36.50 to HK$48 per share," according to a source. That would lower the amount raised to about $2.3 billion. [The Wall Street Journal]
- The NYPD announced it will launch an official investigation into prisoner Dexter Isaac's claim hip-hop manager James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond paid him $2,500 to shoot and rob Tupac Shakur in 1994. Isaac confessed to shooting Shakur five times outside Manhattan's Quad Studios in an interview posted yesterday to AllHipHop.com. "I want to apologize to his family [Tupac Shakur] and for the mistake I did for that sucker [Rosemond]," said. "I am trying to clean it up to give [Tupac and Biggie's] mothers some closure." Isacc is currently serving a life sentence on unrelated murder charges.Shakur, who survived the 1994 attack, was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996. Isacc says Rosemond "gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time...I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery." [The Wall Street Journal and All Hip Hop]
- A 75-year-old, World War II veteran from Castro Valley, California was stalking Tim Russert, according to the late Meet The Press host's recently unsealed FBI file. According to the file, the man, whose name is redacted, was believed to be the source of two threatening voicemails left at Russert's home and NBC offices in 2000 and 2001. In the message left at Russert's office, the caller said, "We haven’t forgotten I’ve called you a couple years ago and we still got you on the f---king platter....That goes for your 15- or 16-year-old kid, too. You protect him, you motherf---ker." The caller added, "[N]othing would treat me or do me any better than to put a bullet right between your f---king eyes, you p---k." Four months earlier, the D.C. police reported Russert received a similar call at home, with the caller saying he knew where son Luke, now an NBC correspondent, went to school. The FBI eventually tracked down the source of the calls, whom "Justice Department lawyers declined to file charges against." Agents from the FBI told him "if he continued to make threats, he could be prosecuted." [The Hill]