Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Matt Lauer takes a disspirting trip west, Rick Perry's staff is ready for whatever rumors you'd like to throw at them and Quentin Tarantino finds his good guy.
- What do you say when you fly across the country to interview someone and they won't come out of their bedroom unless you give them $100,000. If you're Matt Lauer, and the person you're going interview is Lindsay Lohan, you chalk it up to just a normal day at the office."Lindsay and her people had a problem with the timing of the interview, and it was canceled," Lauer said Thursday. One source close to the non-interview describes things differently: "The deal had been set up for her to be paid $50,000 for photos or videos, because they [NBC] don't pay for interviews. But she flipped out and said she wanted $100,000, or no deal." [Page Six]
- Is Rick Perry delaying a decision about a possible 2012 White House bid because he's worried what people are going to say about his marriage? A campaign insider says they are "more than prepared for a re-airing of unsubstantiated rumors," including the suggestion Perry is gay. (That rumor first cropped up in 2004.) There are also "rumors that the Perrys...have an old-fashioned hetero-troubled marriage." Why? Because the governor "made it seem like Anita was putting her foot down and saying no" to a third term. Also, they dated off-and-on for 14 years before getting married. And there aren't many photos of them kissing. These are the kind of things political consultants actually believe mean something. [Daily Intel]
- Remember that very detailed (perhaps overly detailed) post on all the reasons Warren Beatty has grown tough to work with over the past 25 years? What we neglected to mention was, he's convinced that audiences want another Howard Hughes movie. Melvin & Howard was charming, but we had our fill of the character sometime around the fifth compulsive hand washing scene in The Aviator. The film is apparently Beatty's dream project, though it's "not really a biopic" and "part of the plot involves an affair he had with a young woman in the later years of his life. I've heard that he's going top shelf for the ensemble cast he is putting together...Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Shia La Beouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Rooney Mara.." [Deadline]
- After a long pursuit of Will Smith and a brief flirtation with Idris Elba, Quentin Tarantino has settled on Jamie Foxx to play the hero is the writer-director's upcoming Django Unchained. Foxx will play "a freed slave who teams with a German bounty hunter (Christophe Waltz) to take on an evil plantation owner in order to retrieve his long-lost love." Leonardo DiCaprio is signed on to play the villain, who, according to earlier reports on the project, is "Monsieur Calvin Candie, the owner of a plantation named Candyland, a playground for him to sexually torture women slaves while forcing male ones to engage is death matches." [Variety and The Hollywood Reporter ]
- New York magazine culture editor Mary Kaye Schilling is leaving to become senior articles editor at GQ. She takes over the job vacated by Dan Fierman, who left to be April to be lead editor for Bill Simmons's Grantland. [FishBowlLA]