Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Ashton Kutcher's alleged one-night is looking to cash in, the First Lady went to Target, and Radiohead reunites a split celebrity couple.
- New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Fox News chairman Roger Ailes aren't going to let a silly thing like the mayor's war on salty foods, which Ailes criticized in the most recent issue of Newsweek, get in the way of their friendship. ("I like Bloomberg, he's a friend," Ailes told Howard Kurtz. "But fuck him and his salt. I like salt.") After the story came out, Bloomberg supposedly sent Ailes a box of kosher salt and a note saying he’s glad Roger is still his friend." Ailes reciprocated by sending the mayor a box of M&Ms and "a jovial note" that read "Very healthy--no salt!" So obviously they weren't the pretzel kind. [Page Six]
- Former spouses Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson attended the Radiohead concert at Roseland Ballroom in New York last night, but they didn't seem like a couple on the mend, at least according to one observer. The source says, "Ryan and Scarlett came in together right before show started and just watched, rocked out and left together. They just seemed like good friends." We obviously weren't there to see their non-verbal interaction, but arriving together, rocking out, and leaving together sounds more than friendly. [Us Weekly]
- Ashton Kutcher says he did not cheat on wife Demi Moore with the 23 year-old blonde lady who reportedly trying to soak him for $500,000 in exchange for her silence. Now she's said to be working "in cahoots" with a member of the paparazzi to sell "staged street photos" of herself to tabloids. Also, she's said to have taken a meeting with Keith Davidson, the lawyer who represented a rehab clinic worker who filed (and then dropped) assault charges against Lindsay Lohan. [Page Six]
- Michele Obama made an "undercover" trip to a Target store in northern Virginia yesterday. The store's manager says that, with the exception of the cashier who rang her up, nobody the first lady. "People did not approach her, she was very incognito," the manager told CNN. "We didn't realize truly what was happening until she had almost left...she was very unassuming." Her cover wasn't blown until she was done checking, when an Associated Press photographer arrived on the scene. According to CNN International, her regular person ensemble consisted of "a gray Nike hat, loose floral blouse, black pants and red flats." [The Reliable Source and CNN International]
- Original Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark director Julie Taymor is widely assumed to have been responsible for the musical's more abstract flourishes, including a number where the villain's sexy spiderhenchmen rob a shoe store and sing about it, most of which were cut after Taymor was ousted in March and the production shut down for retooling this spring. But that wasn't the case, according to Taymor associates, who insist she "would have sought to address the producers’ desire to clarify the story-telling and make the show more lively and family-friendly," but wasn't given enough time by producers. This seems questionable, since the director spent nine years working on the musical, which finally opened in June. An arbitrator will hear arguments next week regarding Taymor's claim that producers still owe her $500,000 in royalties from the show. [Arts Beat]
- Rumors about Michael Wolff being replaced as editor of Ad Week have been swirling for weeks, and now sources say "even Wolff seems to believe" he'll be replaced after less than a year on the job. Gawker also reported yesterday that an announcement was imminent. [New York Post]
- Former CNBC financial reporter Erin Burnett is engaged to Citigroup executive David Rubulotta. She says he proposed last month. Meanwhile, Burnett's new CNN show Erin Burnett OutFront begins next week. [People]