Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Occupy D.C. beckons Harrison Ford, Tim Burton is designing a Macy's Thanksgiving day parade float, and John Edwards will walk his daughter down the aisle.
- Occupy Washington protesters took on Harrison Ford last night, who was attending a conservation fundraiser in Union Station's East Hall with executives of Wal-Mart and Northrup Grumman. About 200 protesters gathered in the lobby, going through a variety of chants and yells, along with the theme from Indiana Jones. Security eventually threatened to arrest them and they cleared out, minus Ford. [WUSA9]
- Producer Rick Rubin will "be out [at Columbia Records] officially in the next few weeks, before his contract expires in January" after being MIA for months, sources say. They blame the departure on "a culture clash at the Sony Music label between the suits and the creatives," particularly over who should get the credit for Adele's success. There's already speculation Rubin "may land on his feet at Warner Music Group." [Page Six]
- A KFC in West Sussex wouldn't let John Travolta (or rather, John Travolta's assistant) reserve a table for the actor last weekend. The unidentified employee who turned down the request: "'To me, customers are customers, no matter who they are. It doesn't make a difference if someone is famous." A KFC spokesman was apologetic when contacted for comment by the Daily Mail. "In hindsight, of course, we would have reserved a table for him," the rep said. [The Daily Mail]
- Tim Burton is going to have a balloon in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving day parade after organizers asked him to come up with a giant inflatable character to march alongside the likes of Garfield and Spider-Man. Burton's creation is named B. Boy. According to the origin story Burton fashioned for the character, he was "created, Frankenstein’s monster-style, from the leftover balloons used in children’s parties at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London," never got to play with kids growing, and eventually became a recluse, obsessed with The Red Balloon. Happy holidays! [Arts Beat]
- Bradley Cooper is said to be "really trying to woo [Jennifer Lopez] in a big way." He has been "after Jennifer, calling her, for ages" since their non-date at Per Se in September. She reportedly likes the attention. Friends say Lopez is "allowing herself to go with the flow" for the first time since she split from Marc Anthony. [Us Weekly]
- An acapella group from American University serenaded Labor Secretary Hilda Sollis at a surprise party on her 54th birthday yesterday"A Solis staffer and alum of the ensemble arranged for the group to begin singing on the balcony outside of her downtown office," performing a set that included "Please Mr. Postman, "Runaround Sue," and "California Dreaming." [The Reliable Source]
- Cate Edwards is getting married. The daughter-of-the-son-of-a-mill-worker will tie the knot tomorrow in North Carolina with her college boyfriend. She'll be walked down the aisle by her father John Edwards. [The New York Times]