Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: a royal visitor to El Centro, California; the CEO of Gannett resigned; and Johnny Depp is making a Dr. Seuss biopic.
- Prince Harry's extended American visit began yesterday when he arrived at an air naval base in El Centro, California. Palace officials had refused to set a window for his arrival when word of the trip first leaked. According to the facility's commanding officer, Harry will be known as "Capt. Wales" during his stay. [People, AP]
- When the networks were scrambling to secure exclusive interviews with Amanda Knox and her family following her acquittal earlier this week, Elizabeth Vargas' producer Nikki Battiste was allowed to "look after" Knox's younger sisters (ages 13 and 16) while rest of the family was in court. This prompted rivals from other networks to nickname Battiste "the baby sitter" and grumble about how she was "coddling" the sisters by taking them shopping and out to cafes, even though producers from CBS and NBC are also said to have "offered their help" to the Knox family. NBC and CBS emphatically denied offering their producers as babysitters, while ABC had no comment. [Page Six]
- He only confirmed his split from Blake Lively a few days ago, but Leonardo DiCaprio has already reportedly started dating Australian model Alyca Crawford. Good for him, because Lively was spied buying $260 worth of groceries--possibly for use in Ryan Reynolds' apartment--last weekend in Boston. [Gatecrasher]
- Johnny Depp is producing a biopic about the life of Dr. Seuss "with the potential to star" in it, too. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- Gannett CEO Craig Dubrow resigned yesterday after 30 years with the company "because of disability." Gannett's been on leave since September 15 with a back issue, and he's reportedly took leave in the past for hip and back surgeries. He'll be replaced by Gracia Martore, who is currently Gannett's president. The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg notes that Dubrow, who laid off hundreds of journalists during his tenure, is leaving with a $37 million retirement package, and notes, "I'm not even sure if collectively, all the journalists fired by Dubow's company received $37 million." [Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic]
- The West Memphis Three will attend a screening of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory at the New York Film Festival on Monday. The first two films in the series cast doubt on the guilt of Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley Jr, who spent 18 years in prison for murdering three Arkansas children before being released earlier this year. The documentary, which airs on HBO in January, premiered in Toronto last month, and now has a new epilogue detailing their release. [Thompson on Hollywood]
- AOL Politics Daily founder and former editor-in-chief Melissa Henneberger is joining The Washington Post later this month. In an email to staffers, Post multimedia editor Jennifer Crandell, Henneberger will "anchor a new blog on politics and culture that will highlight" female writers, much like her old Woman Up blog. In March, Henneberger was among the 200 AOL staffers laid off in advance of the company's acquisition of The Huffington Post. [Fishbowl DC, Poynter]