Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Anderson Cooper took a catnip before jury duty, Michelle Obama sneaks out without the press knowing all the time, and a plan to reform the 1701 Act of Settlement for William and Kate.
- Anderson Cooper was spotted "taking a 20-minute catnap" under a baseball hat while waiting with the jury pool at Manhattan's Supreme Court on Tuesday. A source says Cooper, who must still be getting used to the grind of filming his new afternoon syndicated talk show and the live CNN broadcast of 360 every day, "showed up as required and was working away on his BlackBerry for a while... The jurors were then called in, he whispered to the judge and was [legally] excused." Cooper's rep had no comment. [Page Six]
- On the Today show yesterday, Al Roker asked Michelle Obama about her recent incognito trip to Target, and whether she missed the ability to duck out and run errands without attracting a press gaggle. "I do that more frequently than people realize," she said. "It's amazing how people don't recognize you. They don't expect to see me at Starbucks or Chipotle. I took Bo to Petco. The cashier asked me, 'Oh, what kind of dog is that?' I said, 'A Portuguese water dog.' He didn't recognize us because he didn't expect that we would be in Petco." She also said she slipped into a Baskin-Robbins without attracting notice. After making some phone calls, the Baskin-Robbins in question appears to be located in Alexandria, just across the Potomac Yard parking lot" from the Target she went to. Employee Altaf Gohar says he served the First Lady "two months" ago when she was in with her daughters. None of the other 25 or 30 people in the store, he says, noticed them. [Today and The Reliable Source]
- Director Michael Mann couldn't help but notice the similarities between director Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive and his brutal 1981 Los Angeles crime epic, Thief. "[Of] course Drive reminded me Thief already 30 years ago, great job Nicolas," Mann (or whoever runs his Facebook page) wrote Monday. Early Wednesday morning, Mann posted a side-by-side comparison of the films' posters to further note the similarities. [Facebook]
- "Plans are afoot by Prime Minister David Cameron's government" to change the law that says if Prince William and Kate Middleton's hypothetical firstborn is a daughter and their second child is a boy, the boy will be the one to inherit the throne. Kate and Will are said to be "in the loop on the process," which would allow any daughter they might have to grow up to be Queen. The rule change would need to be approved by all the Commonwealth countries, and Cameron's already written to them. Cameron is also "also proposes lifting the ban on anyone marrying a Catholic succeeding to the throne, and is reportedly suggesting that only the first six in line to the throne need to get permission from the reigning monarch to wed." [People]
- Mitt Romney's campaign is angling for an endorsement from "top Democratic donor and Power Rangers creator" Haim Saban. Saban called Romney "a worthy candidate" and has already said he won't be supporting President Obama in 2012 because of his position on Israel. Also, Romney is hopes to land an endorsement from Steve Wynn," the casino magnate, before the debates in Las Vegas next Tuesday. [Page Six]