Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Aaron Sorkin's show gets a less cumbersome title, Barack Obama does some late-minute shopping, and Steve Kroft's wife did not care for her "upper-crust Manhattan ladies’ tennis group" one bit.
From the terrific-if-it's true-department: The National Enquirer is reporting that Bill Murray finally got around to reading that long-gestating script for Ghostbusters 3, and sent it back in shreds to writers Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, along with a note that said: “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!” Wait, what are we saying: of course that story is true. It has to be. It involves Bill Murray acting like an odd duck and turning down a movie. Over the years, he's become good at both. [The National Enquirer via The Playlist via Movieline]
It seems that Jennet Connat, the wife of 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft, "has spectacularly fallen out with an upper-crust Manhattan ladies’ tennis group" after she stormed off the court at Columbia University's Dick Savitt Tennis Center in the middle of a "social doubles match" that she felt was progressing too slowly. Later, she sent the group leader an email explaining: “I am sorry about today but I am far too busy at work to play that kind of tennis anymore, it’s just too frustrating and not even enough exercise. So I’ve decided it’s best if I drop out. Please sell my spots for the New Year and have them send me a check.” Another source says Connat has been looking to ditch the group almost from the day of her first match, when she was said to be caught off-guard by the fact she'd thrown her tennis lot in with "women who have slowed down and don’t play all that well." [Page Six]
In addition to not-so-hot ratings, HBO may have been moved to cancel Bored To Death are hearing whispers that co-star Zach Galifianakis was "iiffy for another season because of his burgeoning movie career." Third banana Ted Danson, meanwhile, had already signed up take over the lead on the CSI mothership starting this past fall. [The Daily]
As we noted yesterday, President Obama took time away from his busy schedule as leader of the free world to go to Alexandria, Virginia, and act like a flustered father of two girls who needs gift ideas, because for the love of Pete, Christmas is only days away! Now there are pictures. A nice man at Best Buy suggested the 44th president buy his daughters a Wii game, which he almost certainly did, once he got done awkwardly holding it up and staring into space, presumably while pondering the sheer scope of the errands he still had left to run. After Best Buy it was over to PetSmart, where Bo the Dog basically insisted he be allowed to buy a very large bone. Then the president picked up some pies from the Del Ray pizzeria, which we think has bad pizza, even by D.C. area standards. But it wouldn't have been a flustered dad trip if he let his security detail direct him to the place with the good pizza, the pizza everyone likes. Christmas is in four days. Until then, you eat the pizza from the places that dad finds out in suburbs. [The Reliable Source]