Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have had their third child, who doesn't have a name yet, but is likely to be down-to-earth and lovely, Snooki from Jersey Shore is pregnant and MTV isn't happy, and Jeremy Lin may popping up at Columbia this weekend.
Snooki -- the decorous and well-marbled star of Jersey Shore -- is pregnant. Earlier this month, she denied being with child but she apparently has since brokered an Us Weekly cover to announce the news to the glossy magazine-buying world. The father is Jionni LaValle, her TV boyfriend of 18 months. She's reportedly three months along, and according to Page Six's source, MTV is "in crisis mode" because they're worried it "greatly affect the creative direction" of a planned spin-off she's supposed to star in with fellow Jersey Shore alumnus Jenni Farley (née JWoww) which was supposed to be heavy on libations and brief, pointless threats. That format is obviously going to have to be tweaked if there's a newborn involved. Or maybe not, you never know. [Page Six]
Moving on: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, a famous couple that should be having a baby, because they seem like decent, un-Hollywood -- save for that little blowup last summer when Garner allegedly found out Affleck was drinking again and had lost close to $500,000 in that Hollywood A-list poker ring -- have been blessed with a third child. It's a boy and they haven't released the name, but surely he will have a moniker to rival those of his sensibly-named sisters Violet Ann and Seraphina Rose. [People]
Apparently there's "buzz going around Harvard campus" that some guy wrote the algorithm for Facemash on his dorm room window. Our apologies, that was several years ago: the new buzz going around Harvard is that New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin is going be in the stands at Levien Gymnasium in New York on Friday night to watch the Cantabs' regular season finale against Columbia. It will be a good time for Lin to catch up with his old teammates, and also Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, the only person capable of holding Jeremy Lin under 20 points a game. [Inside Track]
Are you under 40? Do you live in the D.C.-metro area? Chances are you could be appearing in or at a party for Washington Life magazine's seventh annual "The Young and the Guest List" issue. It seems the "soiree-obsessed publication tapped 250-plus locals" for the issue, including Sen. Rand Paul's communications director Moira Bagley, Rep. Ben Quayle (of course), Rep. Aaron Schock, Eric Cantor's deputy chief of staff Brad Dayspring, Paul Lindsay, communication director for the NRCC, and John Boehner's press secretary Michael Steel. According to a Washington Life aide, the selection process is totally arbitrary. “Most of these people no one knows personally. It’s just through research,” said the source. The aide noted that "the magazine’s core readership is primarily retiree socialites," which means it's totally possible for people who don't know why they're in the magazine to be observed, in magazine form, by people who don't know why they're in the magazine. Last year, the name-dropping and gladhanding prompter one "stupefied" invitee to proclaim, "I don't know how I ended up there." [Heard on the Hill]
There's an old idiom about shoes fitting on the other foot that could just as easily apply to John Roca and Linda Rosier, two former New York Daily News photographers who are suing the paper after they were let go last year, claiming they were replaced in favor of "younger, less experienced perma-lancers, whom the company does not pay medical or other benefits." Roca, especially, is a sad case: he "began at the Daily News as a copy boy at age 18 and worked his way up to staff photographer in 1979." He eventually developed what Gretchen Viehmann, the News managing editor for photo (who is named in the suit) referred to as "goatly magic" for grabbing shots of Charlie Sheen. Now the goatly magic is gone, and all that's left is a mess. [The New York Observer]
This is decent, sort of: Franklin Graham, the late Rev. Billy Graham's son has apologized to President Obama for a series of comments this month where called the president "a son of Islam" and speculated as to why "Islam has gotten a free pass under Obama." To his credit, Graham blamed himself for not "better articulating my reason for not supporting him in this election" -- namely his opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion. Which are perfectly fine reasons not to vote for this president if those are issues you feel strongly about, but who just come out and say that instead of couching it with weird, vaguely paranoid talks about the president being a "son of Islam." What does that even mean? [Politico]
This is not gossip, per se, but it's terrific news we did not know about: 50 fully-restored prints of The Godfather are playing March 1 (tomorrow) for one-night only in Cinemark Theaters to mark the 40th anniversary of the film's release. Just make sure you don't get brains all over your nice Ivy League suit. [Collider]