Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning, we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Kate Middleton takes the field, George Clooney is planning to get arrested this morning, and Kate Couric's new show will debut on September 10.
Kate Middleton honed her non-princess skills during a visit to Olympic Park in Stratford where she put on coral pants and sneakers and took the practice field with Great Britain's women's field hockey team. Between this and Prince Harry's Brazilian polo match, the athletic pursuits of the Royal Family have increased by 500% over the past week. [The Daily Mail]
George Clooney has a date to get arrested at the Sudanese embassy in Washington D.C. today. He'll stand on embassy property and refuse to move, along with Martin Luther King III and Rep. Jim Moran, which if everything goes according to plan will get him hauled away and raise awareness of Sudan blocking humanitarian aid. [The Reliable Source]
Quick, what are you doing at 3 p.m. (maybe!) on September 10? That's right, you'll be watching the debut of Katie Couric's new daytime talk show Katie on ABC affiliates throughout the country. [New York Daily News]
Russell Brand spent some quality with members of the New Orleans police department on Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest following a regrettable paparazzi cell phone tossing incident earlier in the week. Brand was released after posting $5,000 bail. [People]
Here's something: Spanish perfumer Silvana Casoli has created a very special cologne just for Pope Benedict XVI's use. Apparently the scent, which will not be available to the public, smells like lemons and freshly cut grass, which sounds nice. Casoli says she was inspired by "the smells the pope would smell when praying at the Grotto of Lourdes.” [The Daily]
File this under things-that-might-not-be-good-for-business: an Indiana elections board has issued a 2-1 ruling that Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar is ineligible to vote in Marion County, his now-former home district, because he and his wife haven't lived there in "more than three decades." He can always reregister somewhere else in the state, but it's not the kind of thing you want hanging over you when you're two months away from a primary challenge. [Indianapolis Star via The Fix]