Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Speculation about an Amy Winehouse posthumous album, good news for Curb Your Enthusiasm fans, and a restraining order for the alleged Alex Trebek hotel room burglar.
- Amy Winehouse's family is supposedly blaming the singer's death on alcohol withdrawal. "Abstinence gave her body such a fright they thought it was eventually the cause of her death," says "a source close to Amy's family." [The Sun]
- There are "at least a dozen" unheard Winehouse songs that could be posthumously released, according to a source close to the late singer's label. [The Guardian]
- An unnamed top Republican isn't sweating last night's debt vote debacle. "Boehner kept his cool, and didn’t burn any bridges," explained the insider. "We can have a new bill every day, if we need to." [Playbook]
- Linda Boyers, the "56-year-old two-time convicted thief" who allegedly broke into Jeopardy host Alex Trebek's San Francisco hotel room early Tuesday morning, has been put under a restraining order. She has to stay 150 yards away from Trebek and his wife. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- True Blood showrunner Alan Ball told critics at the TCA press tour that his contract has been renewed for a fifth season. [Entertainment Weekly]
- HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo says he's "cautiously optimistic" that Larry David will return for a ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Why? Lombardo explained: "For the first time ever after this season Larry didn't say 'I never want to do this again'." That strikes us as a pretty good sign. [Deadline]
- Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson are collaborating on a book. Titled Lady Gaga and billed as a "visual conversation" between the singer and fashion photographer, the book will feature "over 350" of Richardson's photos of Gaga, who will write an introduction. It goes on sale November 22. [GalleyCat]
- Los Angeles Times Metro section editor Ashley Dunn doesn't want the section's reporters to use the recent spate of "devastating" layoffs at the paper as a reason to slack off. "For those of us still here," Dunn wrote in a staff memo that surface yesterday, "the hard task ahead is getting back to the business of reporting the news. It feels like rushing back into battle after a hellacious ass whipping. To those who are understandably feeling a bit down, I say: We don’t get our asses whipped, we whip asses. We don’t get ulcers, we give ulcers." [LA Observed]
- "A fan (or heckler?)" interrupted Tim Robbins's concert at the Birchmere Music Hall in northern Virginia Wednesday night to yell: "You're a lot better than Kevin Bacon!" [The Reliable Source]
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