CBS Targets Mika and Joe; Cheney and Sarandon Ride the Rails

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Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: A star-studded Acela cabin, CBS denies Scott Pelley's humble request, Rolex makes a change at the top:

  • There was no heckling, but former Vice President Dick Cheney couldn't have felt very comfortable in the first class cabin on the Acela train from Washington to New York Monday. Cheney shared the car with a couple favorite targets for conservatives: Susan Sarandon and former NPR president Vivian Schiller. [Page Six]
  • Scott Pelley is the new evening news anchor for CBS, but he'd rather not be a star. Pelley pleaded with network brass not to include his name in the title of the CBS Evening News, because "[I]t's not about me...the anchor is the least important part, if you ask me." He was unsuccessful. Pelley's name will be somewhere in the broadcast's title when he takes over for Katie Couric on June 6. [The Daily Beast]
  • In other CBS News news--ha!--the network is considering making a run MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski when their contracts expire "within the year." The network is already "very close" to signing their Morning Joe producer Chris Licht to take over the Early Show, which was eviscerated by new CBS News president David Rhodes in a department-wide email last month. [Mediaite]
  • A Vanity Fair interview with Charlie Sheen fell apart after the actor demanded "$1 million and story approval" from the magazine. Instead, contributing editor Mark Seal wrote about Sheen without talking to the man himself. The story doesn't seem to have suffered. Among the revelations in Seal's piece: Sheen got that $100 million deal from CBS last year after Les Moonves initially offered $72 million. Sheen's response: "It's either $100 million or I'm not doing it." [Page Six]
  • In what analysts are calling a "surprise move," Rolex has ousted Bruno Meier as chief executive after less than two years with the company. Riccardo Marini, currently head of Rolex Italia, will take over the top job at the world's biggest luxury watch brand. No reason for the departure was given. Rolex had sales of roughly $5.1 billion in 2010 as demand for the expensive timepieces "rebounded strongly from a slump during the economic crisis." [Economic Times]
  • The Maxim Hot 100 list is out and the top spot belongs to...Rosie Huntington-Whiteley? Who? She's the star of the new Transformers movie and is currently dating Jason Statham. OK. Other, more recognizable names rounding out the top five include Oliva Munn, Katy Perry, Cameron Diaz, and Mila Kunis. [Pop Eater]

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