Gwyneth's Record Deal Unravels; John King Catches Baseball History

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Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Gwyneth Paltrow's music dreams hit a snag, John King returns a piece of baseball history, and the unofficial code name for the Bin Laden strike is revealed:

  • Negotiations on a recording deal between Gwyneth Paltrow and Atlantic Records may have "crumbled," but don't blame Paltrow's asking price. A source close to the deal says Atlantic was "very interested" in signing the actress, whose musical ambitions have been well-documented, but "the talks halted and the deal fizzled out." Continues the source: "There was a rumor that Paltrow wanted $1 million to sign, but that is a ridiculous figure. Atlantic is still interested in signing her."[Page Six]
  • John King caught Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's 300th career home run Sunday night at Fenway Park, but the CNN anchor, who was attending the game with wife and CNN correspondent Dana Bash, didn't keep it for long. After he caught the ball in the bottom fourth inning (or, as King put it on Twitter, "knocked it down"), King sent it back down to Ortiz, who gave him an autographed baseball bat. [TV Newser]
  • Mad Men actress January Jones recently praised Zach Galifianakis as one of the most naturally funny people on earth, but The Hangover star remembers their first interaction as less-than-pleasant. Said Galifianakis: "If I remember correctly, she and I were very rude to each other. It was crazy. I was at a party — I’d never met her — and she was like, 'Come sit down.' So I sit at her table and talk for ten minutes, and she goes, 'I think it’s time for you to leave now.' So I say, 'January, you are an actress in a show and everybody’s going to forget about you in a few years, so f------ be nice,' and I got up and left. And she thinks that’s funny?"[Short List]
  • How secret was the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan? Secret enough that the operation didn't even have a proper code name. Instead, senior military and intelligence officials reportedly referred to the operation as "the trip to Atlantic City"[Daily Intel via the Wall Street Journal]
  • Awaiting trial on 82 counts of sexual abuse, Oscar and Grammy winning songwriter Joseph Brooks has apparently killed himself. An NYPD spokesman says the body was discovered yesterday by a friend who was arriving for a lunch date. Sources say the songwriter, who was charged with raping 11 women in 2009 and whose son, Nicholas, has been charged in the December death of his ex-girlfriend,  left a "rambling" three-page suicide note "in which he complained about his health and about a woman he said was physically abusing him and taking his money." The Brookses were the subject of a haunting New York magazine feature back in February. [New York Post]

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