Condé Nast Office Politics; Bono Pushes Spidey

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Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: The new and improved Spider Man musical may be coming to American Idol, Track Palin ties the knot, and Newt's ringtone revealed.

  • Condé Nast editors and executives used to huge offices with private bathrooms and showers could be in for a rude awakening when the company relocates to 1 World Trade Center. The new office plan calls for fewer inner sanctums like Anna Wintour's (shown above from documentary The September Issue) and more "open floor seating in the 1 million square feet of office space." In their current office in Times Square, "walled offices are the rule, not the exception," and the plans for the new space are only being shared with a select few, possibly for good reason. A source says the changes will be "horribly received in many parts of the building." Sniffed one Condé Nast staffer: "Newsrooms are all about speed and accuracy. The kind of writing we do is much more involved with style. You need quiet." [New York Post]
  • The retooled version of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark debuts June 16, and composers Bono and The Edge  is eager for the world to see this isn't the show where actors fall from sky and the villain's eight-legged henchwoman burst into a song while robbing a shoe store. That's why they've had "very preliminary conversation" with American Idol about performing songs from the show on the reality show's season finale next week. "Ideally," says an unidentified source, "Bono and The Edge would perform and be joined onstage by the 'Spider-Man' cast. If everyone agrees, with millions watching, it could be great for the production." [Page Six]
  • Track Palin, Sarah Palin's eldest son, married girlfriend Britta Hanson at a "small ceremony" in Hatcher Pass, Alaska. They've been dating since high school. "Our families couldn't be happier!"the two families say in a joint statement. The couple is planning a bigger wedding ceremony in the winter at Alaska's Alyeska Sky Resort so "extended family and friends from the Lower 48 can travel north for a long ski weekend." [People]
  • At Cannes promoting his Gulf oil spill documentary The Big Fix, Easy Rider star Peter Fonda told reporters about a decidedly unmellow email he sent to Barack Obama. "I sent an email to President Obama saying, ‘You are a fucking traitor,’ using those words," says Fonda. "'You’re a traitor, you allowed foreign boots [BP] on our soil telling our military — in this case the Coast Guard — what they can and could not do, and telling us, the citizens of the United States, what we could or could not do.’” [Movieline]
  • Newt Gingrich's cell phone went off in front of reporters in Ames, Iowa yesterday. the ringtone? ABBA's "Dancing Queen."[Des Moines Register]
  • Remember in the 1990s when Canadian NHL teams were fleeing to America? It's happening again, but in reverse. The Atlanta Thrashers are packing up for Winnipeg, which lost its Jets to Phoenix in 1996, where the team was renamed the Coyotes. Congratulations, Canadians. [Globe and Mail]

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