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Winehouse Booed in Belgrade; Olbermann Gets Ready to Launch

Plus: What happens to Anthony Weiner's staff after their boss quits?

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Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Another Amy Winehouse comeback runs into trouble, Keith Olbermann readies for his Current TV premiere, and we update you on the employment status of Anthony Weiner's office staff.

  • Amy Winehouse did not have a good night in Belgrade Saturday. Playing before a 20,000 person crowd, she began her performance by shouting "Hello Athens!" As for the actual performance, she "stumbled across the stage, slurred through her songs, and threw a shoe into the crowd." After the show, Winehouse's management company confirmed they cancelled the rest of her European comeback tour and sent the singer home.  [Marie Claire UK and Jezebel]

  • The relaunched version of Keith Olbermann's countdown debuts on Current TV tonight at 8 p.m.. Olbermann tweeted yesterday that filmmaker Michael Moore and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas will be his first guests. What will he talk about on the new show? According to the New York Daily News, one of Olbermann's "dry-run commentaries criticized President Obama for suggesting Rep. Anthony Weiner should resign, warning that such a comment could in some circumstance 'come back to bite him.'" [Twitter and the New York Daily News]
  • Meanwhile, Olbermann's old network MSNBC is said to be developing a show for Christopher Hayes. Hayes is the Washington editor for The Nation and "frequent guest host" for Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell. [The New York Times via The Huffington Post]
  • What happens to Anthony Weiner's staff now that their boss has resigned? They lose their old jobs, but not until Weiner "submits letters to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and House Speaker John Boehner to be read aloud on the House floor--no sooner than Tuesday." Until then, they're caught in Hill limbo. "The minute a representative leaves office, the staff begins working for the district and answers to the Clerk of the House, Karen Haas," The Washington Post explains. They provide provide "constituent services in the D.C. and district offices, but there's no voting power." This arrangement lasts until a replacement is sworn-in, "who then has power to retain or fire any of the old staffers." [The Reliable Source]
  • New Line Cinema founder Bob Shaye and former president Michael Lynne "will no longer have any ties" to the company, now that a three-year distribution deal they struck with parent company Time Warner is reportedly up. In 2008, Time Warner CEO "ousted" the pair, but they signed a three-year distribution contract with Warner Bros for their new production company, Unique Features. The deal allowed them to keep offices in the New Line building, but sources say Warner and Unique didn't co-produce any films over the past three years. [Page Six]
  • Casino Royale director Martin Campbell was underwhelmed by sequel Quantum of Solace, the Marc Forster-directed 22nd film in the James Bond series. "I thought it was lousy," groused Campbell during a junket for The Green Lantern. He explained, "I just thought the story was pretty uninteresting. I didn't think the action was related to the characters. I just thought overall it was a bit of a mess really.” [Crave Online]
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