Cantor Bails on Goldman Sachs; Spitzer Gets Charitable

Plus: NBC has a new White House producer

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Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Eric Cantor won't be having dinner with Lloyd Blankfein Friday, Eliot Spitzer depletes his campaign war chest, and another Halston executive leaves the troubled fashion line.

  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has cancelled a Friday fundraising dinner with Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in the Hamptons "so as to be available for any meetings or developments as we work toward a solution on the debt," a spokesman said. Cantor's wife Diana is a former Goldman vice-president. [Page Six]
  • Eliot Spitzer's 2010 campaign fund is down to zero thanks to "over $100,000 in charitable contributions made on July 10 — the last day of this filing period." The Harvard Law Fund, Horace Mann School, and Skadden Fellowship all got $25,000, while $50,000 went to the President and Fellows of Harvard College. [The New York Observer]
  • Tamara Mellon has joined the exodus from the troubled fashion house Halston, following Harvey Weinstein, Sarah Jessica Parker, and designer Marios Schwab. Mellon, who founded Jimmy Choo, "was responsible for Weinstein's initial investment in the fashion house, which has now been entirely taken over by Hilco Consumer Capital." [The Cut]
  • Mediaite founder Dan Abrams, Men's Health editor Dave Zinczenko, CNN's Alina Cho, The Daily's Richard Johnson, Alexandra Kerry, Fox News' Kimberly Guilfoyle and The Kids Are All Right producer Celine Rattray all attended the wedding of Bloomberg TV correspondent Gigi Stone and investment banker Ian Brooks last Saturday in Rye, NY. The bride wore Vera Wang. [Page Six]
  • Universal won't go forward with a planned trilogy of films (and a TV crossover) based on Stephen King's Dark Tower novels. Ron Howard was supposed to direct and produce alongside King, Brian Grazer, and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, with Javier Bardem starring as post-apocalyptic gunslinger Roland Deschain. Reportedly, Universal "would only commit to the single film" instead of the entire trilogy because of cost concerns. Warner Bros. is mentioned as a "possible landing place" for the project. [Deadline]
  • Helen Mirren has replaced Bette Midler in HBO's Phil Spector biopic. Midler departed last week, citing a back injury. Mirren will be playing "Linda Kenney Braden, a defense attorney who represented the producer during his first trial for murder." [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Ann Gerhart is returning to the Style section of The Washington Post after two years writing for the paper's National and Outlook sections. She'll be a senior writer. [Fishbowl DC]
  • NBC has promoted Shawna Thomas, currently the network's Capitol Hill producer, to White House producer. [Fishbowl DC]
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