Heigl Disrupts 'Mormon'; Spielberg Speeds on the Sea

Plus: A Star Jones book signing is disrupted

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Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Katherine Heigl disrupts The Book of Mormon, Steven Spielberg runs afoul of the Italian coastguard, and John Thune spurns the treadmill.

  • Katherine Heigl "caused quite a stir" at a Saturday performance of The Book of Mormon. "A spy reports the star and her mother arrived at the show 20 minutes after it started, and guests seated in her row had to get up." Then they had to get up again 10 minutes later when Heigl's husband Josh Kelley arrived. The Knocked Up star, for her part, also reportedly "wore big dark sunglasses and discreetly bent down and puffed on an electronic cigarette during the show." [Page Six]
  • Steven Spielberg was fined 172 euros by the Italian coastguard earlier this month after his speedboat came to close to the shore at La Maddalena, "a picturesque location off the northeast coast of Sardinia." According to a source, the contrite director apologized immediately, saying, "I'm sorry. I'm Steven Spielberg. I didn't know the rules." Gwyneth Paltrow was reportedly on the boat at the time.  [US]
  • CBS News Capitol Hill Producer Jill Jackson tweeted that she overheard Speaker John Boehner saying "I didn't sign up to go mano-a-mano with the president of the United States" on his way out of the Capitol last night. [Playbook]
  • Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has reportedly joined Google+, despite being banned by the Chinese government from talking to the media. His first post yesterday reportedly read, “Greetings. I’m here!” [Unbeige]
  • It was scorching hot yesterday in Washington, D.C., but that didn't stop South Dakota Senator John Thune from taking a mid-day jog on the National Mall. "I don't believe working out should involve a treadmill," Thune explained. [The Reliable Source]
  • Star Jones was left "visibly upset" Saturday when a processor served her with court papers during a book signing at Bookhampton in East Hampton on Saturday. Supposedly, ex-husband Al Reynolds has "been having difficulty serving Star since he filed a lawsuit against her in May for allegedly breaking a divorce agreement [because] she was traveling around the country promoting her book, Satan's Sisters." The agreement was that they wouldn't make "disparaging remarks" about each one, which Reynolds says Star broke when she told talk show host Wendy Williams their marriage was "kind of booty."  [Page Six]
  • 20th Century Fox has acquired the screen rights to Those Guys Have All The Fun, James David Miller and Tom Shales's oral history of ESPN. [Deadline]
  • Nick Davies, The Guardian reporter who spent years investigating the News of the World phone-hacking story, has landed a book deal. The book will be called Hack Attack and publication is scheduled for fall 2012. [The New York Observer and Publisher's Weekly]
  • G.D. Spradlin died at his ranch in  San Luis Obispo over the weekend. The veteran character actor played the corrupt Sen. Geary in The Godfather Part II, Tom Landry in North Dallas Forty, and General Corman in Apocalypse Now. He was 90. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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