Tracy Morgan Hates New Jersey; Eric Schmidt Is 'Seen Out'

Plus: A 'load' of Hollywood jewels

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Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Alex Trebek stops a robber, but pays the price, a riot at Grauman's Theatre, and more trouble for the John Gotti biopic

  • Jeopardy host Trebek appeared on crutches at the National Geographic World Championship in San Francisco yesterday after tearing his Achilles tendon "when he chased after a burglar who broke into his [hotel] room and tried to steal cash and other items from him" early Wednesday morning. "The suspect, a 56-year-old woman, was arrested and charged with felony burglary and possession of stolen property." [Arts Beat]
  • Married Google CEO Eric Schmidt has "repeatedly been seen out" with Lisa Shields, a "beautiful New York-based executive at the Council on Foreign Relations." They were recently spotted "dining at Tutto il Giorno in Southampton" and have supposedly been "spending time at a summer rental in the Hamptons." [Page Six]
  • "Police donned riot gear" to calm down "an unruly mob" that had congregated outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre before the premiere of the documentary Electric Daisy Carnival Experience last night. Reportedly, the police were "forced to shut down Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange avenues, causing a massive traffic jam on Highland, Hollywood and the 101 freeway...Police then ordered the crowd to exit the area, but many refused" and began "fighting, throwing bottles and set fire to a cop car." Police fired beanbags to subdue the crowd. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Joe Pesci is suing the producers of the already troubled Gotti: Life in My Father's Shadow, claiming he was initially offered $3 million to play the role of Gotti associate Angelo Ruggiero before producers allegedly reneged and offered him $1 million for a smaller role. According to the lawsuit, Pesci has "ended his very strict and healthy diet, and has so far gained approximately 30 pounds in anticipation of playing Ruggiero, who was well known for his heavy and stocky build." [TMZ]
  • Rapper Young Jeezy had his gun case searched Monday night before a performance with Kanye West and Jay-Z at the Highline Ballroom. According to a source, "there were no firearms in it, but they saw what looked like a load of jewels."[Page Six]
  • Yesterday was not a good day for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. The release of his "faith-based autobiography" Finally Free has been "indefinitely put on hold," with "no new release date set." He reportedly lost the five-year endorsement contract he signed last week with Fuse Science, a sports supplement company, "after the company discovered he had signed a three-year deal with MusclePharm, a competitor in the sports supplement category." [Daily Press and The Big Lead]
  • Tracy Morgan got into a "heated exchange" on the roof of Silver Towers on West 42nd Street after reportedly crashing a birthday party and proclaiming "the world is ghetto" and "New Jersey, right across the river, is the the Third World." When a guest challenged his point, Morgan reportedly replied, "this is my mother[bleeping] generalization, not yours." [Page Six]
  • The New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff has landed a book deal to write about the making of Network  [GalleyCat]
  • "HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR" may be the most famous of New York Post headlines, but it wasn't difficult to come up with, says Victor Musseto. Recently retired from the paper, Musseto was on the copy desk the night of April 14, 1983 when the incident in Queens took place. “I don’t know why everybody gets so excited," said Musseto. "“We had more trouble confirming that it really was a topless bar. We [had to send] one of our reporters out there." Musseto went on to be the paper's film critic. [VF Daily]
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