Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: negotiations on a fifth season of Breaking Bad hit a rough patch, Diddy's entourage runs afoul of French customs, and the partnership between Paramount and Dreamworks Animation is kaput.
- Stop us if you've heard this one before: AMC and Sony Television are engaged in "tense negotiations" about a fifth season of Breaking Bad, with Sony "sent feelers to at least three other cable networks about taking Breaking Bad should an agreement with AMC fall through." Reportedly, AMC "tried to convince the makers of of the show that its fifth season run only six to eight episodes instead of the typical 13," which is what led " the creative forces behind the show" to "approach other outlets." [Company Town]
- Staffers for Sean "Diddy" Combs were stopped at customs at Nice's Cote d'Azur airport last week "trying to bring too much of the music mogul's beloved [Ciroc] vodka into the country to lubricate his lavish St. Tropez parties" and had to leave some bottles behind. [Page Six]
- Friday Night Lights, the television show based on a movie based on a book is looking to become a movie again. "We're writing a script," says show executive producer Peter Berg, who directed the original 2004 feature based on Buzz Bissinger's book. "“We’ve been meeting with [fellow Friday Night Lights executive producer] Jason Katims for the last couple of weeks. We have a real good script idea. We want to do it. We’re very serious about doing it. We intend to do it...If all goes well, we would shoot it next year at some point." Yes, it's someone who isn't a studio head acting like he has a go picture, but still: Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. [TV Line]
- Jennifer Lopez is breaking her two-week silence on her split from Marc Anthony in the September issue of Vanity Fair. Says Lopez on the reasons for the split, "To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself--if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now." [Us]
- Glee's Darren Criss will succeed Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 2012. [Arts Beat]
- Sources say that Paramount and Dreamworks Animation's partnership is officially done now that Dreamworks Animation has "officially informed Paramount Pictures that it was rejecting an offer to continue their distribution agreement on the same financial terms for one additional year." Paramount, meanwhile, has already announced plans to form its own in-house animation studio. [Company Town]
- DJ and Reuters' White House Correspondents Dinner celebrity guest Samantha Ronson was arrested for DUI yesterday in Baker, California, while coming home from Las Vegas. According to the arresting officer, she was "friendly and talkative" throughout the stop. [Us]
- Richard Raynor's 'Paperback Writers' column has found a home at the Los Angeles Review of Books (yes, where James Franco is a contributing editor) after being dropped by the Los Angeles Times. [GalleyCat]
- A divorce judge has prohibited billionaire Henry Silverman from introducing "scientific" evidence that he's an "innate genius" in his divorce proceedings against wife Nancy. The hope was that testimony from "psychological experts who would vouch for his intellect" wouldprove that the Cendant Corporation founder's "spouse had no part in his financial success" during their 30-year marriage, allowing him to keep the $450 million he made during their union. [Page Six]
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