Jay-Z and Kanye 'Barely Speaking'; Oprah Sued Over Slogan

Plus: Amy Winehouse was planning to adopt

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Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Tensions before the "Watch the Throne" tour, Winehouse's adoption plans, and Newt and Callista Gingrich earn rave reviews.

  • Just when we thought there was a distinct lack of beef surrounding the upcoming "Watch the Throne" tour comes word that Kanye West and Jay-Z are "barely speaking" to each other. They're reportedly at odds over the size and scope of performances, specifically Kanye's desire for the tour to be a "next-level production." According to a source, "Jay-Z can't deal with Kanye. Jay is a stone-cold businessman. He wants to recoup all of his money from Live Nation. But Kanye wants to upstage rock stars with a blowout show. He doesn't care about costs. He has a lot less to gain from the shows." The album arrives August 8. The tour is scheduled to begin September 27. [Page Six]
  • Before her death, Amy Winehouse was all set to adopt a 10-year-old "adorable Caribbean child" from the island of St. Lucia named Dannika Augustine. Winehouse "first met Dannika in 2009 while vacationing on the idyllic Caribbean island, where Dannika's grandmother, Marjorie Lambert, runs a bar" and her family was "more than happy" to let Winehouse adopt the girl, despite her personal struggles.[New York Post]
  • A New Jersey woman has sued Oprah Winfrey and Harpo, claiming that the talk show host and her company stole the inspirational motto "Own your power" from her and her ""motivational communication services company," Own Your Power Communications, Inc. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg gave $2 million to USA Action, a political action committee established by former Obama White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney. All told, the PAC raised $3.2 million during the first half of 2011, according to an SEC filing. [Washington Wire]
  • Newt and Callista Gingrich were model cruisers during their June jaunt around Greece and Turkey, according to a post on CruiseMates blog.  "Nice couple. . . No entourage — no asking for special favours from the ship or the staff — and the staff being European, really didn’t seem to care who they were," said the poster, who also noted the couple ate dinner alone and attended an ouzo tasting. [The Reliable Source]
  • Credit Balloon Boy with bringing together recently engaged NBC News correspondent Lee Cowan and Today Show Molly Palmer associate producer, both of whom covered story. "That’s kind of when I think we started to really notice each other," Palmer said. [TV Newser]
  • Also engaged: Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades and Jamie Loftus, chief of public and government affairs for the Port Authority. Both have worked for lobbying shop DCI Group. [Playbook]
  • Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips wore a gown by Stewart Pavin, "one of the monarch’s favorite designers" at her wedding Saturday to rugby player Mike Tindall in Scotland. The "other" royal wedding was attended by 400 guests--including Prince William and Kate Middleton--at the "low-key ceremony in Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk, or church" over the weekend. [WWD]

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