Cindy Adams Loses a Dinner Date; 'The Iron Lady' Bores D.C.

Plus: Alan Dershowitz is giving Larry David his chance to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Herman Cain bails on Cindy Adams, Alan Dershowitz is giving Larry David a chance to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict, and D.C. did not care for The Iron Lady.

  • Herman Cain has pulled out of his scheduled Sunday dinner with New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams, possibly because he realized it's not 1983. According to Adams, the get-together, which was arranged by a mutual lawyer friend after she and Cain had tea at the Plaza and he admitted he didn't like Sarah Palin calling him Herm, was supposed to be "a sit-down dinner at my home." Unfortunately, Cain called to cancel Tuesday morning. "He was considerate," Adams notes. "He contemplated my enduring the trouble, expense and bother of it all if he had to pull out." At which point she began the rhetorical self-interview portion of the story. "Is he feeling down? Yes. Is he taking Out There’s temperature? Yes. Talking to staffers? For sure. Figuring what to do? Yeah. Hearing suggestions he come clean if there’s any clean to come to? Uh-huh. Maintaining his schedule this week? So far." Going to Cindy Adams' house for dinner Sunday? No sir. [New York Post]
  • Kourtney Kardashian -- of the basic cable Kardashians --is pregnant with her second child. Good timing, too, since her new E! Web series Kourtney Kardashian's Mommy Blog premiered on Monday. It's like that network has a sixth sense about when something is going to happen to someone in that family. [E! Online]
  • Meryl Streep was on-hand for the D.C. premiere of her Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady at the Spy Museum last night, but not even the presence of our greatest living actress could stop D.C. insiders from growing restless with the film's leisurely place and general Britishness. Dan Zak, The Washington Post's eagle-eyed general assignment reporter, noted on Twitter that he saw Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and former Senator John Warner sneaking out early.  [Lifeline Live and Dan Zak]
  • Silvio Berlusconi made his first public appearance last night since resigning as Italy's prime minister earlier in the month. What brought him out? Only the Rome premiere of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. Sadly, Berlusconi didn't speak to reporters about how well he thought Owen Wilson handled the Woody Allen role, but he did "flash a smile and give a 'thumbs up' sign when a reporter on the scene shouted to ask whether the billionaire media tycoon enjoyed the film." [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lopez were the It non-couple for a few weeks this fall, but then Lopez was spotted necking with a backup dancer and things kind of cooled. Cooper, for his part, is moving on by making time with actress Melanie Laurent, who played Shosanna in Inglourious Basterds, After a light lunch, the two they went over to "La Comedie de Champs Elysees, where they watched a theatrical performance of Job, Ou L'Errance De Juste," and then went to their hotel for a private dinner. It's unknown if the date ended with anyone putting on war paint and while listening to "Cat People {Putting Out Fire)" [Us Weekly]
  • ABC's Good Morning America news reader Josh Elliott and former CBS Early Show weather lady Marysol Castro have broken up after "quietly dating" for the last few months. It was probably the stress of the split that led Castro to announce on Twitter last night that the New York Mets, not the Boston Red Sox, had hired Bobby Valentine as manager. Said Castro: "Will make for an interesting spring....I hope." Hopefully nobody breaks the bad news to her until pitchers and catchers report. [Page Six]
  • Alan Dershowitz has sent a DVD copy of the "Palestinian Chicken" episode from this past season of Curb Your Enthusiasm to  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "with the suggestion that he invite Abbas over to watch it together." The Harvard law professor explained: "[M]aybe if they both get a good laugh, they can begin a negotiating process!" First of all, The Atlantic Wire was all over the possibility of the episode being used to strengthen diplomatic relations when the episode first aired. But if you're going to pick one episode of Curb to bring together sworn enemies for 30 minutes of laughter and trust-building, it's a mistake not to with the "Krazee Eyez Killah" episode. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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