Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Alan Ball is stepping down as True Blood showrunner, the Stanley Cup is coming to Capitol Hill, and Sean Young's history of awards season mayhem.
There's talk that Natalie Portman may have secretly gone and married fiancee Benjamin Millepied because they were both spotted wearing new bands on the their ring fingers. Could such things be true? Portman's rep didn't respond to requests for comment. So maybe! [New York Daily News]
HBO confirmed that True Blood creator Alan Ball is stepping down as showrunner of the series at the end of the upcoming fifth season. In a statement, HBO was adamant they knew this was a possibility when they signed Ball to a new multiyear contract back in June, and that he was not ripping the jugular out of their dixie-set vampire show. As for Ball's reasons, Roger Friedman suggests "exhaustion, and maybe [a feeling] that the show seemed like it had tired blood last season," played a role in the decision. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Uma Thurman is once again pregnant. This is her third child, but first with financeer-type husband Arpad Busson. [People]