Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: The Boss makes Chris Christie very tired, George Clooney is putting together a big score for Obama, and Kanye West may not have been Kim Kardashian's first choice for the role of new pretend boyfriend.
Nobody -- with the possible exception of Luke Russert -- has worked harder than Chris Christie in recent years to convince America that he really, truly adores Bruce Springsteen. Christie claims to have attended over 100 shows, performed "Glory Days" at his inaugural ball, and recently asked The Boss to play a Labor Day concert in Atlantic City. So why did he fall asleep Monday night during Springsteen's show at Madison Square Garden? Unclear! "The governor was very active during the show," says a spy who was seated nearby. "Bruce started talking about ‘supporting food banks in New York and New Jersey,’ and ‘how people have been hit hard,’ and Christie was riveted. Then Bruce performed "Rocky Ground," and Christie visibly started fading.” Page Six notes it received, but did not run, a photo of the drowsy governor "dressed in a casual blue shirt, resting his head on his hand, apparently taking a disco nap." One helpful fan tried to cut the disco nap short by shouting “Wake up, Governor!" but according to a source, the heckle just put Christie's security detail "on edge." Christie's rep isn't commenting on whether the governor took a nap and missed the four remaining encores -- a murderers row that included "Rosalita," "Born to Run," "Dancing in the Dark," and "Tenth-Avenue Freeze Out" -- but denies the security detail was "on edge" about anything. Maybe they were just tired. (For the curious, here's the song that turned off Christie's lights at MSG, taken from the Friday concert.) [Page Six]
George Clooney is going to co-host a fancy Hollywood fundraiser for President Obama with Jeffrey Katzenberg. The event will be held at Clooney's house -- not the villa -- next month. 150 guests are expected for the $40,000-a-head fundraiser, which would bring the evening's haul up close to $6 million. Not Danny Ocean money, but the president will take it. [via The Hollywood Reporter]