Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: There's talk George Clooney's big fundraiser for President Obama could generate $12 million, the guy who sold "The Scream" and Neil Young conversed, and Mark Wahlberg denies he's getting artificially ripped for his new movie.
George Clooney's fancy Hollywood fundraiser for President Obama next Thursday is all sold-out. According to sources, the shindig (which Jeffrey Katzenberg is co-hosting) is "expected to raise up to $12 million" for Obama's reelection campaign, which would be a record haul for a political fundraiser. (150 guests at $40,000-a-head only amounts to $6 million, but campaign insiders "believe the "tally of online donations could hit $6 million," which is where the $12 million prediction comes from.) The President will return to the Southern California fundraising circuit June 6 for an "LGBT gala," where Pink (Pink!) is slated to perform. Donations for that event are apparently "ranging from $1,250 to $25,000." [The Hollywood Reporter]
Also on the George Clooney front: it seems his whirlwind White House Correspondents' weekend included a 2 a.m. chat about energy with boldfaced policy wunderkind Ronan Farrow. Per a source, the discussion took place last Wednesday "in a corner of the Vanity Fair after-party." [Page Six]