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NEW YORK NY - AUGUST 15:  Robert Pattinsattends TimesTalks Presents: David Cronenberg Robert PattinsTheTimesCenter August 15 2012 New York

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Robert Pattinson attends TimesTalks Presents: David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson at TheTimesCenter on August 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

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Updated: September 17, 2012 12:58PM



You can bet Robert Pattinson is relieved to be heading out of the U.S. and far from Kristen Stewart — at least for a few months, until the former lovers have to promote their final “Twilight” film together.

“Together” may be a bit tricky, though studio sources say the two actors “are total professionals” and will fulfill their obligations to do interviews for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2.”

“While things are obviously more complicated now [in the wake of Stewart’s admitting she cheated on Pattinson with her ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ director, Rupert Sanders], Rob and Kristen also dealt with dodging the truth of their relationship while promoting earlier ‘Twilight’ films,” said a source.

For now, Pattinson is off to the paparazzi-free Australian Outback to film “The Rover” with Guy Pearce. Then he’s slated to make “Queen of the Desert” with Naomi Watts in Jordan and England, followed by “Mission: Black List,” scheduled to be filmed in the Middle East next year.

† Unlike most stars who say they don’t read the gossip reported about them, Pattinson surprisingly admitted to my colleague Cindy Pearlman that’s not the case with him.

“Yeah, I read it. It’s my life. You sort of want to read it. You feel like you need to read it,” Pattinson said Wednesday. “It’s one of those things where you keep picking the scab. You know you shouldn’t be doing it. But it’s a weird kind of addiction. You desperately want to stop.”

† As for Stewart, who is said to be lying very low in L.A., those reports about her being dumped from the “Snow White” sequel are extremely premature. The script is not even finalized, though it has been rumored the sequel will focus much more on the Huntsman character played by Chris Hemsworth in the original.

MAYORAL MOMENTS: There have been a few “Brit Bits” for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago first lady Amy Rule the past few days. Over the weekend the couple took in Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at Garfield Park, and on Wednesday hizzoner emailed London Mayor Boris Johnson to congratulate him on a job well done during the Olympics — and proving to all the naysayers that a world-class city can host a world-class event.

STILL SQUABBLING: Even those long close to the famous musical clan are perplexed by Janet Jackson’s refusal to allow her mother, Katherine, to stay at her Las Vegas condo unless she pays her daughter.

The Jackson matriarch has asked executors of Michael Jackson’s estate to increase her regular stipend in order to cover payments for things like her daughter’s Vegas condo — which Janet doesn’t even use.

“You’d think Janet doesn’t need the money. This is all about making a point,” said a family source, citing Janet Jackson’s siding with brothers Randy and Jermaine in believing Michael’s estate needs to be restructured to provide funding for family members beyond Katherine, and Michael’s children, Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson.

At this point, the children are totally estranged from “Aunt Janet” — and no longer speak to her.

MOVIE SCHMOOZE: The folks behind “Bachelorette” are tickled the film, described as a female “The Hangover,” has jumped to No. 1 on iTunes’ Top Movies Chart — a nice preview to the film’s Sept. 7 theatrical release. Stars in the movie include Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson, James Marsden, Adam Scott and Chicago’s own Hayes MacArthur.

† MacArthur’s wife, actress Ali Larter, hits town herself Sept. 6 as the celeb attraction at the “Fashion Night Out” fete sponsored by Michigan Avenue Magazine and 900 N. Michigan at the Boul Mich mall.

PHOTO FLASH: An exhibit of famous faces — captured over the years by world famous photographer Michael Childers has just opened at the Harold Washington Library — featuring more than 50 portraits of some of the greatest authors, playwrights and screenwriters snapped by Childers from the 1960s through this year. “Author, Author” will be on display through Feb. 3 and includes images of an eclectic group — ranging from Edward Albee, Michael Crichton, Ray Bradbury, Neil Simon, Shirley MacLaine, Amy Tan, Oliver Stone, Harvey Feinstein, John Guare and Carrie Fisher.

Also in the show is Childers’ photo of Gore Vidal — the final formal portrait of the writer taken before his death this summer.

At 6 p.m. Sept. 18, yours truly will participate in a conversation with Childers about the stories behind the photos, in the library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Reservations are not required for this free event.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: A couple of Our Town’s best-known public officials — Chicago Police boss Garry McCarthy and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were seen dining (separately) at O’Brien’s Restaurant & Bar in Old Town. … Among those enjoying the Taylor Street “Festa Italiana” last weekend were Major League legend Tommy Lasorda, ex-Bull Kendall Gill, UFC fighter Cly Guida and Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer Frank Winters (who also won the bocce ball tournament).

Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox Chicago News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.



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