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Updated: October 5, 2012 6:09AM

The new romance between Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy is getting a lot of press traction — probably not surprising, given it involves a pop superstar and an heir to the legendary American political dynasty.

However, while my Kennedy family sources have nothing but good things to say about Swift (“She’s such a sweet girl,” was a common comment), they do point out that Conor is entering his junior year at the prestigious Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and is only 18 years old.

“Even Taylor is young [at 22]. While these kids are clearly very enamored of each other and it’s all very charming and cute, let’s see where they are a year or two — if they still are dating then,” added one of those Kennedy sources.

†Meanwhile, family members are happy that the Taylor Swift romance has come along at this point in Conor Kennedy’s life. “This has been such a terribly difficult summer for Conor,” said one source, mentioning the sensitive youth’s grief over the suicide of his mother, Mary Richardson Kennedy, in May. “It’s good he has had this joy — his friendship with Taylor — to come into his life now.”

‘TWILIGHT’ UPDATE: Despite rumors that Robert Pattinson is dragging his feet over promotional duties for the final “Twilight” film, “Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” I’m hearing the actor will be front and center to boost the flick this fall.

While there likely will be a lot of delicate dancing around — especially for red-carpet appearances — with his former girlfriend/co-star

Kristen Stewart, a solid studio source told me, “Robert is a total professional — and so is Kristen. They care deeply about this film and will do everything they can to make it the success it undoubtedly will be when it’s released in November.”

MOVIE SCHMOOZE: In the obituaries of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, many overlooked the controversial religious leader and business mogul’s ill-fated attempt to become a major force in Hollywood. One of the biggest box-office bombs of the 1980s was “Inchon” (1982), the critically panned movie about the Korean War battle. It was a huge flop, despite having Laurence Olivier as Gen. Douglas MacArthur.


a two-week break from filming “The Counselor” in London so he could fly to Los Angeles to handle details regarding the suicide of his brother Tony, Ridley Scott has quietly resumed directing the movie, which stars Michael Fassbender.

SPORTS SHORTS: A few Major Leaguers not only share a love (and talent) for America’s pastime, but also similar dining tastes. To wit, the Cubs’ Welington Castillo dropped by Harry Caray’s on Kinzie and ordered a prime rib-eye Saturday. The same night teammate Joe Mather also dined at the eatery and ordered the same steak. Then on Sunday, in came the Twins’ first baseman Justin Morneau with friends and family, and he ordered a rib-eye as well. … Meanwhile the Cubs’ Brett Jackson was spied at Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier. No word on what he ate!

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Steve LaPino, the new general manager of Glen Prairie on Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn, was delighted when Dick Durbin popped in for lunch the other day, before the senator headed off to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

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

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