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Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart slowly heal their wounds

Robert PattinsKristen Stewart UK film premiere  'Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1' Westfield Stratford east London. | AP file

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart at the UK film premiere of "Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1" at Westfield Stratford in east London. | AP file

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Updated: November 18, 2012 6:20AM

The path to healing and restoring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s relationship has been moving slowly — but in “a very positive direction,” according to a close friend of the “Twilight” stars.

“Robert was so deeply hurt by the whole so-called cheating mess,” added the source. “He’s very sensitive and really was completely blindsided by it. Even if Kristen didn’t sleep with Rupert [Sanders, her ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ director, with whom she was photographed making out], as she claims, Rob still was stung by it all.

“He is a guy who values loyalty above everything else. … Plus the public humiliation was horrible, especially because his private life is something he has fought so hard to protect — obviously not so successfully,” added the source with a rueful chuckle.

Along with a number of recent sightings of the couple — who now appear to be getting back on track — Stewart just purchased a Los Angeles-area home that is very close to Pattinson’s digs.

They are on board with all their promotional and press commitments for the Nov. 16 release of their final “Twilight” movie — “Breaking Dawn, Part 2” — and a second source close to the couple confidently predicts, “they will be moving ahead, together, stronger than ever.”

† Speaking of Sanders — who made his feature film directing debut with “Snow White and the Huntsman” — he’s been tapped to helm his second movie. “The Juliet” will be a futuristic sci-fi thriller, based on a short story written by Alfred Bester.

ON HIS TOES: Peter Dziak of Villa Park — a 15-year-old two-time world champion Trinity Irish Dancer — tries to stump the panel on Nickelodeon’s “Figure It Out” at 6 p.m. Oct. 24. Celebrity judges on the game show have to guess a kid’s unusual talent by simply asking “yes” or “no” questions.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The second season of the Travel Channel’s “The Layover with Anthony Bourdain” will kick off Nov. 19 by focusing on Chicago — with Bourdain crusing around Our Town’s various neighborhoods in a rented old-school Cadillac. On the agenda: a visit to the International Museum of Surgical Science; checking out our iconic hot dogs, Polish sausages and Italian beef sandwiches (Bourdain prefers them hot, sweet and wet) — plus conducting an informal poll of whether Chicagoans really eat deep-dish pizza!

(Uh, oh! Us thin-crust-loving local types are about to be outed!)

BOOK BEAT: Former Chicago magazine editor-in-chief Richard Babcock’s new novel, “Are You Happy Now?,” will be out Nov. 6 from Amazon Publishing — and perhaps not surprisingly it’s set in Chicago.

It’s about an eager young Chicago editor whose plan to publish a sexy novel and escape “exile” in the Midwest for the publishing “promised land” of New York, backfires very badly but ends up happily.

Book writing is certainly a popular pastime in Babcock’s Lincoln Park household, as his wife, Gioia Diliberto, has penned a number of works, including two novels and biographies of Ernest Hemingway’s wife, Hadley; Jane Addams, and famed debutante Brenda Frazier.

BACK ON BROADWAY: Sir Elton John has had great success with such acclaimed musicals like “Billy Elliott” and “Aida,” so it make sense that the music superstar is planning a new show — again teaming up with longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin.

According to, the new musical, which will also be produced by John’s spouse, David Furnish, will include both new and old songs by Sir Elton and Taupin.

Considering “Aida” had it’s pre-Broadway run right here at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, wouldn’t it be great if Sir Elton repeated that concept with his new show?

TUNE TIMES: Under the Streetlamp, the vocal group founded in Chicago by former “Jersey Boys” stars, will perform Thursday at the Elgin Community College Arts Center. Now on a national tour after a big success with their PBS special last spring, the group’s membership includes Michael Ingersoll (who played Nick Massi for the entire “Jersey Boys” run in Chicago), Michael Cunio, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley.

† Imagine how thrilled Denise McGowan and Beckie Menzie were when cabaret legend Marilyn Maye — in town being honored by the Chicago Cabaret Professionals — dropped by Petterino’s and joined the two songbirds with a spontaneous performance that wowed the restaurant’s Monday night crowd.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Yes, that was actor Tom Cavanagh (“Ed”) seen in the audience of “Freud’s Last Session” at Mercury Theater on Southport — doing a bit of “homework.” Cavanagh will star as C.S. Lewis in the upcoming Los Angeles production of the critically acclaimed “Freud,” with Judd Hirsch playing the title role. … The Bears’ Devin Hester, Chris Williams, Edwin Williams, Craig Steltz and Earl Bennett, plus ’85 Bears Super Bowl champ Richard Dent and ex-Bull Stacey King and team owner Jerry Reinsdorf, were all seen checking out Real Urban Barbecue in Vernon Hills. … Joe’s Stone Crab was the the eatery of choice for Bulls Nazr Mohammed, Marco Jaric and Vladimir Radmanovic, plus the Bears’ Brian Urlacher and a posse of pals. ... Gibsons was sure hopping (as usual) Monday night with an eclectic group of diners, including the New York Giants’ Jonathan Tisch — in town for NFL owners meetings; popular publicist Dori Wilson being birthday feted by galpals Lee Bauer, Joy Germont, Stella Foster, Sherren Leigh, Vonita Reescer and Shell Reyes; Barclays Capital’s Carole Brown confabbing with Sue Leonis, while Howard “Wanna Buy a Watch” Frum and (separately) Flashpoint’s Howard Tullman and wife Judith dined nearby.

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

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