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Britney Spears, Jason Trawick: Headed for a breakup?

LOS ANGELES CA - OCTOBER 10:  JasTrawick Britney Spears attend City Of Hope Honors HalstCEO Ben MalkWith Spirit Of

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Jason Trawick and Britney Spears attend City Of Hope Honors Halston CEO Ben Malka With Spirit Of Life Award - Red Carpet at Exchange LA on October 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for City of Hope)

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Updated: January 20, 2013 6:18AM

Rumors have flown since before Halloween that Britney Spears and fiancé Jason Trawick were heading for splitsville, but the stories have taken on additional intensity the past few days.

On the one hand, a good source tells me the “X Factor” judge — who also reportedly is considering not returning for a second season — is indeed dealing with “some issues” with Trawick and the couple may break up.

However, another friend of Spears, says, “I think they may have some things to work out, but I’m convinced they will keep it together. … I know they are going on a Christmas vacation and hopefully will come back with their relationship renewed.”

While the couple have not commented, there are unconfirmed reports Trawick has even told Spears’ family they are over romantically but will continue to be involved professionally. Trawick, one of Hollywood’s top agents, has been central to Spears’ career decision-making.

NEWTOWN & HOLLYWOOD: The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has reopened the debate about the possible role violent films, video games or music/rap lyrics play in disturbed people doing dangerous or deadly things.

Along with the collapsed sales of

Ke$ha’s song “Die Young” and its axing from radio stations’ play­lists, two premieres of violent movies — Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” — were scaled back.But there are some, like Tarantino, who refuse to accept blame for influencing sick people like the Newtown shooter. Speaking to the press for “Django Unchained” — which is generating a lot of Oscar buzz for Tarantino and stars

Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and others — the writer and director said, “I just think, you know, there’s violence in the world. … Tragedies happen, so you blame the playmakers.”

Tarantino was referring to those who have touched on violent themes in productions “dating back to the time of Shakespeare.”

As for his new film — set in the time of slave-owning in the South before the Civil War, Tarantino said, “It’s a Western. Give me a break!”

The filmmaker was reportedly upset the Weinstein Co. canceled its Hollywood red carpet and afterparty, though it did schedule a private screening for cast and crew.

A veteran producer, who asked to remain anonymous so as not to incur the wrath of Tarantino or the Weinstein organization, said Tuesday, “He [Tarantino] totally does not get the concept that a lot of people believe there’s a direct connection between violent movies and lyrics — and them having a negative influence on someone who is mentally ill, which could lead them to act out in a violent way.”

TOO LONG? Also being debated in Hollywood is the 10-year sentence for Christopher Chaney — the email invader who hacked Mila Kunis, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other stars. He pleaded guilty last March.

While some people have said Chaney is “lucky” — considering the 50 counts against him could have led the judge to send him away for more than his natural life (translation: 121 years) — I’m also hearing that 10 years in federal prison is too long for this crime.

“This is all part of the judge sending a message to others that this will not be tolerated,” said a top legal expert who has been following the case since the beginning.

SEE YOU IN COURT: Superstar Alicia Keys is being sued by Earl Shuman, who with the late Leon Carr wrote “Hey There Lonely Girl.” As first reported by’s Roger Friedman, Shuman is charging copyright infringement, claiming Keys sings two lines of his lyrics in her new hit, “Girl on Fire.”

It’s assumed Keys and her team will settle with Shuman long before this gets to court.

HOLIDAY FUN: There’s a fun group-driven project that anyone can help produce. It’s called “JingleBook” and it’s the first crowd-sourced audio book that will be published — totally written by Twitter users tweeting a line in a story that gets woven together.To watch the progress simply go to — and add a line! Do it soon, as the deadline is at 11 p.m. Thursday.The good news: Findaway World is donating $1 for every tweet to a school affected by Hurricane Sandy. Among celebrities who have already participated are

Debbie Gibson, Taylor Dayne, bestselling young-adult author Maggie Stiefvater and members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

VERY TIMELY: The folks behind Broadway in Chicago and the National Theatre’s production of “War Horse” are holding a “Heroes Night at the Theatre” — honoring teachers, members of the military, police and fire department — for the Sunday performance of the Tony Award-winning play at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Patrons with valid teacher, military, police and fire IDs will be able to purchase tickets for $25, with a limit of four tickets.

SAME OLD STORY: Lindsay Lohan is telling anyone who will listen that she’s dumping all the “bad influence” friends she’s been hanging out with lately, turning over a new leaf and finally getting her life back on track.

Gee. Doesn’t this sound like a broken record?

As a longtime ex-Lohan aide told me Tuesday, “Just remember: This is not the first time she’s done this. It’s a pattern with Lindsay.

“In no time, she will hook up with another crowd of wild party people and she’ll be back in the clubs — and in more trouble.”

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Joe’s Stone Crab continues to be a jock magnet — with Brian Urlacher (joined by his brother Casey ) and a bunch of buddies — plus (separately) beleaguered Bears coach Lovie Smith, the Bulls’ Taj Gibson, the Celtics’ Jared Sullinger and DePaul’s head men’s hoops coach Oliver Purnell all spied chowing down at the popular Grand Avenue eatery. Ditto for “Chicago Fire” actress Lauren German.

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