Taylor Swift, Conor Kennedy breakup ends summer romance

Today’s breakdown of the pop-culture breakup culture finds Taylor Swift bidding farewell to the Kennedys, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, many other things, and the mystery music video.

AND THAT’S A WRAP: Not joining the Kennedy clan, after all, per Us Weekly, “After an intense couple months of dating, Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy have broken up, a close friend of the singer-songwriter confirms exclusively to Us Weekly. "They quietly parted ways a while ago," the friend explains of the "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" crooner, 22, and the high school senior, 18. "It was just a distance thing. No hard feelings. They're fine."

BOX-OFFICE PREVIEW: Looks kind of grim, per the Los Angeles Times, “A sports drama, a teen comedy, a horror flick and a multi-century epic are all hitting theaters this weekend, but none look like they will be a major draw for moviegoers. Of the four films debuting, "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" seems to have the best shot at No. 1. The sequel to a 2006 movie based on a popular video game is expected to start off with a decent $15 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.

The big-budget "Cloud Atlas," based on the critically acclaimed 2004 novel by British author David Mitchell, will likely open with a disappointing $13 million. Meanwhile, "Fun Size," a Halloween-themed film starring Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice, will probably launch with a lackluster $7 million. And "Chasing Mavericks," featuring Gerard Butler as a surfer, could wipe out with a dismal $5 million opening.”

FAIR AND BALANCED: Yeah, yeah, yeah, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Comedian Adam Carolla has joined the Fox News Channel as a contributor primarily on the cable network’s top-rated The O’Reilly Factor. Carolla, who has competed in reality TV shows like Dancing With the Stars and The Celebrity Apprentice and also is host of the most popular podcast in the U.S., has appeared sporadically on Fox News but recently signed on as a contributor, The Hollywood Reporter learned Thursday.”

THESE THINGS TAKE TIME: Sometimes painfully so, per People, “Three months after Kristen Stewart's cheating scandal with director Rupert Sanders, the 22-year-old actress has found forgiveness from her boyfriend of three years, Robert Pattinson. But their repaired relationship is still a work in progress. "There's still healing to do and trust issues," a friend tells PEOPLE in this week's issue, "but Kristen will do whatever it takes."

MEANWHILE: Caught in a purple rain storm, per Radar, “Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were photographed early Friday leaving a Prince concert at The Sayers Club in Hollywood, and we've got a photo of the camera-shy duo right here.”

AMY WINEHOUSE: Just the facts, per Rolling Stone, “A play based on the life and music of Amy Winehouse is expected to open in Copenhagen in 2013, the BBC reports. The Winehouse family, however, has no involvement in the production, a spokesperson confirmed.”

HUH?: Guy has quite the high opinion of himself, per Access Hollywood, “While plenty of male pop stars over the years have hidden their girlfriends, Justin Bieber is proud to have Selena Gomez on his arm and he explained why fans will never see them sneaking out of establishments in different cars. “Sometimes… we gotta take the back exits and do different things, but I never make her separate from me, ‘cause I don’t want her to ever feel like I’m ashamed of her,” Justin told Oprah for “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” airing on November 25 on OWN.”

HE’LL BE BACK: Way, way, back, per Deadline, “Universal Pictures has made a deal for The Legend Of Conan, an action film that will star Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his signature roles as Robert E. Howard’s mythic barbarian. The deal brings Conan and Schwarzenegger back to Universal, which released the first film that launched Schwarzenegger’s movie career back in 1982. Universal has world rights on the film.”

OF GADGETS: and iMoney, per Variety, “Apple reported record fiscal fourth-quarter revenue and profit Thursday, as the company sold 26.9 million iPhones during the period. The tech giant generated $36 billion in sales and nearly $8.2 billion in profit for the quarter, that ended Sept. 29. That compares to $28 billion in revenue and $6.6 billion in profit during the same period a year ago.”

WANTED: A DIRECTOR: All applicants welcome, per Entertainment Weekly, “There’s a superhero-sized switch-up going on with the sequel to 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class. EW has confirmed that Matthew Vaughn has decided not to direct the film, which he co-wrote, titled X-Men: Days of Future Past. The movie is a spinoff of last year’s X-Men: First Class, which Vaughn directed and also co-wrote.”

THIN SKIN: Lighten up, dude, per The Wrap, “Jay Leno has taken heat from a religious group after cracking that presidential contender Mitt Romney keeps the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, as his summer home. And how he's being sued by a religious organizer who claims that Leno libeled the entire Sikh religion with his joke.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)