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Jon and Kate pursuing separate interests

Jon and Kate Gosselin just agreed to filming 40 more episodes of their hit reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8” after this season ends. What will help the beleagured couple pull it off?

Perhaps living separate lives, as they did this past weekend.

Jon was photographed in New York shopping at Barneys Co-op. Meanwhile, Kate and the plus 8, plus the bodyguard (with whom she’s rumored to have had an affair) were tucked away in a secluded beach house in tony Bald Head Island, N.C.

Bald Head Island, a difficult-to-find vacation destination, is reachable only by ferry; when a person of relative fame arrives, word travels quickly.

“Everyone (on the island) was talking about them since nothing ever happens here, which is probably why they thought it would be a good place to lay low,” said one local.

Kate and her bodyguard made several trips to the on-island gym, where their interactions remained business-like. “No one witnessed any bodyguard groping,” said the source. “Either there is no truth to the (affair) rumors, or he’s no Kevin Costner in ‘The Bodyguard,’ I suppose.”

Susan Boyle’s first breakupThis past weekend, Susan Boyle didn’t just perform in the finale of “Britain’s Got Talent,” she also suffered her first breakup — with famed British musical-theater composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Webber reportedly has wanted to give Boyle a role in one of his shows, and was thrilled that her second performance was “Memory,” the iconic song from his Tony-award winning musical “Cats.” But the two have had a falling out now that Boyle returned to her audition song, “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables,” in the show finale.

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“Andy expected her to sing another one of his many hits in the finale,” said a friend of Boyle’s. “And, suddenly she dumped him at the last minute. Susan felt Andrew let her down. She was assured ‘Memory’ would push her to the next level, instead, it left her with a broken heart. In the weeks since singing ‘Memory’ she never felt more alone, and the public turned on her.”

The source says Boyle, who was under intense pressure following her Christian Bale moment heard round the world, shouldn’t expect big things from Webber. “He’s hurt. It’s safe to say that no one should expect the original hits of Andrew Lloyd Webber from her any time soon. But she’s fine to stick to her first love, ‘Les Mis.”

‘Up’ lifts off at box officeThis one wasn’t even close: Disney-Pixar’s “Up” brought in $68.2 million at the box office, which was more than enough to beat the weekend’s other new wide release, “Drag me to Hell,” which came in third with $16.6 million.

So what happened? First, “Up” continues to prove that 3-D does sell. Also, kudos to the studio for sending one of their big-budget, family-friendly tentpoles to the theaters during the first week so many kids are out of school.

Even though horror has a historical success at the box office, especially when the counter-programming card can be played, the stars were aligned for “Up.”

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