Tattle: Swift buys home near Kennedys

Taylor Swift at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Universal City, Calif. She will release a new album titled, "Red," in October. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) Click through for photos of Taylor's ex-boyfriends.
Taylor Swift at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Universal City, Calif. She will release a new album titled, "Red," in October. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) Click through for photos of Taylor's ex-boyfriends. (JOHN SHEARER/INVISION/AP)
Posted: August 15, 2012

TAYLOR SWIFT's Kennedy fixation continues.

Most girls simply move their lockers in order to be closer to their 18-year-old boyfriends, but the country darling has plunked (or is it plucked?) down $4.9 million in cash for a vacation home in Hyannis Port, Mass., a mere stone's throw (if you have a really good arm) from the Kennedy compound, the New York Daily News and People magazine report.

The 22-year-old Taylor seems to have made a swift move on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s teenage son Conor.

Us Weekly says Taylor has been a shoulder for Conor to rest his head following the May suicide of his mother, Mary.

Taylor's new love shack is traditional Cape Cod style (fitting, since it's on Cape Cod), with white shingles, wood floors and fireplaces for those chilly sea-air nights. Not a mere pied a terre for a quick liaison with her teen beau, the 4,400-square-foot house has seven bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths.

And it's on the water.

As the house went on the market in 2010 for $13.5 million, Taylor got a bargain.

In other celebrity real-estate news:

* According to therealdeal.com, Nicole Kidman recently sold her 3,785-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath Greenwich Village apartment overlooking the Hudson River for $16 million because a new development partially blocked her view.

Nicole bought the apartment in 2003 and had been renting it out for a mere $45,000 per month. Last year, she and husband Keith Urban bought a penthouse apartment in the same neighborhood for $10 million.

* Injured New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez seems to have grown tired of the Miami mansion he purchased in 2010 for $24 million.

The New York Daily News says he's seeking $38 million for the 20,000-square- foot home.

* And TMZ.com reports that former Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel has taken a bath on his Malibu, Calif., estate.

In May, Semel was asking $50 million for his 10,000-square foot, nine-bedroom, 13 1/2-bath hut overlooking the Pacific.

He took $37 million.

Hey, when you've taken home half a billion in executive compensation, you can deal with the occasional markdown.

The important thing, however, is that all these wealthy homeowners get a tax cut so they can create jobs.

'Stars' earn criticism

Given that our video-game culture already has a problem not understanding the ramifications of real violence, Tattle was startled when we saw the commercials turning war maneuvers into a celebrity game show in "Stars Earn Stripes."

Turns out some people with a bit more credibility in this area felt the same thing.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and eight other Nobel Peace Prize winners protested in an open letter that the show glorifies war and armed violence.

"Stars Earn Stripes" says it "pays homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces and our first-responder services."

But the Nobel laureates' letter, sent Monday to host Wesley Clark Jr., NBC boss Robert Greenblatt, producer Mark Burnett and others connected with the show, argues that "this program pays homage to no one anywhere" and criticizes it for "trying to somehow sanitize war by likening it to an athletic competition."

The letter calls for NBC to stop airing the series.

NBC said the show isn't "a glorification of war, but a glorification of service."

TATTBITS

People magazine reports that Kristin Chenoweth is leaving her recurring role on "The Good Wife" as she continues to recover from the onset injury she suffered when a piece of lighting equipment fell on her last month.

Kristin will appear on the season 4 premiere on Sept. 30.

Snooki and JWoww have finally found a New Jersey town that will let them tape the second season of their reality show.

Michael Fressola, the mayor of Manchester Township in Ocean County, tells the Asbury Park Press that the "Jersey Shore" spin-off "Snooki & JWoww" will start shooting there in the next few days.

He says there's nothing in local law to keep Jennifer "JWoww" Farley and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi from filming there. Fressola says he just wants the reality show stars to be good neighbors and obey the police department.

Huh? Then there's no show.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has launched its new Spanish-language TV network on 50 stations, marking a challenge to Univision and Telemundo in the fight for Hispanic audiences in the U.S.

MundoFox launched Monday.

Network spokeswoman Carolyn Berg said MundoFox achieved its goal of being available in three-quarters of Hispanic households in the U.S.

The network is a 50-50 partnership between News Corp.'s Fox International Channels and Colombia's RCN Television Group. Over the next few years, RCN's programming will be available exclusively on MundoFox as its agreements with other networks expire.

Karen Handel, the former Susan G. Komen exec at the heart of the organization's clash with Planned Parenthood, has a book deal.

Howard Books announced Monday that Handel's Planned Bullyhood will come out Sept. 11.

* A hearty congratulations to Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux on their pending nuptials.

Tattle looks forward to the inevitable fights, wedding plans, cheating scandals, breakups and pregnancy rumors.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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