Buzzmakers: Swift's Kennedy Romance & Angelina

by ETonline Staff 9:30 AM PDT, August 25, 2012
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What had ET readers buzzing this week?

1. Taylor Swift & Beau Pay Tribute at Kennedy Grave

Taylor Swift and new boyfriend Conor Kennedy visited the grave of his late mother last Sunday in Cape Cod along with other members of the Kennedy clan.

Swift, 22, and Conor, 18, have been dating for about two months. His mother, Mary Richardson Kennedy, committed suicide in May; she had been separated from his father, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and reportedly suffered from depression and alcoholism. She is buried in St. Francis Xavier cemetery, where other Kennedy family members are buried, in Hynannis near the Kennedy compound.

Taylor and Conor went to church and spent about 25 minutes at Mary's grave, perhaps telling stories and reminiscing, then visited Eunice Shriver's grave. Following the visit, they went to breakfast and went shopping.

2. Jon Voight on the Jolie-Pitt Kids

Jon Voight has been in good standing with daughter Angelina Jolie for about two years now, and the actor opened up to ET Canada last night about how that has affected his relationship with his grandkids.

"I'm thinking about each child and how each is so different one from the other," Voight says of the brood his daughter is raising with fiance, Brad Pitt. "When I see them I try to spend special time with each one of them."

The 73-year-old actor singled out the couple's adopted Ethiopian daughter, Zahara, in particular, saying, "She seemed to know that she's been saved. When they first found her she was almost not alive and then one day she started smiling and she hasn't stopped smiling! ... When I play with her she teases me, she laughs at me and she screams and it cracks her up!"

Although Voight is back on speaking terms with Angelina, he revealed that he's just as clueless as everyone else when it comes to Brad and Angie's wedding plans.

"I know nothing," the Oscar winner assured.

Voight was in town attending a fundraiser for the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, which strives to preserve and strengthen "the quality of Jewish life in Greater Toronto, Canada."

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4. Kelly Ripa to Debut New Co-Host September 4

After months of speculation, Kelly Ripa will finally announce her new co-host on LIVE! with Kelly on September 4.

Since longtime host Regis Philbin's departure last November, 59 different celebrities have co-hosted the show with Kelly, and one has been chosen for the coveted morning position. Past co-hosts have included Anderson Cooper, Nick Lachey and Josh Groban.

In July, rumors intensified that Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers was the frontrunner as Philbin's replacement, though he shot down the talk in an interview with The Orlando Sun-Sentinal.

"I know [Regis's replacement] is a very important thing down there. But, right now, what I would say to you: I'm really in love with the job I have. I'm very excited to be going back [to SNL] for the election season, which is always fun," he said.

The new season of LIVE! with Kelly kicks off September 3, with Kelly acting as a solo host for the first show, and the following day marking the first day of the new co-host. The September 4 guests will be Claire Danes and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips.

5. Maria Shriver Sends Son Patrick Off To College

Moving day was a family affair on Wednesday as Maria Shriver and daughters Katherine and Christina sent 18-year-old Patrick Schwarzenegger off to begin his first year at USC.

"Sent my third kid off to college today...heart-wrenching for me, so exciting for him," wrote the proud mom to her Twitter page. "I understand how blessed he is to be going and how blessed we are to be able to send him. My hat is off to all these parents and kids who work so hard to get there. "

The three had a head start Tuesday, as evidenced by a photograph Maria tweeted on Tuesday of herself and Patrick stopping for a breather after an admittedly no-fuss transition into the dorms.

"It's very different moving boys into college compared to two girls," she marveled. "So much less stuff. No matching this and that."

While everyone was all smiles on moving day, Katherine found the adjustment to be a bit of an emotional one shortly after.

"I'm officially a cry baby!" she posted to her Twitter page. "Just said bye to @PSchwarzenegger as he goes off to college and crying already! Miss him so much!"

Patrick announced his acceptance to the university in May, which just so happens to be the alma mater of sister Katherine, who graduated this past spring.