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Co-stars Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara fall in love

Shooting the upcoming film, “Mary Magdalene,” it appears stars Rooney Mara, 31, and the famously reclusive Joaquin Phoenix, 42, found love midst the biblical epic. They’ve reportedly been spending a lot of time together. Over the weekend, according to Page Six, Mara skipped the Golden Globes, where her film “Lion” was up for four awards. Instead, she and Phoenix were “holed up together in the desert” somewhere romantic, according to an unnamed source. Nonsense, insisted Phoenix’s spokesman, who called them “just good friends.” But how many times have we heard that before?

Prince William comforts little girl

Child Bereavement UK, which deals with kids and families going through grief, is one of Prince Williams’ signature causes. Visiting the organization Wednesday, the royal spoke with 9-year-old Aoife, whose father died of pancreatic cancer when she was 3. The 34-year-old royal and father of two told the little girl, “You know I lost my mummy when I was very young, too. I was (15) and my brother was 12,” according to People.com. Aiofe’s mother, Marie — their last name was withheld — told reporters, “I couldn’t believe it when he started to talk about his mother. It was very emotional and I was willing myself not to start to cry. I almost did.”

Drinking while flying

Memo to reality stars: Avoid boozing at 30,000 feet. Case in point, Kendra Wilkinson’s partying while flying back from Las Vegas on Tuesday almost led to punches, according to TMZ. Knocking back tequila shots, the “Girls Next Door” star and Hugh Hefner squeeze nearly got into it with another passenger who complained Wilkinson was too loud. “I almost got in a fight with this woman,” the 31-year-old told reporters at LAX Airport. But she didn’t, apparently deciding that the woman, in her words, was “jealous as f--- that she couldn’t party with us.” That must be it.

Museum free for kids on MLK Day

Here’s a treat parents and kids alike will love: Visitors 17 and younger will get into the Motown Museum for free on Monday, the federal holiday honoring the Rev.Martin Luther King Jr. Members also can bring in one guest for free. The Detroit museum, generally closed on Mondays, will be open its usual hours — 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Today’s birthdays

Zayn Malik, 24

Rachael Harris, 49

Howard Stern, 63

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