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Blackberry Smoke, Sonia Leigh showcase country's expanding reach

Sonia Leigh plays at the Sayville Yacht Club

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Barbara Mandrell may have been country when country wasn't cool, but when country is cool, what else is there?

Nashville's return to New York from exile thanks to MyCountry 96.1 on Eastern Long Island and NASH 94.7 FM in Gotham has been a perfect storm. Fans pick up one station on the LIE around the time the other starts to fade, and that inundation has spread to live events.

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Long Island this weekend: Molly Sims, Martha Stewart and a polo challenge

Molly Sims attends the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's

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The East End was a hot spot for celebrities this weekend, filled with fundraisers, polo and a very pink party. 

The Bridgehampton Polo Club once again held the Bridgehampton Polo Challenge, where some of the world's best equestrians competed for first place. Several Real Housewives of New York made appearances at the event, including Jill Zarin, Marysol Patton and Kelly Bensimon. 


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New fall TV series mine familiar territory

"Gotham" on Fox stars Ben McKenzie (left) as

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Even before the new fall series lineup is announced, one thing is known: to expect the expected.

TV productions are expensive, so the safest investments are usually the ones that have proven themselves in the past. As "Seinfeld" gave way to "Friends" and countless other sitcoms based around a group of singles, the tried-and-true of more recent programming returns, dressed slightly differently...

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Long Island this weekend: Steve Martin, Isaac Mizrahi and celeb authors

Chef and television personality Giada De Laurentiis shows

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It was a weekend filled with fashion, food trucks and folk music on the East End. 

Kicking off on Friday was the Great Food Truck Derby in Bridgehampton, where gourmet food trucks served all sorts of fare. This delicious event helped to raise money for the Hayground schoolyard, providing culinary arts and training for students.

North Haven was having a wild time at the annual “Get...

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Weekend review: Julianne Moore, Nate Berkus and a feast on LI

Actress Julianne Moore was an honorary host for

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The social swirl for the month of August got under way this past weekend with fundraisers, celebrity parties and a feast that could make Italy jealous. 

In Montauk, actress Julianne Moore and her husband, director Bart Freundlich were honorary co-chairs at the yearly Diamond in the Rough Gala, whose proceeds benefit the restoration and upkeep of the Montauk Playhouse Community Center....

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'Ghostbusters 3' reboot may feature female-led cast with director Paul Feig

Director Paul Feig poses for photos in Los

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The "Ghostbusters" franchise may be getting a female-led reboot thanks to director Paul Feig, known for his women-driven comedies like "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids," according to Variety.com.

The news of a "Ghostbusters" reboot comes after Ivan Reitman, the original director of "Ghostbusters" and "Ghostbusters II," dropped out of directing "Ghostbusters 3" in March, reports Variety. 


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Bill Murray joins cast of Disney's 'The Jungle Book' as Baloo

Bill Murray, seen here at the premiere of

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Disney announced Friday that the upcoming live-action and animated film "The Jungle Book," has found its Baloo.

Funnyman Bill Murray will fill Disney's bear necessity by voicing Mowgli's fun-loving, furry pal. 

According to Variety.com, Murray joins Disney's already impressive cast, which is to include Chirstopher Walken as King Louie; Giancarlo Esposito as Akela; Ben Kingsley as...

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Jon Stewart film 'Rosewater' slated for November

Jon Stewart speaks during a taping of "The

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The host of “The Daily Show” will make his writing and directing debut with “Rosewater” on Nov. 7. The film's distributor, Open Road Films, officially announced the release date Friday.

“Rosewater” is not a documentary but a narrative feature based on Mazair Behari's memoir “Then They Came for Me.” Gael Garcia Bernal will play Behari, a Canadian journalist arrested by Iranian authorities and...

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Kristen Stewart axed from 'Snow White and the Huntsman' sequel

Kristen Stewart on July 8, 2014. She won't

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Kristen Stewart, the star of “Snow White and the Huntsman,” the action-fantasy hit from 2012, has been dropped from the upcoming sequel.

Instead, “The Huntsman” will be an origin story of sorts that focuses on Chris Hemsworth's character, Eric, and the evil queen Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron, before they ever met Stewart's Snow White. Universal announced today that the film is slated...

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Paramount slammed for tweeting 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' 9/11 poster

Paramount Australia tweeted the movie poster for the

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Paramount Pictures Australia made what some Twitter users called a major “PR fail” on Tuesday.

In an attempt to promote the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie, Paramount Australia’s verified Twitter account (@ParamountAU) tweeted a photo of the movie poster with a scene that is eerily similar to the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the Twin Towers in Manhattan.

The poster shows the four turtles jumping from an exploding skyscraper. And, to make it worse, the movie has a Sept. 11 release date in Australia.

"Check out the official poster for #TMNT in cinemas September 11," @ParamountAU tweeted.

Some Twitter users think people are being oversensitive about the incident.

“@paramountau there are some really twisted people that keep associating any exploding building with the 9/11 incident, the TMNT poster is ok,” @DjArthurC tweeted.

But others disagree.

“Going to hope @ParamountAU realizes their insensitivity regarding the TMNT release date and poster,” @rnboskye tweeted.

Paramount has since deleted the tweet.

According to TMZ, a rep for Paramount Australia said, "We are deeply sorry to have used that artwork for the marketing materials promoting the September 11 opening in Australia.”

The movie is expected to hit theaters on Aug. 8 in the United States but it won’t be released until Sept. 11 in Australia.

“Combining that image and date was a mistake,” a rep for Paramount Australia said, according to TMZ. “We intended no offense and have taken immediate action to discontinue its use."

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