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'The Fault in Our Stars' writer returns to Long Island

Actors Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in "The

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Michael H. Weber, one of the screenwriters of the new teen romance "The Fault in Our Stars," will be returning to Long Island this weekend, says a teacher at Great Neck North High School. His appearance will be in conjunction with American Cancer Society's Relay for Life to be held Saturday at the high school football field. Based on the best-selling novel by John Green, the film stars Shailene...

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Great Neck drama 'Affluenza' revealed in new trailer

A scene from "Affluenza."

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A new version of "The Great Gatsby" is coming to theaters soon, but this one isn't set in the fictional Long Island town of West Egg.

It's about wealthy teenagers living in Great Neck, the very real town that helped inspire F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel. The film's director, Kevin Asch ("Holy Rollers") was raised there.

In "Affluenza," Ben Rosenfield (HBO's "Boardwalk Empire") plays...

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Country newcomers bring Sundy Best to NYC

Sundy Best plays at the Mercury Lounge in

Kris Bentley stood backstage at the Mercury Lounge on May 15 and compared his New York City show debut to “being thrown to the wolves.”

The comment was not an accusation toward the gathering crowd -- merely an audible twinge of nerves. Ironically, what he said just after confirmed he had nothing to worry about. He and his Sundy Best partner-in-crime, Nick Jamerson, just wanted to meet “different...

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Will Ferrell, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith drum-off

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, left,

Oh, Jimmy Fallon, you did it again. This time with twin Lucite drum sets. And Will Ferrell. And Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who many would argue is Ferrell's separated-at-birth brother. What could possibly be better?

The pair, donning identical outfits, which included weathered Kiss t-shirts and backward caps, trash talked a bit before Ferrell started off the "traditional drum-off"...

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Tom Hardy to star in Kathryn Bigelow's 'The True American'

Actor Tom Hardy, in an undated photo, has

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Kathryn Bigelow, the filmmaker behind "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," will team up with actor Tom Hardy for her next politically-charged project, "The True American."

The film is based on Anand Giridharadas' nonfiction book, subtitled "Murder & Mercy in Texas," about Mark Stroman, who killed two men and injured a third at a Dallas convenience store in late 2001. Stroman claimed...

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Justin Bieber accused in attempted robbery, reports say

Justin Bieber watches the Los Angeles Clippers play

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Justin Bieber may have been involved in an attempted robbery in the L.A. area, according to reports sourcing the Los Angeles Police Department.

USA Today and other outlets are reporting the pop star, 20, has been accused in an incident reported to cops Monday night. Bieber had not been questioned or arrested as of late Tuesday, an LAPD officer tells USA Today.

Police say it is unclear...

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Real 'Wolf of Wall Street' Jordan Belfort loses temper, walks out of interview: Video

Jordan Belfort, the real-life "Wolf of Wall Street,"

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If the Leonardo DiCaprio film didn't convince you that "wolf" is an appropriate nickname for Jordan Belfort, this interview might. Appearing on Australia's "60 Minutes," Belfort, the former stockbroker and real-life "Wolf of Wall Street" who swindled his clients out of more than $100 million from his firm in Lake Success, seems just as hot-tempered and volatile as DiCaprio depicted him. In clips...

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Kim Kardashian celebrates first Mother's Day with baby North West

Kim Kardashian plays with daughter North in a

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If Kim Kardashian didn't Instagram her Mother's Day, did Mother's Day really even happen?

Luckily, we don't need to philosophize because the reality TV star and social media darling did not disappoint her 14 million followers.

New mom Kardashian, 33, posted a black-and-white photo Sunday, clad in white, lounging on a plush rug and hoisting her nearly 1-year-old baby North into the air.


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May the Fourth Be With You: 'Star Wars' fan holiday

Darth Vader on the Death Star in "Star

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It may not be recognized by the federal government or most workplaces, but Sunday marks "Star Wars" Day, a semi-official holiday celebrated by fans of George Lucas' popular science-fiction franchise.

Why May 4? Mostly, it makes for a good pun. The holiday's slogan is "May the Fourth Be With You," a nod to the famous phrase "May the Force be with you," from the original 1977 film.


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'Mean Girls' little-known facts on the movie's 10th birthday

From left, Lindsay Lohan as Cady, Amanda Seyfried

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Of all the notable pop culture anniversaries in 2014 (The Beatles' arrival in America, television's 75th birthday), for women in their mid-20s, there is one that trumps them all: "Mean Girls" -- starring Merrick's own Lindsay Lohan -- turns 10 on Wednesday.

Tina Fey's adaptation of Rosalind Wiseman's self-help book "Queen Bees and Wannabes" was a surprise box-office hit, with a $24.4 million...

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