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See Browne in Hamptons

Jackson Browne will play an intimate, solo acoustic show at a private home in the Hamptons next month, but a ticket can be yours - for just $500, Newsday's Rafer Guzmán reports. The singer of mellow pop hits like "Somebody's Baby" and "Doctor My Eyes" will perform as part of an inaugural Hamptons party called "Splash," a fundraiser for Oceana, an environmental group focused on ocean conservation. The party, and Browne's concert, will be July 10 at the Water Mill home of financier Andrew Zaro and his wife, Lois Robbins, an Oceana council member. Ted Danson and Sam Waterston will host. Go to for more information and tickets.

Allman surgery a success

Gregg Allman has a new liver. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's manager says he underwent a successful liver transplant surgery Wednesday morning at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., according to The Associated Press. Allman began treatment for hepatitis C in 2007, but chronic damage to his liver led to the transplant. He had been on the waiting list.

Mulling earlier Oscars

Academy Awards organizers are talking about moving up the date of the show, possibly as early as January, AP reports. Most recent shows have been held in late February. A statement Wednesday by the academy said the earliest any date change could take effect would be 2012. A firm date of Feb. 27 already has been set for next year's 83rd Oscars.

Pattinson's vampire roots

Robert Pattinson isn't the only famous vampire in his family. Genealogists say the "Twilight" star, 24, is related to Vlad the Impaler, widely cited as the inspiration for the main character in Bram Stoker's "Dracula," AP reports. Researchers at discovered that Pattinson and the Transylvanian leader (real name: Vlad III Dracula) are connected through their relationship to the British royal family. Prince William and Prince Harry are Pattinson's distant cousins; Vlad the Impaler was their distant uncle.


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