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Vampire lineage ...

Robert Pattinson isn't the only famous vampire in his family.

Genealogists say the 24-year-old "Twilight" star is related to Vlad the Impaler, widely cited as the inspiration for the main character in Bram Stoker's "Dracula."

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.

"Tracing Pattinson's family back to Vlad was difficult research, but the pieces that unraveled created the perfect accompaniment to the Twilight Saga," said Anastasia Tyler, a genealogist at "Without any myth or magic, we find royalty and vampires lurking in Pattinson's life -- making his story just as supernatural as the one he's playing on screen."

Also connected to the prince's lineage and therefore to Dracula? Stephenie Meyer, the author of the "Twilight" series.

The latest big-screen installment in the popular vampire saga, "Eclipse," opens June 30.


Diva dog-lover ...

A spokeswoman says Mariah Carey's lawyers haven't yet seen a New York City lawsuit involving pricey veterinary bills for the pop diva's dogs -- but there's no question Carey is devoted to her pets.

Representative Cindi Berger says the Grammy Award-winning singer is "a huge dog lover, as her fans around the world know."

Carey has four Jack Russell terriers and often Tweets about their escapades. She featured one of the dogs in comic videos on YouTube.

Veterinarian Cindy Bressler said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that Carey owes nearly $30,000 for care last year for three of the pooches, Cha-Cha, Dolomite and JJ.

Carey told fans via Twitter that Cha-Cha added a newcomer to the mix this month: a puppy named Jackie Lambchops.


Safy's 'Got Talent' ...

Amherst baritone Paul Safy Jr. is on his way to Las Vegas to compete in this year's version of "America's Got Talent."

The Portland, Ore., audition of Safy, 27, who now sports a short beard and mustache, was televised Wednesday night during the show on WGRZ-TV, Channel 2. Safy, casually dressed in jeans and a gray shirt, told the judges, "I believe I was put on this earth to show people my voice, and that's what I aspire to do," before swinging into a powerful a cappella version of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." After he finished, Judge Sharon Osborne said, "You've got a great way with you, you're very natural; I like you a lot." Safy also got yes votes from judges Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan, and will appear again in the Las Vegas rounds of the competition.

Safy was judged the "Buffalo Idol" in 2007 and received a guaranteed spot in that year's "American Idol" competition, but did not make the show. He was discovered by Buffalo Philharmonic Resident Conductor Robert Franz while he was tending bar at La Tee Da on Allen Street, and Safy sang with the BPO in several concerts.

-- Anne Neville

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