July 26, 2004 12:00 PM


Bachelor Bob no more, the reality TV star and his new bride, actress Rebecca Budig, hosted a lakeside wedding that was strictly casual

One thing’s clear: The Bachelor‘s Bob Guiney, who married All My Children‘s Rebecca Budig near his family’s Long Lake, Mich., cottage on July 3, isn’t a stickler for tradition. Not for him the tiny chapel, nor the stiff tuxedo. The reality star married his sweetheart before 50 family and friends in the great outdoors while wearing an open-neck shirt and cargo pants. The rest of the day was filled with water sports and chicken-and-ribs barbeque. The bride’s relatives approved. “He fits in with our family,” says Budig’s sister Melissa Collins.

The couple kept the occasion a secret. Guiney’s mom didn’t know about the ceremony until the day before, says Budig’s mom. And though many of the traditional trappings were left behind, there were wedding gifts for the guests. Guiney, 33, and Budig, 31, gave out knit hats with a “G” (for Guiney) on the front and “7-3-04” on the back.

After the celebration, the two flew to a weeklong honeymoon near Cancun, assured of a fairly low profile: Guiney has not received the same media coverage in Mexico as he has in the U.S. Next up for Bob: he’ll appear in soap opera promotional spots spoofing the Olympics on ABC in August.


Architecture buff Brad Pitt received a two-hour tutorial with renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas at his offices in Holland on July 8. The master class, as the museum described it, involved discussions of Koolhaas’s recent projects, including his proposed $200 million redesign of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which was scuttled for budgetary reasons. Later, Pitt, 40, and Koolhaas toured the Kunsthal Rotterdam museum. Pitt, who has been in Europe in recent months filming Ocean’s Twelve, has been taking advantage of being on the Continent. On July 6 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, Pitt enjoyed an after-hours tour of the acclaimed Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s cabin, designed in 1952. “[Pitt’s] questions were well-informed,” says guide Elizabetta Emina. “He showed a very thorough knowledge.”

Paris: Lust for Charity

Paris Hilton wants her ex-boyfriend Rick Solomon to donate a portion of the profits from sales of their notorious sex video to charity. And according to Hilton, 23, he has agreed. (Solomon, 37, could not be reached for comment.) The infamous video was shot three years ago and caused an uproar when a snippet appeared on the Internet last year. A longer DVD version went on sale last month for about $50. Hilton requested the donation “in an effort to turn this situation into something positive,” says her rep, who stresses that Hilton receives no money from the video sales.


It wasn’t a happy birthday for Courtney Love, who turned 40 on July 9. The singer was taken to New York City’s Bellevue Hospital after emergency workers, responding to an anonymous 911 call, found her irrational, distressed and bleeding in her SoHo apartment. Love was hospitalized for three days before being transferred to an undisclosed facility. Although the singer had recently hinted she was expecting, a source close to Love denies she was pregnant or had suffered a miscarriage. Her lawyer would only say that she is dealing with a “gynecological medical condition.” The same day, Love missed a court appearance in L.A., where she faces assault charges; a warrant was issued for her arrest.


The latest celebrity hot spot? Cambodia, where Angelina Jolie, Rupert Everett and Ashley Judd promoted good causes this month. Many of the stars (including, in previous months, Jackie Chan and Roger Moore) visited on behalf of the United Nations

Gwynethy: I’m a Cupper Too

Gwyneth Paltrow‘s appearance at the July 7 Anchorman premiere in Manhattan had many observers whispering about the mysterious spots dotting her back. The next day a rep for the star explained that the marks were the result of cupping, a 2,000-year-old Chinese treatment that involves filling a glass cup with hot air and placing it on the skin to create a vacuum. (Modern practitioners often attach a suction pump to the cups.) The suction is said to draw out toxins and help relieve various ailments, such as back pain and stomachaches. The procedure, popular at alternative-medicine clinics (typical cost: $45 to $120 an hour), leaves hickey-like marks—the darkness of which, devotees say, reflects the amount of toxins removed—that usually fade after a few days.


Clay Aiken
Clay Aiken, the most popular contestant ever to lose on American Idol, embarked on his first solo tour this summer. The 25-year-old North Carolina native took time out before a recent Washington, D.C., concert to chat with Scoop.

Are you nervous about touring by yourself?

No. I’ve kind of gotten rid of all my nerves because of [Idol]. You don’t really get nervous anymore when you’ve been in front of millions of people.

How has your singing style changed since you’ve been on the show?

I don’t think I’ve changed very much. There are certain things that I’m able to pull off and certain things that I’m not able to pull off.

What can’t you do?

I’m just not a Justin Timberlake. I’m not a dancer. I’m not a really hip-hop-type person. I don’t want to sing about things that I feel are inappropriate. I’m not going to sing about sex and drugs, because I don’t feel like that’s what my responsibility is.

Idol winner Kelly Clarkson says your fans “are kind of crazy.”

They’re not crazy. They’re enthusiastic.

Do the fans throw stuff on the stage?

We got a few panties.

How do you spend your downtime while on tour?

When I have a day off, I’ll just stay in the hotel and sleep the whole day. Your sleep pattern gets all screwy when you’re on tour. It’s nice occasionally to have nobody around.

We hear that your border terrier Raleigh goes with you on the road.

She goes everywhere with me.

Any plans for your own sitcom or variety show? I don’t know. I always thought it would be cool to do some type of Carol Burnett show.

Any thought of getting a new hairstyle?

I don’t really control my hair. I told my hairdresser, “Do what you want to do.” I have a lot of faith in him. So, I don’t know. There ain’t much you can do with this mop.



PRICE $3.3 million

PLACE Stillwater, Minn.

SPECS Jessica Lange and longtime boyfriend Sam Shepard avoided the Hollywood glare in this 12-room mansion overlooking the St. Croix River, about 120 miles from where Lange had grown up. She renovated and expanded the former bed-and-breakfast, built in 1892. The house sits on 2½ acres.

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