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Tori & Dean Out to Usher in Era of Non-‘Cookie Cutter’ Weddings

Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott

Will adventurous, tradition-busting themed weddings bloom into vogue in coming months?  They will if Tori Spelling’s and Dean McDermott’s hopes for their forthcoming “Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings” show come to pass.  “I think a lot of weddings that planners throw are very cookie-cutterish,” Tori complains.  “They’re all the same after awhile.”

The weddings she and Dean help put on in their April 6-debuting Oxygen series are anything but same old, same old.

“My favorite was, we did a Marie Antoinette wedding — a party, a ball.  This couple was very into fashion.  We did it at the Vibiana downtown, which was great because the architecture there allowed us to do a cool modern take on the theme, which is all about abundance and excess,” says Tori, who certainly is one to know of such things.

Dean says his favorite was “The steampunk wedding we did at the Edison (Lounge, also in Downtown Los Angeles).  It’s Victorian age-meets-Industrial Revolution….We had aerial acrobats as entertainment.”

Tori and Dean insist that their weddings were carried out on surprisingly modest budgets, though she declines to give figures.  “I don’t know if we’re supposed to say.  Our wedding budgets vary, but none of them were extravagant.  We’re not like other wedding shows where they rely on big budgets.  Dean and I made everything ourselves, and we have favors we can call in from florists, jewelers and other businesses.”  Not to mention those no doubt lining up to offer their goods and services for promotional considerations.

Of course, there are those who will assume that once the cameras were turned off, Tori and Dean put down their staple guns and headed home while their people got the job done.

“We do all the work,” she responds firmly.  “For the Indian wedding we did, I think the night before we were up ’til 3 a.m., literally dressing the room for a 10 a.m. wedding.  I’m such a micro manager and a control freak, I’d never let anyone do it for me.  I never believe anyone else would do as good a job.”

She admits, “It was hard, doing the eight weddings in the time period we had.  That was our lives.  The kids came with us and stayed at the hotels where we working.  They got used to it.  Now they want to stay at hotels all the time…They’re highly socialized.”

The McDermott’s children — Liam, 4 and Stella, 2 — lent their little hands as well.  “Stella loves filling favor bags,” says Dean.  Liam suggests Spider-man red and blue balloons for pretty much every wedding, according to his mom and dad.

Tori and Dean renewed their vows last May in Beverly Hills (counteracting rumors of trouble in their marriage).  She says the event “was actually one of the reasons we thought of doing this show.”

“I want to do it every year,” says Dean.

Tori says she has mixed feelings about the show focusing on each wedding couple’s love stories, family dramas and surprises — when she’d like to have more lingering shots of her own handiwork.  But there’s a remedy for that.  ”

“I have my first party planning book coming out Oct. 26: CelebraTORI,” she says.  Of course.  The best-selling memoirist also has another autobiographical tome on the way for 2012.

AN OPEN BOOK:  Leah Remini says she has no regrets about comments she’s made about her family life, her husband or other personal matters on her “The Talk” show with Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne and Sara Gilbert.  “I’m not worried about it.  If we’re not going to reveal ourselves, we’re not going to be different from anyone else,” she says.  The former “King of Queens” leading lady does admit it’s been a challenge getting used to working live.

“On a sitcom, if you make a mistake, they stop tape and go back.  With this, you’re live and being yourself, and whatever you say is out there.  I obsess about saying the wrong things.  And I’m the kind of person who, if 100 people give me compliments and one says something negative, oh, my God I’m crushed.”  She does not, however, give credence to haters on the internet.  That kind of rampaging negativity “is an act of cowardice.  It’s a cowardly world we’re living in, where people talk a lot of crap on the internet — anonymously — and say things they’d never have the nerve to say to someone’s face.”

THE HORSEY SET:  Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa  were on hand to cheer daughter Jessica during the $230,000 Grand Prix at Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, where the Step By Step Foundation hosted the 2nd annual “All in for Charity” benefit poker tournament.  Equestrian Hillary Dobbs, wearing a gorgeous floor length dress that covered her knee brace, was one of the five females to make up charity founder Liliane Stransky’s poker team, but her dad Lou Dobbs was stuck back East  getting ready for the debut of his show on Fox Business News.

Hillary, who celebrated her 23 birthday at the Winter Equestrian Festival, had sustained an injury when her horse slipped in an Open Jumper competition and fell to the ground. (The horse rolled on top of her… both horse and rider got up and walked out the ring, but Hillary’s knee needs a bit of time to mend). This week she had to just watch from the stands along with the Springsteens.

Osbourne: Reports Wrong On Trouble With Simon

Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne

Reports all over the internet have Sharon Osbourne poised to thumb her nose at Simon Cowell by joining the U.K.’s “Strictly Come Dancing” – in direct competition to Cowell’s “X Factor” show that she left last year.  Sharon wants us to know, “That’s so wrong.

“I work for Simon on ‘America’s Got Talent,'” she points out.  “He’s a great guy and we have a great relationship.”  She notes that she didn’t take on the other show last year when asked.  Now she might.  But she says stories that have her getting back at Cowell over her “X Factor” departure amount to “the British press trying to get something out of nothing.  There’s nothing to get back for.”

 The fiery personality has already returned to her post as an “America’s Got Talent” judge.  That show, produced by Cowell, returns to NBC’s lineup June 23.  As far as “Strictly Come Dancing,” she’s just about to decide.  “I will say I’ll do what I want when I want it,” she says.  “I can’t be bought.”

 Also, she makes the point that “Strictly Come Dancing” – the British counterpart of “Dancing With the Stars” – would be good for her in terms of staying in shape and serving as an example of a fiftysomething something cancer survivor with gusto.

 MEANWHILE:  Sharon, whose grueling – but successful – 2002 battle with colon cancer was chronicled on MTV’s “The Osbournes,” has just become a celebrity ambassador for Stand Up to Cancer.  That’s the organization behind last year’s groundbreaking multi-network, star-laden fund-raising event geared toward accelerating cancer research.  “I’m just so happy to be a part of something that can bring such awareness to people,” she says.   This week, the SU2C initiative announced five research “Dream Teams” selected to receive $73.6 million, collectively, in three-year grants.

She tells us that as far as cancer care, “I have so many issues with it.  In this country a lot of it is about insurance.  They try and run it by the numbers, but you can’t because cancer doesn’t have a restriction on age.”  Some insurers, she notes, “say you have to be 50 to be covered for a colonoscopy.  Well, that didn’t help a girl of 18 I knew who had colon cancer.”  Adds Sharon, “You have to get these medical research teams to work together.  It’s not about seeing who is the most clever.  It should be a group effort, with each country sharing their scientific finds.”

SPELLING TROUBLE: Tori Spelling’s mom Candy may be continuing their public feud by going on the radio and blaming husband Aaron’s demise on their estranged daughter, but the young star makes it clear she’s focused on her career at the moment.  Having made a guest appearance this season on the CW’s “90210” and she tells us stepping back into Donna Martin’s shoes was something she enjoyed more than she expected – and wouldn’t mind doing again.  “It was great, but it was scary at first.  I was nervous coming onto someone else’s set, even though oddly it was my set originally,” she notes of being a part of the original show.  “It was pretty cool to be like, ‘Oh my God, I’m Donna again!’  When certain chapters of your life end, you feel like that’s it and then you move on.  I don’t think it ever occurred to me that I would be going back to play Donna and certainly not having the life that I have now.” 

 The mother of two certainly has plenty of other things to keep her busy.  “I have the Tori Spelling Collection jewelry line.  I have my children’s clothing line coming out this fall, which I’m really excited about, called Little Maven.  My second book ‘Mommywood’ is out right now,” says Spelling, who is also currently starring in the fourth season of her Oxygen reality show “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.”  “We’ve actually extended our brand with Oxygen more.  We have a pilot we’re doing with them and we have a movie of the week we’re going to do together.  Then we’re going to turn my book ‘Mommywood’ into a web series.”  And after that?  World domination!

 KING FOR TROUBLE:  With Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd lined up for his next big-screen romp, filmmaker Garry Marshall is now choosing among candidates to play Madison, described as a 10-year-old girl with a mean streak who determines that Valentine’s Day is the ideal time to take revenge on her enemies.  The yet-untitled flick starts shooting next month.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster