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Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed tie knot in wedding that feels ‘staged’

Gene Simmons ShannTweed (pictured August) got married just three days before return their reality show. | FRAZER HARRISON~GETTY IMAGES

Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed (pictured in August) got married just three days before the return of their reality show. | FRAZER HARRISON~GETTY IMAGES

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Updated: January 23, 2012 3:44AM



Just in time for the return of his “Family Jewels” reality show Tuesday on A&E, Gene Simmons and longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed became Mr. and Mrs. in a lavish wedding at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

While the 400 guests reveled in the made-for-TV ceremony Saturday night (slated for a special episode of “Family Jewels” later this month), a sharp-tongued observer said, “It all had such a feeling of being totally staged. … A lot of people at the wedding were whispering that if Gene didn’t have that reality show, this wouldn’t have happened — especially given their recent problems.”

† Simmons clearly didn’t let any snarky comments get him down. In front of a guest list that included Hugh Hefner, Bill Maher and Simmons’ Kiss bandmates, the rocker and Tweed — who have been together for 28 years and are parents to two children — exchanged vows they wrote themselves. Though long-plagued by tales of infidelity, Simmons admitted to “Entertainment Tonight,” that it “is time for me to grow up. I’m 62. I’ve been doing a lot of wacky stuff for an awfully long time … and there’s nobody I’ve ever said ‘I love you’ to. … But I love Shannon with all my heart and all my soul, and always will.”

DIVORCE DOCKET: After 11 years of marriage and two children, “X-Men” star James Marsden’s wife Linda Linde has filed for divorce. While the actor’s publicist calls the split “a mutual decision” and says the couple “are committed to raising their kids together and remain great friends,” a Hollywood friend of Linde’s zinged Sunday, “I think Linda finally got tired of being married to a guy who looked in the mirror a lot more than she did!”

IT’S HAPPENING: As first reported here, Tareq Salahi is moving ahead with plans for a reality show, but TMZ adds a new twist: the supposed title.

“Seducing Salahi” reportedly will be a dating show taped at the ex-White House party crasher’s Virginia winery, with 14 women vying for his affection.

† It’s not clear if Salahi’s new pal, equally despicable media magnet Michael Lohan, will be involved in putting this scary deal together.

JUST LIKE DAD? There’s an eerie similarity between Dr. Conrad Murray — currently on trial for manslaughter for the the death of Michael Jackson — and his own dad, who was also a physician.

Dr. Rawle Andrews, Murray’s biological father, with whom he was not reconciled until he was 25, died in 2001. Between 1994 and 1999, Andrews’ medical license was tightly restricted after a Texas Medical Board investigation found the previously well-respected Houston physcian “prescribed control substances with addictive potential for extended time without adequate supervision.”

Sound familiar?

SPORTS SHORT: Hmmm. Mike North has been hanging out at U.S. Cellular Field lately — and I’m hearing it’s about a lot more than just watching the last few games of the White Sox’s 2011 season. Sources say the veteran broadcaster has the ear of Jerry Reinsdorf, and North was seen huddling behind closed doors with other Sox honchos Friday, reportedly about more than just a radio gig.

TV TALK: “Arrested Development,” that wonderfully quirky sitcom that developed a cultlike following of fans, is making a comeback — five years after it was cancelled.

Series creator Mitch Hurwitz announced Sunday at the New Yorker Festival that he has plans for a “limited” season he will shop to various networks, leading into a feature film based on the show.

Among the actors expected to participate are Michael Cera, whose career has skyrocketed since his days on “Arrested Development,” and Jason Bateman, whose star power was revived by the show.

TRYING AGAIN: Elizabeth Hurley is giving marriage another shot. The actress and Estee Lauder spokesmodel got engaged Saturday to Australian cricket star Shane Warne in Scotland — only 10 months after the couple started dating, and only three months since Hurley’s divorce to Indian jillionaire Arun Nayar became final.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Jenna Dewan was spied getting a facial at Cellular Intelligence, before joining her co-stars from “The Playboy Club” — Naturi Naughton, Leah Renee and Wes Ramsey— at Hub 51 and then Rockit Bar & Grill, where they celebrated Renee’s birthday. … Another Hub 51 and Studio Paris sighting was veteran TV actress Tracey Gold. Patrick Kane had his Blackhawks fans happy to see him supping at Sunda.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Congrats to Chicago Q head chef Leeann Whippen for winning the regional competition of the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour in Laurel, Md. Now Whippen heads to Bentonville, Ark., for the main event — and a shot at the $100,000 top prize.



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