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Ben and Jen's shotgun wedding ... Leo buys private island off the coast of Belize ... Clooney and Pitt said to be opening Hollywood bar.

Finally, Jennifer Garner married Ben Affleck, her lover of more than a year. The ceremony took place on the island of Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean at sunset Wednesday night as waves lapped their bare feet. The bride wore a long white dress that disguised the fact that she is more than four months pregnant — as best it could. Jennifer’s cushion-shaped 4.5-carat diamond engagement ring glittered as they took their vows before a handful of close friends, including Victor Garber, Jennifer’s co-star on her TV series, “Alias.” Ben and Jen originally met when they filmed “Pearl Harbor” in 2000, but didn’t really get to know each other until they made “Daredevil” in 2002 during Ben’s Jennifer Lopez period. Ben and Jen had a personal photographer record their big day. Can’t wait for the pictures!

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Leonardo DiCaprio is a very busy boy. He just bought his very own island in the Caribbean off the coast of Belize, where he and Gisele Bundchen plan to spend happy times fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. The islet, called Blackadore Cay, is bordered by a pristine white sand beach more than two miles long. It’s a multimillion-dollar property and Leo and Gisele plan to spend absolutely oodles establishing an environmentally conscious retreat that conforms completely to its tropical surroundings and indigenous wildlife.

They are planning to build several villas, each with a pool; landscaped terraces; gardens, and each will have its own renewable source of energy. Naturally, all this is leading to speculation the two darlings will have a wedding in their paradise. Somebody’s got to pay for all this, so Leo is making “The Departed,” directed by Martin Scorsese, and is in negotiations to star in “The Blood Diamond,” after which Leo will probably step into Gary Cooper’s shoes for a remake of Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” They’re certainly ringing for Leo.

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George Clooney (sigh) and his pal, Brad Pitt, reportedly are opening a bar in Hollywood. Brad is set to design the space and the cute couple says it is just the first of what they hope will be a string of bars around the world. In which they can cavort with their friends everywhere? Brad is a longtime student of design and, as you read here, is also collaborating with one of his idols, the renowned architect Frank Gehry, in designing a restaurant and penthouse in Gehry’s new $500 million seafront residential compound in Brighton, England.

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Meanwhile, Clooney (sigh) and his girlfriend, Lisa Snowdon, have called it a night yet again. And yet again the turbulent twosome is blaming long distance as the reason for their troubles. Of course, they may be back together again in their yo-yo relationship by the time you’ve finished reading this column.

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Acclaimed fashion icon Kate Moss is supposed to be unhappy with paparazzi pictures that are popping up all over Europe this week showing her wearing the same pair of mud-stained HotPants at the Glastonbury Festival two days in a row. That’s where her bad-boy beau rocker, Pete Doherty, was playing. Isn’t it about time Moss dumped both the HotPants and the randy rocker in the dumpster? Oh, ha, ha, ha.

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Friends, these are the dog days when mad — or at least annoyed — dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun. Elizabeth Hurley has been frantically searching the streets of London for her beloved labrador, Emily, after she, Emily that is, went missing earlier this week. Hurley and her fiance, Arun Nayar, went around asking all the people in her neighborhood if they had seen a lab wandering around, maybe with her tongue hanging out and definitely unattended. Liz fears her precious pooch may have been dognapped, as there have been a rash of disappearing doggies reported all over the country. Where art thou, Emily, you prodigal mutt? Come home, all is forgiven and delicious doggy treats await thee.

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More hot doggy news: Scarlett Johansson has had some canine confusion of her own. She was trying to have her chihuahua, Maggie, flown to meet her in England, where she is making the new Woody Allen movie, but during Maggie’s layover in Paris, airport officials threatened to impound her because she was barking at fellow passengers. Those same officials told Maggie’s minders that she was unfit to travel, so Scarlett sent emissaries to the Paris airport to save her tiny baby and bring her home to her loving arms. And if these two stop-the-presses stories aren’t sure signs the dog days of summer have arrived once again, I give up.

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The Metropolitan Opera’s maestro, James Levine; Leontyne Price; Itzhak Perlman; Marian Seldes; Terrence McNally, and Mary Rodgers donned black gowns and red velvet caps and swept over to Lincoln Center to receive honorary doctoral degrees at the Juilliard School’s 100th Commencement. Rosemary Wilson and Dana Reeve also accepted scrolls on behalf of their famous late husbands, Meredith Wilson and Christopher Reeve, who both attended Juilliard. To give them strength after the exercises, they dived into lobster salad, asparagus and a chocolate pyramid purveyed by Robbins Wolfe.

Later this summer, Pamela Gross and Jimmy Finkelstein will give a small dinner at their Southampton place honoring Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, the co-chairman of Juilliard’s Centennial Gala in April 2006. That night, at which Renee Fleming will sing, will be a celebration in which the school hopes to raise $150 million to secure its future into the 22nd century. Such pomp. Such circumstance. Such a lot of loot.

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Mrs. Winston Churchill, Luce for short, welcomed her chum, Lana Marks, and her new handbag and accessory collection to her far-flung home in London’s Belgravia. Lana has designed an international tote bag with 24-karat-gold hardware that comes in 100 different varieties of skins such as alligator, ostrich and lizard, and in all sorts of colors such as pomegranate, purple and who knows, maybe even persimmon. Of course, the elegant ladies clucked over the bags. If they’re not first with everything, they feel as though life is just not worth living.

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The Republicans raised more than half a million dollars at their Choice Award Dinner on the St. Regis Roof. Dina Merrill wore a very Republican silver evening suit and Patricia Patterson‘s little black dress and big pearls could only be taken for super-Republican gear. You could say the same thing for Elaine Sargent in a white sequined sheath and a satin blazer by Marc Bouwer. Look for a description of what some lovely Democrat ladies wore at their next big dinner.

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