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Facebook fortune sets the scene for wedding

- DOUG CAMILLI camillimai­

Lifestyles of the rich and free

spending: Sean Parker, the early investor in Facebook, will marry his main squeeze, Alexandra

Lenas, on the weekend of June 1. And there’ll be nothing of the quiet-trip-to-the-registry-office about it, reports: For the weekend, Parker has booked the whole Ventana Inn, a swanky resort in Big Sur. Cheapest room: $565 a night.

But the place isn’t nice enough, so he’s spending $9 million to build a quasi-medieval set for the wedding, says TMZ: “We’re told Sean hired a landscapin­g company to build fake ruins, waterfalls, bridges, ponds and a gated cottage in the resort’s surroundin­g forest.”

The guests “will enter through a $600,000 gate, dance on a $350,000 floor,” and he’s spending $1 million on plants and flowers, too. Oh, and custom-made costumes for each guest. See you there! He’s 33. She’s not saying. Parenting tips of the stars: Isla Fisher, married to Sacha Baron Cohen, is trying to get her kids to think the right way about beauty, she tells Fitness mag:

“I don’t even own a scale. I have two young daughters and I wouldn’t want them to see me weighing myself all the time. I don’t think it sends the right message.

“For me, so much about life is acceptance. You can look in the mirror and find a million things wrong with yourself. Or you can look in the mirror and think, ‘I feel good, I have my health and I’m so blessed.’ That’s the way I choose to look at it. I don’t need to be perfect.”

She’s 37. Her daughters are Olive, 5, and Elula, 2.

Real estate news: Christina

Aguilera is downsizing. She sold one L.A. mansion for $13.5 million, and bought another, not far from

Charlie Sheen’s place, for a mere

$10 million.

Joe Biden, forgotten but not gone, is getting increasing­ly desperate to keep his name in the news. That’s the only conclusion I can draw from his current online series Being Biden, not to mention his cameo appearance last year on the sitcom Parks and Recreation.

For the series, he even hung around the other day with Julia

Louis-Dreyfus, who plays a comically powerless vice-president of the U.S.A. on the HBO series Veep.

C’mon, Joe, get a life. Go visit Ecuador or something. Today’s conversati­on-starter: Novelist Joanna Trollope is rewriting Sense and Sensibilit­y. I’m not sure why, except of course that she can make money from it.

Oddly enough, it was money Trollope was talking about when she likened Jane Austen’s 1811 original to … Fifty Shades of Grey. Sense and Sensibilit­y, she told the Daily Telegraph, is “a fascinatin­g novel, as it’s all about money.” And so, she notes, is Fifty Shades, with its masochism/sadism.

“If you (set that book) in a student bedsit, it would suddenly be about abuse; it’s the money that elevates what the hero does to an erotic level. Jane Austen knew that perfectly well — (in Pride and Prejudice) Mr. Darcy would not have any sex appeal without Pemberley and owning half of Derbyshire.”

(A bedsit is a British one-room apartment.)

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