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By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 12, 2010

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It was a weekend for tying knots, in real life and on celluloid. After an almost yearlong engagement, Newton native and Brown University graduate John Krasinski, 30, married actress Emily Blunt, 27, at the Villa D’este near Lake Como in Italy. Us Weekly says our hometown star — best known as Jim on “The Office’’ — had been staying with Blunt at George Clooney’s Italian estate since July 4, and that Clooney and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis were guests at the small ceremony. Krasinski starred in Clooney’s movie “Leatherheads.’’ Last we saw Blunt, she was walking around Los Angeles wearing a Red Sox cap. For that reason alone, we think she’s the one. . . . Back in Boston on the roof of the Colonnade Hotel, WZLX and Sports Hub promoter Cha-Chi Loprete married his former WBCN intern Stephanie Picklesimer. The couple was joined for their “I do’s’’ by a long list of local radio types and music fans including former ’BCN program director Oedipus and wife Amy, Beatles expert David Gallant and wife Kristen, Carter Alan and wife Carrie, the Phoenix’s David Bieber, rocker Peter Wolf, and the bride’s father, Dorman Picklesimer Jr., who teaches communication at Boston College. The couple danced their first dance to “One’’ by the Bee Gees. . . . While real Bay Staters got married in Boston and beyond, actress Anna Faris and Sudbury actor Chris Evans were in Post Office Square for a fake wedding as part of the movie “What’s Your Number?’’ which has been filming all over Boston these past few weeks. The two stars shot a wedding scene with a number of local extras under pretty lights. The comedy, which features Faris’s character tracking down her exes, is expected to have a wrap party this weekend.

Celebrating Bastille Day

The French Cultural Center of Boston took over Back Bay on Friday night for a grand Bastille Day celebration with dancing, wine, and food from just about every French restaurant in town. Revelers who partied on Marlborough Street included Chestnut Hill’s Natalie Gardiner, husband John Hambright, and French Cultural Center director Catheline van den Branden.

With English on it

The most notable thing about Boston Common’s party at Summer House on Nantucket over the weekend was the unexpected entertainment — chef Todd English singing with the band Endway with his son on drums. Party guests told us that the restaurateur had good stage presence — but that he shouldn’t quit the kitchen biz for music. Other Common partiers on the island included developer Arthur Winn and his wife, Alicia, Cheers’s Tom Kershaw, PR guys George Regan and Chris Haynes, and Celtics president Rich Gotham. Speaking of English, the Olives chef recently opened up to Allen Salkin on Slashfood.com about his romantic hopes and dreams after canceling his wedding to Erica Wang last year. English told Salkin that the tabloids blew his split out of proportion, that his playboy reputation is undeserved, and that, yes, he still hopes to get married someday. He also joked about having a “little crush’’ on chef personality Giada De Laurentiis. Note to Todd: she’s already married.

About town

Club Cafe tells us it has turned over one of its tables to Joan Parker, philanthropist and wife of the late Spenser series author Robert Parker. Apparently, Joan earned her own dinner table by visiting the restaurant club more than a few times a month. Always pays to be a regular. Parker was seen at Club Cafe over the weekend dining on Atlantic salmon, fennel, and leeks. . . . Also spotted around town was Mass.-bred, Los Angeles comedian Josh Wolf, who tweeted that he ate at Legal Sea Foods during his Boston visit. . . . New England Patriot Patrick Chung spent his Saturday partying at Royale.

OneRepublic appearance

Pop band OneRepublic — fronted by prolific songwriter Ryan Tedder (he’s penned tunes for Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and Rihanna) — stopped by Woodward at the Ames for an unplugged performance over the weekend. The group (above) has a song on the soundtrack for the new Nicolas Cage movie “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.’’

Affleck pitches in
Red Sox fan Ben Affleck is on the list of celebs who will be featured as part of “All-Stars Among Us,’’ a pre-All-Star Game special tomorrow on Fox. Other participating A-listers include Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron, and “Grown Ups’’ star Salma Hayek.

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