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July 30, 2011 at 3:50 AM

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ZARA PHILLIPS: The Scottish capital is bracing for its own royal wedding between Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, and Mike Tindall, a rugby player.

While the wedding Saturday is to be more modest than Prince William's lavish affair at Westminster Abbey, the guest list includes Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and a host of other royals. That means taxpayers could be footing a bill for security of about $800,000, The Scotsman reports.

The wedding at Canongate Kirk, with a reception to follow at Holyroodhouse, the queen's Edinburgh palace, is a private one, not a state occasion, and the actual time of the service has not been announced.

"No one is begrudging them a lovely wedding, but they should be sensitive to the fact that it's costing a lot of public resources and, at a time when resources are stretched, I think they could have offered to pay a bit," said Margo MacDonald, an independent member of the Scottish Parliament. "If it had been a State wedding we would have had to accept some share of the burden, along with other cities, but they have been at pains to say it is not a royal occasion."

Phillips, 30, is 13th in line to the throne but has no titles. She is an accomplished horsewoman and a trained equestrian physical therapist. Tindall, 32, plays for Gloucester and the English national team.

The last British royal to marry in Scotland was Princess Anne. Her second wedding was held at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral because she would have been unable to marry in an Anglican church.


MOLLY PARKER: Canadian actress Molly Parker has joined the ensemble of the upcoming legal drama series "The Firm," it was announced Friday.

NBC, Entertainment One, Sony Pictures Television Networks and Global Television confirmed the casting news Friday.

Parker is to play Abby McDeere in the network's small-screen adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling novel, which is being executive-produced by Grisham and Lukas Reiter.

"Ten years ago, Abby helped her husband Mitchell McDeere bring down a Memphis law firm that was a front for the Chicago mob. Her life was never the same," NBC said in a synopsis. "Abby's a true partner to Mitch -- a smart, resourceful woman who after a tumultuous decade is excited to start a new life in Washington, D.C., as a school teacher."

Parker, who is known for her work in TV's "Deadwood" and "Swingtown," joins a previously announced cast including Josh Lucas as Mitch; Juliette Lewis as Tammy, who is now Mitch's receptionist; and Callum Keith Rennie as Ray McDeere, Mitch's charming yet volatile older brother, NBC said.


DENISE RICHARDS: U.S. actress and TV personality Denise Richards says she hopes her ex-husband, actor Charlie Sheen, makes a comeback professionally.

Sheen was fired this year from his sitcom "Two and a Half Men" after eight seasons because of his erratic behavior and substance abuse. He recently signed on to star in a comedy series based on the film "Anger Management," but it is unclear on what network the show will run.

"He's a survivor," Richards told CNN's Piers Morgan. "If anyone can pick themselves up, make a huge comeback, it's Charlie."

Asked if she could imagine circumstances under which she might reconcile with Sheen, the father of two of her three daughters, Richards replied, "I'm way too old for him now."

"I'm way past his age range," his 40-year-old ex-wife joked.


RANDY HOUSER: U.S. country music star Randy Houser and singer-songwriter Jessa Lee Yantz have gotten engaged and are planning a fall wedding, UsMagazine.com said.

"I finally found the person that I can't be without," Houser told People.com Friday. "Jessa makes me a better person every day, and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with her."

Houser said he and his fiancee are planning a small, romantic destination wedding in the Dominican Republic.

"Went wedding dress shopping today ... First dress I tried on was 'the one!' Perfection about sums it up!" UsMagazine.com reported Yantz said via Twitter this week.

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