- The Washington Times - Monday, July 30, 2007

Pregnant pause

The wedding between Usher and his pregnant fiancee has been canceled, his publicist told Associated Press on Saturday.

The wedding between the multiplatinum singer and his longtime girlfriend, Tameka Foster, was scheduled for Saturday. The two are expecting their first child together sometime this fall.

However, a statement released by publicist Patti Webster to the AP read: “It was announced today that the wedding ceremony for Usher Raymond IV and Tameka Foster was canceled. No additional information will be given regarding the circumstances of the cancellation, but we hope the privacy of this matter will be respected.”

The couple announced their engagement earlier this year and, later, that she was expecting his first child. Miss Webster would not comment on whether the two were still engaged or even a couple.

Steve Martin weds

In happier entertainment world marital news, actor Steve Martin married girlfriend Anne Stringfield during a ceremony at his Los Angeles home.

Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, a friend of Mr. Martin‘s, presided over Saturday’s ceremony, his publicist, Alan Nierob, said. “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels was Mr. Martin’s best man, he said.

Most of the roughly 75 guests — who included Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Carl Reiner and Ricky Jay — were not told that Mr. Martin and Miss Stringfield would wed when they were invited to his home for a “party,” Mr. Nierob said. The ensuing nuptials were a surprise to them, he said.

Mr. Martin, 61, was previously married to actress Victoria Tennant, whom he divorced in 1994 after about eight years together.

It was the first marriage for Miss Stringfield, 35, a writer and former staffer for New Yorker magazine.

The two had dated for about three years, Mr. Nierob said.

Mr. Martin exchanged vows sporting an Inspector Clouseau mustache he let grow in for his appearance in the upcoming sequel to 2006’s “Pink Panther” remake.

Zappa’s strasse

Berlin has named a street after the late American rock legend and counterculture guru Frank Zappa in a ceremony complete with a tribute concert, organizers said yesterday.

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