- The Washington Times - Monday, January 12, 2009

Fergie, Duhamel wed

People.com is calling the Saturday marriage of singer Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel “a white fantasy wedding” performed “under magnolia trees filled with thousands of white roses.”

The 33-year-old Black Eyed Peas singer, also known as Stacey Ferguson, and the actor, 36, were wed at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, Calif. Fergie’s bouquet of white flowers was studded with crystals. Ten bridesmaids were dressed in contrasting black. Then there’s the ring: “a 4-carat brilliant cut diamond set amid other diamonds. A narrowed diamond wedding band completed the set.” Her gown was by Dolce & Gabbana.

The pair had been dating since 2004 and were engaged in 2007.

Monk enough

Actor Tony Shalhoub says as much as he loves Adrian Monk, eight years portraying the obsessive-compulsive private investigator is enough for him, Associated Press reports.

The second half of the seventh season of “Monk” began airing Friday on the USA Network, and the Green Bay, Wis., native will start shooting the final season in March.

“It’s a great job, and I work with great people, and I really enjoy doing the character, but I think eight years is enough,” Mr. Shalhoub said Thursday in a phone interview in Milwaukee. “I think we’ve kind of explored all the avenues we could possibly cover, and as much as I like the show and working on it, I really do want to think about moving onto whatever the next chapter might be.”

Boy, bear return

Author David Benedictus has collaborated with illustrator Mark Burgess to produce a new Winnie the Pooh story that will be released in October in Britain and the United States. Egmont Publishing says it has been 80 years since the last Pooh book was published, Reuters news agency reports.

The much-cherished fictional bear has enchanted children for generations since the original books by A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh” (1926) and “The House at Pooh Corner” (1928), were first published.

The new book, “Return to the Hundred Acre Wood,” has the blessing of the estates of Milne and original illustrator E.H. Shepard. “I hope that the new book will both complement and maintain Milne’s idea that whatever happens, a little boy and his bear will always be playing,” Mr. Benedictus said.

Appeal denied

Fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski has lost his bid to disqualify the Los Angeles County court system from considering his motion to dismiss a 30-year-old charge of unlawful sex with a minor.

Lawyers for the Oscar-winning director behind such classics as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown” filed court papers last week requesting the case be referred to the California Judicial Council for “selection of an impartial, out-of-county” judge. Mr. Polanski lost his appeal on Friday, Reuters reports.

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