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Usher Didn't Get Married
Usher Didn't Get Married
Usher was supposed to tie the knot with his pregnant fiancee and stylist, Tameka Foster, on Saturday, but there were no wedding bells ringing. The wedding was called off just hours before it was to take place at the home of record executive L.A. Reid. R&B crooner Robin Thicke was also scheduled to perform for the 100 guests.
There's been no official explanation of why the nuptials were canceled. The singer's publicist released a statement confirming the wedding was canceled, then added, "No additional information will be given regarding the circumstances of the cancellation, but we hope the privacy of this matter will be respected."
Speculation was high on TMZ and other celebrity gossip sites about the tension surrounding the wedding and Usher's mother, Jonnetta Patton. Patton was never thrilled about the match and reportedly had been left off the invitation list, TMZ reported. Usher, 28, had also fired his mom as his manager so that Foster, who's in her late 30s, could take her place, the site said. Drama.
Steve Martin Did
Steve Martin and girlfriend Anne Stringfield invited 75 guests to their Los Angeles home for what guests were told would be a "dinner party." Instead the guests found themselves at a marriage ceremony, officiated by Bob Kerrey, the former senator from Nebraska. The couple dated for two years. It's the first marriage for Stringfield, 42; Martin, 61, was married for eight years to actress Victoria Tennant. They divorced in 1994.
Thunder in His Heart
Kiss's Paul Stanley had a real scare onstage Friday night, when the lead singer and guitarist had to exit stage left at a show in Southern California because of heart complications.
"During soundcheck yesterday my heart spontaneously jumped to 190-plus beats per minute, where it stayed for over an hour," explained Stanley, 55, on the band's Web site Saturday. He described how paramedics gave him an IV and "a shot to momentarily stop my heart and get it into a normal pattern." "Not knowing if this episode was life threatening made it even more exhausting," he continued.
Stanley, whose given name is Stanley Eisen, was rushed to the hospital, where doctors told him that performing would be dangerous. Meanwhile, the band played on, using the show to pay tribute to their band mate.
Moran's Q&A and Then Some
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was spotted at Landmark's E Street Cinema on Friday taking in the 7:30 p.m. screening of "No End in Sight," Charles Ferguson's new film that documents the U.S. occupation of Iraq from an insider's perspective. A Q&A followed the movie, and an audience member asked Moran to offer his impressions. He spent five minutes praising the film's integrity and also held forth on war profiteering in Iraq, reports Style's Allison Wolfe. After the Q&A, Moran continued fielding questions from several people who stuck around. Before leaving, the congressman walked over to one of the film's producers to give her his card and muttered, "I know, I talk too much!"
Any Bids on the Kitchen Sink?
Henry Koltys, the man who bought Jerry Garci a's house 10 years ago, has decided to auction items from the Marin County, Calif., home. Last year Koltys got $2,500 for Garcia's toilet from the master bedroom suite. This year Koltys has decided to sell other items from the house. That list includes a Jacuzzi, stereo speakers and, yes, the kitchen sink. Items will be auctioned on eBay Aug. 12-19.
The auction will benefit the Sophia Foundation, a Bay Area nonprofit that help children and families that are coping with separation and divorce, Koltys said.
-- Compiled by Jocelyn Aucoin from staff and wire reports