Matt Damon Weds
"Syriana" star Matt Damon and former bartender Luciana Bozan have had a low-key romance and a low-key engagement, and yesterday they had a low-key wedding. The two were married in a private ceremony at an undisclosed location in New York, his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press. Bozan's 7-year-old daughter witnessed the ceremony, but Damon's friend and "Good Will Hunting" co-star, Ben Affleck, was not present. This is the first marriage for Damon, 35, and the second for Bozan, 29, whom Damon met a couple of years ago when she was working in a Miami Beach bar and he was filming "Stuck on You."
The Long Arm of the Law
And in another low-key ceremony, Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal was sworn in as a Miami Beach reserve police officer Thursday. He didn't want a big public scene to detract attention from the rest of those in his training class, said a department spokesman.
Shaq will be able to tote a gun, wear a badge and make arrests, but most likely won't go undercover or walk a beat due to his celebrity status, the Associated Press reported.
This isn't the first time Shaq has tried his hand at law enforcement: The 7-foot-1 former L.A. Laker was a reserve officer in Los Angeles before moving to South Florida, and he was given an honorary U.S. deputy marshal title in March.
The 33-year-old also serves as a spokesman for the Safe Surfin' Foundation, an organization affiliated with the Bedford County (Va.) Sheriff's Office, which tracks down sexual predators who target children on the Internet.
Shaq will be paid a whopping $1-a-year salary, which he can add to his $100 million, five-year contract with the Heat.
Others of Invention
Got something you made in your garage you know will change the world as we know it? Have we got a casting call for you.
The people behind "American Idol" are preparing to unleash another reality show on the masses early next year with the premise of finding the next big . . . invention. Auditions for "American Inventor" are already underway; Washington-area hopefuls get their chance tomorrow in the Ronald Reagan Building, beginning at 8 a.m. (More information is available at www.AmericanInventor.tv or call 877-255-8009.)
Executive Producer Liz Bronstein says she's seen a broad range of ideas and "lots of crazy inventions," including many bathroom products. (Hmm.)
The show's episodes will be similar to those of "American Idol" -- featuring tryouts, eliminations and judges -- but Bronstein stresses that "it's a totally different show." She added, "We expect it to be a hit. . . . The idea of inventing is very American."
Twins, but Not Two of a Kind
If you ever struggled to tell the Olsen twins apart, Mary-Kate kindly offers a solution in the Dec. 23 issue of W magazine: Ashley is the smart one.
"You know, [college] is easier for my sister and that's great, you know?" said M-K, who this fall dropped out of New York University, where her sister is still enrolled. "I need to be able to go to yoga and work out and just read scripts and go on auditions, because that's what makes me happy. You know?"
She added, "Like, papers don't really make me happy." Like, can't blame a girl for being honest.
-- Korin Miller