Celebrity news for the week of December 23, 2005
WEDDINGS Matt Damon, 35, tied the knot with Luciana Bozan, 29, on Dec. 9 in NYC. Damon and his new bride are also reportedly expecting their first child. This is the first marriage for Damon and the second for Bozan…. Country-music stars Garth Brooks, 43, and Trisha Yearwood, 41, were married on Dec. 10 in Claremore, Okla. It’s the second marriage for Brooks and the third for Yearwood…. Memoirs of a Geisha’s Ken Watanabe, 46, wed Japanese film actress Kaho Minami, 41.
BIRTHS Art Garfunkel, 64, and wife Kim welcomed a son, Beau, through a surrogate mother on Oct. 5. The couple already have a son, James, 13.
RECONCILED Rapper Eminem (né Marshall Mathers), 33, told Detroit radio station WKQI-FM on Dec. 6 that he and ex-wife Kim, 30, have reconciled and ”are probably going to remarry.” Their tumultuous relationship has been well documented and was the subject of some of Eminem’s songs. The couple divorced in 2001 and have a daughter, Hailie, 9.
ARREST After being caught breaking into a Bronx house, actor Lillo Brancato Jr. (The Sopranos) was shot by an NYC police officer on Dec. 10 and is in stable condition. During the alleged burglary, Brancato’s associate Steven Armento reportedly shot and killed the officer. Armento was charged with first-degree murder. Both are charged with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and second-degree burglary.
SAVED Legendary rock club CBGB will remain in its NYC location until Oct. 31, 2006, after owner Hilly Kristal reached an agreement on Dec. 6 with the Bowery Residents’ Committee, which owns the building housing CBGB. Kristal is looking for a new space for the landmark.
COURTS Former WWE wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, 49, filed a copyright-infringement suit against rapper Jay-Z (né Shawn Carter) and Roc-A-Fella Records on Dec. 2 in L.A. Page claims Jay-Z has misappropriated the wrestler’s signature ”Diamond Cutter” hand sign. Jay-Z’s reps could not be reached for comment…. Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee, 24, filed a countersuit against her former manager Dennis Rider and his company Rider Management on Dec. 7 in L.A. Rider had filed a breach-of-contract suit against the singer on Dec. 1 after being terminated on Nov. 28. Lee claims that Rider sexually harassed her and used her corporate credit cards to pay for gifts for his mistress. Lee is seeking unspecified damages. Rider’s lawyer called the claims ”spurious.”… Mustafa Abuelhija, the manager of comedian Dave Chappelle, 32, filed suit on Dec. 12 in New York against his client, claiming he is owed at least $860,000 in commissions from past jobs and was promised a producer’s credit on Chappelle’s new film, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. Chappelle’s rep had no comment.
AILING Colin Farrell, 29, has checked himself into a rehab center for exhaustion and an addiction to prescription medication for a back injury, according to a statement released by his publicist on Dec. 12.