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AVRIL & CHAD
There’s nothing complicated about it: Six months after meeting to collaborate on music, Avril Lavigne and Nickelback singer-guitarist Chad Kroeger are planning to wed! The Canadian rockers’ under-the-radar relationship (who even knew they were dating?) began in February when Kroeger, 37, joined Lavigne, 27, in the studio to cowrite a song for her upcoming album. “A romantic relationship blossomed as they spent time writing together,” a Lavigne pal tells Scoop. Kroeger proposed on Aug. 8 at L.A.’s Henson studios, presenting Lavigne with a diamond sparkler featuring a pear-shaped center stone flanked by two half-moon diamonds. It will be the first trip down the aisle for Kroeger and the second for Lavigne, who split from Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley in 2009. “They have the same values,” says a family source. “They are so happy. She’s glowing!”
CARLY RAE JEPSEN
CALL HER … TAKEN!
The singer behind summer’s inescapable hit “Call Me Maybe” isn’t giving her number out these days: Carly Rae Jepsen, 26, is dating musician Matthew Koma. While working on her U.S. debut album, Kiss, due in September, “they clicked creatively and started spending more time together,” says a source, noting that Jepsen ended her relationship with architecture student Jordi Ashworth earlier this summer. Koma, 25, also broke things off with his longtime girlfriend and Gloriana singer Rachel Reinert, 23, in late July. By August, says an observer who recently saw Koma and Jepsen in New York City, “he was introducing her as his girlfriend.”
MINKA KELLY IS THE LATEST ACTRESS TO PORTRAY THE FAMOUS FIRST LADY. WHILE MANY HAVE TRIED, HAS ANYONE TRULY CAPTURED HER?
It takes more than dark sunglasses and a slim shift to bring Jackie Kennedy to life. So says Secret Service agent Clint Hill, author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me, who spent four years with the former First Lady. Of these actresses who’ve played Jackie in TV movies, “I don’t find anybody yet who really personifies who she was,” says Hill, 80, who adds that some of the wardrobe choices weren’t spot-on either. Most of all, “She was intelligent and she had a wonderful sense of humor. I think some of these actresses missed that part of her,” he says. “She was in a class by herself. Of course I’m very prejudiced.”
Grey Gardens (2009)
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot (2001)
A Woman Named Jackie (1991)
The Butler (2012)
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981)
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (2000)
The Kennedys (2011)
BACK TO SCHOOL!
CELEBS HAD THEIR CUTE-AND AWKWARD-YEARS TOO
It’s their first day of school! In 1986, Kim (left) was off to kindergarten, and big sis Kourtney was in first grade.
The Aussie was already rocking his guitar in grade school in the ’70s.
In sixth grade the actress (in ’88) was a cheerleader and brainiac nicknamed Big Words.
Marissa Jaret Winokur
“I matched every outfit with colorful yarn in my hair,” she says of her 1978 kindergarten photo.
In 2000 she wore a bob and braces in her sixth-grade photo.
He was known as Eric Bishop in sixth grade (in ’80).
This sixth grader sang in her school’s hallways (in ’94).
The second grader (in ’94) says she was teased.
THE MOVIE DIET
GOODBYE, BURGERS! THESE ACTORS TOOK EXTREME MEASURES FOR WEIGHTY ROLES
THE DALLAS BUYER’S CLUB
For his current role as a man with AIDS, the actor, 42, lost 30 lbs. by drinking “a lot of tea” and says he feels “pretty good at this weight.”
ALL THINGS FALL APART
Playing a cancer patient in 2011, the rapper, 37, shed 50 lbs. on a nine-week liquid diet.
Hanks, 56, said it just took “time and discipline” to lose 50 lbs. for the 2000 role.
COURAGE UNDER FIRE
“All I was thinking was, ‘I want a cheeseburger,'” Damon, 41, said of dropping 40 lbs. for the 1996 film.
The actor, 38, ate one can of tuna and one apple a day and lost 63 lbs. in order to play a man with insomnia in the 2004 thriller.
These stars are rocking some animated looks
HILARY DUFF‘S MASSIVE MANSION
She moved to Beverly Hills when she settled down with her husband, and now Duff, 24, Mike Comrie, 31, and their 5-month-old son Luca have said goodbye to the home she purchased as a teen star in 2004.
sold for close to $6.25 MILLION
Toluca Lake, Calif.
The five-bedroom, six-bathroom home includes a billiard room, huge walk-in closet, wine cellar, master bathrooms with heated floors, private gym, outdoor fireplace, patio and pool.