January 08, 2007 12:00 PM

21 SCOOP

Evangeline Lilly‘s home goes up in smoke … Britney Spears parties on … Lara Flynn Boyle gets hitched … Plus: Donald Trump’s feud with The View’s Rosie O’Donnell rages on

63 COVER Half Their Size Weight-loss winners share their stories. Plus: losing on any budget, after age 40, with the help of a famous friend and more!

50 ‘Tis the season to go on vacation for celebs, who spent their holidays at hot-spots from Hawaii to Aspen

54 Godfather of Soul James Brown, the singer who pioneered funk and influenced hip-hop, dies at 73

58 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt share the details of their family’s passionate fight to help Maddox’s homeland, Cambodia

60 Former President Gerald Ford, a Michigan congressman who sought to heal the nation after the Watergate scandal, dies at 93

116 You had a lot of questions for her, and actress Cameron Diaz gives PEOPLE readers the answers

119 Ex-nurse Laura Moore helps get seriously ailing foster kids the best medicine: loving homes

125 Meet Chris Gardner, the real-life inspiration behind Will Smith’s The Pursuit of Happyness

137 Ready to ring in ’07, Ryan Seacrest dishes on Dick Clark, American Idol and being single

140 Police in Ipswich, England, make an arrest in the chilling serial murders of five young women

142 Project Runway contestant Laura Bennett shows off her latest creation: her sixth child, son Finn

144 Matthews Fox and McConaughey team up for the football film We Are Marshall

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

MAILBAG 6

PEOPLE.COM 8

STAR TRACKS 12

SCOOP 21

PICKS & PANS 31

INSIDER 49

PUZZLER 128

STYLE WATCH 131

PASSAGES 138

CHATTER 146

ON THE COVER Photographs by Jon Ragel. Hair by Mordechai Alvow/Artists by Timothy Priano. Makeup by: Jennifer Farhood/Artists by Timothy Priano. Styling by: Lindsay Moremen/Artists by Timothy Priano. Insets: (from left): Courtesy Janene Campbell; Courtesy Mary Smith; Right Insets (from top): Boris Heger/UNHCR/AP; Araldo di Crollalanza/Unimedia International

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