May 31, 2010 12:00 PM

23 SCOOP

Naomi Watts and Michelle Williams gear up for Marilyn Monroe biopics … Matt Lauer defends his marriage … Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander loses 30 lbs.

76 COVER

How a new movie role inspired former size 16 Jennifer Hudson to drop five dress sizes and get in the best shape of her life

58 Friends say a regretful Jesse James still hopes he’ll be able to reconcile with Sandra Bullock

64 Lights, camera … Cannes! Behind the scenes at this year’s star-studded film festival

70 New York City’s Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel shows off her new baby girl, Bryn Casey Hoppy

80 With their 19th child back in the hospital, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar hold tightly to faith and family

89 In an explosive tell-all, Danielle Staub of the Real Housewives of New Jersey opens up about abuse and a tragic loss

92 HEROES AMONG US

When underprivileged kids in Austin, Texas, had no money for prom, their mentors saved the celebration

105 In her new memoir, TV journalist Laura Ling chronicles her five-month captivity in North Korea

111 After choosing work over love last season on The Bachelor, Ali Fedotowsky returns as the Bachelorette

113 PEOPLE joined American Idol’s final three—Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Casey James—on their emotional homecomings in Toledo, Ohio, Chicago and Dallas

117 Tyler Lambert, the 25-year-old son of Diff’rent Strokes actress Dana Plato, ends his life almost exactly 11 years after her fatal overdose

126 From her birthplace of Namibia to visits to Italy, France and India with her famous family, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has traveled the world in her first four years

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

MAILBAG 6

PEOPLE.COM 8

STAR TRACKS 10

SCOOP 23

REVIEWS 37

PASSAGES 75

PUZZLER 94

SECOND LOOK 96

GREAT IDEAS 99

STYLE WATCH 121

CHATTER 128

ON THE COVER

Photograph by John Shearer/WireImage; Inset: Brian Lowe/JPI. Side Insets (from top): Joe Pugliese; Groomer: Pamela Stewart/Zenobia; Aurelia D’Amore/JBG; Albert Michael/Startraks

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