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JESSICA SIMPSON & ERIC JOHNSON
READY TO WED!
After Jessica Simpson got engaged to Eric Johnson last November, she started thinking about her wedding gown. “Once I get what I want my dress to look like,” the singer and fashion mogul told PEOPLE, “then we’ll pick a date.” That day has come! “I think I have a date,” she tweeted to celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss on April 22. “U ready?” (Weiss wrote back, “I’m ready!”) “They’re really excited to start planning,” a friend says of the singer, 30, and the former NFL player, 31, who met through pals last spring. Since then they’ve traveled the world, leading Simpson to ponder a destination wedding. “It’ll definitely be somewhere warm,” she says. “I’m not going to get married in the snow!” Other certainties? Her bridesmaids will choose their own dresses-“Just [to reflect] their personalities!”-and Simpson’s gown will be “different from what I’ve had before.” While it may not be white, “I love the romantic feel of a lighter color,” she says. “And I like to show off my decolletage!”
LINDSAY LOHAN A BRUSH WITH DEATH?
Fear not, Lindsay Lohan is very much among the living. But a judge found April 22 that there was enough evidence in the actress’s necklace-theft case that she was in violation of her probation and sentenced her to 120 hours of janitorial work at the L.A. Coroner’s office. “She won’t be handling dead bodies,” says a coroner rep, “but she’ll definitely see them.” Lohan, 24, who also faces a four-month jail term, is free on bail pending appeal. Her theft trial is June 3.
LIZ & LARRY
“I KNOW SHE LOVED ME”
Liz Taylor’s seventh and last husband, Larry Fortensky, 59, finally broke his vow never to speak about his life with Liz. In an April 24 interview with London’s Daily Mail he said Taylor wasn’t all glam and loved to ride on his motorcycle and stop for “a burger and a beer.” He recalls “a childishness about her” and says he has “wonderful memories” of his time with Liz. She apparently had good feelings as well, leaving him, he told the Mail, $825,000.
EVA LONGORIA & EDUARDO CRUZ
It was no surprise to friends when Eva Longoria, 36, and Eduardo Cruz, 26, traveled south of the border to Mexico on April 21. “They’re inseparable,” says a source. “It’s getting serious.” Despite rumors of a rift, Longoria has bonded with Cruz’s sister Penelope. Adds the source: “Eva is very happy.”
THIS CREW OF DOWN UNDER WONDERS ARE TAKING OVER HOLLYWOOD
Superhero flick Thor is the biggest role yet for Hemsworth, 27. His competition for the part? His younger brother Liam, 21, Miley Cyrus‘s on-again, off-again boyfriend.
Bridesmaids, out next month, is one of the largest big-screen projects to date for Byrne, 31. This summer she’ll play a geneticist in X-Men: First Class.
A newcomer on NBC’s Outsourced, Black plays Tonya, who runs the Koala Air call center in India.
Isabel Lucas, 26, recently teamed up with Henry Cavill to play Athena in Immortals, out later this year.
She’s Dr. Lucy Fields on Grey’s Anatomy. Next Taylor, 26, will star in ABC’s Charlie’s Angels.
Before playing Jason Stackhouse on HBO’s True Blood, Kwanten, 34, was on an Australian soap opera.
The actor, 34, plays Lt. Comdr. Steve McGarrett on the police drama Hawaii Five-0.
MEET the GODPARENTS
With a dad as fab as Elton John, his son Zachary needs a fab godmother-Lady Gaga! John says she’s “a simple person who loves her parents.” Zachary’s other dad, David Furnish, says he hopes Gaga will help their son navigate the music world if he chooses to follow in Elton’s footsteps.
OTHER CELEB GODPARENTS
JENNIFER ANISTON & COCO ARQUETTE
Jen is BFF with mom Courteney Cox.
STEVEN SPIELBERG & DREW BARRYMORE
She starred in E.T. He directed.
JAKE GYLLENHAAL & MATILDA LEDGER
Jake and Heath Ledger were pals.
John and husband David Furnish (in Hawaii on Feb. 27) have breast milk from Zachary’s birth mom overnighted.
CELEBRITY MUG SHOTS
REAL OR REEL?
SOME ACTORS MAKE GREAT BAD GUYS, SOME SIMPLY HAVE BAD DAYS-CAN YOU TELL THE MOVIE MUG SHOTS FROM THE REAL THING?
a. Natasha Lyonne
b. Woody Allen
c. Haley Joel Osment
d. Harrison Ford
e. Keanu Reeves
g. Dustin Hoffman
ANSWERS: a. REAL: Lyonne after her 2001 DUI arrest in Miami; b. REEL: From Allen’s 1969 classic Take the Money and Run; c. REAL: From Osment’s 2006 DUI arrest; d. REEL: Ford in 1993’s The Fugitive; e. REAL: From Reeves’s 1993 drunk driving arrest; f. REEL: Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama, 2002; g. REEL: Dustin Hoffman in 1974 in Lenny; h. REAL: McConaughey was arrested in 1999 for marijuana possession.
THE 4’9″ STAR LOOKS TINIER THAN EVER!
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is gearing up to film season 4 of her hit MTV reality show Jersey Shore in Florence by getting in shape. Polizzi, 23, told PEOPLE she was working out with a trainer, and on April 6 she tweeted about Zumba, a dance class. “I [eat] egg whites, chicken and salads,” she said, adding if she drinks, it’s vodka with seltzer. “Having spaghetti all day [will] throw me off!” she said. “I’m concerned!”
Meet Julia’s BIG SISTER!
When Julia Roberts, 43, shares the red carpet with sister Lisa Gillan, 45, it’s nothing new. “We shared a room for 12 years,” Julia said at the premiere of Jesus Henry Christ. They certainly clicked as coproducers of the film. Maybe it’s because, she said, “we have an argument once a year just to get it out of our system!”
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
• 4/20, Santa Monica: American Idol‘s Paul McDonald was all smiles with new girlfriend Nikki Reed (inset) at Coach’s Evening of Cocktails and Shopping to Benefit the Children’s Defense Fund. • 4/23, L.A.: Rashida Jones and Chris Pine showed their support as City Year Los Angeles kicked off its First Annual Spring Break: Destination Education, supporting public education. Jon Hamm and girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt joined in the evening for the cause; LMFAO performed on the Interscope stage. • 4/18, Las Vegas: Olivia Munn toasted the SKYY Infusions Dragon Fruit launch at Pure. • 4/21, N.Y.C.: Newly engaged Amy Smart hit the Body Shop Three-Minute Shower challenge in celebration of Earth Day at Columbia University. • 4/23, N.Y.C.: Hayden Panettiere and Amy Poehler pumped up the crowd at the Tribeca Film Festival’s screening of Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.