Country's Royal Couple at the CMAs
On a lighter note, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kris Kristofferson may be 68, but he's still got it as far as the ladies are concerned. At the CMAs, CSI: Miami's Emily Procter told us she couldn't wait to meet her lifetime heartthrob. "My all-time crush, No. 1 on my list, is Kris Kristofferson," she told us, noting that also on it are actor Sam Elliott (Hulk) and LL Cool J. But Procter had to stand in line behind LeAnn Rimes to talk to him. Kristofferson had previously told Rimes that his daughter preferred her version of his song "Me and Bobby McGee," and "This year he grabbed me again and said, 'I just wanted to say thank you so much for recording that song,' " Rimes told us. "I punched my husband and said, 'Oh my God! He said it again.' "
But I Really Want to Direct...
If you want to see Blue Crush star Michelle Rodriguez, look for her on the L.A. party scene, but not on the big screen for a while, she says. "I've been working on the production end – that's why you haven't seen me for about two years," she told us at an L.A. party sponsored by Corzo Tequila, Millennium/Nu Image and Emmett-Furla Films. "I got into this business to write, so that's what I'm focused on now. But give me about a good 10 years and you'll see me in that director's chair." Also at the party: CSI's Gary Dourdan with his current squeeze, lingerie model Shakara Ledard.
Caught in the Act
Victoria's Secret models Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, at a Miami Heat basketball game as part of their "Angels Across America" tour.
David Cross, Adam Carolla and Ben Stein, at Schwab's in Hollywood at a surprise 37th birthday party for Jimmy Kimmel, thrown by girlfriend Sarah Silverman.
Barenaked Ladies singer Ed Robertson, with his wife, Natalie, and their kids (sons Lyle, 5, and Arden, 2, and daughter Hannah, 9) at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
By BEVERLY KEEL, MARISA LAUDADIO and JON WARECH