Heidi Klum: Reality TV Mogul?
Heidi Klum, at the Project Runway launch party
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Supermodel Heidi Klum isn't just another pretty face. The new mom and host of Bravo's reality show Project Runway tells us she chose to do the series because she saw an opportunity to help steer its direction. "I didn't want to just show up and do the normal things I do when I am modeling," the German-born beauty told us at its launch party at New York hotspot PM Lounge. "I wanted to have some input into the show and have some ideas brought in. I liked the aspect of being more than just the host." Klum, who attended the party without singer beau Seal but with designer and Project Runway judge Michael Kors, says dressing herself for TV sometimes presented a challenge after giving birth to daughter Leni. "I did the show when the baby was just three months and I was chunkier than I am now," said Klum, who was back to her model figure and shimmered at the party in a gold Sass & Bide dress. "I had a hard time finding certain things for the show."
Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Nicole Richie, Nicollette Sheridan and Eliza Dushku were among the celebs who got an early holiday gift of their own – in the form of a performance by multiplatinum-selling rapper LL Cool J – at Motorola's recent Toys for Tots benefit at the Music Box Theater in Hollywood. Guests were asked to bring a small toy to donate to the charity (which distributes an average of 8 million toys annually), and once onstage, LL pledged $10,000 to the cause and asked for people in the audience to match it. Also at the show were new couple Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips, Rachel Hunter, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennie Garth, Samaire Armstrong, Kelly Osbourne and Lance Bass.
Sight for Sore Eyes
Saving the universe from the evil Necromongers in The Chronicles of Riddick would have been a whole lot easier, says Vin Diesel, if it didn't require him to wear special reflective contacts. "It was the most dreadful part of filming," says Diesel, who stars as the titular hero in the sci-fi movie, recently released on DVD. "I could do anything – you could drop me 50 feet, I could fly 100 feet in the air, I could fight 20 guys in armor, (but) putting those contacts in was torture. My eyes were constantly irritated." Diesel next will trade in his contacts for a minivan, starring in the suburbia-set family action-comedy The Pacifier, due next year.
Caught in the Act
L.A. eatery Il Sole continues to draw celebs by the bushel. Recent guests have included Brittany Murphy, Mark Wahlberg, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr. (whose poster is on display at Tower Records across the street, advertising his new album), Jeff Lynne with Ringo Starr and Catherine Bach, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael and Kirk Douglas, and director-producer McG (Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle).
By BRIANA HAAS, MARGI BLASH and MOLLY LOPEZ