Heidi Klum: Reality TV Mogul?
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