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Julia Roberts’ Paparazzi Dust-Up Shows Need for (Self) Regulation

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts' dust-up with paparazzi who were swarming her and her children during an outing the other day points up -- again -- the need for some sort of regulation regarding overzealous photogs. It's time. It's years past time, in fact.

Best of all would be self-regulation, in the form of a pact between the celebrities' camps and the agencies who rep the camera-wielding hordes. Buyers, from the tabloids to TMZ and other online and TV outlets, would then have to do their part by purchasing pictures and video only from signers of the agreement. And if they didn't, they, and their parent companies, networks, or production entities would be barred from having any celebrity access -- and from film/TV/music advertising involving stars.

Items to be included: discretionary distance when children are involved.

Roberts' encounter is just the latest in a string of messy, even scary episodes involving paparazzi and celebrity children.

Pamela Anderson recalls cameramen swarming her car to the point she and her then-young sons could not escape without her driving over a photographer(perhaps she should have.

Heidi Klum recalls the incident in Central Park awhile back when paparazzi swarmed her and her children -- and other parents on the scene took matters into their own hands and started pelting the offending photogs with water balloons.

"It sounds like fun when you read it maybe in a newspaper somewhere, but in reality, it's not so much fun when there are children involved," she told us at the time. "My children are screaming, 'What's going on?!" I don't think that people should start fighting over it. I don't want people to get hurt ... I'm like, 'Let's just go away.'

"It's something that you just deal with, unfortunately," she went on. "I wish there was some sort of a law that maybe they have to be at a certain distance, or there can't be more than two ... I wish there could be something done. I know people say, 'They're celebrities, and why shouldn't we get photos of them all the time?' But people forget about the person being shot all day long and their children." Amen.

HEIDI KLUM: ‘I’m Becoming My Grandmother’

Heidi Klum Lifetime photo

Heidi Klum Lifetime photo

Fans of German supermodel-mogul Heidi Klum are well aware by now that the “Project Runway” hostess doesn’t let pregnancy slow her down.  Expecting her fourth child in October, she tells us she’s feeling good.

“I have to say I got that from my grandmother.  My grandmother had a lot of children, and it’s funny, but I’m turning into my grandmother now,” she says.  “I loved my grandmother.  My daughter Leni is named after her.  She always would tell me about when she had her children — for her, the most important thing was her to have a big family.”

Not surprisingly, Heidi remembers her late grandmother “was a beautiful woman.  I’ve only seen photos of her when she was young.  I only remember her being older.   She was like this fuzzy and warm person, and she would always have great stories to tell.  I would lay in the bed with her and she would tell me things about our family, and things from the war, and …she was always great.

“Now, I’m like, ‘Oh, my God.  We have four children!’” she says, referring to her brood with husband Seal.  “I would never have thought, when I was little, that I would have such a great big family.  It’s fun.”

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO: Spike TV is taking adrenaline to the next level in their just-launched “Surviving Disaster” show, in which dashing ex-Navy Seal Cade Courtley takes viewers through a series of simulated disasters and teaches them how to survive.  “One of the senior executives at Spike said she woke up one night thinking, ‘What would I do if this or that happened?’  She thought it would be great to do a show where we came up with the ultimate survival manual, but for situations anybody can find themselves in,” explains Courtley, who simulated an earthquake, shark attack, plane crash, nuclear attack, mall siege, and bio-terrorism attack.

Cade Courtley

Cade Courtley

Luckily Courtley’s military training turned out to be a huge asset for the show.  “After making it through Seal training and the stuff I did as a Seal, I guess you start to feel like you can make it through anything.  When you have that kind of a mindset, there’s a certain confidence that goes along with that.  The confidence is really helpful when all hell breaks loose,” he notes.  “We try to teach people, ‘Yeah, that just happened.  Take a breath.  Let’s get that brain working and we can problem solve our way through this.’  It’s nothing too advanced where you’d need 20 years experience of hand-to-hand combat.”

While he’s certainly equipped to handle disastrous situations, Courtley says he’s just glad he’s finally getting to play pretend this time around.  “Some of the stuff I’m doing on camera is a lot closer to my last line of work because it’s dealing with problems that could be potentially deadly.  But I’ll take 80 degrees in Los Angeles any day over 120 in Baghdad.”

ANOTHER GENERATION HEARD FROM:  Lou Diamond Phillips doesn’t mind admitting, “Nepotism is alive and well in the Phillips household.”  Three of Phillips’ four daughters – the elder three — and his wife Yvonne were all seen in his “Love Takes Wing” cable movie of earlier this year, and he says, “The scary thing is, the girls have been bitten by the bug.”  But he doesn’t sound that scared.  “They’re actually good at it,” he says.  “I can see they have natural talent.  It was fun to direct them and see them get it so quickly.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Heidi Klum Saddened by Paparazzi Balloon Battle

Heidi Klum on "Project Runway"

Heidi Klum on "Project Runway" (Photo from Lifetime Channel)

Heidi Klum is saddened by the recent confrontation between paparazzi who were swarming her and her young children in a New York City park – and other parents on the scene who took matters into their own hands and started pelting the offending photogs with water balloons.

“It sounds like fun when you read it maybe in a newspaper somewhere, but in reality it’s not so much fun when there are children involved,” she tells us.  “My children are screaming, ‘What’s going on?!”  I don’t think that people should start fighting over it.  I don’t want people to get hurt.  You don’t know how the paparazzi are going to react when they get hit with balloons and they start yelling back and forth.  I’m always worried that something might happen.”

The “Project Runway” hostess, who is expecting her and husband Seal’s fourth child in October, says she left the scene quickly.  “I’m like, ‘Let’s just go away.’

“It’s something that you just deal with, unfortunately,” she goes on.  “I wish there was some sort of a law that maybe they have to be at a certain distance, or there can’t be more than two…I wish there could be something done.  I know people say, ‘They’re celebrities, and why shouldn’t we get photos of them all the time?’  But people forget about the person being shot all day long and their children.”

MEANWHILE:  The super-achieving supermodel cum producer-TV personality-entrepreneur and her family will be heading off on a vacation next week.  She’s just  completed shooting of her latest season of “Project Runway,” and done a round of promotional chores trumpeting the intensely popular, Peabody Award-winning show’s return to the tube.  The airing of “Runway’s” sixth season, you may recall, was delayed nine months due to the legal wrangling over its move from Bravo to its new home on Lifetime.  Festivities begin Aug. 20 with a two-hour “Project Runway:  All Star Challenge” special featuring eight favorite contestants from past “Runway” seasons competing for a $100,000 prize, followed by the new season’s first episode.  And in addition to the regular “Project Runway,” there will now be a companion series called “Models of the Runway,” showing the action from the models’ points of view.

“I appreciate all the designers that came back for the challenge because once you’ve kind of done the show and gone on with your life, to come back and then maybe not be the winner again, for example, is not so good,” Heidi observes.  “Or maybe you’re the winner and then not the winner.  There are all these possibilities for how it might end up.  You don’t want the big L for loser on your forehead, again.”

Darryl M. Bell and Tempestt Bledsoe at BET Awards (Photo by Matt Slayes AP)

Darryl M. Bell and Tempestt Bledsoe at BET Awards (Photo by Matt Slayes AP)

MAN OF THE HOUSE:  “We’ve heard from a lot of people who have said that they had no idea we were even a couple,” says Darryl M. Bell, star of “A Different World,” who is the long-time partner of “The Cosby Show’sTempest Bledsoe.  The two have opened up their lives for Fox Reality Channel’s newest show “Househusbands of Hollywood,” which follows the lives of five men and their high-powered wives or in Bell’s case, girlfriend.  “Before now, we’ve never really spoken publicly about our relationship in the media, although we haven’t been hiding it,” he notes.  “As far as our pedigree in television, there’s a certain expectation of what people think they will see from us.  There’s nothing salacious.  It’s just a sweet and comical relationship on many levels and hopefully that’s what we convey.”

Despite the show’s premise of showing men who are stay at home dads while the women are the breadwinners, Bell’s situation is different.  “In our case, Tempestt and I are not married, nor do we have kids, and she’s not the breadwinner in our relationship.  We’re both working actors so in that sense our lives are a little different.”  However, Bell thinks those men’s storylines are very important for today’s society.  “With the epidemic of single parent families in this country and the absence of mentoring for young men, I think seeing men who are raising their children and made them priorities is important and that’s what you see in this show.”

When asked if he and Tempestt have any plans for marriage and a family of their own, Bell responds, “If I could predict the future that well, I’d be at the Powerball station right now.  I generally just try to talk about where we’re at today, and where we’re at today is happy and content, so we’ll see what the future brings.”

THE VIDEOLAND VIEW:  Infomercial king Kevin Harrington tells us that it’s the real deal on ABC’s Aug.        9-premiering “Shark Tank.”  In other words, he and his self-made millionaire fellow judges/potential investors on the show have actually been interested in some of the products and services contestants will be seen pitching to them.  “I have to be careful with confidentiality, I can’t disclose what projects I looked at and what are the specific deals I may have made,” he says.  “But I can say there definitely was some buying activity, some investing activity in the first rounds.”  That’s good to know, because there is clearly some funny business as well.

“If you watch the trailer, some of that is going on.  There are crazy, zany things none of us took too seriously,” says Harrington.  For instance, “a surgically implanted Blue Tooth device.”  Harrington notes that the contestant putting forth that idea told the judges (a.k.a. “sharks”) “You may be laughing now, but 10 years from now, it may be a reality.”  However, he points out that 10 years is too long to interest him.  “Some companies expect five-year waiting periods.  The pharmaceutical industry, for instance, builds time for clinical trials and FDA approval into their plans.  That’s not for me.  I’m in the business of taking a gadget and within 90 days to six months being able to bring it to market and start generating revenue.”

Harrington notes, “There are so many ideas out there, and to be honest with you,  if you look at a thousand, 950 of them are going to be very tough to bring to market.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster