Hollywood Now: Karlie Kloss on Hosting Project Runway, Ike Barinholtz on Raising Kids & Busy Philipps’ New Show

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Project Runway's new cast
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Karlie Kloss Takes Over the Runway

Model Karlie Kloss has a high-profile new job. Kloss, who is engaged to Jewish businessman Josh Kushner (brother of Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner) and has been preparing to convert to Judaism in advance of their wedding, is the new host of Project Runway. She will be replacing Heidi Klum with the brand-new cast of the design competition, which is returning to Bravo for its 17th season next year.

Busy Philipps & her kids
Busy Philipps with her daughters. Credit: Instagram @busyphilipps

“As someone who grew up watching Project Runway, I could not be more excited to host and produce a series that provides a platform to aspiring American designers as they pursue their creative and entrepreneurial dreams,” says Kloss. She will be joined at the judges’ table by designers Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell, Elle Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia and journalist Elaine Wentworth.

Busy Philipps Hosts Busy Tonight

Busy Philipps, last seen in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and I Feel Prettty as Amy Schumer’s BFF, is living up to her name, with a hot-button memoir and a new late-night talk show. In the book, This Will Only Hurt a Little, she makes some very personal revelations, writing about being forced to have sex at 14 and having an abortion. “Things that really impacted me,” she told Access Live.

The mother of daughters Birdie, 10 and Cricket, 5, Philipps, who has been in an interfaith marriage with Jewish screenwriter Marc Silverstein since 2007, launches her Sunday-Wednesday chat-fest Busy Tonight October 28 on E!

Ike Barinholtz on New Film & Raising Kids in an Interfaith Fam

Barinholtz & Haddish
Ike Barinholtz & Tiffany Haddish. Credit: Roadside Attractions

Having gotten behind-the-camera experience directing episodes of The Mindy Project, actor Ike Barinholtz makes his feature directorial debut with The Oath, a darkly comedic political satire that he also wrote, produced and stars in with Tiffany Haddish, Carrie Brownstein, Nora Dunn, John Cho, Jay Duplass and Max Greenfield.

Set at Thanksgiving, the story revolves around the family discord that intensifies when the president asks Americans to sign an oath of loyalty. Barinholtz’s politically liberal character Chris is the lone holdout, and it soon becomes clear that non-compliance with the rule has severe consequences.

The current political climate and a heated Thanksgiving dinner table argument in his own family inspired Barinholtz to write the script, and although Chris stays true to Barinholtz’s beliefs and his “side of the aisle,” the movie takes both liberals and conservatives to task. “I don’t think you can satirize properly unless you shine a light on everything,” he says.

Barinholtz, who is Jewish, is in an interfaith marriage with reality TV producer Erica Hanson, and they’re raising their three kids with awareness of Jewish and Christian traditions. “One of the best things to do is educate them to the point where they have an understanding of it and can make their own decisions,” he says. “I think that’s the smart way to do it.”

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About Gerri Miller

Gerri Miller writes and reports from Los Angeles about celebrities, entertainment and lifestyle for The Jewish Journal, FromtheGrapevine.com, Brain World, HeathCentral.com, and others. A New York native, she spent a summer working at Kibbutz Giv'at Brenner in Israel and attends High Holy Day services at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood every year.