Justin Bieber was seen checking in Tuesday The Villa Casa Casuarina (formerly the Versace Mansion) before heading to WALL where he gave a surprise performance. Bieber left that club with fifty--yep, 50 people-- and brought them back with him, partying until 8 a.m. Wednesday. The Biebs lounged it off all day at the pool before heading to sceney steakhouse Prime 112 for lunch around 3:30 p.m. A waiter said Bieber "seemed to be intoxicated, most likely from the night before." Ya think? Following lunch he went back to Casa Casuarina to nap before hitting LIV Nightclub, where he showed up just after midnight and spent the majority of the evening singing along to his songs and dancing to them from the DJ booth.
February 28, 2008
Demi Moore is landing in Miami on Saturday, we hear, for her appearance at the Miami International Film Festival, where she will attend the US premiere of her flick, Flawless, about a 1960s female exec who, pissed off at being passed up for a big promotion, goes in cahoots with a janitor played by Michael Caine to raid the company vaults. No word on whether hubby Ashton Kutcher will be with her, but our bets are on the fact that he will be here to support wifey. Also supposedly roaming around town: Rene Zellweger. This just in from official sources: ...."Demi Moore and Michael Caine will be at the Raleigh on Sunday night for the after party for Flawless which is also the 25th Anniversary celebration for the film festival." Excellent!
Even Chock Full O' Nuts changed their jingle from "Better coffee a millionaire's money can't buy" to the more inflation-worthy "Better coffee a billionaire's money can't buy." That said, there's still an outfit called Millionaire Matchmakers and they're looking to make a mitzvah for one 30-something rich dude looking for his
trophy wife true love.
The yentas are conducting an official search for a handsome South Florida millionaire’s bride-to-be at Hotel Biba in West Palm Beach, April 11th, 12th and 13th. Interested bachelorettes can call 561-790-3134 to make an appointment with the matchmakers and secure their spot. Here's their description of the single and
Him: 30-something, HOT, millionaire real estate investor looking for the girl of his dreams and to start a family to match. Boating enthusiast, loves the Miami nightlife, but looking to settle down.
Her: fits into any social scene comfortably, family-oriented, wants kids, likes dogs, non-smoker, active, enjoys going out to dinner, going to the beach and boating. Either a Floridian, or willing to relocate. Ages 22-36.
“He’s spent the last fifteen years of his life building his career, building a home and life for himself. He has everything, except the one. That’s where we come in. It’s our mission to find him the girl of his dreams and we’re 100% sure we’ll find her in South Florida and during this search," says matchmaker Torrie Tiernan.
You mean even a millionaire can't buy a bride at Mansion on a Saturday night? Perhaps he should take a cue from Chock Full O' Nuts and change his calling card to billionaire.
Seems that a certain advice columnist for a certain newspaper forgot to take his/her own suggestions. A very inside source tells us said columnist, who doles out advice on love and sex, was busted cheating on his/her significant other with an assistant. Apparently someone borrowed the columnist's digital camera and found some racy photos which were then shown to the columnist's significant other. "It's a major scandal," says our snoop, who added that "A bitter and acrimonious breakup is about to reveal itself." Never mind advice---it's a known fact that one should never neglect the blessed 'delete' button. Hint: It's not the Advice Diva, either.
Being the fiance of the president's daughter still won't get your posse into The Florida Room at the Delano, apparently. Page Six reported that Jenna Bush's fiance Henry Hager and a group of friends came down to South Beach for his bachelor party but were denied entry into The Florida Room last Saturday because star chef Bobby Flay was holding court for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Thing is, we know for a fact Hager was inside--while his friends were locked behind the velvet ropes outside. According to our source, Hager "Did a lap or two inside and left out the back to rejoin his stranded friends who were drinking at the Delano pool." Maybe they should have said they were the Secret Service? Meanwhile up in Boca, Bush and her girl friends had a low key weekend in a private home in Boca, according to People. The duo are marrying May 10 at Bush's ranch in Crawford, Tex.
February 27, 2008
Brooke Hogan was at B.E.D. last night filming the fifth (!) season of Hogan Knows Best. Hogan is currently living with best friend Amber Ridinger at her family’s estate while riding out her parents’ very public divorce. She'll soon move to her own place at Mosaic on Miami Beach. Hogan and two friends hung out until around 12:30 a.m. before the Monday night crowd strolled, supposedly in order to get home in time for curfew. Yeah, right. Later in the evening, music producer and Miami Beach resident, Scott Storch stopped by to visit with friend and co-owner of B.E.D. Lee Lyon. The pair set up shop at one of the club’s VIP beds with a crowd of
golddiggers rocket scientists women while enjoying a fashion show by Ducati.
February 23, 2008
The Rachael Ray party at the Victor last night was, um, entertaining in many ways. Unfortunately, according to many in attendance, the one thing missing was earplugs---you see, Ray's hubby John Cusimano and his band, the appropriately titled The Cringe, was the headlining act. "Her husband should stick to his day job," said our source who is still experiencing ringing in her ears today. And where was Rach while hubby played with his band? "She was inside in air conditioning most of the time. She came out to clap for him at the end of each interminable song." Ouch! Meanwhile elsewhere in wine and food mania, the Bubble Q event was a stellar one. Preggo hostess Giada De Laurentiis (who sort of resembles Natalie Portman) was one of many hits of the night. Al Roker left his weatherman hat at home in favor of a toque, cooking up some serious sausages. We asked him what the secret was, to which he replied heartily, "Beer!" Bobby Flay was roaming around, too, pausing for pix with fans, one who told us he's starting to get a little paunchy. Katie Lee Joel was hardly a diva piano man's wife, cooking up her own BBQ and serving it to eager fans, some who couldn't avoid asking where hubby Billy was. "He didn't want to upstage her, so he stayed away," said one source. Smart guy but her BBQ could have stood up to him at least last night anyway. Another big hit based on the swarms of camera toting fans looking for photo ops was the diminutive Cat Cora, whose shrimp with chili powder was, as Paris would say, "hot." Spotted sipping bubbly in the back of the tented area, R&B singer John Legend, who looked as happy as, say, we'd look if he started to serenade us. Who knew he was a foodie? The only one missing from the bash was Paula Deen, who was probably up at the Hard Rock or Gulfstream, channeling her alter ego---the one she told our colleague about at her Poker Party the night before---Paula Deen as "slot whore." Now that's delicious.
Anthony Bourdain has been out and about this weekend, too, but to the dismay of many a smitten female fan, with his wife. We've seen him everywhere, from the Bubble Q to poolside at the Raleigh yesterday and last night at DeVito for the Mario Batali and Jamie Oliver affair (where we actually saw China Grill emperor Jeffrey Chodorow waiting on line to get in). Speaking of DeVito, he was there, too. Rachael Ray and Giada were also there but we didn't see them. DeVito must have eclipsed 'em. Also seen around town, Top Chef Miami finalist Casey Thompson, at the Ritz South Beach, who told us she's doing well and was happy to be here again.
Photos: Lily Blitstein and Ralph Notaro/Splash News
February 22, 2008
Things aren't looking so Fergielicious for Stacey Ferguson right now. A copyright infringement lawsuit has been filed against the singer for her 2006 hit “Fergalicious”. The suit, filed by Broward-based songwriter and performing artist Derrick Rahming, also known as Afro Rican, and the companies Afro Rican Publishing and Hip Rock Entertainment, claim a portion of Rahming’s song “Give It All You Got” was used without the right to license or permission to exploit it. The suit was filed in the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida by entertainment attorney Richard C. Wolfe of Miami-based law firm Wolfe & Goldstein P.A. The claim states that Fergie deliberately copied, distributed and exploited a portion of Rahming’s composition without the express or implied permission of Hip Rock Entertainment or Rahming who wrote and recorded the track in 1995. “Derrick Rahming registered his copyrights in a proper and timely fashion,” said Wolfe. “Stacey Ferguson, who performs under the name Fergie, recorded a hit called “Fergalicious," which contained a sample of Rahming's recording and composition in the opening sequence. Fergie acknowledges her use of Rahming’s work in the album credits. However, at no time did Rahming give permission to Fergie to use his composition or sound recording. Rahming will seek disgorgement of Fergie's profits, which resulted from her unauthorized utilization of his copyrighted work. It will be up to a jury to determine what portion of the overall profits from the album are attributable to the use of the infringing work,” Wolfe concluded. The lawsuit seeks a temporary and permanent injunction restraining Fergie from exploiting Afro Rican’s copyrighted work and an undetermined portion of the overall profits of the album in addition to attorney’s fees and other legal costs. We're waiting for comment from Fergie's camp and if we don't get one perhaps the Dutchess of York has something to say about it on her behalf.
February 21, 2008
Federal Agents have been inside Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace all night, according to Sin City's Eyewitness News. IRS agents have been mulling around since yesterday, "conducting official business." Agents from both the IRS and US Treasury Department were in the nightclub's headquarters, saying they were there on "official business." Agents showed up at the club at 7 a.m. Wednesday and, according to reports, this "may be linked to tax evasion." Pure was not only hosting an after party for Bette Midler's first show last night, but plans to open at the Fontainbleau in Miami Beach at some point this year. Eyewitness News received a statement from Pure Management Group saying they are fully cooperating with the IRS investigation and look forward to a quick and satisfactory resolution. We bet they are. Meanwhile, celebrity investors in the Vegas hotspot---Celine Dion and Shaquille O'Neal--aren't sweating it. According to an exclusive report by Luxe Life, Pure execs are doing whatever they can to keep their celebs happy and in good standing with the Feds. “Everything has been completely honest and we have absolutely nothing to hide,” said one top level Pure insider. That means all the celebs for hire who have appeared at the club for a handsome fee--Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, Christina Aguilera, Tori Spelling and more--are in the clear--for now. “Again, there will be full co-operation because we do not have to run. We do not have to hide. We are completely out in the open. Everything has been dealt with properly in full keeping and we have done nothing wrong at all. Everything is completely documented and all above board,” the insider told Luxe Life. The report also details the IRS raids which included the homes of at least one member of the Pure management staff.
February 18, 2008
Some say the Ocean Drive party was light or practically nonexistent on celebrities, but in a city where everyone fancies themselves famous in their own minds, the party was packed with 'em. Best story of the night, however, is the fact that baseball star Mike Piazza was forced to sneak into the party via a back entrance because he forgot to sport the party's wristband! Meanwhile, Farmer Ted--er, Anthony Michael Hall, was seen moving furniture in the Imperia VIP Lounge to make room for Alex Rodriguez and Piazza. It's not the Dead Zone, but at least he's still working!
February 15, 2008
DJ Steve Aoki is spinning at Dek 23 tonight, but more exciting than that, for some, is that some major tennis players plan to stop by the place tomorrow night after the big Ocean Drive party at
Target Midown Miami. Seems that many cool, low key celeb types love Dek23, including October Road hottie Bryan Greenberg and ex Lindsay Lohan galpal DJ Samantha Ronson, who were there last week.