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.
August 22, 2008
Johnny Depp is reuniting with his former band, The Kids, for two shows next weekend at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach. Depp and co. will join the Romantics and several other South Florida-based bands for The 2nd Annual Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert August 29 and 30. Last time Depp was down here, there were rumors he was finally making it legal with longtime baby momma Vanessa Paradis. No such rumors this time, just noise.
Despite a reputation for being severely shallow, Miamians really do love making a difference in the world--especially while making themselves look fabulous in the process. We've been given the insider's heads up to JustOneFrickinDay.com, a charity founded by the current face of Lancome, Elettra Wiedemann (daughter of Isabella Rosselini), which is working to equip a hospital in Kigutu, Burundi with solar energy for the term of its existence. The Italian stunner has enlisted Chris Benz, Phillip Lim, House of Diehl, Giambattista Valli, Rogan and Rag & Bone to come up with Africa- and energy- inspired t-shirts to be sold via the website starting August 25th. Elettra is already looking forward to a second round of tees which already has Yigal Azrouel on board and Miami's own golden boy, Ungaro designer Esteban Cortazar interested. Word on the street is that Jennifer Aniston loved our fair city so much that she said she'd only buy Cortazar's tee in homage.
August 18, 2008
Chris Paciello was arrested yesterday on felony assault charges, according to TMZ. Apparently the former Miami club kingpin got in a tussle at Hollywood's Les Deux nightclub. According to TMZ, the victim exchanged a few words with Paciello and his pal, LA Clippers player Cuttino Mobley. Paciello allegedly left, picked up another LA hot spot owner, Villa's Reza Roohi, and then went after the victim, who was found beaten and battered. The injuries aren't life threatening to the victim, but the charges aren't too hot for Paciello, who has been living the high life in LA and was said to be opening a club of his own. Paciello, aka Christian Ludwigsen, is still on parole from his previous charges. Not good, not good at all.
August 14, 2008
Ever wondered what really goes on inside Casa Casuarina, a.k.a. the Versace mansion? Now, for $50, you, too, can get a piece of the alleged action as owner Peter Loftin opens his house up for the Magical Mystery Mansion Tour, where from August 18-September 30, strangers can stroll the manse in a 45 minute guided tour. What gives? Does Loftin need the money? We asked publicist Susan Brustman what the deal was and she told us "Revenues go back to Casa Casuarina, to help offset costs of maintaining the property and keeping it pristine and beautiful. They can make the profits from a month of tours on one or two paid events. We're just so happy they're opening to the public, offering something new, educational and breathtaking to tourists and locals on Miami Beach." In these tough times we can't think of anything better to do with fifty bucks than to tour someone else's house, can you?
August 13, 2008
We broke the story of Jennifer Aniston diddling around with John Mayer many months ago when the two were spotted together at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. And now the cycle is broken. According to People Mag, the couple is no more, despite all the tabloids' screaming headlines that Aniston was ready to have Mayer's big headed baby. Frankly, if it's true, it lasted longer than we expected. Speaking of big stories that died fast--how bout that Madonna/A-Rod nonsense? Much ado about nothing, just like AniMayer, we guess.
August 10, 2008
So it turns out that Rielle Hunter, the mistress of John Edwards, is a Florida gal. Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale as Lisa Druck, Hunter went to high school somewhere down here and then went to the University of Tampa, where she
graduated in '84 attended for two years before dropping out for a degree in velvet rope-dom. At that time she renounced her Floridiana and hit the bright lights, big city of NYC, where she was an alleged party girl who inspired Bright Lights, Big City author Jay McInerney to write his 1988 novel Story of My Life. If anyone out there recalls Ms. Hunter before she became a professional homewrecker, when she was just Lisa Druck, Florida girl, please let us know. So far, no one seems to have any clue. But remember, if it walks like a Druck, talks like a Druck . . .
August 07, 2008
August 04, 2008
Just spotted out back at the Delano: Are they or aren't they gal pals Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson. Yep, they are . . . here. According to some well placed sources, Lohan darted through the lobby, making a mad dash to the elevator while Ronson barked at her to come back and wait with her at the front desk. Lohan, sporting black spandex, refused. How romantic. Oh, and we highly doubt they are here to "marry," since gay marriage is still illegal in Florida, but Ronson is the step sister of Roman Jones of Opium Group so perhaps they're here to meet the stepfockers--er, stepfolks. On another note, our Windy City spy tells us she was "Just with those two at the Hard Rock," and says despite what some believe--that it's a big ruse, "They are very much a couple." But wait! There's more! "While Samantha was DJ-ing at the Hard Rock Saturday night, Lindsay was five feet away Blackberrying the whole time," adds the spy. "Turns out, she was messaging Samantha--they both kept looking at each other and giggling after reading the messages." After their message-fest, the two went to the bathroom together. Awww.
And now, a play by play of their activity because we know you care:
On Monday night, the happy (?) couple was spotted dining a deux at Nobu before making a very brief appearance at Skybar.
On Tuesday night it was The Florida Room at Delano after enjoying a romantic meal at Macaluso's, where the two made like Lady and the Tramp and shared a strand of spaghetti. It's your guess on who played the lady and who was the tramp. Actually, there was no tramping, as the duo arrived around 10 p.m. with Ronson's parents and little brother. They ordered a bunch of appetizers--Lohan ordered the restaurant's famous meatball and Mac Salad. When it was time for entrees, she ordered another meatball and Mac Salad. Love, it seems, makes Lohan hungry. Lohan told our source that she was a little sick and not feeling well. Cough, cough. Or would that be sniff sniff?
As for the two together : "They weren't that affectionate, but they were with Samantha's parents, so that's probably why.They seemed very happy together, though." Apparently Lohan and co. loved the food so much and Lohan said she'd be back very soon. We hope she brings her mom next time!
August 03, 2008
We won't get into the politics here---y'all know Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were at SET last night stumping for Barack Obama. Nothing crazy at all. Yes Garner is preggo and Damon's wife Luciana looked as if her water was about to break. So instead of getting into the lovefest for their preferred candidate, we present you with a series of pictures.
Special thanks to Vanessa, Paula, Brandon and Joanna.
August 01, 2008
Should you have strolled on Ocean Drive lately you may have noticed a major void---you know, the guy (?) sporting a bikini and sarong, dancing to his boom box with dollar bills tucked into his noticeable crevices? Apparently he fled to NYC for the summer and is already becoming a major star. Check out TMZ's posting on him and see for yourselves.