Dennis Rodman was seen holding court Wednesday night at the bar at Joe's Stone Crab, where our source tells us he was "slapping everyone on their back as hard as he could, screaming in a loud voice, totally wasted." He then walked over to the host stand to ask for a table and "made a giant scene," causing a staffer to pull him aside, quietly telling him he'd not be seated. After that, not even a North Korean dictator could command the beleaguered baller a table as he was overheard telling his group--a male friend and his parents--they'd have to leave and go to Prime 112 instead, saying he can always get a table there. Police quietly approached and Rodman was overheard apologizing, saying he understood, whispering to the cop that he was "very sorry and respected the decision to kick him out." Was quite the scene, says our source, who says "he looked truly remorseful." Meanwhile, over at Prime 112, Rodman ended up happily nestled at an outdoor table on the restaurant's terrace and, at one point, smoking a cigar inside. "He's such a mess," said our Prime mole. And all was well again in his world. Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Pyongyang anymore.
September 30, 2008
GIrls Gone Wild-man Joe Francis was was digging Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson Friday night. Despite the fact that one of Hugh Hefner's harem is rumored to be dating a football player, Wilkinson finished up hosting duties at Karu & Y and joined Francis at Heathrow Lounge where CAA agent Kevin Huvane was holding court. According to a witness, Huvane "Sat back and watched Francis and Wilkinson getting pretty close while dancing to a Billy Idol remix." We're not sure what's worse, the not so odd coupling or the fact that someone decided to remix a Billy Idol song.
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September 26, 2008
Word on the streets is that some people are pushing for bona fide casinos in downtown Miami and on Miami Beach. We've gone through this before with Donald Trump and it didn't work out, but who knows? With the economy the way it is right now, why not open more places where people can lose their life savings? What do you guys think?
Meanwhile, for those who like to play with pretend money, pretending that the abysmal real estate biz is booming, Monopoly is introducing a new Miami and the Beaches special edition, in which players (and there are many in this town) can own and sell hot spots like Vizcaya, The Clevelander and even Ocean Drive. Playing cards include typical Miami behavior like partying too much during the Winter Music Conference and selling artwork at Art Basel. To order the game, go to www.monopolymiami.com.
September 23, 2008
Or should we say Mi-random? Sex & The City's Cynthia Nixon is hosting a Barack Obama fundraiser this Saturday at Heathrow Lounge from 7-9 p.m. Expect pithy, Miranda-esque comments on Sarah Palin and her, uh,
lipstick politics. That is, if Nixon actually speaks and doesn't just show up. General public pays $50, students pay $25, and those who didn't lose too much money in the shaky stock market can pay $250 for a private VIP reception earlier. Wouldn't it be nice if all the candidates donated their millions in campaign funding to bail everyone out? For those in the liquid, call 305-479-6654 for tickets.
We're not quite sure what the message is when a multi-million dollar club reopens with an additional $10 million in refurbs and a "cast member" of Hugh Hefner's harem and The Girls Next Door, but that's exactly what's going on down there in the ghetto Friday night. Kendra Wilkinson, who now has black hair and is rumored to be leaving the Playboy Mansion and is reportedly engaged to Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett, is hosting part one of Karu & Y's grand reopening Friday night. She'll be there again on Saturday, when Nicky Hilton takes over hosting duties. Hey, at least it's not Brooke Hogan, right?
September 19, 2008
Art Basel Miami Beach isn't that far away, and if you think about it, the only people who will be able to afford to come here and buy art are overpaid celebrities, so it's only fitting that celeb photogs Markus Klinko and Indriani will unveil their all-star exhibition down here during that time. According to the NY Post's Page Six, the artists are shooting Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and even newly svelte celeb chronicler Perez Hilton.
There's closure in the summer scandal that fizzled out as fast as Amy Winehouse's sobriety: Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez are officially and, allegedly, amicably divorced. Terms of the settlement haven't been released, but when Cynthia filed, she demanded a piece of A-Rod's earnings and their $12 million Miami mansion. As for who gets A-Rod's alleged mistress, Madonna, in the divorce? Guy Ritchie. Much ado about nothing.
September 18, 2008
Although Ellen DeGeneres is trying to fix actress Eva Mendes up with Ryan Seacrest, the actress is flying solo and will be at Macy's Dadeland and Macy's Home Store at the Aventura Mall Saturday to launch Mendes's home decor line, Vida. Customers will have the opportunity to meet the actress as she discusses her inspiration for her new designs and autographs pix of herself. Those who plunk down $100 for something Vida will be among the first to meet Mendes, who will be at Dadeland at noon and Aventura at 4 p.m.
September 12, 2008
So much has been made about how awful and ugly Miami drivers are, but now, thanks to a new Travel and Leisure online survey of 125,000 people, Miami's residents have been voted the most beautiful people in the country. The survey ranked 25 cities in 45 categories ranging from most affordable to friendliest denizens. Hey, we'll take what we can get. Ranked least attractive, sadly: Philadelphia.
September 11, 2008
Big score for former Miami club kingpin Chris Paciello, who, according to TMZ, will not be prosecuted for an August throwdown in LA. Paciello and Villa owner Reza Roohi spent a night behind bars after allegedly beating a guy to a pulp with hands and automobile. Although a video camera caught the battering, Paciello and pal won't be prosecuted because the video shows the victim wielding a knife.
September 08, 2008
Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell were in town recently. The trio was spotted at Blue Door at Delano last Wednesday, and Jackson was seen buying some Samsonite luggage at Bodymindtravel on Saturday. Conspicuously absent were Paula Abdul (who some say may be preggo with her first child, although when it comes to Abdul, "preggo" could be code word for off her meds) and soon-to-be rival, new Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. On Friday night, Seacrest and Jackson stopped by SET, where Jackson sipped Perrier and Seacrest, who, according to our snitch, "was apparently feeling quite festive, surrounded by ladies," did shots of Grey Goose with several of the leggy SET servers. If only they showed footage from these antics on the show as opposed to those incessant, abysmal auditions by the tweaked and talentless.
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