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.
June 30, 2009
Britain's Daily Star wins the prize for the most absurd Michael Jackson story thus far, claiming that The Forge's Al Malnik is the biological dad of Jackson's youngest child, Prince Michael II, aka Blanket. The rag took Malnik's statements out of context, of course, to wrongfully assume he was the dad. Malnik, who gave an on record interview to the New York Times over the weekend had said "[Michael] asked me, if anything happened to him, I would become godfather and parent to Prince Michael." Ok, so Malnik was the godfather, no pun intended to those who know about his past alleged ties to Al Capone. But the rag goes even further saying how photos show a resemblance between Jackson's older child Paris and Malnik's own daughter with wife Nancy. A shady source told the Daily Star, "Malnik has made no secret of the fact that he has a special relationship with Michael. And now he claims he is the father of his third child. If you look at pictures if Michael's daughter Paris and Malnik's own daughter, they both have a very similar look about them." Of course Malnik's spokesperson has dismissed these claims as ridiculous and frankly so do we. [Insert "the kid is not my son/Billie Jean" joke here]. The only truth to the entire absurdity may be the fact that Malnik, who helped bail his famous pal out during his financial/legal firestorm in the early 2000s, first met Jackson in a Beverly Hills plastic surgery clinic. Now that would make some sense but as for the rest, the only thing we believe Malnik donated to Jackson was money and even friendship, not, dare we say, sperm.
June 28, 2009
On May 17, 2003, Michael Jackson was the big headliner---emphasis on big head if you see his 'fro wig--at the 70th birthday bash of then financial advisor and owner of The Forge, Alvin Malnik. With the invitation, a recorded CD was sent out with Jackson singing the praises of his favorite restaurant. I lost that CD and whoever has it will probably make a fortune with it. Anyway, Jackson did, indeed appear larger than life at the disco themed party--with a few young male friends in tow, which of course raised eyebrows, but not as much as the actual presence of an icon in this iconic Miami Beach restaurant. I have hundreds of pix from that night because, like everyone else, I was also pretty starstruck. Now we wait to hear if Malnik, named godfather of Jackson's child Prince Michael II, also known as Blanket, will be raising a Jackson of his own. Malnik told the New York Times that, although he has yet to hear from the family regarding his status with the child, he has every intention of taking care of Prince Michael as if he were one of his own.
And during the MTV Video Music Awards in Miami a few years back, we believe in 2005, Farrah Fawcett was a surprise celeb at many of the parties, including one at Thomas Kramer's Star Island mansion, where she walked and worked the red carpet and mingled with the crowd like the true celebrity she was, not like some of the other one-hit-wonders gasping for their three seconds of fame. We ran into Fawcett, no joke, at the faucet in the ladies' room at the Delano where we shared a laugh about hotels trying too hard to be hip--not that we were talking about the Delano, of course. She was a class act and we were lucky to have her down here, if but for a fleeting weekend.
June 25, 2009
According to the South Beach Condos Blog, Naomi Campbell's tycoon boyfriend Vladislav Doronin is the buyer of Shaquille O'Neal's Star Island sprawl. And he got a bargain, too. The house sold for $19 million less than the original, outrageous list price of $35 million. Still, for that money, however, we hope the house is diva-proof.
June 22, 2009
We just heard from a Bravo spokesperson who officially confirmed that the casting we reported earlier is neither a "Real Housewives" series, nor is it associated with the network. We asked if there was ever a possibility that Miami would join the batty, bratty brand, and all the spokesperson would say was that the only confirmed location they are in development with right now is Washington, D.C. Perhaps the Miami casting was for a Peyton Place remake or maybe Desperate Housewives is looking for some extras?
Forget housewives and supposed socialites for a minute and get ready for Gimme Sugar, TV's only lesbian and bisexual reality show premiering tonight on LOGO, MTV's gay network. The second season of the show, Gimme Sugar 2, takes place where else, but right here in our backyard. According to producer Brian Forti, Gimme Sugar 2--Miami was shot in the spring at The Akoya on Miami Beach as well as "every gay club between here and Fort Lauderdale." Forti adds that, "It was a great project. The girls were delighftul and exciting and a blast to hang with. I had no idea how many beautiful lesbians live in South Florida!" All we can do is defer to our esteemed colleague Glenn Garvin, who wrote on his blog , "Can anybody in Miami who is not on a reality show just raise his hand?"
June 21, 2009
Yes, yes Alex Rodriguez and Kate Hudson partied at the Fontainebleau following A-Rod's benchwarming during the Yankees and the Marlins game Friday night. According to our tattle, the duo wanted to be seen and were they ever, pawing and prodding each other like Kevin Federline at an all you can eat buffet. Says our source, the duo was "all over each other at Blade where they were sucking face for like an hour without coming up for air." The snitch also tells us Hudson was acting like "an out of control teenager, giving A-Rod what seemed to be a lapdance." We hear Hudson's mom Goldie Hawn isn't too thrilled about her daughter's behavior lately either but from what we understand, it was all just a giddy girl acting all, uh, juiced up over her man. What's the big deal?
We're sure that Drew Barrymore's boyfriend Justin Long, the gooberish guy best known for shilling Macs on TV, didn't come to Miami to experience the incompetence at the Lincoln Road Apple store where we hear some chaos ensued over that new iPhone thingie. Quite the opposite, actually,as Long and Barrymore are apparently just here for some R&R, staying at the Delano and seen leaving the hotel around 7-ish Saturday night, making their way to the Marlins/Yankee game where they were seen sitting in the stands. Following the game, Barrymore--sporting a Florida Marlins jersey--and Long stopped by a pool party for the Humane Society at a house off Lincoln Road. According to our source, "Drew seemed out of it. She was acting all theatrical, while joking around with a bunch of her gay friends." Throughout the night, says our spy, Barrymore and Long were making out in a corner on a lounge chair. Other than the fact that Barrymore may be a not so closet Marlins fan, we're not really sure why they are here, especially considering the fact that Long used to, uh, download with a loose local gal who had a thing for cozying up to celebrities. As for whether Barrymore has a clue about Long's past Miami vices, who knows, but if anyone would have an app for covering up one's sordid past, it would have to be the Mac guy.
June 16, 2009
Some neither real nor housewives, these local "ladies" are in line for their fifteen minutes of something or other
Move over Kelly, Bethenny, Danielle and the ladies of Orange County and make room for the alleged Miami version of Bravo's Real Housewives brand of bitching, backstabbing, bullsh*tting, and shameless self promotion. If we believe our sources, however, Bravo may want to change the name of their show because, from what we hear, these alleged Housewives may include but not be limited to: drag queen Elaine Lancaster; party promoter/single mom Ingrid Casares; well heeled shoe designer, philanthropist and wife of shoe-man Donald, Lisa Pliner; philanthropist and wife of retired Miami Heat player Alonzo, Tracy Mourning; realtor and wife of infectious disease doctor Albert, Lourdes Alatriste; never married but engaged to (biz) partner Nick D'Annunzio for many, many years, publicist Tara Solomon; and philanthropist and wife of famous defense attorney Roy, Lea Black. We also hear some of the other candidates include:wife of Opium Group mogul Eric, Stacy Milon; wife of party promoter Tommy, Michelle Pooch; and wife of Market America mogul JR, Loren Ridinger. Hmmm, talk about typecasting, which, by the way, took place at the Angler's Boutique Resort early this month under a temporary shroud of secrecy. In full disclosure, we happen to know (and admire) several of these people very well and hope the show does not turn them into hideous cartoons. It's bad enough Miami, the city, is about to become as overexposed as a porn star's genitalia (no) thanks to Bravo's other poorly titled offering, Miami Social, which airs in July. The reality is that some of these potential cast members are neither women nor wives, never mind housewives, but because Valley of the Dolls was already taken, we guess Bravo will just have to go with the tried and not so true title of The Real Housewives of Miami, huh?
Beggars can't be choosers, so since summer arrived way too early here, we're experiencing the usual dearth of dirt, albeit a month earlier than usual and therefore we'll take what we can get. It's as dry as Paula Abdul's sippy cup after an episode of American Idol and we want a refill on the juice, stat! Send us tips, scandals, hints, allegations, heresay and stuff on anyone and anything going on down here with the exception of, say, a Kardashian or three. Unless, of course, those girls are doing anything interesting, and by interesting we mean something that's not fit for TV. Thank you.
June 09, 2009
Because we don't already have enough of the real things, the Clevelander is hosting a Khloe Kardashian lookalike contest Thursday night and here's the rub---the contestants are all drag queens! Sounds ridiculous, but would be even more so if they had a drag king contest to go along with it to find the ultimate Bruce 'stepdad of Khloe" Jenner lookalike. Elaine Lancaster is emceeing and there's a $1,000 door prize to the best drag Khloe, who will also win 15 minutes of something or other with an appearance on Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami. The biggest winner of the night, however, is Save Dade, which will benefit from the evening's liquor proceeds.