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.
May 24, 2012
As Michael Corleone once said, "Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in." Chris Paciello can relate. Variety reports that New Line is developing a script “based on the life of famed Miami nightclub owner Chris Paciello.” A subject we thought was as over as Paciello’s former night club Liquid and as relevant as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake, apparently Atlas Entertainment (The Dark Night, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel) thinks the resurrection of Miami nights past is still celluloid-worthy and has tapped Emmy winning writer Adam Mazer, author of HBO’s acclaimed Kevorkian biopic, You Don’t Know Jack, to come up with an original screenplay.
As for Paciello, who works as a marketing consultant at the Delano overseeing the restaurant Bianca and watering hole FDR among other things, he's been leading a sort of low keyed life with the exception of a, er, DUI bust back in February. "I'm happy and humbled to finally have the right opportunity to tell my story," Paciello told us. Let the casting games begin. Leave your suggestions on who should play Paciello and co. in the comments section. As for his ex, Sofia Vergara, we have a feeling she'll pass on this one. And for the record, for everyone out there, a little fact checking: Paciello never, ever dated Madonna.
May 21, 2012
As John Travolta's former massage therapists emerge with allegations of inappropriate behavior, we're hearing that a certain South Beach drag entertainer claims to have had a brush or two of his own with the actor at the Russian & Turkish Baths on Miami Beach a few years back. The model turned high profile drag queen is said to have had his own consensual touchy feely moment with Travolta following their individual Eucalyptus massages, a subject the former Sweathog is said to have been very, er, excited about, sharing the benefits of this ancient rubbing ritual while communicating his knowledge to the out-of-drag dude with a hands-on demo. Refusing to jump on the bandwagon, said drag queen is remaining uncharacteristically tight lipped and will neither comment nor come forward. That is, until Gloria Allred, attorney for two of the more loose lipped alleged ex-Travolta paramours, or JT himself comes a knocking. We're also counting down the minutes until some former Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne massage therapists jump into the ring as that's the hotel Travolta seems to favor, along with alleged late night in-room massage appointments, when he's in town.
May 10, 2012
Tampa resident and WWE superstar John Cena has filed for divorce from his high school sweetheart and wife of only 3 years, Liz Huberdeau, saying the marriage is "irretrevably broken." The soon-to-be-ex-Mrs.Cena has armed herself with powerful Miami attorney Raymond Rafool, best known for going head to head with Hulk Hogan in his nasty divorce battle against ex-wife Linda. In that case, Rafool allegedly took Hogan for 70% of his assets. Huberdeau hopes for something similar, but it's not going to be easy. Cena, worth over $18 million, has a 2009 prenup that is said to include the ability to take back all gifts and presents.
That stipulation has forced the soon-to-be-ex to hire Rafool, who told us "Although it is indeed unfortunate that John Cena decided to divorce his high school sweetheart Liz Cena; particularly, after they have come so far in their lives and in his career together, Liz will and really has no choice but to pursue all of her rights and entitlements. Although Mr. Cena pushes a prenuptial agreement and that the parties have only been married for approximately 3 years, Liz Cena has always supported John Cena, even when no one else did, and stood behind him and pushed him forward to achieve their goals for the last 14 years. Sadly, divorce is not the way Liz thought her perfect love story would end."
Another insider warns that this isn't going to be pretty, saying "This is going to dwarf the Hogan divorce in nastiness." Yikes.
Update--July 18, 2012--Not so fast on that forecasted nastiness. In what has become the summer of quickie, if not amicable, divorces, Cena and his ex have settled on an agreement. Said the ex Mrs. Cena's lawyer Raymond Rafool, "With regard to the Cena divorce filed on May 1, 2012, please be advised that all matters [in the divorce] have been settled and resolved amicably." Prenups, postnups, someone got their way. The end. (For now).
May 01, 2012
Singing the bleaus? Despite raking in the dough, Fontainebleau may still be on the verge of bankruptcy
Despite recent reports of raking in $9 in revenue per second and "leaving financial woes behind," the Fontainebleau may not be able to avoid filing for bankruptcy according to a leaked confidential memo sent out today by Fidelity National Title Group's Florida Underwriting Department to all Florida offices and agents of Chicago Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company.
Reads the memo, "You are hereby instructed not to close or process any title insurance transactions without prior written approval of the Underwriting Department in which the following individuals and entities are involved in the transaction: Bruce Weiner, Jackie Soffer, Jeffrey Soffer, and Ray Parello." The Soffers we know. As for Weiner, he's a former Turnberry CEO who has alleged that "Soffer siphoned millions of dollars from Turnberry companies for 'upkeep of his baronial lifestyle,'" while Parello is Turnberry's Director of Finance.
We sent the entire memo to our legal eagle, who, in layman's terms told us, "Sounds like he is going to have to file for bankruptcy. It also sounds like he is not going to be able to obtain title insurance for any of his properties that he either has or is planning to purchase in the future."
This, despite the fact that on April 3, the Herald's Doug Hanks wrote, "The 1,500-room resort that once publicly discussed bankruptcy proceedings now is impressing analysts with rapid profit growth and one of the most lucrative nightclubs in the country."
The Fontainebleau's Director of Public Relations Mabel De Beunza was unavailable for comment.
So were we just bam-bleau-zled (sorry) or is this not that shocking and no big deal? We'll leave that to the business experts like Hanks, who says "I would be cautious in assuming this will impact the Fontainebleau." We won't cry for them, but on second thought, for $9 a second we'll cry them a river.