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 21, 2013
This just in: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has announced that actor, author and activist George Takei will receive its 2013 National Leadership Award at the 17th Annual Miami Recogniton Dinner Saturday, November 9 at the Fontainebleau. “I am deeply honored to be recognized by this wonderful organization that has been fighting for LGBT equality for the past four decades,” Takei said. “It is a privilege to be part of an event like the 17th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner that raises money for multiple organizations serving our community."
Best known for his role as Sulu on Star Trek, Takei credits his role on the cult classic for much of his activism. "Well, you know, I do think in the larger span of things, I owe it all to Star Trek, because Star Trek has given me this pop icon status if you will, and one of the gifts have been this megaphone I have which amplifies my voice and I can reach people. And I do think the movement for equality for LGBT Americans is in the same context of all of the great American movements, you know, the basic fundamental ideals of this country of justice and equality."
He's also pretty hilarious--especially on the internet, a subject on which he waxes in his recently published Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet, and in several satiric PSAs, including one in response to Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill that encourages viewers to say, "It’s OK to be Takei."
Tickets to the 17th annual Miami Recognition Dinner are $250 for general admission and $350 for VIP admission (which includes a private VIP cocktail reception and meet & greet prior to the dinner). Tickets are available online at www.miamirecognitiondinner.org and by phone at 305.571.1924. Follow the event on Twitter and Instagram at @SparkleMRD.
August 20, 2013
In this voyeuristic age of Instagram, this confessional TMI age of Twitter, it's hard to keep some things under wraps. Take, for instance, Friday night's D'USSÉ Cognac Jay-Z after party at Mansion, a booze-sponsored party not just for those "on the list," but for those 21 and over, as is always the case at the South Beach hot spot. When the concert wrapped up at Sun Life Stadium late Friday night, there was buzz in the Twittersphere that Justin Bieber, 19, was planning on showing up to pay his homage to Jay-Z at Mansion. Reps for the liquor company quickly tried to erase any signs of that by deleting some of their own tweets making mention of this very likely possibility. Then Bieber put out this picture (above) on Instagram and blew the whole thing wide open. Good going, Biebs, whose own people tried to underplay his law-breaking by emphasizing that he was only drinking water. As for Mansion, we've been told by their people time and time again that there are bigger issues in clubland than the presence of one under aged teenage pop tart. Before social media projectile vomited itself all over modern civilization, Lindsay Lohan drinking "water" in a South Beach club VIP room was much easier to keep hush hush than it is today. So what, if anything, to be done of this? Absolutely nothing. A rep for Bacardi, who asked to remain anonymous told us "We can't promote 18 year olds being in the club because it would get them fined." So what? Bieber can afford it. Put it on his tab.
August 16, 2013
It was a starry, starry night Thursday on Golden Beach when none other than Beyonce and Jay-Z turned up on shore after Mrs. Carter wrapped up a very "sexy" video shoot at the beachfront manse she rented out for the occasion. According to our sources on site, police--as far as we know, not Golden Beach's newest cop, Shaquille O'Neal--blocked off part of the tony town yesterday afternoon. The video was filmed at night and residents were told if they didn't film or take pictures during the shoot, Beyonce and her hubby, performing the final leg of his Legends of Summer tour tonight with Justin Timberlake at Sun Life Stadium, would come out and take pictures with them afterwards. They kept their words and made some peoples' nights and even lives. "Beyonce is beautiful!" gushed one witness. "Both could not have been kinder and more playful with the young kids and teenagers." Eyewitness Nicole Farchi Segal (pictured to the right of Beyonce above) agreed, saying, "It was an honor meeting them and they were incredibly nice!" As for the video, well, that wasn't exactly family friendly. "It was a very sexual Beyonce video coming out in four months."
August 07, 2013
A British magazine reports that Victoria and David Beckham have their eye on the Versace Mansion should Becks be bending towards bringing his MLS team down to Miami. Speculation has been that he is seriously considering it, but would the couple seriously consider living on one of Miami's most trafficked, touristy thoroughfares? Gianni Versace did it back in the day, but that was way before the TGI Friday's and Fat Tuesday's moved in. We asked someone close to the Beckhams and were told, "That house is way too tacky for Victoria. She may be a fashion icon, but I can't see her living in that ostentatious house on that dreadful street." Said Jill Eber of The Jills, the real estate team co-marketing the manse, which is set to be auctioned off in bankruptcy proceedings (min. bid $25 mil) September 17, "My comment would be we can't comment. Any buyer we work with is confidential." But according to Kevin Tomlinson, Vice President of ONE Sotheby's International, who has nothing to do with the property, "I've heard nothing. The Jordache family---Nakash--owns the lien so they're first up to get it." Or the first to sell it to the Beckhams. Stay tuned.