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.
April 23, 2014
September 09, 2013
I Wish, I Want: One Direction's Harry Styles possibly, maybe, maybe not buying a $19.5 mil Key Biscayne crib
While rumors abound via celebrity real estate blog Real Estalker that One Direction's 19-year-old Harry Styles is eyeing a massive Key Biscayne crib that would set him back at least a million bucks for every year of his 19-years on earth at a whopping listing price of $19.5 million, our real estate intelligence says no way. "His net worth is only $10 million at this point," says our spy, who also added that "Key Biscayne is too old, too foreign, and too stuffy for a British teenager." Well alrightey then, though we'd think most of America is too "foreign" for a Brit and much of Miami often too alien even for its own denizens. Styles is no ordinary teenager, of course, but for shame. He's only worth $10 million, which is still enough to buy a pricey house from high end Miami realtors The Jills. Incidentally, a rep for The Jills is on mute as usual, not yet returning our request for comment, but to borrow a quote from Jill Eber from our last real estate rumor about The Beckhams buying the Versace manse, "My comment would be we can't comment. Any buyer we work with is confidential.” In the meantime, click here for the listing at 755 S. Mashta Drive.
Update (9.16.13): Key Biscayne residents--primarily tweenage girls--are aflutter with excitement by alleged confirmations by alleged real estate professionals and big mouthed locals who say that yes, yes indeed, Harry Styles is going to be their neighbor. We once again tried contacting The Jills, but they must be busy with The Beckhams, their other alleged, potential clients who may, as of tomorrow, be the owners of the auctioned off Versace Mansion. We did manage to get a reply from a Sony Music/Columbia Records rep, Mike Navarra, who told us ever so predicably and cryptically, "There's no comment on this." Maybe those who have claimed to have already met Styles' house staff for tea and crumpets can give us more concrete answers.
May 07, 2013
If only feigned drama caused faux frown lines, the women of The Real Housewives of Miami would save a lot of time and money on injections. But enough about Botox. We're hearing a whole lotta nonsense going on in an attempt by some of the women to emerge either as relevant or, as they all not so secretly wish, as the coveted 'breakout star'. And what lengths some will go in a vain attempt to achieve that. According to our on and off set sources, a huge chunk of drama once again centers around a blog post we did back when the second season came to a flaccid finish.
It all started back in January when a tweet by a sleuth named Beth from Texas revealed that cast member Adriana de Moura (who, incidentally, was also allegedly married to someone else in Texas) had already been married to her so-called boyfriend, Frederic Marq since November 4, 2008. While the news created a tiny rumble in the Neverland that is reality TV, it allegedly solidified de Moura's place in the show's third season. That wasn't always the case, however.
"Some of the cast members got wind of the fact that they were going to be axed and conspired to try to get Adriana fired from the show for lying to Bravo in order to save their own asses," says our reality television Deep Throat. "They put it out there and it backfired because Adriana was asked back."
Lying is putting it midly, considering the fact that de Moura was moaning and groaning for two seasons on the show as to whether or not marry the man to whom she was secretly betrothed. While she won't win any Oscars for her performance, she did win a third season despite her lying to the network and to her own publicist, who told us back in January that de Moura and Marc got married on a whim and that there was a typo in the marriage certificate.
Let's break this down, shall we? A whim doesn't take 30 days to apply for as does a marriage license. Miami may have its debauchery, but it ain't Vegas. And as for that typo, it had something to do with the difference between her real maiden name Moura and her assumed maiden name de Moura. Semantics is all it was. de Moura is a married woman whether she likes it or not. We can't wait to hear how she spins this on season three. Hopefully she won't bring in her young son as a dramatic device. That would just be tacky.
Now it seems that de Moura, unbeknownst to her, has aligned herself with at least one of the spreaders of the news that has now become her official season three storyline, one that would have Shakespeare rolling over in his grave. What de Moura fails to realize is that her marriage certificate is public record. No leakage necessary. "Adriana blames Lea Black for leaking the story to the press," says our insider. Black, for those who were wise enough to avoid the show's freshman season, was once de Moura's very own Norma Rae. But that was then. Betrayal, only by Bravo.
In the meantime, however, de Moura is going along with her own story, having a May 17 wedding at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, followed by a reception at The Biltmore, despite the fact that she's been married since Beyonce released her women's empowerment anthem 'Single Ladies.' We got our hands on a copy of the lengthy 9-page Evite--er, invitation, which has strict instructions on how to attend a pretend wedding.
"Adriana and Frederic's wedding and the reception are being heavily featured on Season 3 of 'The Real Housewives of Miami,'" begins the "Wedding Reception Dress Code Inspiration" written by "the producers and event producer" Rick Campbell. "We are planning a beautiful affair and your participation is an important part of our special day. Your wardrobe selections will play a significant role in the overall look, feel and ambiance of the scenes, so we have attached an inspiration mood board to give you an idea of the dress codes we are requesting . . . Bravo has become known for their high profile events and weddings on camera, so we want to be sure that Adriana and Frederic's event goes down in the Bravo history books."
Nothing says love and romance like an an inspiration mood board! One that goes on almost as long as this post featuring photos of Sofia Vergara, some unrecognizable royals and assorted Vogue photo spreads. This certainly will go down in someone's book, that's for sure! Oh, and the not-so-newlyweds are registered at Saks. Click here for that invitation, obtained by an invitee who claims they "don't even know these people."
"Adriana is doing whatever she can to become the breakout star," says the source. That even includes her fianc--er, husband, Marq, who has been spotted frantically running around town asking anyone who would listen if they knew of any high end fabulous types who'd be willing to appear at this grand affair. Yep, he's casting for his own wedding. Can you say holy matriphony?
"Frederic is trying to recruit beautiful people as their 'friends' to attend the wedding. Adriana is determined to be the star of the show and outshine Joanna at all costs. She's begging and bartering, all to appear fabulous!" Correction: it's not a wedding and, if anything besides a gratuitous attempt to attract attention, it's more like a vow renewal, if anything.
Speaking of the comely Joanna Krupa, whose own wedding to on again fiance and South Beach club owner Romain Zago will be filmed in Los Angeles, we hear that de Moura has been overheard complaining that RHOM is "becoming the Joanna show," so it sounds like she is going to have to work a little harder than having a faux wedding and a boozy bachelorette party at hip hop hot spot Bamboo, conveniently a client of castmember turned 'friend of the Housewives' Marysol Patton.
Yup, it appears Patton has been demoted. We asked her about it and all she would say is "It is that time of year when RHOM and my life collide." Speaking of colliding, what of Lisa Hochstein, Ana Quincoces and Alexia Echevarria? While Hochstein seem to be on Team Krupa, Quincoces, along with Patton, is on team de Moura. Echevarria seems to be a floater. Good grief.
"It is an extremely orchestrated, fictional account of the demented sense these women call reality," says one insider. Indeed. And one we have no doubt the show's producers will spin into a tantalizing television tizzy.
April 14, 2013
Philanthropist and The Real Housewives of Miami cast member Lea Black is really a mad social scientist of sorts, fusing a motley crew into one big philanthropic Petri dish. Her latest concoction was seen Saturday night at the Fontainebleau at her and her defense attorney husband Roy's haute hootenanny to raise money for a cause bigger than all the egos in the ballroom--children.
And while we expected some people to act like children, the whole scene was surprisingly civilized and drama free. Sure, there were the grand camera-ready entrances of RHOM cast members Lisa Hochstein and Joanna Krupa, in attendance with their RHOM alum, the smart one that got away, dentist Karent Sierra. The other half of that show was busy showing solidarity for each other and took their drama to the gay polo tournament in Wellington. Footage of both forthcoming, only by Bravo. There was also a handful of hilariously colorful women at the party who should have been cast on that show, especially the one who introduced herself to us saying, "I'm not a stripper. I'm not a hooker. I'm a socialite."
But it was nothing compared to the grandest entrance made by erstwhile cast member, drag queen Elaine Lancaster, who entered with long time BFF and recent, unofficial North Korean ambassador and Kim Jong-un idol Dennis Rodman. The duo was joined by former Miamian Lisa Pliner, who seemed to provide the larger than life Rodman with more than his fair share of amusement. Toto, we're not in Pyongyang anymore.
Speaking of North Korea, Rodman spoke to us exclusively on his controversial trip there. "I have been contacted by the FBI and I met with them. They wanted to know what went on and who's really in charge in North Korea. I have been invited back to North Korea in August and I want to go. I'm not a total idiot. I know what Kim Jong-un is threatening to do regarding his military muscle. I hope it doesn't happen because America will take whatever actions to protect America and our allies. I do think, umm, you know, that we have to talk to people who want to cause us harm so hopefully they won't. I've been talking to folks for years who don't get what I'm about but that's cool, 'cause once they walk away they like me. I might be able to keep folks' heads cool. We all going to find a way to get along and keep peace. Peace and love is where it is at, Lesley."
Indeed. But beyond those politics, there were no doubt party politics taking place around the room, as young Miami mixed with not so young Miami (and some famous visitors including Lance Bass and Kardashian appendage Jonathan Cheban, who talked to us about his aspirations to become the "next Simon Cowell," because of his penchant for judging people) for a fun filled night of selflessness despite the inevitable presence of a few party crashing freeloaders who were captured on camera not so surreptitiously lifting a VIP gift bag.
American Idol winner Taylor Hicks provided the dinner music, a mellow, bluesy mix of Doobie Brothers and Elton John, while local fave Flo Rida got the crowd--and some willing and able women--up off their feet, onto the stage and, for some, almost out of their clothes with a powerhouse show of his greatest hits.
So further beyond the politics, baubles, Botox and ballers, how much was raised? "We're still counting," Lea Black told us. "It was a packed house of people partying until one in the morning. Between Taylor Hicks, Flo Rida, DJ Whi5ker5 and his incredible light show, and all the generosity, it was, hands down, one of the best parties yet." We agree. In what universe would you ever expect to see Kim Jong-un in the same blog post as The Real Housewives, Taylor Hicks, Lance Bass and Flo Rida? Now that's so Miami.
April 08, 2013
The Real Housewives of Miami may have, by default, made Mynt their official Peach Pit After Dark due to the ownership of the place by the boyf--er, fiance, of cast member Joanna Krupa, but it's not the only game in town, y'know. In fact, sometimes one of the housewives will even cross the border for a little alone time, like Alexia Echevarria did Sunday night when she headed to Fort Lauderdale's Off the Hookah--whose own name almost makes the intentional misspelling of Mint acceptable--to show her face at the wildly popular Life's a Drag party hosted by diva Daisy Deadpetals and a host of queens who could probably give some of the wives a run for their money or at least their Botox.
And while the flyer said RHOM would be filming Echevarria's appearance, no such luck. According to a network insider, "Bravo is not happy with the club using their logo since this was not a network-endorsed event. They're also not happy with Alexia for not following protocol."
The evening's host, Deadpetals, whose description of the evening was anything but wilted, said it didn't matter that Bravo didn't film the event. "She was super nice, taking pictures with whoever asked, answering questions from the audience, who asked if she was going to be a full-time Housewife this season. She said yes. Her husband [Herman] was with her--nice guy, gave me a glass of champagne."
We asked Echevarria about her road trip and she said "Off the Hookah invited me to do a special appearance. I had an amazing time and I will definitely be back!"
Those looking for some filming and allegedly some more of the RHOM cast, check out the 4th Annual Gay Polo Tournament in Wellington next Saturday, April 13, which happens to be on the same night as Lea Black's big Fontainebleau gala, so we guess she--and her own drag BFF Elaine Lancaster--won't be there, though we're sure the feigned drama will. Oh those poor horses.
January 04, 2013
It's not The 'Real' Housewives without something fake; the official spin on Adriana de Moura's marriage scandal(s)
Some reality TV sleuths (or cast members looking to detract attention from their own sad storylines or lack thereof) dug into public records today to discover that The Real Housewives of Miami's newly engaged cast member, Adriana de Moura, has already been married to her "fiance," Frenchman Frederiq Marq since, gasp, November 4, 2008. How dare she?! The big deal is that apparently de Moura's storyline centered around whether or not she'd marry her Frenchie. Now we find out she's been married to the guy this entire time. This wasn't de Moura's first fib down the aisle either.
She was married before, which she admitted, to Roberto Sidi, from whom she filed for divorce in Plano, Texas in 2001 (granted in 2003) despite saying on season one that she dumped him for cheating in 2006. A source close to de Moura says the former housekeeper turned art dealer slash aspiring night club singer (aren't they all?) has been married at least two other times, has never attended the Sorbonne in Paris, and, well, the list goes on. Scandal? Not quite, but the whole marriage cover-up does diminish any speck of credibility the Bravo franchise had, especially in the wake of the allegedly made-up-for-TV faux relationship between The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kenya Moore and her "boyfriend." It also adds a delicious irony in the fact that she faked not being married so she could play a housewife on TV. Go figure.
DeMoura's publicist Lynn Brodsky admitted to us that yes, "Adriana did get divorced in 2003, but her and Roberto tried to work things out and had a common law marriage until 2006. After breaking it off she then met Frederic in 2008. On a romantic whim after dating briefly, Adriana and Frederic went to the clerk's office on their own with no friends and family, and were married. There was a discrepancy in the certificate - so instead of having the marriage fix [sic] or annulled, they decided to take a step back and hold off until they were truly ready. Adriana and Frederic are planning to have a beautiful (and proper) wedding this spring." When asked about this alleged discrepancy, Brodsky told us "Marriage certificates are not valid by law if there is a typo on it. There was a typo on their certificate. I have no further comments at this time."
That "typo" apparently, was that her maiden name (or one of her many supposed married names) is Moura and not "de Moura." But the only real discrepancy we can find is de Moura's entire storyline.
We asked Bravo for comment on this whole thing to which publicist Ryan McCormick replied, "We were not aware that they were married."
Last night, The Real Housewives of Miami came to a squealing, screechy end with the second part of the series' heavily edited reunion show, which was filmed on November 30 in Manhattan. And while the show never earned stellar ratings, it hovered steadyish at around 1.2 million viewers a week, which isn't great (Atlanta has more than double the viewers), but it's better than the abysmal early season numbers of less than a million. Whether it's enough to earn a third season or not is yet to be seen and if there is, at least one cast member is reportedly taking the high road the hell out of there. Feel free to enter your guesses in the comments seciton. In the meantime, there are murmurs emanating from the Bravoverse that there is some consideration of a spinoff starring the show's hot topic, a trending topic last night in the Twitterverse: Elsa Patton, now better known, like a rich tomato sauce, as Mama Elsa. Patton is part of an elite crew of cast members turned Twitter trends, including Lea Black, whose name trended during part one. "The cat fighting between the women grew tiresome," says a TV insider. "The quest for them to seem relevant and the producers' feigned drama [ie. a married couple pretending not to be married for the sake of a storyline, as reported by Reality Tea] was eclipsed by the sheer presence and unintentional comedic timing of Mama Elsa. That alone is worthy of a spinoff." We asked Bravo publicist Ryan McCormick, who bluntly said "Not true," but find us a publicist who tells the truth 100% of the time and we'll find you a Real Housewife untouched by cosmetic enhancements. So, for fun, we went to the Mama of all sources, who told us, “At this time in my life having a show would be a very exciting thing to do.” And not just for her, either.
November 19, 2012
November 12, 2012
James Franco on WhoSay We received a few tips telling us that actor, writer, academic and general Renaissance man James Franco was seen lounging at the pool at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino over the weekend, which isn't that unusual until we saw his website, www.jamesfrancotv.com. On it were pix of Franco hanging out in his room and doing what most famous people do--lounging in these fine pink, cupcake printed footie pajamas. We have no idea why either, but it's James Franco, a multifaceted if not strange cat--er, cupcake. Doing a little digging, we discovered that on Thursday, Weezer played Hard Rock Live and on Friday they had the MMA's Bellator Fighting Championships. On Saturday, Paul Rodriguez played the Improv, DJ Laz spun at Passion, and at Gryphon were George Acosta and Donnie Lowe. Suddenly it all makes sense. Franco was here to see DJ Laz. The pajamas are a whole 'nother story.