We've been to many concerts where the headliner had to scream at the lazy audience to get up and dance. Heck, even Madonna had to do it a few times. But when Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester took to the mic at last night's grand opening party for Klutch in the old Opium space, you'd have thought she was Lady Gaga. Either that, or the celeb-spotted audience was just hopped up on Red Bull or something. Take Twilight's Kellan Lutz, for instance, sporting a dandy look of all black with a newsboy cap and scarf. Although Lutz was seemingly distracted by the attention of an unidentified woman, as soon as Meester took to the stage, he went from suave teen heartthrob to an over excited guest star on Barney, cheering, jumping and dancing during her performance. Lutz was very pleased with his pal's performance, hopping over to the DJ booth to congratulate her. Gossip Girl and Twilight guy danced a little, hung out with the band and then parted ways as Twilight guy went to hang out with the guys from the band called Boys Like Girls. Meester, incidentally, sporting a short black dress with cutouts, worked the crowd like a pro, standing atop the bar singing in between grabbing fans and famous friends including Lutz, Project Runway's Christian Siriano and his boyfriend, and Melrose Place revisited star Colin Egglesfield. After Meester gave a big hug to Lutz, she danced away with her bandmates and backup dancers as Boys Like Girls took over the stage during which time Egglesfield and Lutz made like bff's in between sips of Ketel One and cranberry. Seasoned club types, ahem, said it was refreshing to see such a young crowd getting their grooves on, but couldn't help reminiscing about the nights when that club was in the clutch of a much different caliber of celebrities, the kind of which the only club they're belonging to these days is AARP.
December 30, 2009
December 03, 2009
The just turned 17-year-old Miley Cyrus may have dressed like a hooker--well, Julia Roberts circa Pretty Woman---on her birthday party invitation, but at the Fontainebleau today she was all beach blanket Barbie (more like Skipper, actually), sporting a hot pink bikini and prancing around the property on her cell phone. Cyrus is in town not for Art Basel, but for some down time following her last North American tour date. Pool party in the USA!
September 03, 2009
While Britney Spears made gazillions last night during round two of her Circus at the American Airlines Arena, her bloated ex hubby Kevin Federline, in town presumably to watch his kids while mommy worked it, was busy making the Miami rounds, partying like a rock star at BED on Monday night. On Tuesday night, Over-Fed was seen with girlfriend Victoria Prince at Louis Bar Lounge, sipping on vodka and soda and hanging out with Kourtney Kardashian's baby daddy, Scott Disick. What a perfect boys' night out. The only thing missing were some fried oreos and Jon Gosselin.
June 25, 2007
American Idol auditions are coming to Miami. On August 22, the American Airlines Arena will be overflowing with aspiring beat boxers, rockers, crooners and clowns looking for their 15 minutes of fame or infamy. Men and women 16-28 are allowed to apply, but there are more restrictions. Go to AmericanIdol.com for the rules.
June 15, 2007
Want to get a sneak peak of who will make the new Menudo? We know you do. We hear the 15 finalists have moved into the Sagamore Hotel, where they’ll be filmed trying to make the cut. Look out for the show to air on MTV Tr3s in the next couple of weeks. After that, hold your breath for the announcement of the making of the new New Kids on the Block.
May 22, 2007
Yep, that's right. Britney Spears took her case full o' hair extensions, her Red Bull and her B-12 shots and took off on a private jet back from Opa Locka back to LA yesterday. We contacted Spears's publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnick for comment on her client's return to rock star behavior, but to no avail. After all, spinning a hurricane into a drizzle takes time.
May 21, 2007
Play by play Britney, because you know you just can't get enough.
--She arrived via private jet in Miami around 4pm Sunday from Orlando, and after a wild paparazzi car chase through South Miami, she hit South Beach for some shopping with her girls. They hit stores around 8th and Collins.
---Spears arrived at Mansion at 5pm for a sound check, chilling out in her dressing room and getting ready for her show, which was apparently a newer version of her previous "shows" in that the other shows featured no costume changes.
--Spears's dressing room was filled with white roses, vanilla candles, a cookie and fruit plate, apple juice, Diet Cokes and sugar free Red Bull--per her request. Also, as we noted before, two corsets from Frederick's of Hollywood, again, per her request.
--Spears sat quietly in the dressing room--the space where Prince used to entertain throngs of women when Mansion was known as Glam Slam--where she put pictures of her kids around her and sipped Red Bull and apple juice while watching the crowd get psyched up below.
--According to a source, "Britney seemed lonely."
--She sported a thick black headband to cover up her hair extensions. After the show, she went back to The Four Seasons to get her extensions trimmed because she thought they were too long.
--Spears went back to Mansion for a bit, around 2:15, sporting a red bandana print dress and black fedora and was flanked by her backup dancers. She sat at a VIP table for a bit and then moved on to SET.
-- Again, with backup dancers, Spears moved into the VIP room and settled down with several bottles of Grey Goose and champagne. Spears was doing shots. "Lots of them," says our source. Purple Hooter Shots, in fact---part vodka, Chambord and 7-Up.
--Spears requested the DJ play Bob Sinclair's World Hold On," Fergie's "Glamorous," and "anything by Nelly Furtado." Spears apparently has a thing for her.
--She also visited the private VIP bathroom several times. "Like 80 times," says one spy.
--Says one witness, "Spears was dancing around like a crazy lady. She is definitely back in the scene."
Photos by Joshua Prezant and Manny Hernandez/For the Miami Herald
Britney Spears lip synched her way out of Mansion around midnight last night and was whisked back to the Four Seasons on Brickell, where she changed into a multi-colored skimpy top and fedora and ended up at the Raleigh. It was there where she stripped down to a bikini and recognized DJ Tracy Young, who DJ-ed the pop tart's 21st birthday. After a brief conversation, Young pulled out an envelope from her purse and, according to spies, gave it to Spears, saying "This was original music made for you." Spears thanked Young for her continued support and left at 2:30am for SET, where she partied in the VIP room until 5am. Meanwhile, police ticketed Spears's limo for illegal parking. We're sure that's the least of her violations from last night. On another note, among the requests Brit made from Mansion last night: a corset from the always classy Frederick's of Hollywood, a vanilla candle and cookies.
February 12, 2007
Last night's Grammy Awards were the best since Lionel Richie swept them circa 1980-something. Finally, singing as opposed to screaming. Talent, for a change. But one thing that struck us so odd was during the E! Entertainment red carpet pre show, when we saw 18-year-old Brooke Hogan being trailed by 14-year-old Miami Beach resident Amber Ridinger. What's up with that? Is Amber her apprentice, and, wait, doesn't she go to school? So odd.
November 28, 2006
Britney Spears was supposed to be at the Marlin Hotel right now, recording with Pharrell Williams. Williams had some cupcakes delivered to the recording studio as a little gift to Brit, who has been ditching her recording sessions in favor of partying with Paris. A better gift would have been a value pack of panties. But more important than that is that Oops, Brit DISSED AGAIN, and canceled her trip to Miami. We are sure Pharrell is pissed, and we think he should take it all up with Scott Storch, who is probably the one who introduced Britney and Paris in the first place. We're not so sure that replacing Kevin Federline with Paris Hilton was the best career move for Britney, but then again, we're not worth $150 million, either. Tracking Britney's arrival in Miami has become almost as tedious as hearing about Paris Hilton.