Shahs of Sunset's Reza Farahan was spotted making the worst karaoke singer sound like Streisand Thursday night at The Cabaret, slaughtering Blu Cantrell's Hit 'em Up Style. "We could not get him off the stage. He sang horribly and tried to be the emcee," says our source. See for yourselves, but we warn you, it's painful.
March 14, 2014
Aural Wrecks: Shahs of Sunset's Reza Farahan slaughters on stage at South Beach sing spot The Cabaret
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.
February 06, 2013
Dubiously known as the French Kim Kardashian, Nabilla Benattia is famous for her own personal exploits and, among other things, a sizeable tattoo just below her ass cheek that says "Everybody Dies but not Everybody Lives."
July 16, 2012
Kim Kardashian to shill Midori Friday night at the Delano; witness the shilling yourself via Twitter contest
April 05, 2012
You definitely didn't want to be in the shoes of certain Real Housewives of Miami cast members Wednesday afternoon at the just sold Star Island estate of shoe moguls Donald and Lisa Pliner. The couple hosted a classy ladies' luncheon followed by a fashion show of Lisa Pliner's 2012 fall collection of fab footwear, which some would argue were the real stars of the show.
All glammed up, made up, and wired like mafia rats were most of the cast: drag diva Elaine Lancaster, model Joanna Krupa who flew in from LA just for this particular scene--er, luncheon, plastic surgeon's wife Lisa Hochstein, dentist/model Karent Sierra, lawyer/chef Ana Quincoces, and returning cast members Lea Black, Adrianna De Moura, and Marysol Patton. Also in attendance and staying as far away from the cameras as possible was a gaggle of Miami society gals who were just there to see shoes and observe the scene.
And a scene it was, as the heat beat down on the glitz, creating a hot and bothered on-and off-camera situation between a few "Housewives" in particular, namely Patton and Lancaster, who had it out over some bad blood drawn long ago. To the disappointment of a few, no wigs flew, no tables flipped and no one ended up wrestling in the pool a la Krystle and Alexis.
Some of the on camera drama may be saucy, but even saucier was the off-camera drama between cast members and puppet master producers, who are most definitely stirring the pot with some carefully choreographed on-camera confrontation that's not quite Bob Fosse, but more like, say, an early 80s Paula Abdul. A source overheard Patton threatening to quit the show, a threat that was quickly rebuffed by a producer who warned her she had an iron-clad contract. A flustered Patton insists that there were no such threats made and that she just had to get back to work. Estrogen, egos and 80 degree heat isn't exactly a day in paradise, which is exactly what may make the second go-around--at least this episode, anyway--Must Tivo TV.
April 02, 2012
Besides Police Women of Broward County, not too many reality TV shows have crossed the Miami-Dade county line. Other lines crossed are an entirely different story, however. That's about to change as Style Network is allegedly on the hunt for "dynamic" and "outspoken" Boca Raton-based mother daughter teams that sound very much like Big Rich Texas's Bon Blossman and Whitney Whatley---the most appall--er, amusing mother- daughter duo on TV since Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.
Big Rich Texas, for those who don't imbibe, is about a group of allegedly privileged women living the Dallas/Fort Worth country club lifestyle that's very similar to that which is found in Boca. Blossman and her daughter not only make it must see TV and should have their own show (probably already in the works), but they make most of the alleged Housewives seem to be what they really are: humdrum, wilty and witless. While reality television is far from rocket science, Blossman is as close to a rocket scientist as these shows get and a reality show's dream come true: a university professor of biology, biochemistry, parasitology, gene expression and physiology, as well as a published author of fiction, the CEO of a murder mystery party company and, of course, a recording artist. Her outrageous daughter is studying to be a doctor. You can't make this stuff up. Or can you? Like a good trainwreck, it's hard not to watch.
As for this mystery Boca show, the casting person couldn't reveal much and apparently the Style Network affiliation was supposed to be a secret, oops. We did ask them why Boca and not Miami and were told "Boca has the affluent people and the characters we are looking for which is why we picked it." The only real requirement here is that daughters be in their late teens or twenties; there's no age limit on the mothers. Those brave souls willing and able should email [email protected]
November 04, 2011
Just after his ex, whose name is more recognizable by America's youth than the Vice President's, announced her divorce from a different athlete, Miami Dolphins player Reggie Bush was seen at Tuesday night's long running meat market at the Delano. But the NFL player was in no mood to play this field, say our sources, who witnessed him rebuffing the advances of a bevy of buxom, willing and eager women. "He couldn't be less interested in these women," says one witness. Bush, who's no stranger to some of South Beach's finest (allegedly tapping into the market even when he was with that ubiquitous reality show person), instead focused on the dinner he ate with teammate Anthony Fasano and 2 other male friends. As a group of girls approached the table to flirt with him, Bush remained unmoved as his friends asked them to leave. But he wasn’t in a bad mood, seen leaving solo but with a big smile on his face. Envisioning a Dolphins' win, perhaps? Doubtful.
October 04, 2011
She calls herself a crazy psycho from whom men run and hide, but when it came to drunk driving on August 4, 2010, a few good men ran after and arrested aspiring singer Jane Castro, aka Jei, a "feisty Latina" with "strict Cuban parents" currently appearing on VH1's Tough Love Miami. The show's premise is typical: a so-called dating expert brings his Boot Camp to "one of the most challenging dating cities in the country--Miami: famous for its spicy South Beach scene and flawless men and women." Attractive, maybe. Flawless, far from it, especially if you're on a reality show and get busted for DUI.
Castro, who addresses her DUI on the second episode of the show, tells us the wake up call and the show were catalysts to her dreams to become a singer: "Once I got the DUI, I decided to stay sober. I've been sober for a year and 2 months, and completed my DUI mandated penalties," Castro told us. "Though when the show was filmed, I was still embarrassed and ashamed of my DUI and I wasn't very public about it. Seeing my mug shot was a bigger wake up call and [Tough Love's "dating expert] Steve made me face it. I hope people learn from my experience. And since then my sobering experience brought Tough Love Miami and the chance to fulfill my musical dream by releasing my solo single Show Me the Money just released on iTunes.'' Good for her. But that brings us to that other reality show rite of passage: the iTunes single. Click to hear Castro's and discuss.
March 15, 2011
It's official. Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, the Landers sisters (plus one) of the 2010s, will not be taking Miami again. Sources tell us the E! reality show Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami was going to potentially come back as Kim & Kourtney Take Back Miami but the idea was killed. “The New York show is performing really well so the girls will stay in New York to film the next season.” But don't get too excited disappointed. We're not getting rid of them completely. Despite the show not coming back, sources tell us that the sisters are thinking about opening a second Miami outpost of their money laundry boutique, Dash. “The [South Beach] store is packed everyday and doing insane amounts of business," says our source. Plus, adds the source, "The Kardashians love Miami and Khloe's husband [LA Lakers player] Lamar Odom owns a home in Miami." Word is they've got their eyes on Aventura Mall. No decisions or leases have been signed but scouting has begun. We will keep you posted if you can handle it.
February 24, 2011
Hate The Real Housewives of Miami and think it makes the city look as interesting and intricate as an instruction manual on how to operate a pencil, the one you wanted to stab yourself in the eyes with when watching Tuesday night's debut ? Blame The Real World, MTV's original reality show that began way back in '92, sparking a cultural phenomenon that some now blame for the decline of modern civilization. They even filmed a season in Miami in '96.
And while The Real World isn't likely coming back to film here anytime soon (though the location has yet to be announced)--in a city that spits out out more ratings disasters than hurricanes, can you blame them?--they are coming to tap into the city's, uh, talent pool for the 26th season of their dubiously labeled "longest running reality series on television" (found in The Smithsonian in the form of wreckage from a locomotive disaster), one that will probably outlive Larry King, Cher and cockroaches in post apocalyptic society, with an open casting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Fado Irish Pub, 900 S. Miami Ave. in Mary Brickell Village.
So who are they looking for? For one, youth. You have to be between 18 and 24. Then you have to have a personality, something that no plastic surgeon could ever inject into a person, though some of those so-called Housewives are more known for their physical, uh, enhancements than their intellectual ones, of course. "We look for characters from real life; people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds,” says Jonathan Murray, The Real World's Executive Producer. If they have one, of course. Luckily for some,as with most reality shows, minds aren't a prerequisite either, so, like, whew. And good luck.