Miami's beaches, nightlife, and style attract stars from all over the world. Running into musicians, actors, and other major players is part of the attraction of South Beach and other area hot spots. With our new blog, The Party Crasher, we will deliver all of the celebrity news that you need to know, and always with that certain something extra you can only expect from the New Times. As always, we welcome your comments, and if you have any celeb gossip of your own, send it our way. So, without further adieu, The Party Crasher...
The glamorous life has VIPs from Fashion Week in NYC to rowdy parties in Las Vegas celebrating the failure of Britney’s comeback, yet again, but here in Miami, celebs are making noise with charity events, good eats and good old R & R.
It’s good to see that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has graduated from male nanny roles and stunts in the WWE and has actually decided to do something real for a change. The Rock kicks off the fall with a meet and greet at The Miami Science Museum where he unveiled Fisher-Price’s new Planet Heroes toy line for mini Jabronis nationwide. The Rock’s Toy Chest sponsored the event, promoting adolescent self-esteem, because everyone should feel as good in life as The Rock. Hopefully, The Rock’s positive step will finally crack the curse of the recall.
A pre-wreck Nick Hogan was spotted scooping up a late lunch at Miami Beach’s SUSHISAMBA dromo on Lincoln Road where his sparse to-go order featured a couple of Shrimp Tempura rolls. The D-list celeb was in quite the hurry to get off the beach and onto the tracks. His SUSHISAMBA rolls may have been the last good meal Hulk’s son tasted in SoBe before the fam packed up and moved back to Clearwater. A year after Nick crashed a 2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT, the Hogan hex continued with an intense replay when the racer crashed his souped Supra last week. Nick’s taste of Talladega is over, as the speedster learned “Go Fast” might not be the best motto after all.
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Janet Jackson has been capitalizing on downtime during the past two months while indulging in pampering as a top priority. The infamous pop star has enjoyed home visits from RikRak Salon Manicurist Necid close to a dozen times. Lounging at her La Gorce Island abode, the diva stays pretty in pink in Essie’s “Mademoiselle.”
Up the Beach, Pitbull partied at Sunset Place’s Martini Bar Wednesday night where he ordered a bottle of Roberto Cavalli Vodka. The Miami rapper sipped libations (vodka only, he claims) with a couple of Miami hotties before calling it a night. Pitbull’s been laying low lately, but at least we know he’s not in rehab.
Partying on SoBe takes its toll, as hip-hop artist Talib Kweli realized after his Monday night show. The rap star stepped out of a black stretch limo with two arm-candy ladies while heading into DeVito’s for a bite. Almost an hour late for his 11:00 p.m. reservation, Kweli and company sipped Pinot Grigio while munching on Insalata Calamari, Aragosta Spacca and two orders of the Risotto All' Aragosta. Kweli undoubtedly made up for his tardiness by footing a generous $86 tip on his $300-plus bill. He tries. -- Tracy Block