Okay, I woke up this
afternoon morning to all sorts of Miami drama. Where to begin? Well first of all, it’s not news to anyone that I am one of the half-dozen or so total viewers of Real Housewives of Miami. Their ratings suck. In fact pretty much every reality show they shoot in Miami gets lousy ratings. Big Ang’s new VH1 show, Miami Monkey has been tanking in the ratings. I don’t understand this. It’s such a beautiful city. The housewives in my opinion are a second only to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But alas, no one agrees with me. But that is not stopping Bravo from trying to turn the beat around in Miami. There is one more Bravo show coming and maybe this is one we can all agree on? Continue reading
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I couldn’t decide which was my favorite, so click through to see one more. Don’t you need the kids present to co-parent? Looks like a romantic getaway to Miami to me. But hey, what do I know?
Someone want to explain this one? Nene fans? Anyone?
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I’ve been sort of ignoring the whole filming of the Real Housewives of Miami because frankly I just can’t stand Joanna Krupa.
Joanna is stunningly beautiful and should take a page from Cynthia Bailey’s book and try not to talk. I’m not overly excited about Lisa Hochstein either simply because she seems like another airhead that I can’t seem to be bothered to try and tell apart from Joanna much to the chagrin of angry comments here.
I’ve yet to see much redeeming value to either of them, but perhaps the show will change that. I do like Anna Quincoces at lot. Perhaps
because she cooks and eats and tweets like an adult. Those qualities have me worried she might be relegated to the status of “friend of the housewife” or “housewife junior” as I like to call them. Karent Sierra has also been filming lots of scenes with the RHOM. Karent is a hot single brunette dentist and I imagine either Ana or Karent will be relegated to the friend role. Word is that there is some of the usually jumping in of the new girl when the other housewives chide her for being a dentist with a publicist. Karent is a spokes person for Colgate. I would prefer to keep both Karent and Ana and for Joanna to be the new Pam, but that’s just me. The interesting RHOM news is that the newest person who is definitely cast in the role of “Friend of the Housewive” is James Davis, pictured at right. Settle in with a beverage while I spill some tea…
James Davis is better know around the South Beach circuit as Elaine Lancaster. As Elaine, um James, works as a hostess for drag queen events in various clubs around town. James, and by extension Elaine, was brought on as the “friend” of Lea Black. I don’t remember much about the first season of RHOM, but I do know that Lea Black is married to Roy Black a high profile defense attorney in Miami. Lea was a juror on the William Kennedy Smith trial and Roy was the defense attorney. Smith was acquitted. (Shades of RHOV
) Lea claims she met Roy socially a year after the trial. Anyway, that is a whole nuther talk show. Lea is very smart and a terrific fundraiser so it makes perfect sense that she is besties with a local celebrity drag queen. At least in the world of Bravo.
It seems more often than not that the “friend” brought in by one housewife is supposed to be the “enemy” of another. In this case it appears that the enemy of
Elaine is Marysol. About two weeks ago the RHOM went to a luncheon/shoe fashion show (because aren’t all luncheon’s held explicitly for introducing a shoe line on Bravo?) at the Star Island home of Donald and Lisa Pliner which they recently sold for 17 million dollars. The shoe line was Lisa Pliner’s, whose line features green soles and are made to be comfortable. Unlike another shoe designer’s red soles that are made to be torture devices. Elaine Lancaster hosted the event in way in which most drag queens host things, humorously with an evil underbite. Elaine is rumored to have poked fun at Marysol Patton from the stage and again in a scene where Bravo producers forced a confrontation between the two. Marysol is said to have gotten emotional enough to have threatened Bravo that she would quit if things didn’t cool down. Bravo producers reminded her that she is contractually unable to quit and that comment allegedly resulted in a Bravo Drama moment on the grounds of the fancy estate. Marysol’s version is that she had to get back to work and was over the heat and stupidity. Or something like that. Whatever. I’m team Marysol I hope she adjusted Elaine’s wig a la Sheree Whitfield. Nothing brings the Bravo ratings like a good wig snatch.
In other bits and pieces of RHOM news the show is already being called out by writers for the Miami Herald as being scripted to the point of setting a new real show scripting standard for Bravo. Bravo is always trying to take it to the next level of scripted reality. Bravo had a hard time finding Miami “socialites” willing to do the show this season but Elsa Patton is back and causing a ruckus so Andy Cohen is happy. And really, isn’t that all that matters?
|Marysol Patton, Joanna Krupa and Joanna’s little sister, Marta at the Miami Film Festival
I told you guys yesterday that the crew from Real Housewives Miami was heading out to the Miami Film Festival last night. London’s Daily Mail posted pictures of the event including this one of new housewife Joanna Krupa, her little sister, and Marysol on the step and repeat. I must admit, Joanna does take a lovely photograph and the dress is stunning.
Did anyone really expect Chris Brown to get arrested for grabbing a girl’s iPhone out of her hand and riding off with it? Really? I mean come on. We are talking about a state that can’t hold a proper election, or convict baby killers of anything more serious than lying.
What they are really good at in Florida is finger pointing, and that is exactly what is going on now. According to the Miami Herald, a high-ranking member of the State Attorney’s offices said,”Why didn’t the police grow a pair and arrest him when the complaint was drawn? That’s how you do it.” The State’s Attorney’s office seems to be implying that the MBPD was intimidated by Brown’s celebrity status. The MBPD has a different opinion.
So what’s going on now? Hit the link to find the tea.
The MBPD source says “We knew Chris Brown was about to leave town so we went to the State Attorney’s Office and asked for a warrant. They didn’t want to give us one because they claim there was a lot of work left.” A lot of work left? What the hell does that even mean?
On the record, spokesman Ed Griffith said the fact that the MBPD asked for an arrest warrant caused a new investigation to occur at the state level. State bureaucracy is even slower than local police bureaucracy so even if anything happens, it’s going to be a while. Griffith told the Miami Herald, “Police have the power to make an arrest at the scene when they have probable cause, but once they come to us, it brings a whole different approach. We’re re-interviewing every witness. This is not because Chris Brown’s famous. It’s about handling every case equitably.” By “equitably” it looks like they mean tying it up in red tape and hoping the whole thing eventually blows over.Prosecutors have allegedly requested security camera footage of Brown at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach as well as security footage from the Mandarin Oriental downtown Miami where some of his companions that were present for the incident were staying. Despite Internet rumors to the contrary, there is no indication that Chris Brown has been asked to be interviewed by police at this time. Don’t hold you breath for this “investigation” to result in any sort of legal action. It’s Florida y’all. Did the chick even get her phone back?
|Alexia Echevarria and Marysol Patton.
Filming has begun for the second episode of Real Housewives of Miami. Four of the original housewives are returning including public relations agency owner Marysol Patton, political fundraiser Lea Black, art curator Audriana de Moura, and editor of Venue Magazine Alexia Echevarria. Larsa Pippen and Cristy Rice are not returning. Alexia will have a more limited role in the second season because her son Frankie, who just turned 15, was in a very serious car accident last August when coming home from school. Frankie suffered a very serious head injury, a crushed pelvis, and numerous broken bones. Frankie is making remarkable progress but is still involved in a very rigorous series of physical therapy sessions several times a week. Alexia has been caring for Frankie around the clock since the crash. Frankie’s treatment will not be filmed.
During filming, a lawsuit was filed against Alexia and Marysol. Click through for the tea!
Sadly, that is not all of that Alexia has to deal with. Both Alexia and Marysol have been named in two lawsuits filed by two diet clinics in the Miami area with very similar names. The two clinics, Dr. Gregg’s Weight Loss Center that Marysol’s PR firm represents and Alexia occasionally acts as a model/spokesperson for, and Dr. G’s Weight Loss and Wellness Center, have filed suit against the other. Dr. G’s lawsuit names Alexia and Marisol and others in their claim that Dr. Gregg’s clinic infringes on their trademark which results in confusing customers. Ya think? I’m already confused.
I don’t see what Marysol and Alexia could possibly have to do with trademark infringement, they didn’t name the company. Marysol apparently agrees as she released a statement that said, “I don’t know why we’re involved in this. I’m a publicist. It’s my job to represent clients. Alexia’s just a model. I assume Dr. G’s sued us because our names would bring attention to their lawsuit.” I assume so too, Marysol.
According to Gossip Extra
, a Miami blog, there is a whole lot of finger pointing going on today down in Miami as the Miami PD work with the State Attorney General to determine a strategy to arrest Chris Brown as early as today. The State Attorney says the Miami PD should have picked him up when he was in Miami, but the Miami PD say they were waiting for a green light from the State Attorney’s office. The police want to pick him up in a squad car but now the State Attorney wants to give Brown the chance to turn himself in. The state has a solid case against Brown because both his two bodyguards, his companion that evening, rapper TYGA and two other eye witnesses have given statements claiming Brown took an iphone from a fan and left with it.
Brown performed last night in Orlando. Stay tuned…
Update: Miami blog, Riptide
called the State Attorney’s office and spoke with spokesman Ed Griffith who told them, “Given that the prosecutor handling the case is in trial today, nothing will happen until that trial is complete.” I’m assuming that means sometime after he leaves court and not that he or she is on a case that could take days. Apparently, the prosecutor has to sign off on the warrant. It just seems like if an average Joe had stolen someone’s iphone that Joe would be in the pokey by now. Celebrity justice?
While Chris Brown is dodging the cops down in Florida, Rihanna is getting her party on in London. The Daily Mirror caught this picture of Rihanna getting into her car to go out ( looks like she’s already been SOMEWHERE) outside her London hotel. What’s wrong with this picture?
It’s NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando and the town is going wild. There are star-studded parties all over town making it a tough choice for fans to decide which place to go! Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, P. Diddy, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo are just some of the big names in town for the festivities. Know who else is there? Chris Brown. Last night Brown performed at the kickoff party (at least he was scheduled to) at H2O Live! and tomorrow night he will be performing at the Roxy. Then on Sunday, he performs at the All-Star finale party after the game at a club called Vain. It’s going to be a very busy weekend in Orlando for Brown.
Unless… Click through the jump to find out what Miami PD has up their sleeve for Chris Brown.
According to a source for Jose Lambiets’ Gossip Extra,
a south Florida blog affiliated with the Miami Herald, Miami detectives are poised to drive to Orlando to pick up Brown as soon as the State Attorney gives the okay. The website sites a source within the police department who say that Tyga, and two body guards for Chris Brown have given statements to the police about the incident. All three said that Chris Brown freaked out because he was leaving with two females and didn’t want the photo on the Internet where Rihanna might see it. The site also claims that one of the three went to the police station to turn in the stolen phone belonging to Christal Spann. One of the body guards took another phone from one of Christal Spann’s companions on Sunday morning, erased the pictures that she took and returned the phone to her. Chris Brown took Christal’s phone while sitting in the back of a black Bentley and the car drove off. Gossip Extra posted that information late last evening.
Gossip Extra claims that a law enforcement source indicated that the charge of robbery would be filed against Brown today. Due to the high profile nature of the case the po po are trying to be sure they have all their legal ducks in a row before filing the charge. So if you have tickets to see Chris Brown this weekend in Orlando, he might be unavailable, or better yet, you might get to see him carted off to the jail house! If you go, let me know!
Real Housewives of Miami’s Alexia Echevarria has been a resident of Atlanta and her husband Herman has been here every weekend since their son Frankie began an intensive rehabilitation program at The Shepherd Center. Frankie was in a very serious car accident in Miami last August. He was in ICU at Holtz Children’s Hospital immediately after the accident. After more than one surgery and lots of recovery time, Frankie was transported to Atlanta for his rehabilitation. The whole family, including Frankie’s older brother Peter, was in town to celebrate Thanksgiving. Although Frankie’s status was touch and go at first, he continues to improve and his rehabilitation is going well. Alexia and her family are clearly very close and they have relied heavily on their religious convictions to keep strong during this crisis. Despite the enormous amount of stress, Alexia and Herman maintain a very positive attitude and are extremely gracious to their twitter followers.
Alexia will be appearing in season two of Miami Housewives which is scheduled to begin filming in January. Let’s hope that Frankie will be fully recuperated by then. Alexia is the executive editor of Venue Magazine.