December 10, 2013 | by Stephanie Dunn
|Pandora Vanderpump-Sabo and husband Jason Sabo|
Pandora Vanderpump-Sabo has a rare combination of confidence and grace that belies her 27 years. Daughter to British restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Pandora has lived in posh locales across the globe, and has the worldly palate, eclectic baubles, and mingled accent to prove it—some words roll with quintessentially English rounded vowels, others are strung together in bursts of California girl excitement. And the girl has reason to be giddy: Pandora recently launched The Divine Addiction, a luxury lifestyle blog with a focus on food, fashion, and entertaining, and is in the process of rolling out LVP Sangria with her husband, longtime love Jason Sabo. The line, the name of which pays homage to her mother’s recipe, includes red and pink varietals and will be available January 2014. The launch markets? Sunny SoFla and SoCal, naturally. Here, Pandora explains why Miami is getting the first taste of her addictive new spirit.
Your hospitality background shines in The Divine Addiction. What inspired you to launch it?
PANDORA VANDERPUMP-SABO: It’s all happened very organically. My mother and father have led an amazing life, and I’ve been privy to that. But now I live in a one-bedroom apartment in Brentwood, and I wanted to show how to live that fabulous life on a not-a-million-dollar budget. The Divine Addiction mixes luxury living with accessibility—affordable fashion, easy recipes, simple cocktails. My goal is to bring a pop of luxury, of the divine, into all those one-bedroom apartments across the world. >>Read More
December 03, 2013 | by simona rabinovitch
Emile Hirsch and Holliday Granger bring the lawless love story of Bonnie and Clyde to the small screen on Dec. 8 and 9.
Notorious bank-robbing couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow lived out one of the most iconic, blood-spattered love stories of our time. In 1967, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway starred in the first film adaptation of the real-life duo's crime spree love affair. Today, the epic tale hits the small screen as a brand new miniseries directed by Academy Award-winning Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) and starring Emile Hirsch as Clyde and Holliday Grainger as Bonnie. In advance of Bonnie & Clyde's simulcast debut on Dec. 8 and 9 (Lifetime, A&E, History), we spoke with Hirsch to find out how he got into character and what the role taught him about love. >>Read More
December 02, 2013 | by juliet izon
A woman posing with macaws at Parrot Jungle (now Jungle Island). The attraction celebrates 77 years in Miami this December.
Five days before Christmas in 1936, Franz Scherr opened the gates to Parrot Jungle, in what is now Pinecrest, a place where he envisioned birds of all colors and varieties could “fly free.” For just 25 cents admission, guests were treated to winding nature trails and Scherr discussing his beloved flora and fauna. Three years later, the first bird show was produced, featuring Pop, a charming macaw who could do a variety of tricks for guests. The singularity of the park and its inhabitants began to draw notables from around the world; even Winston Churchill paid a visit in 1946. By the 1960s, the flying performers were the centerpiece of the Jungle, and one of its stars, Pinky the bicycle-riding cockatoo, would go on to become one of the most photographed avians in history. >>Read More
November 14, 2013 | by jared shapiro
Christa Gurka in David T. Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove
A basketball season can be as intense for the fans and the town as it is for the players on the court—especially in Miami. But if there’s one man who always seems surprisingly calm and collected, it’s Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. “He probably has more stress than anybody I’ve met in a long time,” says Christa Gurka, personal Pilates instructor to Spoelstra and scores of other high-profile clients. “There is a lot of pressure. He is on the road a lot; that means in buses, in different beds every week. But when he is here, he’s local. Doing something like Pilates helps to balance and align him so that he physically feels better. And the flexibility is great for him for all the sitting he does when he travels. >>Read More
November 13, 2013 | by Simona Rabinovitch
|Scandal's Dan Bucatinsky|
These days, actor, producer, and author Dan Bucatinsky is best known for his role as James Novak, journalist and husband to White House chief of staff Cyrus Beene on ABC's Scandal. Bucatinsky is also married in real life, and last year penned a book, Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?, about being a gay dad. Among his producing projects are TLC's Who Do You Think You Are? and Showtime's Web Therapy, both of which he works on with producing partner and longtime friend Lisa Kudrow. As Scandal heats up before the big winter season finale, we chatted with Bucatinsky about the show, his career highlight (it involves Oprah), and same-sex marriage.
You recently spoke about same-sex marriage with comedian Wanda Sykes and Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson on Oprah's Next Chapter. Why do you think Oprah chose you for this panel?
DAN BUCATINSKY: The night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which is a week before the Prime Time Emmy Awards, when I won, which was a complete shock and an extraordinary honor, at the last minute I wound up tossing the speech I had written and just winging it and giving a speech that was from the heart. I panicked and didn't know how much time I had and I wound up thanking my onscreen husband and my real-life husband and the supreme court, and I got choked up because we're living in a time when I can say to everybody that I'm thanking my onscreen husband and my real-life husband. I think because the producers of Oprah's Next Chapter were also nominated, and there at the event, my publicist got a call that said Oprah was putting together this panel of three people to discuss 'Out in Hollywood,' and they included me in that, and I was just absolutely blown away. It was a career highlight for me. >>Read More