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Jenna Dewan Tatum in town for cover party

 
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If you see Channing Tatum around town in the next few days, try not to hyperventilate. After all, the Magic Mike star is a happily married man and new father, and the model turned actor is planning to be here to support wifey Jenna Dewan. The Witches of East End star appears front and center on Ocean Drive’s January 2014 21st Anniversary Issue and a V (as in very) VIP party is being thrown in her honor Tuesday night at The SL Miami at The James Royal Palm in Miami Beach.

In the magazine, Jenna chats about her ties to South Florida, where she had her bachelorette party shortly before marrying her handsome Step Up co-star in July 2009. “You just have a whole other vibe when you get to Miami,” says the Connecticut native. “It’s so sexy: all of the nightlife and beautiful weather, and you wear less clothing. You feel like you want to go out and have some fun and play.”

Which she did. “We ended up going out and staying up until four in the morning. And then lying out and recovering the next day — which is like another part of Miami. You’ve got to get the relaxation-pool-recovery day to ramp up for your next night.”

We doubt this trip will be as full of debauchery, now that the couple has a daughter, Everly, born in May. Shut-eye is precious these days.

“I’m learning to just try and find it as much as I can for a couple of hours,” Dewan explained to OD. “You get a nap in there, and it builds up — and then you get the day where you’re like, ‘Oh my God, can somebody watch her for five hours?’ I need to go to sleep!”

No se habla

When English isn’t your forte, maybe less is more. This is the lesson local Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis learned quickly. Galavis was asked by gossip site TheTVPage.com at Friday's Television Critics Association party in California if he'd ever watch a gay version of The Bachelor. “I respect [gay people], but honestly I don't think it's a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” he replied. “Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids, and that is how we are brought up.”

Galavis didn’t stop there. "And there's this thing about gay people, that it seems to me, and I don't know if I'm mistaken or not, you know I have a lot of friends and that, they're more pervert in a sense.”

ABC freaked, quickly rolling out a statement: “Juan Pablo's comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show's producers or studio.” Online floral retailer Pro Flowers, which is currently selling a “Bachelor Bouquet,” with Galavis appearing in the ad, also has to be miffed.

The 33-year-old former soccer player backpedaled on Facebook, saying his comments were “taken out of context.”

“Everyone knows English is my second language, and my vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish and, because of this, sometimes I use the wrong words to express myself. What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept. The show is very racy as it is, and I don't let my 5-year-old daughter watch it. Once again, I'm sorry for how my words were taken.” At least that’s more than Phil Robertson did.

Not a great week for J.P. overall. He’s the cover of the latest Us Weekly; inside the mag talked to sources close to his baby mama, local actress Carla Rodriguez, who are quoted saying the Venezuelan has a wandering eye. At least he has a sense of humor about all of it, tweeting a photo of him and Rodriguez reading the issue with the caption, “Enjoying the article.”

Family emergency

Why wasn’t Tori Spelling at Tutti Bambini’s Ultimate Baby Affair Event Sunday at the Coral Gables Country Club? The author/reality star had to cancel at the last minute due not to marital problems, but a sick kid. Spelling was photographed leaving a doctor’s office on Saturday with her toddler Finn, way across the country in California.

Wine not?

Bravo! Bret Pelaggi from the New Orleans season of Top Chef has a new venture. The chef, who lives in the Brickell area, tells The Miami Herald he is co-opening a wine bar on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables in the next few weeks. “The food will be a bit of classic wine bar items, homemade charcuterie, small plates, cheeses, as well as some innovative well-priced sharable plates,” says Pelaggi.

The front row

As the insider expression goes: When Ken Downing speaks, the fashion industry listens. See what all the fuss is about yourself 12:30 p.m. Wednesday when Neiman Marcus’ famed fashion director appears at the Bal Harbour NM store, in Fine Apparel, Level 2. Light bites and refreshments will be served as the British style icon hosts a runway show. RSVP: 305-993-4612 or RSVPBalHarbour@NeimanMarcus.com.

Madeleine Marr

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