Attendees of a Saturday night VIP screening at Regal South Beach of the upcoming EDM (electronic dance music) movie We Are Your Friends had heard rumblings that a surprise was in order.
OK, so a red carpet set up outside the theater was a big tipoff.
When director Max Joseph (Catfish) ambled out to the microphone set up in front of the screen, most assumed he was it.
But more was in store.
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“You’re one of the first audiences ever to see this movie, I’m nervous. I hope you guys like it,” Joseph told the crowd. “But I know you’re not here just to see me ... bring them out!”
Following a few bulky bodyguards were the stars of the flick: Zac Efron, who plays aspiring DJ Cole Carter, and model turned actress Emily Ratajkowski, who costars as Sophie, an assistant to a washed up DJ and Cole’s mentor (Wes Bentley).
After the screaming died down, Efron greeted the audience: “What’s up, guys? How’s Miami?”
“Hey, wow. Full house. This is awesome!” said Ratajkowski (Gone Girl). “We just landed and we’re loving Miami already.”
Efron said he was “so stoked” to show the film that follows the EDM scene in the San Fernando Valley as well as the plight of aimless 20-something males.
“It’s a honor and a pleasure to be here,” said the onetime High School Musical star. “Thank you for being our friends because we are your friends, too. We love you ... let’s do it!”
After the screening, an afterparty was held at Grand Central club downtown featuring Them Jeans, aka Los Angeles DJ Jason Stewart, who taught Efron how to spin and was a consultant on the project.
Efron joined his “sensei” Stewart for a few thumping sets, with scenes from We Are Your Friends, which opens Aug. 28, playing in the background. Joseph and Ratajkowski also hopped on stage, thanked the crowd again and took a huge, panaramic picture with a selfie stick with as many people as they could fit in the frame.
Efron, who is reportedly in talks to costar with Dwayne Johnson (as per The Rock’s Tweet) in a big screen reboot of Baywatch, later had dinner at Meat Market and laid his head at the Soho Beach House, where the blue-eyed actor snapped a shirtless pic from his terrace for his 6.1 million followers.
NBC 6 South Florida News/Sports Anchor Adam Kuperstein shared some good and bad news on his Facebook page Monday. His wife Michal Abramovich-Kuperstein underwent a double mastectomy Friday after an early stage diagnosis. The operation was a success; the radio host of Sundays with Kup said doctors report Michal is currently “cancer free.”
“My wife is Superwoman,” wrote Kuperstein. “I didn’t need proof.”
The couple have two young daughters, Berkley, 13 months, and Jordyn, who turned 2 the day of her mother’s operation.
Spotted at the so-called Women Empowerment Network conference last weekend at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa: Dr. Heavenly Kimes, who co-stars in Bravo’s Married to Medicine. The Atlanta-based entrepreneur, dentist and recently certified relationship expert and former local (Miami Norland Senior High School, Class of ’88) was there to talk up her new dating app, PIQ. Pronounced “peek,” it (www.piq.dating) helps you choose a mate based on personality rather than looks. What a concept.