Former ‘Big Brother’ contestants at casting call in Miami

Think you have what it takes to survive Big Brother? Try your luck Saturday at an open casting call for Season 17 of CBS’ popular reality show, which follows a group of strangers living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones that record their every move 24/7.

Over three months, the “guests” vote each other out. Doesn’t sound appealing, until you hear the grand prize: The last one standing (OK, sitting) wins $500,000. According to the casting director, ideal candidates “possess an outgoing, intriguing and competitive personality.” BB’s Season 6 star, Plantation native Ashlea Evans, and Amanda Zuckerman of Season 15, will be on hand if you need tips on how to clinch a spot.

The auditions, from 2-5 p.m. at Siena Tavern, 404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, are open to U.S. citizens, age 21 and up. Pre-register at


Zoe Kravitz is running on adrenaline with all she has going on, but it’s all good stuff.

“I have an awesome couple of months coming up,” said the costar of Insurgent, out Friday.

Later this year, Lenny Kravitz’s daughter will also be in thriller Good Kill with Ethan Hawke; coming of age comedy Dope; and sci fi flick Mad Max: Fury Road.

Of returning for Insurgent, the action-packed sequel in the Divergent franchise, in which she plays the best friend of Tris (star Shailene Woodley): “The first one was a bit like summer camp,” she said while in town. “We were all kind of freaked out about what was going on. We were more comfortable this time. It was just like less we weren’t so green. We were in a groove.”

Kravitz got “lost” in her role as Christina: “It was exciting to see where she goes emotionally. I drew a lot out of myself to play her.”

Coming back to Miami, where she spent some years as a teen at Miami Country Day School, Kravtiz had a realization.

“Man, I really took the weather for granted!” she said, laughing. “It’s nice not to have to think about it.”

The 26-year-old also felt more like an adult.

“I remember walking down Lincoln Road and going to Aventura Mall. I was at a very strange, specific age when I was here and wasn’t sure I fit in. Now I’m wiser, more confident, not an immature little 14-year-old.”


Roxana Castellanos wants to be a star, and she might get her shot. Miami’s Cisneros Studios announced that production has begun on a variety show hosted by the Mexican comedian/actress. Produced for Univision for the U.S., it’s being shopped around internationally. The format combines celeb interviews, contests, monologues and sketches and more, according to a release. Castellanos’ career includes work in Otro Rollo, the morning show Hoy, as well as telenovelas like Infierno en el paraíso. “I want people to see the real Roxanna,” she said.


After his release from the Palm Beach County Jail on a $6,000 bond last month, Vanilla Ice told CNN Affiliate WPBF the burglary and grand theft charges he’s facing are “blown out of proportion.” The erstwhile rapper added: “I wish you guys would focus on the good things I’ve done.”

OK, now for the good things: On Friday, the DIY Network star (Vanilla Ice Project) star will reveal a custom pool that he helped build free of charge to better the lives of a Davie family. Derek Avilez, a volunteer speaker for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, sustained a spinal cord injury while skim boarding four years ago. Avilez was a firefighter/paramedic prior to his injury and the pool will assist him in is rehabilitation.

Back to the charges: The Lantana Police Department said the theft of such items as a pool heater and furniture went down between December and February in a home that was going through foreclosure. Robert Van Winkle (Ice’s real name) was working next door, and a search warrant uncovered the stuff at a residence under his care.


Big and small-screen actor/comedian J. Anthony Brown (The Parkers, Livin’ Single, Martin, Mr. 3000) will be showcasing his line of spicy sauces called Hotter than a Mo Fo from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Jackson’s Soulfood, 950 NW Third Ave., Miami