Miami International Film Festival director Jaie Laplante spent Halloween meeting with Antonio Banderas at the Mandarin Oriental to discuss Banderas’ new coal-miner drama, The 33. The festival recently hosted the film’s Miami premiere at the GEMS Festival in advance of its nationwide release on Nov. 13.
Seen on Halloween checking out of Acqualina Resort & Spa: Graceland actor Daniel Sunjata.
Former futbol great Christian Vieri, who played for Juventus and A.C. Milan, was spotted Tuesday having dinner at Dolce Italian. Considered one of the best strikers of his time, Vieri grabbed a quick lunch before leaving to watch a Champions League soccer match.
Miami-based Haute Living CEO Kamal Hotchandani has found his name in bold face on TMZ.com because beleaguered ex baller Jose Canseco has been threatening him on Twitter claiming he “screwed [Canseco] out of $350K in a previous business deal.”
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TMZ’s story alleges that boxing heavyweight Andre Berto, a pal of Hotchandani’s, is telling Canseco to stop taunting his friend — or else. Hotchandani’s lawyer Sandy B. Becher says the whole thing is “a flagrant attempted shakedown, extortion and defamation of character out of the blue and well more than a decade later.”
Continues Becher: “I can confirm that I am in possession of copies of canceled checks made out to Jose Canseco in 2004 and 2005 for stock distributions and final liquidation payments to the tune of many tens of thousands of dollars. So when he says he never saw a dime that's an outright lie. In addition, his investment was $250,000 and not $350,000.”
Meanwhile up in Boca Raton, TMZ reported that Michael Lohan and his troubled former tabloid reporter wife Kate Major have lost custody of their two children, a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old, after Florida Department of Children and Families obtained a video of the couple “blowout” in front of the children. In charge of the kids: Lohan’s elderly mother, who has flown in from Long Island to take care of them.