Hip-hop star J. Cole was seen Monday at the Delano's poolside party while Cleveland Browns player Johnny Manziel was spotted dining at the hotel's Italian restaurant Bianca, noshing on filet mignon with superagent Maverick Carter and star wide receiver for the New York Giants, Victor Cruz. After dinner, Manziel and friends headed down to FDR for YesJulz's wild Monday night party, where actor Ryan Phillippe was seen sipping Grey Goose and toasting with friends. Flo Rida and Rico Love also made an appearance with their sizable entourage, hanging out till the early morning.
On a bit of a party streak, Phillippe was seen Tuesday at Wall with his girlfriend, Stanford law student Paulina Slagter. The duo arrived around 1 a.m. with friends and, according to our spy, there was "lots of dancing, making out and drinking Don Julio Silver."
Reese Witherspoon's ex rang in the New Year with friends at the Hyde in Wonderland at SLS South Beach, while Cole performed at the Delano for an audience including actress Taraji Henson. After the pool party, Ne-Yo showed up after his appearance at the Thompson Miami Beach for Pitbull's New Year's Revolution telecast, walking in with "a massive entourage," and later seen in the crowd posing for pix with Heat players Mario Chalmers and Luong Deng. Also seen at the Thompson for the big party: Gotham star Benjamin McKenzie, The Mindy Project actor Ed Weeks, New Girl actor Lamorne Morris, director Lee Daniels, Jaleel White (Urkel from Family Matters) and former Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis.
On New Year's Day, McKenzie was seen supping at one table at Siena Tavern Miami, while Phillippe and galpal were at another and actors Chace Crawford, Colton Haynes, Matthew Morrison and ex boy bander JC Chasez had a guys-only celebration nearby.
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Usher, in town for hosting duties at E11even, was seen browsing through the Pérez Art Museum Miami on New Year's Day, where he had lunch at Verde and took a photo in front of his favorite artwork, Gary Simmons' Frozen in Time.
On Monday, David Granoff, Miami resident and correspondent for Joan Jedell's Hampton Sheet, ran into Dave Franco at Crunch and asked what he thought of his brother James' controversial international headline making Sony film The Interview. “It’s really funny, man. You have to see it. Just go online; it's easy to get," he replied. In between set after set of push-ups, the buff thespian said he and his girlfriend arrived Sunday from Los Angeles on what would be his first trip to South Beach.
Miami Dolphins player Brian Hartline was seen spending his New Year's Eve dining at Valentino in Fort Lauderdale.