Society Confidential: Who would stand up Josh Duhamel?

Chuck Bennett

Who would stand up Josh Duhamel?

While during the day, the cast and crew of “Transformers 5” are crashing, smashing and blowing things up all over town, in the evening, they’re just chilling and enjoying some of Metro Detroit’s finest dining establishments. Recently, actor Josh Duhamel was spotted at Bella Piatti in Birmingham (where, by the way, he appears quite frequently) seated for dinner, alone at a large table. After sitting for a while, he eventually ordered, ate and left. Before leaving, he had a photo taken of him sitting at the empty table. He posted the photo on Facebook with the caption, “Having dinner with all my Navy Seal friends. #Transformers.” With 19,000 “likes” and a couple hundred comments, folks were wondering what was really up. Turns out Josh was a day early. The dinner with the Navy Seals was scheduled for the next night. On the next night, Josh showed up, so did the Seals in full force, and a good time was had by all. The next day, he posted another photo at the same table, this time filled with his friends and the caption, “You can always count on these guys to show up ... even if it’s a day late.”

Man about town releases book of provocative quotes

Paul Jenkins Jr., known as PJ to his friends, is a local, dashing bon vivant who always seems to have something new and exciting up his sleeve. With a resume that goes from unique party promoting to an exec at his dad’s lucrative contracting business (MIG Construction) to owning a string of trendy restaurants called What Crepe?, now PJ is adding published author to the list. A couple weeks ago, he hosted a lavish book signing party at Metals in Time in Royal Oak to promote his unusually delightful self-help tome, “Keep Going.” With a subtitle that contains an expletive too strong to print on these pages, the book is a compilation of provocative quotes that have all touched PJ in one way or another, compelling him to share them with those who want to get ahead with no distractions. A hundred guests drank volumes of champagne, nibbled on chocolate treats and purchased stacks of books personally inscribed by PJ. “Keep Going” is available on Amazon’s CreateSpace for $20.

“These inspiring, ever-evolving words, inspirations and quotes are some of the treasures I found over several years in my journey to get me by during the most challenging of times,” he explains. “If you bump your head. You get up and reinvent yourself.”

Road to recovery featured at free community event

Interventionist Jeff VanVonderen from A&E’s award-winning series “Intervention” will be in town in September for Community Care Services at “Reality of Recovery: An Evening With Jeff VanVonderen.” It will be a town hall-style community event to address addiction and recovery. The event coincides with National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. The evening, which is free, will feature a presentation and Q&A session with VanVonderen. Select paid tickets will be available, which include VIP seating and an advance meet-and-greet opportunity with VanVonderen. It seems as if rapper Eminem is a fan of VanVonderen. He mentions him in a lyric of his hit single with Rihanna, “Monster.” We’re just wondering if Em might show up.

“My hope is that we can help those dealing with addiction, their loved ones and the community as a whole at the event on Sept. 29,” said VanVonderen. “And, yes, I’ve got a front row seat for Eminem, if he would like to attend. I would love to meet him and personally thank him for using me in the song. OK, not a joke.”

Chuck Bennett is the creator of and the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador.