The fourth season of “Mob Wives” will feature two new ladies who hail from Philly, a source tells Confidenti@l exclusively.
“Mob Wives: New Blood,” a massive hit for VH1, will bring back cast members Renee Graziano ( photo center), Drita D’Avanzo (center l.) and fan favorite Angela (Big Ang) Raiola (far l.), who will be joined by Alicia DiMichele Garofalo (far r.) and Natalie Guercio (center r.) — who come with plenty of drama.
The women, all associated with the mob in one way or another “according to the federal government,” are trying to survive as their loved ones do time for mob-related activities.
Garofalo is a hard-bodied brunette who will tell her tale of being the wife of alleged Colombo gangster Edward (The Tall Guy) Garofalo, whose father’s murder was allegedly orchestrated by Sammy (The Bull) Gravano on orders from John Gotti.
DiMichele Garofalo has a son,Anthony, 18, from a previous marriage to a wealthy businessman. After marrying Edward Garofalo, she had two kids, Rocco, 11, and Carlo, 8. She ran a trucking company with her hubby, and was arrested and charged with fraud and embezzlement related to the company — and pled guilty. While filming this season, Garofalo is awaiting sentencing and faces six months in prison.
The women of “Mob Wives.”
Guercio owns the family business, the Carto Funeral Home, the go-to spot for mob-related burials in South Philly.
The series creator and executive producer,Jennifer Graziano, tells us she chose the two women because “Philly and New York mobsters, just by nature of proximity, have mostly been known to be friendly with one another.”
“The women were an organic addition to our existing cast, as even Natalie has New York roots,” Graziano says. “I can tell you there is some friction between the group. In the beginning, it was happy and friendly. As time passes, five women together — there will be drama.”
The show will pick up where season three left off, with Drita letting husband Lee back into her life. Renee and her son AJ were mending their relationship after Renee’s stint in rehab. Big Ang is just trying to keep the peace between the women.
SEEN AND HEARD
Emily Mortimer dining at ABC Kitchen on Friday afternoon.
“Newsroom” star Emily Mortimer
… Rachael Ray walking into 1515 Broadway. … Britney Spears holding court with two adorable guys at the bar at the Bowery Hotel. …Barbra Streisand heading backstage at Broadway’s “Pippin.” … Lady Gaga entering the Z100 stuidios, where she taped a sit-down interview with Elvis Duran that will air Monday.
ON HER GARDE
Hakkasan Beverly Hills hosted Flaunt Magazine’s release party for “The Battle Issue: En Garde!,” with coverSelena Gomez and photographer Amanda De Cadenet in attendance.
Amanda de Cadenet
The sizzling Selena Gomez in flaunt.com
Gomez turned heads as she posed for photos in a black dress with cutouts, sporting a fishtail braid. “She sat with Lily Collins, Emile Hirsch andChord Overstreet,” a spy says. The group dined on crispy duck salad, while De Cadenet gushed about the mag’s shoot with Gomez (more at flaunt.com).
JENNY’S NEW VIEW
“The View” host Jenny McCarthy was spotted at the “Moschino Loves Disaronno” limited-edition launch party at Westway in the West Village.
Clad in a little black Moschino dress with silver high heels, she was without new boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg, but seemed to be taking part in a girls’ night with R&B singer Estelle.
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Jenny McCarthy at Moschino Loves Disarono party in West Village.
“They were having cocktails at a private table in between a voguing competition with two drag queens on a catwalk in the middle of the dance floor,” a spy tells us. “One of the drag queens asked Jenny about beauty tips, specifically how to cover up a blemish on her neck.”
NENE HITS BROADWAY
The Great White Way may be the next stop for “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes. Leakes and husband Greggcheered on their Grammy Award-winning friend, Fantasia, at the Broadway musical “After Midnight.”
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“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes.
After the show, Leakes danced her way to the “American Idol” winner’s dressing room to say hello. “Fantasia joked to her, ‘You better take a break from all that TV and get your butt on the Broadway stage with me,’ ” a spy tells us.
CHRISTIE FINDS A FAN ON E STREET
E street band guitarist Steven Van Zandt says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was born to run for President. Just not yet.
The 62-year-old rock legend told Confidenti@l at Hammerstein Ballroom that he doesn’t always agree with the Garden State governor, who won reelection last week, but he likes the cut of his jib. “I like him personally. I like him a lot, actually,” said Little Stevie. “We have some differences of opinion on things, but I like him.”
He also thinks Christie — a Springsteen fanatic — will run for President someday.
“I’m sure he will,” he said. “It’s a matter of when. I think if he was smart he’d wait eight years for Hillary” Clinton. Should Christie make a run at the White House, Van Zandt isn’t so sure he’d let him use “Born in the USA” or any other Boss tunes at campaign rallies. “I don’t know,” he said. “He’s helping me out with my educational program, which we’re going to reveal next year. My Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, teaching the history of rock ’n’ roll in school, he’s been helping with that.”
PARTYING WITH HIGH STYLE
Designer Ermenegildo Zegna and his head of design, Stefano Pilati, hosted an in-store cocktail party to showcase a curated selection of 10 one-of-a-kind couture looks available at their Beverly Hills location. The duo later invited guests to see a special exhibition and have dinner at the JF Chen design gallery, where they got a peep at the new Zegna ad campaign photos, shot by famed photogs Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
MIDRIFF MILEY GOES DUTCH
The search continues for all the bottom halves of Miley Cyrus’ shirts. In the meantime, the 20-year-old “Wrecking Ball” singer spent three hours with pal DJ Afrojack at the Pancake Factory in Amsterdam on Thursday night.
Miley Cyrus bares her tummy in Amsterdam.
Cyrus tweeted a photo of herself wearing a princess tiara and holding a magic wand, writing: “It’s always when you least expect it.” Cyrus is in town for MTV’s European Music Awards, airing Sunday night.
THE STAR AND STRIPES
And the award for most stylish celebrity toddler goes to Jackson Theron.
Charlize Theron and cutie son Jackson in West Hollywood.
Mom Charlize Theron keeps her 1½-year-old son in seriously fashionable threads, like this colorful striped sweater and gray corduroys he wore for a mother-and-son outing to Pinkberry in West Hollywood on Thursday.
ALL IN GOOD TASTE
Dinner is served. After a week of “friends and family” dry runs, lounge-y SoHo restaurant Chicane opened to the public this weekend.
The sure-to-be-hot spot was designed by Christopher Tierney, who did Chinatown cocktail lounge Apotheke.
The operators include Henri Binje, who worked as gatekeeper for exclusive clubs including the Double Seven and the Jimmy. The restaurant’s crowning jewel is the 50-person subterranean lounge that is secretly entered through the kitchen.
Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks gets a leg up at the opening of Club Monaco’s Fifth Ave. flagship store.
THIS JOB’S A HANDFUL
No, Hilaria Baldwin isn’t starring in a hilarious new rom-com called “Two Dogs and a Baby.”
Hilaria Baldwin out on a walk with newborn Carmen and her two pooches.
The yoga teacher was just juggling newborn daughter Carmen and two pups on a brisk walk through Washington Square Park. Husband Alec Baldwin was on hand to give his wife and daughter a kiss before heading to work.
VH1 MORNING GLORY
Say cheese! VH1’s morning shows came together for a glamorous photo shoot inside the old TRL studios where they film. “Big Morning Buzz Live” stars Carrie Keagan, Jason Dundas and Jim Shearer joined the “Gossip Table” gang including Rob Shuter, Confidenti@l’s Marianne Garvey, Chloe Melas, Noah Levy and Delaina Dixon for this shot by photog Miller Mobley.
SHARON STILL STUNNING