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April 28, 2015

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Q+A: Mariah Carey — ‘You have to put yourself first and love yourself first and get through anything that way’
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
With more than 200 million records sold, Mariah Carey has become the iconic singer-songwriter as the bestselling female artist of all time. Her first-ever residency, “#1 to Infinity,” starts at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace next Wednesday, May 6.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Fantasy’ at fight; hot dog eating winners; L.V. Outlaws’ first loss
Monday, April 27, 2015
The Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has occurred each July 4 in Coney Island, N.Y., since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened his legendary restaurant.
Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea prep big ‘surprise’ at Billboard Awards; Britney gay wedding
Monday, April 27, 2015
Pop princess Britney Spears and rap royal Iggy Azalea are working on a “super surprise” for their performance of “Pretty Girls” at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on ABC on Sunday, May 17, from MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Vince Neil wins big, plays chef on ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’; $1.3M winner at Aliante
Monday, April 27, 2015
When Motley Crue rocker and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil entertained his new “wife” for an episode of an upcoming “Celebrity Wife Swap” on ABC, he decided to take her gambling at Red Rock Resort.
Criss Angel’s new ‘Supernaturalists’ lands four-week run in Connecticut
Monday, April 27, 2015
Cirque du Soleil’s “Believe” at the Luxor headliner Criss Angel says he will be part of each performance via live video feed from Las Vegas and at tour stops across America.
Wolfgang Puck closes Postrio at the Venetian after 16-year run
Monday, April 27, 2015
Sunday’s dinner service was his final bow, but the restaurant — the second-largest space in the Venetian — has a private party there tonight and then shuts its doors.
Q+A: Smoke’s Poutinerie founder talks ‘loaded fries’ at new ‘Pawn Stars’ mall
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Poutine is a Quebec–born mix of fries and cheese curds covered in gravy. There are 30 varieties of poutine, including a chili cheesesteak poutine with flat-iron steak, homemade chili-and-cheese sauce, or a double-pork poutine with chipotle pulled pork.
Celebrity preview: Nick Jonas, Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton, Flo Rida, Amy Schumer, Daniel Tosh
Friday, April 24, 2015
It’s a glorious weekend of fine food, wondrous wines and celebrity chefs as the 9th Annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit continues for three more days in the fun-and-feasting extravaganza.
Day 3 photos: Clint Eastwood receives awards; new ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Fantastic Four,’ James Bond films
Thursday, April 23, 2015
“Dirty Harry” hero Clint Eastwood made the day for socialist filmmaker Michael Moore’s haters Wednesday at CinemaCon in Caesars Palace, and the Oscar winner’s “American Sniper” became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014.
Photos: Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley attend first Graceland Chapel nuptials, open exhibit
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Priscilla Presley surprised Kaycee Satava and Cameron Baker from Portland, Ore., by offering to be the matron of honor at the 5:40 a.m. ceremony televised on the East Coast at 8:40 a.m. and also witnessed by Priscilla and Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.
Strip Scribbles: Mariah Carey, Andy Walmsley, ‘Love Boat,’ ‘Idaho,’ Penn & Teller
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Diva songstress Mariah Carey is filming the video for her new single “Infinity” today in Los Angeles with director Brett Ratner. Mariah arrives on the Strip on Monday evening for a welcome ceremony in advance of her May 6 premiere.
Photos: 2015 Vegas Uncork’d kicks off with saber-off at Lago in Bellagio
Thursday, April 23, 2015
2015 Vegas Uncorked, the four-day festival of food, fine dining, celebrity chefs and wondrous wines, was officially launched this afternoon at Lago in Bellagio.
Lionel Richie at Planet Hollywood? No Janet Jackson? Diana Ross to return?
Thursday, April 23, 2015
I’m hearing that Lionel Richie will get that proposed residency on the Strip but in Britney Spears’ Axis at Planet Hollywood rather than the Venetian’s former “Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular” theater.
Photos: New Elvis and Graceland exhibit at Westgate features jewelry and much more
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Ahead of today’s ceremonies, Tom Donoghue and I received an advance tour of the new, 28,000-square-foot museum space to check out the Elvis Presley and Graceland collection of jewelry, artifacts, contracts and nearly half hour of concert footage.
Day 2 photos: Cruise, Schwarzenegger, ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ ‘Entourage,’ Theron
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Action hero Tom Cruise was the surprise “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” star at Tuesday’s preview of the movie to the National Association of Theater Owners’ CinemaCon meetings at Caesars Palace.
Photos: Eat, drink, be merry at Bubble-Licious, Sake Fever, Grand Tasting
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Eat, drink and be merry were the watchwords for the 41st Annual UNLVino with its three nights of hospitality excellence with wondrous wines, bountiful beer, sparkling spirits and sake.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Celebrity Wife Swap,’ ‘Caveman,’ ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Which star’s dressing room flooded so badly that the water went all the way to the stage, ruining costumes and props, and the night’s show had to be canceled?
Preview: Vegas Uncork’d returns to Caesars, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Aria
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Now known as America’s No.1 food-and-wine festival, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit kicks off Thursday with four days and nights of feasting on the Strip.
Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea in ‘epic’ duet at Billboard Music Awards
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The 2015 Billboard Music Awards producers confirmed this morning that our Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears will duet with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea on “Pretty Girls” during the May 17 ABC broadcast from MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley to witness first wedding in Westgate chapel
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Millions of TV viewers will be tuned in Thursday morning to NBC’s “Today” with Matt Lauer to watch the live broadcast of the first couple to be married here at the new Elvis Presley Graceland Wedding Chapel at Westgate Las Vegas.
Sarah Jessica Parker talks stilettos, ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Divorce’
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Gorgeous actress and fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker, who propelled the mega-sales of stilettos with her wardrobe on HBO’s “Sex and the City,” surprisingly doesn’t consider herself much of a shopper.
Strip Scribbles: Cirque du Soleil, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, ‘Paul Blart, Mall Cop 2’
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” spectacular staged at the Mirage on March 20 will get big-screen premiere treatment nationwide in movie theaters June 10.The news was revealed by Fathom Events execs at CinemaCon.
Review: Julian Serrano opens Lago at Bellagio to raves
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Foodies have long supported the kitchen genius of acclaimed chef and restaurateur Julian Serrano with his Picasso at Bellagio and his namesake Spanish tapas and molecular gastronomy bistro at Aria.
Vince Neil, Motley Crue add L.V. date to farewell tour; 2016 ACM Awards
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Rock legends Motley Crue will stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 27 on their final tour “All Bad Things Must Come to an End.” Tickets for the band’s final Las Vegas concert go on sale Friday.
Photos: Sixty years of the Riviera — Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Comedy Implosion
Monday, April 20, 2015
During the 60-year history of the Riviera, comedy has been king at the iconic building that was the Strip’s first high-rise casino hotel. Comedy legend Steve Martin performed at the property throughout the 1970s.
‘Le Reve’ is named ‘Best Production Show’ for fifth consecutive year
Monday, April 20, 2015
Additionally at the 25th Anniversary Concierge Choice Awards, SNHCA presented its first-ever Lifetime Award to Steve Wynn, who was a surprise guest at the awards with wife Andrea, for his support of the Las Vegas concierge community.
Strip Scribbles: Lance Burton’s magic movie, ‘Gigolos,’ Sheri’s Ranch, ‘Late Night Chef Fight’
Monday, April 20, 2015
Illusionist Lance Burton is in the finishing stages of his debut film “Billy Topit: Master Magician,” and we have a first look at its poster ahead of the planned black-tie premiere this fall.
Preview: Schwarzenegger, Statham, Eastwood, ‘Fantastic Four,’ ‘Magic Mike XXL’ — and Tom Cruise?
Monday, April 20, 2015
More than 5,000 global cinema owners — a 7 percent increase over last year and representing 72 countries — will rub shoulders with big-screen stars and studio honchos, view upcoming summer blockbusters and check out the latest innovations.
Preview: Crikey! British invasion at hunky-dory ‘Mondays Dark’ tonight
Monday, April 20, 2015
The impact of British actors, musicians, composers and singers on the U.S. entertainment scene has been massive dating back to the days of William Shakespeare.
Photos: Tapas by Alex Stratta celebrates grand opening in Tivoli Village
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Servers passed contemporary small plates including fried oyster cups, albondigas, bunuelos, fried kale, seafood ceviche, gazpacho, octopus, desserts (including light cream puffs and fruit soaked in sangria) and signature sangria and wine.
Celebrity preview: Kourtney Kardashian, SJP, Kathy Griffin, Jennifer Coolidge, Wayne Brady
Friday, April 17, 2015
Maybe the music scene is quiet because country music fans have left the Strip en masse for this year’s 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. It has moved — thankfully for only one year — from MGM Grand Garden Arena to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Strip Scribbles: Hakkasan’s second anniversary; Jordin Sparks; Weird Al; Foxtail’s 18-and-older party
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The four-day celebration weekend to mark the second anniversary of Hakkasan at MGM Grand begins tonight and runs through Sunday with performances by global superstar DJs Tiesto, Hardwell and Steve Aoki, plus Kyroman, the part-man, part-machine phenomenon.
Britney Spears puts heckling hater in his place at Planet Hollywood
Thursday, April 16, 2015
I’m giving a high-five to pop princess Britney Spears not only because of her return Wednesday night to her Axis at Planet Hollywood residency “Britney: Piece of Me,” but also for the fact that she lambasted a heckling hater in the audience near the stage.
Shopping with Sarah Jessica Parker at Crystals in CityCenter
Thursday, April 16, 2015
“Sex and the City” with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis was a Sunday night TV-viewing phenomenon on HBO that began in 1998 and ended in 2004.
Helene Neville of Henderson preps for final marathon run around U.S. perimeter
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Four-time cancer survivor Helene Neville of Henderson has battled three brain surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. Yet incredibly she is about to embark on the biggest challenge of her amazing life. This is an extraordinary story of courage and bravery.
‘Duck Commander Musical’ review: Before fame, money and beards
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Executive producer and entertainment mogul Tommy Mottola was 100 percent correct when he told me: “This is as good as any other Broadway musical. I’ll put it up alongside anything else, and it’ll win. It has everything — and then some — you’d want in a hit musical.”
Q+A: Brian Unger talks new Travel Channel series ‘Time Traveling’
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The early days of quickie Las Vegas divorces and wedding chapel marriages of Hollywood stars will be brought back to life on a new Travel Channel series premiering Monday.
For love of grape: UNLVino is three nonstop nights of champagne, sake, wine
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
It’s the annual orgy of drinking champagne, sake and wines over three nights to celebrate more than 40 years of hospitality excellence in Las Vegas. UNLVino continues the long tradition “to take a sip for scholarship.”
Strip Scribbles: Guy Fieri celebrates first Strip anniversary; Amy Purdy, Billy Bob Thornton films
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
It was a Monday night of amazing fun and celebration as Emmy Award-winning TV host and star chef Guy Fieri celebrated the first anniversary of his first and acclaimed Strip restaurant Guy’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at the Linq Hotel.
Off-Strip theater clash: ‘Duck Commander Musical’ vs. ‘Puppetry of the Penis’
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
About 80 members of the “Duck Dynasty” family along with country superstar Jason Aldean, celebrity chef Guy Fieri, actress Candace Cameron Burse, Weezer bass player Scott Shriner and others, including televangelist Joel Osteen, will be on the camouflage carpet.
Steve Cyr spills secrets, payouts, big-time wins and losses of ‘whales’ in Las Vegas
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
For decades, high-stakes gaming was the backbone of the Las Vegas casino industry. Competition among the resorts was furious as marketing VPs and super-hosts hunted down the world’s wealthiest players known as “whales.”
Photos: Star chef Julian Serrano opens stunning Lago at Bellagio
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
How do you top two masterpieces? If you’re Julian Serrano, you bring a new approach to Italian cuisine, and tonight he opens Lago in the former Circo at Bellagio.
Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli to reunite at Keep Memory Alive gala
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Las Vegas will see Celine Dion ahead of her headliner return to Caesars Palace on Aug. 27 when she reunites with Italian opera superstar Andrea Bocelli at this year’s 19th Annual Power of Love gala for Keep Memory Alive at MGM Grand on June 13.
Strip Scribbles: Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao + $400 million; Teller’s ‘Play Dead’ to return to L.V.; Mariah’s arrival
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
New York magician and self-proclaimed carnival huckster Todd Robbins co-wrote “Play Dead” with our silent magician Teller, who headlines with partner Penn Jillette at the Rio.
Sixty years of the Riviera: Holmes vs. Spinks; Murray Sawchuck hosts last hurrah
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Las Vegas has always had a rich history with boxing, and one of its historical bouts was the IBF World Championship Boxing heavyweight match between four-time defending champion Larry Holmes and then-undefeated Olympic gold medalist Michael Spinks.
Suzanne Somers’ ‘DWTS’ run ends; she preps for Westgate residency
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Suzanne Somers’ frustration showed in the rehearsal footage shot last week at Westgate. “I don’t think I can stay on the show,” she winced. But the judges praised her efforts despite a dress disaster.
How much for Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao ringside tickets? $75,000?
Monday, April 13, 2015
After two weeks of drama over a contract, tickets and rooms, the ducats have finally been printed for the May 2 fight of the century between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Strip Scribbles: Kerry Simon’s medical marijuana controversy; ‘Caveman’ wedding
Monday, April 13, 2015
A report in a new medical marijuana magazine reprinted in a daily newspaper has rankled supporters of ailing star chef Kerry Simon, who is fighting Multiple System Atrophy, which has caused the loss of his movement and speech.
‘DWTS’ preview: Will Suzanne Somers or Chris Soules go home?
Monday, April 13, 2015
There’s Disney magic on tonight’s episode of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” the second-ever Disney night with the entire cast sharing the dance floor with their favorite live-action Disney characters.
Review: Tony Bennett + Lady Gaga — charismatic chemistry between legend, pop star
Monday, April 13, 2015
With genuine admiration and respect for each another, I’d swear that Lady Gaga and crooner Tony Bennett were flirting with each other while onstage here over the weekend at Axis at Planet Hollywood.

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