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December 19, 2014

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Robin Leach

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Celebrity preview: ‘Showstoppers,’ Frankie Moreno, Brian Setzer, Penny Pibbets, Meryl Davis + Charlie White
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
It’s the quietest entertainment weekend of the year as tourists stay away in droves and locals are frantically finishing shopping and wrapping chores. Make the most of the peace because next weekend it all explodes again in preparation for New Year’s Eve.
From tragedy to triumph: Amy Purdy has become a courageous heroine
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
It’s an extraordinary story of courage, heroism and determination to overcome all the odds. Former Las Vegas massage therapist and Mount Charleston skier Amy Purdy lost her legs, underwent a kidney transplant and approached death’s door.
Strip Scribbles: Ellen’s IGT slot machines; Cosby accuser now L.V. strip club host
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Studio audiences at this week’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” tapings are being treated to incredible Las Vegas experiences as part of her 12 Days of Giveaways, including hotel stays at the Venetian, Palazzo and Mirage.
Put a ring on it! A Christmas gift for Britney Spears: Engagement?
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Even though it’s been only a two-month romance, rumors are picking up fast and furious that Britney Spears plans to get engaged over next week’s Christmas celebrations to new beau producer Charlie Ebersol.
NYE in Las Vegas: 80,000 fireworks, music of Whitney, One Republic, Pitbull
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
The lucky numbered 7-minute-11-second “America’s Party” performance will be fired from the rooftops of MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, the Venetian and Stratosphere.
Q+A: Steve Wynn talks ‘Showstoppers’ ahead of Saturday grand opening
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn is the most excited he’s ever been in his life with the creation of his “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” spectacular that after previews has its official opening gala Saturday night at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas.
Review: Human Nature’s holiday show a strange yuletide brew? No!
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
“The Human Nature Christmas Motown and More” show at the Venetian is full of tidings of great joy and songs of wondrous delight, and it’s all a truly beautiful and entertaining musical night.
Andrea Bocelli to perform at Power of Love Gala for Keep Memory Alive
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
When the Italian tenor was here for a concert at MGM Grand two weeks ago, Andrea and his wife, Veronica, toured the Frank Gehry-designed building, and because they lost a relative to Alzheimer’s offered to help the work of the brain center.
Vince Neil and his Las Vegas Outlaws vs. KISS’ L.A. Kiss
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
It’s “Monday Night Football” of a totally different kind at the Thomas & Mack Center with Vince Neil performing the national anthem. Expect new Outlaws players to be signed over the course of the next four weeks with Vince getting first draft picks in January.
Strip Scribbles: Elvis exhibit, new-look ‘Zumanity,’ Reba and Brooks & Dunn
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
I’m hearing that the world’s largest attraction of Elvis tribute artists, memorabilia and wardrobe items will replace the former sprawling “Star Trek” exhibit at Westgate Las Vegas early in the New Year.
So close! Cleen Rock One of L.V. in Top Two of ‘Ink Master’ and finishes …
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
The live finale on Spike TV from New York City was fierce and thrilling. The program began with three finalists who each had spent 35 hours tattooing a full back human canvas. The three judges first eliminated Erik Siuda from Long Island, New York.
Q+A: Cleen Rock One of Las Vegas competes for $100,000 in finale of ‘Ink Master’
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Las Vegas tattoo artist Cleen Rock One is now just hours away from learning if he wins Season 5 of the reality-TV competition “Ink Master” in the New York finale and returns here with the $100,000 grand prize.
The Rolling Stones in L.V. in June? New residents Heart at HOB? Iggy at MGM on April 25
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
Who dat, who dat, you ask? Iggy Azalea has revealed that her new North American “Great Escape Tour” will play MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, April 25.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Absinthe’ Down Under, ‘Duck Dynasty’ musical, EDC sales
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
I’m reliably hearing that after Australia, The Gazillionaire will travel to Europe to open two, maybe three other versions of “Absinthe” in major cities. Penny Pibbets will reportedly be with him for three months.
Wolfgang Puck offers 1992 menu with 1992 prices to mark 22 years in L.V.
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
It was 22 years ago that uber chef Wolfgang Puck opened his first Las Vegas restaurant, and initially nobody came to Spago at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace.
Q+A: Mark Shunock toasts two years of ‘Rock of Ages,’ one year of ‘Mondays Dark’
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
It’s a triple celebration for Mark Shunock, Lonny in “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian. The musical celebrates its second anniversary Thursday, “Rock” has been renewed through December 2015, and his monthly charity night toasts its first anniversary tonight.
Shania Twain ends two-year run at Caesars, set to return in 2015
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
In the two years country pop queen Shania Twain was a resident at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, she performed 105 shows for 337,500 guests — but never one like her finale Saturday night.
Are lights dimmed for Light Group at MGM Resorts? Plus, Bill McBeath to Cosmo?
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Have the lights dimmed for the Light Group at MGM Resorts? There are major rumblings tonight that TLG has been booted from MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas.
Celebrity preview: Shania, Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, Jeff Foxworthy, Brody Jenner, NFR
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Is country entertainment taking an ever-bigger role in the Las Vegas headliner scene? Tickets go on sale today for Kenny Chesney’s two-night stand at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in April. We’ve loved having the cowboys and cowgirls in town for the rodeo.
Dirk Arthur keeps big cat magic alive with ‘Wild Illusions’ at Riviera
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Dirk Arthur has bounced around several Strip theaters, including Jubilee at Bally’s and most recently O’Sheas before it was transformed into part of the Linq Hotel. Now Dirk has started a residency with his show “Wild Illusions” at the Riviera.
Larry The Cable Guy: From life on a pig farm to comedy success
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Today, we chat with Larry The Cable Guy. His real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney, and he has never worked for a cable company in any capacity. Three of his seven comedy albums have gone gold, and he has hosted History Channel’s “Only in America.”
Travis Cloer’s ‘Christmas at My Place’ shines bright at Cabaret Jazz
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
“Jersey Boys” at the Paris star Travis Cloer scored a triumph with his “Christmas at My Place” holiday show in Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center on Monday night. It’s a great shame that it was a one-night-only production.
Shania Twain on ending her two-year L.V. run: I’m taking happy memories with me
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
“I am genuinely excited about coming to Las Vegas to perform the show,” she told me in 2011. “My voice is stronger today than ever. My confidence is better than ever. Today really was very meaningful, a giant weight off my shoulders.”
Strip Scribbles: NYE fireworks, 12/13/14 weddings and TV poker
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Seven casino rooftops will be used this Dec. 31 to ring in the New Year with fireworks and an entertainment extravaganza. Once again, pyrotechnic masters from Fireworks By Grucci will produce the spectacular displays.
Palms hosts extensive Burt Reynolds auction for two days
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Items include an 18K gold antique inscribed pocket watch given to him by Sally Field; his “Smokey and the Bandit” red jacket; a Walter Payton signed NFL Hall of Fame induction football; a signed baseball from Mickey Mantle; and autographed Muhammad Ali boxing gloves.
Jeff Foxworthy: Making people laugh is ‘the greatest job in the world’
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Jeff Foxworthy is the biggest-selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee and bestselling author of more than 26 books. He hosts Game Show Network’s “The American Bible Challenge,” which premiered in 2012.
Photos: Troops receive salute, all-expense-paid trip to L.V. by Venetian
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
‘Tis the season of giving! Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, joined their hotel team members in a partnership with Southwest Airlines and Omaha Steaks for the ninth Salute Our Troops with the Armed Forces Foundation.
Strip Scribbles: Britney Spears’ eyes, Kathy Griffin, Steve Wynn, Natalie Gulbis, XS + Tryst toy drive
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
New E! “Fashion Police” host Kathy Griffin has proven that she’s right for the job taking over from the late Joan Rivers. She held nothing back with her comedy insults on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night TV talk show regarding Britney Spears.
Cleen Rock One of Las Vegas makes finals of ‘Ink Master’
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
After 15 weeks of competition among 18 contestants on Spike TV’s “Ink Master,” the final three is left standing for Tuesday’s live finale, and Las Vegas tattoo artist Cleen Rock One, owner of Chrome Gypsy Tattoo, is getting ready to fly to New York to compete.
2015 Vegas Uncork’d preview: Gordon Ramsay, new chefs and attractions
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit returns to the Strip from April 23-26. Star chefs including Michael Mina, Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Guy Savoy will join Gordon Ramsay. Julian Serrano also will debut his restaurant Lago at Bellagio.
Dr. John Salerno at Anti-Aging conference: Eternal youth, living to 120
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
More than 25,000 physicians and scientists from 120 countries who believe in alternative medicine for anti-aging solutions and regenerative medical cures arrived here today for the annual world congress of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Strip Scribbles: Peter Lik photo sells for $6.5 million; ‘Ink Master’s’ Final Four
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Landscape photographer Peter Lik, who has several galleries on the Strip, today sold the most expensive photograph in history. An anonymous L.A. collector shelled out $6.5 million for “Phantom,” then snapped up two other photos.
Photos: Bellagio’s holiday display is a breathtaking winter wonderland
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
The annual holiday display at the Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is a breathtaking winter wonderland with its 42-foot-tall tree and decorations made with 28,000 poinsettias all lit up by thousands of twinkling lights.
Cirque du Soleil discusses recent financial obstacles in expansions
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
In an extraordinarily candid interview, top Cirque du Soleil executives admit that expansion plans have dramatically slowed in recent years. Now after three decades of high-flying — and, in some cases, dangerous — aerial stunts, it’s going to be less clowns and acrobats.
Olivia Newton-John is the one Flamingo wants, renews into 2015
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
I talked with my longtime friend when she received the renewal news: “I am so looking forward to it. I’ve had a really nice time this year taking audiences on a musical journey through my life in film and music. Now we can continue for next year.”
Jose Canseco proposes to Shania; Britney adds to show; Mark Wahlberg in L.V.
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
Twitter erupted when former MLB player Jose Canseco, 50, proposed marriage to country superstar Shania Twain, who is wrapping up her two-year residency this weekend at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Shania also is happily married.
Ultimo at the Venetian: Star chefs prepare dinner fit for royalty
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
Star chefs Emeril Lagasse and Daniel Boulud created the ultimate in fabulous food with five courses before “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro wheeled in one of the largest 10-story cakes ever made for the Strip.
Strip Scribbles: Female DJ disguised as male lands movie; Barry Manilow; new topless cabaret
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
It’s an amazing story, and definitely an “only in Las Vegas” tale, of a disguised, cross-dressing female DJ. It took a year for EDM DJ Musikillz to break into the business, and only then could he reveal that he is a she.
Great Santa Run with Holly Madison, Chippendales, Wayne Newton, Olivia Newton-John
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
It was a very early morning, star-studded turnout for Opportunity Village’s 10th Annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Saturday. Fremont Street and its cross streets were a sea of Santa-suited runners and walkers as far as the eye could see.
Cirque exec discusses reintroduced Epic Battle Scene in ‘Ka’ at MGM Grand
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
It has taken nearly 18 months and more than $500,000 for Cirque du Soleil officials and performers to feel confident and comfortable about reintroducing the Epic Battle Scene that reaches the climatic finale of its spectacular “Ka” at MGM Grand.
Celebrity preview: Lady Antebellum, Andrea Bocelli, NFR, NASCAR, Great Santa Run, Ultimo, UFC 181
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton-John, entertainment legend Wayne Newton and Jaime Lynch of “Fantasy” at Luxor are stopping by the Great Santa Run to wish walkers and runners Happy Holidays. Elsewhere, will the cowboys take to Andrea Bocelli’s magical voice?
Celine Dion’s return to Caesars Palace is delayed again
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
On Dec. 17, Caesars Palace superstar headliner Celine Dion and her husband and former longtime manager Rene Angelil will celebrate their 20th anniversary at home here in Lake Las Vegas with their three children.
2014 Wrangler NFR: Concerts galore, fan fest, Night 1 competition
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Tonight is the first performance of the 2014 Wrangler Nationals Final Rodeo cowboys and cowgirls as they face bucking broncos, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and other competitions at the Thomas & Mack Center.
NASCAR Champion’s Week: Victory Lap, ‘After the Lap,’ Kevin Harvick, fan fest
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
First-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick has led the sixth-annual Champion’s Week post-season celebration since arriving here Tuesday.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Catch a Contractor,’ toy drive, ‘Celebrity Idols,’ Jaymes Vaughan
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Spike TV has ordered a 10-episode third season of its successful original series “Catch a Contractor” starring Adam Carolla. It will be filmed in Los Angeles and, for the first time, hit the road and travel to Las Vegas.
Everyone is subject to ridicule at Jeff Dunham’s show — including the star
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
It’s savage and scything sarcasm and ridicule at Jeff Dunham’s new show “Not Playing With a Full Deck” at Planet Hollywood, and everybody wants to be the target of invective from Jeff’s wacky collection of characters.
Terry Fator’s Christmas show promotes peace and good will to all
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Remember when Andy Williams, Perry Como and The Osmond Family welcomed guests to their home to sing around the Christmas tree, or as Terry Fator’s beautiful wife Taylor jokes, “I am too young to remember them.”
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ parody heads to Bally’s; changes at Strip shows
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Even before the erotic romance movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” opens on Valentine’s Day, the scandalous film starring Dakota Johnson, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and hunky Jamie Dornan has kicked up controversy.
Ultimo Weekend, star chefs’ celebration of luxury at Venetian, is fit for royalty
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
“The grandest meal ever served in Las Vegas.” That was the description celebrity chef Mario Batali declared a year ago at the Grand Banquet in the Venetian. It was a staggering sight as nearly 200 guests sat down to his deluxe dinner.
Q+A: Reba McEntire, with Brooks & Dunn, at Caesars: ‘This is not our last hurrah’
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
“This is not our last hurrah,” Reba McEntire, sitting next to Brooks & Dunn, told me this morning at Caesars Palace. “This isn’t going to be us going off into retirement. None of us are even ever thinking about retiring.”

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