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August 20, 2014

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Robin Leach

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SLS Las Vegas celebration will be a night of champagne wishes and caviar dreams
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Friday night’s celebration for the grand opening of SLS Las Vegas, followed by the midnight debut to the public, will be one epic fete — a true champagne-and-caviar blast. Let’s look at the staggering party numbers.
Zak Bagans’ hit ‘Ghost Adventures’ returns for Season 10 on Travel Channel
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
“We’re going big this season,” said Zak Bagans, who is the lead investigator. “From the massive Queen Mary ship in California to Ireland’s Leap Castle and Mexico’s Island of the Dolls, each location is embedded with layers of paranormal activity to explore.”
Strip Scribbles: Penn & Teller, Murray Sawchuck, Nathan Burton on TV; Miss Nevada pageants
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Magic and its Las Vegas magicians are everywhere you look on television this week in what’s become known as the “Wizard Wars,” which also is one of the shows premiering tonight on Syfy and is hosted by Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller.
Star names are surfacing to fill in for Celine Dion at Caesars Palace
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
Celine’s absence started rumors as to whom might fill her shoes and walk in her footsteps. Many of the Asian arenas and theaters on Celine’s now-canceled November tour have opened up for Mariah Carey, and she could be added to the open dates at Caesars.
Strip Scribbles: Britney Spears is baaack; ‘American Ninja Warrior’ in Las Vegas
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
As Britney Spears promised, there were new costumes and dance routines, and she changed up the song set to include new material mixed in with her big hits. Everybody, though, was talking about her new slimmed-down, trimmed-down, taut-and-toned body.
Celebrity preview: Britney Spears, Fall Out Boy, Al Pacino, ZZ Top, Cesar Millan, Big Knockout Boxing
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
Call this one incredible knockout weekend! Britney Spears is back, legendary Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino makes his Las Vegas premiere, and a new sport, Big Knockout Boxing, also debuts on the Strip. Plus, concerts by Fall Out Boy, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck and more.
Strip Scribbles: Slimmer Britney Spears set to return to ‘Piece of Me’ at Planet Hollywood
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Pop princess Britney Spears has transformed herself with a dramatic weight loss thanks to regular yoga workouts and a low-carb diet and will proudly show off her new toned and slim, trim look for the resumption of her residency.
Strip Scribbles: Dog the Bounty Hunter, Corey Harrison target missing ex-MMA fighter
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Watch out, Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver. The former “The Ultimate Fighter” and MMA athlete is wanted for the alleged beating of girlfriend and adult entertainer Christy Mack in Las Vegas, and two high-profile people have joined the manhunt.
Celine Dion cancels Caesars Palace shows through March, Asia tour
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Superstar Celine Dion confirmed the news at 6:25 a.m. today, over fears that began in December, that she will cancel her Caesars Palace shows and postpone all her showbiz activities indefinitely, including a planned fall tour to Asia.
Star Surveillance: Jen Selter, Henry Rollins, Floyd Mayweather Jr., John Popper, Uncle Kracker
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
Instagram sensation Jen Selter kicked off her birthday weekend at Tao in the Venetian on Friday. As the clock struck midnight, the newly 21-year-old headed upstairs to the nightclub to continue her celebration weekend with friends and family.
Reprieve might save topless ‘Sydney After Dark’; changes are in the works
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
One knowledgeable Strip-show insider told me: “The girls are gorgeous, but the production numbers and costumes were too ambitious. They planned it in Australia as a big spectacular when it should have stuck to a sexy vibe in the intimacy of a cabaret room.”
Strip Scribbles: Talking about Robin Williams with Fox News; Bob Markworth; The Beatles
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
I joined Greta Van Susteren on her Fox News TV show this afternoon (4 p.m.) to talk about my memories of working with Robin Williams and the great charity work he did here in Las Vegas for Keep Memory Alive, Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children and many more.
Las Vegas brothers star on AMC’s ‘4th & Loud’ with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley of KISS
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
When the new AMC series “4th & Loud” premieres tonight, it will feature two Las Vegas brothers, Beau Bell and B.J. Bell, former UNLV athletes who play for the Arena Football League team the L.A. Kiss. The team’s inaugural season was documented for the TV series.
‘Ghost The Musical’ brings movie magic and romance to the Smith Center stage
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
“Ghost,” nominated for five Academy Awards, brought new meaning to the art and skills of pottery and starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and the comedic talents of Whoopi Goldberg, who won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. ...
We have lost an incredibly talented and kind star in Robin Williams
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Robin Williams was often here in Las Vegas — with fellow comic Eric Idle at Steve Wynn’s rebirth of Monty Python at Wynn Las Vegas. He was here for the HBO Comedy Festivals in a celebrity event with Billy Crystal. And he supported Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children.
Strip Scribbles: Red Bull BC One, Great Santa Run, Rita Rudner and Murray Sawchuck
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Las Vegas will be one of six global cities hosting an epic breakdancing showdown before November’s world finals in Paris, France. On Friday, Red Bull BC One, the world’s most prestigious one-on-one B-Boy competition, is at Brooklyn Bowl.
Photos: Knockout weekend for boxer and MMA friend Ana Julaton and yours truly
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
What an honor for me to be inducted into the 2014 Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame as its first Mark Smith Ambassador Award recipient Saturday night. I was humbled by the kind words and outpouring of support from colleagues and friends.
Cheaza departs ‘Jubilee’ for yearlong tour dates in Asia, Europe and Middle East
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
“You never know if it’s the right move, but I love the challenge of change. I think the aspect of the challenge is what I need at this moment,” Cheaza told me moments after ending her run in “Jubilee” at Bally’s last week.
Celebrity preview: Will.I.Am, Justin Timberlake, Jake Owen, Mario, Counting Crows, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Friday, Aug. 8, 2014
If laughter is the best medicine, we’ll have a lot of very healthy people on and off the Strip this weekend. The kings and queens of comedy are reigning along with crown prince of pop Justin Timberlake, who leads a music invasion that includes a two-day ukulele festival.
Strip Scribbles: The mystery of the ‘Sydney After Dark’ grand-opening cancellation
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
I’m reliably told that much has changed with the Australian production since I watched its first night at Planet Hollywood. The Aussie girls are gorgeous, striking and sensual, and it’s a wonderful 75 minutes with erotic thrills from Down Under.
Two Las Vegas cafes face off Sunday on Jon Taffer’s ‘Hungry Investors’ on Spike TV
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
“Top Chef” star Tiffany Derry and chef-restaurant owner John Besh join Jon as cameras filmed at Kailyn’s Kitchen and Rambo’s Kitchen. Kelly and Bob Reyes pit their 1960s-styled Rambo’s against the Robert Polk and Carolyn Jones kitchen named for their daughter.
Sabina Kelley hopes for new stage career after ‘Pin Up’ guest-starring week
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
After Sabina Kelley exited stage left as the curtain came down on her final — for now — performance standing in for Claire Sinclair at “Pin Up,” she told me: “Man, I loved this. I feel so good, it’s been so fun; the cast has been amazing.”
Photos: ‘Le Reve’ dancer among Season 5 finalists on ‘American Ninja Warrior’
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
One of the most ambitious — if not the largest ever — reality-TV contests is set to give Las Vegas extraordinary exposure during four weeks of finals and a wrap-up special of NBC’s “America Ninja Warrior” Season 5 with a $500,000 prize at stake for the winner.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Top Chef Duels,’ ‘Ink Master,’ ‘Dating Naked’ and plans for Pure at Caesars
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
It’s a TV battle of another kind when the kitchen heat gets turned up on Bravo’s new “Top Chef Duels” premiering tonight with Las Vegas star chefs Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud and pop princess Pink as judges and former Cosmopolitan chef Shirley Chung as a contestant.
Photos: Holly Madison shares her dream closet of Disney and sparkle
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
In the new issue of Life & Style on newsstands now, former “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood star Holly Madison provided Las Vegas-based photographer Erik Kabik with an exclusive tour inside her 500-square-foot dream closet.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Skin Wars’ on GSN; Johnny Thompson turns 80; Ana Julaton’s next fight
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
Two hometown personalities are featured on the Game Show Network’s newest series “Skin Wars” premiering Wednesday night. Supermodel actress Rebecca Romijn hosts the inaugural season of the eight-episode, hourlong competition programs.
Celine Dion cancels more shows at Caesars Palace while fighting throat ailments
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
Hopes for Celine Dion’s speedy recovery from throat ailments and a return to her Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace this Friday were dashed when doctors ordered the Canadian-superstar Strip headliner to cancel more shows late Monday.
‘Purple Reign’ at D Las Vegas is sexy, fun, sassy and far more than a tribute show
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
The night belongs to Jason Tenner, who is uncannily brilliant as Prince in “Purple Reign.” He has Prince’s moves down to a T and just like the superstar himself is nonstop energy. The audience loved him as much as the superstar himself.
Celebrity preview: Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Koz, Crystal Hefner
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
It’s music mayhem because in addition to Lady Gaga’s second time at MGM Grand in two weeks, there’s Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls and The Plain White T’s at Red Rock Resort; Journey and The Steve Miller Band at Mandalay Bay; Aerosmith at MGM Grand; and more.
Seth Gold of ‘Hardcore Pawn’: ‘If pawnshops didn’t exist, there’d be very big problems’
Friday, July 11, 2014
Seth Gold, at the 2014 Pawn Expo of the National Pawnbrokers Association at the Mirage from Tuesday through Thursday, talks “Pawn Stars,” lessons learned and the best and worst aspects of being a pawnbroker.
Deja vu! Pamela Anderson splits from husband Rick Salomon for second time
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Rick gained notoriety for releasing a sex tape with then-girlfriend Paris Hilton. Pamela, who remarried Rick this year after their first marriage in 2007-08, announced Tuesday that they have separated and that she’s filing for divorce for a second time.
Westgate Las Vegas owner David Siegel: ‘I like the odds here — we know what we can do out here’
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Timeshare titan David Siegel says, “We’ve been out here in Las Vegas with our properties about 10 years now, and I haven’t put a quarter in a slot machine. I don’t think this is a gamble. Everything in life is a gamble. It’s a very good calculated business risk.”
High Roller turns 100 days old; first 100 guests receive free ride
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Then from 4 to 7 p.m., a new daily happy-hour program is launched at the world’s tallest observation wheel at the Linq for guests paying $24.99 with open bar and bartender in cabin — that means as much as guests can drink for the 30-minute circle.
Strip Scribbles: Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada returns to town July 17-20
Monday, July 7, 2014
For the first time since winning the 2014 Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge, La., in June, hometown beauty Nia Sanchez is returning to Las Vegas for a pageant models reunion with former Miss Nevada USA contestants.
Four-time cancer survivor Helene Neville of Henderson completes 2,000-mile run
Monday, July 7, 2014
For the first time in 70 days, 53-year-old Henderson grandmother Helene Neville is off her feet, and instead of running more than 25 miles a day, she’s back behind a steering wheel. “I feel fantastic except for the blisters and sore feet,” she told me.
‘All By Myself’ fan Richard Dunn, Lance Bass and Michael Turchin attend Celine Dion’s show
Monday, July 7, 2014
“Lonely” airport videographer Richard Dunn isn’t the only one in his family able to sing Celine Dion’s hit “All By Myself” — his 2-year-old daughter Bailey knows the words, too, and sang them to the Canadian superstar backstage this weekend.
Thunder From Down Under toasts 13 years at Excalibur, welcomes counterparts in ‘Sydney After Dark’
Monday, July 7, 2014
The handsome Aussie hunks in Thunder From Down Under at Excalibur celebrated their 13th anniversary over the Fourth of July Weekend. Producer Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment told me that he’s increased the number of shows to meet demand.
Celine Dion’s ‘All By Myself’ YouTube fan Richard Dunn meets his idol on Fourth of July
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Celine Dion super-fan Richard Dunn, now known worldwide for his 2 a.m. video of her hit remake “All By Myself” filmed via his cell phone at our McCarran Airport, returned to the Strip with family and friends Friday night to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Celebrity preview: Khloe Kardashian, Papa Roach, Queen, Pauly D, Nick Cannon, Thunder
Friday, July 4, 2014
Today’s packed excitement is just the start of the three-day holiday weekend with plenty of fun set for Saturday and Sunday. Even Khloe Kardashian is in town to celebrate her 30th birthday at Tao in the Venetian.
Longtime L.V. producer Dick Foster sells showbiz company, plans to pen life story
Friday, July 4, 2014
It’s been an extraordinary global life story for veteran Las Vegas producer Dick Foster, who moved here full time in 1989 with his show “Spellbound.” What was supposed to be a 13-week run turned into an eight-year triumph.
Strip Scribbles: Melody Sweets’ new show; ‘Pawn Stars’ expo; ‘Viva Veracruz’
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Another Strip star has created another new show. Sexy Melody Sweets, who is the burlesque queen dazzling as the Green Fairy in the wild and wacky “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, will premiere her “Wild Wild West Burlesque Show” on July 22.
Criss Angel to premiere ‘Mindfreak Live’ on Nov. 13 in Dubai
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The Cirque du Soleil headliner at “Believe” has created “Mindfreak Live” that will debut in the 15,000-seat Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai on Nov. 13. It’s based on his successful TV magic show seen in more than 90 countries.
Tonight in L.V.: Las Vegas Sin, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, UFC stars, Gloriana
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Those gorgeous gridiron girls from the Las Vegas Sin formerly of the Lingerie Football League and now the Legends Football League take on Western Conference rival the Chicago Bliss in the last home game of the season at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Food faceoff: Giada at the Cromwell vs. Giada’s Italian Cucina in Anthem
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Any confusion of having two restaurants with Giada in the name in Las Vegas is likely to now be resolved as Daniel Convertino, owner of Giada’s Italian Cucina in Anthem, says that he’s ready for a resolution with Food Network celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis.
Kenny Loggins says reinventing himself has kept his 40-year music career thriving
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Known for beautiful soft rock in the 1970s and performing with Jim Messina, Kenny Loggins is now interested in country pop, and a children’s music challenge just might provide him with an excuse to cut back on his busy touring schedule.
Strip Scribbles: Red Bull Signature races; Hot Chicks vs. Hot Wings; UFC Fight Week
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
It’s known as the oldest, largest and most prestigious desert off-road race in America for the toughest and roughest of challenges: 400 miles of brutal, dangerous driving held annually here since 1967.
MGM Resorts sets plans for 40-acre recreation park hosting Rock in Rio and more
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Except for potential parking problems, it should be a smooth zoning-approval process now that MGM Resorts International has set out its plans for the 40-acre outdoor recreation park between Circus Circus and Sahara Avenue.
Photos: David Siegel replaces LVH letters with Westgate Las Vegas sign
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
David Siegel said that the letters were 1-inch larger than rival Donald Trump’s name on his tower here and in a practical expense-saving measure, David took them from his former Planet Hollywood Westgate tower, which is now a Hilton timeshare.
Strip Scribbles: UFC Fight Week, Life Is Beautiful, Las Vegas Sin, Hot Chicks vs. Hot Wings
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
For the next six days, UFC rules the Las Vegas Valley with its International Fight Week of events that include a takeover of the High Roller at the Linq by UFC fighters Wednesday night. Events also include two meet-and-greets.
Is Pamela Anderson en route to the Rio to cheer on husband Rick Salomon in WSOP?
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Former “Baywatch” beauty and “Dancing With the Stars” darling Pamela Anderson might arrive here tonight to cheer on the final hours of her two-time husband Rick Salomon playing for a $15 million first-place prize in the Big One for One Drop.

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