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Celebrity preview: Kourtney Kardashian, SJP, Kathy Griffin, Jennifer Coolidge, Jerry Seinfeld, 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.
NAB convention draws celebrities, politicians; Jerry Lewis receives top honor
Monday, April 13, 2015
The world craves content, and NAB is a big source for professionals who create, deliver and buy it. It’s six days of feeding the need of next-generation content for attendees from broadcast, digital media, film, entertainment, telecom and more.
Photos: Las Vegas Outlaws defeat L.A. Kiss 61-48, lead Western Division
Monday, April 13, 2015
Sweet revenge? Las Vegas Outlaws quarterback J.J. Raterink threw nine touchdown passes — four in the fourth quarter alone — in the rock star rivalry with the L.A. Kiss when Vince Neil’s team rampaged the house of opposition’s Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
Celebrity preview: Barry Manilow + Dave Koz, Tony Bennett + Lady Gaga, Fleetwood Mac, St. Vincent
Friday, April 10, 2015
It’s such a sensory overload of music superstars this weekend in Las Vegas, you wonder if the Strip’s casinos all decided that we had to prevent residents and visitors from going to the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif.
Q+A: Tyson Beckford strips down for Chippendales at the Rio
Friday, April 10, 2015
There’s no question that 44-year-old handsome hunk Tyson Beckford is in great shape, and as the main model for Ralph Lauren’s Polo sportswear line, he’s stripped down to his skivvies for its advertising campaigns.
Strip Scribbles: Penn’s 105-pound weight loss, Sammy Hagar, The Band Perry, Lance Burton
Thursday, April 9, 2015
The 6-foot-7 Rio magician headliner Penn Jillette took four months to drop from 330 pounds to 225. He says that he was under doctor’s orders to change his eating habits.
Bobby Flay splits from third wife? Rolling Stones at Billboard Awards? SLS, ‘DWTS,’ ‘SYTYCD’
Thursday, April 9, 2015
We have some scintillating Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors as the end of the workday and work week near, among them SLS Las Vegas launching an 18-and-older pool party at Foxtail next Thursday.
NHL franchise expansion team nears reality in Las Vegas?
Thursday, April 9, 2015
The goal of a Las Vegas NHL franchise expansion team seems to have become a little more realistic today. Hockey Vision officials reported that the ticket drive has gone “very well” and “progress in the campaign has been phenomenal.”
Mariah Carey fans flood and crash Caesars Palace website
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Mariah Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and surpassed Elvis Presley as the top solo artist with the most No. 1 singles in America.
Preview: Coachella artists also rocking Entertainment Capital of the World
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Nearly 200,000 music fans will pour into Southern California’s Coachella Valley in the Inland Empire for the next two weekends to its annual music and arts festival.
Q+A, Part 2: Chef Alex Stratta — ‘I’m going to take the food as seriously as I can’
Thursday, April 9, 2015
“I still want to have the intensity of the basic technique and the discipline and that culture, but just stress it down a bit. Let’s just dress it down, and here’s what it’s supposed to be like without all those bells and whistles on it.”
Strip Scribbles: Las Vegas Sin, Hooters at the Palms, National Association of Broadcasters
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Fans of our lingerie-clad Legends Football League team the Las Vegas Sin will have to travel to Ontario, Calif., for their future home games because no arena here was available for their dates.
‘Duck Commander Musical’ begins previews at Rio; grand opening April 15
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Upcoming Caesars Palace headliner Mariah Carey’s former husband, record producer Tommy Mottola, is one of the producers of the new musical at the Rio.
Criss Angel’s ‘Mindfreak’ DVDs include disappearing elephant, Mark McGrath, Carrot Top
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Luxor headliner magician Criss Angel has released a three-set DVD of highlights from his Season 2 of “Mindfreak” on A&E, and it is edge-of-the-seat viewing for 7 1/2 hours from the Cirque du Soleil “Believe” star.
Taylor Swift, Sam Smith lead Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand on May 17
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The three-hour 2015 Billboard Music Awards returning to MGM Grand Garden Arena and airing on ABC on May 17 will produce a battle between Taylor Swift and Sam Smith akin to the fireworks expected in the same arena two weeks earlier.
Q+A, Part 1: Strip culinary king Alex Stratta surprises with suburban tapas bar
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Ever since two-star celebrity chef Alessandro Stratta was brought to Las Vegas by Steve Wynn to open Renoir at the Mirage, Alex, as he is better known, has been the Las Vegas chef to watch.
Q+A: Gene Simmons book reveals behind-the-scenes secrets, sex of KISS rocker
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
KISS legend Gene Simmons admits in the book to sleeping with 5,000 women because he wanted “to get all the girls.” “There was only one reason why I made the decision to become a rock god: Girls!”
Jennifer Romas’ ‘Sexxy’ is renewed at Westgate Las Vegas
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Executives at Westgate Las Vegas have given Jennifer Romas and her “Sexxy” showgirls their first “indefinite” contract renewal. “We are very happy with the show and look forward to its continued success,” Westgate COO Mark Waltrip told me.
Strip Scribbles: Britney Spears vs. Smartflash; Priscilla Presley; Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Pop princess and Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears is in the middle of a battle between rivals Apple and Samsung involving Texas-based company Smartflash.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon reunite for Easter with their twins
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mariah Carey has talked for the first time about her new Caesars Palace residency, which starts May 6. She will perform all 18 of her No. 1 songs.
‘DWTS’ photos: Suzanne Somers safe, Michael Sam exits in emotional night
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
As predicted, it was gay football star Michael Sam who was eliminated with his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd on Monday night’s Week 4 of Season 20 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
Sixty years of the Riviera: Making a ‘Splash’ with Las Vegas’ first water show
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Week five of RivFacts honors the long-running aquatic show “Splash” by producer Jeff Kutash. Premiering June 22, 1985, “Splash” was billed as an “aquacade” of music and dance.
New Linq headliner magician Mat Franco: ‘I’m nervous, I’m anxious, I’m excited, and I can’t wait’
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
“America’s Got Talent” Season 9 winner magician Mat Franco is set to start his Las Vegas residency in June. He is the first magician to win the NBC talent show, and he defeated nearly 100,000 contestants to win the top prize of $1 million.
Priscilla Presley to take part in first wedding at new Elvis chapel in Westgate
Monday, April 6, 2015
Priscilla Presley has agreed to be the matron of honor at the first marriage ceremony in the new Elvis Presley Graceland wedding chapel here at Westgate Las Vegas on April 23, the 59th anniversary of Elvis’ first performance in Las Vegas in 1956.
Strip Scribbles: Bikini face-off at dayclubs; Lago at Bellagio; second Shake Shack; Seahawks
Monday, April 6, 2015
A total of $160,000 is up for grabs to the winner at Drai’s, and Wet Republic says it is offering $1 million in cash and prizes divvied up among the Top 40 finalists after eight qualifying rounds of competition.
Come and knock on her door: Suzanne Somers to pay tribute to ‘Three’s Company’ on ‘DWTS’
Monday, April 6, 2015
It’ll be an emotional night in the ballroom as the contestants celebrate “My Most Memorable Year.” I cannot wait to see injured military veteran Noah Galloway dancing to Toby Keith’s “American Soldier” with pro partner Sharna Burgess.
Las Vegas Outlaws upset defending AFL champions Arizona Rattlers 70-53
Monday, April 6, 2015
It was a victory few expected or thought possible, but the brand-new Las Vegas Outlaws went from being a 19-point underdog to a 17-point victor over three-time defending Arena Football League champions the Arizona Rattlers.
Celebrity preview: Kenny Chesney, Diana Ross, Uncle Kracker, Brody Jenner, Jay Cutler Classic
Friday, April 3, 2015
Music rules this Easter Weekend with the sensational Diana Ross soaring at the Venetian with the first weekend of her new Venetian residency and country king Kenny Chesney at the Joint for two nights, with two days of pool parties with Uncle Kracker at nearby Rehab.
Review: Diana Ross is a soaring angel in ‘Memories’ debut at Venetian
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Miss Ross is a perfectionist when it comes to music, and she was absolutely perfect on opening night. Her new show is a bare-bones, no-distraction production. There are no acrobats or athletes leaping across the stage, no stripped-down sexy dancers.
Strip Scribbles: Large Chinese restaurant at Venetian; Rockabilly Weekend; SLS; Imagine Dragons
Thursday, April 2, 2015
At just under 19,000 square feet, the new Meizhou Dongpo restaurant opening around New Year’s at the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shops is likely to be one of the largest in America, if not the largest. It’s gigantic and will be the flagship of the brand.
Photos: ‘Absinthe’ celebrates four years with toga party, marching mariachi band
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Impresario Ross Mollison told me: “Caesars President Gary Selesner went out on a limb for us four years ago. If it hadn’t been for him rooting for us and overruling other Caesars executives, we wouldn’t be here.”

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