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October 13, 2015

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Robin Leach


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Emeril’s Oyster Fest at MGM, Salute, Zine Noodles, ‘Cake Boss,’ Bardot Brasserie
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
The statistics behind celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s Oyster Festival at his New Orleans Fish House in MGM Grand are staggering. Each day, the TV chef’s restaurant sells an average of 30 to 35 dozen oysters fresh on the half shell.
Pitbull to extend his run on the Las Vegas Strip?
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
Rapper-turned-pop star Pitbull says his seven shows that kick off tonight at Axis at Planet Hollywood are a mini-residency and also serve as a lead-in to an eventual full-time run on the Strip.
Strip Scribbles: Steve Wynn’s plans for Sinatra’s 100th; Jose Andres; Rick Moonen
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
Steve Wynn and wife Andrea host a private dinner tonight for Frank Sinatra’s daughter, Tina Sinatra, and granddaughters A.J. Lambert and Amanda Erlinger to toast the debut of “Sinatra 100,” the official 100th anniversary book of the life and career of the icon.
Las Vegas madam spills call-girl secrets: Olympian was one of her high-priced hookers
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
Haley Heston has revealed her real-life name of Jami Rodman, a small-town girl from a Christian family in Oregon, and lifted the curtain on how her high-class agency ruled the world’s oldest profession for her book “The Las Vegas Madam: The Escorts, The Clients, The Truth.”
Strip Scribbles: NASCAR Champion’s Week; Bond babes at G2E; Jeff Dunham
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015
Global Gaming Expo executives will receive a James Bond welcome at their annual convention Sept. 29 just weeks before the worldwide premiere of the 24th 007 movie “Spectre” starring Daniel Craig.
Two knockout Las Vegas shows: ‘Purple Reign,’ ‘Intoxicating Magic’
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015
Jason Tenner, who stars in his Prince tribute show “Purple Reign” at Westgate Las Vegas, has added Kelly O’Donnell as his lead dancer and Vanity 6 dancer Lisa Cannon to his all girl-lineup with Brina C. in the role of Vanity/Apollonia.
‘The Book of Mormon’ begins run at Smith Center through Oct. 18
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015
It’s back by popular demand, but with some changes, and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts is making it easier than ever to get tickets for the Tony Award-winning blockbuster musical “The Book of Mormon.”
Photos: George Strait becomes first headliner at Las Vegas Arena
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015
It was the best-kept entertainment secret in Las Vegas — until this morning, when MGM Resorts International executives revealed their deal with “The King of Country Music,” George Strait, to headline the opening of the new Las Vegas Arena next spring.
Photos: Big expansion plans as Tao toasts 10 years at the Venetian
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015
It may well have been the party of the decade. It certainly was a star-studded lineup, and there was performance after performance by Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, Mase, Machine Gun Kelly, Redfoo and The Party Rock Crew, Jermaine Dupri, Mario, Busta Rhymes and Da Brat.
Photos: Wayne Newton’s doors to Casa de Shenandoah open to stars
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
Wayne and Kathleen Newton celebrated with Tyson Beckford, Criss Angel, Carrot Top, Sabrina Bryan, Pia Zadora, Clint Holmes, Melody Sweets and cast members from Chippendales, “Fantasy,” “Jersey Boys,” “Rock of Ages” and Thunder From Down Under.
Photos: Jason Statham makes 76-year-old father’s L.V. dream come true
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
Action-movie superstar Jason Statham proved that he has a big heart, especially when it comes to making a lifelong dream come true for his 76-year-old father to perform on the Las Vegas Strip.
Second Lotus of Siam in L.V.? Ferrari exits Wynn? Plus, Celine Dion, Paul Anka
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
James Beard Award-winning chef Saipin Chutima and her top Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam located on Sahara east of the Las Vegas Strip has abandoned plans to open a second restaurant at the Linq Promenade and instead will open in Downtown Summerlin.
Strip Scribbles: Sting debuts his Italian wine in L.V.; J.Lo’s ‘All I Have’ poster; ONJ back on charts
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
Sting and Trudie Styler will debut their portfolio of wines at Bellagio and arrive here Tuesday to set up their first tasting of “Sister Moon” 2008 vintage, “When We Dance” 2010 vintage, “Casino Delle Vie” 2009 vintage and “Message in a Bottle” 2011 vintage.
Celebrity preview: iHeartRadio, J.Lo, The Weeknd, Puff Daddy, Mr. Olympia, Tattoo Show
Friday, Sept. 18, 2015
There are so many superstars and big events this weekend in Las Vegas, it’s not a case of figuring out where to start and with whom: It’s a case of if we’ll still be standing Sunday night. You’d think this was New Year’s Eve Weekend.
Q+A: Frank Marino celebrates 30 years as headliner on the Strip
Friday, Sept. 18, 2015
It’s been an extraordinary 30-year reign on the Strip. “His Majesty, The Queen” Frank Marino has had an unprecedented run here as a female impersonator. Today, he celebrates his 30th anniversary in Cleopatra’s Villa at Caesars Palace.
‘Sexxy’ at Westgate Las Vegas is still taking it off en route to 200th show
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
Despite ups and downs, illness and sluggish early marketing, Jennifer Romas has prevailed against all odds and hit the 175 performance mark and continues to kick up her heels and seamed stockings to delight audiences nightly.
Strip Scribbles: Jon Taffer, Olivia Newton-John, Wayne Newton, Kerry Simon, Jeff Civillico
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
As hometown “Bar Rescue” host Jon Taffer nears 100 episodes of his Spike TV series and returns with new episodes in Season 4 on Oct. 4, Spike has signed a “first-look” deal with him to develop new programs with compelling content.
Tonight in L.V.: Mat Franco TV viewing, Tiesto, Sammy Ladeki, Tony Sacca
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Tony Sacca will be recognized with the 23rd star on the Las Vegas Strip on the sidewalk outside Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas. DJ Tiesto is at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.
Q+A: Music legend Paul Anka, at 74, is still doing it his way
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
At age 14, Paul Anka swiped his mom’s car keys to drive himself underage to music gigs in his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. A year later, he recorded “Diana” that he wrote about a girl in his church who he didn’t know. It hit No. 1.
Star Surveillance: Chris Evans, Liam Hemsworth, Justin Bieber, Niall Horan
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
It’s a Hunk Edition of Star Surveillance today. Actor Chris Evans (“Captain America,” “Fantastic Four”) was at the High Roller observation wheel in the Linq Promenade. Chris and his friends stayed at the Laurel Collection of super-suites in Caesars Palace for three nights.
Photos: Linq headliner Mat Franco says, ‘I’m here today because of my grandmother’
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
The whirlwind rise to fame and fortune continues for “America’s Got Talent” magician champion Mat Franco on Thursday when his 2-hour NBC special airs. Mat, 27, was excited to give me a preview of the TV show.
Strip Scribbles: Britney Spears, Jeff Dunham, Tryst at Wynn, ‘Rock of Ages,’ ‘Strip Solos’
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Is Britney Spears now able to add world tour dates during her new two-year run of “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood? She’s certainly open to the idea, and she will have open dates to possibly go globetrotting.
Tonight in L.V.: Wolfgang Puck’s Sip & Savor; ‘Perfect Physique’; Mark Knopfler; Steve Angello
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and his team of six top Las Vegas restaurant chefs host the third-annual benefit Sip & Savor for Keep Memory Alive at Spago in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. More than 20 wineries are taking part.
Firefighter, paramedic assist heart attack victim at Shania Twain concert
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Country pop superstar Shania Twain’s generosity while out on tour paid unexpected dividends for one fan last weekend in Spokane, Wash. The former Caesars Palace headliner gave free tickets to her show to local firefighters and emergency responders.
Q+A: Lionel Richie’s kids give him enthusiastic OK for Strip residency
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Lionel Richie’s show will feature a setlist of his brightest and best anthems, including “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “You Are,” “Stuck on You,” “Say You, Say Me” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.” A longtime pal, I chatted with Lionel ahead of his “Today” appearance this morning.
Festivino, Emeril’s oyster fest, Sammy’s, SW Steakhouse, Carmine’s, ‘Pawn Stars’ mall
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Hot off the grill! Ten Master Chefs of France who are culinary stars here join forces for the fifth-annual Festivino food-and-wine festival Oct. 9 at the Doge’s Palace grand entrance of the Venetian.
Photos: Helene Neville receives hero’s welcome home in L.V., film and TV offers
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
It was the culmination of a world-record run around the U.S. perimeter, and now Las Vegas nurse Helene Neville, again battling lymphoma cancer, plans to run again as Hollywood producers begin to plan the film version of her amazing achievement.
Photos: World’s largest Hooters celebrates grand opening at Palms
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
The short orange shorts and tight white tank tops are a sexy trademark known around the world for the busty beauties of Hooters, and now Las Vegas lays claim to the world’s largest. It’s as gargantuan as the girls are gorgeous.
Strip Scribbles: Criss Angel stunt goes awry again; Kerry Simon celebration of life
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
Las Vegas comedy magician and escape artist Spencer Horsman found himself in serious trouble today when his Houdini escape from a suspended Plexiglas “coffin” filled with 100 gallons of water went awry for the second time.
Andrea Bocelli honors KMA founder Larry Ruvo in Italy
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
It was a total surprise when our Keep Memory Alive founder Larry Ruvo was given a tribute award from popera superstar singer Andrea Bocelli and his wife Veronica, and 20 Las Vegas visitors on a tour of Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy, witnessed the ceremony.
Strip Scribbles: Spencer Horsman, Criss Angel, Ben Vaughn, Michael Boychuck, Tony Sacca
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
Las Vegas resident magician Spencer Horsman will attempt a death-defying stunt on a New Jersey street Tuesday that nearly killed him when he rehearsed it for the opening of Criss Angel’s “The Supernaturalists” at Foxwoods Resort Casino over the summer.
Britney Spears goes on date with restaurant mogul Harry Morton; ‘Solo Strips’ on Sept. 28
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
Pop princess and Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears was caught by paparazzi cameras on her first date with restaurant mogul Harry Morton, who runs the Pink Taco chain with an outlet at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Photos: Siegfried & Roy’s four 6-week-old tiger cubs unveiled at Mirage
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
The four siblings are three females and one male and range in color: Liberty, a pure white female; Maharani, a striped-white female; Hirah, a striped-golden female; and Justice, a light golden male.
Ex-‘Fantasy’ star Chloe Crawford pulls disappearing act from Murray Sawchuck
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
The growing rumors of a marital breakup between Planet Hollywood’s comedy magician headliner Murray Sawchuck and his topless dancer English beauty Chloe Crawford proved true Friday afternoon when they filed divorce papers downtown.
Tonight in L.V.: Gretchen Rossi at STK; Hooters Palms grand opening; Mexican Independence Day
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
Single-day tickets for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway next March 5 go on sale. Reigning NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick will return to defend his title and wants to be the first driver to three-peat in Las Vegas since Jimmie Johnson.
Q+A: Cut chef Matt Hurley reveals Wolfgang Puck’s surprises for KMA Sip & Savor
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
Top Wolfgang Puck restaurant chefs join forces Wednesday when their star-chef leader hosts his third-annual Sip & Savor fundraiser to benefit our Keep Memory Alive charity. Sip & Savor has become a key event on our city’s social calendar.
Celebrity preview: Puff Daddy, Joe Manganiello, Enrique Iglesias, Justin Moore, Nick Cannon
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
Four adorable 6-week-old tiger cubs — Liberty, Justice, Hirah and Maharani — will be introduced to the world with their first appearance at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage on Saturday at high noon.
‘Iron Chef’ star Kerry Simon loses battle with MSA, dies peacefully in Las Vegas
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
Las Vegas and the culinary world lost one of its favorite star chefs early this morning when “Iron Chef” star Kerry Simon passed away at Nathan Adelson Hospice. We will always remember Kerry, 60, fondly. He was a gentle man who will be missed greatly.
Jason Strauss talks 10 successful years of Tao at the Venetian
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
“We had no idea that Tao would do as well as it had, and we had no idea that we would be building a full-on hospitality company here in Las Vegas, but, through our success, more opportunities came to us, and, as we continued to execute, we got more opportunities.”
Strip Scribbles: Jerry Lewis to receive award from Wayne Newton; Miss America Pageant
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
It’s a secret until the curtains open as to who will be named Entertainer of the Year, but we have learned that Wayne Newton will be at the G2E awards to honor Jerry Lewis with the Lifetime Legend Award.
Newly single Tyson Beckford is looking for the right lady
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
Tyson Beckford told me: “I had so much fun doing the first run, I decided to return. They thought I would be a little rusty, but it only took me one run-through to do the moves, and I was back in the groove as if I hadn’t left.”
Britney Spears gets changes she wanted to ensure new two-year contract
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
Britney Spears said, “I’m so proud of the show, and my band, my dancers and my crew have all become such a family to me. When it came down to me really having to make this decision, I just couldn’t imagine ending my residency at the end of this year.”
Q+A: Legendary Lance Burton discusses new film ‘Billy Topit’
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
Master magician Lance Burton told me, “It’s my first feature film, so I had to learn as I was going along. We basically shot this movie part time. We were shooting maybe one day a week, one day a month depending on scheduling and where we could find locations.”
Britney Spears signs on for two more years at Planet Hollywood
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
On Aug. 16 at the Teen Choice Awards, Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears confirmed our story to E! Online: “I haven’t made up my mind. I really love doing the show. It’s a lot of fun, but I’m torn. I don’t really know what I want to do.”
On the Strip: Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Recycled Percussion, Chazz Palminteri
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
Buzz has started that Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears will be performing at the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., home of the San Francisco 49ers, with Bruno Mars in the star lineup, too.
Strip Scribbles: Kerry Simon dinner at Made L.V., Delano photo exhibit, K-9 Trials, ‘X-Effect Wednesdays’
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
Rock and roll chef Kerry Simon, who was transferred from Summerlin Hospital to Nathan Adelson Hospice after fighting pneumonia in his battle with Multiple System Atrophy, will be honored tonight by chefs who have worked in his restaurants.
Photos: Terry Fator announces surprise wedding to Angie Fiore
Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015
“Nobody knew, and afterward they couldn’t believe it,” Terry Fator told me hours after the Lake Las Vegas Hilton chapel ceremony Thursday afternoon. “We didn’t even have time to prepare our vows, so we improvised.”
Magician Mat Franco headlines at Linq Hotel, lets audience guide shows
Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015
You couldn’t conjure up a better script for Hollywood — and for Mat Franco, the impish winning magician on the most recent “America’s Got Talent” on NBC, it has become far more than just a reality-TV show. It has become his real life.
Celebrity preview: Drake, Jason Derulo, Kevin Hart, Chris Brown, Nelly, Lil Wayne, Flo Rida, Incubus
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
The world’s top DJs are all here this LDW to put rival European hotspots to shame. No question that Las Vegas is No. 1 in the world for the next 96 hours. They will be doing battle behind the wheels of steel with everybody from Tiesto to Calvin Harris.
Helene Neville, about to complete U.S. perimeter run, is diagnosed with cancer again
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
It has taken five years, but at high noon Saturday, Las Vegas nurse, grandmother and four-time cancer survivor Helene Neville will set a world record for running around the perimeter of the U.S.

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