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February 8, 2016

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Robin Leach

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Olivia Newton-John talks NBT honor, dancing, Las Vegas, South America tour
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
It’s one of the most glittering social events of the Las Vegas season, and this year’s Woman of the Year salute by Nevada Ballet Theatre at its annual Black & White Ball to Flamingo headliner singer Olivia Newton-John will be a friendly Australian party.
Celine Dion, son Rene-Charles greet mourners at wake in Montreal
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
A courageous, heartbroken and tear-filled Celine Dion extended the hours for the public viewing of her late husband Rene Angelil to 11 p.m. today for the unexpected huge crowds that turned out to mourn him.
Strip Scribbles: J.Lo + Puff Daddy + Kardashians? Casper Smart, Vanilla Ice
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
There’s no backstage drama at Planet Hollywood between J.Lo and Britney Spears despite what tabloids would love to cook up. However, as we have previously reported here, Britney is revamping her resident show “Piece of Me,” and that, too, has nothing to do with J.Lo.
Review: J.Lo inks three-year contract; Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Ja Rule join her onstage
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
When you unexpectedly have Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Ja Rule as surprise onstage guests for your world premiere on the Las Vegas Strip, how do you top it? Tonight if my sources are correct, Jennifer Lopez will have Puff Daddy on the Axis at Planet Hollywood stage.
This Bud’s for Shaq: NBA legend checks out new investment Beer Park Las Vegas
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
The advertising slogan “This Bud’s for you” takes on new meaning Super Bowl 50 Sunday on Feb. 7 when Budweiser’s new Beer Park Las Vegas atop Chateau in Paris Las Vegas opens for the Big Game, and tickets will be $175 for open bar and buffet.
Strip Scribbles: Liberace, Leigh Zimmerman, Chinese New Year, sports convention
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
Gorgeous, leggy Leigh Zimmerman has agreed to sign on to Clint Holmes’ Best University Master Class Series as a professor. She’ll be here with her husband, Domenick Allen, who will perform with Clint at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center from Feb. 4-6.
2016 AVN/AEE preview: Breakout performers, events, parties, awards
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
Five-hundred porn princesses are poised provocatively to pose for fan photos and sign audacious autographs; exhibit booths of new content are ready to open; and displays of everything from sexy lingerie to kinky bedroom toys are ready for business.
Jennifer Lopez’s ‘All I Have’ celebrates grand opening tonight at Axis
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
Global superstar singer, actress and dancer Jennifer Lopez premieres “All I Have” tonight in front of a celebrity packed audience at Axis at Planet Hollywood. J.Lo will perform 20 shows in this first go-round through Feb. 9, then another 20 shows later.
L.V. runner Helene Neville’s new challenge: 135 miles, 38 hours, no sleep
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
It’s going to take super-human strength and extraordinary endurance for cancer survivor Helene Neville to succeed at her new world-record challenge. The 54-year-old Las Vegas grandmother and nurse is a medical miracle.
2016 AVN/AEE: Jessica Drake, Ela Darling, robots, virtual reality, sex education
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
Leading adult-entertainment star Jessica Drake arrives in Las Vegas with a crazed schedule of engagements for this week’s 2016 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo and AVN Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel.
New ‘One Drop’ director Hassan El Hajjami brings water to his village
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
I talked with new artistic director Hassan El Hajjami and Jerry Nadal, senior VP of Cirque’s Resident Show Division, who revealed that the new show “Toruk” inspired by James Cameron’s Oscar-winning “Avatar” might be headed here.
Q+A: Louie Anderson stars as Zach Galifianakis’ mom on new FX series
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
For many years in his top-ranked comedy act, Las Vegas funny man Louie Anderson has played his mother to drive home his family’s off-beat values with her real-life humor. Now the comedian will play Mom to fellow comic and “The Hangover” star Zach Galifianakis.
Strip Scribbles: Cleen Rock One, Matt Damon, GNR, Cheryl Burke, Scott Conant, DJ Paul
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Respected Las Vegas tattoo titan Cleen Rock One, the owner/artist of Chrome Gypsy Tattoo here, is returning to the new Season 7 of Spike’s hit reality-TV series “Ink Master.” He’s one of eight past favorites who will battle it out in permanent ink.
Celine Dion videos on YouTube pay tribute to Rene Angelil
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
As our grief-stricken Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion prepares for Thursday and Friday’s funeral arrangements for her husband and manager Rene Angelil, who died from cancer last Thursday, two YouTube videos are definitely worth viewing.
Steve Harvey in tears apologizing to Miss Universe Pageant finalists
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
TV talk-show and game-show personality Steve Harvey is still beating himself up over the error he made here at Axis at Planet Hollywood on live television a month ago when he read the incorrect name of the winner at the Miss Universe Pageant.
Tonight in L.V.: Sir Elton John, Rick Moonen, Ethan Wayne, DJs Shift, Crooked, Burns
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Sir Elton John returns to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace to resume his residency “The Million Dollar Piano” through Jan. 31. DJ Crooked is behind the wheels of steel for the Lost Angels industry night party at Hyde Bellagio.
Las Vegas club promoter Chris Hornak dies in India
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
For the past seven years, Chris Hornak has been a familiar face to tourists and club owners at XS and Surrender at Encore, Marquee at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Ghostbar at the Palms.
Q+A: Leona Lewis joins Cirque du Soleil for ‘One Night for One Drop’
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
“X Factor” winner Leona Lewis, the singer-songwriter with the amazing four-octave, mezzo-soprano vocal range, has sold 20 million albums since she won her $1.3 million recording contract with Simon Cowell’s record label from Season 3 of the hit British TV show.
Celine Dion makes funeral plans for departed husband Rene Angelil
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
Celine Dion’s mother, 88-year-old Therese, matriarch of the clan who also will attend next Tuesday’s funeral for her son, Daniel, will stand alongside the Caesars Palace headliner for the service.
Strip Scribbles: Three big conventions in L.V., ‘Pawn Stars,’ Matt Damon
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
First up this week, the nearly 100,000 attendees of the National Association of Home Builders International Show tied in with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show through Thursday. SHOT, shooting, hunting and outdoor tradeshow, follows midweek at Sands Expo.
Tonight’s ‘Bachelor’ episode includes U.S. women’s soccer team
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
SPOILER ALERT! Las Vegas twins Emily and Haley Ferguson, who are cocktail servers at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, win on a group date on tonight’s Episode 3 of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”
Cirque du Soleil plans changes for ‘Believe,’ ‘Love’ and ‘O’
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
“We’re going to be major overhauling the Criss Angel ‘Believe’ show with him. He’s bringing in all-new illusions, new lighting, new costumes, and we’re probably going to do ...
Tonight in L.V.: Clique grand opening, Tiffinie Tee calendar party, R.L. Grime at XS
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
Clique Bar & Lounge celebrates its grand opening at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with nightlife impresario Andy Masi and businee partner chef Brian Massie of Clique Hospitality.
Love doctor Alex Schiller storms L.V. ahead of ‘Never Sleep Alone’ at Caesars
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
If this visit to Las Vegas over the weekend by love doctor Alex Schiller is any indication, the Strip will not be the same when she presents her show “Never Sleep Alone” under the “Absinthe” tent.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Gigolos’ returns for Season 6 on Showtime on March 17
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
Our hometown handsome hunks return to Showtime with Season 6 of “Gigolos” on March 17. The reality-TV shows focus on the male escort agency Cowboys4Angels run by Garren James.
Preview: Joanna Angel, Annika Albrite prepare for 2016 AVN Awards
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016
More than 500 porn-star princesses are getting their low-cut, see-through gowns and lingerie ready for this week’s 2016 AVN / Adult Entertainment Expo and awards at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Will a Spice Girls reunion world tour include Las Vegas?
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016
It was former “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood star Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, aka Scary Spice of The Spice Girls, who told me last summer of her hope to reunite The Spice Girls and stage a reunion tour.
Battle of the brunches: Lydia Ansel, Maren Wade talk Wolfgang Puck; STK
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016
Two restaurants not known for brunches have launched weekend options, and they couldn’t be more different. Chef Stephen Hopcraft at STK in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dishes up a wild, pajama-clad party with a band, singer, DJ and more entertainment.
Celine Dion to fulfill husband Rene Angelil’s dying wishes; brother dies
Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
In yet a second heartbreaking blow to Celine Dion, her sister, Claudette, revealed today that their brother, Daniel, also has been given just days to live in his own battle with similar mouth and brain cancer that claimed Rene Angelil’s life.
Celebrity preview: Fabolous, Scott Disick, Warren G, Martin Lawrence, Erykah Badu, Styx, Daniel Tosh
Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
It’s girls vs. boys this weekend as female singers take on male comics in the weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview of our Entertainment Capital of the World. The winner could be 5-foot singer-songwriter, record producer, actress and activist Erykah Badu.
Miss Nevada USA deals with sister’s death by discussing DUI, drugs
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
Gorgeous Las Vegas model Emelina Adams, who won the Miss Nevada USA title in November, is turning last week’s death of her sister into an anti-drug and -DUI message for Nevada students. “I want something very positive to come from Jessica’s passing,” she told me.
Star-studded red carpet expected for Jennifer Lopez’s grand opening at Axis
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
Stars scheduled to walk the red carpet before curtain up include Jessica Alba, Cheryl Burke, Kristen Chenoweth, Ryan Guzman, Derek Hough, Ray Liotta, Holly Madison, Ne-Yo, Kelly Osbourne, Ryan Seacrest, T.I., Wilmer Valderrama, Keenan Ivory Wayans and Rebel Wilson.
Tonight in L.V.: ‘X Country’ grand opening, ‘Cat in the Hat,’ Burton Cummings, curling cup
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
“The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss continues at the Smith Center through Sunday. Burton Cummings debuts his show at Orleans Showroom. The Continental Cup of Curling is at Orleans Arena. Gypsy Road is at Lounge at the Palms.
Rene Angelil, Celine Dion’s husband, dies at 73 of cancer
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
Superstar singer Celine Dion had a premonition that Christmastime would be the last her husband and former longtime manager Rene Angelil would spend with their family of three children and her. Rene died this morning at age 73, losing his awful battle against throat cancer.
Q+A, Part 2: ‘Never Sleep Alone’ love doctor — ‘It’s a sexy, sophisticated, hilarious show’
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
“Nobody does what they don’t want to do in this show. It’s just a chance for the beautiful people of America to shake loose a little bit and become that sexy and adventurous person they’ve always wanted to be.”
Preview: New ‘X Country’ is ready to shake it (off) at Harrah’s
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
Six sexy dancers are about to change the face of line dancing with their country curves when “X Country” celebrates its grand opening Thursday night at Harrah’s. It’s the latest “X” production from Angela Sampras and Matt Stabile.
Strip Scribbles: Sir Elton John, Leslie Bricusse, Clint Holmes, Chazz Palminteri, J.B. Mauney
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
When I was 15 and began my journalism career, I accidentally met songwriter Leslie Bricusse and his actress wife Yvonne Romain on my first day at the Harrow Observer in England. Leslie was writing Anthony Newley’s “Stop the World” West End musical.
10 questions: Stunt racer Romain Thievin of Exotics Racing, ‘Bourne Identity’
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
The arrival of actor Matt Damon, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday for “The Martian,” to conclude filming here in Las Vegas of the newest “Bourne Identity” sequel recalled for me one of the best car chases ever captured on celluloid.
Q+A, Part 2: ‘Puppet Up! Uncensored’ is Jim Henson for adults
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
“This is really one of those shows where you walk out feeling like you had a good laugh, you’re feeling buoyant at life, and more than anything you’re really impressed by the six people who you’ve just been watching onstage.”
Q+A, Part 1: Love doctor’s ‘Never Sleep Alone’ hookup show is set for ‘Absinthe’ tent
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
It’s about to get even more ribald and risque — bawdy. Self-styled sexual evangelist Dr. Alex Schiller will host three nights of her extreme, edgy “Never Sleep Alone” show where strangers not only get to make out with each other onstage, but also can hook up.
Strip Scribbles: L.V. twins move forward on ‘Bachelor’; AVN Awards host is named
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
In two weeks (Jan. 25), an episode of “The Bachelor” that was filmed secretly here in October with Mirage headline entertainer Terry Fator is set to air, and presumably the Marquee at the Cosmopolitan cocktail servers take Ben and Chris Harrison to see Terry’s show.
‘Sexxy’ star Jennifer Romas: ‘Not only did we create a show, we also created a family’
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Jennifer Romas, producer and star of “Sexxy” at Westgate Las Vegas, surprised her cast of dancers after their show when she booked two limousines and whisked them off to a Sky Tower penthouse on the Strip.
Tonight in L.V.: Nervo at Omnia, ‘Alice’ at Brooklyn Bowl, DJ Ikon at Hyde
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
“Alice — A Steampunk Fantasy Concert” goes through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade where you can join the Mad Hatters tea party.
Review: Susan Anton celebrates the times of her life at Cabaret Jazz
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
She is a real golden girl, a multitalented star standing statuesque at just under 6 feet tall with a sensational smile and majestic mane of platinum-blonde hair. For more than 35 years, she has dazzled as an actress and singer.
Q+A, Part 1: ‘Puppet Up! Uncensored’ heads to Venetian this spring
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Who would have guessed that the genius artists behind Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and the other wholesome and good characters of The Muppets and “Sesame Street” would have a naughty side? Apparently, that’s what happened often before and after cameras rolled.
Strip Scribbles: 2016 CES wrap, ‘Real Swingers,’ David Bowie, ‘MDQ,’ Big Sean
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
2016 CES set incredible records: Its 2.47 million square feet of show-floor exhibits was increased from 2.2 million last year, and attendance had to be capped at a record 176,000 visitors to cope with logistics. Automotive electronics were up 25 percent at 200,000 square feet.
Tonight in L.V.: Diplo at XS, ‘Frozen,’ Kelly Clinton Holmes, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
DJ and record producer Diplo kicks off the first of his Mad Decent Monday parties at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore. It’s the final night of “Disney on Ice’s Frozen” at the Thomas & Mack Center. Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns returns to Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.
Las Vegas twins Emily, Haley Ferguson compete for rose on ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
They are blonde, beautiful and former Silverado High School students. Las Vegas twins Emily and Haley Ferguson, who run the BlondeSense702.com blog, are models and cocktail servers at Marquee who have turned their “twin-dom” into a full-time career.
Celebrity preview: Muse, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Wyclef Jean, ‘Frozen,’ EDM Pop-Up
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
The hands of time get turned back this weekend as the past comes back to capture the future. First, let’s go to 1969 when rocker John Fogerty hit the big time with not one but three chart-busting albums with Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Pilates guru Nina Waldman: 10 ways to stay fit and Zen in 2016
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
Millions of Americans vowed with their New Year’s resolutions to go slim and trim for 2016, but how long does the promise and commitment last? Is it a juice diet, is it a new gym membership, is it an exhausting physical boot camp?

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