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Strip Scribbles: Riviera moves east; L.V. on ‘AGT’; Bound bartenders; Gordie Brown
Thursday, July 2, 2015
The iconic Riviera sign that was once a staple on the Strip now has a new home at the Playground in rival Atlantic City. It marks the opening of an outdoor beer garden just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.
New life for $1.5M Rat Pack house? Plus, Smash Mouth, Teller’s ‘Play Dead,’ Da Vinci
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Is a $1.5 million Las Vegas house where The Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. used to perform and produce music with intimate concerts for their celebrity friends about to be brought back to life?
Reelz to carry 2015 Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge on July 12
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Las Vegas TV and Internet viewers will get to see our 2015 Miss Nevada USA and multiracial model beauty Brittany McGowan compete in the 2015 Miss USA Pageant on Sunday, July 12, in Baton Rouge.
Photos: Channing Tatum (wax figure) makes appearance at Town Square
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The sexy male stripper sequel “Magic Mike XXL” with heartthrob Channing Tatum is one of the hotly anticipated summer box office movies, and it had a sneak preview at Town Square in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Pawn Stars’ new tenants; Marche Bacchus and Olives; Bonkerz comedy at SLS
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
In anticipation of this summer’s grand opening, “Pawn Stars” reality-TV star Rick Harrison, owner of Pawn Plaza, has signed two new tenants: SoCal Speed Shop and Vegas Flip Flops.
Hotel news: Linq completes $223 million renovation; Mandalay Bay redesign
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Linq Hotel & Casino has completed its resort renovation, which cost $223 million and now offers 2,253 newly renovated guest rooms, including 244 suites, two unique urban loft-style penthouses and 25 first-of-its-kind poolside cabana guest rooms.
Preview: Summerlin Patriotic Parade, fireworks at Stratosphere, Red Rock, GVR
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, it’s time for fireworks. It also is time for parades, and it looks as if nobody will do it better this year than the 21st Annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade.
Review: ‘Legends in Concert’ showcases solid lookalikes, soundalikes
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
It’s uncanny. I swear that it was Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler. Doubly confusing, I swear that it was Celine Dion. In neither case, however, was it “the real thing.” It was their amazing doubles with extraordinary lookalike and soundalike skills.
Photos: International Model Search crowns winner at Hakkasan
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Our 2012 Miss Nevada USA Jade Kelsall had the look of the winner to the celebrity and VIP judges. Her red, see-through lace gown was dramatized even further when she shed her silk train in a finale flourish.
Strip Scribbles: Model Search controversy; Tesla triumph; Caitlyn Jenner comedy skit
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Beautiful Perth, Australia, glamour girl Elise Duncan wants to set the record straight. Elise says that she was not crying about not being able to take part in the second pageant, both at MGM Grand.
Despite NBC pulling the plug, Miss USA Pageant on July 12 ‘will go on’
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
NBC’s decision was in reaction to hotel mogul and pageant co-owner Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants in his political declaration of running for president in which he said that they brought crime, drugs and rapists to America.
Strip Scribbles: Nearly drowned escapist talks; Criss Angel denies publicity stunt; Celine fan videos
Monday, June 29, 2015
“This was no publicity stunt,” said Criss Angel. “He owes me his life. Don’t try this anywhere, any time at any age. I’m glad that he recovered fully and was able to return for the second night after we had to cancel the premiere.”
Photos: Rowdy, raucous ‘Final Toast’ and ‘Last Call’ at Center Bar
Monday, June 29, 2015
What a party it was as the Hard Rock Hotel said farewell to the original and infamous Center Bar in true rock-and-roll fashion on Sunday, and I gave the “Final Toast,” a countdown and then pulled a giant switch to turn off the globe light above the bar.
Photos: Teacher Katherine Kelley of North Las Vegas wins Miss Nevada Pageant
Monday, June 29, 2015
Jenna Holdrige, 19, from Reno was asked, “If you were a Kardashian, what would you say to Caitlyn?” It took less than a second of thought, and she answered, “I love you, Dad.”
Review: Extraordinary ‘Baz’ shines bright at Light in Mandalay Bay
Monday, June 29, 2015
What an extraordinary production. It isn’t theater, yet it’s the best spectacular you might ever sit down two hours for to watch. Call it the ultimate cabaret-style musical. Call it the party before the nightclub-DJ parties. The music, dancing and energy are frenzied.
‘Le Reve’ 10th anniversary, Part 3: The aquatic spectacular’s secrets, obstacles and required skills
Sunday, June 28, 2015
The astounding athletic performers of the aquatic spectacular “Le Reve — The Dream” at Wynn Las Vegas are celebrating a decade of thrilling global audiences with their daring dives, synchronized swimming and fabulous feats of skill on the Strip.
‘Le Reve’ 10th anniversary, Part 2: The most magical moments of 10 successful years
Saturday, June 27, 2015
For 10 years, the amazing athletic performers of the aquatic spectacular “Le Reve — The Dream” at Wynn Las Vegas have thrilled audiences from around the world with their daring dives, synchronized swimming and fabulous feats of skill in, out of and under the water.
Celebrity preview: Shaq, Model Search, Marlon Wayans, Jay Mohr, Smash Mouth and Toad
Friday, June 26, 2015
It’s a quieter than normal weekend in the Entertainment Capital of the World, so it’s perfect timing for “For the Record: Baz” to premiere at Light in Mandalay Bay.
‘Le Reve’ 10th anniversary, Part 1: Ten remarkable performers from Day 1
Friday, June 26, 2015
They are the nightly warriors of the water: fearless, brave and filled with unique courage. For 10 years, the stars of Steve Wynn’s aquatic masterpiece “Le Reve — The Dream” have thrilled more than 5.2 million people from around the world.
Strip Scribbles: L.V. stars on TV, Playboy, Last Call, Lipshtick, Tyga, NHL stars
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Millions of viewers saw Motley Crue frontman and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil and his makeup artist girlfriend Rain Hannah in tears at the end of ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” when he presented her with a diamond-laden eternity ring.
Criss Angel rescues ‘Supernaturalists’ star in near drowning, postpones opening
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Las Vegas headliner magician Criss Angel has postponed tonight’s planned opening of his show “The Supernaturalists” after a water-escape illusion went horribly wrong in the final dress rehearsal. The incident nearly ended with Spencer Horsman in “a watery grave.”
Q+A: ‘Old man on the block’ Thomas Keller launches spring, summer menus at Bouchon
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Thomas Keller is celebrating 11 years of his Bouchon at the Venetian. Bouncing off the success of his French Laundry and Per Se again being named to the World’s Top 50 Restaurants, the kitchen king came to town to launch his spring and summer menus at Bouchon.
Q+A: Criss Angel premieres third magic show ‘The Supernaturalists’
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
“This is my creation, and my DNA is all over this, so if you’re a fan of Criss Angel, it is really an experience you have to have because you can see me all over it, yet you can see these individual artists and their unique qualities that they bring to the table.”
Strip Scribbles: Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ Helene Neville
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Italian tenor superstar Andrea Bocelli helped sell 12 tours of Italy and a concert at his estate in northern Tuscany that drew $2.4 million for our Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the recent “Power of Love” gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Steve Wynn flips Bel Air mansion, now on market for $17.45 million
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Less than six months after buying a $16.25 million mansion in Bel Air, Calif., casino mogul Steve Wynn has put it back up for sale in a flip for $17.45 million — and he might have never even spent a night there.
War of words escalates between Hugh Hefner and Holly Madison
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The war of words between our Electric Daisy Carnival queen Holly Madison and her ex-boyfriend Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner has escalated harshly. Hef on Monday blasted Holly’s new memoir.
Tonight in L.V.: NHL Awards, Daughtry, Thomas Keller and Made L.V.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Daughtry is in concert at MGM Grand after appearing at the 2015 NHL Awards hosted by Rob Riggle and broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena. It’s the sixth time that the NHL has honored the world’s best hockey players in Las Vegas.
‘American Ninja Warrior’ finals filming in Las Vegas this week
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The action-packed, heart-racing “American Ninja Warrior” Season 7 finals with a $1 million prize will be filmed here in Las Vegas on Wednesday and Thursday for broadcast in late August and early September on NBC.
Preview: 2015 NHL Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Wednesday
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
NHL stars past and present — including members of the 2015 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks — join hockey fans from the world of entertainment with host Rob Riggle and musical performer Daughtry for the 2015 NHL Awards on Wednesday.
Strip Scribbles: Holly Madison’s ‘nightmare’ with Hef; ‘Fantasy’; ‘X Comedy’
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Playboy cover girl and Queen of the Electric Daisy Carnival Holly Madison spills plenty of secrets in her new tell-all about life at the Playboy Mansion, including the $3 million gift Hugh Hefner stipulated for her in his will — if she was still living with him when he died!
NV Energy donates $1.25 million to Keep Memory Alive; $100,000 necklace
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
It’s never too late to celebrate good news, especially when it concerns a million-dollar donation to our Keep Memory Alive charity that funds the work of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in downtown’s Symphony Park.
Marlon Wayans talks Jonas, Scherzinger on ‘I Can Do That’; ‘Fifty Shades of Black’
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
It’s one of the most dangerous, death-defying and jaw-dropping skating routines, and every time The Skating Aratas perform it here in their headline “V — The Ultimate Variety Show” at Planet Hollywood, wowed audiences are in disbelief.
Photos: Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn soar with Caesars Palace residency
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
It was uber-high energy from the get-go. Reba McEntire was kicking up her sequined boots, and Kix Brooks was running and jumping the complete length of the large stage. Only the quieter Ronnie Dunn stood fairly still.
Three Las Vegas acts competing on NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’
Monday, June 22, 2015
The acts on the new Season 10 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” with my pal Nick Cannon are getting wilder and weirder, and naturally the talent producers came to Las Vegas to seek out the best of the wild and weird.
Strip Scribbles: Stanley Cup, Conor McGregor, Krewella at MGM; ‘SYTYCD’
Monday, June 22, 2015
The NHL’s Stanley Cup arrived at the MGM Grand lobby this afternoon. Fresh from a Chicago Blackhawks celebration parade, the Stanley Cup was on display today until 7 p.m. and returns Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m.
Britney Spears and Charlie Ebersol call it quits after eight months
Monday, June 22, 2015
US Weekly is reporting exclusively that our Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears is single again after her eight-month romance with producer Charlie Ebersol has crashed on the rocks.
Tropic Beauty bans its winner from Model Search; 2012 Miss Nevada among hopefuls
Monday, June 22, 2015
More than 50 models representing 25 countries arrive in Las Vegas today for the International Model Search pageant. In all, 52 glamor girls will compete at Hakkasan in MGM Grand on Saturday after Friday’s preliminary bikini parade at Wet Republic.
Tonight in L.V.: Restaurant Week, ‘Baz,’ Afrojack, Aoki, Diplo, Skrillex, Mo5aic
Monday, June 22, 2015
Las Vegas Restaurant Week continues into its second week through Friday night with more than 140 restaurants taking part in the citywide prix-fixe menus benefitting our Three Square food bank.
Celebrity preview: Electric Daisy Carnival, Reba + Brooks & Dunn, Chris Brown, Sean Paul, Warriors
Friday, June 19, 2015
The three-night 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival dominates this weekend’s entertainment offerings. More than 400,000 total ravers are expected at Las Vegas Motor Speedway fighting hotter-than-Hades 112-degree weather but enjoying an incredible lineup of superstar DJs.
Settling the score: ‘Revenge’ star Madeleine Stowe fights MS that took her father
Friday, June 19, 2015
“It was troubling because we lived very much on hope. At the time, people would say a cure would be around the corner. He was pretty much robbed of everything — of his mental faculties, of his physical capabilities.”
‘I Dream of Jeannie’ star Barbara Eden continues her magic carpet ride
Friday, June 19, 2015
It’s an extraordinary TV success story, and, forevermore, vivacious Barbara Eden will be known as the genie on “I Dream of Jeannie.” The Sidney Sheldon sitcom, which starred Larry Hagman as USAF Major Tony Nelson, ran for five seasons with 139 episodes.
‘Rock’ star Troy Burgess a dad-to-be, ‘Absinthe’ acrobat Almas Meirmanov a new dad
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Today, we meet with Troy Burgess, who plays Bourbon Room club owner Dennis Dupree in “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, and Frat Pack high-wire artist Almas Meirmanov of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace.
Strip Scribbles: NHL Awards, International Model Search, Electric Daisy Carnival
Thursday, June 18, 2015
For lovers of beautiful girls, 52 models from 20 countries arrive Sunday to compete in the International Model Search at MGM Grand. A behind-the-scenes drama has erupted because Elise Duncan, after winning last weekend’s Tropic Beauty, has been banned from competing.
‘Jersey’ father Travis Cloer and ‘Million Dollar’ dad Benjamin Hale talk fatherhood
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
In advance of this Sunday’s special day, I talked with four stars on the Strip about how they see and tackle their own duties as fathers, while juggling their nighttime schedule of performances, and their favorite memories of their own dads.
Photos: Robin Slonina hosts ‘Skin Wars’ Season 2 premiere party downtown
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Downtown Las Vegas is still talking about the June 10 premiere party for GSN’s reality-TV competition “Skin Wars” produced and hosted by Las Vegas artist and judge Robin Slonina.
Strip Scribbles: Electric Daisy Carnival to begin amid dangerously high heat
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Electronic dance music fans will have to cope with crippling and dangerously high temperatures — 112 degrees! — this weekend as the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival kicks into high gear. The owl will rule over Las Vegas Motor Speedway from Friday through Sunday.
Preview: Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn begin Caesars residency
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
“This is all of us — not me for a half hour and them for a half hour. We all love Las Vegas and have been here many times before, so we’re going to have as good a time together as the audience does with us. You’re going to get the sequins, sparkle and flash.”
Photos: Go back to school — at Public School 702 in Downtown Summerlin
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Being English, I love my traditional pub food. So when Public School 702 opened in Downtown Summerlin, you can imagine how delighted I was to find not only bangers and mash, but also beer-battered fish and chips.
Photos: Chef Pierre Gagnaire returns home to Twist at Mandarin Oriental
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Celebrated French chef Pierre Gagnaire flies in from Paris regularly to ensure that all is well, and it truly is at his Twist in Mandarin Oriental with his three brilliant sous chefs who toil when he’s away jet setting.
‘For the Record: Baz’ stars are onstage star-crossed and real-life lovers
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Onstage they are star-crossed lovers Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan in the new spectacular “For the Record: Baz” opening in previews at Light in Mandalay Bay on Monday. Offstage, Ciaran McCarthy and Ruby Lewis are enjoying a real-life romance.

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