Friday, April 23, 2010 | 5:44 p.m.
Burlesque on Entertainment Tonight
Cher has revealed that when her contract ends at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace, she has decided to go on tour again! The 63-year-old superstar entertainer and actress showed up last night in Hollywood with Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner for the TCM Classic Film Festival’s screening of A Star Is Born and the after-party at the lounge hotspot Kress.
Cher, who wore jeans with a silver snakeskin jacket, has a new album set for release this year in two versions: one with 14 tracks and a deluxe edition with 19 songs. The debut single “Already Been There” will be launched at the World Music Awards. Her new film Burlesque with Christina Aguilera and Julianne Hough is due for release this Thanksgiving.
Here’s the Entertainment Tonight backstage look and the official movie trailer on YouTube.
*Exclusive! Plans are underway for this year’s Playboy Playmate of the Year unveiling to be held here at the Palms, but mum’s the word on further details. Last year’s winner Ida Ljungvist came here for the parties after her award, but this year, the glamorous event with crowning and celebration parties will all be held here.
*Our favorite rebel magicians The Rio headliners Penn & Teller are the grand marshals for the 20th Annual AIDS Walk on Sunday and also will lead their own team. The excitement starts with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. at the World Market Center downtown and then the walk at 10:30 a.m. More than 8,000 took part in the walk last year, and Penn & Teller are participating for the ninth consecutive year. They have once again pledged to match all donations to their challenge team and last year raised more than $120,000.
*Gorgeous Hooters girls from all across the U.S. are here this weekend shooting their 2011 calendar. They will be hanging out poolside and in the Hooters Hotel opposite MGM Grand.
*The Doo-Wop Hall of Fame of America celebrates its Las Vegas premiere at The Venetian this weekend. A five-act concert featuring Hall of Fame-inducted recording stars from the 1950s and early 1960s will perform at The Venetian Showroom today and tomorrow.
Singer Enrique Iglesias, on a photo shoot here for his upcoming album, took a break from the set to check out The Playboy Club in the Palms, where Playboy Bunny Tiffany presented him with a key to the club. He also signed chef Barry Dakake’s kitchen door at N9NE Steakhouse. ... Actor Chazz Palminteri has returned to Las Vegas for his new run of A Bronx Tale one-man shows at The Venetian and last night dined at Tao in The Venetian a few tables from me.
*Sounds like a dream assignment for me! The International Bikini Team Aloha State Finals is tonight at Silverton Casino Lodge. Bikini beauties from Hawaii will help hotel President Craig Cavileer open the resort’s new pool and then I’ll judge the two rounds of competition when the girls model Hawaiian luau tropical attire and then reveal their bikinis.
In all, 20 competitors will be narrowed down to a final three. The Nevada State Finals take place next month at the Silverton and then the international finals later this summer. The Silverton is making a donation to Keep Memory Alive for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health for my appearance.
Now it’s time for us to shape up and step out in sizzling style with the sexy and dazzling weekend highlights that we each week affectionately refer to around here as the ROYAL ROBIN RUNDOWN:
FRIDAY, APRIL 23
*The country music superstars haven’t all left town after last weekend’s ACM Awards: Three-time Grammy Award-winning Keith Urban will defy gravity with his electrifying show at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel with guest Kris Allen, last season’s American Idol winner. Down at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Sugarland kicks off its nationwide tour. We posted an interview and photo gallery with Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush yesterday.
*The Tonight Show host Jay Leno returns to The Mirage for two nights of late standup comedy, while veteran comedy king Sammy Shore, who was Elvis Presley’s opening act for four years here, begins two nights of his Barking Mad Comedy Jam at Eastside Cannery. Sammy also performs in May and June.
*The three Las Vegas Tenors are at Suncoast through Sunday. Original members Bobby Black and Teddy Davey are joined by Chris Coyne, who takes over from Bill Fayne, who is working with pal Clint Holmes on the pre-Broadway tour of his musical Comfortable Shoes.
*Perry Danos is being billed as “the new voice of Las Vegas,” and he’ll prove it with three nights of performances at The Orleans.
Playboy princesses Andrea Lowell and Brandie Moses host the Third Annual Rebel Splash party at McFadden’s in The Rio. … Tao Beach launches its Good Friday party season at The Venetian with the Raiderettes. ….. As previously mentioned, the Aloha State Finals of the International Bikini Team challenge are at the Silverton. … Rocker Matt Sorum’s Darling Stilettos perform excerpts from their show at Jet in The Mirage.
SATURDAY, APRIL 24
*This isn’t the Hotel California, but music legends The Eagles fly into MGM Grand Garden Arena.
*Where’s Palmer? British rocker Keith Emerson, healed from a hand injury, and Greg Lake duet at the Las Vegas Hilton main showroom. However, all three will be reunited for a 40th anniversary concert in London on July 25 as headliners of the High Voltage Festival.
*The 18th Annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Festival is at Government Amphitheater and features Will Downing, Euge Groove, Lenny Williams, Fatburger, Everette Harp and Karen Briggs’ Soulchestra with Lao Tizer.
*There’s an open casting call for TV game show Don’t Forget the Lyrics returning this fall, and host Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray hosts the auditions at Bonkerz Comedy Club starting at 11 a.m.
*Carey Hart presents Atreyu at his Wasted Space in the Hard Rock Hotel, and HIM performs at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
*The first in a series of farm-to-table community dinners kicks off for Project Dinner Table with chef Royden Ellamar of Martin Heierling’s Sensi at the Bellagio. It will be one long table of about 150 guests enjoying family-style service with ingredients solely from local growers. The dinners will be held at the University of Reno’s Cooperative Extension orchard in North Las Vegas.
*The 420 Freedom Festival starring Kottonmouth Kings takes over Fremont Street Experience, and Al Stewart brings his smooth sounds of jazz to Sunset Station.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian makes a single-girl splash with sisters Kourtney and Khloe at the official summer opening of MGM Grand’s Wet Republic in tandem with Kourtney’s 31st birthday celebration. … Playboy beauty Bridget Marquardt’s Halfway to Halloween Ball is at Eva Longoria Parker’s Beso and Eve in Crystals at CityCenter. … Actor and rapper Ice T and his busty model gal pal Coco host at Venus Pool at Caesars Palace by day and then perform a hip-hop show at LAX in the Luxor at night. … To celebrate the new Hole album Nobody’s Daughter, singer Courtney Love parties at Tao. … The Hills star Kristin Cavallari hosts at the new Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria.
SUNDAY, APRIL 25
*Paris Hilton is the star attraction as she hosts Rehab at the new pools of the Hard Rock Hotel, and dueling sets of reality TV show cameras will be rolling on all the excitement.
*The 20th Annual AIDS Walks led by grand marshal Penn & Teller raises funds to assist and educate more than 3,000 men, women and children infected with HIV and AIDS here in Southern Nevada. It starts at 9 a.m. at World Market Center.
*Song-and-dance man Rick Faugno, who was the original Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys at the Palazzo, presents his one-man show Songs My Idols Sang (and Danced) at South Point with his fiance Joyce Chittick and music director Keith Thompson.
*Harrah’s comedy magician headliner Mac King debuts his book Campfire Magic with a signing and magic show at Borders in Town Square. The book features 50 tricks using cards, string, pencils and Knapsack items.
*Tao Beach launches its weekly Insomniac Beatport Beach party at The Venetian, and DJ Chuckle is the first guest.
*The first Las Vegas DJ Awards organized by my nightlife guru pal Jack Colton are at The Bank Nightclub in the Bellagio.
*Las Vegas makeup princess Rain Andreani sponsors the Beauty Blooms and Blues show at B.B. King’s Blues Club in The Mirage. … My pal hair king to the stars and Colorist of the Decade Michael Boychuck joins Hollywood icon Oribe for a celebrity hairstylist workshop at the Palms and will shuttle back and forth from his client Paris Hilton’s appearance at Rehab. Some 500 hairstylists and artistic directors will work on 300 hair models in Rain starting at noon and continue until the after-parties in The Playboy Club and Ghostbar.
We’ll have full photo coverage from the Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian pool parties and Bridget Marquardt’s black wedding festivities. We’ll also have coverage of all the other weekend highlights and a visit to the new High Society in the Palms.
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