Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 | 2:54 p.m.
Robin Leach's Vegas DeLuxe
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FIrst it was "full Monty" Prince Harry making world headlines with his randy romp in a Las Vegas hotel room. Now — as hard as it is to believe — even Celine Dion has gone topless!
Yep; she’s posing topless in what's described as a risqué high-fashion photo shoot for the V magazine issue coming out Thursday. With her bare back to the camera and barely there leather gloves and pants discreetly covering the “naughty bits,” Dion comes across as a young Playboy magazine covergirl pinup – complete with a hair bow reminiscent of bunny ears!
Bear in mind: She is 44 and the mother of three children, yet looks exceptionally and seductively glamorous — and seemingly at ease going topless. Fashion photographer Sebastian Faena shot the provocative photos at Celine’s Florida home for the V photo spread.
Celine is quoted: “I was scared a little bit because this is so different for me but I’m glad I did it. I’m like this in real life. Usually there’s always a reason when I do a photo shot; there’s not the opportunity to go crazy. “ Dion, who wore heayy eye makeup for the layout, also is on the cover of our own new Vegas magazine. Click here for our story posted on Monday.
The fashion spread has in a whole other image than her stylish gowns at Caesars Palace, look for white leather, hot pants, thigh-high boots, a bunny mask and stuffed-animal pants!
In the meantime, fallout over Prince Harry’s "Hangover" escapades — including the nude photos taken when he lost at striptease billiards — continues. Prince Charles — his father — had to threaten all U.K. media outlets Wednesday with tough “invasion of privacy” lawsuits if they dared run the naked pics of Harry and his galpal. The party-loving prince will also be reprimanded and punished by the British Army for his Vegas behavior while he was on leave. All grossly unfair since he was having as much fun as any other Vegas visitor — and shame on the cell-phone photog who snuck out the pics because “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas.” It's our calling card!
FIRST PHOTOS: A voting battle still rages to determine the 13th and final contestant on the 15th season of "Dancing with the Stars," starting late September. We should know Monday morning if Carson Kresley, Kyle Massey or Sabrina Bryan from our live Tropicana show has been selected. In the meantime, Vegas DeLuxe has the first photos of the new dance partnerships: Kelly Monaco, who opened "Peepshow" here, is teamed with Val Chmerkovskiy; Joey Fatone, who starred at the Tropicana show, will dance with Kym Johnson; Pamela Anderson, who headlined a Planet Hollywood magic show with Hans Klok, will partner with Tristan McManus (who danced with Gladys Knight last season); regular Venetian visitor Melissa Rycroft dances with Tony Dovolani, and our hometown pro-prince Derek Hough is teamed with Shawn Johnson.
TIM & FAITH START-UP: Creative work for the new Tim McGraw and Faith Hill show, starting in December at the Venetian, are about to get under way. Not only has McGraw finished his new "Truck Yeah" music video, but this weekend he ends his Kenny Chesney "Brothers of the Sun" tour with two shows in Foxboro, Mass. It's the end of their first tour since 2001. Planning for the Vegas run begins Monday!
CIRQUE’S U.K. SUCCESS: Demand for tickets to see "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour"— not even on sale until Friday — is so strong in England that Cirque du Soleil has had to add extra shows to its fall run. Of course, the tour really began here with its December run at Mandalay Bay. Cirque is now up to eight shows at the O2 Arena in London and may increase that after the box office opens in the morning. They are expecting box office records to be smashed.
VOTE FOR NATHAN: "America’s Got Talent" wants viewers to vote on the three most successful acts to-date who didn’t win but should have. Our Flamingo headliner Nathan Burton was announced Wednesday as one of the three. If he wins he will perform live on this season’s finale. Obviously we are all rooting for him – and you should, too. Vote here. at
PORN STAR TAKEOVER: Expect to see dozens of preening porn princesses arriving this weekend for the 20th annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners Expo starting Monday. A flawless foursome of the adult industry’s most seductive starlets — Alektra Blue, Kirsten Price, Nicki Hunter and Candy Manson — will entertain at a sex-fueled two-day party at the “Pornstar Takeover" of Crazy Horse III, nominated for Best Club in the West at the Exotic Dancer Awards. All four titilating teasers tottering on ceiling-high spiked heels will sign autographs, pose for photos with fans and dance sensually on stage.
There’s certain to be tons of conversation at the Expo about the current STD scare that's shut down XXX-filming that we reported at Vegas DeLuxe Wednesday. Sex actor Mr. Marcus came forward to 'fess up to having contracted syphilis from a Hungarian actress who he shot scenes with in Los Angeles. That clears up one small error in the story. Los Angeles health officials report nine pornstars have contracted the disease and filming in Las Vegas has also stopped for now with clinic testing starting Friday.
Hot off the grill! After a slightly longer than expected build-out, Culinary Dropout restaurant opens Friday at the site of the former Ago in the Hard Rock Hotel. Culinary will stay open until midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on weekends. Singer-songwriter Kelley James is the opening weekend entertainment at the amped-up gastropub from Arizona. Rocker Vince Neil and fans gave a thumbs-up of approval at Wednesday’s soft opening of his new expanded Tatuado Mexican restaurant and bar at the LVH, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton. Expect a gala party at the grand opening when his tour with Motley Crue and Kiss wraps.
The sixth annual Las Vegas Restaurant Week gets under way on Monday with more than 60 valley chefs and dining venues taking part. A portion of proceeds go to our Three Square food bank serving hungry children and the elderly. Click here for the full list of menus and participants.
Television chef Emeril Lagasse has landed two of only six kegs of Norse Legend beer available in the United States. It's the newest limited edition brew from Samuel Adams and will be on tap starting Thursday at his Palazzo sports bar and restaurant. The Sahti-styled beer is a $6-a-glass bargain. Cheers!
The 5th annual Carnival of Cuisine food festival returns to the Venetian and the Palazzo on Saturday with 15 restaurants and chefs taking part in the four-hour feeding frenzy. James Beard award-winning celebrity chef Alex Stratta hosts an extraordinary five-course dinner at the Palazzo Friday as a fundraiser for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Chef Sammy DiMarco from First Food and Bar at the Palazzo launches his 10 p.m.-2 a.m. “Toasted” parties to start the weekend off right.
BANJO STEVE: He’s hailed as a movie funnyman and genius comedy writer so it's always a little unexpected to see Steve Martin with his banjo instruments lined up. He won a standing ovation Wednesday night for his plucking skills with the Steep Canyon Rangers at the Smith Center. Contributing photographer Erik Kabik was on duty to capture this wonderful photo gallery
Rock giant Vince Neil with makeup princess galpal Rain Andreani and friends at the iCandy burlesque after the preliminary soft opening of his expanded Tatuado Mexican bar and restaurant.... Model and actress Jaime Pressly ("My Name is Earl") celebrated boyfriend Hamzi Hijazi’s birthday with a visit — her seventh, his first — to Cirque du Soleil’s "Ka" at MGM Grand. The couple met the cast backstage and Pressly's tweets raved about the talent and vision of the spectacular.... Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is back home in Vegas after his successful Broadway run. He treated his daughters to a candy spree at the Sugar Factory in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Wednesday. He bought couture pops and T-shirts for them and Gummi bears for himself.... "Real Housewife of Beverly Hills" reality star Adrienne Maloof, who says she is leaving the show to try to save her marriage to plastic surgeon Paul Nassif, in deep lunchtime conversation yesterday at Holsteins in the Cosmopolitan with her brother George Maloof of the Palms.
Soja performs at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip.... Sculptor Richard MacDonald at CityCenter’s Meet the Artist series with his models, Cirque performers Stehan Choiniee and Angelina Puzanova, debuting their new “Fugazi" act.... Aid for AIDS of Nevada and the Miracle Mile shops at Planet Hollywood co-host a Fashion in Black and White event there.
A startling new restaurant entry on the Las Vegas dining scene and the Weekend Celebrity Preview with Sammy Hagar, Nelly and Khloe Kadashian.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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