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2012 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo officials have acknowledged that this year’s trade show and 29th annual awards at the Hard Rock Hotel are an overcrowding concern. In fact, Vegas DeLuxe learned that more than 500 requests from media to cover the red carpet and awards at the Joint on Saturday were rejected.
“We just had to cut it when it got too much,” one of the publicity people said. “We turned down over 500 media outlets requesting access, so for those who made the cut, we are relying on phenomenal, glowing coverage. The AVN Awards is the biggest event of the year for us. Every nomination is a result of the blood, sweat and tears of many.
“The stars have been waxing, exfoliating, fasting and preparing in otherwise unfathomable ways to look fabulous for the cameras!”
GARTH BROOKS LAWSUIT: Country star and Wynn headliner Garth Brooks is suing an Oklahoma hospital. He wants his $500,000 donation returned because he said in today’s court case that officials at Integris Valley Regional Hospital didn’t follow through in naming one of the buildings after his mother Colleen, who died from cancer in 1999.
Garth said he gave the donation with the understanding that her name would go up. When they failed to return his donation, he went to court. Garth said he was shown mockups and drawings of buildings with Colleen Brooks’ name and that his gift was set aside for the project.
CHUCK JONES EXPERIENCE: The life and legacy of animator Chuck Jones, the creator of Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, Tom & Jerry and more, will be celebrated Thursday with the official grand opening of The Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus.
Expected attendees include Jones’ grandson Craig Kausen, daughter Linda Jones Clough, Circus Circus President and COO Don Thrasher, project developer Neil Cantor, Las Vegas’ Jackie Glass (host of CBS’ “Swift Justice”) and animation directors Jeff DeGrandis (“Dora the Explorer”), Rob Minkoff (“The Lion King,” “Stuart Little”) and Eric Goldberg (“The Princess & the Frog,” “Winnie the Pooh”) .
CHARITABLE CELEBRITIES: Celine Dion’s concert at Caesars Palace on Sunday for Children’s Hospital Boston’s sickle-cell anemia research raised $1 million. Auction bidders from 35 states and 10 countries shelled out $4.1 million for the vintage motorcycles at Auctions America at the Rio. Among the 490 motorcycles: “Mindfreak” magician Criss Angel’s custom chopper that sold for $20,000, which he donated to his Believe: Anything Is Possible Foundation. The high-priced winner: a 1910 Flying Merkel for $86,800.
DA VINCI IN LAS VEGAS: A never-before-seen sculpture by Leonardo da Vinci is about to go on show in Las Vegas. “It is the only authenticated Leonardo sculpture to ever be revealed and made available to the public,” said Las Vegas’ Rod Maly of global art distributor Art Encounter. “Art history is being made in Las Vegas.” Richard Lewis, owner of the artwork, will unveil it at the Las Vegas Country Club on Thursday, and it will then go on permanent display at Renaissance Gallery in the Palazzo. A foundry will produce limited editions for purchase.
KOBALT TOOLS 400, SAM’S TOWN 300: A later start for Sam’s Town 300 is the only significant change from previous years in the NASCAR Weekend schedule at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. LVMS announced starting times for Kobalt Tools 400 and Sam’s Town 300. The Kobalt Tools 400 will keep its traditional 12 p.m. PT start on March 11, while Sam’s Town 300 kicks off at 2 p.m., 2 hours later than in past years.
Hot off the grill! Locally owned Double Helix Wine Bar celebrates the fourth anniversary of its Palazzo location with $4 drink and dessert promotions for the remainder of the month at its three venues in the Palazzo, Town Square and Tivoli Village. Patrons are invited to a free champagne toast at 5 p.m. today.
Singer, actor and TV host Joey Fatone was spotted Monday at Henderson’s healthy hotspot Greens & Proteins. Joey, in town to host “The Price Is Right Live” at Bally’s, enjoyed a wellness shake, bison burger and tofu fries.
Pinkberry, the No. 1 tart frozen yogurt brand, has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with Las Vegas-based A5 Group to open six Pinkberry stores in Las Vegas.
WWE Smackdown is at the Thomas & Mack Center featuring Big Show, Mark Henry, Christian and the World’s Strongest Man. It’s the kickoff of Moon at the Palms’ industry-night party Fancy Sauce with DJ Moguai, cryo guns, confetti cannons and glow sticks. Early AVN arrivals will attend Candy Shop Tuesday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris led by sex starlets Stormy Daniels, Jessica Drake, Alektra Blue and Kaylani Lei. And Harry Basil, Chris Mancini and Salkeem Muhammad are the young comedy headliners at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.
Our exclusive conversation with porn superstar Bree Olson, Charlie Sheen’s former goddess, in advance of her AVN Awards festivities, plus, the Royal Robin Rundown of all the porn-star parties, preening and posing.
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