Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 | 6:01 p.m.
It’s a thrilling (and chilling outside) Thursday, and we have an abundance of …
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Rumors that Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus will be in front-row VIP booths for Britney Spears’ opening night of “Piece of Me” on Dec. 27 at Planet Hollywood can’t be squashed, and “Extra” host Mario Lopez promises to be sitting next to them.
“Michael Jackson — The Immortal World Tour” by Cirque du Soleil that debuted at Mandalay Bay last year before its two-year world tour is returning to North America starting Feb. 28. No word yet if the now ninth top-grossing tour of all time will play in or how near Las Vegas.
Is there an icy-cold shoulder backstage at a Strip show because two cast members are fretting over the same man?
Nice to see Bally’s execs confirm Wednesday a months ago Wicked Whisper here that more than 150 shops will be set up in a two-acre Grand Bazaar outdoor retail Mecca at the entrance. It’s reportedly modeled after two markets I used to shop at in London: Camden and Portobello Road.
Star chef and former UNLV graduate Guy Fieri’s new Quad restaurant has been delayed to a late February or early March opening.
Which Strip leading man left some very graphic images on his cell phone, causing a blowup at home?
Which star is meeting with hotel execs here for dinner next week to sign off on a new residency contract?
Which Strip personality has relocated to New York for a new show there in an attempt to either save or finalize a romantic partnership?
And which Las Vegas VIP couple has had to move onto a third building contractor converting a purchased historic house upgrade now running many months late that’s stranded them in their old home?
NEW TATTOO TV STAR: Las Vegas tattoo artist Willy Cutlip feared that when he underwent hand surgery, he’d never be able to ink again. After taking months to heal, he says that he’s tattooing better than ever. Willy has won a spot on the new third season of “Best Ink” on Oxygen that premiered Wednesday night.
Willy, who works at Bad Apple Tattoo with “Best Ink” Season 2 contestant D.J. Tambe, specializes in semi-realistic tattooing. He’s competing on the Pete Wentz-hosted show against 13 other top U.S. tattoo artists for a $100,000 prize and a cover story in Tattoo Magazine.
The judges’ panel is back with tattoo artist Joe Capobianco, pinup model and tattoo removal shop owner Sabina Kelley and pinup and portrait tattoo specialist Hannah Atchison. On the rival “Ink Master”, Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton of Club Tattoo in Las Vegas recently won Season 2.
STAR SHOPPING: Stuck for holiday gift ideas? Solve that problem Saturday at Shoes on One in Saks at Fashion Show with a champagne reception for the new super-chic Luxe Me Now line of boudoir ready and resort-bound luxury slippers. My friends LMN founders Mary Ann Weisberg and Francis You will be on hand to showcase their five lavish rich and famous styles.
“It’s the first time wearable luxury slippers have been launched. Until now, women haven’t had a choice beyond clunky or comfy and even disposable slippers. It’s gorgeously feminine luxury footwear in bejeweled foam-padded satins,” said Mary.
Mary started the business when her husband searched the world for a perfect slipper birthday gift and never found what he wanted. He put up the seed money for his wife to create her line. The festivities will include characters from our “Nutcracker” holiday ballet, a DJ, a fragrance bar and pet adoptions.
Frank Wilhorn and Friends
PBS SPECIAL: Vegas PBS will broadcast the world premiere of “Frank Wildhorn and Friends Live in Las Vegas With Jane Monheit and Clint Holmes” tonight. The one-night event was recorded at Cabaret Jazz in Smith Center and celebrates Frank’s songs that he’s written for and/or been performed by everyone from the late Whitney Houston to Kenny Rogers.
Nick Jonas watched Shania Twain’s “Still the One” at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
Hometown hero Andre Agassi and his lovely wife Steffi Graf dined at Greens and Proteins in Henderson, and the tennis champions enjoyed a turkey club in a spinach wrap with jicama fries and a breakfast burrito with wellness shakes.
Twenty-seven beautiful 2014 Miss Rodeo America contestants attended Tournament of Kings at Excalibur on Wednesday night.
Reality TV star and former “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood darling Holly Madison was at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Harrah’s on Wednesday night and enjoyed a Caesars salad after her guest performance in “Million Dollar Quartet.”
It’s Repeal Day, and former Mayor Oscar Goodman celebrates at The Mob Museum downtown with a Backyard Bootlegger Bash, a VIP Roaring ’20s speakeasy complete with flapper showgirls and a Boss of the Bars contest. He promises “more fun than a bathtub full of gin.”
Nearby, the historic Golden Gate toasts the 80th anniversary of repeal and renames its original casino bar ”Bar Prohibition.”
The new, chic and luxurious champagne bar Fizz celebrates its soft opening at Caesars.
Comedian Andrew Dice Clay is back at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel for four days.
La Madness, Stickman Shadow, Dinosaur Hypnosis and The Whiskey Southern Band are at Count’s Vam’d in a free show.
Singing impressionist Tom Stevens duplicates the voices of Elvis, Tom Jones, Perry Como, Neil Diamond and Tony Bennett in a Christmas special at Casa Di Copa.
DJ Fergie is at Hakkasan at MGM Grand.
DJ Bobby French is at Tryst in Wynn.
And DJ Five is at Tao in the Venetian.
First-round action of the 2013 National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack and our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview with Beyonce, Andrea Bocelli, 2013 NASCAR Champion’s Week, Italian star chefs — and so much more!
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.
Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.