Monday, July 1, 2013 | 4:59 p.m.
The Rio star chef Steve Martorano, with actress-model Rebecca Romijn and superstar Johnny Depp on tonight’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” will announce his new Las Vegas restaurant.
Steve keeps his Italian bistro Cafe Martorano at The Rio but takes over a new venue in Paris’ restaurant-row walkway from concierge to conference center. The official reveal of Steve’s restaurant is set for Tuesday, but you know about it here now.
NEW RECORD: The Colloseum at Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain has confirmed plans to release a new studio album. The singer told fans that she’ll work on the collection, the follow-up to her 2002 hit “Up!,” this summer.
“I will spend a lot of the summer working out what to put on my next album,” Shania posted on Facebook. “A break from the stage gets me back to writing songs.” The five-time winner has sold more than 75 million records.
21ST BIRTHDAY: Actress Jennette McCurdy celebrated her 21st birthday with family and friends at Tao in The Venetian. Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” star Jennette’s group had a VIP table overlooking the main room and dance floor. The starlet was presented with a “Back to the Future”-themed birthday cake.
Also at Tao: NFL player DeAngelo Hall at a VIP table with friends.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Prince Michael Jackson, son of late superstar Michael Jackson, is dating schoolmate Remi Alfalah, a Kuwaiti princess, and they were hand-in-hand at Saturday’s premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay. They reportedly met at their private school in Sherman Oaks, Calif.; hers is one of the wealthiest families in Kuwait.
Prince’s sister Paris Jackson, 15, was not at the premiere. She was admitted to a hospital June 5 after she hurt herself with a knife and took as many as 20 Ibuprofen pills. “She’s going to be OK,” Michael’s brother Jackie Jackson said at the event, according to an Associated Press report. “She’s getting better.”
2012 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair admits that she “got smacked” for baring her breasts in her headliner show “Pin Up” at Stratosphere filled with Yelp reviewers. “I’m still hopeful one day I can do it all the time,” she said on the red carpet at the “Veronic Voices” premiere at Bally’s. “I was more than reprimanded. I was smacked and dressed down several times. What can I tell you: I’m that kind of girl!”
What major showbiz figure who now commands VIP status on the Strip has admitted to hanging out at Bally’s years ago to get comedy headliners and impressionists to sign his $100 bills in black-marker pen? He stopped doing it after Dom DeLuise took the $100 bill, swapped it for his $1 bill, signed it and returned it to him!
Criss Angel made a yacht “disappear” while filming for his new Spike TV series in Cabo San Lucas. This morning, he continued his travels, flying to Missouri with fellow Strip magician Nathan Burton to make four zoo elephants “disappear,” too.
Rumors are rampant that Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub wants to turn his HBO Liberace film “Behind the Candelabra” into a Broadway musical. It would compete with the musical well in development in Manhattan for a London West End premiere authorized by The Liberace Estate.
Wrestler Hulk Hogan’s daughter Brooke Hogan announced her engagement to Dallas Cowboys player Phil Costa while here this weekend. She tweeted: “Happiest moment of my LIFE. I am marrying my best friend. I wouldn’t choose anyone else. I am so lucky and so grateful.”
FASHION ICON: In celebration of the 27th annual Black & White Party, AFAN joins Macy’s in a search for Las Vegas’ “Black & White Fashion Icon.” Today through Friday, AFAN will be accepting photos of those sporting the most fashion-forward and unique black-and-white outfits by email at email@example.com. The Top Five will compete for a $1,000 gift card to Macy’s at Fashion Show awarded at the party Aug. 24 at The Hard Rock Hotel.
The five finalists will be announced next Monday and will begin soliciting the city for votes online. The contest also serves as a fundraiser for AFAN, with each vote costing $1.
TOPLESS TIDBITS: The Hustler Club hosts a pink carpet party Tuesday as a breast cancer fundraiser and to promote the Fourth of July topless skydive. Porn princess Jesse Jane, David Arquette, Murray Sawchuck and emcee Ron Jeremy will skydive for Flight of the Tatas.
WORLD RECORD TRY: Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club and Pool & Dayclub now has an official music video by HardNox. Slightly daring and dangerous by nature of the decadent dancers?
The new-look Silver Sevens hotel casino is unveiled, taking the place of Terrible’s on Paradise. I’ve always thought that a terrible name for a casino! It promises a return to Old Vegas fun.
Hometown singer Stephanie Sanchez has her Acoustic Asylum showcase at Hard Rock Cafe on Paradise. She’ll perform originals from her album “Small Town” and debut material with Steve Heath and Daryll Borges. Also appearing: Rick Duarte, Jinxemgood and Megan Barker.
Next door at the Hard Rock Hotel is the three-day Masters of Beer Pong tournament.
Scott Henry and Mark Eddie headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand.
Empty Orchestra and Streetlight Manifesto are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
DJ brothers Max Vangelil and AN21 are at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Our guest columnists are the three “Absinthe” stars: The Gazillionaire, Penny Pibbets and Melody Sweets. Plus, NFL stars applaud Terry Bradshaw in his Mirage song-and-dance debut.
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.