Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 6:33 p.m.
Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond recruited several Strip stars for a weeklong series of “cooking in the kitchen” segments for her Hallmark talk show. Buca di Beppo owned by former Planet Hollywood hotel owner Robert Earl served as the backdrop for Terry Fator and his Winston the Singing Turtle ventriloquist doll.
Terry also placed his red-sauce handprints into the restaurants walk of fame. Marie asked me to cook up a storm of Italian seafood specialties at its Excalibur location. “Jersey Boys” tried to devour huge plates of spaghetti and meatballs at the East Flamingo Road location.
MORE COCO: Curvy Coco Austin has extended her stay as headline star of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood from her planned July exit until September. The “Ice Loves Coco” star and wife of rapper and actor Ice-T began portraying the role of Bo Peep, originated by Kelly Monaco and for years associated with Holly Madison, last fall.
Coco, like Holly but not Kelly, goes topless as Bo Peep in “Peepshow.”
‘SPLASH’ WINNER: Our hometown comedian Louie Anderson and Playboy beauty Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett were two of the eliminated contestants on “Splash” to return for this week’s ABC finale of its debut season. Extreme skier Rory Bushfield narrowly defeated actress Nicole Eggert and actor Drake Bell. Ex-Palace Station Louie returned to the diving board.
“I wore a shirt emblazoned with ‘The dive is for everybody who thinks they can’t but I know they can and they will.’ ” He said it was dedicated to a little girl who inspired him to swim. “ My journey on the show was about inspiring myself and others. I'm trying to eat really healthy now. That would’ve never happened had I not made this journey.” No word yet on a Season 2.
FILM-FESTIVAL SCANDAL: Movie industry magazines in Hollywood are headlining scandal stories of the high-priced call girls who have swamped the Cannes Film Festival. There are tales of $4,000 hotel room visits by prostitutes to Arab high-rollers and movie execs in suites alongside festival regulars Sharon Stone, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and this year Justin Timberlake promoting a movie about my late dear friend record mogul Neil Bogart titled “Spinning Gold.”
Some of the escorts rake in $40,000 a night! One Parisian hooker called it “the biggest payday of the year.” It’s not just full-time hookers who head to the South of France, but also models, beauty queens and would-be actresses from Hollywood and Las Vegas, too. One Lebanese model agent was given an eight-year prison sentence after being arrested when police broke into his swank hotel room. The agent who fled to his homeland to avoid Interpol warrants also was known to be a high-roller here with escorts for hire before he was busted.
TABLOID TERRORS: All the British newspapers used to be headquartered on Fleet Street in London, and it’s where CNN talk-show anchor Piers Morgan was once editor of News of the World, Sun and Daily Mirror tabloids. Now he’s turning his memories into new Starz series “Fleet Street.” Piers said: “Imagine an industry where every single opponent worked in the same street, competing with each other by day — drinking, brawling, fornicating, nightclubbing and cocaine-snorting with each other by night. A street full of the most ruthless and amoral people in the world existed, and it was called Fleet Street.”
I’m so glad I left in 1963 with morals and scruples intact! Back then before I immigrated to America, the Street and the broadsheet Daily Mail I worked for were held in high regard — albeit competitive — way in advance of the topless Page Three tabloid tarts who changed it into a boozy battlefield of overblown busts, showbiz sex scandals and criminals cavorting with politicians and priests.
GROUP THERAPY: Top British DJs Above and Beyond have won a summer residency at Steve Wynn’s hotel nightclubs, and they start May 17. To promote their run, they produced a video on location here and in London by British director Steve Glashier. Their all-new show premieres at XS, and they have seven dates set through July 7.
Above and Beyond
The History Channel’s “Counting Cars” will be shooting Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf’s Wet ’n’ Wild water park opens Memorial Day Weekend for VIP season pass holders. General admission starts June 3.
Congratulations to Harrah’s magician Mac King, who celebrate his 13th anniversary Saturday with a “Lucky 13” party.
ART GUITARS: There are just a few artistic guitars available for sale for star chef Charlie Palmer’s autism charity. Most of the 99 sold at auction a week ago at his charity dinner, but if you love art applied in the most unique of ways, go to Facebook.com/Richard.Femenella. I purchased two because I was so impressed with the creativity of autism supporters and volunteers.
Gorgeous 2013 Miss Nevada USA Chelsea Caswell showed her winning smile she hopes carries her to a first-ever Nevada victory in the June 16 Miss USA Pageant at Planet Hollywood when she toured the National Hardware Show at the Convention Center. NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath also was in attendance.
“X Burlesque” at the Flamingo celebrated its 11th anniversary with a party at Pure in Caesars Palace.
Cast members of Chippendales, “Fantasy” and “Counting Cars” competed against local media in a mechanical bull riding contest at PBR Rock Bar, kicking off this weekend’s PBR Last Cowboy Standing rodeo competitions at Mandalay Bay. Last year’s winner Luke Snyder and PBR head honcho Sean Gleason gave top winning honors to Hot 97.5’s pintsized morning radio host Lady G.
The Spazmatics started their run of midweek shows at Rockhouse in The Venetian on Wednesday night.
Criss Angel defies death in a demonstration on Fremont Street being filmed for his Spike TV specials.
Master Series Dinners for Vegas Uncork’d take place at Caesars Palace at Old Homestead and Michel Richard’s Central, with Guy Savoy, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and Nobu sold out.
Comedian Andrew Dice Clay begins a four-day run at Vinyl in The Hard Rock Hotel.
Rich Natole’s “Voices of a Generation” now runs 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays at the Plaza.
A$AP Rocky is at Tao in The Venetian.
Marina and The Diamonds are at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
San Gennaro Feast continues with Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Four Seasons founder Tommy DeVito as grand marshal leading the official parade.
Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones roar into town, and legendary Jerry Lewis entertains with a rare performance. As if to celebrate those two events at both ends of the showbiz spectrum, Vegas Uncork’d presents its seventh annual Grand Tasting with more than 50 chefs and 100 wines poolside at Caesars.
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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.
A myriad of entertainment, enjoyable food and comfortable accommodations make for an inviting atmosphere within the castle walls at Excalibur.
The resort offers 3,981 guest rooms, dozens of shops, an expansive pool complex, a wedding chapel featuring Medieval costume ceremonies, the relaxing Spa at Excalibur and a convention area with more than 12,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.
Excalibur also is home to a wide range of dining and entertainment experiences including the fresh, Italian fare of Buca di Beppo, Dick’s Last Resort, The Steakhouse at Camelot, the Tournament of Kings dinner show, the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under and the sounds of The Australian Bee Gees.