Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 | 6 p.m.
The biggest-ever music release in history — 77 songs and 33 videos — by Wynn headliner Garth Brooks will kick off the holiday shopping season on Black Friday on Nov. 29. It’s a Wal-Mart exclusive, which explains why the country king filmed pre-dawn, Las Vegas-centric commercials on one of his visits here last weekend.
It’s the most monstrous marketing effort ever undertaken, and it starts with a live CBS telecast the next night of his show at Encore Theater in the Wynn. Garth needed the eight-disc set of six CDs and 2 DVDs to tell his musical journey along five decades of various star influences, plus, the live Las Vegas performance.
The package also will include a 68-page photo book of Garth onstage and at home with singer wife Trisha Yearwood. The couple are wrapping his run at the Wynn and preparing to resume touring next year.
BRITNEY’S TV DOC: E! Entertainment cameras will soon start trailing pop princess Britney Spears around the clock for a new 90-minute documentary of her journey to Las Vegas for the new “Piece of Me” residency at Planet Hollywood. I reported the latest updates Wednesday on her L.A. rehearsals and the over-the-top Strip welcome festivities planned for Dec. 3 to coincide with the release of her new album, “Britney Jean.”
Now as onstage dress rehearsals start at Planet Hollywood on Dec. 10, she also will sit for a candid interview of her life playing superstar mom to her two sons. E! will broadcast the documentary on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. with an immediate replay at 9:30 p.m., just five nights before her Dec. 27 world premiere.
It will include behind-the-scenes of her new album, videos, L.A. and Las Vegas rehearsals, her move here and the remarkable Dec. 3 welcome party on the Strip. The ambitious TV project will be directed by award-winning filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato for World of Wonder, whose credits include “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “Becoming Chaz” and “Eyes of Tammy Faye.”
BEACHER’S ELEPHANT TRICK: Impressario Jeff Beacher has confirmed to me that his new Madhouse show at MGM Grand opening in December will feature “four flying midget bartenders with one being shot out of an elephant’s backside as its tail stands up.” He added: “One will be shot from a cannon, and another will shoot from the top of a telephone booth. Their job is to fly all over the room to deliver drinks. It’s totally insane because they’ll all dance on the bar between service.”
Jeff, who started his Beacher’s Madhouse shows in New York in 2002, has been at the Hollywood Roosevelt for the past three years since departing our Hard Rock Hotel. He’s already got celebrity bookings for his New Year’s Eve opening and is confidently predicting that its insanity will make it the hottest and most in-demand high-end sexually themed cabaret venue on the Strip. The showman plans six days a week of pre-nightclub shows with a second late-night show on nights leading into the weekends.
MARATHON RACER: Until September, Mexico driver German Quiroga had never raced in the Camping World Truck Series at Las Vegas Speedway. Now he’s returning this weekend again as a rookie in the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon. Last year, he watched both races as a spectator.
This year, he’s participating in both. German, who began racing at age 15, has earned 16 wins, 50 Top Five and 60 Top 10 finishes in NASCAR Mexico starts. “I’m excited to be running the streets of your city at night in the world’s most unique marathon,” he said.
WISHES & FASHIONS: I will be raising funds for the Make-A-Wish charity today by auctioning wishes to the ladies at their 12th annual luncheon and Saks 5th Avenue fashion show at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.
Last year, the event raised more than $215,000, allowing one wish coming true for life-threatened kids almost every three days. Today’s 12-plus wishes, which range from $250 to $8,500, will permit a meet-and-greet with President Obama, The New York Knicks, “Pitch Perfect” star Skylar Astin and trips to SeaWorld, Disneyworld and Disneyland.
DOGS DINNER: Dogs are man’s best friend, and actress Elke Gazzara has compiled a collection of essays by celebrities about the dogs that have touched their lives. Impressionist Rich Little and model Dara Sowell, who are featured in her new book, “No Better Friend,” will join her Sunday at Buddy V’s in Palazzo for the launch.
Elke, a longtime friend, is the widow of actor Ben Gazzara, and we always met up every year at their Italian villa on my annual summer trip to Tuscany. Celebrities and the dogs they love also has essays by Andrea Bocelli, Frank Gehry, Steve Martin, Joe Pesci, Natalie Portman, Mickey Rourke, Gena Rowlands, Omar Sharif and Franco Zefferelli. “Cake Boss” star chef Buddy Valastro is preparing a five-course dinner shaped in doggie-favorite munchies!
Ricardo Laguna, Mo5aic, Anthony Cools, Frankie Scinta and Murray Sawchuck help open LVMS’ drive-through spectacular Glittering Lights — more than 400 animated light displays dot the 2.5-mile track — to kick off the holiday season.
Fremont Street Experience debuts its latest Viva Vision show, “The Who — Miles Over Vegas,” at 7 p.m.
Filter Fight or Flight and We As Human are at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Performances of four shows — “The Magic Flute,” “Hansel & Gretel,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Sound of Music” — by Salzburg Marionette Theater start at Smith Center through Sunday.
Irish painter and sculptor Graham Knuttel hosts a meet-the-artist wine-and-champagne reception to open his art gallery at the Venetian.
Tommy Trash is at Hakkasan at MGM Grand.
Kris Nilsson is at Tryst in Wynn.
Jesse Marco is at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Five is at Tao in the Venetian.
Top-rated Fox News firebrand Bill O’Reilly with political comedy commentator Dennis Miller go head-to-head with Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Caliendo, Tim Allen and Ron White on a marathon weekend. Santana welcomes “Michael Jackson One” guitar muse Gina Gleason to his stage for what might just be the music mashup of the year. Fizz champagne bar at Caesars Palace from Elton John’s husband David Furnish soft opens before the gala night next month.
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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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.
With world-class dining, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment, there's no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve—The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its breathtaking performances that conjure an imaginary world. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and spacious dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s signature nightclub, is situated along a private lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to some of the world’s most renown DJs.