Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 | 6 p.m.
The veil of secrecy is still wrapped tight around the announcement that pop princess Britney Spears will make in 13 days. Nobody’s breathing a word.
We do know, though, that she’s still on her strenuous workout program of yoga and stamina building. She even admitted on Twitter that she spent Labor Day Weekend in dance rehearsals and working with her vocal coach.
So, read the tea leaves, and everything leads to the Planet Hollywood residency reveal at PH Live.
JUSTIN CONFIRMS: The world premiere of Justin Timberlake’s new film “Runner Runner” is Sept. 18 at Planet Hollywood. It confirms our Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor first posted here a month ago. His co-stars in the poker-themed movie include Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton.
Justin plays a Princeton grad student who believes he’s been swindled in an online gambling scam and tracks down the villains. But he becomes seduced by promises of wealth and then is coerced by the FBI to bring them down.
CELINE’S NEW SINGLE: The upbeat title track of Celine Dion’s new album “Loved Me Back to Life” (set for release Nov. 5) was released today as a single on iTunes and Amazon. Our Caesars Palace resident headliner will perform it on Jimmy Kimmel’s show Friday and Ellen Degeneres’ show on Wednesday, Sept. 11. It’s her first English-language album in six years and includes duets with Ne-Yo and Stevie Wonder.
Congratulations also to Celine who will be inducted into the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame on Nov. 14. The 25th induction ceremony will be at Pure in Caesars and also honor Gary Loveman and my pal acclaimed French chef Guy Savoy, who will travel from Paris and will serve champagne to celebrate at his restaurant.
ROD’S ‘MAGGIE MAY’ REPRISE: Today’s the day that another Caesars headliner releases a two-disc set. Rod Stewart’s collection on Universal is titled “Rarities” and features an extraordinary rendering of his hit “Maggie May” he recorded with then Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood for the BBC two decades ago.
Rod delivers alternative versions of hits, plus his versions of The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” and Bob Dylan’s “North Country Girl.”
WELCOME WAGON: New residents to our Valley this fall will be my friend Shari Belafonte and her actor husband Sam Behrens. Give them a warm welcome for their move here. I’ve worked with Shari many times on TV shows, including when she was co-host with me on our final 1994 season of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.”
Incidentally, to all of those who tweeted the question, yes, that was yours truly who got “killed off” in the weekend rerun of “Perry Mason.” I think it was the late 1980s when we filmed that, so that explains those youthful looks then compared with the gray of today.
STEVE WYNN EXPANDS? I was in Atlantic City over the weekend for interviews with our Miss Nevada Diana Sweeney, which was posted today, and Miss America chief Sam Haskell, which we’ll post Wednesday. The buzz was all about the pageant returning home but included Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors about our Strip tycoon Steve Wynn also returning home. Insiders have started speculating that he will return to A.C.
His original Golden Nugget there became the Atlantic Club and, coincidentally, Tilman Fertitta named his property the Golden Nugget after he bought Donald Trump’s Marina casino there for $38 million and invested $150 million on renovations (Fertitta owns the Golden Nugget downtown here.) Trump Entertainment also has its Trump Plaza up for sale, and the dish is that Steve will wind up with one of them.
HOLIDAY ACTION: Can the LDW action in our nightclubs be topped? Insiders predict that it will over Mexican Independence Weekend starting Sept. 14, which coincides with the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez fight. “It will be the biggest night in Las Vegas nightlife history,” said one.
This morning, XS reported that it had a record-breaking 10,000 revelers Sunday into Monday. At Light in Mandalay Bay, DJ Nicky Romero played until 5 a.m., and the record 8,000 guests rotating with Eclipse at Daylight there partied until 7 a.m.
WHITE HOUSE CRASHER: Michaele Salahi made headlines for crashing a White House party, and then again with her ugly divorce from Tareq Salahi. She left him to become engaged to Journey guitarist Neal Schon. The couple were together at Heraea in the Palms with a wedding planner to discuss their nuptials, presumably in Las Vegas. Meantime, her ex-hubby is planning a run for governor of Virginia.
Food critics Al Mancini, John Curtas and Max Jacobson will be roasted — and fried, basted and grilled by chefs and restaurant owners who turn the tables to see if the trio can take what they dish. It’s a fundraiser at Three Square food bank with chefs Stephen Hopcraft (STK), Vic Vegas (Vic’s), Carla Pellegrino (Bratalian), Theresa Woo (Fu), Beni Velazquez (Bar + Bistro) and Gary LaMorte (Michael Mina).
Kevin Meaney and Vargus Mason headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.
Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Trumpet titan Dave Perrico performs with guest drummer John Abraham from Cirque du Soleil’s “O” for the Pop Evolution concert with vocalist Naomi Mauro at Stratosphere.
We have secrets of Motley Crue’s “Evening in Hell” shows coming to the Hard Rock Hotel beginning Sept. 18, plus, Miss America chief Sam explains why he returned the pageant back to Atlantic City after seven years here. He also discusses highlights of the ABC telecast.
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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.