Monday, July 14, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Celine Dion “All By Myself” lip-syncing sensation Richard Dunn tried but failed to get bumped from his weekend return flight to Atlanta in order to make another through-the-night video to thank the Canadian superstar and Caesars Palace for their hospitality.
We reported Dion’s meeting with Dunn during the Fourth of July Weekend. Now he’s made a new video, edited from snippets of NBC News anchor Brian Williams, to challenge late-night talk-show host Jimmy Fallon to a lip-sync battle.
Dunn emailed our vacationing Robin Leach: “I tried, to no avail, to get bumped on Friday. But I thought you might be interested in a fun little clip I did to try and entice Jimmy Fallon to have me on ‘The Tonight Show’ for a lip-sync battle.”
The video also shows the behind-the-scenes creation of his original “All By Myself” now viewed more than 20 million times. Dunn added: “I’m hoping to silence the naysayers. Here is the official behind-the-scenes footage (as much as I had) of my (what I thought was a boring) night at LAS.
“Before anyone chimes in and says that they see people in the video, if you’ve listened to any of my interviews, I have stated that there were 10 to 14 people in the airport.” Good luck with the lip-sync challenge; keep us posted!
HIS BODY IS A WONDERLAND: Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Mayer partied shirtless in a bungalow at Encore Beach Club on Saturday. The party of six enjoyed the sounds of Madeon, Mayer drank Pellegrino, and his friends drank frozen margaritas to stay cool in the 100-plus-degree heat.
In a nearby bungalow, Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden partied in a group of 12 and enjoyed Moet Nectar. Also at EBC on Saturday, Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins and, in a separate party, Mexico national goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who partied there Friday, as well, and made a guest appearance at the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Erislandy Lara fight Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena at the guest of Canelo and Oscar De La Hoya.
‘HURRICANE’ IN DUBAI: Former WBO and IBA boxing world champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton of Las Vegas is returning to the One Fighting Championship cage to battle Wushu and kickboxing champion Irina Mazepa in “One FC: Reign of Champions” at Dubai World Trade Center on Aug. 29.
Julaton is the first Filipina boxer to win the women’s WBO super-bantamweight and IBA super-bantamweight world championships. Her signing with One FC is her first step in becoming a two-sport athlete. Her overpowering attacks in the ring earned her the nickname “The Hurricane,” and she made her One FC debut by defeating Aya Saber.
‘MONDAYS DARK’: “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock’s monthly fundraiser “Mondays Dark” is set for 8:30 p.m. next Monday at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel, and “Classic Vegas” with Clint Holmes, Chris Phillips, Frankie Scinta, Peter Pavone, Pia Zadora and others will benefit Safe House.
“Last month’s ‘Tony Night’ was a blast, and this month’s ‘Classic Vegas’ show shouldn’t be missed,” says Shunock, who plays Lonny in “Rock of Ages.” “The support of the community and the performers here in Las Vegas has truly inspired me to take ‘Mondays Dark’ to a new level each month so that we can continue to raise much-needed funds for local charities.”
Previous beneficiaries include Opportunity Village, Aid for AIDS of Nevada, Nevada SPCA, St. Therese Center HIV Outreach, The Shine Family Foundation and The Miracle League of Las Vegas.
KISS AT THE JOINT: Rock and roll legends KISS are celebrating 40 years as music icons with their first-ever residency, “KISS Rocks Vegas” at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel from Nov. 5-23. Check out Editor at Large John Katsilometes’ column about the residency posted this morning.
Jamie Lynn Spears, Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears’ lil’ sis who is now a country singer, performs at Gilley’s in Treasure Island.
A reworked version of “Pawn Shop Live!,” a parody of the hit History Channel series “Pawn Stars,” debuts at the Riviera.
It’s French Independence Day, so Happy Bastille Day. Celebrations are taking place at French restaurants all over the valley, including Bouchon at the Venetian and Marche Bacchus in Desert Shores, where champagne bottles will be sabered, red, white and blue balloons released, and The Amazing Vegas Extreme Skydivers will plunge into the lake for the party.
Magician Murray Sawchuck adds a second show for his summer run at the Tropicana, with performances at 4 and 7 p.m. He retains his regular afternoon slot but also takes over the evening slot in the Laugh Factory.
The guest columnists are the marvelous Melody Sweets and her high-flying co-stars in “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace.
Robin Leach contributed to this report even though he is reportedly on vacation in Europe.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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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.