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Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors: Britney Spears, Lego, Miss USA Pageant and Gallery Nightclub

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Britney Spears arrives at Planet Hollywood on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

‘Britney: Piece of Me’ Opening Night

Opening night of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at The Axis in Planet Hollywood.



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We have today some delicious Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors. In fact, our lead item might be one of the juiciest of all time even without any official confirmation or denial.

Rumors were rife at midday that The Linq has set its High Roller observation wheel opening for April to coincide with pop princess Britney Spears“Britney: Piece of Me” residency return to The Axis at Planet Hollywood.

Plans are in progress for her to be the first passenger along with sons Jayden James and Sean on the 550-foot high wheel, with its 28 spherical, 40-passenger cabins, that is the centerpiece of the new Linq entertainment, dining and shopping district.

The “Piece of Me” star resumes her next run of shows at the Axis from April 25 through May 17 and again Aug. 16 through Sept. 6. Box office sources tell me that she continues to sell tremendously well, with some shows even as far out as the end of August are already more than 95 percent sold.

Maria Menounos at Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon

Maria Menounos at Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon in Planet Hollywood on Nov. 12, 2011. Launch slideshow »

GALLERY FEUD: The first part of a long-standing pay feud between former workers at the shuttered Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood and Las Vegas operators Block 16 Hospitality was resolved late Monday with a joint class-action win. King of Nightclubs Joe Vargas tipped me Monday night that workers will get their back pay, including tips, that had been withheld by the company for seven months.

Block 16, which has two venues in The Linq — Haute Doggery for hot dogs and Flour & Barley for brick-oven pizzas — still has to pay go-go dancers and entertainer Jennifer Romas they hired for the final weeks of the nightclub last Labor Day.

Lego

LEGO RETURNING? The Lego building-block craze is coming to Las Vegas. The global toy company, which operates Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif., north of San Diego will open its first Las Vegas store at Fashion Show mall on the Strip during the April 25-27 weekend.

What began in 1932 as a tiny wooden toy company in Denmark has exploded into a worldwide phenomenon with movies, television and even a life-sized car powered by air. All from simple interlocking bricks that today build houses, schools and churches.

I can confirm that this will not be the only foray into the Las Vegas market. Lego executives have said that they have already taken a look at the possibility of a larger footprint here. “Las Vegas offers some very interesting opportunities for Lego in the years to come,” I was told at a recent dinner party.

2014 AVN/AEE: Jesse Jane Hosts at Pure

Jesse Jane hosts the 2014 AVN Awards after-party Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Pure in Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

A NEW PURE: My thanks to colleague John Katsilometes for his tip of the hat Monday night after his interview with Hakkasan chief Neil Moffitt about the changes coming up for Wet Republic at MGM Grand and Pure at Caesars Palace.

We’d tipped the WW&RR for the Pure makeover, with a second-floor swim deck, on Feb. 20. We just love it when our exclusive reports get the official confirmation!

‘RUNNING HUNTS’: I’m tipped from Europe that the Scavenger Hunt Internet team “Running Hunts” led by Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette’s wife, Emily Jillette, will be named Wednesday as first-place winners ahead of all the global groups. Part of her $30,000 prize will be earmarked for our beloved charity Opportunity Village, with the balance going to orphaned children in Europe.

Teams from around the world competed to fulfill more than 100 crazy tasks, including a photobomb with the president. One of Emily’s 100 tasks in 10 days was to get an Elvis Presley imitator singing “Heartbreak Hotel.” That was easy enough here, but persuading Robert Downey Jr. to lend his plane for a ride to California proved a little more difficult!

The worldwide Freelancer Scavenger Hunt was so successful that a new one is being organized now.

Firefly - Henderson

This is the building housing Firefly and The 052 bar Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Launch slideshow »

50 BEST EATERIES: The website Daily Meal has just sent out to key food industry folks across America its first listing of contenders for the 50 Best Casual Restaurants in America. I’ve learned that our Firefly and two off-the-beaten-path Las Vegas venues, Bonita Michoacan and Joyful House, have made the voting. They are competing against more than 100 final nominees. We wish them luck!

MISS USA PAGEANT: Donald Trump and reigning Miss USA Erin Brady will reveal Thursday the location and date of the next Miss USA Pageant, in which our Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez will be competing. Pageant fans here are hoping that The Donald has made a deal for its return to the Strip.

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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