Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 11:01 p.m.
Las Vegas always plays host to Hollywood stars, but I’ve never known the Strip to welcome two of the high-profile, real-life men behind the blockbuster stories at the same time.
Disgraced Wall Street banker Jordan Belfort, whose story inspired Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated film “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will be a keynote speaker at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America convention and exposition at Caesars Palace on April 8.
Also speaking will be the real-life Capt. Richard Phillips portrayed by Tom Hanks in another Oscar nominated film this year, “Captain Phillips” (it’s the tale of a 2009 Somali pirates hijacking of an American cargo ship).
Our Mayor Carolyn Goodman will MC the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and master mixologist Tony Abou Ganim will discuss drinking trends in the spirits industry.
The calendar is getting filled with celebrity appearances in Las Vegas: Next week, Academy Award winner Kevin Costner will receive the 2014 Cinema Icon Award at the National Association of Theater Owners’ CinemaCon, also at Caesars. Kevin will be seen April 11 in the new film “Draft Day” with Jennifer Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Sam Elliott and Sean Combs.
Late-night TV talk-show host and former Las Vegas resident Jimmy Kimmel will host the third-annual “Evening With Dave Rice” fundraiser May 17 at MGM Grand. Coach Dave founded the efforts to raise financial support and awareness for several autism-related organizations here. Jimmy, who serves on the Dave Rice Foundation’s board of directors, also is a longtime UNLV hoops fan.
Golf giant Tiger Woods returns May 16 for the 16th annual, two-day Tiger Jam at Mandalay Bay, and he’ll present Grammy-nominated One Republic in concert May 17. It’s the group’s first appearance at Tiger Jam. Poker legend Phil Hellmuth will team with Tiger for a $10,000 buy-in Poker Night tournament with Doyle Brunson and a pre-jam party at Moorea Beach Club.
In addition to the two-day, outdoor second- annual ACM Party for a Cause music festival with Rascal Flatts, Georgia Florida Line and Keith Urban on April 4 and 5, there will be a free public concert April 3 to kick off the Linq celebrations for the Week Vegas Goes Country. The new night — yes, I did say free — will be headlined by Hunter Hayes and feature Sasha McVeigh, David Nail and Cole Swindell.
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.