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Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 | 6:34 p.m.
Two notes of congratulations today:
Larry Rudolph, manager of Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus, among many more, is telling friends that he’s engaged to girlfriend Jenn, who’s opening an X Cycle fitness center in Boca Park in April.
Also to Planet Hollywood headliner magician Murray Sawchuck, who swept Instagram model and Facebook starlet Nikki Leigh off her feet with a Valentine’s Day gift that he turned into a viral video that’s hit 3.3 million-plus views in just two days.
Murray’s floral bouquet wasn’t stunning, but when he produced a puppy out of a folded cardboard box, Nikki was “over the moon.” Murray and producer Seth Leach, no relation, shot 17 videos in L.A. last week as part of the 100 they have vowed to produce in one year.
Murray told me: “YouTube and Facebook are the new television of today. I love the platforms and the exposure they give! Three million views in 48 hours is amazing.”
3D PEN: When ED Expo, the premiere showcase for the latest instructional innovations, hits Las Vegas from March 9-11, one hot item will be the 3D pen from CreoPop (CreoPop.com) that’s become all the rage with celebrities.
Among the stars raving about it are Charley Koontz (“CSI: Cyber”), Evan Brinkman (“Trainwreck”), Angelina Pivarnick (“Jersey Shore”) and Bobby Batson (“90 Minutes to Heaven”).
Think of it as the 21st century version of Play-Doh where you can draw anything you wish with the pen, and it’s different color inks that are magnetic and glow-in-the-dark become a 3D sculpture. I snagged one during CES, and as this YouTube video shows, this is definitely the future of art.
WINE WALK: Las Vegas celebrity chefs and showbiz stars are joining forces to launch a charity walk for patients battling Scleroderma, an awful disease that hardens the skin until it cannot breathe and proves fatal.
Chefs Susan Feniger and Rick Moonen are joining with Voki Kalfayan (“Absinthe’s” The Gazillionaire), Flamingo headliner comedy juggler Jeff Civillico and doctors at our Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to organize a walk/run with a champagne and wine party at the finish line.
The first meeting is next Wednesday at Susan’s Border Grill in Forum Shops of Caesars Palace to pick a date for the event.
COOLING OFF: The innovative, color-changing 3D software used for art installations that will provide shade and cool at the new Park leading to T-Mobile Arena behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo will soar upward from 55 to 75 feet.
The 16 floral-shaped structures each weigh 12 to 20 metric tons and took about 2,000 hours apiece to assemble. Studio Metalix design center in the Netherlands manufactured the structures using 400 tons of steel.
Once the sculptures are installed, lighting designers take over to install thousands of LED lights by hand, and computer-sequencing technique will allow for a “visual chime” so that visitors can tell what time it is. Fabricator Hans de Klerk said, “They are incredibly eye-catching and will truly change the landscape of the Strip just steps away.”
EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE: Celine Dion’s Oscar- and Grammy-winning song “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic” was played during Monday night’s Grammy Awards in tribute to her late husband and manager Rene Angelil, who died from cancer at age 73 a month ago.
During the “In Memoriam” segment, Rene’s photo was shown while Celine’s song played in the background. Also shown to her music was composer James Horner, who wrote the Oscar-winning score for “Titanic.” He died last summer.
WYNN EXPANSION: Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn has told Wall Street investors that his new, nearly 90,000-square-foot upscale shopping mall at Wynn will begin construction by May.
His Ferrari showroom store and poker salon near Allegro will be moved over to Encore to make room for 20 stores inside a two-story, 55-foot-high, glass-roofed atrium. It will have its own walkway from the Strip facing Fashion Show mall.
NASCAR NATIONAL ANTHEM: Award-winning country star Craig Morgan will perform the national anthem before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 6. The 51-year-old veteran who also is a sheriff’s deputy will perform at Race Jam on Fremont Street on March 5.
Craig is the host of “Craig Morgan’s All-Access Outdoors” on the Outdoor Channel. Joining him for pre-race activities is The Atlantic City Boys, who will perform before opening ceremonies for the 19th annual NASCAR race. They also will be performing nightly at South Point throughout NASCAR Weekend from March 4-6.
“The Walking Dead” stars Norman Reedus and Balthazar Getty attended the appropriate “Zombie Burlesque” by producer David Saxe at his V Theater in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops.
Fresh from his reported breakup with Khloe Kardashian, Houston Rockets star James Harden was with a large group of friends at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms on Monday night. James flew in from Toronto, where he played in the NBA All-Star Game over the weekend.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years 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.