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Monday, March 21, 2016 | 11:57 p.m.
A slew of juicy news exclusives start the week:
Plans are nearly finalized for the gala parties and events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Caesars Palace this summer. The actual date is in August, and execs want to move up plans to June in an attempt to avoid the brutal, high peak of summer desert temperatures.
A top Caesars exec told me over the weekend: “We have almost everything set except for the party dates. It will be an impressive celebration to mark a very important milestone in the history of Caesars and the Strip.”
JUST ASKING: Is Wayne Newton, “Mr. Las Vegas,” about to announce a return to the Strip with a storytelling show looking back over the ages of Las Vegas showbiz glories? That buzz has started to pick up intensity.
When “Sharknado” cast members turned up at Wizard World Comic Con over the weekend at Las Vegas Convention Center, did they let slip that the next “Sharknado,” filmed here last week at the Stratosphere, will be shot in France with the Eiffel Tower in Paris being invaded by the marauding monsters of the ocean?
Is a new TV-type talk show being put together as a musical with onstage band and revolving guest stars for the Strip?
NEW NAME: When the new musical mashup of “The Great Gatsby,” “Moulin Rouge” and “Strictly Ballroom”, directed by Aussie filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is unveiled at Palazzo this spring, his name won’t be found in the title any longer.
He had the name credit during its too-short-lived run as “For the Record: Baz” at Light in Mandalay Bay last year. Now it’s been revamped for Palazzo with the working title “Endless Love.” Palazzo execs green-lit a makeover of the theater that housed Bob Anderson’s “Frank: The Man, The Music” until last December.
Rows of seats have been removed to enable the cast of the new musical to leave the stage, perform and interact alongside the audience.
DYNAMITE DUO: Country music’s party of the year this morning added music superstars Dolly Parton and Katy Perry as a pairing to the epic lineup of performers taking the stage at the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards in their first live performance together.
Additionally, 10-time ACM Award winner Dolly will be honored with the Tex Ritter Award for her hit TV movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” This year’s ACM Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley on CBS, will be broadcast from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3.
MOVIE ICON: Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon will receive the Cinema Icon Award at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners from April 11-14 at Caesars Palace.
Susan made her screen debut in “Joe” in 1970, and her newest movie, “The Meddler, will be released April 22 where she plays a recently widowed woman relocated from New Jersey to L.A. to be near her daughter. She won a Best Actress Oscar in 1996 for “Dead Man Walking” opposite Sean Penn.
LAS VEGAS ON ‘DWTS’: More than 370 episodes of “Dancing With the Stars” have aired before tonight’s Season 22 premiere of ABC’s hit show, and Las Vegas this season is rooting for Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, hit headliners at the Mirage.
Keep your eyes on Fox anchor Geraldo Rivera, partnered with Edyta Sliwinska, who will doubtless be trying to get Donald Trump exclusives from the billionaire’s ex-wife Marla Maples, who is partnered with Tony Dovolani.
NEW SHOWS: On the heels of starting the fifth year of his Las Vegas residency, Rod Stewart returns from Aug. 3-21 with nine shows at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. Tickets go on sale Friday.
“Pitch Perfect” actress Brittany Snow wore a sheer white romper over her white swimsuit to party at Encore Beach Club. She was here to support her DJ pal Dillon Francis, and his music inspired her to jump up, dance and sing along several times during his set. She posted a photo on Instagram for her 1.4 million followers, writing “The good part about coming to Vegas for work is seeing my friend @dillonfrancis KILL it. Especially because there was confetti.”
Machine Gun Kelly was at Tao in the Venetian for dinner with friends before heading up to the nightclub, where he performed for a packed house. The artist had fans in a frenzy as he jumped between the stage, DJ booth and crowd throughout his performance that included “Wild Boy“ and “Ocho Cinco.” At a separate table, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes, husband Gregg Leakes and friends. NeNe was in town for “One Night for One Drop” at the Smith Center.
Rapper MGK and members of All Time Low partied at Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club.
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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.
MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.