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February 17, 2019

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Strip Scribbles: Celine Dion hits the $10 million box office mark

Celine Dion in Concert: 1/28/09

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Celine Dion in concert in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 28, 2009.

Superstar Celine Dion celebrated manager husband Rene Angelil’s 69th birthday over the weekend, and she wound up with a gift herself. Her new show premiering at Caesars Palace on March 15 has just passed the $10 million mark at The Colosseum box office.

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Donald Trump with Angel Porrino.

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Criss Angel at the Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas on Dec. 21, 2010.

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Steve Wilkos.

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Computer and HardNox at Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel.

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Lou Ferrigno at Jubilee! at Bally's.

2011 Miss America Pageant: The Big Night

The 2011 Miss America Pageant and the crowning of Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan, 17, as the 90th anniversary Miss America at Planet Hollywood on Jan. 15, 2011. Launch slideshow »

I’m told that it’s the fastest $10 million sale in the history of the venue, and Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner says the first set of performances through April 17 will be sold out. I think that means $1 million in revenue from the 4,300 seats nightly.

Congratulations, and Happy Birthday, Rene!

*Congratulations to Flamingo headliners Donny & Marie Osmond, who celebrate a milestone today. It was back in 1976 on this day that they debuted their TV show on ABC.

*Michael Jackson’s father Joe Jackson, who lives here, has become a 50-50 partner with French perfumer Franck Rouas in a new Michael Jackson-named fragrance venture. They met at a Las Vegas trade convention and say the new scents will be inspired by plants and flowers the late singer had on his Neverland Ranch. The perfumes -- Tribute to Michael -- will premiere in March.

Wicked whispers & racy rumors

Hotel tycoon Donald Trump is on a search in Las Vegas for some good-looking, successful single guys ages 21 to 40 to vie for supermodel Toccara Jones in his new reality TV series Ultimate Merger 2. Who was the top hotel exec who had to be taken out of a rival casino in a wheelchair because of overpartying at the gaming tables last night?

*Celebrity impersonator Larry Edwards, who regularly performs on The Strip with his impressions of Tina Turner, is currently in 1st place as the Best Vegas Impersonator deadline ends tonight for Broadway World’s Las Vegas Awards.

*Rookie 23-year-old Bryce Menzies is our new hometown hero making his debut and grabbing 1st place in this weekend’s first of five SCORE Trophy Truck Desert races in Laughlin. Rob MacCachren of Las Vegas placed 4th, and son and father team B.J. and Bobby Baldwin, CEO at MGM’s CityCenter, came in 15th, although they were all bunched together with 12 minutes and 5 mph separating them. Only 73 drivers finished in the field of 125 that drove 100 miles in 16 laps through rough desert terrain.

*As first reported, Defending the Caveman makes its move from Excalibur to The Improv at Harrah’s tonight for its opening night. It has been seen by more than 8 million people, as the longest-running solo play in Broadway history, and comedian Kevin Burke has starred in it here for 4 years.

*Luxor headliner Criss Angel from Cirque du Soleil’s Believe makes a guest appearance on CBS’ The Rules of Engagement tonight playing himself and providing a plot twist.

*TV talk show host Steve Wilkos of The Steve Wilkos Show and his wife Rachelle Wilkos, executive producer of The Jerry Springer Show, visited The History Channel’s Pawn Stars here for his wife’s 40th birthday. The two are avid fans of the reality TV show. Steve’s show airs locally at noon on The CW.

*Local star chefs Barry S. Dakake of N9NE Steakhouse, Wes Kendrick from Table 34 and Wayne Schumaker from Mastro’s Ocean Club unveiled the new Safe Harbor Certified Seafood program today at the Palms. The showcase is for restaurateurs, chefs and casino executives on how to make seafood safer for consumers.

Star Surveillance

Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski and Lisa Lampanelli watched Rob Riggle at The Playboy Comedy Lounge at the Palms. Vince Neil dined at N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms, as did Lisa, and both partied at The Playboy Club after her performance at The Pearl at the Palms. Houston Texans quarterback Matt Leinart also dined at N9NE. Jimmy, girlfriend Molly McNearney and newlyweds John and Emily Blunt watched an early show of O at the Bellagio, then dined at Sushi Samba in the Palazzo, while Matt watched a late performance, as well as partied two nights in a row at Marquee at The Cosmopolitan with a blonde. Brooke Burke celebrated her co-host duties at the 2011 Miss America Pageant at Planet Hollywood with husband David Charvet at Marquee. Lou Ferrigno watched Jubilee! at Bally’s. Three 6 Mafia’s personal assistant Computer and HardNox partied at Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel. Spartacus stud Manu Bennett dined and partied at Tao at The Venetian, as did Tye Strickland, who was throwing a bachelor party for a friend. He told fans that wife Melissa Rycroft and he are expecting their first child. And next door at Lavo at the Palazzo, 2009 Miss America contestants Miss Florida Rachael Todd, Miss Maryland Brooke Polemba, Miss Montana Brittany Wise, Miss New Jersey Ashley Shaffer, Miss Idaho Kara Jackson, Miss Washington, D.C., Jen Corey, Miss Nebraska Brittney Jeffers and Miss Nevada Christina Keegan enjoyed a reunion.

Tonight’s tips

Peepshow star Holly Madison is on a weeklong media tour starting in New York today, so her Holly’s World co-star Angel Porrino fills in for her starting tonight through Saturday. Holly’s return Sunday coincides with the E! Entertainment show’s Season 2 premiere. Hussong’s Cantina at Mandalay Place celebrates its first anniversary with food and drink specials. Take a can of food for Three Square food bank and receive a Tequila Sunrise shot. And check out my charcoal portrait on the wall! STK at The Cosmopolitan celebrates Magnum Mondays, where patrons are upgraded to a magnum of Veuve Clicquot with an order of a regular bottle. Plus, taken 25 percent off dinner while listening to the sounds of DJ Ross One. It’s industry night at neighboring Marquee with De La Soul and Eric D-Lux in the Main Room, Jordan Stevens, Mike Remedy and Relapse in the Boom Box Room and DJ Tina T in the Library. Bombshell singer Marley Taylor and beau David Perrico plays trumpet with his group for the Main Street Chamber at Lolita’s Cantina in Town Square. Las Vegas magician Jeff McBride premieres and co-hosts the new online Mystery School of Magic with live performances from Chicago, San Francisco, Texas and Phoenix at

Tomorrow’s teases

We’ve got our incredible one-on-one chat with 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan’s grandmother who fled a tiny island on a raft to escape Yugoslavia as Communists invaded, plus superstar chef Alex Stratta’s final interview as he closes his highly decorated Alex at the Wynn. Also a wrap of our recent AEE/AVN interviews as we meet porn darling Jessica Drake’s double!

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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