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Monday, June 25, 2012 | 5:18 p.m.
Pop princess Rihanna has given credit in her new film “Battleship” to former U.S. Navy rescue swimmer Jacqueline Carrizosa, who is the range master at Machine Guns Vegas. Jacqueline is one of the four beauties who act as guides, guards and instructors at the shooting range and trained Rihanna for her tough-girl role of Petty Officer Raikes in the action-adventure film as U.S. ships battle an alien armada bent on Earth’s destruction.
Jackie worked with Rihanna and director Peter Berg and was invited to be on the red carpet for the film’s premiere in L.A. Rihanna, who underwent a lot of physical acting and ocean swimming, said she even copied Jackie’s tattoos: “I based my entire character on Jackie.”
“She’s this badass weapons officer; she knows everything about weapons, not only hers, but all the weapons on board. It really got me into the emotion of the character. She’s a fighter. She’s a killer. She’s not afraid of anything. She likes a challenge because she can handle it.”
Check out our Las Vegas Sun colleague Ron Sylvester’s recent interview with Jackie.
CRISS WINS: An Internet ratings service registered three wins for “Mindfreak” magician Criss Angel over the weekend for the third broadcast of his Live Loyal’s MF 13 network. Stickam.com reported Sunday that the “Believe” headliner at the Luxor accumulated nearly 200,000 viewers Saturday to win “Most Viewed This Week,” “Most Viewed This Month” and “Most Viewed on All Channels.”
Said Criss: “It’s unbelievable! We are a year ahead of our target projection schedule. I have an all-star team to thank from my MF 13 networks, sensational celebrity guests and all of the fans worldwide who are watching because of the highest-quality, live free online entertainment we’re committed to producing.”
TV SHOTS: With the release of Channing Tatum’s male stripper movie “Magic Mike” on Friday, cameras from “Inside Edition” followed Chippendales at the Rio star Nathan Minor for a “Day in the Life” here.
Stunning Las Vegas model Hope McBane wowed the celebrity contestants on the new Fox dating show “The Choice” with her looks and comedy, making it through the three elimination rounds. But it came down to “American Idol” Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks’ choice between Hope the blonde and another contestant, a brunette.
Taylor said he’d never been out with a blonde, so he chose Hope’s rival! Taylor opens an eight-week summer run at Bally’s on Tuesday, so we’ll see if the brunette is in the front row. On the previous episode, Haze VIP model server Shannon Kelly was chosen by “Mad Men’s” Parker Young for the winning date.
CASHING IN: Winning Kentucky Derby thoroughbred trainer Doug O’Neil collected $20,000 this morning for his 200-to-1 bet of $100 banking on his I’ll Have Another horse winning the Derby and Preakness Stakes. While cashing in at Lucky’s Race and Sports Book in Primm, he also signed autographs for fans.
FAME STARS: Congratulations to our Rio magic headliners Penn & Teller, who have been selected for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony will be next year and is the first time Las Vegas magicians have been honored.
Former “Crazy Girls” dancer Whitney Berry, who left the Riviera show after winning a New York audition, makes her Broadway debut in “Spider-Man” on Friday.
Border Grill at Mandalay Bay chef Susan Feniger launched her cookbook “Street Food” over the weekend.
Our Las Vegas-headquartered Lingerie Football League is getting its own video game. Developers Yuke (WWE Smackdown, UFC Undisputed) plan to have the game ready by the end of this year.
It will be a reunion for showman Tony Sacca when he takes his “Taste of Vegas” to Hollywood this weekend. His Old Vegas musical includes his Sexy Saccettes. Tony rediscovered Chelsea Brenier when he auditioned in Hollywood for backup singer dancers. She was only 6 when she first entertained with him at three White House performances he produced.
The other Saccette will be Amanda Kaiser from “Nunsense” at the LVH. Tony, who has hosted TV’s “Entertainment Las Vegas Style” for the past 28 years, has woven the history of Vegas through musical references from former headliners Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Louis Prima and Keely Smith for his Hollywood production.
RISING STAR: Elijah J, 13, who was selected from 8,000 kids for the starring role of Young Simba in “The Lion King” on Broadway and at Mandalay Bay, is seeing his star shine brighter than ever. He has just wrapped his first feature film “Cass” to premiere this winter. His newest single “Louder” will be released in September.
We first noticed his future star appeal when he had audiences raving at a Michael Jackson tribute concert at the Palms. Elijah has some 500,000 views for his video release “Meet Me on the Dance Floor,” and he also is the lead singer of Kidz Bop.
Brad Garrett presents Jackie Fabulous and Mike Marino at his MGM Grand Comedy Club through Sunday, and the dive-in movie at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool is “The Karate Kid,” so swim or lounge for the screening under the stars.
“Pawn Stars” and “American Restoration” producers secretly filmed a real housewives show in Las Vegas -- not “The Real Housewives of Las Vegas” for Bravo, but the most glamorous mothers and housewives imaginable -- and we have the exclusive story of their drama and fun.
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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