Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 | 5:06 p.m.
It’s been four years in the making, but at long last it appears as if the fifth and final “Rambo” film from actor Sylvester Stallone has a go ahead with scenes set to be shot in and around Las Vegas and the Nevada and Arizona deserts. The movie series has long told the exploits of John Rambo and his hometown in Arizona.
“Rambo V” has been an on-off project for Sly over his insistence that it be a solid and “worthwhile” story. The latest word is that it won’t be war-torn heroics but with current headlines about mass killings at Mexico’s border cities. Rambo’s mission is to track down his daughter captured by human traffickers and Mexican drug lords who have taken over the border.
Film industry sources say Sly has confirmed the project, and insiders whisper that he’s begun casting, with many scenes to be shot here.
WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Caesars Palace regular headliner and comedy ventriloquist Jeff Dunham on his weekend marriage at a Santa Ynez vineyard to girlfriend Audrey Murdick, a model and his nutritionist and fitness trainer. “I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” Jeff tweeted.
The couple, who became engaged last Christmas, had their honeymoon in Napa before driving home to L.A. He starts his Disorderly Conduct Tour on Nov. 1 that lands at Caesars on Dec. 13. His TV special “Minding the Monsters” taped at the Colosseum during his last appearance here has begun airing on the Comedy Channel.
NO KISS FOR OBAMA: Rocker Gene Simmons of KISS had harsh words about President Obama when he wrapped up Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp at its new full-time Las Vegas facility. There’s an off-Strip camp of 12 individual studios and two-state-of-the-art rehearsal and recording pods on the MGM Grand casino floor. Check out the YouTube video of Gene talking to AOL’s Noisecreep about his campers, new album “Monster” and the election.
Promoter David Fishof is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his rock fantasy camp with the move here. His debut instructors here were Vince Neil, Sebastian Bach, Kip Winger, Zakk Wylde and Gene. With the overwhelming success, the camp will offer a Rock Star for a Day with campers matched with a rock star. Details: RockCamp.com under “Rock Star for a Day.”
SHOPPING ADDICT: The new reality TV series “My Shopping Addiction” that premiered on Oxygen on Monday night highlighted heiress and Boulder City resident Heather Marianna, star of “Beauty Kitchen.” In the hourlong episode, two clinical psychologists worked through exercises and challenges with her to overcome the shopping addiction.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Which Strip star’s business partner pleaded guilty in court to battery charges in beating up an ex-employee? The manager was ordered to undergo 30 hours of anger management, perform 100 hours of community service and pay $1,000, plus, all medical expenses of the victim.
Are lawyers for cast members of a new reality TV series being shot here taking a second look at contracts to see if there are out clauses because of fears of being portrayed in a bad light?
Incredible story of a Strip star’s mom making the rounds about how she paid all the bills and bought all show tickets until she finally nixed her support.
Money is no object at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore adding another 5,000 square feet to its space by placing a dome over the main pool and platform area for winter. Climate-controlled panels in the dome, at the gaming pavilion and the former Switch patio will be working by Friday, with a new cyclone of 70-inch plasma screens for the sound system.
And hearing buzz about a circus show, “Le Noir,” coming to the Strip.
NEW LOOK AT OLD VEGAS: Congratulations to veteran Las Vegas performer and TV host Tony Sacca celebrating 27 years of “entertainment Las Vegas-style.” Over the years, Tony has collected entertainment, interview and historical footage, and now they will become a new 52-episode series titled “Classic Vegas Entertainment.” When his weekly show began in 1985, the population was less than 400,000.
He told me, “The mega-resort hotels weren’t invented yet, there were no Cirque du Soleil shows, and the showgirl was the Las Vegas icon.” Tony, who has a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame outside New York-New York, is taking footage from more than 500 TV episodes for the production.
His library of footage includes Redd Foxx, Anthony Quinn, Milton Berle, Marcel Marceau, Peter Paul and Mary, Lou Rawls, Dorothy Hamill, Mickey Rooney, Juliet Prowse, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John and much more. Laughed Tony: “The upside of being on television for 27 years is the footage I’ve collected. The downside is seeing that I’ve aged quite a bit!”
The “Fantasy” girls at the Luxor celebrate their sexy and new 2013 calendar.
Dr. John & the Blind Boys of Alabama are at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Max Alexander, Marc Price and Matt Markman headline at Harrah’s Improv through Sunday.
JFK of MSTRKRFT spins a “trap music” set at 1 OAK in the Mirage, with DJs Ikon and Karma joining him.
The men competing in the Best Man contest are on parade at Nove Italiano in the Palms.
A report from tonight’s “Dancing With the Stars” with Donny Osmond and Susan Boyle in advance of their Wednesday night show at the Flamingo. We’ll also have “Fantasy” party photos, the new Las Vegas Food University and an advance of Sunday’s 20-chef Jean-Louis Palladin dinner at Alize atop the Palms.
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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