Monday, April 8, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Donald Trump obviously doesn’t care about North Korea’s current feelings toward the United States. Kim Jong-un’s new buddy, NBA legend Dennis Rodman, was fired by The Donald on Sunday night’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” which meant our Rio magician headliner Penn Jillette, who was the opposing team leader, continues for at least another week.
The tall, talkative one of Penn & Teller is playing on the NBC show for our beloved charity Opportunity Village. On Sunday’s show, the teams had to create a campaign presentation and display for Donald’s wife Melania’s skin care line C6 Caviar. The episode caught bad boy Dennis as a project manager in Melania’s bathroom and Gary Busey describing her beauty as “5,000 miles past heaven that gets your genitalia so excited that it spins like a Ferris wheel at the carnival”!!!
Here’s the preview of Sunday’s episode when Gary becomes the project manager for a silent movie about Australian gold, and he’s literally caught with his pants down. Check back Tuesday for our photo reports of Penn & Teller’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Penn’s Opportunity Village Celebrity Poker Tournament at Caesars Palace over the weekend.
CONDOLENCES: My sincere condolences to the family and friends of hypnotist magician Peter Reveen, who died here today. For 20 years, he was former Monte Carlo headliner magician Lance Burton’s manager. They were friends for more than 30 years. I knew Peter for a decade before I moved to Las Vegas, and he was always the perfect gentleman. He will be sadly missed. Our local Magic Circle group here saluted him as Man of the Year at a tribute two years ago at The Orleans.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Supermarket tycoon and huge Wall Street financial figure Ron Burkle has at least the first part of a dream coming true. He always wanted to own a hotel casino on the Strip. Now his investment capital company Yucaipa has absorbed Morgans hotel group, of which he was a significant shareholder under his umbrella. Morgans own The Light Group, which is opening The Delano Hotel, Light Nightclub in partnership with Cirque du Soleil and the new Daylight club all at Mandalay Bay. Wall Street insiders are wondering how long before he buys a casino!
How often in recent weeks has President Obama been calling a major Las Vegas financial figure to encourage the train from Orange County to Victorville and into Las Vegas? It’s a mega-million-dollar investment already, let alone the eventual government and taxpayers funding.
Which club is rumored to be coping with multimillion-dollar losses and might not recoup the $14 million investment before its final act? If true, this is sad because guests rave about the place. Some staff has moved on to new venues.
Did an out-of-town, rent-a-theater tribute show’s cast call it quits Sunday night and return to Europe?
Which bright, bubbly beauty from the Strip has signed on for a major Italian chain restaurant’s new advertising campaign?
A new after-hours gay club, The Affair, is to open next month on the Strip.
Restaurateurs Jenna and Michael Morton open their Downtown La Comeda Mexican restaurant April 29, and the valley’s best bartender John O’Donnell will be serving drinks. The Mortons also have taken over Nob Hill Tavern in MGM Grand and will open an American small bites concept in December after remodeling.
Which Las Vegas seafood sorcerer will open an outlet in Ventura, Calif.?
Which fabulous female pastry chef will open her second cafe and dessert venue in Summerlin?
SNEAK PREVIEW: DJ Tiesto provides us with a behind-the-scenes preview of his new home at Hakkasan at MGM Grand opening April 18.
LONDON CALLING: Holly Madison’s baby daddy Pasquale Rotella, the founder of Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival, is expanding overseas. His first London edition of EDC is set for July 20, and Tiesto is the first confirmed DJ.
NEW ALBUM: It’s taken nine years for Goodie Mob to prepare their new album. Founding member CeeLo Green, who is a headliner at Planet Hollywood, says the new record “Age Against the Machine,” will be released in mid-June, and there might be a summer tour to promote it. CeeLo says he’s loving his shows “Loberace,” and he’s using his three off days to write songs and watch Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles’ Love” at The Mirage and Steve Wynn’s “Le Reve -- the Dream” at Wynn Las Vegas.
CONGRATULATIONS: Kevin Burke, star of the one-man “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s, has won the Guinness World Record for Most Performances in 50 Days. Kevin received the news today of his record of 60 shows.
FANTASY CAMP: Def Leppard musicians Joe Elliott, Rick Savage and Vivian Campbell surprised as teachers at this past weekend’s Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp. Lita Ford hosted a Q+A between the campers and the rockers. Teddy Andreadis of Guns ’n’ Roses was another counselor. Guitarist Phil Collen gave 9-year-old guitar prodigy Benjamin Bluestein lessons and then joined with drummer band mate Rick Allen to play for the students.
Country king Tim McGraw and his queen Faith Hill are onstage at MGM Grand Garden Arena with Keith Urban, Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift for his special “Superstar Summer Night” being taped for CBS broadcast May 19.
Local favorite Michael Austin of Austin Law hosts a viewing party for his appearance on NBC’s “The Voice” at Gilley’s Saloon in Treasure Island, where he will appear in concert May 17 and June 21.
Dom Irrera headlines with Mike Saccone at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in MGM Grand through Thursday, when former Las Vegas headliner Bobby Slayton returns home for a weekend run.
We’ll have a report and photos of Michael Jordan’s Celebrity Invitational golf weekend, Penn & Teller’s Hollywood star and a preview of Louie Anderson’s next challenge on ABC’s “Splash.”
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.