Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 8:38 a.m.
Las Vegas continues to be a platinum party playground for Hollywood, music and sports stars.
Grammy Award-winning Calvin Harris kicked off his exclusive daytime residency at Wet Republic at MGM Grand. He spun his hits, including “Bounce,” “Feel So Close,” “Sweet Nothing” and “We Found Love,” for nearly 3 hours. Ne-Yo made a cameo and performed their collaboration “Let’s Go.”
Yes, that was superstar Leonardo DiCaprio staying mostly anonymous in a private cabana sipping virgin mojitos at Bare Pool Lounge in The Mirage.
Oscar winner Sir Michael Caine and his wife, Shakira, dined at Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore while in town for the 2013 Keep Memory Alive gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Luxor headliner comedian Carrot Top dined at chef Joseph Elevado’s Asian hotspot Tuesday night.
Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain and husband Frederic Thiebaud dined at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in The Forum Shops and enjoyed asparagus soup, salad and a mushroom pizza -- all in keeping with their vegan diets.
Haley Phillips, the granddaughter of legendary Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, watched “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s. Marc D. Donovan, who portrays Sam, called out to her from the stage, and the crowd gave her a standing ovation. Afterward, she met the cast and told them that during the finale, she was in tears thinking of her late grandfather.
Singer John Mayer dined at Society Cafe in Encore and enjoyed a chopped salad and mint tea.
Guitarist Phil Collen of Def Leppard and his wife, designer Helen L. Simmons, watched “Absinthe” at Caesars. The couple also watched Cirque du Soleil’s “Mystere” at Treasure Island, although not likely on the same night! Def Leppard’s “Viva Hysteria” run at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel ended last weekend.
Actresses and sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry watched Coco Austin in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood and went backstage post-show for photos with the “Ice Loves Coco” star.
Nick Hoffman of The Farm watched Blue Man Group at the Monte Carlo.
Kevin Dillon of “Entourage” fame partied at Haze in Aria and The Bank in Bellagio after a stop at Deuce Lounge in Aria.
NFL stars Jerry Rice, Michael Crabtree, Dwight Freeney, Brian Urlacher and Colin Kaepernick partied with T-Pain at 1OAK in The Mirage for Swizz Beatz’s set.
T-Pain showed up in an astronaut suit for his nearly 4-hour DJ session now that he’s a resident at Haze, attracting model Jessica White, Kevin McHale (“Glee”), Penny Hardaway and Colin.
Singer Omarion relaxed at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria for DJ Three Loco’s set.
B.o.B’s 2 a.m. performance at The Bank drew Ne-Yo and Jerome Bettis.
Seven days after Jenny McCarthy partied at Encore Beach Club, ex-boyfriend NFL free agent Brian Urlacher turned up for the season opening with his brother Curtis Urlacher for the set by DJ David Guetta.
At the next cabana, billionaire “Shark Tank” star and Dallas Mavericks owner Marc Cuban partied with pals. Mark returned late night to watch the performances by CeeLo Green, Goodie Mob and DJ Cedric Gervais. Also there, NFL free agent Shaun Phillips.
“Glee” actress Dot Marie Jones watched Heart at Green Valley Ranch. While in town, coach Beiste also posed with a wax figure of fellow “Glee” coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) at Madame Tussauds in The Venetian. The figure will be at the wax museum until May 31 alongside Jerry Springer, Larry King, Wayne Brady, Eva Longoria and Kathy Griffin in the new TV zone.
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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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.