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Strip Scribbles: The Rolling Stones, Penn Jillette on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ Criss Angel and ‘Gigolos’


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Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones arrive at a central London venue Thursday, July 12, 2012, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones’ first performance.

Cirque du Soleil's 'One Night for One Drop'

Cirque du Soleil's Launch slideshow »

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice': Episode 4

Stephen Baldwin, Marilu Henner, Gary Busey, Penn Jillette, Trace Adkins, Lisa Rinna and Donald Trump Jr. in Episode 4 of NBC's Launch slideshow »

2012 Tiger Jam at Mandalay Bay Events Center

2012 Tiger Jam at Mandalay Bay Events Center with Tiger Woods, Jon Bon Jovi, David Cook and Lindsey Vonn on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Rescheduled and reorganized tour dates for 18 West Coast stops for The Rolling Stones were being inked in place today after weekend scrambling to combat conflicting dates with NBA and NHL playoff events.

I’m reliably told that if everything falls into place in the next 48 hours, we will know the revised schedule by the weekend or next Monday. It looks highly probable that an MGM Grand Garden Arena date will be scheduled.

The tour is definitely on!

‘MJONE’ DAZZLES: Cirque du Soleil chief and founder Guy Laliberte and his President Daniel Lamarre tell me that they saw a run-through of “Michael Jackson One” when they flew in for the “One Night for One Drop” charity show Friday night at Bellagio. Said Guy: “I am very excited about how it is developing -- over the moon.” Added Daniel: “The dancing will not only knock your socks off but blow you away. The best I have ever seen.”

CRISS ANGEL TV: “Believe” magician Criss Angel tells me he’s well into pre-production of his new 11 one-hour Spike TV specials and begins filming April 22. Eighty percent will be filmed here in Las Vegas, with the remaining 20 percent divided between New York City and Miami. He promises to let me know the official name of the series this week, and Wednesday when I’m taking a well-deserved day off, we will have a guest magic column from him about the state of magic after the flop of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.”

PENN JUGGLES: Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette was once again on the winning team Sunday night on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, and it was rival team project leader Claudia Jordan, the briefcase beauty from “Deal or No Deal,” who packed her bags after being fired by The Donald. Teams had to use glass panel trucks for a live-action advertisement for hair-care products Farouk Systems, who coincidentally sponsor the “Peepshow” theater at Planet Hollywood.

Claudia blamed controversial firebrand Omarosa for their loss, but because she didn’t haul her into the boardroom, she wound up blue-slipped. “I’m the baddest chick, and they all know it,” laughed Omarosa. Penn wound up atop his truck juggling while country singer Trace Adkins boomed his baritone voice. Next Sunday, Penn has to display his artistic side to create original 3-D artwork and then sell it to stay safe. Monte Carlo headliners Blue Man Group makes a guest appearance.


Golfer Tiger Woods host his 15th annual Tiger Jam at Mandalay Bay from May 17-18 with Kid Rock headlining.

It took just a few hours this weekend to sell out Bruno Mars tickets for his Aug. 3 concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

My pal James Bond villain Robert Davi open for Don Rickles from April 13-14 at The Orleans with a 35-minute tribute to the songs of Frank Sinatra. Robert is donating his fee to the Quincy Jones Keep Memory Alive gala that same weekend after Quincy heard him sing and sent him a note: “Wow! I have never heard anyone come this close to Sinatra’s sound -- and still be himself. Many try, but Robert Davi has the voice, tone, the flavor and the swagger. … He absolutely touched me down to my soul and brought back the essence and soul of ’Ol Blue Eyes himself.”

The Tenors will be back at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on June 2 for a third visit after previous sold-out concerts. Previously The Canadian Tenors, they appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and were surprised by our Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion. They entertained at the “One Drop” afterparty at Bellagio, and since I filmed one of their fathers for an episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” they got me to redo a fun video for him.

The Tenors

Gigolos on Showtime

'One Night for One Drop': Blue Carpet at Hyde Bellagio

Shania Twain arrives on the blue carpet for Cirque du Soleil's Launch slideshow »

LL Cool J, Ice Cube and Public Enemy are teaming up for “The Kings of the Mic Tour” stopping at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel on May 24.

‘GIGOLOS’ HUNKS: The salaciously sexy series “Gigolos” returns for Season 4 on Showtime on April 18. The 10-episode series filmed here catches up with Nick, Vin, Brace, Steven and Ash and introduces new cast member Bradley, an ex-Marine and self-professed cougar magnet. It promises to be a wild season as the guys face their most outrageous client requests yet.

RECORD WEEKEND: It may have been because Shania Twain was at Nobu Caesars Palace near Britney Spears. It may have been because Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were staying there. Britney was spotted at valet at Octavius Tower, Jessica in her birthday suit at Qua Baths & Spa. Celine and hubby Rene Angelil stayed on for her to wrap up recording sessions at Studio at the Palms; he got a mani/pedi and beauty treatment at the exclusive barber shop there. Shania dined at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in the nearby Forum Shops, while Nicolas Cage and Rev Run dined separately at Rao’s.

DANGER DRIVERS: The Mint 400 attracted 39 Trophy Series truck starters, but only one-third made it to the finish line -- 23 came afoul of the hard rock trails in the desert in Jean. The next big off-road race is the first week of May starting in Mexicali and winding up in Cabo San Lucas. The Baja 500 follows on June 1.

CONDOLENCES: There will be sadness this weekend when bodybuilder Jay Cutler hosts his Desert Classic competition at Pearl at the Palms. His mentor as four-time Mr. Olympia, fitness icon Joe Weider, died over the weekend at age 93 at his Los Angeles home. Joe lived part time here at Turnberry Towers and created Mr. Olympia, which is Sept. 26 at The Orleans.

Our condolences to his family and friends. I met him several times and was always impressed with his courtesy and gentle nature. He began bodybuilding using scrap metal parts in order to increase his strength to deal with gangs when he was a teenager growing up in Montreal. Eventually, he beat the bullies who beat him up!


Congratulations to Brad Garrett celebrating the first anniversary of Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand. He headlines through Sunday with Ralph Harris and Jim Dailakis.

Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow) joins the all-star rotating lineup in “Raiding the Rock Vault” at LVH through April 17.

Also at LVH, the International Jazz, Blues and Gospel Festival through Thursday.


We’ve got the rundown of Justin and Jessica’s visit, while comic Louie Anderson was a “Splash” in the ratings last week, and he’s back for Round 2. Plus, rocker Pete Wentz talks about the tattoos that cover his body as he prepares for the new tattoo reality TV series he filmed here.

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