Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Actress Jaime King plays the dual role of identical twin Las Vegas hookers in the new film “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” the sequel to 2005’s “Sin City” in theaters Friday.
In her cover story for sister publication Vegas Magazine, Jaime reveals that when she shot her daylong scenes, no other cast members had been hired so she acted for cameras against a director’s hand.
The former New York model who quit her high-paying job as a spokesmodel for Revlon for Hollywood acting lessons, said: “I would have preferred to work with real actors over hand puppets, but it gave me freedom to push the boundaries, and everybody was happy how it all turned out.”
Her big break came as Johnny Depp’s daughter in “Blow” and quickly followed playing a nurse in “Pearl Harbor.” Jaime admits that she turned down the “Sin City” role several times before agreeing to the unique shooting situation.
The 35-year-old says that she’s a Las Vegas regular at the Four Seasons Hotel and once threw a surprise “Sin City” cast and crew party at the former Cathouse in the Luxor, which still makes for tabloid fodder.
BICOASTAL MANGIA: Congratulations to Rio star chef Steve Martorano, who opens his restaurant at Harrah’s in Atlantic City this weekend. Afterward, he flies back here to prepare for his newest Italian restaurant set to open at the Paris this fall.
The South Philadelphia chef who DJs while behind the grill also has Florida outlets in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale. Steve also is busy juggling his TV series and cookbooks.
MANSION TOUR: “Fantasy” at the Luxor dancer Chloe Crawford, who is Playboy’s Cybergirl of the Month, took Tropicana magician husband Murray Sawchuck to The Playboy Mansion for Hugh Hefner’s Midsummer’s Night Dream party, her first invite and one of her dreams come true.
The couple received a tour of Hef’s residence and joined a slew of Hollywood celebrities cheering on Pitbull’s performance.
BRITISH FASHION: British-lifestyle brand Ted Baker London opens a store today at Fashion Show. It takes its inspiration from traditional British gambling and contemporary gaming glamour of Las Vegas. It’s an ode to gaming with tables, poker chips and smoked-glass mirrors. The cash desk has been transformed into a big game of “chance” containing a sculpture of 3,000 dice.
Ted’s winter 2014 women’s and menswear collections combine vintage-inspired floral prints and ultra-feminine silhouettes for ladies, while guys are coupled with luxe joggers and bomber jackets with pops of neon pinks and River Nile-themed knitwear and chinos with burgundy, emerald green and oranges.
AUTHOR! AUTHOR! Las Vegas philanthropist and PR professional Mary Vail has led an almost lifelong career of community service with her stewardship initiatives of fundraising and kindnesses. Now she’s turned her experiences into a guidebook of advice, “What’s Your Philanthropic Footprint?”
It’s a fabulous resource and guide for anybody wanting to be responsible in community service with dozens of Mary’s wonderful examples in 30 years. I’ve contributed the foreword to her book published by Author House after being involved for several years with her annual fall Salvation Army Food Drives. Giving is good, and philanthropy is contagious!
EXTENDED! The first-ever Chinese show to win a Las Vegas residency, “Panda!” has announced additional performance dates at Palazzo through Dec. 28. The spectacle mixes high-flying acrobatics, mystifying martial arts, music, dance and color costumes and sets.
ON TOUR: Exciting news for Las Vegas’ own Franky Perez, a recent guest columnist, as he will join the amazing Apocalyptica on a North American tour this year and into the early 2015 European leg as lead-vocal support. He also will lend his vocals to the group’s eighth studio album being released in 2015. Franky starts in Toronto and ends in Amsterdam.
Free-agent NFL players Brandyn Dombrowski and Eugene Amano dined at Michael and Jenna Morton’s Crush in MGM Grand. The athletes enjoyed chef Billy DeMarco’s ricotta gnocchi, lamb meatballs, New York steak, salmon, sea bass and pizza. Now that’s a game-day appetite!
Members of Alice Cooper’s band joined Sin City Sinners onstage at Lounge at the Palms for a three-song set.
Congratulations on the first anniversary of Sherry Gordy’s show at Fiesta Rancho. Former teen idol Corey Feldman (“Goonies,” “The Lost Boys”) joined the festivities onstage and sang the Michael Jackson hits “Billy Jean” and “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Jermaine Jackson and fellow former teen idol Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”) were in the audience.
Food Network celebrity chef Robert Irvine dined at Andrea’s in Encore and enjoyed executive chef Joseph Elevado’s omakase menu that included Ohmi beef, shishito peppers, hamachi sashimi, salmon, crispy tuna, toro, tuna, snapper, albacore, Japanese A5 Wagyu, New York strip, filet, shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, special crab roll, Brussels sprouts, ponzu broccoli and an ice cream flight for dessert. After dinner, Robert and his 10-strong entourage hit Encore Beach Club at Night.
NBA stars Kyrie Irving, Chandler Parsons and Victor Oladipo were in a group of 20 for DJ Lil Jon at Surrender. Victor also had a private bungalow outside.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the first and only Beatles show in Las Vegas, Abbey Road performs rooftop at the El Cortez.
The Strokes and Albert Hammond Jr. are at the Cosmopolitan.
August Alsina is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
We have preview coverage of the SLS Las Vegas opening on the site of the former Sahara this weekend, with guest columns focusing on nightlife and restaurants, plus, Restaurant Week benefiting our food bank Three Square.
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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With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.