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Strip Scribbles: ‘Ghost Adventures,’ Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Newt Gingrich

2012 Celebrity Bingo Bow Wow at Silverton

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Robin Leach and Zak Bagans at 2012 Celebrity Bingo Bow Wow at Silverton Casino Lodge on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

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Zak Bagans, executive producer and host of "Ghost Adventures," arrives on the black carpet during the grand opening of KISS by Monster Mini Golf at 4503 Paradise Road on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

“Ghost Adventures” producer and host Zak Bagans has shelled out $35,000 to purchase a haunted house that even unbelievers say has “the entrance to hell itself.”

Our hometown ghost hunter plans to live there for a while to film and check out disturbing reports and evidence that it is “possessed by demons.” Police officers, a priest, psychiatrists, social workers and medical teams have all reported and confirmed to have witnessed bizarre incidents, including one where the owner’s son walked backward up a wall and back flipped over his mother.

Latoya Ammons, who lived in the haunted home, has said that her family of three children and she were all possessed and that her daughter levitated above the bed a la Linda Blair in “The Exorcist.”

Footsteps can be continually heard on the steps leading in and out of the basement, which nobody dares enter. Liquid has seeped out of walls. Objects in the home are reportedly hurled at visitors.

Zak purchased the house in Gary, Ind., this past weekend and says he will research and document the paranormal activities. The owner says the demonic possessions began in 2012 and have continued to this day.

Police have made audio and video recordings of “strange voices” and other disturbances. A Roman Catholic priest in Gary has conducted four services of exorcism there after originally discounting the stories. A police captain in Gary has described it as “a portal into hell.”

3/25/11: Lady Gaga at MGM Grand

Lady Gaga at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 25, 2011. Launch slideshow »
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Jeff Beacher onstage with Britney Spears in Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” in the Axis at Planet Hollywood.

Final ‘Peepshow’ at Planet Hollywood

Cheaza, Coco Austin, Josh Strickland and Nick Kenkel after the final performance of Launch slideshow »

GAGA’s ROSES FOR BRITNEY: Britney Spears had another famous face in the crowd at her resident show “Britney: Piece of Me” at the Axis in Planet Hollywood when Lady Gaga showed up Saturday night to cheer her on from the front row.

The “Do What U Want” singer was spotted Saturday night taking a seat next to Britney’s manager, Larry Rudolph, in the VIP section. Gaga was seen rocking out to “Toxic” and “…Baby One More Time,” singing along to all the words. When the 27-year-old departed, she showered Britney with love, placing three roses onstage for the singer.

Also at the show Saturday night: Jeff Beacher of Beacher’s Madhouse, who was called onstage during the S&M scene.

‘PEEPSHOW’ DIVA’S SCHOOL: Cheaza Figueroa, formerly “Peep Diva” in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood, has launched her first business venture,, focused on kids. DBMM Entertainment offers artist development and private-mentoring sessions.

“Starting a new business is always a bit frightening,” said Cheaza, who is the CEO and founder. “But when I looked at the increasing demand for entertainment activities for industry kids in Las Vegas, starting an artist-development business is just such an exciting journey for me.”

GINGRICH BOOK SIGNING: Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his author wife Callista are here today to sign copies of their newest books at the waterfall atrium and gardens in Palazzo. “Breakout” is Newt’s latest nonfiction work proposing a bold vision of America’s future. “Yankee Doodle Dandy” is Callista’s latest children’s book and the third installment of The New York Times bestselling series.

CONGRATULATIONS! Former Mirage President Felix Rappaport was named COO of Foxwoods casino in Connecticut over the weekend.


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Scotty McCreery stands with his award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year during the 4th annual American Country Awards at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2013.

“American Idol” Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery is at Gilley’s Saloon in Treasure Island.

Rondell Sheridan and Jay Black headline Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.

Dave Russo and Shayma Tash headline Riviera Comedy Club through Sunday.

Dave Perrico and his 20-piece band Pop Evolution are recording their late-night show at Stratosphere for an upcoming album.

Parkway Drive, Upon a Burning Body and Betrayal are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

DJ Eric DLux is at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.

DJ R.L. Grimes in the guise of Henry Steinway is at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

And Aria has its Chinese New Year and Year of the Horse celebration with the martial-arts dance troupe Yau Kung Moon.


I sat with Frank Gatson Jr., the new director and choreographer of “Jubilee!” at Bally’s, during the last performance of the nearly 33-year-old show, and he reveals what he’s planning when it reopens this spring.

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