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Strip Scribbles: ‘Spider-Man’ closes on Broadway and plots move to Las Vegas


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Spider-Man appears during the musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” at Foxwoods Theater in New York on Thursday, June 2, 2011.

The $75 million musical “Spider-Man” closed Sunday night on Broadway after three years and 2 million spectators with news of its move to Las Vegas due shortly.

“We are excited to report that the next destination for ‘Spider-Man’ will be the Entertainment Capital of the World: Las Vegas,” said “Spider-Man” spokesman Rick Miramontez.

Locally, we do know that Steve Wynn has had “very serious interest” conversations in moving the high-flying spectacular to open in his Encore Theater at Wynn.

Producer Michael Cohl says the show will be different for its Las Vegas residency: “The story will change slightly with a couple of new songs. It will be different enough to be a fresh experience for those who have seen it, and it will be the most spectacular theatrical show they have ever experienced.”

Michael also expects an arena spectacular to be ready for a national tour in 2016.

BOLLYWOOD FILMING: Prepare for an invasion of Bollywood filmmakers when heartthrob Varun Dhawan shoots his next film, “ABCD2,” here in March. Another leading man, Prabhudheve, will star in the production as his trainer preparing to compete in an international dance contest.

Choreographer Remo D’Souza will make his directing debut with the film. All three are Bollywood idols, and they’re expected to draw new tourists to the Strip during the month’s shoot.

Tila Tequila at Hustler Club

Tila Tequila at Hustler Club on Sept. 4, 2010. Launch slideshow »

SEX TAPE: Tila Tequila, who shocked MTV fans with her bisexual “A Shot at Love,” has gone even more outrageously controversial today with her new Vivid Entertainment sex tape. It’s title is too much even for us here at Vegas DeLuxe! The XXX feature is Tila’s first with a male performer and follows her Tila Tequila “Uncorked” all-girl threesome tape released in 2011.

Vivid CEO Steven Hirsch, who I’m interviewing for our coverage next week of the 2014 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo, commented: “There is nothing reluctant or timid about Tila as she flirts, strips and leads him to the bedroom. It quickly becomes clear that she could have a successful career in the adult industry if she chooses, and who knows she just might one day. It’s so obvious she’s enjoying herself.”

Tila and Steven will be at AVN at the Hard Rock Hotel next week promoting the new video.

BRITNEY BAG: None other than twerking pop singer Miley Cyrus was among the first shoppers at the Britney Spears boutique. In advance of watching Britney’s new two-year residency show “Piece of Me” in the Axis at Planet Hollywood, Miley went on a credit card spree in the store. She bought an over-the-shoulder Brit backpack and wore it on the red carpet.

CONGRATULATIONS: Our hometown jazz singer Clint Holmes leads the Broadway World Cabaret Awards in the Best Male Celebrity Vocalist category. Clint scores with his “Stop This Train” show he performs at New York’s Cafe Carlyle, two percentage points above “Girls, Girls, Girls” at 54 Below by Norbert Leo Butz. The other eight contenders are far behind in voting. Clint’s January show at Smith Center this weekend is titled “The After Party.” He’ll perform “Stop This Train” on the Feb. 7 weekend there.

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“Fantasy” at the Luxor star and Playboy Cyber Girl Chloe Crawford.

“Fantasy” at the Luxor dancer Chloe Crawford, who also is magician Murray Sawchuck’s assistant and wife, was named Playboy’s newest Cyber Girl, and she signed on as an international Playboy model. You can check out her lingerie photos at

SHOWGIRLS SHOOT: Blonde beauty Holly Madison rounded up her showgirl friends Sunday to shoot a new commercial and advertizing campaign for Future, an alcohol metabolizing company that helps with hangovers. Holly went before cameras with gorgeous “Fantasy” dancers Mariah and Tracey, “X” dancers Meeka, Shakeera and Whitney, plus, gorgeous redhead Tara Palsha from “Vegas! the Show!”

HERO & WINNER: Celebrity portrait photographer Lynn Goldsmith has shot more than 100 album covers, and her prize-winning images of everybody from Bruce Springsteen to Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones on their tour buses and inside their studio recording sessions have been published in magazines around the world. She also is the author of “Rock and Roll Stories,” which made 15 lists as “best photography book.”

Tonight, she will be presented with the 2014 PMDA Professional Photographer of the Year Award at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore by her friend, “Iron Chef” winner Kerry Simon, who is battling the Parkinson’s-like muscle disease MSA. The two are close friends from New York days where Kerry was first dubbed the “Rock and Roll chef” before he moved to Las Vegas to open Prime at Bellagio and later his Simon restaurants at the Hard Rock Hotel and Palms Place. Lynn insisted that he present the award even if it meant rolling his 8-mph wheelchair into the nightclub!

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The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, back row center in the striped T-shirt, and cast members of Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay.

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Terrell Suggs and chef Barry Dakake at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms.


The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers watched Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay after dinner at Bellagio, and he met with the cast post-show.

“Banshee” actresses Kelly Dunn and Ivana Milicevic were at Mandarin Oriental’s Sky Bar before playing the tables at Aria and dancing at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan. Their Sunday night started at MGM Grand, where they met Mike Tyson, and it appears that they didn’t want it to ever end. At 4 a.m., they went to Spearmint Rhino, and Kelly tweeted that she had a tweet from dancer Adrienne saying she was her new “woman crush.” Kelly responded: “I wasn’t intending any of that, but this was Vegas, so I fully embraced its spirit.”

Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens dined at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms with a group of 14 people family style before Terrell signed chef Barry Dakake’s celebrity “shakedown door” in the kitchen.

DJ Tiesto, dressed all in black, dined at Crush in MGM Grand on Sunday night with a large group of friends. After their meal that included artichoke pizzas, shrimp risotto, steak, scallops and meatballs, the group ended with shots of Patron and Jagermeister sparkplugs while Tiesto stuck to drinking water with Emergen C.

“Property Brothers” Jonathan and Drew Scott watched Murray Sawchuck’s last show before Murray returns in the spring. Jonathan has performed magic since his school days, so Murray invited him onstage to show off his skills of prestidigitation while Drew dressed up as a sexy assistant!

“Days of our Lives” star Eric Martsolf was front row in the “French” section at Tournament of Kings at Excalibur with eight family members and friends Sunday night. Eric met the performers post-show to take photos with them.


Former “Fantasy” powerhouse singer Stephanie Dianna Sanchez has a one-night showcase at Hard Rock Cafe at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Comedy magician and “America’s Got Talent” Season 7 contestant Spencer Horseman launches his show “Illusions” in Starlight Theater at Riviera through Feb. 24.

Nearby at Riviera’s Comedy Club, John Bizarre and Ken Rogerson headline through Sunday.

Comedians Danny Bevins and Erik Blake are at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in MGM Grand through Sunday.

DJ Spider spins at XS.


Meet the gorgeous knockout stunners competing in the 2014 Miss Nevada USA Pageant this coming weekend, plus, previews of “Panda!” at the Venetian and “Mamma Mia” at Smith Center.

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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