Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 | 5:31 p.m.
Three important panel discussions Thursday led by Mayor Carolyn Goodman could help guide film-industry initiatives here in Las Vegas and the state, and it’s partly thanks to Oscar-winning actor and Las Vegas resident Nicolas Cage.
The daylong events at City Hall council chambers are aimed at vendors, hospitality execs and technical crews who could benefit from the business opportunities of movies coming to the Silver State with help from the Nevada Film Coalition.
Nevada is offering a cinema tax incentive to draw more productions here, and a key goal is to not lose productions to other states that have been competitive in attracting motion pictures. Businesses are invited to attend the sessions and learn how to capitalize on film productions and tap into the industry.
Jeffrey Spilman of Bottomline Entertainment, who also serves as the film liaison for the Film Reno Tahoe Division of the Reno/Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, will moderate the panels.
He is the co-author of the Nevada Film Incentive bill. Sen. Aaron Ford, who was a sponsor of the bill and received support for its passage from the mayor and Nicolas, also will attend.
CAESARS PARTNERSHIP: The L.A. Forum in Inglewood, Calif., reopened today after an extensive reinvention, and Caesars Entertainment has signed on as an official partner. Caesars will have marketing and brand presence in and around the reimagined sports and music-attractions venue, now the largest indoor performance venue in the country.
Caesars will have a dedicated 4,000-square-foot club hospitality space located on the event level. The “Fabulous” Forum reopened today with the first of six performances by the legendary Eagles, followed by Justin Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience World Tour” and on Feb. 15 “Paul Simon & Sting: Onstage Together.”
My suggestion that the superstars at the Forum could wind up playing dates here at Caesars properties, possibly when Britney Spears is away from her Planet Hollywood theater the Axis, were met with knowing smiles.
MORE GOSS: Debonair crooner and showman Matt Goss has extended his Caesars Palace residency with new dates through June. Virgin Records will release Matt’s “I Do” EP on Feb. 11 in time for Valentine’s Day. It will include “I Do,” “Mustang,” “Lovely Las Vegas” and “There’s Nothing Like This,” which will all be featured on his upcoming full-length album “Life You Imagine” this spring.
Fourteen-time Grammy-nominated producer Ron Fair unveiled for the first time Tuesday to music tastemakers at iHeart Radio studios in Los Angeles Matt’s recording that features a 16-piece brass section and 32 strings.
$10 BECOMES $100K: Back in 1970, now-retired Northern California postal worker Gerald Sola paid $10 to buy the suit that legendary actor-singer-dancer Gene Kelly wore for the beloved MGM musical “Singing in the Rain.” After keeping it in a closet at home for more than 40 years, he gave it to Heritage Auctions to sell.
Planet Hollywood mogul Robert Earl snapped it up for $106,250, five times more than the auctioneers estimated that it would draw. “It’s one of the most important costumes from American cinematic history, and we are thrilled and excited to add the iconic piece to our collections,” said Robert, who confirmed that Las Vegas visitors will get to see it on display at his Forum Shops restaurant in Caesars.
HAKKASAN DONATION: Guests and servers at Hakkasan in MGM Grand raised just over $50,000 in the restaurant and nightclub’s first initiative for our local food bank Three Square. The donation was made in a red envelope, which, nearing the start of Chinese New Year on Jan. 31, symbolizes good fortune, health and happiness. The gift will permit Three Square to serve more than 150,000 meals.
For each guest who dined at the restaurant in December, Hakkasan donated $5. Guests also were given the option to donate. The Hakkasan staff participated by raising contributions and donating time at the food bank’s warehouse in December, where they packaged 10,000 to-go meals.
OLD AND NEW LINEUP: While employment auditions are underway for nearby Wet Republic at MGM Grand, execs have signed new and returning DJ superstars for its pool-party scene reopening in March. The celebrated roster will consist of new performers including (in alphabetical order) Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and W&W. Returning: Steve Aoki, Danny Avila, Bingo Players, Dada Life, Fergie, Hardwell, Calvin Harris, Nervo and Tiesto.
HEAD IN A BOX: Street-performance artist Nicky Watts has her head in a Plexiglas box. During the past 5 months, she has spent 96 days with her head inside it. Often, she spends 10 hours a day inside it. “It’s performance art,” she said. “I’m insulated and isolated, completely separated from everyone else in the room, outside or really from society. But I get the chance to describe my life and how I go through life. People stare, point, laugh, roll their eyes, turn away.”
Nicky, who lives downtown, has traveled America by bus wearing the 14”x 14” clear box on her head. “I didn’t think of people’s reactions when I came up with the creative vision. I was only thinking if it would conceptually represent my disconnection with life. But I quickly realized that people would play an active role the first time I went out in public. The entire bus stopped talking and stared.
“I’ve learned that if you want people to talk to you about life, my suggestion is put your head in a box. … My head in a box has created happiness and a meaning of life to me and those around me.”
UFC legend Randy Couture joined Elvis Monroe onstage to perform the band’s new single “Rebel” as they opened for Three Doors Down at Green Valley Ranch Resort . Elvis Monroe is made up of an ever-changing lineup from Lifehouse, Matchbox 20 and Emerson Drive. The band performs monthly at Red Rock Resort and Sunset Station.
The 2014 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo kicks off at the Hard Rock Hotel for four days.
“Disney on Ice Presents Rockin’ Ever After” at the Thomas & Mack Center through Sunday.
Winter Olympic curling athletes from six countries — the U.S., Canada, Japan, Norway, Scotland and Sweden — start practice for the four-day action at Orleans Arena. It’s the first time the World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling has been welcomed to Las Vegas, and 36 elite curlers will compete. Twenty of them will go to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
DJ Hollywood is at Chateau in Paris.
DJ Steve Powers is at Light in Mandalay Bay.
Jay Z’s DJ discovery Jus Ske is at Surrender in Encore.
2014 AVN/AEE EVENTS
Former adult actress Katie Morgan (“Having Sex” on HBO), hosts the Neon Flow party at Crazy Horse 3 with DJ Ikon.
StripLV Magazine celebrates with a sexy, new immersive show, “Masque,” at Club Paradise with naked glamour girls Nicole Aniston, Elle Alexander, Chloe Amour, Remy LaCroix, Kendall Karson, Alyssa Branch, Giselle Mari and Cassie Laine.
The “Porn Goes to College” seminar is at Vinyl in the Hard Rock with actress Jessica Drake, one of several porn performers and producers now on the college-campus lecture circuit. Jessica (my interview with her was posted early today) also joins with fellow Wicked women Stormy Daniels, Samantha Saint, Asa Akira and Kaylani Lei to host the expo’s press media hospitality day.
Our 2014 AVN/AEE coverage continues with porn princess Chanel Preston’s preview of Saturday’s awards she’s co-hosting, plus, stunning new spring shows are set for Smith Center and results from “Top Chef” with our cheftestant Shirley Chung.
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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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.