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Strip Scribbles: Caesars denies Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert $1 million reports


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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert arrive at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 1, 2012.

2014 ACM Awards: Arrivals

Taylor Swift takes a selfie with a fan as she arrives for the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday, April 6, 2014. Launch slideshow »

2014 ACM Awards: Photo Room

George Strait, winner of the Entertainer of the Year award, poses in the photo room during the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday, April 6, 2014. Launch slideshow »

Officials at Caesars Entertainment and AEG Live have officially denied reports about country superstar husband-and-wife Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert turning down a $1 million concert offer.

In a statement emailed to me, they said: “The report is not true. AEG Live and Caesars Entertainment would like to officially address and deny the rumors being reported that an offer was presented earlier this year to Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert to perform at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which they reportedly turned down.”

It continued: “AEG and Caesars Entertainment have a wonderful relationship with Blake and Miranda and would love the opportunity to have them perform at any of their venues worldwide. We look forward to announcing upcoming bookings and performances as they become available. “

Star names are floating to fill in during Celine Dion’s absence while she cares for her ailing husband, Rene Angelil. Meantime, the couple have slashed $10 million from the asking sales price of their five-acre Jupiter Island, Fla., waterpark estate. It’s now for sale at $62.5 million.

TATTOO RIVALRY: Las Vegas tattoo artist Clean Rock One of Chrome Gypsy Tattoo is safe to continue on “Ink Master” after Tuesday night’s Season 5 debut on Spike TV. He’s pitted against his former employee Tim Lees, who left for San Diego after their falling out.

Each of the 18 contestants who started out in their bid to win the $100,000 grand prize has a tattoo rival, making the show more personal than ever and not just competing against other artists. Inking with your enemy is apparently a tattoo artist’s worst nightmare!

Next Tuesday, Clean Rock faces handsome hunk guest judge Joe Manganiello (“True Blood,” “Magic Mike”), who joins host rocker Dave Navarro and tattoo-artist judges Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck, as semi-nude models bring the heat and a game-changing twist in a painted pinup flash challenge.

9/11 TRIBUTE FILM: Strip celebrities will join members of The Green Berets at the screening of “The Hornet’s Nest” on Sept. 11 at Westgate Las Vegas to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of 9/11. It’s an exclusive premiere screening, and the film’s director/producer David Salzberg will attend with a Q+A after the screening. The father-and-son team of ABC newsman Mike Boettcher and Carlos Boettcher created the documentary of the survival for the soldiers.

Westgate founder David Siegel said: “As a veteran myself, we are proud to support our nation’s heroes and families in honoring these brave selfless men and women fighting for our freedom. Westgate has a long tradition of supporting our nation’s military veterans.” In the past three years, David has donated more than 4,500 three-day Westgate Resorts vacations to military members.

WYNN’S STOCK EXCHANGE: Hotel mogul Steve Wynn is backing a new stock exchange known as IEX going up against NASDFAQ and the New York and American stock exchanges on Wall Street. Steve has joined with Mitt Romney’s former Bain Capital Ventures, Netscape co-founder Jim Clark and Venture Capital Company Spark that helped bankroll the early days of Twitter and the new Oculus VR Rift virtual-reality headset for video games purchased by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg for $2 billion. The group has invested $75 million in the growing “dark pool” stock exchange.

Mayweather Jr. Preps for Maidana Rematch

WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrives in a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse during a media day at the Mayweather Boxing Club Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Mayweather will face Marcos Maidana of Argentina in a rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 13. Launch slideshow »

MAYWEATHER MACHINES: Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrived with his team in three matching white Bugattis for Tuesday’s gym workout in Chinatown ahead of his Sept. 13 rematch against Marcus Maidana at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The cars cost nearly $2 million apiece and are the fastest ever made by Volkswagen Group in France. Named Car of the Decade, it has a top speed of 267 mph, recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest street-legal production car in the world.

Andy Walmsley

ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: I’ve enlisted help from Luxor headliners Criss Angel and Carrot Top and Quad headliner Frank Marino to answer the ice bucket challenge thrown at me by my British pal, producer and show designer Andy Walmsley. The three Strip stars have filmed guest spots in advance of Friday’s dousing of yours truly by a team of gorgeous dancers from “Fantasy” at Luxor and “X Burlesque” at Flamingo.

I can’t give away everything until it’s in the can, but I can tell you that Vince Neil will make a guest appearance during the drenching. The 20 ladies will each be given a magnum of champagne to ensure that I am soaked to the skin.

LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS: Speaking of Vince, he will host the first press conference for his new Las Vegas Outlaws Arena Football League team on Fremont Street before the end of the month. He’ll introduce some of the team’s sexy squad of cheerleaders and display helmets and uniforms for ESPN cameras. Simultaneously, season tickets will go on sale along with the announcement of the selected Las Vegas venue for home games.

2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri at the Rio

2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri represents DO AC during the NMX: New Media Expo on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at the Rio. Launch slideshow »

MISS AMERICA PAGEANT: After touring The White House and other attractions in The Nation’s Capital, our Miss Nevada Ellie Smith of Henderson flew to Atlantic City today with her 52 rivals.

Today all 53 are together for the first time on the Boardwalk for their official introduction ceremony. It’s where the pageant began. Ellie will take part in the two-hour “Show Us Your Shoes Parade” on Sept. 13 leading into the Miss America Pageant on ABC on Sept. 14.


It’s a triple-header with Atmosphere, Dem Atlas and Prof at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.


We go behind-the-scenes as Cyndi Lauper takes us on tour of her Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots” at the 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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