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February 21, 2019

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Strip Scribbles: Penn Jillette, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Iggy Azalea, Madonna

2014 iHeartRadio Festival: First Night

Steve Marcus

Taylor Swift performs during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Bobby Flay Visits Three Square Food Bank

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay visits Three Square food bank Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Actress Anne Archer is one of the producers behind the new movie “The Squeeze” based on iconic golf figure Keith Flatt, who inspired the film.

It is the first independent film shot at the Wynn, which acts as the setting for many of the most memorable scenes, including heart-racing moments on Steve Wynn’s golf course.

“The Squeeze” is the story of a young man who is persuaded by a gambler to use his golf talents to compete in high-stakes matches, one of which eventually becomes a game of life or death.

It stars Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Katharine LaNasa and Jillian Murray.

The film will be released April 17, but Steve will host its premiere at Encore Theater on Sunday, April 12. Anne, Keith and director Terry Jastrow will hold a Q+A right after the screening.

The $25 tickets will benefit our Three Square food bank that serves Clark County and surrounding communities.

Ian Ziering Returns to Chippendales

Guest host Ian Ziering is flanked by Sami Eskelin and Jon Howes at Chippendales on Saturday, June 14, 2014, in the Rio. Launch slideshow »

CAKE DROP: When the cast, including Ian Ziering, and crew of “Sharknado 3” now filming learned that Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette would be celebrating his birthday with them, they pitched in to buy him a cake.

Unfortunately, they dropped it while carrying it to him — but they picked it up in its disturbed condition, added candles they then lit and presented it to him as if nothing was amiss. Penn’s partner Teller witnessed the accident and the presentation but never spoke a word.

Penn wasn’t fazed because he is on a new mega diet, having dropped more than 100 pounds, and didn’t want to eat cake. We’ll have details of that amazing weight loss this week ahead of his new book being published with secrets of his diet.

PARTY DUO: The models all jammed in together tightly at the Hakkasan DJ booth over the weekend were moved out to make way for Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. The stars wanted to have privacy and distance from the crowd at the MGM Grand hotspot while partying past 3 a.m.

2014 NYE: Hardwell, Calvin Harris, Tiesto at Hakkasan

Calvin Harris spins at Hakkasan on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in MGM Grand. Launch slideshow »

BREAKING UP? Has mega-rich Hakkasan DJ Calvin Harris opening Omnia at Caesars Palace this week ended his seven-month romance with model Aarika Wolf. Hollywood insiders say the relationship apparently hit the skids over his never-ending schedule.

TOUR TROUBLE: Tour dates for Iggy Azalea’s “Great Escape Tour” have been rescheduled due to production delays. Planned for this spring, the show will now hit the road starting Sept. 18 in San Diego.

2014 NYE: Iggy Azalea at Drai’s

Iggy Azalea hosts and performs at Drai's on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, atop the Cromwell. Launch slideshow »

But as a result, Iggy has had to scrap the Las Vegas, Sacramento and Baltimore stops, and they cannot be rescheduled. Iggy also has to find new artists to replace Nick Jonas and Tinashe, who had committed to other shows.

Tickets for Madonna’s new “Rebel Heart Tour” this fall went on sale this morning, and there was a fear that Las Vegas was off the list. Although it was missing from the “tickets on sale today” chart, Madonna will definitely be at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Oct. 24.

‘Monopoly Millionaires’ Club’ at the Rio

On the TV set of Launch slideshow »

PREMIERE: “The Monopoly Millionaires Club,” which has been filming episodes at the Rio in a studio erected in the parking lot, announced today its premiere airdate on the Game Show Network. The debut broadcast will be March 30, and in the tapings, two people won $1 million each.

RECORD FIGURES: Funds raised for the St. Baldrick’s Day 16-hour weekend, head-shaving event at McMullan’s Irish Pub across from the Orleans have now topped $380,000. Congratulations on a new record. The event at New York-New York raised more than $170,000 for its sixth-annual head-shaving, another fundraising record.

DELAYED: I reported Monday that Gelato Messina in Downtown Summerlin was opening, but at the last minute it was pushed back to next Tuesday in tandem with the opening of Ribs & Burgers.


Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler attended Rascal Flatts’ “Vegas Riot!” at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. Steven hung out backstage with the band before heading to his VIP suite, where he watched the concert with friends.

Country superstar and “American Idol” judge Keith Urban and Oscar-winning actress wife Nicole Kidman watched “Nathan Burton Comedy Magic” in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops. The couple and their group had a great time during the show. Nathan met with them backstage post-show.

Nicky Hilton booked an afternoon of pampering at Michael Boychuck’s salon Color in Caesars Palace. Artistic director Jackie Barajas gave Nicky a new cut and style, while hair guru Michael gave her his signature blonde coloring. The hotel heiress posted her new look to Instagram before leaving, “Loved getting glammed by Michael Boychuck at my favorite salon.”

2015 NASCAR Weekend: Hauler Parade, Brad Keselowski

The 2015 NASCAR Hauler Parade on the Strip and Brad Keselowski at The D Las Vegas on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Launch slideshow »

NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski and girlfriend Paige White dined at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in The D Las Vegas, where they met up with “Pawn Stars” star Corey Harrison at Longbar with owner Derek Stevens.

Singer Sisqo attended Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo after chilling out at Minus 5 Ice Bar.


Moses Pendleton’s Momix company presents “Alchemia” at the Smith Center.

Shayma Tash, Jim McCue and Michael Colyer headline at the Improv in Harrah’s through Sunday.

1 OAK at the Mirage is keeping secret right up until the last minute the surprise guest performer for its anniversary party.


Our Q+A with TV creator and comedienne Whitney Cummings, who doesn’t shy away from revealing sexual antics on dates with admirers; guest food columnist Ben Vaughn pens a tribute to coffee culture; and the $11,000 movie shot entirely in Las Vegas over the past two years gets its first film-festival screening.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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