Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 5:04 p.m.
Stanley Cup of Poutine
TV ratings have soared for the last two weeks of the Season 6 episodes of “Gigolos” on Showtime, the highest since the program about our Las Vegas male escorts started. Producer Marklen Kennedy told me this morning:
“You’d think that the numbers would slow by now, but the show continues to get traction. We have an almost cult-like following, and other TV shows keep talking about it.
“Our new director now lets the viewers become a part of the strapping studs by eavesdropping on them. Their antics are still the subject of office water-cooler conversations of disbelief the next morning.”
Tonight’s episode will show Brace Land having to return a pet monkey given to him by a friend to try to ease his grief over the death of his pet dog. Unfortunately, Mikey the monkey went wild and destroyed Brace’s Las Vegas home.
Here are three YouTube clips to prove that one doesn’t need a pet monkey. Marklen, who appears in the new movie “Cops & Robbers” shot in Mexico, is back again South of the Border producing his film “Bruja” with MMA legend turned actor Randy Couture.
BRITNEY’S INVITE: Producers of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards are hoping to land Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears for their ABC telecast from the new T-Mobile Arena on May 22 so that she can debut her new single, “Make Me (Oooh).”
But there are a lot of logistics and times to be resolved before any final decision, so the official status as of today is “nothing can be confirmed or denied at this time.” Producers are trying to adjust telecast plans in an effort to figure out a way for Britney to attend and perform.
SPOOKY STUFF: Las Vegas-based “Ghost Adventures” host and producer Zak Bagans, who premieres its Season 12 this year, now has a new second series, “Deadly Possessions,” that airs Saturdays on the Travel Channel. In two months, he will open his own haunted museum at a museum that he’s purchased here.
It’s the City of Las Vegas official historic Cyril Wengart Museum on Charleston. It will have 35 themed rooms packed with Zak’s crazy collection of haunted objects. Zak promises details in full when he knows the opening date.
CONGRATULATIONS: STK at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrated its fifth anniversary with a “Love Affair” party and performance by the former “Crazy Horse Paris” headliner dancers at MGM Grand on Monday night.
Enjoying the live fashion and art performances: Frankie Moreno with “Dancing With the Stars” former pro dancer Lacey Schwimmer, his co-star in the about-to-open “Under the Influence” at Planet Hollywood; ABC’s “The Bachelor” twins Emily and Haley Ferguson of Las Vegas; violinist and DJ Lydia Ansel; and “Sexxy” at Westgate Las Vegas producer, choreographer and star Jennifer Romas.
Three Las Vegas restaurants have been voted winners in Open Table’s hottest U.S. restaurants of 2016. Verified diners submitted 5 million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country, and the Cosmopolitan scored with STK and Rose. Rabbit. Lie., with Tao at the Venetian ranking at the top.
And to the hilarious “Puppetry of the Penis” at the Erotic Heritage Museum celebrating its first anniversary Friday. It’s now the, ahem, longest-running production that also plays in Australia, Britain and elsewhere in Europe.
SMOKE’S STANLEY CUP: Ryan Smolkin, founder and president of Smoke’s Poutine, will be in Las Vegas on April 26 for three days at the Multi-Unit Franchising conference but this morning told me that in honor of the Stanley Cup challenge beginning Wednesday night, he had the Cooking Channel’s Josh Elkin make a Stanley Cup poutine.
Smoke’s Poutine in Las Vegas is located at Rick Harrison’s Gold & Silver Pawn Shop Mall. Here’s a YouTube video of the Stanley Cup of Poutine, which has already made headlines at Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports and The Washington Post.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame 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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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.