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October 17, 2017

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Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors:

Angelina Jolie to produce film about Celine Dion? NASCAR, Wynn, Tropicana, ‘Top Chef’


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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the world premiere of her new film “Maleficent” at El Capitan Theater on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Memorial for Rene Angelil

Rene-Charles Angelil, Celine Dion, Patrick Angelil, Andre Angelil, Jean-Pierre Angelil and Anne-Marie Angelil attend the “Celebration of Life” for Rene Angelil, the husband and manager of Dion, at the Colosseum on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

‘Maleficent’ L.A. Premiere

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the world premiere of her new film Launch slideshow »

We have Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors galore this first day of the work week:

Has Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie told Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion that she wants to produce and star in a movie of the Canadian songbird’s 21-year “love of my life” marriage to late husband and manager Rene Angelil?

Would Angelina’s husband, fellow Oscar winner Brad Pitt, star as the impresario showman who guided Celine and his rags-to-riches journey to global stardom? Rene died last month here at age 73.

Has the Area 51 exhibit been shuttered at the Atomic Testing Museum?

Have casting agents from Bravo’s “Top Chef” been in Las Vegas interviewing culinary kings for the next season of shows?

Three local chefs have apparently made the cut while auditioning at “Top Chef” judge Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay. The series, however, is not a Las Vegas battle, as the casting agents now move on to Seattle and Portland, Ore.

Comedy actor Kevin Burke is juggling two shows at once, his regular starring appearance in “Defending the Caveman” at The D Las Vegas downtown, then racing onto the Strip to the new Jokesters comedy club at Windows Showroom at Bally’s for his comedy and magic act.

Magician Murray Sawchuck resumes his new one-year contract Thursday at Planet Hollywood’s Sin City Theater now that he’s completed shooting Season 3 of the CW’s “Masters of Illusion” with new assistant April Leopardi in three, new, spectacular illusions.

His new YouTube video project has amassed more than 42 million views since debuting three months ago, and Murray has just filmed new videos to be released at the rate of two a week for the next 52 weeks.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is taking note of gluten-free NASCAR fans. For the March 4-6 weekend, fans will find menus during the motorsports extravaganza with gluten-free paninis, tacos, beef brisket, southwestern street corn and Smokey Bacon Bloody Mary’s. More than a dozen locations will feature gluten-free items.

The Tropicana is opening a pool club, Sky Beach, on April 8 for its two luxury pools with bikini-clad bottle service, VIP cabanas, celebrity DJ/hosts and table games.

And a 8,600-square-foot poker room with 28 tables will open at Wynn Las Vegas on May 26. Features include tables equipped with USB ports for onsite charging; more than 30 65” TVs to watch sports; sports book window; and in-room restrooms.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & 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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