Erik Kabik / ErikKabik.com
Thursday, June 9, 2016 | 7:02 p.m.
When delegates to the International Licensing Expo arrive at their Mandalay Bay show from June 21-23, Celine Dion will be in the spotlight there and not at her usual Caesars Palace home.
Celine will launch an all-encompassing lifestyle brand in partnership with Epic Rights that includes home goods, active wear, beauty products and more modeled after the superstar singer’s values: “Family, music, entertainment and style.”
Epic Rights CEO Dell Furano said: “In today’s world, you need a coordinating and consistent branded approach to everything. On a global level, artists have to combine all areas — their music, performances, touring, website, social media.
“Launching a lifestyle brand was just a natural extension for Celine at this point in her career, particularly because it’s all from her point-of-view.” Epic confirms that the initial stages of conceiving the multiple lines and rollout planning were timed simultaneously with the expo.
Celine’s licensing execs have three days of meetings with department store buyers wanting her brand, which will be rolled out for sale in fall 2017 over an 18-month period. It will be active wear, followed by eyewear, beauty and travel products. Product lines will be released for three years after the initial launch.
OUT WITH VINCE & CARROT TOP: Rocker Vince Neil was the subject of a fundraising war this morning that resulted in realtors bidding as much as $5,000 to join him along with pal Carrot Top for a night out in Las Vegas. The party would start at the zany prop comic’s Luxor show.
Vince opened his Circus Circus Tatuado bar and grill for Habitat for Humanity and promised that he would help build the next home in October in Henderson for a needy family. He roped me in to join the hard-hat crew, too. Vince promised that if I held the nails, he would do his best not to hammer my thumbs.
Now that Motley Crue has disbanded after nearly four decades, Vince performs solo with his new band. He plays Palm Springs this weekend and the Paiute Indians arena near Mount Charleston on July 4. Vince told me that he starts horse-riding lessons Friday for two new horses, Peso and Holly, his girlfriend, makeup artist Rain Hannah, and he recently bought.
Vince stars in the new season of “Celebrity Apprentice” with Arnold Schwarzenegger replacing Donald Trump. Vince told me that the NBC premiere is Monday, Jan. 2, with boardroom advisers including Warren Buffett, Jessica Alba, Tyra Banks and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
The late Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali, actor and comedian Jon Lovitz, reality-TV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Culture Club lead singer Boy George, TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet and MMA fighter Chael Sonnen are among the celebrity competitors.
SPEAKING OF ALI: The boxing legend’s funeral will be streamed live at KNPR.org on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. PDT. Hosted by NPR anchors, KNPR’s feed also is being made available to KCEP-FM.
PARKING MESS: The chaos and confusion over MGM Resorts’ new parking charges was to be expected. Valet at the front drive-in area of Circus Circus has been removed so that all valet is now at the center interior section of the property.
A sign detailing charges is at its entrance, but because it doesn’t say “pay upon departure,” drivers shell out money upon arrival to parking attendants in exchange for a claim-check ticket. In my case, it was $8 and “keep the change” from the tended $10.
Fifty minutes later upon return to pick up my car, I was hit with another $8 fee and suggested tip when valet pulled it up. Normally I wouldn’t balk, but this time I did mainly because I was MC’ing a charity event without compensation, and I don’t want to see our visitors hassled like this.
Fortunately, a parking supervisor overruled the second $8 fee for the short stay. MGM, though, has to get this sorted out properly because more stories of confusion are inevitable, and it really leaves a bad taste in customers’ mouths.
ARTHRITIS FIGHT: Mirage headliner Terry Fator hosted hundreds of guests Wednesday night for the seventh-annual Voices for a Cure fundraiser for The Arthritis Foundation.
Terry met supporters at a VIP reception and invited lucky donors to a private meet-and-greet with this year’s youth honoree, T.J. Stephens, an 11-year-old who was diagnosed in 2013. Terry’s guests then headed into his theater to watch his show.
The event raises awareness and funds to assist the 464,000 adults and 2,300 children diagnosed with arthritis in Nevada. It’s a cause dear to Terry because last year, he lost his sister to complications stemming from her battle with arthritis. She was diagnosed at age 18 with rheumatoid arthritis.
DELAYED: Hotel tycoon Steve Wynn has pushed back the planned 2018 opening of his 33-acre, 629-room Wynn Boston Harbor resort to late 2019. He denies reports that the delay is because of legal actions by neighboring municipalities.
Construction will still start this summer on the project, which Steve says will now have an even bigger “wow factor” than first envisioned.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS: The deadline for Las Vegas acts to enter the 2016 Road to Life Is Beautiful Battle of the Bands at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at the Linq Promenade from Saturday, June 25, through Friday, July 10, is Sunday at 11:50 p.m. PDT.
The winner of the 16-act tournament-style battle earns a spot in the LIB lineup Sept. 23–25. Submissions are available at LifeIsBeautiful.com. The 16 acts invited to participate will be notified no later than 5 p.m. Monday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Greetings to Flamingo headliner wacky comedy wizard Piff the Magic Dragon, who with his pet dog Mr. Piffles were at Topgolf Las Vegas to celebrate his birthday with Penn Jillette and Emily Jillette, Angela Stabile and Matt Stabile, Maren Wade and more.
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The hallmark of the 3,767-room Circus Circus Hotel, Casino and Theme Park in Las Vegas lies under the Big Top, where circus acts perform on the Midway Stage as part of the world's largest permanent circus.
The Adventuredome, America’s largest indoor theme park, offers five acres of climate-controlled fun for all ages.
Guests of Circus Circus may dine in a variety of restaurants including THE Steak House, rated the best steakhouse by Zagat and recognized a record 20 times in Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” awards, and Rock & Rita’s, where flair bartenders and live music enliven the scene.
Circus Circus also offers a casino, wedding chapel, meeting and convention space and a 30-acre RV park.
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.