Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 | 5:36 p.m.
Three sexy members of the Las Vegas Sin in the Lingerie Football League have been tapped to play in the new Canada kickoff season this fall, and a new coach has been signed for the Sin.
Running back Carmen Boursea and 2011 All-Star quarterback Nikki Johnson will be playing for the Regina Rage in Canada. Cassandra Strickland, the Sin’s wide receiver, will play for the British Columbia Angels.
There also are insider whispers that the curvy cuties will head Down Under for the LFL Australia debut season this winter before next spring’s new LFL USA season.
New Sin head coach Jeremiah “Cap” Captain holds his first official tryouts Sept. 8 for new team players. For the past three seasons, he was the assistant coach of the Seattle Mist and was known for developing one of the LFL’s best defense and class organizations.
VINCE CONFIRMS NEW LOVE: Hometown rocker Vince Neil went public today with his six-month romance with Las Vegas makeup princess Rain Andreani, sending out a tweet of birthday wishes to his “love.” The couple has been inseparable the past few months and until now has been under the radar with their romance. They asked me not to report it, which I agreed to, but now it seems the wraps are off! Rain is on Vince’s current tour with Motley Crue and KISS.
PLAZA STRIP HOTEL DEAL BACK ON? Two Israeli real-estate developers have doubled down on their massive financial commitment on their long-stalled $7.5 billion Plaza gaming resort opposite Steve Wynn’s two hotels on the former Frontier land parcel. They were due to pay a $620 million bank loan last week but succeeded in delaying it until Oct. 9. Incredibly, they have managed to continue negotiations with their bank lenders to win a reduction in that debt interest by infusing another $100 million into the project.
They bought the site for $1.25 billion, the most expensive Strip real estate ever sold. That loan was due to be repaid in August 2009 but was extended until last week. Now Yitzhak Tshuva and Nochi Dankner have to repay the principle in October, and they vow to hold onto the land to develop the site with a hotel as luxurious as New York’s original Plaza hotel -- and not to be confused with the Plaza downtown.
MISS AMERICA AND CATALINA SWIMWEAR: The original swimwear sponsor of the Miss America Pageant in the 1940s was Catalina, and now the rich history of those two iconic brands will be celebrated at the Jan. 12 pageant at Planet Hollywood. All 53 of the pageant princesses will wear the swimwear in a salute to 1939 Miss America winner Patricia Donnelly, who was the first to wear Catalina.
I’m assured that with a history steeped in the glamour of Old Hollywood, Catalina will bring its iconic, retro-inspired style to the contest, adding dynamic styles featuring triangle bikinis, one-piece cutouts and bandeau tops. Each contestant will select her own style for the lifestyle fitness segments.
We’ll have photos later this week of all the contestants, including UNLV’s Randi Sundquist, who are in Florida today and Wednesday attending the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen contest. Henderson student and 15-year-old singer Ellie Smith is representing Nevada in Orlando, and we’ll post the results as soon as they’re known.
CHEFS TEAM FOR ANNUAL DINNER: One hundred diners paying $325 per person will get to enjoy a spectacular seven-course dinner being planned by Alize at the Palms master chef Andre Rochat and 20 top Las Vegas chefs to honor late local star chef Jean-Louis Palladin, with proceeds going to the James Beard Foundation. Andre has set Sunday, Oct. 21, for the three-hour dinner at his restaurant atop the Palms, and I have agreed to handle emcee and auctioneer duties.
In 1980, Andre was the first Las Vegas celebrity chef to offer fine cuisine, extensive wine lists and cognac collections to Sin City foodies. For years, Andre was the only one of his kind until Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse and Jean-Louis, who opened Napa at the Rio in 1997, arrived here. Andre and Jean-Louis hit it off as great French chef friends. Andre in 2002, a year after his pal’s unexpected death from lung cancer, started the Jean-Louis Palladin Dinner. Now the annual dinner has become one of the country’s premier events; I’ll reveal the rundown of the 20 chefs the moment the team is assembled.
SEX DOC WINS HONORARY DEGREE: Outrageous sex shrink Dr. Susan Block will broadcast her hot, worldwide sexy shenanigans show from the Erotic Heritage Museum here Friday. She’s bringing in porn stars to cheer her on when she is given an honorary degree in sex therapy and education from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. She’s also set to interview 80-year-old director Dr. Ted McIlvenna and host a video tour of the museum.
Also featured on Dr. Block’s show from Las Vegas will be sexpot/socialite Amor Hilton, porn star/sex therapist Morgan Ray, show producer Tasia Sutor, webmistress Tori Stiles and many adult-film actresses. While here, Dr. Block promises to add unplanned, amorous sexual adventures to her show.
Dr. Block’s visit comes a week before the invasion of adult-film industry starlets for the 20th annual Gentlemen’s Club Expo starting Aug. 27. Alektra Blue, Kirsten Price, Nicky Hunter and Candy Manson will host two days of parties at Crazy Horse III.
TWO NOTES: Danny Koker’s reality TV series “Counting Cars” premieres tonight on the History Channel as a companion to “Pawn Stars”, and this is the last night that old Fitzgerald chips can be used in the new D Las Vegas downtown.
George Hamilton opens his starring run in “La Cage Aux Folles” at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. “American Idol” Season 3 finalist Jasmine Trias headlines with Society of Seven at the Riviera. The Fixx performs at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. And comedian Kivi Rogers is at Harrah’s Improv through Sunday.
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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