Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 | 4:06 p.m.
National Heads Up Championship
Katy Perry at Madame Tussauds/Christopher Rauschnot @24kMedia on Twitter
Casting directors of WE TV’s “My Fair Wedding” are on the hunt for a couple about to marry in Las Vegas. Celebrity event planner David Tutera is specifically looking for L.A. brides with “big personalities” planning fun Las Vegas weddings but dealing with problems and issues that he can solve.
So if things aren’t going your way for the perfect Las Vegas wedding, David can turn a disaster into a dream come true. Producers want brides planning March through June weddings. If you think your wedding qualifies, email MFWCasting@PilgrimFilms.tv.
ITALIAN MAGIC: Illusionist Michael Turco, who was at the David Saxe Theater in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops until Nathan Burton jumped there from the Flamingo, has wound up starring on Italy’s top-rated TV series “La Grande Magia (The Great Illusionist),” the best of the best in the magic world.
Magicians from 25 countries are competing in front of five judges, including our magic master Franz Harary. We can’t tell you how far he makes it in the competition, except to say there’s a lot of him onstage. Michael is no stranger to the elimination format because his showcase on “America’s Got Talent” won him his Las Vegas debut.
POKER WIN: In the National Heads Up Championship filmed here for television, Mike Matusow defeated Phil Hellmuth and walked away with $750,000. Mike “The Mouth” has been absent from the local poker scene the past few years but rebounded with a win. The annual event filmed for NBC at Caesars Palace began with 64 players and lasted four days until the championship. The two-hour episodes begin airing in March and run for six consecutive weeks.
NEW SPORTS RESTAURANT: The much-anticipated Heraea is opening in time for Super Bowl Sunday at the Palms. There’s a sports book in the restaurant, and The One Group managers promise premium views of HDTVs from every seat. Jeremy Cornwell and Roger Gangi will provide entertainment, and watch those multimillion-dollar eye-catching commercials, too.
HIMALAYAS RIDE: Las Vegas motivational speaker Elle Swan was one of eight people who rode motorcycles through the Himalayas for the film “Four Peaks of Freedom,” a sequel to the documentary “The Highest Pass.”” She took motorcycle-riding lessons in Henderson to tackle the narrow mountain roads along sheer cliff drops without guard rails. The riders were at 15,000 feet and without running water and slept outdoors for a month. The film will be released this year with plans to edit it into a TV series next year.
SEEING DOUBLE: Former Las Vegas resident Katy Perry finally caught up for a look at her Madame Tussauds wax figure, normally kept at The Venetian attraction, when it was shipped to Paramount Pictures in L.A. for a photo session. The figure is in the Music Room of the Las Vegas venue alongside Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Michael Jackson, Prince , Rihanna and Beyonce.
Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys celebrated his 33rd birthday at the Palazzo, enjoying birthday cake inside his suite and discussing the group’s new album and world tour, documentary filmmaking, recording his second solo album and how he romances his girlfriend of 4 1/2 years.
Pregnant reality TV star Jenni Pulos from Bravo’s “Flipping Out” indulged those double cravings at Lavo in the Palazzo with a feast including chicken, shrimp, tiramisu, strawberry shortcake and Oreo Zeppole.
Percussion rockers Street Drum Corps comprised of some famous names stopped in to see Blue Man Group at the Monte Carlo and then backstage to meet the performers.
Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs fame performs with a 26-piece orchestra at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger Rabbit, headlines with Kenny Kane at The Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.
Australian DJ Helena spins at Lavo.
We’ve got details and a photo preview of the amazing new show replacing “Da Vinci: the Genius” at The Venetian, plus, a fantastic photo gallery of a day in the life of chef Gordon Ramsay.
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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