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April 16, 2014

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Robin Leach

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Q+A: George Clooney talks Las Vegas memories, Italy and his Casamigos tequila
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Academy Award winner George Clooney is no stranger to our Entertainment Capital of the World. He told me that he was here many times before film and TV stardom with his aunt, singer Rosemary Clooney, who performed here.
Strip Scribbles: Jermaine Jackson on ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ and Amy Purdy on ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Donny Osmond and fellow judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman praised Derek Hough and Amy Purdy, giving them 37 points out of 40, placing them third for the night. “I hope Disney will make their next princess like you,” said Carrie Ann.
Legends Football League, with Las Vegas Sin, is getting a reality TV series
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Mitchell Mortaza, who created the Las Vegas-headquartered LFL, will serve as executive producer. He has teamed with powerhouse producer Tom Forman of Relativity Television and Ellen Rakieten, former executive producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Chefs Week: Giada De Laurentiis talks ‘sensual’ food; Jose Andres; Rick Sandoval
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
“I want to create something more sensual. I want something more feminine. Each one has to say Giada. For every dish we serve, people need to look at it and say, ‘That’s a Giada dish. You can only get it at her Las Vegas restaurant,’” the TV star chef said.
Chefs Week: Yusho, Guy Fieri, Giada, DB Brasserie, Mozen, Vegas Uncork’d and Holly Madison
Monday, April 14, 2014
I kept asking myself, “How is this possible”? How can an American chef who grew up eating liver and onions become such a masterful Japanese chef? Then again, he’s the first to admit that his food isn’t authentic Japanese.
Photos: Olivia Newton-John: ‘I’m enjoying everything about Las Vegas’
Monday, April 14, 2014
It’s a no-frills show, so nothing distracts from the British-born, Australia-raised singer and her songs — just an all-white set to contrast with the mainly black outfits Olivia wears for the easygoing, comfortable musical romp through her life’s journey.
Photos: Mario Lopez dines, attends ‘Vegas Nocturne’ at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan
Monday, April 14, 2014
Mario on Friday night was brought onstage twice, first with Piff the Magic Dragon and his magical performing Chihuahua Mr. Piffles. Mario successfully shot Mr. Piffles with a gun, blew Mr. Piffles out of a cannon and also found a way to resurrect him.
Strip Scribbles: Penn Jillette’s restaurant; Marie Osmond’s movies; Victor Drai’s palm trees
Monday, April 14, 2014
Guy Fieri said of Penn Jillette: “He surprised you, he surprised everybody — no B.S. If Penn Jillette wanted to open a restaurant tomorrow, he could. He’s not just good; he’s great. There’s no reason for me to say that because he wasn’t even on my team.”
Photos: Alex Pettyfer re-creates ‘Magic Mike’ at Beacher’s Madhouse minus supermodel ‘wifey’
Monday, April 14, 2014
Hunky British actor Alex Pettyfer, who stripped down in “Magic Mike” alongside Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, re-created the same hi-jinx while celebrating his 24th birthday at Beacher’s Madhouse not once but twice over the weekend at MGM Grand.
Criss Angel, recovered from shoulder surgery, returns to ‘Believe’; ‘Magic Jam’ to continue
Monday, April 14, 2014
Cirque du Soleil’s “Believe” went on hiatus for 10 weeks while Criss recuperated from January shoulder surgery in L.A. for torn muscles that separated during a Times Square hanging escape stunt for his Spike TV series also titled “Believe.”
Preview: Stars offer up-close auction items for annual Keep Memory Alive gala at MGM Grand
Monday, April 14, 2014
This year’s glittering event is a salute to Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Hosted by Sir Michael Caine, Quincy Jones and Kenny Ortega, the night also features entertainment by Carole King, Queen Latifah, Rita Moreno, Jordin Sparks, Andy Garcia, Ricky Martin and Jon Secada.
Photos: Olivia Newton-John’s nonstop hits thrill Marie Osmond — ‘Showroom is in good hands’
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Olivia’s longtime friends, producers, songwriters and co-performers John and Pat Farrar were in the audience Friday night leading the cheers, long applause and standing-ovation finale with Olivia’s husband John Easterling celebrating his birthday.
Photos: Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry keeps it cool with his ladies at Pearl at the Palms
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Roxy Music frontman legend performed songs from his extensive catalog, including solo hits and from the days when he led Roxy Music. He played the piano for fan favorites including “Re-Make/Re-Model” and, with the audience on its feet, “Kiss and Tell.”
Celebrity preview: Robin Thicke, Olivia Newton-John, Flo Rida, Ellie Goulding, Jason Alexander
Friday, April 11, 2014
International songbird Olivia Newton-John gets “Physical” with the start of her new resident show “Summer Nights” at the Flamingo, and before she leaves on tour, Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond will be there to welcome Pink Lady Sandy from “Grease.”
Strip Scribbles: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jerry Lewis, Wolfgang Puck and Criss Angel
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I’ll be filming today a version of my old show “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” touring unbeaten boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s three Las Vegas homes and his extraordinary collections of cars and jewelry.
George Clooney hosts party for his tequila Casamigos at Hyde Bellagio
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Southern Wine and Spirits chief Larry Ruvo and his wife Camille posed for photographs with George, and I talked with him about my upcoming annual summer trip to Italy. He gave me restaurant recommendations at Lake Como, where he has a home.
Look who’s swapping partners with Eric Roberts on ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Season 3 debut of “Celebrity Wife Swap” airs next Tuesday on ABC when in the premiere episode, two Hollywood dynasties join together for the first time. The partners of actor Daniel Baldwin and music legend Jermaine Jackson swap lives for one week.
Photos: Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton-John’s champagne ride aboard the High Roller
Thursday, April 10, 2014
After her first preview show Tuesday night, Olivia posed for photographer Denise Truscello in front of the world’s tallest observation wheel (at 550 feet) and inside one of the 28 glass-enclosed cabins with a Moet & Chandon Imperial “champagne wishes” toast.
Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Justin Timberlake lead 2014 Billboard Music Awards nods
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Lorde and Imagine Dragons lead with 12 nominations apiece in the 40 categories. Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis follow with 11, 10 and eight, respectively. The awards are at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18.
Photos: Four-time cancer survivor Helene Neville of L.V. running perimeter of U.S.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The 53-year-old grandmother and nurse is her own medical miracle. She underwent three brain surgeries in the 1990s to beat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was treated with follow-up chemotherapy and radiation. In 2012, she was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma.
Strip Scribbles: Showtime’s ‘Gigolos’ pen ‘sexoirs’; Mile High Club flights over Las Vegas
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In Episode 8 of Season 5, the “Gigolos” were tasked with telling tales of their real-life experiences, and now Nick Hawk, Ash Armand and Bradley Lords are getting their first works published on Amazon’s eBook platforms for iTunes, Kindle and Nook.
‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Jordan Belfort’s legal woes continue as he works, parties in Las Vegas
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Las Vegas visit started on a high note but ended on a low note for former multimillionaire stockbroker Jordan Belfort, the inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar-nominated performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Reality TV: ‘Ink Master’ on Spike; ‘Celebrities Undercover’ on Oxygen; ‘The Voice’ on NBC
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Strong ratings for Spike’s “Ink Master” with Las Vegas regular and rocker host Dave Navarro have won an expanded Season 5 for the reality-TV tattoo competition. The new season debuting this fall will increase to 16 one-hour episodes.
40 and fabulous: Four-day UNLVino raises scholarships for college students
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The four days of fantastic functions honor the mission to raise millions of scholarship dollars for our UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration by Southern Wines & Spirits and its head honcho, Larry Ruvo.
Is reimagined ‘Jubilee’ at Bally’s going to feature guest stars?
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Kurt Melien, VP of entertainment for Caesars Entertainment, said: “We are proud of the new elements that have been added to the show, which combined with the timeless beauty of the Las Vegas showgirl and true spectacle of ‘Jubilee,’ will keep guests flocking.”
Strip Scribbles: Amy Purdy on ‘DWTS’; Manny Pacquiao; Floyd Mayweather Jr.; Jordan Belfort
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
On “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, viewers voted on new couples in a switch-up competition. Las Vegas hero Amy Purdy, who lost her legs to bacterial meningitis and now uses prosthetic limbs from her knees down, lost Derek Hough and was paired with Mark Ballas.
Meat Loaf exits stage left at Planet Hollywood, Olivia Newton-John enters at Flamingo
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Ticket sales are so strong for both performers that in Meat Loaf’s case, he’s not only returning here May 8 to resume three more runs this year, but he also has been invited to take his “life journey through music” show to London’s West End.
Photos: ‘ACM Presents: All-Star Salute to the Troops’ an emotional night at MGM Grand
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Nashville talent scouts should be on their own tour of duty at our U.S. military bases around the world because there’s a ton of undiscovered music talent serving our nation. I wouldn’t be wrong describing some of them as stars already.
Photos: Teller’s ‘Tempest’ premiere is ‘pure brilliance’ and Broadway bound; more Shakespeare to come?
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
When our silent Rio headliner magician Teller decided to produce his vision of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” you knew that there’d be magic — and what incredible illusions he has created to weave naturally into the story that England’s preeminent dramatist envisioned in the 1600s.
2014 MJCI photos: Brian Urlacher, Roger Clemens win; golf fundraiser raises $500,000
Monday, April 7, 2014
It wasn’t even close. Former Chicago Bears All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher and former All-Star New York Yankees and Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens outright won the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational golf tournament at Shadow Creek.
Strip Scribbles: Sexy ‘Sheilas’ joining Thunder From Down Under in L.V.? Plus Sharon Stone, NAB
Monday, April 7, 2014
I’m hearing first Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors that topless temptresses from Tasmania, merry molls from Melbourne and provocative, pouting and posing princesses from Perth are headed here this summer with a new and unique all-female striptease production.
Photos: 2014 ACM Awards garners strong ratings for CBS; Jerry Jones defends move to Cowboys Stadium
Monday, April 7, 2014
Co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan were comedy cut-ups for a second consecutive year and really let the zingers fly leveled at other stars. They were immediately signed to repeat hosting duties for next year’s 50th anniversary ACM Awards at Cowboys Stadium.
Photos: Post-rehearsals, stars are set for 2014 ACM Awards fireworks, stunts and voting drama
Sunday, April 6, 2014
On Saturday, ACM Lifting Lives presented the second day of Party for a Cause to benefit military philanthropies. The festival at the Linq featured Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore, Joe Nichols, Chris Young, Love and Theft and Parmalee.
Photos: Rock goes country with Vince Neil and Justin Moore at ACM Party for a Cause
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Among the stars performing during the day and into the night were headliners Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line and Justin Moore, plus Thomas Rhett, Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradberry, Will Hope, Charlie Worsham, The Cadillac Three and handsome Chase Rice.
Celebrity preview: Country’s biggest stars, ACM Awards, Michael Jordan, Rob Thomas and Teller’s ‘Tempest’
Friday, April 4, 2014
If country music and its superstars are not your cup of tea, then you’ve got a cornucopia of comedians and illusionist Teller’s magical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” as alternatives. If you love Nashville sounds, then you are in heaven this weekend.
Photos: Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Cole Swindell, Sasha McVeigh kick off Week Vegas Goes Country
Friday, April 4, 2014
The ACM Week Kick Off Party with 95.5 The Bull, a free, open-to-the-public concert, was headlined by 22-year-old heartthrob and rising star Hunter Hayes with performances by David Nail, Cole Swindell and Sasha McVeigh in the festival grounds.
Photos: Fore! Michael Jordan’s star-studded golf tournament underway at Shadow Creek
Friday, April 4, 2014
Country singer Jake Owen and sports VIPs including Aaron Rodgers, Ken Griffey Jr., Larry Fitzgerald, Greg Maddux, Jonathan Ogden, Brandi Chastain and John Smoltz join Michael Jordan on the first day of action on the green.
Q+A: From five-star gourmet to street food for Yusho chef Matthias Merges
Friday, April 4, 2014
It all began for chef Matthias Merges desperately wanting to escape his mom’s uninspired regular meals of overcooked liver and onions. He eventually wound up with a 14-year run in charge of the late Charlie Trotter’s global five-star gourmet restaurants.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Pawn Stars’ + tiara; Floyd Mayweather Jr.; world’s Top 100 restaurants; Holly Madison
Thursday, April 3, 2014
A fundraising blitz is underway in Ohio to buy back a tiara — now at Gold & Silver Pawn here — once owned by President William McKinley’s wife, Ida McKinley, who died in 1907. The metal headband is in co-owner and “Pawn Stars” star Rick Harrison’s safe keeping.
Vegas Goes Country with 120 hours of Rascal Flatts, Hayes, Urban, Bryan and ACM Awards
Thursday, April 3, 2014
For the next 100 hours in the Entertainment Capital of the World, it’s nothing but Nashville in Las Vegas highlighted by five hours of CBS coverage of Academy of Country Music coverage from MGM Grand with satellite cut-ins from Mandalay Bay.
Photos: Fearing the worst but rewarded with the best at ‘Zombie Burlesque’
Thursday, April 3, 2014
I was delightfully surprised with one of the most fun, hilarious nights of insanity on the Strip. Taking nothing away from “Absinthe” or “Vegas Nocturne,” “Zombie Burlesque” might just be the best-kept, raucous, rambunctious and rowdy sexy secret in Las Vegas.
Strip Scribbles: Teller’s ‘Tempest’ triumph; Michael Jordan’s golf benefit; George Clooney’s tequila
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Teller hosts his star-studded premiere and celebration Saturday at the new 500-seat tent theater in Symphony Park outside the Smith Center, and even with “The Tempest” being extended from two weeks to one month, people are still fighting for tickets.
Photos: It’s Greased Lightning! Olivia Newton-John arrives for ‘Summer Nights’ run at Flamingo
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Olivia was welcomed by Eileen Moore, regional president of the Flamingo, Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins, Las Vegas Host Committee Chairman Oscar Goodman, Chippendales at the Rio hunks and “Jubilee” at Bally’s showgirls and dancers adorned in Pink Lady jackets.
Q+A: Multitalented Brian McKnight wraps his world tour this weekend at Eastside Cannery
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
R&B singer-songwriter, producer and musician Brian McKnight plays eight instruments (piano, guitar, bass, percussion, trombone, tuba, trumpet and flugelhorn). In the past 90 days, he’s performed 25 concerts from San Francisco to Europe to Australia.
Counter Intelligence: Portofino, ‘Chow Masters,’ UNLVino, Hecho en Vegas, Guy Fieri, Taste of Las Vegas
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Hot off the grill! Las Vegas chef Sammy DeMarco has landed a new, original Travel Channel series, “Chow Masters,” that debuts this month and seeks America’s best comfort foods. He’s filming 13 half-hour episodes on a cross-country trek.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Area 52’ film, Elaine Wynn’s $142 million painting and Las Vegas Sin
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Elaine Wynn has never officially confirmed her purchase of the $142 million Francis Bacon three-paneled painting of Lucian Freud studies last fall. However, art insiders say she now owns the valuable 1969 oil on canvas triptych.
Photos: Las Vegas’ Amy Purdy dances — and inspires — on ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Thirty-four-year-old Amy, who once lost her legs down a mountain while snowboarding, was named by the International Olympic Committee as one of the Top 15 most marketable para-athletes in the world. Madonna recently invited her to appear in a music video.
Photos: Buddy Valastro opens Carlo’s Bakery with family, mayor and lobster tails
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Foodies — dating couples, parents, kids and babies — stood (or stretched out on the floor) awaiting the arrival and 6 p.m. opening of celebrity chef Buddy Valastro’s Carlo’s Bakery in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian/Palazzo, the first west of the Mississippi.
Rock in Rio, whose headliners have included Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, heads to Las Vegas
Monday, March 31, 2014
Rock in Rio, the multiple-day event in Rio, Lisbon and Madrid billed as the world’s largest music festival, has featured headliners Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Muse and Alice in Chains.
Strip Scribbles: Holly Madison vs. Coco Austin on the Strip? Plus, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’
Monday, March 31, 2014
Reality TV star Coco Austin (“Ice Loves Coco”) says that her new dance ensemble is a naughty burlesque show with seven vivacious dancers she’s named “Coco & the Vanity Vixens.” She opens in New York on May 12 and is aiming for a Las Vegas home to return to the Strip.

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