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2015 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo preview: Porn stars, awards, parties
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Yes, it’s time again for the parade of porn and cavalcade of cleavage at the 2015 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo and AVN Awards starting Wednesday at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Strip Scribbles: Miss USA at Miss Universe; Rio turns 25; Justin Timberlake with gum
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez of Henderson, who went on to become our first Miss USA, has been on a whirlwind schedule with her 87 Miss Universe Pageant rivals in Florida.
Q+A: Star chef Michael Mina toasts opening of Bardot Brasserie at Aria
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
“It was time to change it up,” explained Michael. “This is my 26th restaurant, but I’ve never done a truly Parisian one. I have RN 74 in San Francisco, which is a salute to the Burgundy countryside, but that’s modern interpretations of regional French cuisine. I wanted the real deal.”
They belong together: Mariah Carey is newest Caesars Palace headliner
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Pop diva Mariah Carey made it official this morning that she will be the new headline star added to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace lineup filling in during Celine Dion’s prolonged and delayed absence.
Photos: Rock in Rio USA, MGM Arena construction sites progressing on the Strip
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Construction at the Rock in Rio USA site at the north end of the Strip opposite SLS Las Vegas and the 20,000-seat MGM Arena behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo is progressing at a rapid rate.
2015 Vegas Uncork’d announces chef lineup for April 23-26
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Tickets have been selling fast for the ninth edition of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit from April 23-26, and that’s before the full list of headlining chefs was known and which we can now reveal.
Strip Scribbles: Caesars Palace headliner Mariah Carey? Plus, Mob Museum on the move
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Does it have anything to do with pop princess Mariah Carey’s appearance with Dax Shepard and Sharon Von Etten on Thursday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”?
Amy Purdy brings her miraculous story home to Las Vegas
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
The heroine comes home! Courageous Amy Purdy, who fought back after losing her legs and went on to become a medal winner in Paralympics snowboarding, returns to Las Vegas on Thursday to promote her new book “On My Own Two Feet.”
‘Love Target’ showgirl reveals Elvis pregnancy, swinging 1960s in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
To protect the innocent, Heidi Loeb Hegerich’s memoir “Love Target” is fictional but based entirely on her real-life exploits — and she names names. Her colorful cast of headliners and high rollers includes Elvis Presley and Harry Belafonte.
Strip Scribbles: Liberace’s mansion reopens; Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn add dates
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
The sound of Liberace’s music will come back to life on his rhinestone piano at a special event at the Liberace mansion on Feb. 28. Homeowner Martyn J. Ravenhill is re-creating one of Liberace’s famous parties complete with the entertainer’s recipes for the dinner.
Q+A: ‘Monopoly’ host Billy Gardell is changing lives — $1 million at a time
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Billy Gardell, who trod the nationwide touring circuit as an unknown comic for many years, will now shuttle back and forth from Hollywood filming his hit sitcom “Mike & Molly” and hosting at the Rio at least through August 2016 — and maybe even longer.
New miniseries ‘Texas Rising’ includes Las Vegas cast and crew
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Las Vegas residents actor Adam Hicks and Marklen Kennedy, who also was the talent producer, are featured in the upcoming, eight-hour, blockbuster History Channel miniseries “Texas Rising.”
NHL team in L.V. nearing reality? Phylicia Rashad at NBT gala? Plus, Britney, Celine, ‘Rambo V’
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Is there about to be a major shock Strip entertainment shakeup? I’m hearing serious rumblings that one show is about to get bounced out of its hotel property.
Strip Scribbles: EBC, Rehab, Searsucker hiring; grandpa Vince Neil; Claire Sinclair; Bryce Harper
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
We’re not even halfway through winter, and the heaters are blowing away — not the air conditioners. But for our hotels and beach clubs, summer is just around the corner.
Miss USA Nia Sanchez marks first anniversary of Miss Nevada win
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Nia Sanchez went on to become the first Nevada winner of the Miss USA Pageant, and today she’s in Miami getting ready for the three-hour Miss Universe Pageant on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 25.
Photos: Million-dollar winner$ in new ‘Monopoly’ game show at Rio
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Each filmed “Monopoly Millionaires’ Club” game show hosted by Billy Gardell has an audience of 375 people, all of whom are here after winning five-day Las Vegas trips at Planet Hollywood as a prize from playing the Monopoly lottery terminal game in 23 states.
Photos: Las Vegas Outlaws owner Vince Neil talks plans, The Posse cheerleaders
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Motley Crue frontman and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil says his new Arena Football League team the Las Vegas Outlaws will be all about “having fun” right from its first game March 30 against the San Jose Sabercats at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Advantage, Las Vegas: Agassi, Graf donate $1.5 million to Keep Memory Alive
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
Tennis champions and Las Vegas residents Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf have donated a stunning $1.5 million to the charity Keep Memory Alive that funds the work of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health downtown.
Celebrity preview: Willie Nelson, Stassi Schroeder, Scheana Marie, Grand Funk Railroad, Bobby Rydell
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
Las Vegas is often referred to as Hawaii’s “Ninth Island” because so many Hawaii residents travel here. In fact, Las Vegas is the top travel destination for Hawaiian tourists with 250,000 visitors making the five-hour flight from Honolulu to McCarran every year.
Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada is ready for Miss Universe
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
Miss Nevada USA turned Miss USA Nia Sanchez is getting ready to do battle against 87 rivals in a bid to claim the title of Miss Universe at the three-hour NBC pageant on Jan. 25 in Florida.
Star Surveillance: Nick Jonas, Nick Cannon, Nicolas Cage and Nicole Murphy
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
To celebrate his 51st birthday, Academy Award-winning actor and Las Vegas resident Nicolas Cage and his wife, Alice Kim, watched the late performance of “Jubilee” at Bally’s on Wednesday night.
Giada De Laurentiis denies rumors of flings with John Mayer, Bobby Flay and Matt Lauer
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
“I have never ever been romantically involved with John Mayer,” Giada told Gossip Cop. “I met him twice at least [five] or [six] years ago at public events along with hundreds of other people.”
Strip Scribbles: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue parties leave Las Vegas
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Las Vegas played host to the bikini beauties of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for three years as the glitz and glamour edition — complete with body-painted nudes — was launched.
Gravity-defying ice cream at Bally’s, gold-key gift boxes at Alize, Wahlburgers, WFC farewell
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Hot off the grill! A gold key that opens a box for a surprise gift and an ice cream cone that defies gravity top our rundown of unique Las Vegas dining attractions set for the New Year.
Q+A: Jackie Evancho sings ‘Game of Thrones’ song, but she isn’t allowed to watch show
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
It’s been such a remarkable rise to fame around the world for young singer Jackie Evancho that she’s already forgotten that she performed at the Smith Center in her first Las Vegas headlining show two years ago.
Taylor Chandler shoots intersex video for Vivid based on time with Michael Phelps
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
“Going for the Gold” features the world’s first intersex star, Taylor Lianne Chandler, who was born with male and female genitalia. The film reveals Taylor’s version of intimate and erotic details of an affair with a world-famous Olympic gold-medal winner.
2014 NYE: Love is in L.V. air for Sofia Vergara + Joe Manganiello, Miley Cyrus, Ah-nuld
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
There were fireworks of the romantic kind, too, in the Entertainment Capital of the World on New Year’s Eve. An unexpected visit by Miley Cyrus lit up just like her high heels she wore while on the arm of new beau-friend Patrick Schwarzenegger.
2014 NYE: Hot! Jennifer Lopez approves Caesars Palace concert photos
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Superstar singer and actress Jennifer Lopez performed an impressive, high-energy show at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. At one point, she waded into the audience to pose for photographs and sing with fans, and the crowd mobbed her.
Strip Scribbles: America’s most expensive restaurant menus; Elvis’ 80th birthday; ‘The Hangover’
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Two Las Vegas restaurants and two chefs with Las Vegas outlets have wound up on Daily Meal’s annual Top 10 list of the most expensive restaurant menus in America.
2015 CES: ‘Hardcore Pawn’ star Seth Gold is on the prowl in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
“I see all the brands here, and then I know what to expect 90 days later. I’m especially interested on this trip checking out all the cutting-edge, high-end watches and the wrist devices that do everything,” he told me.
Criss Angel, David Copperfield collaborator opening theme park in Utah
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Las Vegas illusionist and magic builder Curtis Hickman, who in his decade here has created illusions for Criss Angel and David Copperfield, has become chief creative officer of a 45-acre adventure park under construction at $100 million in Evermore, Utah.
‘Pawn Stars’ star Rick Harrison creates Trivia Challenge app
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
“Pawn Stars” reality-TV hero Rick Harrison has created a Trivia Challenge app for your smartphone and laptop. It’s a speed trivia game with thousands of questions in 15 categories ranging from pop culture to the more scholarly.
Mariah Carey residency rumors intensify; Journey at the Joint; where’s Calvin Harris?
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
The Internet went ballistic this morning with rumblings from New York to Europe and also Las Vegas that 45-year-old superstar singer Mariah Carey is headed to the Strip with a mini-residency.
Strip Scribbles: Ben Vaughn’s new downtown restaurant; Canon USA benefit; Rio turns 25
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Culinary personality and Food Network star chef Ben Vaughn is joining forces with Kent and Lance Johns of the historic Atomic Liquors & Bar on Fremont Street to open a downtown Las Vegas restaurant late spring or early summer.
2015 CES: Parade of stars includes Nick Cannon, Tiesto, Ryan Seacrest, 50 Cent, Neil Young
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Actor, TV and radio host, singer and entrepreneur Nick Cannon is serving as the ambassador for the Entertainment Matters program at CES, the content-focused segment developed for film, TV and digital communities.
Preview: ‘Re-Animator’ is a bloody good time bringing the dead back to life
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
It didn’t just win a Best Musical Award but also Best Blood Effects, and theatergoers in the first three rows watching “Re-Animator: The Musical” at tonight’s premiere (16 performances through Jan. 18) at the Smith Center are right in the Splatter Zone.
Strip shows for Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie and Ricky Martin?
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Global-superstar singers Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson and Ricky Martin may all be getting mini-residencies on the Strip early this spring if plans work out.
Strip Scribbles: Tiesto renews contract at Hakkasan; $10 million makeover at XS
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Hakkasan Group CEO Neil Moffitt, who announced Tiesto’s renewal today, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with such a talented and creative artist, particularly on the heels of the monumental year he just experienced.”
2015 CES preview: Driverless vehicles, flying drones, smartwatches
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Strange sights will be seen this week in Las Vegas as the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show fires up its more than 20,000 products and technological breakthroughs ...
Review: Stripper pole, bathtub dancing win raves in ‘Sexxy’s’ first night
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Westgate Las Vegas CEO David Siegel was first to his feet Sunday night to lead the midnight standing ovation for dancer Jennifer Romas and the cast of her new adult burlesque “Sexxy” at his hotel. “Bravo,” he told me.
2014 NYE: Robin Thicke toasts New Year with 20-year-old girlfriend at SLS
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Also at SLS: rapper French Montana, boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, “Walking Dead” actor Chad Coleman, MMA fighter Tito Ortiz, “The Bachelor” star Bob Guiney and San Francisco 49ers player Chris Cook.
Preview + photos: Jennifer Romas’ ‘Sexxy’ premieres at Westgate
Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
It’s been a whirlwind 29 days for stunning dancer Jennifer Romas, who premieres her burlesque cabaret “Sexxy” tonight in Shimmer Theater at Westgate Las Vegas. Most of the days have been 20 hours working right through the holidays.
Celebrity preview: Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Joe Rogan, UFC 182 and ‘Sexxy’
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
Still feeling hung over or at best simply sluggish from all the parties and champagne shows that ran into the dawn hours Thursday? Well you’re getting a chance to fully recover this weekend with a quieter-than-normal entertainment schedule.
Fireworks, celebrities galore (Jennifer Lopez!) light up Las Vegas on NYE
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
I spent much of New Year’s Eve at superstar Jennifer Lopez’s “The Best Is Yet to Come” performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. From NYE night on the Strip, rumors about J.Lo, Mariah Carey and more flew.
2014 NYE: J.Lo, Tony Bennett + Gaga, Maroon 5, Iggy, Drake, Macklemore + Ryan Lewis
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
You can buy a $500,000 VIP champagne table at Hakkasan and a $250,000 package at Hyde Bellagio that includes programming one song at the Bellagio Fountains. There’s even 23-karat gold lasagna being served at $100 a slice at Portofino.
Food Year’s resolutions: Ben Vaughn’s Top 10 countdown
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
This year, let’s get specific. For every tired and worn-out topic for resolutions, there are hundreds of trends that should be on the radar for the New Year, so let’s combine the best of both and make sure that they are relevant to the topic I’m most familiar with — food.
Murray Sawchuck astounds with close-up magic at Sin City Theater
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
Magician Murray Sawchuck is just inches from the front-row audience along the stage of Sin City Theater in Planet Hollywood when he helps his “Fantasy” dancer wife into the magic box. Chloe’s hand is the only thing left hanging.
Strip Scribbles: Remembering Robin Williams; plus, Steve Wynn, ‘Panda!’ and Jeff Beacher
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
The lists that are compiled as newspapers, magazines and TV shows look back at the year made me reflect on the sad losses of 2014. We lost many greats, but nobody funnier than comedian and movie superstar Robin Williams.
Amy Purdy’s book ‘On My Own Two Feet’ is out today by HarperCollins
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
The remarkable story of Las Vegas hero Amy Purdy, who lost her legs, approached death’s door and went on to become a Paralympic bronze medalist and a finalist on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” is published today by HarperCollins.
It’s ‘Champagne Wishes’ for Pia Zadora at Suncoast, then Piero’s on NYE
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
Singer Pia Zadora made a remarkable recovery from serious injuries sustained in a September golf cart accident so much so that she returned to sing after just two months at her “Pia’s Place” showroom in the celebrated Italian restaurant Piero’s.

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