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Robin Leach

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Strip Scribbles: UFC Fight Week, Life Is Beautiful, Las Vegas Sin, Hot Chicks vs. Hot Wings
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
For the next six days, UFC rules the Las Vegas Valley with its International Fight Week of events that include a takeover of the High Roller at the Linq by UFC fighters Wednesday night. Events also include two meet-and-greets.
Is Pamela Anderson en route to the Rio to cheer on husband Rick Salomon in WSOP?
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Former “Baywatch” beauty and “Dancing With the Stars” darling Pamela Anderson might arrive here tonight to cheer on the final hours of her two-time husband Rick Salomon playing for a $15 million first-place prize in the Big One for One Drop.
Victor Drai to be inducted into Nightclub Hall of Fame next Tuesday
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Nightlife czar Victor Drai will be inducted into the Nightclub Hall of Fame and honored for opening three venues in the past 30 days. “It’s an honor to receive this award and the recognition from the Nightclub Hall of Fame,” he said.
Strip Scribbles: Back-to-back fireworks on the Strip for scaled-back Fourth of July
Monday, June 30, 2014
With the arrival of the High Roller observation wheel at the Linq, the tallest in the world per Guinness World Record accountants, you can for the first time this year catch an aerial view of back-to-back fireworks planned for the Fourth of July.
WSOP’s $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop: Antonio Esfandiari ready to repeat; Guy Laliberte ‘rusty’
Monday, June 30, 2014
It began with 42 of the wealthiest poker players in the world competing in hopes of winning the first-place prize of $15,306,668, but by Sunday night, 11 of them had been knocked out of Guy Laliberte’s the Big One for One Drop at the Rio.
NeNe Leakes is having a ball as the sexy Mistress of Sensuality in ‘Zumanity’
Monday, June 30, 2014
Reality-TV star Nene Leakes of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is a firebrand when it comes to orchestrating a “make-believe orgy” for a male police officer and a female schoolteacher. She couldn’t have been happier with the odd coupling.
Celebrity preview: 311, Shaq, NeNe Leakes, Taboo, Kraftwerk and Spoon
Friday, June 27, 2014
Some weeks, it’s all about singers and musicians or kings and queens of comedy. This weekend is really a unique one because the headliners are normally doing something else elsewhere and hardly thought of as Strip headliners.
Strip Scribbles: Angel Management Group, ‘Book of Mormon,’ Jabbawockeez and Victor Drai
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Nightlife conglomerate Angel Management Group (Hakkasan at MGM Grand, Pure at Caesars Palace and LAX at Luxor all in Las Vegas) has relinquished management of Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.
Road to recovery for Britney Spears dancer Zac Brazenas at Planet Hollywood
Thursday, June 26, 2014
In preparation for the Britney Spears extension of her resident show “Britney: Piece of Me” at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, her amazing dancer Zac Brazenas has been working with a personal-strength trainer to ensure that his body is rebuilt.
Cirque’s One Drop $1 million buy-in poker tournament begins Sunday at the Rio
Thursday, June 26, 2014
High rollers and big-business moguls are arriving on the Strip for Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte’s huge $1-million buy-in poker tournament starting Sunday at the Rio. ESPN TV cameras will record the action of the second charity clash.
NeNe Leakes is ready for ‘Zumanity’ debut: ‘I’m erotic, I’m sexy, and I’m sensual’
Thursday, June 26, 2014
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reality-TV star says, “It’s going to be sexy, it’s going to be fun. We give you big hair, really big hair, and big lashes. I’m blocked for about two hours of makeup every night before show time.”
Model Emily Ratajkowski of ‘Blurred Lines’ fame gets down-and-dirty nude for GQ
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The down-and-dirty nude layout in the new GQ magazine of British-born American model Emily Ratajkowski is burning up newsstands and the Internet. She talked about nudity when I met the 23-year-old brunette at Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
Will George Clooney’s wedding create hiccup during annual Italian vacation?
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Oscar-winning actor and heartthrob is planning to marry his British lawyer fiancee Amal Alamuddin at his Lake Como home, but this week new regulations were enforced to punish paparazzi and gawkers getting near his luxurious villa.
Strip Scribbles: LVMS off-road track for SEMA; ‘Las Vegas: The Game’; David Copperfield slot machine
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
It’s one of the most ambitious and unique sports events to ever be planned for our city: A nighttime, 3.6-mile, off-road track to be built around Las Vegas Motor Speedway tied to the huge Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show in November.
Crowdfunded ‘Guard Dog’ by Las Vegas’ Rory Johnston features Lance Burton
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Casting is set to start this weekend for July filming in Las Vegas on “Guard Dog,” a new family-feature film that involves former longtime Strip headliner magician Lance Burton. You can find all the details of this crowdfunded project at GuardDogMovie.com.
Show him the tequila! Cuba Gooding Jr. ‘a hot mess’ at 2014 NHL Awards at Wynn
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
NHL writers and critics lambasted presenter Cuba Gooding Jr. overnight. One called him “out of control.” Sean Gentile, who writes the official NHL report, went as far as to say, “He may have been banned from NHL events for the rest of his life.”
Q+A: ‘Million Dollar Arm’ sports agent J.B. Bernstein returning to India in search of next MLB stars
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The idea sounded improbable, implausible and crazy. How could a sports agent go to a foreign country where nobody played baseball and hope to find pitchers with “million-dollar arms” to play for MLB? Well, Las Vegas-based sports agent J.B. Bernstein pulled it off.
Star Surveillance: ‘The Hangover House,’ Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, R.J. Mitte, Michael Strahan
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
“Entertainment Tonight” cameras captured The Influential House social media events during 2014 EDC with Mike Tyson, Drake Bell, Kennedy Summers (2014 Playboy POTY), Nick Cannon, the “iCarly,” cast, Calvin Harris, Crystal Hefner and more.
Strip Scribbles: Prince Charles, Penn & Teller; ‘Marriage Can Be Murder’; WFC downtown
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
It was a case of life imitating art imitating life at Monday’s performance of “Marriage Can Be Murder” at the downtown D Las Vegas. One of the actors planted in the audience performed his “death” but actually passed out and fell to the ground.
Sports, Hollywood and music stars hit the Wynn for 2014 NHL Awards
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Members of the 2014 Stanley Cup champion the Los Angeles Kings will walk the red carpet with the iconic trophy, their second win in three years, and ice-hockey fans are invited to watch the celebrations starting at 2 p.m. PST.
Strip Scribbles: Penn & Teller, Steve Rossi, Vince Neil, Britney Spears and … Oksana Baiul?
Monday, June 23, 2014
Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller perform for Britain’s future king Prince Charles at Windsor Castle tonight. It’s a charity fundraiser and also includes a Monty Python reunion, which the duo watched in rehearsals Sunday.
Final 2014 EDC numbers: 400,000 fans from 50 states and 40 countries, 70 weddings
Monday, June 23, 2014
The Circuit Grounds stage, home to DJs Afrojack, Avicii and Calvin Harris, among others, this year, expanded to nearly twice its size in length, breaking the record as the largest clear-span structure in the world at 400 feet long.
Is Giada at the Cromwell going after Giada’s Italian Cucina in Anthem?
Monday, June 23, 2014
Are lawyers for celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis and Caesars Entertainment, which owns the Cromwell where her new restaurant Giada is located, flexing their muscles and legal briefs over rival Giada’s Italian Cucina in Henderson?
Alfredo Sandoval plans major restaurant expansions after Mercadito opening at Red Rock
Monday, June 23, 2014
There are three choices of ceviche, and the creative tacos are delicately soft with superb sauces over shrimp, swordfish, mahi mahi and chicken. Heavenly! Order a Smokey Pablo cocktail to go with your mouth-watering lobster tostadas or the Mac and Cheese Mercadito style.
Sassy NeNe Leakes to begin guest run in ‘Zumanity’ at New York-New York
Monday, June 23, 2014
Reality TV star NeNe Leakes (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) is bringing the drama of her often-controversial TV appearances to a run of 10 “Zumanity” shows. It’s part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Cirque du Soleil show.
Celebrity preview: 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival, Icona Pop, Jeff Bridges and Bridget Marquardt
Friday, June 20, 2014
Las Vegas is ground central in the entertainment world this weekend, and not solely because of the 130,000 electronic dance music fans nightly at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the bigger-and-better, three-day 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival with its 200+ DJs.
Q+A: William Shatner brings his far-off world to Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand
Thursday, June 19, 2014
For the second time this year, legendary Capt. Kirk actor William Shatner slows down from warp speed to bring his one-man enterprise to Las Vegas. His standup storytelling from his wacky world starts tonight at Hollywood Theater in MGM Grand.
2014 Electric Daisy Carnival: 400,000 EDM fans, 200+ DJs and new online coverage
Thursday, June 19, 2014
“Whatever you want to twirl, whirl, flip or spin, we have something to excite you,” says Insomniac and Electric Daisy Carnival founder Pasquale Rotella, who has produced more than 250 festivals and concerts for 4 million ticket buyers in 20 years.
Strip Scribbles: Al Pacino to headline at Mirage, plus L.A. Kings, ‘Kinky Boots,’ Vans Warped Tour
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Legendary Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino will be up close and personal in a unique one-man show at the Mirage on Aug. 16. His “One Night Only” show celebrates his long and illustrious career that began off-Broadway in the 1960s.
Is LVH about to become a vacation timeshare property?
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Rumors are racing that the former Las Vegas Hilton resort that became the non-noticeable LVH (Las Vegas Hotel) is about to undergo a dramatic change by month’s end with Westgate timeshare mogul David Siegel taking over the off-Strip property.
Photos: Sabina Kelley is ready for her ‘Pin Up’ guest role — ‘I’m proud of what I’ve got’
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Even if she wasn’t stripping for a burlesque show, platinum blonde bombshell Sabina Kelley would still bring high-speed traffic to a stop. The “Best Ink” judge from Oxygen is about to step into Claire Sinclair’s high heels and bustier as a guest star in “Pin Up.”
Strip Scribbles: Vince Neil’s arena football team expansion; Jeff Dunham’s $100,000 donation
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Las Vegas will get a new Arena Football League expansion team in time for the 2015 season. Rocker Vince Neil, now away on his Motley Crue farewell tour, has won approval from AFL officials and rival team owners to “build a Las Vegas team from scratch.”
Celine Dion looks ahead to 1,000th performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Tuesday night’s 200th show added to the 717 shows Celine performed from opening night in 2003 through the wrap of “A New Day …” in 2007, bringing the total to an astounding 917 performances at the venue built for the Canadian chanteuse.
Q+A: After 30 years on the road, Jeff Dunham is ready for a run at Planet Hollywood
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Skeletal doll Achmed the Dead Terrorist frightened Malaysian censors so much that they banned ventriloquist Jeff Dunham from using the puppet on a stick when he was there a few months ago. Fret not here on the Strip in Las Vegas.
Strip Scribbles: ‘Book of Mormon’ to welcome 1 millionth visitor to Smith Center; SLS to open Aug. 23
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Myron Martin, president of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, calculated this morning that sometime during the current run of the Tony Award-winning “The Book of Mormon” through July 6, he will welcome the 1 millionth guest to the Smith Center.
Photos: ‘Jersey Boys’ at Paris attend ‘Jersey Boys’ at AMC Town Square
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Director Clint Eastwood’s new film “Jersey Boys” set for national release Friday received two thumbs’ up at Monday’s screening at AMC Town Square, and the guest audience included four lead cast members and the band of the hit musical at Paris Las Vegas.
Celine Dion, Rene Angelil believed that his recent cancer would lead to his death
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Reliable insiders say Celine put her career on hold to be by Rene’s side throughout his hoped-for recovery, although he believed that the cancer would cause his death. Rene was unable to swallow or eat for a time, and Celine, too, believed that he would die.
Q+A: Fit-at-50 Ian Ziering returns to Chippendales, talks ‘Sharknado 3’
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Stripped bare to the waist wearing just a bowtie and flexing his muscles, actor Ian Ziering doesn’t look anywhere near his age of 50. But, yes, Steve Sanders, who ruled on “Beverly Hills 90210” in the 1990s, has hit the half-century mark.
Strip Scribbles: Cirque du Soleil’s 30th, Frankie Moreno’s 500th and Jeff Civillico’s 2nd
Monday, June 16, 2014
It began with two circus dreamers on June 16 about 30 years ago and grew into the Cirque du Soleil we know today as a global entertainment company with 1,300 performing artists from 50 countries and eight spectaculars on the Strip.
Former Las Vegas headliner Erich Bergen stars in Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’
Monday, June 16, 2014
The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys” at our Paris Las Vegas is one of incredible success and then a breakup in a classic rags-to-riches and back-to-rags tale.
New 2014 Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada responds to attacks
Monday, June 16, 2014
Billionaire Donald Trump, his Miss Nevada USA Pageant director Shanna Moakler and their new 2014 Miss USA Pageant winner, our hometown Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, have hit back at reports and rumors attempting to tarnish her victory.
Photos: American wins 2014 Tropic Beauty Model Search at MGM Grand
Monday, June 16, 2014
After one year of photo and video submissions and statewide contests, the Model Search came down to 100 final contestants from as far away as Australia, Britain, Colombia, France, Germany, Peru, The Philippines, Poland and Slovenia.
Celebrity preview: Ian Ziering + Chippendales, Gavin DeGraw, Rick Springfield, ‘The Book of Mormon’
Friday, June 13, 2014
Dad is a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love. Glamour girls and heartthrob hunks take on comedy kings and queens this Father’s Day Weekend when $1 billion is spent on gifts for him. It’s only appropriate that the guys have options this weekend.
Q+A: ‘Hardcore Pawn’ star Ashley Gold Broad: ‘I have to have thick skin to work in this industry’
Thursday, June 12, 2014
She’s no 9-to-5 lady. Meet Ashley Gold Broad, the wild woman in the even wilder world of “Hardcore Pawn,” the crazy 50,000-square-foot American Jewelry and Loan business in Detroit that is the top reality TV series on TruTV.
Strip Scribbles: Aid for officers; Drai’s After Hours back June 19; Amazing Johnathan wedding pics
Thursday, June 12, 2014
“Jersey Boys” at the Paris star Travis Cloer has confirmed that his castmates in the hit musical are the first Strip entertainers to sign up for producer John Simpson’s fundraiser concert for the families of slain Las Vegas Metro Police Officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck.
Rene Angelil recovers from surgery, steps aside as wife Celine Dion’s manager
Thursday, June 12, 2014
“Celine was remarkable in her devotion to him,” I was told. Rene’s battle against cancer might also explain their decision recently to sell their homes in Canada and Florida and maintain their Lake Las Vegas estate as their only residence.
Review: Energetic ‘Book of Mormon’ wins ovation at Smith Center; LDS Church buys program ads
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The youthful, full-of-energy cast is perfect in its portrayals of Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to find recruits for the church among impoverished villagers fighting AIDS and other bodily illnesses too uncomfortable to write here.
Strip Scribbles: Scleroderma event raises $300K; ‘All By Myself’ video; Hakkasan takes L.A.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The first-ever Cool Comedy, Hot Cuisine fundraiser in Las Vegas for the Scleroderma Research Foundation with Jay Leno, Bob Saget, Ben Folds, Bill Bellamy and “Top Chef Masters” stars Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken and Rick Moonen raised $300,000.
Photos: Tropic Beauty Model Search hopefuls arrive at D Las Vegas, SlotZilla
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
It’s five days of nonstop photo shoots, judging and parties for the 100 glamour girls here from all over the world for the pageant that wraps Saturday night at Hakkasan in MGM Grand with the finals and the crowning.
Strip Scribbles: Celine Dion viral video; Miss USA Nia Sanchez; Guy Fieri and Giada
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Canadian tourist and Celine Dion fan Richard Dunn wound up all by himself in our McCarran Airport overnight Friday after missing two return flights and waiting for a Saturday morning departure. So how do you pass a lonely night?

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