Saturday, March 19, 2011 | 11:37 a.m.
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Holly Madison/Richard Corey
Holly Madison/Richard Corey
Zowie Bowie’s show Vintage Vegas that headlined at the Monte Carlo last year is returning now that the dust has cleared from the breakup of singing partners Chris Phillips and Marley Taylor. Chris confirmed that Marley will join him as a guest star when the Sunday night shows begin April 10 at Ovation at Green Valley Ranch.
“Vintage Vegas really was my love and my passion,” Chris told me. “We’ve got a hip, cool all-star band in place, and Jersey Boys star Travis Cloer will be the first guest with me. Each week, we will have a different guest star. I’ve dusted off the music charts of all the old Vegas hit songs, and what had to go on hold is now a go again. Marley will even be a guest star.”
Chris and Marley still perform together every Friday night at Red Rock Resort: “The show is going great,” Chris said. “But we now have different personal lives apart. It’s great, though, we can still work together.”
Marley is now teamed with trumpet ace Dave Perrico, and their first record together is on iTunes and Amazon. Chris is excited about hosting a new Las Vegas showbiz interview program for Scott Whitney’s fledgling network Vegas Video. It starts April 19, and Chris takes the early evening spot left vacant by the recent death of magician Steve Dacri.
Wicked whispers & racy rumors
The story you are about to read is true, and only the names and places are withheld to protect those involved. A cable reality TV show pilot has gone up in smoke after cameras and producers tried to turn the antics of The Hangover into a real-life scenario. Seven guys were filmed getting “drunk out of their skulls” and set loose in Vegas. I was reliably told that they hit strip clubs and bars to get even more wasted. When they returned to their hotel suite, they were filmed trashing the place beyond recognition. The next morning, they became players in a gameshow when the video of the drunken and debauched night was played back, and they were quizzed about what they remembered. When hotel and TV execs saw the destroyed suite and the nearly X-rated video, the project was promptly canceled!
*On a brighter note involving reality TV, ABC’s new Secret Millionaire has become a hit, and it actually assists those in need. Tomorrow’s show turns the spotlight on Las Vegas investor and financial guru James Malichak. He hosts his episode at his Green Valley estate and is streaming the West Coast party to his East Coast followers. He’ll do a Q&A about wealth management for viewers on both coasts. In addition to surprise celebrity guests, I’ll emcee the event because James donated $10,000 to Keep Memory Alive to benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
*Now that we’ve been invaded by thousands of Spring Break students and college basketball fans for March Madness, there’s a unique event planned by sports legends Clyde Drexler and James Worthy. This afternoon, they’ll play a 90-minute Hoops With the Stars game in the lot beside O’Sheas opposite Caesars Palace. Ten players will be divided into two teams, with Clyde “The Glide” and “Big Game” James as captains. The winning team splits $5,000 in Reel Rewards from the cage at the Flamingo.
*Before Holly Madison takes off for her weeklong vacation from Peepshow at Planet Hollywood, she’ll walk the red carpet tonight with her co-stars to host a party at the new Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris with handsome reality TV star Brody Jenner. Holly kicked off the three days of O’Sheas St. Patrick’s Day celebrations Thursday, and for the second consecutive year beat Brian “Lucky the Leprechaun” Thomas at beer pong. Videographer Richard Corey captured the fun.
*Talk show titan Regis Philbin headlined last night at the new-look Primm Valley. Herbst Gaming shelled out $8.5 million on the renovations. At Buffalo Bills, furnishings acquired from the now-shuttered Fontainebleau were purchased for $500,000 to redo 600 of the 1,200 rooms. New carpets, lighting, bedding, desks and a coffee shop cost $1 million. Primm Valley itself spent $7 million in the conversion of the 624-room hotel into a boutique property with a new modern-designed spa and new flat-screen televisions in the sports book.
*Cigar king Carlos Fuente, fourth generation of the Arturo Fuente cigar family, flies in from his Dominican Republic estates for a meet-and-greet at Casa Fuente at Caesars Palace’s Forum Shops this afternoon. One of the most recognized faces in the cigar world is bringing with him his rare and prized Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion #5 cigars. Anybody who knows anything about superior stogies recognizes them as the best.
Jermaine Dupri partied at Ghostbar at the Palms with Rain resident DJ Diplo (birth name Thomas Pentz). Hometown hero Ne-Yo didn’t hold back when he threw a party at hotspot Greenhouse in New York to celebrate his role in the hit Battle: Los Angeles. Fabolous and Ryan Leslie were in the entourage of 30 in the SoHo club’s VIP section. They went through 20 bottles of Moet Chandon, and Ne-Yo picked up the tab for all of those champagne wishes. Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams watched The Lion King at Mandalay Bay and posed for a backstage photograph with Buyi Zama (Rafiki), Jelani Remy (Simba), Kissy Simmons (Nala) and Derrick Williams (Mufasa).
*Glee star Mark Salling hosts a Spring Break party at Pure at Caesars Palace tonight. Mayor Oscar Goodman welcomes the annual Knight Rider Festival at Fremont Street Experience. We have the full rundown in the weekend celebrity forecast and Royal Robin Rundown.
We’ll have coverage from all the weekend celebrity parties and events, a sneak peek at the burlesque circus spectacle Absinthe at Caesars Palace, plus startling revelations from Holly Madison’s E! True Hollywood Story.
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