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Strip Scribbles: ‘Vegas’ star Michael Chiklis talks L.V., new CBS drama

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Vegas” stars Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss are featured in Vegas Magazine’s October 2012 issue.

Fast on the heels of Tuesday night’s successful debut of CBS’ “Vegas” with Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, our colleagues at Vegas Magazine have lined up Michael and co-star Carrie-Anne Moss for the cover of the new men’s issue out Monday. Vegas DeLuxe has a sneak preview as Michael opens up about the city’s enthralling history, the high-end values of the series and its characters.

Musing on the fascinating history of Las Vegas, Michael said: “That’s what fascinates me the most about the period -- the unlikely alliances and the great ideas that had to come into play in order for Vegas to become successful. Right at that time is when the casinos started to bring in the Hollywood elements, singers, comedians and all of the entertainment icons of the day, obviously to draw crowds. But they were also flying in oysters from the East Coast. They really thought outside the box.”

Michael revealed that the TV series has all the quality of a motion picture with high-end production values and a completely re-created old Fremont Street. “It makes it easier for me as an actor to walk into that space and be transported into that period,” he told Vegas.

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Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss on the cover of Vegas Magazine's October 2012 issue.

Talking about his mob character on “Vegas,” Michael commented: “For me, it’s important I make this guy unique. You can’t look at someone you’re playing as a villain; you have to understand his perspective on things. These guys were mainly immigrants and sons of immigrants who wanted to pursue the quintessential American Dream of making a lot of money and becoming part of the mainframe of American culture.”

QUICK NOTES

“Believe” at the Luxor headliner magician Criss Angel is shooting a TV project onstage at his theater all day this week.

Venetian hotel executives are going ahead with a second winter carnival and ice-rink attraction on the Strip starting at Thanksgiving -- but bigger and more ambitious than last year’s debut Winter in Venice. Expect a giant, live showdown cooking contest between chefs of the Venetian and Palazzo.

Holly Madison Ice Skates at Winter in Venice

Holly Madison ice skates at Winter in Venice outside the Venetian on Nov. 29, 2011. Launch slideshow »

There’s buzz of a possible Las Vegas date for the Rolling Stones when they hit the road after the Nov. 13 release of “Grrr!,” their 3D-augmented-technology greatest-hits album.

The downtown wedding Chapel of the Flowers has been named Best in the U.S. and #2 Best in the World by the Wedding Industry Experts Awards.

$10 MILLION HORROR HOUSE: Director Eli Roth (“Hostel,” “Hostel 2”) has teamed with former Pure nightclub king Robert Frey on a $10 million high-tech gamble for a year-round Goretorium theater opening Thursday on the Strip. Eli isn’t doing a regular ribbon cutting with scissors; he’s taking a chainsaw to the place, plus, another illusion.

Built like a movie set with the latest technology, first-night “victims” will include Dave Navarro, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Mike Tyson, members of Train, Guns ’n’ Roses and Incubus, Zak Bagans and Miss USA beauties Shanna Moakler and Jade Kelsall.

It’s a multi-level maze of frights at a deadly mythical Sin City hotel complete with gruesome sights of a serial-killing family. Special effects are mixed in with live actors and animatronics. Don’t miss the “Blood Marys” in the 1960s-inspired Baby Dolls lounge with live “feedings’ of the caged zombie dancers!

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Robin Leach is flanked by "Wicked" company members Timothy A. Fitzgerald, Mike Winslow, Kevin McMahon, Kevin Beebee, Michael Mahany and Justin Brill at the benefit performance of "The Wicked Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the Tropicana on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.

‘WICKED ROCKY HORROR’ HIT: So many of the cast of the touring musical “Wicked” at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts wanted to raise funds with a one-night presentation of “The Wicked Rocky Horror Picture Show” for Golden Rainbow/Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS that they divided into two teams to perform separately in the first and second halves. The audience at the Tropicana Showroom loved it Monday night and raised about $81,000 for the all-volunteer effort.

It also was the first time Las Vegas audiences got to meet actress-singer Dee Roscioli, who began her run as Elphaba on Tuesday night now that Nicole Parker has moved onto L.A. Actress Patti Murin (Glinda) helped sell auction items. A backstage tour from dressing room to stage with a walk-on part was sold twice by Dee for $10,000 apiece. I played the role of Narrator in the Broadway version of “Rocky Horror” for two weeks and will confess the first night I went in drag and high heels that I lost my balance and fell into the orchestra pit -- Great Scott! A brilliant night at Tropicana from start to finish. Thank you to the “Wicked” cast who are at Smith Center through Oct. 7.

1980s BACK TO LIFE: National Geographic’s cable TV channel is planning a high-profile series next year to be shown in more than 100 countries dealing with the 1980s. It’s not all cultural, scientific and educational, as they plan to explore the glamour and excess of the wealthy back then with Linda Evans and Joan Collins relaying “Dynasty” stories, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman chatting about “Dallas,” and yours truly discussing the real-life opulence I filmed for “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”

2012 iHeartRadio: Night 1 Arrivals

Bon Jovi arrives at Night 1 of the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. Launch slideshow »

2012 iHeartRadio: Night 2 Arrivals

Aerosmith arrives at Night 2 of the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. Launch slideshow »

STAR SURVEILLANCE

Green Day’s Mike Dirnt and wife Brittney had lunch at Sushi Roku in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

Newly announced “The Voice” judge Usher also dined there and swapped jokes with the chef. Both were in town for the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena last Friday and Saturday.

Supermodel and “Project Runway” host Heidi Klum had lunch with bodyguard and rumored boyfriend Martin Kirsten at nearby Joe’s Stone Crab on Tuesday. Also at the Caesars hotspot for lunch: Oscar winner and new Las Vegas resident Nicolas Cage and wife Alice Kim.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Rita Rudner resumes her residency at the Venetian.

NASCAR Camping World Truck drivers Brendan Gaughan and Todd Bodine and Global RallyCross drivers Ken Block and Brian Deegan are downtown at Triple George Grill promoting weekend races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Lady Silvia at the SoHo Lofts hosts the Las Vegas return from Aspen of Palms party queen Gina Boccachero and her birthday.

Peaches performs at the Snitch party in Ghostbar at the Palms.

And Serj Tankian of System of a Down is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

It vanished today but reappears Thursday: The amazing David Copperfield reveals just how close he came to losing his life in a barrel ride over Niagara Falls, plus, the owner of the newly renovated Golden Gate talks downtown’s continuing revival.

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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Follow VDLX Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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