Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 | 5:04 p.m.
Newly crowned 2013 Miss Nevada Diana Sweeney has just met her 2013 Miss America Pageant competitors as she begins preparations for the ABC telecast in Atlantic City on Sept. 15. Diana won the Silver State title this spring at Texas Station.
Diana, who hails from Moundhouse, Nev., met her 52 rivals for the first time at the ninth-annual Miss America Outstanding Teen Competition and began her filming duties for the telecast while in the Sunshine State at Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom shooting at Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean. She also took part in autograph and meet-and-greet sessions.
The Miss Carson City will meet up with them again when Miss America returns to Atlantic City, and I will interview her there Sept. 2. Diana’s first official event in Florida began on the third night of preliminary competition for Miss America Outstanding Teen, which was won by Leah Sykes of Florida.
REHEARSALS START: Rock superstar Meat Loaf has quietly arrived on the Strip to start rehearsals for his three-nights-a-week residency (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) at Planet Hollywood next month. He’ll open “Rocktellz & Cocktails” on Sept. 26 before celebrating his 66th birthday the next day. There are great advance ticket sales before advertising gets underway.
Meat tells me that he’s excited about performing his greatest hits with “the best band in the business.” I’ll sit in on rehearsals this week and will have a report next week. He told me that since our interview posted July 31 about the unique show concept that many fellow singers and rock groups have told him that they want to bare all with their stories and music when he wraps his run in November.
MISCHIEF MUSIC: Our Quad headliners Recycled Percussion put a mischievous twist on their ladder routine when they appeared on “Good Day L.A.” The guys performed in the parking lot of the morning TV show, and drummer Ryan Vezina hid behind the bushes, then appeared atop a nearby tree. Junk-rock band leader Justin Spencer gave hosts Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone drumming lessons before a drum battle as Ryan’s shoes fell off his perch on the tree. He reunited with his footwear and his band as they closed the show.
Hot off the grill! Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio has the “Top Chef” judging tables turned on him after Monday night’s soft opening of his Heritage Steak at the Mirage. The 8,000-square-foot, 230-seat venue has been carved out of Kokomo’s at a cost of more than $1 million. Tom says meats will be broiled over open flames at charcoal grills and wood-burning ovens.
Hotel mogul Steve Wynn is closing Wing Lei and Paul Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare this fall for makeovers, with plans for Dec. 21 reopenings. The top-ranked Chinese restaurant closes Oct. 8 and Bartolotta’s Nov. 3. Wing Lei means “forever prosperous,” which we hope Steve will be so he can always keep his fine-dining destinations atop the AAA Four Diamond Award rankings.
For the third consecutive year, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas restaurants present their fare at the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival starting Thursday. Chefs David Myers (Comme Ca), Scott Conant (Scarpetta) and Charles Phan (Slanted Door) will travel to L.A. with Cosmopolitan mixologist Chris Hopkins and English artist David Shrigley. They’ll be headquartered at David’s new venture the Slice. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who’ll open his Las Vegas restaurant next year at the Mirage, hosts Asian Night Market on Friday, and Curtis Stone hosts the strolling closing party Saturday.
It’s not just bulls and beers at PBR Rock Bar & Grill at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Now every Wednesday is College Night, and co-eds with ID get an open bar for $10 for girls and $20 for guys.
TARGET PRACTICE: Actress Michelle Rodriguez and three friends dined at Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore on Monday night after shooting at Machine Guns Vegas with owner Genghis Cohen. He has been training her for “Fast & Furious 7,” which begins filming in September. She’s tweeted her penchant for firearms: “Some people hit Vegas for sex drugs and gambling. I like it for exotic cars and sick auto weapons training.”
MTV’s “Teen Mom” reality TV star Farrah Abraham hosts at Crazy Horse III.
Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams celebrate the 10th anniversary of his clothing line Billionaire Boys Club as part of MAGIC with a party at Pure in Caesars Palace.
Rapper Nas and SKAM Artist DJs are at Hakkasan in MGM Grand for the Hudson and Creative Recreation MAGIC party.
Comedienne Rita Rudner returns to the Venetian.
My pal John Melendez from Howard Stern’s radio show who was with me in the Australian Outback for “I’m A Celebrity — Get Me Out of Here” headlines at the Improv at Harrah’s with Amir K and Derek Jones through Sunday.
Trumpet titan David Perrico with lead vocalist Naomi Mauro and his Pop Evolution band are at Stratosphere.
Circus Circus is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and we take a look at all the fun and rides of its two-decade history. Plus, a look at new hotel-incentive schemes, and XXX actress Kendall Karson’s behind-the-scenes look at the Gentlemen’s Club Expo at Mandalay Bay.
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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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.