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Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Wolf of Wall Street
When Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese makes a request, you can really only say yes. He selected clips from my TV show “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous”, and I’m told that they will be in his new Leonardo DiCaprio film “Wolf of Wall Street” when it’s released Christmas Day.
It’s the true-life story of a hungry investment banker who ran afoul of the FBI and spent two years behind bars. Jordan Belfort published two bestsellers in 43 countries and 18 languages of his skills at 26 making $1 million a week on Wall Street partying like a rock star and living like a king.
You’ll see and hear me at my former home on Jumby Bay in the Caribbean and onboard two of the largest and most lavish of mega-yachts.
AVN NOMINATIONS: It took six weeks to compile the nominees for the 2014 AVN Awards to fill a staggering 135 categories spanning the adult-film industry’s four main sectors. The porn princesses and their decadent directors will parade at “The Oscars of Adult Entertainment” in the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel on Jan. 18.
The AVN Awards nominating committee reported today that the Top Three film producers are Evil Angel with 161 nominations, Wicked Pictures with 138 and Jules Jordan Video with 104. James Deen was nominated for Best Actor for ”Watch Over Me” and is up against Evan Stone, Steven St. Croix and Tommy Pistol. In the Best Actress category, Jessica Drake for “Sexpionage” will be up against Jesse Jane in “Code of Honor” and Sunny Lane in “The Stripper 2.”
Jessica also has two nominations for “Best Educational Release.” Filmmaker Will Ryder’s “Not the Wizard of Oz XXX” garnered 16 nominations and Alex Braun’s “Man of Steel XXX” scored 12, but Brad Armstrong led the pack with 17 nods for “Underworld,” an original fantasy-based feature for Wicked Pictures.
The 31st annual AVN Awards will be hosted by Chanel Preston and Wicked Pictures contract star Samantha Saint. Up-and-coming starlets Evi Fox and Emily Austin will serve as the show’s trophy girls.
HIGH-FLYING: Tickets for the Oct. 11-12 Las Vegas stop of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season are now on sale, as the world’s fastest motorsports series returns to the skies after a three-year break. The Las Vegas event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of two U.S. races, the other in Dallas/Fort Worth at from Sept. 6-7. Tickets are available starting at $39.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a competition that mixes speed, precision and skill. Pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made up of air-filled pylons 80 feet high at speeds of up to 230 mph. The competition is expected to be even more intense in 2014 as all 12 pilots will be using a standardized engine and propeller.
TOP ECO PIONEERS: The Venetian and Palazzo have achieved the Top Two positions in a new global hotel study of eco-friendly properties. The parent Las Vegas Sands Corp. focuses on using less water and electricity with the largest solar thermal system in America. The company’s sustainable goals include saving nearly 100 million gallons of drinkable water per year, reusing all waste energy and are even self-sustaining in certain areas.
The Venetian was named an “eco-pioneer,” and the Palazzo was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Award. A Hotels.com poll also ranked Palazzo in the Top 10 eco-friendly yet stylish hotels in America.
Nicholas Rumanes, Sands’ president of development, said: “We realized that we have such an ability to make a difference in the environment because of our sheer volume and buying power.”
POKER ROYALTY: TV cameras from Fox Sports Network will film the World Poker Tour when the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic starts play at Bellagio on Friday. Cards should “go up in the air” at noon and play daily through Dec. 11 for the final table.
There also is a special party Friday at Lily ultra-lounge to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Poker Royalty, the agency that represents the biggest names in poker including Doyle, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandieri, Daniel Negreanu, who are expected at the party, and more.
CHARITY NOTES: Today is Giving Tuesday, a national day of charitable giving to start the annual holiday season. Our Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will donate nearly $140,000 to 50 local charities at tonight’s holiday tree lighting ceremony at LVMS. Santa Claus will arrive onboard a Richard F. Petty Driving Experience racecar. Among the charities receiving grants: St. Jude’s Ranch, Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer and our friends at Opportunity Village.
Today also is the first day of the Santa Suit packets pickup from Opportunity Village at 390 S. Decatur Blvd. ahead of Saturday morning’s Great Santa Run starting at Fremont Street Experience downtown with Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain as grand marshal.
Two of music’s most handsome stars, Caesars headliner Matt Goss and Harry Styles of One Direction, chatted about their boyband careers when they met at the 60th anniversary party for The Playboy Club in London.
While bubbly blonde Jenny McCarthy was at the Hard Rock Hotel over the weekend, she dined at 35 Steaks + Martinis and Nobu. Her “Dirty, Sexy, Funny” comediennes Rachel Feinstein, Tiffany Haddish, Tammy Pescatelli, Lynne Koplitz, Justine Marino and Paula Bel joined her, as did boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg.
British actor Michael Socha (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”) met up backstage with the cast of Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo after watching the show.
Mariachi band Sol de Mexico led by Jose Hernandez offers Christmas sounds at Smith Center.
Dave Perrico’s Pop Evolution band with vocalist Naomi Mauro play the music of Britney Spears, CeeLo Green, Foreigner and Motley Crue at Stratosphere.
Susie Dobbs kicks off South Point’s 11 days of free shows for 2013 National Finals Rodeo with three nights of concerts.
DJ Richard Grey is at Lavo in Palazzo.
We’ll have more Britney arrival coverage, plus, is soccer superstar David Beckham partnering with Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian and Palazzo for a brand of his own, and a preview of NASCAR Victory Lap and Champions Week and Las chef Shirley Chung’s toughest “Top Chef” challenge as we get ever closer to the finals.
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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Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.