Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 | 5:29 p.m.
Following up on my report Tuesday, Nicole “Coco” Austin confirmed to me Tuesday night that BASE Entertainment producers and she have met to work out ways she can continue on as “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood headliner when her contract ends March 15.
“I’m having the best time of my life with the show,” she told me. “We’re trying to find a sensible way for me to be able to get various weeks off to be able to go back east so I can get our new home finished and so [husband Ice-T] and I don’t spend too much time apart.
“If we can do that -- and we are both confident we can -- I’ll be in ‘Peepshow’ forever.”
LFL CHANGES: Our Las Vegas-headquartered Lingerie Football League is undergoing major changes as of today. Although team names will remain the same -- thus, the Las Vegas Sin is intact -- it will now be known as the Legends Football League, and the lingerie outfits will be replaced with sexy showbiz performance wear.
Logo designs of sexy female figures will be removed, and shoulder pads will be redesigned to increase protection. It will no longer be known as “True Fantasy Football,” but rather “Women of the Gridiron.” It’s all part of global growth for the game as NBC Sports is partnering with the league to ensure that its future is credible as a sport.
* First it was “The Voice”; now comes “The Taste,” a new ABC series with chef Ludo Lefebvre, who opened Lavo in the Palazzo as its first chef. He’s joined by British food star Nigella Lawson, chef Anthony Bourdain and San Diego restaurateur Brian Malarkey. On Jan. 22, 29 chefs chosen from a nationwide casting call will be auditioned on television and promptly cut to 16 for the series starting a week later. The food stars mentor and coach the teams of four cooks to battle one another.
* Vegas DeLuxe has an advance look at the new feminine-touch sports restaurant Heraea taking the place of Gardunos at the Palms. The One Group (STK, Bagatelle) plans to open Heraea and its Asian bistro neighbor Xi Shi within 30 days. Meantime, the Palms will open its 24-hour whiskey-centric casino center bar Social on Jan. 25 to go with its newly opened mixology bar Scarlet located in a jewel-box lounge at the entrance of N9NE Steakhouse.
COUNTRY ACTOR: Movie-screen star Jeff Bridges won his first Oscar as a down on his luck alcoholic country singer in “Crazy Heart.” The six-time nominee has taken the role to heart because tickets go on sale Friday for his first Las Vegas performance with songs from his self-titled debut solo album.
He’ll play Santa Fe Station on April 19 and Red Rock Resort on April 20. Jeff stars in his newest film, “R.I.P.D.” with Mary-Louise Parker, Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon this summer.
MISSING CHILDREN CHARITY: More than 40 celebrities including my longtime friends John O’Hurley and “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh join with longtime former “Entertainment Tonight” host Mark Steines tonight for a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children benefit at the Bellagio.
Also expected: rocker Alice Cooper, comedian Bill Engvall, actor Kevin Sorbo, actor Richard Burqi and singer and Las Vegas resident Pia Zadora. It’s the 14th year for the Canon USA-sponsored fundraiser, and the stars will raise more money Thursday at a celebrity golf challenge at our Tournament Players Club.
It’s the second night of the 2013 Miss America Pageant preliminaries at PH Live in Planet Hollywood.
NBA legend Dennis Rodman is at Tristar Sports Memorabilia in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops every afternoon for the next five days for autographs and photos with fans.
“Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi launches her fragrance Snooki Couture and her beauty creation Snooki Nails at Las Vegas Premium Outlets south of the Strip.
And rapper Rev Run joins forces with DJ Ruckus for a set with DJ Crooked at Lavo.
Our Miss America coverage, including conversations with judges Mary Hart, Sam Champion, Cheryl Burke and the four others, plus, a preview of the fifth annual Mixed Martial Arts Awards.
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.