Monday, April 7, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Are Australia’s sexiest “Sheilas” about to hit the Strip? First came The Australian Bee Gees and then the Outback hunks of Thunder From Down Under, both at Excalibur.
Now I’m hearing first Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors that topless temptresses from Tasmania, merry molls from Melbourne and provocative, pouting and posing princesses from Perth are headed here this summer with a new and unique all-female striptease production.
It’s definite that the show is set for Las Vegas and already has a theater commitment, but I’ve not yet been able to confirm that location.
RARE VISIT: Actress Sharon Stone will make a rare visit here to walk the red carpet at the Keep Memory Alive gala Saturday, April 26. Her startling appearance in the 1992 film “Basic Instinct” opposite Michael Douglas turned her into an overnight global name.
But Sharon had an early connection with Las Vegas. She was featured in the 1984 TV movie “Vegas Strip War,” and her notoriety and link to Las Vegas continued with “Casino,” filmed here in 1995 and for which she won a Golden Globe.
BROADCASTERS MEET: A warm welcome to the 62 international delegations and 93,000 attendees from 156 countries who have arrived on the Strip for the National Association of Broadcasters Show, the world’s largest electronic-media convention running for six days and the fourth largest on our annual calendar. It’s all about creation and consumption — filmed entertainment content, its development, management and delivery across all mediums old and new, and yet to be from televisions, iPhones and soon-to-be iWatches. Sony introduced its 4K camera to kick off the convention, and NHK demonstrated over-the-air transmission of 8K content.
In addition to some 1,550 exhibitors, including 600 from outside America, from equipment manufacturers, there are technology, social media, new media, interactive, mobile and international pavilions. The most curious, though, will go to Future Park, which showcases advanced projects of high tech coming down the pike and not yet available for sale.
Numerous film, television, radio and online stars and producers are expected. The highlight will be the cast of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” who will be inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame: Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts and creator Phil Rosenthal. Its CBS run ended in 2005 but is still a syndicated TV hit. Game-show host and comedian Steve Harvey also will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for his run on “Family Feud,” his morning radio show and his hosting of “Showtime at the Apollo.”
Top-level execs from all the major network broadcast companies (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW) are attending. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler runs down regulatory issues in his keynote speech Tuesday. NAB President Gordon Smith and Univision head honcho Haim Saban deliver today’s opening remarks. “The local broadcast radio and TV industry contributes 3 million jobs to the economy annually, and nearly $1.3 trillion of gross domestic product. Broadcasting is America’s indispensable, irreplaceable industry,” said Gordon.
REUNION: Several decades of Copa Girls, the glamorous women who were the iconic symbols of the Sands Resort, returned from near and far for a reunion at the historic Antonio Morelli house, the Sands orchestra conductor and musical director from 1954-1971 during the heyday of Copa Girls and The Rat Pack. In 2001, the Junior League of Las Vegas saved the house from demolition and turned it into its headquarters.
BROOKLYN BOWL BATTLE: At this moment in the Brooklyn Bowl’s Super 64 contest in the Linq, husband-and-wife Pasquale Rotella and Holly Madison are down to the Elite Eight. If Holly defeats Brandon Flowers, she faces either Myron Martin or Michael Cornthwaite.
If Pasquale beats Calvin Harris, he’ll go up against either Tony Hsieh or Rehan Choudry. Then if the couple wins those categories, they would face each other in the final between Las Vegas Local and Celebrity Champion.
TV SHOW GIFT: Josh “Chop” Towbin will appear on the 2,000th celebrity-packed episode of “The Dr. Phil Show” on Tuesday airing locally on KSNV Channel 3.
Along with Chrysler, Josh will be giving away a luxury car to someone he refers to as “a very deserving individual.” This is Chop’s fourth appearance on the show after he connected with Dr. Phil in 2010 to give car-buying tips to women.
SAYING GOODBYE: Illusionist Criss Angel, legendary guitarist Carlos Santana and Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris turned up separately at Sunday night’s final performance — at least for now — of The Jacksons’ “Rocktellz & Cocktails” at Planet Hollywood.
Also there: matriarch Katherine Jackson and Rebbie Jackson. The celebs all went backstage afterward for photos with Joe Jackson, Jackson brothers Marlon, Jackie, Jermaine and Tito and creator/producer Adam Steck.
HONORED: Mr. Las Vegas Wayne Newton will be honored with the Pioneer Award when the third edition of the Silver State Awards are handed out April 22 at Springs Preserve. There were 150 nominees in 34 categories, with other awards going to former Gov. Bob Miller, Sen. Harry Reid, former Chancellor Jim Rogers and philanthropist Victoria Fertitta.
MOVIE TIME: A resident of Las Vegas for 24 years, since age 2, actress Julianne Michelle returns home tonight as the star of the spooky film “Awakened,” which has a screening at Brenden Theaters in the Palms. She won Best Actress for her role in the thriller mystery from beyond the grave at the recent New York City Film Festival. She previously won Best Actress for “The House Is Burning,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival She hosts the opening-night champagne party at Ghostbar after a Q+A with the audience. “Awakened” co-stars Steven Bauer, John Savage and Edward Furlong.
Merle Haggard, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, George Strait and Keith Urban are just a few of the stars at “ACM Presents: All-Star Salute to the Troops” being taped by CBS at MGM Grand Garden Arena for a May airing.
Brad Garrett headlines with Tom McTigue and Danny Bevins at his Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in MGM Grand.
Tom Green resumes his off-kilter-comedy residency at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Las Vegas party princess Tiffany Masters hosts her Stoplight red, yellow and green dating party at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Meat Loaf departs his current Planet Hollywood run, and Olivia Newton-John starts her new residency with “Summer Nights” at the Flamingo. Meat Loaf will be back — and he’s got a surprise trip in between.
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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A myriad of entertainment, enjoyable food and comfortable accommodations make for an inviting atmosphere within the castle walls at Excalibur.
The resort offers 3,981 guest rooms, dozens of shops, an expansive pool complex, a wedding chapel featuring Medieval costume ceremonies, the relaxing Spa at Excalibur and a convention area with more than 12,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.
Excalibur also is home to a wide range of dining and entertainment experiences including the fresh, Italian fare of Buca di Beppo, Dick’s Last Resort, The Steakhouse at Camelot, the Tournament of Kings dinner show, the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under and the sounds of The Australian Bee Gees.