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Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 | 4:04 p.m.
“Ghost Adventures” producer and host Zak Bagans has shelled out $35,000 to purchase a haunted house that even unbelievers say has “the entrance to hell itself.”
Our hometown ghost hunter plans to live there for a while to film and check out disturbing reports and evidence that it is “possessed by demons.” Police officers, a priest, psychiatrists, social workers and medical teams have all reported and confirmed to have witnessed bizarre incidents, including one where the owner’s son walked backward up a wall and back flipped over his mother.
Latoya Ammons, who lived in the haunted home, has said that her family of three children and she were all possessed and that her daughter levitated above the bed a la Linda Blair in “The Exorcist.”
Footsteps can be continually heard on the steps leading in and out of the basement, which nobody dares enter. Liquid has seeped out of walls. Objects in the home are reportedly hurled at visitors.
Zak purchased the house in Gary, Ind., this past weekend and says he will research and document the paranormal activities. The owner says the demonic possessions began in 2012 and have continued to this day.
Police have made audio and video recordings of “strange voices” and other disturbances. A Roman Catholic priest in Gary has conducted four services of exorcism there after originally discounting the stories. A police captain in Gary has described it as “a portal into hell.”
GAGA’s ROSES FOR BRITNEY: Britney Spears had another famous face in the crowd at her resident show “Britney: Piece of Me” at the Axis in Planet Hollywood when Lady Gaga showed up Saturday night to cheer her on from the front row.
The “Do What U Want” singer was spotted Saturday night taking a seat next to Britney’s manager, Larry Rudolph, in the VIP section. Gaga was seen rocking out to “Toxic” and “…Baby One More Time,” singing along to all the words. When the 27-year-old departed, she showered Britney with love, placing three roses onstage for the singer.
Also at the show Saturday night: Jeff Beacher of Beacher’s Madhouse, who was called onstage during the S&M scene.
‘PEEPSHOW’ DIVA’S SCHOOL: Cheaza Figueroa, formerly “Peep Diva” in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood, has launched her first business venture, DBMMEntertainment.com, focused on kids. DBMM Entertainment offers artist development and private-mentoring sessions.
“Starting a new business is always a bit frightening,” said Cheaza, who is the CEO and founder. “But when I looked at the increasing demand for entertainment activities for industry kids in Las Vegas, starting an artist-development business is just such an exciting journey for me.”
GINGRICH BOOK SIGNING: Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his author wife Callista are here today to sign copies of their newest books at the waterfall atrium and gardens in Palazzo. “Breakout” is Newt’s latest nonfiction work proposing a bold vision of America’s future. “Yankee Doodle Dandy” is Callista’s latest children’s book and the third installment of The New York Times bestselling series.
CONGRATULATIONS! Former Mirage President Felix Rappaport was named COO of Foxwoods casino in Connecticut over the weekend.
“American Idol” Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery is at Gilley’s Saloon in Treasure Island.
Rondell Sheridan and Jay Black headline Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.
Dave Russo and Shayma Tash headline Riviera Comedy Club through Sunday.
Dave Perrico and his 20-piece band Pop Evolution are recording their late-night show at Stratosphere for an upcoming album.
Parkway Drive, Upon a Burning Body and Betrayal are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
DJ Eric DLux is at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.
DJ R.L. Grimes in the guise of Henry Steinway is at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
And Aria has its Chinese New Year and Year of the Horse celebration with the martial-arts dance troupe Yau Kung Moon.
I sat with Frank Gatson Jr., the new director and choreographer of “Jubilee!” at Bally’s, during the last performance of the nearly 33-year-old show, and he reveals what he’s planning when it reopens this spring.
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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.
With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.