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December 18, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: Penn & Teller, Steve Rossi, Vince Neil, Britney Spears and … Oksana Baiul?

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Neil Patrick Harris is flanked by Penn & Teller at The Rio.

Penn Jillette Pitches Ice Cream at Walgreens

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Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller perform for Britain’s future king Prince Charles at Windsor Castle tonight. It’s a charity fundraiser and also includes a Monty Python reunion, which our Las Vegas conjuring duo watched in rehearsals Sunday.

The Pythons will play London’s O2 Arena, which means the possibility of a U.S. tour with promoters AEG, who book numerous Las Vegas venues including the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and the new MGM arena behind the Monte Carlo coming next spring.

Guns N’ Roses’ ‘An Evening of Destruction: No Trickery!’

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NEW SHOWS

Final plans are falling into place for Guns N’ Roses to return to the Joint for another run before year’s end. However, it’s already locked into place that KISS will have a four-week run of shows there a little earlier this fall.

Former porn actress Katie Morgan, who has an HBO series answering sex questions, was at the Hard Rock Hotel over the weekend, promptly leading to rumors that she might bring her Porn 101 Q+A to the Joint.

The 34-year-old comedienne who also appeared on “Entourage” started in porn to pay her bail and legal fees after a marijuana arrest in 2000. She won an AVN Award in 2009 for Crossover Star of the Year and was inducted into AVN’s Hall of Fame here last year.

Newlywed Kanye West is expected to bring in his extended Kardashian klan when he headlines with The Foo Fighters and OutKast at the expanded three-day Life Is Beautiful festival downtown from Oct. 24-26.

Steve Rossi Dies at 82

Steve Rossi, Marty Allen, Keely Smith and Shecky Greene on May 2, 1994, at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.
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STEVE ROSSI TRIBUTE: It was a sad day Sunday when I learned that my pal Steve Rossi had died after losing his battle with cancer. I had dinner with him and his good friend impressionist Rich Little just weeks ago at Buddy V’s Ristorante at Palazzo. Such a warm and genuine gentleman. RIP.

For years, Steve was partnered with Las Vegas comedy king Marty Allen; be sure to check out Editor at Large John Katsilometes’ column posted Sunday.

Entertainer Nelson Sardelli summed up best: “Some people just cross your path and never leave a mark. Steve not only made a mark, he walked with you. Steve was the kind of person who made you feel good about yourself.”

Sardelli met Rossi in New York at the since-closed Latin Casino. “He was already an established star. He had seem my show and came backstage. We clicked like we had been friends for ages. … Steve was liked by many. He was a great talent.”

UNHAPPY & UNAUTHORIZED: Actor Dennis Haskins (Principal Belding on “Saved By the Bell”) was at Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel over the weekend and isn’t too happy that an unauthorized, behind-the-scenes story about the 1989-93 series is set to air this fall as a Lifetime movie.

A scandalous, tell-all about life on the set was written by cast member Dustin Diamond in 2009 before he turned to a porn career. Along with new interviews, the movie promises to change the way fans look at the classic sitcom.

‘Britney: Piece of Me’ Opening Night

Opening night of Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at The Axis in Planet Hollywood.



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BRITNEY RUMBLINGS: There are growing rumors that Britney Spears’ contract at Planet Hollywood will be extended with a two-year renewal for her show “Britney: Piece of Me” and that dance segments already being choreographed will be added when the announcement becomes official.

ARENA FOOTBALL UPDATE: Has Motley Crue rocker and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil hired TV sports commentator and former college and NFL player Bob Hewko as the first executive of his new Arena Football League expansion team Las Vegas Outlaws?

I’m also hearing that pop artist Michael Goddard is set to design the new team’s logo, helmets and uniforms. Is there a possible alternative name of the Las Vegas Rocks?

ICE QUEEN: A warm welcome to 1994 Olympic figure skating champion Oksana Baiul, who has moved here. Sources told me not to expect at this time any announcement of a new residency show for her. The retired Ukrainian figure skater is the only female from her homeland to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

She starred in the “Champions on Ice” show, was a guest for the touring “Broadway on Ice” and appeared in 2007’s “Blades of Glory.” Oksana first moved to the USA in 1994 and is known here for her poker skills, having appeared on “Celebrity Poker Showdown” and ABC’s “Master of Champions.”

DINNER POLITICS: The political organization Keystone Nevada has booked Dennis Miller for its annual dinner Oct. 14 at the Venetian.

Tommy Wind

Magician Tommy Wind performs at the Clarion Hotel in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Launch slideshow »

THEATER UPGRADES: Magician Tommy Wind and his family have completed the renovation of their Strip theater near MGM Grand, upgrading its sound and light system with enhanced special effects and improved bars and seating. Tommy said his facility is now perfect for shows, events, showcases and auditions.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Brad Garrett, Jason Collings and Happy Cole headline at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.

DJ Martin Garrix is at Hakkasan at MGM Grand.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Our exclusive interview as Las Vegas superstar sports agent J.B. Bernstein of “Million Dollar Arm” plans a return to India to find new cricket players for MLB teams. Plus, our preview of the 2014 NHL Awards at the Wynn.

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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