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Monday, March 17, 2014 | 6 p.m.
The rumors that I first reported last year about The Spice Girls being wooed for a possible Las Vegas residency have progressed with Emma Bunton, now a London radio show host, saying they would be open to it.
“We like to say ‘never say never,’ so we’ll have to see,” she said, adding that they’d want to be paid more than the reported $250,000-per-show guarantee that Britney Spears gets at Planet Hollywood.
The reference to Britney also seems to confirm my original tip that The Spice Girls were offered a run at the hotel’s new Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood where Britney’s “Britney: Piece of Me” plays.
The big stumbling block to this deal is Victoria Beckham’s resistance to any future reunion after their 2012 London Olympics performance.
Emma, aka Baby Spice, added: “We’re happy doing our own things, but who knows?”
I do know that Scary Spice Mel B, who has been a Las Vegas regular after opening “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood, is enthusiastic about a run of Spice Girl shows on the Strip.
MOVIE STARS: CinemaCon officials say next week’s convention will be a third consecutive record-breaking year, and Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler are the latest stars to join Seth Rogen, Kevin Costner and Ivan Reitman for the ceremonies.
Seven Hollywood mega-studios will showcase their summer blockbusters for the National Association of Theater Owners over four days and nights starting March 24 at Caesars Palace.
Drew, who started her movie career at age 5, will be presented with the Female Star of the Year Award. Her new film “Blended” with Adam, their third comedy collaboration, opens nationwide in May.
Director Christopher Nolan (“Memento,” “Batman Begins”) will host a luncheon looking back a his storied career and discussing the future of movie-making in this digital age to the delegates from more than 70 countries.
NEW SHOWS: The Smith Center is adding three shows to its spring and early summer season. The eight vocalists of Gentleman’s Rule will star with their Rat Pack personae and 10-piece band in “Under the Spotlight,” bringing the retro American radio songbook classics of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s back to life.
Legendary crooner Johnny Mathis, celebrating his 58th year in the music industry, will reprise “Misty,” “Chances Are” and “It’s Not For Me to Say” among his hits, standards and holiday music. As the longest-running artist in Columbia Records history, Johnny has recorded more than 80 albums and had 50 #1 hits on the Billboard charts. The show is set for May 3.
The third show will be the musical parody of “Fifty Shades of Grey” on June 7.
‘JUBILEE!’ REOPENS: It’s the first night of previews with the reopening of the new-look “Jubilee!” at Bally’s continuing its three-decade history with new dancers, routines and music under the direction of Frank Gaston Jr. My candid interview with Frank was posted last Wednesday. On Tuesday, I will record new voiceovers for the show, which will be added this week.
SIR ELTON AT FIZZ: Caesars Palace superstar headliner Sir Elton John will be on the red carpet for his life partner David Furnish’s opening of their new champagne bar Fizz alongside the Colosseum on Friday, March 28. The luxury lounge gets its royal opening tied to “The Million Dollar Piano’s” return to Caesars.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all our Irish friends and those who wish they were. Our town is painted green for parades and parties.
Everlast performs at Hakkasan’s Ling Ling Club at MGM Grand.
D Las Vegas’ St. Paddy’s Day “Pot o’ Gold” Bash is downtown.
Machine Gun Kelly and Killian’s Angels are at the Orleans.
Carl Labove and Joe Bronzi are at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in MGM Grand through Sunday.
And South Point presents the 38th Annual Silver Dollar Circuit Quarter Horse Show through Sunday.
Which Strip singer plans to enter politics with a run for the U.S. Senate, and is a new slate of Hollywood movie productions set for Las Vegas? We’ve got the exclusive Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors.
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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.