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Strip Scribbles: The Spice Girls in Las Vegas? Plus, CinemaCon, Smith Center and ‘Jubilee!’

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The Spice Girls perform during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.

Mel B's 38th Birthday at Encore Beach Club, Andrea's

Mel B, with husband Stephen Belafonte, celebrates her 38th birthday at Andrea's in Encore on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Launch slideshow »

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.

2013 CinemaCon Awards

Actress Elizabeth Banks accepts the Award of Excellence in Acting during the 2013 CinemaCon Awards at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Launch slideshow »

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!’ Auditions

Male dancers run through a choreographed piece during Launch slideshow »

‘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.

Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace

Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace on Sept. 28, 2011. Launch slideshow »

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.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

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.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

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.

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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