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Strip Scribbles: Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche to receive stars at the Palms
It’s very early exclusive news, but congratulations to Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche, who will both be presented with stars on the Walk of Fame at the Brenden Theatres in the Palms next month.
Final details are being worked out now, but the actors will get their stars simultaneously in an Aug. 5 presentation tied to the premiere of their new film Spread, which is described as a sex comedy centered on a serial womanizer who finally meets his match.
Here’s the official trailer on YouTube:
Ashton and Anne join a group of honorees that includes Sylvester Stallone, Dennis Hopper, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Hugh Hefner, Holly Madison and yours truly. Spread opens nationwide Aug. 14.
*Following up on our exclusive yesterday about Whitney Houston returning to the concert tour schedule, I can now tell you that she’s penciled in at MGM for the holiday season.
*Ponder this, folks: Just after 4 a.m. today, something took place that won’t happen again for 1,000 years. At 5 minutes 6 seconds after 4 a.m., and because this is July 8, the exact time and date read 04:05:06:07/08/09. Hmmm. What else to say?
*It’s a solid rumor that executives and bankers with one of the gaming industry’s significant resort casino operators have taken a close onsite look at taking over troubled Fontainebleau on the Strip between the Riviera and Sahara. I’m reliably told that they’ve discussed spending as much as $1 billion to acquire and complete the unfinished hotel. They would operate it under a financial plan that exposes them to no further capital and gives existing owners ongoing equity stake.
Meantime, our Las Vegas Sun colleagues have reported that Fontainebleau Las Vegas Holdings LLC and affiliated companies indicated in a bankruptcy court filing that members of its board of managers are, among other things, “considering design alternatives to ameliorate the cost of construction.” In addition, the article noted that Fontainebleau stated that it might be necessary for developer Don Soffer to provide some of the funds to “complete the project.”
*It’s a special Top Chef Masters episode on Bravo tonight. Our magician friend Ed Alonzo, who created illusions for Michael Jackson’s now-canceled This Is It shows, will appear and show the competing chefs what they need to pull out of the oven to win. Instead of the This Is It shows, Ed has returned to Britney Spears’ Circus Tour for the European leg and will be here in Las Vegas for Britney’s two September concerts at Mandalay Bay. Appearing tonight will be our own Hubert Keller of Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay. Hubert previously served as a judge on the series but now is on the firing line as a contestant -- and so far is doing very nicely, merci beaucoup!
*Topless Peepshow star Holly Madison will be cheering for her friend Carmen Electra at her debut nude performance in Crazy Horse Paris at MGM tonight. I’m biting my tongue for fear of writing too cute of a naked comment!
*I want to clear up some confusion that I inadvertently caused by not fully understanding hotel leasing contracts. Recently, I incorrectly wrote that Christian Audigier was going to end its run at Treasure Island now that new owner Phil Ruffin was lowering the boom on Social House. Well, I was correct about Social House being shuttered and ousted this past Sunday, but I was wrong about the nightclub. Pure Management Group execs told me that they will continue to operate it, and they have a contract there through 2016. They acknowledge that there have been a lot of changes at T.I. with Mr. Ruffin’s ownership, but look forward to continuing the relationship with him in the future. However, one veteran Las Vegas nightlife individual did observe: “Even the wisest wouldn’t dare venture a guess as to what the future holds.” PMG said they hope to announce a new location for Social House once negotiations have been completed. We’ve heard rumors of a move to CityCenter. Meantime, Social House employees are being provided with employment in other PMG venues, and chef Joe Elevado will further develop the brand. Social House is not moving to where the group’s Company restaurant resides at the Luxor. I am happy to correct the story to make it completely accurate. The PMG spokesman added: “Club Audigier is completely opposite of the Gilley’s crowd, and that is why it is good for T.I. Audigier caters to the more upscale guest and will continue to do so without having to rely on guests from Social House.”
MLB legend Reggie Jackson was at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms in a party of four sipping a glass of wine while enjoying lentil soup, grilled shrimp and sauteed organic Salmon followed by homemade ice cream and a decaf cappuccino. The group relaxed upstairs at Ghostbar after dinner. … Actor Lou Diamond Phillips had lunch at Iron Chef Kerry Simon’s restaurant in Palms Place and then relaxed at Simon’s sixth-floor pool. … UFC fighters C.B. Dollaway and Ryan Bader dined together on harvest greens, Caesar salad, fajitas and roasted chicken at Hawaiian Tropic Zone in Planet Hollywood. … Known as a prop bettor, poker player Antonio Esfandiari stopped at Society Cafe in the Encore for lunch and requested, “Can we have a table for three, but it might wind up being for seven?” The hostess jokingly replied, “What are the odds of the table expanding?” To which Antonio instantly put the line at 47 percent!
Carey Hart presents Lisa Pittman as the Little Drummer Girl with DJ Justin Hoffman at his Wasted Space in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Our beloved hometown hero Andre Agassi picks up the racquet to end his retirement and return to the sport that made him a world champion, plus it’s the gala opening for Carmen Electra as she goes topless in Crazy Horse Paris at MGM.
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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