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Strip Scribbles: Zak Bagans’ Paranormal Challenge begins Friday
Hometown hero Zak Bagans, lead investigator on the hit Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures, has developed a second reality TV series dealing with the paranormal that debuts Friday on The Travel Channel. Paranormal Challenge features two teams of ghost hunters -- professional paranormal investigators -- located in a haunted house competing in a four-hour countdown challenge to gather the most evidence of a bizarre activity.
Zak told me: “They are professional paranormal teams from across the country who we carefully selected and screened. They have many investigations under the belt, albeit pro or amateur, ghosts can make anybody scream and panic, and we've definitely seen it! So far, everyone has made it through the entire clock. However, we just don’t know if anything’s followed the teams home yet, but for real, that often happens!”
Call that a boot camp sleepover with a frightening difference!
Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors
Seems that Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., isn’t the only person sending out juvenile and stupid photos of his anatomy. The moronic behavior has spread here, although not from politicos -- thankfully. We know of at least one date-around princess of pulchritude who was sent racy sexting photos. One shows a bare-chested surgeon flexing his prowess with a tiger’s roar, and another is the full monty, with its owner not dancing around the subject at all! What were they thinking? … Those plans members of the Michael Jackson family had for a monument, museum and theater in his hometown of Gary, Ind., seem to have come to a crashing halt a year after the initial announcement. City officials there say Joe Jackson’s hopes are now dead. The $300 million megaplex hasn’t raised sufficient funds to even get it off the drawing board. More troubling King of Pop news: Lloyds of London has asked a British judge to nullify the $17.5 million liability policy held by AEG as a result of the superstar’s death. Lloyds says AEG never provided necessary medical information and advance details about Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged in the death. The insurance was issued just 2 months before Michael’s death. The Lloyds lawsuit claims AEG should have informed them about his apparent prescription drug use and/or addiction! … Collection agencies are battling to find assets of a showbiz couple here who abruptly left town as their show ran out of funds, and to add to the gall, there are rumors that they are still trying to return here to restage it at another hotel showroom where a similar act has moved out.
Actor John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston were given a tour of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by founder Larry Ruvo and his wife Camille. … Actress and model Rebecca Romijn will help our Vegas Magazine colleagues celebrate the publication’s eight anniversary at the new Club Nikki at the Tropicana on June 25. … Poker princess Annie Duke and John Vorhaus will be here next month to promote the release of their book Decide to Play Great Poker and to compete in the World Series of Poker’s Main Event. … Congratulations to the Australian lookalike, soundalike Bee Gees show celebrating its 100th performance this week at the Excalibur. … Husband and wife pop superstar Katy Perry and comedian Russell Brand are set to play at Mandalay Bay -- but separately. Russell has two comedy shows there July 22, and hometown favorite Katy will be there Nov. 19. Now the question is will they take time out to watch each other here? … The friendly rival Steve Wynn nightclubs at the Wynn and Encore (XS, Tryst, Surrender, Blush and Encore Beach Club) have teamed up to sign the hot Australia DJ duo Nervo (sisters Liv and Mim Nervo debuting for the remainder of 2011 starting June 25. … 98 Degrees star Jeff Timmons, who is the current music guest at Chippendales at the Rio, took some of the beefcake boys to tap the keg of the new coffee-cocoa inspired malty Dark Wheat beer at Hofbrauhaus.
Global DJ Sander Kleinenberg spins the wheels of steel at XS, The Rat Pack Is Back debuts its new nightly run at Crown Theater at the Rio, and Arielle Vrinis sings blues soul at Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan.
Part 2 of our exclusive Shania Twain interview as she maps out her new Caesars Palace shows. We’ll also have a sneak preview of the stunningly sexy Miss July Playboy centerfoldJessa Lynn Hinton, our hometown glamour knockout, plus a photo gallery of the 2011 Miss USA Pageant princesses in the evening gowns they’ll wear Sunday.
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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