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Strip Scribbles: Centerfold in Crystal, Hef wedding issue is L.V. Playmate
The July issue of Playboy magazine begins distribution Thursday with the now-out-of-date headline "Introducing Mrs. Crystal Hefner." Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris’ romance went kaput just four days before this weekend’s wedding, as we reported all morning on Twitter (@robin_leach). Crystal has a 12-page, 14-photo spread in the magazine showing her topless and fully naked at various Playboy Mansion locations. The cover shot of her wearing Hef’s captain’s hat and red dressing gown and holding his trademark pipe is going to be the ultimate collector’s item, and sales will skyrocket.
All of this will strangely benefit the new Miss July centerfold who is former Palms model Jessa Lynn Hinton. The 27-year-old stunner is seen in 10 birthday suit photos, plus the mind-blowing centerfold pullout. Jessa Lynn, a onetime Playboy Club cocktail server, is photographed by camera king Arny Freytag aboard a luxury yacht. The 34D-25-34 blond bombshell is hosting The Playboy Comedy shows this weekend starting Thursday at the Palms, where she will do magazine autograph signings and photos through Saturday night. Jessa Lynn is an entrepreneur in her own right, with plans for her own TV show in Hollywood and launching her clothing and swimsuit line with a large MMA company.
Understandably, Hef’s former girlfriend Holly Madison is remaining silent about his breakup with Crystal. She featured them on her Holly’s World on E! after the Christmas engagement when she went to The Mansion with cameras rolling to ensure that Hef would be all right. She’d aired her doubts about Crystal’s relationship, which now have proved prophetic.
*After finally reaching the conclusion that her permanent museum of movie memorabilia will never open in Las Vegas, Debbie Reynolds starts selling her 5,000 collectibles on Saturday in Hollywood. It includes Marilyn Monroe’s up-ended subway dress from 1955’s The Seven-Year Itch, Charlie Chaplin’s signature hat, Greta Garbo’s Anna Karenina gown, Harpo Marx’s trademark top hat and wig and Rudolph Valentino’s matador suit of lights from 1922. Six hundred items will be up for sale Saturday, and the next sale starts Dec. 3.
*Two of the Jubilee! showgirls at Bally’s accompanied Merry Mayor of Mirth Oscar Goodman as he ended his 12-year term as chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority today. Five members of the board departed as their political terms end next month due to term limits. Tonight, there’s a huge celebration for Oscar with a free concert at Fremont Street Experience, with music from Louis Prima Jr. and a special Viva Vision light show in his honor. Incoming Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Oscar’s wife, once worked for Louis Prima Sr.
*Hair guru Michael Boychuck really does have his hands full with gorgeous girls. In addition to his weekend magic on longtime client Paris Hilton, he squeezed in Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett for hair at his Color salon in Caesars Palace, and then last night juggled reality TV star and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler and 2011 Miss USA Pageant contestants Sarah Chapman of Nevada and Alyssa Campanella of California. Odds makers currently have Alyssa as a 3 to 1 favorite to win Sunday’s pageant at Planet Hollywood! Shanna hosts the 60th anniversary celebration Saturday.
*LeBron James lost the NBA finals with the Miami Heat, but he’s playing a winning hand with his new Sheets Energy Strips, and he’s coming up aces with it as an official sponsor for the 2011 World Series of Poker at the Rio. The individually wrapped, paper-thin dissolvable strips are swallowed and promise hours of energy without calories, carbohydrates and sugar and require no water to dissolve on the tongue. Perfect for poker pros playing long hours.
*Chef Mario Batali will have his chefs from his three Venetian and Palazzo restaurants prepare the huge June 25 Project Dinner Table menu to be served at the UNLV Orchard, site of the first event in the now successful dinner series. Incidentally, Mario has come up with two chilling ideas to stay cool now that temperatures have hit 100 degrees. In his new video Decisions With Mario Batali, he advises making ice cubes of light syrup and fruit for rose wine and to eat rhubarb creamsicles to cool down.
*The new Michael Jackson video Behind the Mask, which premiered on his official Facebook page today, features fan videos submitted from more 100 countries that took part in the global casting call.
*Ryan Ahern is adding a rotating number of comedy magicians to perform onstage with him at his Piano! Las Vegas at V theater at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile.
Joel Lindsay headlines at The Improv at Harrah’s with Kevin Jordan and Gary Brightwell through Sunday. … Gibson Guitars sponsors independent music acts in an Acoustic Asylum showcase at The Lounge at the Palms, and DJ Jazzy Jeff spins upstairs at Moon. … Playboy Radio’s Jessica Hall hosts the fifth week of the $100,000 bikini calendar search at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris.
An amazing $1 million car is unveiled privately in Las Vegas, and four are immediately snapped! Who wants to bring the world’s first hotelicopter here with 18 high-flying suites? Plus, the inside and behind-the-scenes of Shoot the Centerfold beauties and why Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher says that she’s going to vanish for one month.
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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