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Burt Wonderstone Filming This Week in Las Vegas

Isn’t it funny how times change?! Years ago, rarely was a film shot in Las Vegas, and if it was, gobs of restrictions were in place as to what could be shot and what could not, especially in the casinos.

It used to be, a tourist could get in trouble for taking a photo inside the casino gaming area – I don’t think that is true anymore.

Same is true for concerts. From 1980-2005, no show anywhere, would allow cameras in. Today, most shows welcome cameras! Because they know everyone is going to broadcast their crappy footage and photos on Social Media, thereby promoting said show! (Cirque du Soleil usually DOES NOT welcome cameras).

So this week around 400 extras have been hired to appear as Strip pedestrians, tourists and casino workers. Trailers line the streets and filming is well underway for the new Steve Carroll movie, Burt Wonderstone.


While NOT based on Siegfried and Roy, with his flowing blonde hair,
plunging maroon velvet jumpsuit and gold medallions, Steve Carell looked
every inch a Las Vegas show magician as he shot scenes for his  movie  yesterday.

The
49-year-old actor was worlds away from his usual appearance as he filmed
scenes for highly-anticipated comedy  alongside Steve
Buscemi and Olivia Wilde.

The movie tells the story of Vegas illusionist Wonderstone who reunites with his former magic partner Anton Lovecraft (Buscemi) as he decides to take on a rival street magician Steve Haines, played by Jim Carrey.

While the reunion of Carell and Carrey, who previously starred together in 2003 movie Bruce Almighty, is being looked forward to by millions of fans of the comedy giants, the film has not been without problems.

It has undergone several rewrites, and looked in trouble when, just two months after appointing Charles McDougall as director, he left the project with no reason being cited for the departure in April last year.

However, things picked up when Don Scardino signed on to direct the comedy, slated for release in 2013.

They are filming on location until Friday, and among the locations on the itinerary are interiors and exteriors at Bally’s, plus outside on the Strip and Downtown.

Gay Lane Twins Bring Hollywood to Dollywood film in Las Vegas Nov. 18


 IT ALL STARTED  WITH A DREAM….
AND AN RV NAMED  JOLENE.


Everybody has a dream. Most of us are only willing to go so far to see it materialize and often find ourselves waiting for the right opportunity to come to us. Not so for the Lane twins -they were not content to send their screenplay Full Circle to Dolly Parton’s manager or publicist. No, they were determined to get it into the hands of their idol and on the 25th Anniversary of Dollywood, no less.

“WE  grew up listening to Dolly’s music and always thought she was an amazing person. So why not write a screenplay about her, and go on a cross country roadtrip to try to put it in her hands! “
       say the Lane Twins, Gary and Larry.

And that’s just what they did.

And the result is An amazing film and journey   about courage and acceptance.

Now in 51  Film Festivals Around the World  …They won 6 Awards so far!

“Dolly Parton herself Is 100% behind Our Movie and Gave us 15 Of Her Songs Free For the Documentary  and Her Image for the Movie Poster!”


Dolly has long had legions of gay fans, I think her most public pro-gay remarks were made last year when she appeared on Larry King Live.


“It made us love her all the more and we actually approached CNN and paid for the copyright and we have that footage in the movie. We got the full clearance.


It’s Dolly’s message that she loves her fans and she doesn’t judge anybody. She says only God is supposed to judge you, we’re not supposed to judge each other. A lot of people who have seen it have said, ‘I never really knew her views but it made me love her even more.’





Hollywood to Dollywood Plays in Las Vegas !! 
Vegas   Independent   Film    Festival                
 Nov. 18th!             7pm        ONE NIGHT ONLY! 


 

With a  Question and Answer   Directly  after the Screening   With  The TWINS   Gary  and  Larry  Lane!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW – SURE TO SELL OUT.


DON’T MISS  IT!

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Kris Humphries Cancels Las Vegas Party at Paris

Kris Humphries has canceled an upcoming appearance
at a Las Vegas nightclub event after wife Kim Kardashian filed for
divorce.

A representative for Nets power forward Humphries, 26, said he would not
attend an event scheduled for Saturday at the Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in
the Paris Hotel and Casino, according to Access Hollywood.

Kardashian, 31, filed divorce papers Monday in California after only 72 days of marriage, citing “irreconcilable differences.” She also asked that she not have to pay alimony to Humphries.

“I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce,” Humphries said in a statement Monday after the news broke. “I’m committed to this marriage and everything this covenant represents and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make it work.”

The website the Chateau Nightclub & Gardens was still listing Humphries as the host of the event Tuesday afternoon.

Kardashian’s sister Kourtney and her boyfriend, Scott Disick, are scheduled to host a New Year’s Eve event at the club.

Hmmmm….so one wonders if Kardashian squashed the deal perhaps??


The couples assets will be divided in accordance
with their prenup. According to Us Weekly, the prenup protects all of
Kardashian’s assets prior to the marriage (the Kardashians pulled in $65 million last year alone), and she will also keep
everything she earned during their short union.

By contrast, Humpries — who is currently
unemployed due to the NBA lockout — reportedly makes around $3.2 million a year.


WILL  KIM RETURN  HER  $2  MILLION  RING?????


Elton John Back in Las Vegas Next Week – Not Selling Out


ELTON JOHN
 IS BACK in LAS VEGAS….

NOT  to be confused with “The Red Piano,” the 242 exclusive-to-Caesars shows did from 2003 to 2009….

He is back now with “The Million Dollar Piano”. – The show’s name comes from the custom instrument that Yamaha is building.

Britain’s top piano man signed on for another round of concerts in Vegas back in the Spring, and the first show is happening next week. At Caesars, of course. But will he sell out? Is the demand still there?


“The show will be a gargantuan feast of music and imagery,” John said in a statement released by Caesars.

When I checked today, there were still tickets available online for opening week. 
At $250  a pop – I will wait for the DVD….These live shows are getting ridiculous.




Final Shows for Cher’s Three Run at Caesars

THREE YEARS!? 
Can you believe it?!

Cher’s final run of about a dozen shows.  Cher closes Feb. 5,  and she’ll have performed some 200 shows during those three years at Caesars Palace. 90 minutes a night and it’s been nearly standing room only each performance for the 4,300-seat theater.

She actually gets jittery nerves! Cher   tweeted  this week, “Going 2 Vegas Tues. ! You’d think that after 46 yrs ( God i didn’t even know I WAS 46 yet !) I’d be tripping over my Last NERVE !….But Alas …… I AM ! u think Barbara or Celine or Dolly or ANY OF the OTHER DIVAS SHAKE IN THEIR ALMOST NON EXISTENT COSTUMES ?”

* by the way, she was BORN in 1946!


It has been an extraordinary, record-breaking run.  She says in Burlesque, You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me. But it’s a guessing game is she will ever perform another concert.

She’s told her closest friends that she’s happier at home in Malibu, Calif., than strutting the stage in thigh-high boots, ripped fishnets and garter belts on The Strip, although she has enjoyed her run and the acclaim.

What a great space Caesars is for a show. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is a contemporary interpretation of one of antiquity’s architectural wonders. Built at a cost of $95 million, The Colosseum is a striking landmark. With seating for up to 4,300, The Colosseum is designed to  provide audiences with an extraordinary entertainment experience. No fan is more than 120 feet from Cher while seated for the show.





“Cher is an entertainment legend,” John Meglen, co-CEO and president of AEG Live/Concerts West, said. “We are delighted that she has called The Colosseum at Caesars Palace home for three years. We wish her luck in future endeavors and thank her and the cast and crew for their dedication.”


“Every performance by Cher has been as fresh and energetic as opening night. She has reigned among the best of our city’s long roster of legendary talents,” said Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace. “Nobody will want to miss these grand finale performances.”

If you want to see her one last time, there are still some tickets left . But hurry! The clock is ticking!

Celine Dion, is returning to her Colosseum home in March. AEG producers have talked with Shania Twain about a series of 2011 dates, and they are awaiting word from Rod Stewart for new mini-residency run dates.

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Liberace Museum To Close Its Doors – End of an Era

Sadly, due to falling revenue, the eccentric and  wonderfully kitschy Liberace Museum , which has long delighted fans in its home within a strip mall on the west side of Las Vegas, is closing next month.  The  Museum  is closing its doors Oct. 17th,  after 31 years.

This landmark was dedicated to one of the 20th century’s most flamboyant entertainers, known as much for his glitzy costumes and extravagant performance style as for his piano playing, and who epitomized bling long before it was a household word!

“In some ways, the museum was the last vestige of an entertainment icon,” said Jeff Koep, chairman of The Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts, which runs the museum that exhibits the entertainer’s extensive costumes, cars, pianos, candelabra, and jewelry. 

 

Often referred to as “Mr. Showmanship,” Liberace is known for giving his audience what they wanted, with performances that included everything from classical to pop music. He is credited with influencing entertainers from Elvis and Michael Jackson to Elton John and Lady Gaga.

 

Koep said, there has been a steady decline in numbers to the Liberace Museum, from a high of 450,000 annual visitors 15 years ago to about 50,000 annually today. Over the years, people just lose interest I guess.

Along with the museum’s real estate problems, mortgage debt and lack of a steady income stream — also factored into the decision to close. The Liberace Foundation owns the strip mall that houses the museum, but 50 percent of the rental units currently are vacant. And while royalty revenue from intellectual property was robust 30 years ago, today selling to a younger generation unfamiliar with Liberace’s music is tough, Koep said.

“We are not closing the book on Liberace or what he stands for,” he added. “We’re trying to regenerate the brand.”

 

The foundation recently finalized a deal for a national traveling tour of its Liberace collection and one day hopes to reopen the museum in a more accessible location in Las Vegas. Currently, it is five miles from the Strip.

Being more fiscally prudent also will ensure Liberaces legacy to continue to fund scholarships . Since 1976, roughly $6 million in music scholarships have been awarded to some 2,700 students.

The Cabaret at The Liberace Museum  – has been hosting  “Liberace and Me,” staring Philip Fortenberry
three times a week.  The FINAL performance is October  13th  at 1pm.

 Philip Fortenberry, the extraordinary artist and renowned pianist, improvisational composer and cast member of “Jersey Boys,”  performs his intimate acoustic cabaret-style piano performance, “Liberace and Me,” at the glittering Liberace Museum.  Philip will thrill you with his versatile styles that encompass a wide range of musical genres.   $17.50  Learn more about Philip Fortenberry at  Philipfortenberry.com 

One  piece of good news for the many GLBT visitors who’ve made their way to this campy landmark: the long-time gay bar in the same shopping center, Good Times , is alive and well – it continues to be an especially popular venue with the gay Latino community in Las Vegas, and it is NOT closing.

 

$1 Billion for Madonna to Play Caesars Palace? Seriously?

MTV reports Madonna has been offered $1 billion for a five-year Las Vegas residency.

Seriously??

How much money do these celebrities need to make? And how high will ticket prices go, before we say enough is enough? It’s ridiculous that ticket prices are 5  times as expensive as they were 20 years ago.  Yet, our wages, for MOST of us, have not even doubled or tripled in the last 20 years.

But regardless of what we make, the singer could follow the footsteps of acts such as Celine Dion , Elton John and Cher who relocated to the gambling capital of America to performing nightly shows in Sin City.
 
Celine’s five-year residency drew nearly three million people to 717 performances, but it’s thought Madge would surpass that. Ticket prices would be expected to be  $150-$300.

Barbra Streisand has rejected a whopping $100 million, three year deal from Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.  Is any performer really  worth  $1 Billion? 

It could all be a rumor who knows. But if the deal goes ahead, Madonna would become the third highest paid female entertainer in the world, behind Oprah Winfrey and American homemaking entrepreneur Martha Stewart.

Is she worth it?  We’ll see……

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Gay Las Vegas’s J.Son May Be The Next Gay Travel Guru

 

You’ve seen him on You Tube ; you probably read Naked Boy News (if you don’t, shame on you!) you have seen him running around and hosting the gay pool parties  Temptations Sundays  at  Luxor  – now, he has a shot at being the Gay Travel.com   Travel Guru

The very charismatic and enthusiastic Jay(dot)son  or  J.Son, is 28 and lives in Las Vegas. The contest finals for the Guru was supposed to take place in New York City and was it was just leaked, the finals will take place in Las Vegas over the weekend  of August 27th.  The 8 finalists I am told will be staying at different properties all over  the city. Each will have to blog about their particular property. Since J.Son is from Las Vegas, he definately has the upper hand I think.

I was actually in the running for the Travel Guru but did not make the final cut –  J.Son did!  Hey, if I couldn’t make it, I am glad J.Son did, and he has our support.

Go J.Son !

J.Son onFacebook     J.Son on Twitter

UPDATE     TYRA  SANCHEZ  of  Ru Pauls Drag Race teaches  J.Son 
                       how to walk in 7″   high heels!( Tip #1 – Don’t Fall!)

Filmed on location at the Logo TV lounge at Mandalay Bay during
 the Mandalay Bay for My Fabulous Vegas Weekend, August 13, 2010.


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Frank Marino and his Divas Las Vegas Show

Frank Marino 
is perhaps the most well-known female impersonator of the last century!   Dubbed Ms. Las Vegas for his longtime starring role as Joan Rivers in the Las Vegas drag revue Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, playing at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino.

Famous for his lavish on-stage wardrobe (much of which was designed by Bob Mackie, who has also done fashions for Rivers), Marino has received two Las Vegas Walk of Fame stars   as well as having a street named after him when Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman honored his hard work and commitment to the Las Vegas performance world with “Frank Marino Day” on February 1, 2005.

Marino has been playing Joan Rivers in Las Vegas drag shows since 1985 and holds the  record for the longest continuous performance run at a single casino in Las Vegas when he played Rivers for more than 20 years at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in the long-running drag show An Evening at La Cage.

 He actually now holds the record as the longest-active and longest-running headliner on the Strip. He has appeared both as his Joan Rivers persona and as himself in several movies and TV shows. Once sued by Rivers for $5,000,000 (US) in the 1990s. The pair have since reconciled and have even appeared on TV shows together.

This 75 minute energetic show  features an all star cast of superstar female impersonators who not only recreate but almost uncannily duplicate the likeness of stars ranging from Britney Spears to Cher and Diana Ross to Beyoncé even Madonna and Dolly Parton have been known to stop by.
 
Meanwhile Marino – in his role as the show’s emcee and star – changes between every act bringing an international whirlwind of couture to the stage with each spectacular entrance!

Showtime is 10PM  nightly, dark on Fridays.  Buy  Tickets Online  !

Stop by the Frank Marino  site and get a sneak peak of the show !

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The Cabaret Showroom at the Liberace Museum with Philip Fortenberry

 

The Liberace Museum was founded April 15, 1979, by the legendary entertainer Liberace. The Museum features “Mr. Showmanship’s” dazzling jewelry, rare antiques, unsurpassed wardrobe, unique and historical pianos and his custom car collection. It is a  MUST SEE!

The non-profit Museum supports the mission of The Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts which has funded scholarships since 1976. The scholarship program has touched the lives of more than 2,700 students.

The Cabaret Showroom inside the Museum property not only serves as a showcase for Liberace’s famous mirrored Baldwin nine-foot grand piano, but also serves as home to several afternoon and evening shows by local entertainers. The venue is also available to aspiring students of the performing arts.

Recently, Broadway veteran and concert pianist Philip Fortenberry  whose critically acclaimed one-man offering, Liberace and Me, has been moving and delighting crowds at the Cabaret for the past year, and plays  three times each week.

As the theatre community of Las Vegas has begun to grow in the last few years, many performers who find themselves homesick for the nurturing artistic environment of the Cabaret rooms of New York and other cities. Artists have begun to discover that the Cabaret at the Liberace Museum is a jewel of a performance venue just moments from the Strip, but well away from the allure of casinos and tourist traffic that dictate the kind of performances that are possible, even allowed to occur on such commercial properties.

Starting with a monthly Composers Showcase which began three years ago as the brain child of Jersey Boys conductor Keith Thompson and his collaborator, Le Reve conductor Michael Brennan, a late-night after-theater subculture began to emerge. Composers would gather with performers in tow and share their latest or most entertaining new works.

As performers from the various Las Vegas production shows and Broadway imports discovered the charm and intimacy of the venue through the Composers Showcase, they became interested in the Cabaret as a place to mount their own shows and charity benefits. Erich Bergen, one of the stars of Jersey Boys, took the lead and presented himself in three sold-out performances to benefit the Museum this past winter. This sparked even more interest from others who wished to offer performer showcases and similar Cabaret shows.

The Cabaret Showroom at the Liberace Museum provides an intimate, alternative venue for performers who find themselves in Las Vegas, wanting to spread their artistic wings and share their gifts and talents.

Philip Fortenberry
Visit  Liberace  Cabaret  for a listing of  day and evening shows.

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