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We might be leading some readers into uncharted Vegas collecting circles with this update. We previously shared details of Cirque du Soleil's unusual KÀ comic book. Now, word has reached us that today is the release date of a comic book biography of a Vegas Strip star. Not Elton John, Rod Stewart, Cher, or Donny and Marie, who've all previously been given a four color once over.
To our surprise, Tim McGraw has lived a life big enough to merit an illustrated biography, and the plot explains how he "rose from humble beginnings to win his place as the slickest voice in the West." Just released “FAME: Tim McGraw,” spans 40 pages. We wondered if it makes mention of he and wife Faith Hill's Venetian residency. It does.
Somebody thought of the penguins. We recently provided you the messy details of the forthcoming auction of Wayne Newton's famous Casa de Shenandoah home. The problem for Wayne? He'll still be living on the property when they auction it out from under him. And, until this week, he was joined by 280 living souls including birds, fish, horses, wallabies, sloths, lemurs and penguins. Well, no longer.
According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal article, this collection of beasts was sold to the suitably off-beat sounding Sloth Center Sanctuary & Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center in Oregon. Price? $27,300. It's not a zoo. They research and protect. Good for them. Sounds like a great home for these animals.
Doyenne of all things domesticated, Martha Stewart, is currently sleeping at the Wynn Las Vegas while in town for her niece's wedding, which is also taking place at the Wynn. How do we know all this? Why, we have Martha on speed-dial. Psych. She's putting it all out there for us to see on Twitter.
And boy is she
getting a serious comp deal from Steve splurging while in Vegas. For starters, she's in a two-room villa at the Wynn complete with a private massage room and a private pool. She and her niece also spent serious time getting prepped for the wedding at the hotel's beauty salon. Lastly, while tweeting a pic of her bedroom she let us know that Steve Wynn is "one of Las Vegas's most famous people." You don't say! Other than that, Martha is taking it rather easy in Vegas. We'll see where she ends up late-night tonight.
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We can't blame Prince Harry for returning to Vegas again this summer (he did a brief stint in Sin City last fall) especially as the pool party season is about to start winding down. His first stop was Wet Republic at MGM Grand where, according to the Daily Mail, he "chatted to a group of girls who had taken the cabana next door and ordered drinks from a menu boasting £65 pitchers of ‘dragonberry’ mojitos." (He did not, however, associate with celebrity party host J.Lo.)
The Mail also reports that a staff member admitted to keeping the water bottle which Harry drank from. Gross. Wet Republic, you need to re-evaluate some of your staffers.
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It's no secret that Vegas loves the 90s, but out of all the famous 90s celebs that have come to town lately, this might be our favorite -- Vanilla Ice.
The white rapper turned home improvement show host will be hanging poolside next weekend at The Flamingo's GO Pool. Aside from lounging, signing autographs, posing for photos and dishing tips on drywall and roofing supplies, Ice will also be performing later that night at the Carnaval Court.
This one seems like a no-brainer but just in case you are planning on hitting the pool during your Vegas vacation, don't do what "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland's boyfriend did and leave $1,200 in cash just chilling in your wallet.
You'd think a "four diamond award winning resort" such as @TheMirageLV has security cameras to catch thieves. Won't ever be staying there.— Sarah Hyland(@Sarah_Hyland) July 17, 2012
Lawrence is not the first celebrity to jump the shark and host. That guy from Jersey Shore, that one who was on The Bachelor and that other dude in that boy band have all taken the gig. But, Lawrence, although a nostalgic throwback, is clearly the most well-known star to join the show as guest. The male dancers do strip, but, spoiler alert, Lawrence only rips apart his shirt to display his 36 year-old frame. For many of his ardent and very vocal fans in the audience, it was enough.
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Friday marked the sixth annual Vegas Uncork'd Grand Tasting at the Garden of the Gods. The signature event sold out for the first time this year as 2,500 hungry foodies sampled their way through the offerings of over 50 chefs. VegasChatter may not have hit each and every station but we came pretty damn close in an effort to collate, count, and confirm the votes for 2012's Grand Tasting Awards.
Not surprisingly all lenses turned toward Gordon Ramsay when he entered the Garden of the Gods. Mr. Ramsay most certainly wins this year's paparazzi award and VegasChatter wasn't immune from the trend.
Ramsay may have been the most snapped celeb chef, but from our observations the most "can I get a picture with you" requests were aimed at the always adorable and approachable Hubert Keller.
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Moments before Chef Gordon Ramsay arrived to meet a press pack in his new Paris casino restaurant, there was a palpable wave of excited anticipation. For a known phenomena in the culinary and showbiz world, this was an unknown situation.
How bold, brash or forceful would Gordon Ramsay crash into this very crowded and very competitive dining arena? He choose to arrive as himself, talk with passion and won us over. It was masterpiece of publicity theater. But, also a genuine insight into the combination of pure charisma and calculated persona that creates a brand. And, a brand that sells.
He's a double digit Michelin Star chef, but with a familiarity that reaches to the flip-flop crowd steps away from his kitchen. His tutelage under Vegas neighbors Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon could have prompted a push to a restaurant of light subtlety and finesse, but we arrived into an immersive environment of steel, reds and branded Gordon all around us. And there, in front of us, the real brash, free talking and highly opinionated Ramsay. But, with a frequent humbleness in his vocal admiration for his past mentors and peers. He had something to prove to the culinary profession. And, to prove something to himself. It was evident that Las Vegas needed to be conquered by Gordon. And, he has come in strong.
Will the tango and foxtrot provide the necessary kick to revitalize the Tropicana? First night reaction to Dancing With The Stars: Live in Las Vegas suggests a winner. If you like the ABC TV show, you'll probably love this production. If you are no fan (and maybe you're being dragged to see it against your will), sit back and wait for Carson Kressley. That really might be enough to make your night. Seriously.
You may Rock and Roll All Nite, but now you can play mini-golf every day. KISS have finally opened their Monster Mini-Golf Center across from the Hard Rock. Eighteen holes of KISS-themed putting. Plus, the world's largest KISS store, a wedding chapel and a non-stop soundtrack of all KISS, all the time. Glow in the dark, loud, goofy fun. If you don't know who KISS are, you'll miss out on some of the.. um.. subtleties (?), but at $11.95 for a game, there are far worse deals in Vegas.
Like the band? You'll love it. ITS KISS MINI-GOLF. Not Beethoven putt-putt. If you like a rocking soundtrack to accompany your game, you will find it a fun diversion. To be honest, it's not the most taxing mini-golf course. It's very compact, and you'll be surprised it really does house eighteen holes. Some are single shot contests. Others have a few tricky angles. Don't expect Shadow Creek.
From a little DJ booth they make announcements for prizes or give players a shout-out for their hometown. And while they talk, the animatronic Ace Frehley moves in sync. YES, they have a mechanical KISS band that moves and grooves. It's like a KISS version of a Chuck E. Cheese/Rock-afire Explosion with lasers and a full-size Gene Simmons. Oh, NOW you want to go.
The wall design is heavy with Vegas love. Paintings of the Rat Pack, Carrot Top, David Copperfield and, wow, The Killers punching the Devil's Horns pose. Bugsy Siegel even receives the cartoon treatment.
All the obstacles are KISS-themed, whether guitars, real or oversized, and trippy band member heads popping up and down like jack-in-the-box clowns.
And the 18th hole spews dry ice for that authentic concert feel. Its instant TwitPic material.
The KISS theme doesn't stop on the golf course. Naturally. Consider the Hotter Than Hell wedding chapel with themed marriage packages. And ladies, order ahead for your custom leather KISS wedding gown. (Check out our gallery for a fashion preview.) Two rooms are available for private parties, if you're not ready for the marital plunge.
It's a family friendly place, too. No crazy swinging the clubs above your knee. Video games and ski-ball let you win tickets for prizes, just like a rockin' Circus Circus. The shop is also kid-conscious. Particularly in the candy department. Bring home your youngsters a pack of Animal Krackers or a Rockalate-Covered Kookie.
We can't say it's surprising to see Vince Neil making headlines again in Vegas, but we were shocked to see that a Sin City hotel was just as
publicly fired up as he was. A twit spat between @TheVinceNeil and @Palms blew up the Interwebs last night and many are pointing to a recent tweet by Neil slamming the service at Little Buddha as the impetuous for the battle.
Things really heated up last night when Neil went on a twitpage, accusing Palms executives of "dishonesty" and warning guests away (read from the bottom up):