Holly Madison’s personal assistant, the self-described ditzy Angel Porrino, was unknown before Holly’s World debuted on E! Entertainment. Now just weeks later, the sexy blonde bombshell, 21, is getting the biggest break of her young career.
When Holly takes a one-week vacation from Peepshow at Planet Hollywood from Sept. 13-19, Angel will step right into her high-heeled shoes and shed the Bo Peep costume to go topless in the hit revue. “No one can fill her shoes,” Angel said. “But I’m happy to try. It’s a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to get started, and I hope I do everyone proud.”
Josh Strickland, Peepshow and Holly’s World co-star, added: “It will be great to have my friend and hottie Angel join us onstage.” Although Holly is taking a well-deserved vacation, she doesn’t know yet where she’s going or what she’s doing. She’s talked of flying to France and has asked friends to make other suggestions.
*It’s Elvis Presley week at the Hard Rock Hotel starting today and continuing through Sunday. The casino will feature memorabilia on display throughout the property, including the 1972 Shooting Star Jumpsuit made for Elvis by designer Bill Belew, a Gibson Dove guitar with The King’s name inlaid in mother of pearl on the fingerboard, and a 357 magnum from Elvis’ gun collection. Additionally, Johnny Smalls will serve Elvis-tinis inspired by Elvis’ favorite fried peanut butter and banana sandwich and created with a blend of Bailey’s, Creme de Banana, Chambord and Frangelico. Plus, chef Scott Minervini has created a Peanut Butter and Banana Beignet with Candied Pepper Bacon Fries!
*Tied into Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte’s upcoming star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is an Aug. 22 Cirque fest in L.A. with cast members from all seven of his Las Vegas shows. Magician Criss Angel will perform a special 1-hour Believe with acts from O, Mystere, Love, Ka, Zumanity and Viva Elvis at The Grove in L.A. The free event is to promote Cirque’s first $100 million resident L.A. show opening at the Kodak Theater next summer that salutes the history of Hollywood moviemaking.
*Sahara owner Sam Nazarian is expanding his L.A. hotel empire. He has been invited to take over the shuttered Palihouse Hollywood next month and plans to rename it the Redbury. The 57-room boutique hotel is located at the famous Hollywood & Vine intersection, and he plans to operate it as extended-stay suites. It’s very close to where Las Vegas nightclub czar Victor Drai recently opened his Drai’s nightclub in The W Hotel, as the L.A. hotel scene reports an uptick in bookings.
*It’s August, but some people are already planning their New Year’s Eve celebrations! Chef Andre Rochat of Alize in the Palms has set his celebration menu to make the last meal of 2010 memorable. Among the taste treats Andre will be serving are roasted cauliflower mousseline with Hackleback caviar en gelee seared Maine scallop or foie gras terrine, poached Anjou pear and Roquefort cheese croustillant butter lettuce with delicate but tangy pomegranate vinaigrette, choices of black truffle and almond-crusted Chilean sea bass or green peppercorn-crusted Angus filet mignon, pan-roasted pheasant breast or sauteed veal loin served with crispy veal sweetbreads. The 6 p.m. seating is $150 a person, and the 9:30 p.m. seating is $295 per person.
*While on the subject of food, the Fourth Annual Restaurant Week is Aug. 30 through Sept. 5, with more than 80 restaurants offering specially priced meals and menus and generating donations for Three Square food bank.
Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney recently watched Terry Fator’s show at The Mirage and went backstage to congratulate the Strip headliner. … Steve Schirripa of The Sopranos fame, had lunch at Society Cafe in Steve Wynn’s Encore yesterday. … German DJ, musician and producer ATB, partied at The Playboy Club in the Palms last night. He’s spinning every Saturday in August during Perfecto at Rain. … Veteran entertainer Cloris Leachman plays Las Vegas with her one-woman show at Suncoast on Sept. 18 and 19. Dare I say she’s 84 years young and performed her first showbiz gig at the tender age of 7?!
Mark Curry invites you to hang with TV’s Mr. Cooper at the Las Vegas Hilton through Sunday. …. Eva Longoria Parker’s Eve showcases a sexy swimwear fashion show to launch the Vavoom industry party with hot bodies in bikinis and lingerie gift certificates. … It’s the weekly Bringing Back the Music tribute night with Beatle-mania at the Hilton. … The Lingerie Football League scouts talent for the new Las Vegas franchise with a casting call at Gold Lounge in MGM CityCenter’s Aria. … The 45-foot-tall Paintbrush Gateway to downtown at Charleston Boulevard is set to open by artist Denis Oppenheim with laser bursts 2,000 feet high in the sky. … And Nu Sanctuary launches Couture Wednesdays, a stylish combination of alternative lifestyle, high fashion and nightlife as an introduction to tomorrow’s Sweet Escape Thursdays, a weekly event for women who’ll be treated to complimentary champagne, premium vodka cocktails and dessert starting at 11 p.m.
Our exclusive and hilarious chat with Home Improvement and Santa Claus star Tim Allen, who has a secret plan up his comedy sleeves to combat Lady Gaga this weekend in Las Vegas. Plus, more photos from the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant contestants’ first days on the town.
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