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  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    It has to be one of the largest circular grill centerpieces in America, a whopping 4,400-pound steel surface (a giant griddle ) called “The Iron.” It has a massive circular vent built into the ceiling.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    For the first time in three years, The Rolling Stones have agreed to play Las Vegas again. They were last here in May 2013 at MGM Grand Garden Arena while on their “50 and Counting Tour.”

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    Monday, May 16, 2016

    TV celebrity chef Robert Irvine, host of the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” who has tackled some of the toughest culinary challenges, is opening his first signature restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip in a partnership with the Tropicana.

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    Monday, April 18, 2016

    I can now reveal that we are less than two months away from the real ground-start of the new hotel Alon to be built by Crown Resorts’ Australian billionaire James Packer, newly engaged to Caesars Palace headliner Mariah Carey, and Andrew Pascal.

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    Monday, April 11, 2016

    Fans of Planet Hollywood headliner pop princess Britney Spears around the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief today that she’s finally decided on her new single. I can reliably confirm that it will be titled, “Make Me (Oooh).”

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    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    The magic in Criss Angel’s new show on the Strip is to arrive from two performers: Angel himself and Chloe Crawford. This is the overarching message from the casting of Angel’s “Mindfreak Live!” at Luxor ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    Nightlife czar Victor Drai promises to take the best of his outposts in Hollywood and Las Vegas for an all-new format to set a new standard in daylife, nightlife and dining in the Baja Peninsula.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    Wynn COO Sean Christie says, “It’s not that these big boxes, as you call it, aren’t spectacular and the DJs aren’t spectacular and that they aren’t executing at a high level. They are because Las Vegas still has the No. 1 nightclubs in the world.”

  • A&E

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    Actor Mark Shunock, who has spent the last three years here starring in “Rock of Ages,” first at the Venetian before the musical’s move to the Rio, has been named creative director for Intrigue, the new nightclub that opens April 28.

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    Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

    Even before the current season has concluded, a new blockbuster series of nine mega-hit Broadway musicals was unveiled tonight for the Smith Center’s 2016/2017 season of The Great White Way super-shows.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

    Nine award-winning Broadway musicals make up the 2016/2017 Broadway Season lineup at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Symphony Park. Here’s the Royal Robin Rundown of the Smith Center’s schedule.

  • A&E

    Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

    There’s no question that pop princess Britney Spears changed the pop-music dynamic on the Strip with her “Britney: Piece of Me” resident show at Axis at Planet Hollywood. It’s been a blockbuster success since its Dec. 27, 2013, premiere.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

    It was a double whammy when celebrity chef Jose Andres stormed into town for his first-ever Dine-N-Dash dinner crawl. Only this rambunctious and enthusiastic culinary king could turn a dine-around into an extraordinary eating extravaganza at SLS Las Vegas.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

    Superstar singer Celine Dion had a premonition that Christmastime would be the last her husband and former longtime manager Rene Angelil would spend with their family of three children and her. Rene died this morning at age 73, losing his awful battle against throat cancer.

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    Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

    The longest-running show on the Las Vegas Strip is closing on Feb. 11. The cast and crew of “Jubilee” at Bally’s were rocked with the unexpected news shortly before midnight Saturday, but there’s hope that a new showgirl spectacular at its Bally’s home could arise from the ashes.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

    It’s set to be the tastiest Christmas gift of all. Acclaimed global restaurateur and artist Michael Chow is finally opening his Mr. Chow palace of Chinese cuisine on the Strip in time for the holidays. It will be the seventh restaurant in his nearly half-century global mission.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

    Trip Advisor has named Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at The D Las Vegas downtown the No. 1 restaurant in Las Vegas. Bouley in New York was named No. 1 in the United States, with Venetian chef Daniel Boulud ranked No. 9 in all of America.

  • A&E

    Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

    Billionaire Ron Burkle, who has become owner of Light Nightclub and Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay after this week’s exit by Hakkasan Group, has signed Colin Comer and John Pettei’s new company Play Management to oversee the businesses as managing partners.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

    Lionel Richie’s show will feature a setlist of his brightest and best anthems, including “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “You Are,” “Stuck on You,” “Say You, Say Me” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.” A longtime pal, I chatted with Lionel ahead of his “Today” appearance this morning.

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    Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

    Las Vegas and the culinary world lost one of its favorite star chefs early this morning when “Iron Chef” star Kerry Simon passed away at Nathan Adelson Hospice. We will always remember Kerry, 60, fondly. He was a gentle man who will be missed greatly.

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    Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

    “We had no idea that Tao would do as well as it had, and we had no idea that we would be building a full-on hospitality company here in Las Vegas, but, through our success, more opportunities came to us, and, as we continued to execute, we got more opportunities.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

    On Aug. 16 at the Teen Choice Awards, Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears confirmed our story to E! Online: “I haven’t made up my mind. I really love doing the show. It’s a lot of fun, but I’m torn. I don’t really know what I want to do.”

  • A&E

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    With more than 200 million records sold, Mariah Carey has become the iconic singer-songwriter as the bestselling female artist of all time. Her first-ever residency, “#1 to Infinity,” starts at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace next Wednesday, May 6.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 2, 2015

    In 1980, Andre Rochat changed the face of our restaurant industry introducing Las Vegas to its first freestanding fine-dining experience. Decades before Fremont Street Experience and Zappos arrived to put downtown on the map, it belonged to Andre.

  • A&E

    Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

    Vegas DeLuxe has learned exclusively that KGB in at Harrah’s and his popular Simon Restaurant & Lounge in Palms Place will be shuttered shortly. Carson Kitchen downtown will remain open.

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    Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

    Dinner at “Top Chef” contestant Shirley Chung’s new Restaurant 28 in Irvine, Calif., is worth every moment of the journey. The former Las Vegas chef jumped from relative anonymity here to national fame as a finalist on Season 11 of the hit Bravo cooking challenge.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

    Culinary personality and Food Network star chef Ben Vaughn is joining forces with Kent and Lance Johns of the historic Atomic Liquors & Bar on Fremont Street to open a downtown Las Vegas restaurant late spring or early summer.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

    Early this morning, glamorous Italian culinary star Giada De Laurentiis revealed on her Facebook and website pages that designer husband Todd Thompson and she have call their 11-year marriage quits.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

    Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit returns to the Strip from April 23-26. Star chefs including Michael Mina, Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Guy Savoy will join Gordon Ramsay. Julian Serrano also will debut his restaurant Lago at Bellagio.

  • A&E

    Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

    Star chefs Emeril Lagasse and Daniel Boulud created the ultimate in fabulous food with five courses before “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro wheeled in one of the largest 10-story cakes ever made for the Strip.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

    “Las Vegas has truly become the world’s restaurant capital,” said celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. “Las Vegas has the best collection of celebrity restaurants and chefs of any city in the world.”

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    Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

    The celebrated and award-winning roster includes Renee Fleming, Patti LuPone, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, John Legend, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell and William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” produced by Teller of Penn & Teller. And there is so much more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

    Britney Spears’ red carpet next Friday, Dec. 27, for the world premiere of her new two-year residency show “Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood should be one of the biggest star-studded events Las Vegas has seen since The Rat Pack days.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

    The man behind Simon (Palms), KGB (Harrah’s), Pork & Beans (Container Park) and the Grill (Sapphire) says, “You battle it without knowing what the end answer is; my hope is that my current situation can be maintained. ... You’re totally in the dark, and you’ve just got to keep hoping.”

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

    At the soft opening Tuesday night of Michael and Jenna Morton’s restaurant Crush at MGM Grand, Tony told me that his new rink, which will be one of the largest in Las Vegas, will open either this weekend or in advance of next weekend.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

    “This is a huge adventure for me,” she told me at the 20th anniversary Food Network party in New York last week. “It is so exciting but at the same time nerve-wracking. It’s my first-ever restaurant. Everything will be new. It’s not a conversion of a previous restaurant.”

  • A&E

    Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

    The sudden and shocking overnight split between our Caesars Entertainment and the chic Gansevoort Hotel Group operators in New York was a totally unexpected bolt out of the blue.

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    Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

    One day after pop princess Britney Spears’ official confirmation that she’s signed on for a two-year Planet Hollywood residency comes hush-hush Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors that pop superstar Bruno Mars will follow her high-heeled Louboutins right along.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

    Pop princess Britney Spears finally confirmed early this morning that she has signed a two-year contract to headline a 96-show “Piece of Me” residency starting Dec. 27 at PH Live in Planet Hollywood.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

    Britney’s show, “Piece of Me,” begins Dec. 27 at PH Live in Planet Hollywood, and tickets go on sale this Friday (American Express cardholders, however, can purchase tickets now). It’s 96 shows over two years, with flexibility to tour in Europe and the possibility of a contract extension.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    When the music legend debuts at the mezzanine theater Sept. 26, Marvin Lee Aday will tell all of his 35 years in rock — unblemished, brutally candid and starkly honest.

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    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    Many congrats to “Pawn Stars” hero Rick Harrison on his California oceanfront wedding to DeAnna Burditt today. I would have been in Laguna ...

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    In case you missed it the first time, “Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night,” recorded at MGM Grand Garden Arena in April, is airing on CBS ...

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    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    It is estimated that the renovation of PH Live will be completed to accommodate the debut of Britney Spears’ new residency shows the week leading ...

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    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

    Luxor magician headliner Criss Angel attempted a miracle escape that not only has never been accomplished before but also cost the life of the ...

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    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    The unique production “Rocktellz & Cocktails” to be officially announced this weekend will combine rock performances and confessional conversations with top music headliners.

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    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    As magician Criss Angel prepares for his upcoming fifth anniversary of Cirque du Soleil’s “Believe” at the Luxor, he passed the 2,000-show ...

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    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    Rumors ran rampant during the executive shakeup at the Riviera last month that the 25-year record run of “Crazy Girls” also was coming to an end. ...

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    Monday, July 8, 2013

    Many Las Vegas magicians will be among the 70 illusionists and sleight-of-hand artists filming for six days on one Hollywood stage for the new ...

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    Monday, July 8, 2013

    A British-born international banker has pledged as much as $80 million for the launch of a Las Vegas-based luxury global charter airline to serve high-rollers on direct flights from China, Russia, South America and the Middle East.