Disney star David Henrie of Wizards of Waverly Place had a real Las Vegas blowout birthday bash to celebrate his 21st. His show has just been nominated for 2010 Primetime Emmys and a Teen Choice Award. David flew here with fellow Disney stars Chelsea Staub, Gregg Sulkin, Courtney Galiano and Brandon Mychal Smith for the celebration.
It kicked off at Phantom -- the Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian while he waited for the clock to tick to midnight so he could enter a nightclub to celebrate. Backstage, he posed with stars Anthony Crivello and Kristi Holden, both of whom are writing guest columns for Vegas DeLuxe while I am in Italy. Exactly at the stroke of midnight, David entered Haze in Aria, where he was presented with a cake and given a shout-out by the deejay.
The next afternoon, he and his pals hit Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria, where he enjoyed the signature Passion Cocktail and entertained fans with a water gun fight in the pool. That evening, he was at the Palazzo to watch Jersey Boys with his family and posed for a photo with stars Jeff Leibow, Deven May, Rick Faugno and Peter Saide backstage after the show.
*Lisa Lillien is known as “The Hungry Girl,” and her books have sent her to No. 1 on The New York Times bestsellers list. Hundreds of loyal readers turned up for her book signing at Planet Hollywood, where casino President Marilyn Winn welcomed her. Lisa has a free, daily global email service that provides survival strategies for guilt-free eating. Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was on duty for her meet-and-greet to unveil her 75 cocktail and Happy Hour recipes.
*Who better than Austin Powers to hit the red carpet for the grand opening of Queen Victoria Pub at the Riviera? Well, Austin in the guise of impressionist Greg London, now starring in Icons at the casino resort. Greg was accompanied by eye-catching Icon dancer Tarrah Williams-Leon. After his show, he reappeared to introduce The British Invasion comprised of Les Warner of The Cult on drums, Saun Koos of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on bass, Duncan Faure of The Bay City Rollers on vocals, guitar and keyboards and Mike Bowman on guitar.
Greg joked: “Being from London myself originally, it was so nice of The Riviera to build an authentic English pub. Now everyone knows where to find me -- and my mojo -- before and after each performance. As Austin Powers would say, ‘The Riviera is swingin,’ baby, yeah!’ ”
*Both events for Shaquille O’Neal’s visit to Caesars Palace to tape segments for his ABC series Shaq Vs were great successes. Some 1,500 people watched his boxing match against “Sugar” Shane Mosley and about 200 people showed up to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers star and his team take on Joey Chestnut in a hot dog-eating contest. Amazingly, nobody has leaked the outcomes, which will remain confidential until the August airdate. However, I can tell you that more than 60 hot dogs were consumed during the competition that lasted 5 minutes. But we still don’t know who ate what quantity -- or who won.
*Boxing photojournalist Mary Ann Owen, who is based here, is receiving global recognition for her new 270-page book Extraordinary Women of the Ring. The book is an inside look at women’s boxing as never seen before, with more than 250 images of fighters including Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila, Christy Martin, Ann Wolfe, Mia St. John, Sue Fox , Holly Holm and numerous others. I recommend this remarkable book in which Mary has covered their endless days of intense sparring before fights and the countless hours spent shadowboxing in lonely gyms.
*The Hard Rock Hotel confirmed this morning my scoop last week that Angel Management Group takes over Rehab this Sunday. The Sunday pool party is in its seventh season, and Tru TV is filming Season 3 of its Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel. More than 4,000 partygoers travel from around the world to attend Rehab each weekend, making it the biggest entertainment destination here.
*Actor and comedian Jason Alexander attended Barry Manilow’s show at Paris, and they met backstage afterward to pose for photos. … Boyz II Men were at The Orleans Showroom, and Brian Jones of Las Vegas News Bureau captured this photo. … Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta performed a two-song set, including “Good Girls Go Bad,” sharing the stage with Interscope artist Flick at Haze and let fans dance onstage with him. Also at Haze, Marcus Banks of the Toronto Raptors, Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics, Marcus Camby of the Portland Trail Blazers, Gerald Sensabaugh of the Dallas Cowboys and Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans. … USA soccer forward Landon Donovan soaked up the sun at Liquid Pool Lounge and got DJ Loczi to give him lessons in the art of spinning. … Bachelor star millionaire Andrew Firestone was at Hard Rock’s Beach Club with wife Ivana Bozilovic enjoying Mexican food delivered to their cabana. … Devin Harris of the New Jersey Nets dined at Boa Steakhouse last night a Forum Shops in Caesars Palace.
*Maroon 5 frontman and guitarist Adam Levine dined at N9NE Steakhouse in a party of seven. MMA fighter Stephan Bonnar, Sacramento Kings players Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, Busari Raji of the Green Bay Packers and Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets also were at N9NE. Next door at Rain, rapper Snoop Dogg played a private performance for guests of PokerStars.net attending the World Series of Poker tournaments. Marcus hit Rain and then Ghostbar upstairs at 1 a.m., where Phoenix Suns assistant coach Dan Majerle was partying. Earlier, Dan soaked up the sun at Palms Pool & Bungalows, where Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban hung out in a cabana. Upstairs at Moon, Three 6 Mafia and Boyz II Men were at separate tables and danced with partygoers. Actor Hank Azaria dined at Nove Italiano with actor Matt Levin. Upstairs at The Playboy Club, retired NBA star Bill Cartwright, now assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns, was joined by retired player Bob Thornton. Standup comic Gregg Proops arrived with members of The Playboy Comedy Tour and Motley Crue rocker Vince Neil and his wife Lia.
*Today’s 2010 NBA Summer League games: Denver vs. Chicago, 1 p.m., Cox Pavilion; Cleveland vs. NBA D-League, 3 p.m., Cox Pavilion; Houston vs. Toronto, 3:30 p.m., Thomas & Mack Arena; Milwaukee vs. Memphis, 5 p.m., Cox Pavilion; Sacramento vs. L.A. Lakers, 5:30 p.m., Thomas & Mack Arena; Portland vs. New Orleans, 7 p.m., Cox Pavilion; and Golden State vs. Miami, 7:30 p.m., Thomas & Mack Center.
Record producer and DJ George Acosta brings the sounds of South Beach to Blush in the Wynn. … Comedian Rich Shydner is at The Improv at Harrah’s twice nightly through Sunday with Jim McCue and Daryl Wright.
Vanna White goes off on a fabulous shopping spree, and we have the exclusive photo shoot, plus our one-on-one with Pat Sajak as the Wheel of Fortune stars begin shooting six weeks of Las Vegas shows for next season.
It’s also the first day of our guest columnists filling in for me as I make my annual trek to Tuscany, the centerpiece of Italy’s magnificent wine country. I’ll be under the Tuscan sun for 2 1/2 weeks, and Vegas DeLuxe will be in the very capable hands of our Editor Don Chareunsy and a host of Strip stars who’ve kindly put fingers to keyboard for me.
We start tomorrow with summer fashion tips from Pawn Stars’ Chumlee. If you think he’s funny, wait until you read Sin City Diaries on Thursday from Defending the Caveman star Kevin Burke. On Friday, Peepshow star Holly Madison and master magician Lance Burton contribute their columns.
Guest columnists also include Carrot Top, George Wallace, Grandma Lee, Louie Anderson, Human Nature, Rick Harrison, Josh Strickland, Cheaza, cast members of Crazy Girls and Phantom -- Las Vegas Spectacular, plus some of our city’s very best star chefs. Don’t miss any of them because they are fun, fascinating and informative.
Also while I’m on holiday, our exclusive and incredible photo tour of our day with illusionist Criss Angel at his new magnificent mountaintop estate Serenity. It’s Criss as you’ve never heard or seen him before, and only at Vegas DeLuxe. Ciao!
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