It’s an overly ambitious photo shoot as Extra host Mario Lopez and The Hills star Lo Bosworth oversee hundreds of bikini-clad and fearless females at Planet Hollywood’s pool today. Mario will emcee the effort as the ladies laze about to spell the word C-O-S-M-O for a photograph as a photographer in a helicopter above snaps the image to be featured in Cosmopolitan’s August issue.
The stunt kicks off the 2010 Nivea Goodbye, Cellulite, Hello, Bikini challenge. Midi Mafia joins DJ Mika to keep the curvy cuties entertained and in correct line formation. The first 1,000 girls who show up to take part receive free designer bikinis by Shay Todd for Nivea.
Mario plans to sign copies of his new book Extra Lean, and to help keep people energized, Celsius will be handed out. Mario is the national spokesman for the energy drink and uses it in tandem with his exercise routines for his sexy physique. Vegas DeLuxe will have full photo coverage tomorrow of the spelling bee -- B for bikini! The official after-party is at Jet in The Mirage tonight.
*Our 10 days of Vegas Uncork’d TV reports start broadcasting today on the syndicated show Daytime that airs on more than 110 NBC and RTN stations coast to coast. First up today is a two-parter with Caesars Palace chef Bobby Flay at his Mesa Grill. Tomorrow, Daytime will broadcast my long Wolfgang Puck interview filmed in his kitchen at CUT in the Palazzo.
On Wednesday, to tie in with Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, you’ll see my interview with Rick Moonen and the next day with Susan Feniger, both from Mandalay Bay. The series continues after the Memorial Day weekend with another six episodes.
*The curtain went up at midnight yesterday for the Broadway Bares fundraiser at the Peepshow theater in Planet Hollywood hosted by the hit revue’s stars Holly Madison and Josh Strickland. Performers included casts of Peepshow, Chippendales, Le Reve, The Lion King, Sin City Comedy, Viva Elvis, Zumanity, Sin City Bad Girls and many dancers. The biggest audience reactions came from Le Reve’s “Vessel,” a high-powered performance with the entire cast, even though there was no nudity.
Our spywitness reported: “The Lion King’s ‘Fantasy’ was pretty racy for a Disney show, and Sin City Comedy’s Dorimar Bonilla, whose unique dance shoes seemed to make as much buzz as her performance. She custom designed her lipstick red high-heeled dance pumps and had them specially manufactured in Brazil. At the end of the show, all of the performers paraded around the stage allowing the audience to put dollar bills in their costumes in order to raise more money.”
Choreographer Nick Kenkel, who works with Peepshow, organized the concert and has been part of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for the past eight years.
*Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was back in Las Vegas over the weekend as the kick-off guest speaker at the General Session of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 90,000-strong convention has our restaurants and clubs packed through Wednesday night with parties, events and meetings. Sarah spoke about current events shaping the country today from her political perspective.
*Yacht brokers who sell and charter those mega ships to the rich and famous at the just-ended Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera report that hotel mogul Steve Wynn has sold his Four Aces vessel there.
*Strip entertainment insiders are smiling at the new Crazy Horse Paris promo photos because they are an almost exact duplicate of the highly successful mid 1990s ad campaign still in use by the rival Crazy Girls at the Riviera.
How can you just not love this photo of UFC fighter Randy Couture enjoying a night away from the rigors of the ring with the Botero Sister sexpots from Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity at New York-New York? After watching the saucy cabaret revue last night, Randy went backstage to meet the cast and applauded them on the presentation. … After spending nearly two weeks at Cannes with her sister Nicky Hilton and family, Paris Hilton wasted no time jet setting right back to Las Vegas and made her nightclub home at Victor Drai’s XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore. She partied at the megaclub all weekend long and was seated at Victor’s exclusive VIP table along with other celebrity friends for two consecutive nights. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, Playboy Playmates Jayde Nicole and Kelly Carrington and Dallas Mavericks star Jason Kidd also were there. … UFC ring girl and current Maxim cover model Arianny Celeste had snacks at Pink Taco in the Hard Rock Hotel before attending the fights in the nearby Joint. Over at the HRH Tower suites, American Idol creator Simon Fuller had a late dinner at the new tapas restaurant Johnny Smalls. … Deborah Gibson had breakfast at Iron Chef Kerry Simon’s restaurant in Palms Place. … Actress Ali Larter hung out in the lounge at First Food & Bar in the Palazzo, while in the restaurant, comedian Richard Kind dined with friends.
Standup comics Mark Sweet and Stanley Ullman begin a run at the Riviera Comedy Club through Sunday night. … Mickey Avalon performs at Bare Pool Lounge in The Mirage.
Wayne Newton spills the secrets about his two new movies, and we’ve got the inside story from the gala opening of the amazing Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health downtown, plus the renderings to show how the new Las Vegas Mob Museum will look.
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