Illusionist of the Decade Criss Angel has started work on changing part of his Luxor theater lobbies to display $2 million in career highlights memorabilia. The new Criss Angel vault also will house a collection of his unique motorcycles that he’s used for Mindfreak stunts. The attraction will be an in-person, value-added highlight for VIP ticketholders.
Criss, who is already in production with an amazing project to be launched this summer from Las Vegas, just completed two new Orville Redenbacher magic commercials, both of which are tongue-in-cheek spoofs of his talents. A couple watching him on television aren’t surprised when he levitates into their home but really get excited when he changes a plain bag into Orville’s new five-flavors three-pack and six-pack PopUp Bowls. The popcorn commercials debut April 25. It took 16 hours on his day off from Believe to shoot the two commercials and perform the illusions.
*Hometown rocker Brandon Flowers of The Killers was the surprise headline concert attraction when Pure at Caesars Palace celebrated six years of nonstop partying with an anniversary event. Nightclub and nightlife executives, staffers and fans gathered to re-live the incredible events and memories of the past 72 months.
Brandon took the stage just after 1 a.m. and kicked off with one of his latest songs from his first solo album Flamingo. The energy skyrocketed when he performed “Mr. Brightside,” and he also paid tribute to Sin City with a rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas.”
*Over at sister nightclub LAX at the Luxor, singer Colby O’Donis celebrated his 22nd birthday last night. Colby arrived dressed all in black, including matching leather jacket and gloves, in an entourage of 10. The Grammy nominee posed for photographs in the crowd while flirting with the ladies, our spywitness reported. He performed his hits, including his feature in Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance,” and closed with “What You Got.”
Spring Breakers sang along and danced as he performed, so he busted out with some dance moves of his own to end the 15-minute set and was presented with a three-tiered, red-and-black, music-themed cake. Friends and fans sang “Happy Birthday” to him, and the party continued until nearly dawn.
*Additional performers joining Sugarland for the first-ever ACM Fan Jam include New Solo Vocalist winner Eric Church and New Duo winner The Band Perry, who now compete for New Artist of the Year. They’ll appear with Randy Houser, Little Big Town and Steel Magnolia. Newcomers Laura Bell Bundy, Sarah Darling, Bradley Gaskins and Casey James also perform at the Mandalay Bay event April 3.
It takes place during and after the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena and airing on CBS, with multiple cutaways between the two. Great American Country’s Bill Cody is hosting the jam in celebrating his 40th broadcast anniversary.
*Actor Ryan Reynolds will jet round trip from filming the action thriller Safe House with Denzel Washington to pick up his award as CinemaCon Male Star of the Year at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 31. Ryan stars in this summer’s Green Lantern dropping June 17 and also will be seen this year in The Change Up with Jason Bateman.
*Listeners and members have the rare chance to support public radio and experience Barry Manilow’s production at the Paris for two nights of shows March 25 and 26 with specially priced tickets to benefit Nevada Public Radio. The superstar singer, pianist and songwriter is making the donation, with proceeds directly benefiting NPR.
*Congratulations to Las Vegas schoolgirl Branagh McMullan, daughter of McMullan’s Pub owners Brian and Lynn McMullan, on raising $6,330 toward her goal of $10,000. She hopes to hit that today at Alexander Dawson School when her head is shorn in the St. Baldrick’s charity fundraiser fighting children’s cancer. Many of her schoolmates are joining her for the hair shaving.
The Hangover actor Bryan Callen, who regularly appeared on MADtv, headlines four shows over the next three nights at The Playboy Comedy Lounge at the Palms with hosts Paul Hughes and Cort McCowan. Edward Maya performs at Haze at Aria.
Happy Birthday to Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria as she celebrates with dinner at her restaurant Beso and then upstairs at her nightclub Eve. Tino Coury, with his debut hit “Diary,” is the guest performer and will sing “Happy Birthday” to the beautiful lady. Plus, we have the rundown of the stars playing in Neon City this weekend and an extraordinary photo gallery of the floral exhibit at the Bellagio.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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