Strip Scribbles: Channing Tatum, Joey Lawrence, Rio’s Chippendales

Channing Tatum in “Magic Mike.”

The bare-chested hunks of Chippendales are about to get a whole lot hotter starting next month as they celebrate their 4,000th performance May 31. Heartthrob Channing Tatum’s new film “Magic Mike” about male strippers will be released June 29, and actor and singer Joey Lawrence will be the guest host of Chippendales at the Rio from June 7-24.

Channing stars as an exotic dancer (something he did before he became a star), and his male dance cast borrowed the Chippendales trademark uniform of collars and cuffs for “Magic Mike.” Here’s a trailer of the movie, which is loosely based on male revue dancers like Chippendales. Be forewarned about Channing’s wild moves and him stripping down to a G-string.

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To lead up to the movie’s premiere, Joey, from “Blossom” and “Dancing With the Stars” to his recent commercial for Old Navy and Season 2 of “Melissa and Joey,” will rock the Rio with a three-week guest stint where “he’ll flex his vocal chords and muscles as he sings, dances and hosts.” No official word yet as to whether he’ll rip off his tux, T-shirt and pants.

“We are thrilled to have someone as talented as Joey joining our show this summer -- he’s a true triple-threat,” says Kevin Denberg, managing partner of Chippendales. “With the combination of our award-winning show and the forthcoming ‘Magic Mike,’ the male revue is making its way back into the mainstream, and we expect the addition of Joey to drive even more excitement to the industry.”

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Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer star in “Magic Mike.”

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Channing Tatum in "Magic Mike."

Jeff Timmons in Chippendales at the Rio

Joey follows in the footsteps of Ronnie Ortiz-Magro of “Jersey Shore,” Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees fame and Jake Pavelka of “The Bachelor” as guest hosts.

OBAMA AMNESTY SOUGHT: Following up on our Area 51 UFOs story posted Tuesday, Vegas DeLuxe has learned that Las Vegas resident Col. John Alexander is asking three top Obama administration officials to grant amnesty for military personnel who want to talk about their UFO encounters. He’ll reveal his plan Thursday in a speech at the Area 51 exhibit in the National Atomic Testing Museum just off the Strip.

My AOL and Huffington Post pal Lee Spiegel tipped me that the top-ranked military officer is making his case to President Obama’s top three military advisers: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus and National Intelligence Director Gen. James Clapper./ You can read the full details in Lee’s report of why members of the military have been reluctant -- out of fear, ridicule and repercussions -- to mention UFO experiences and how John plans to change that.

Natasha Wicks Runs in Las Vegas 5K

FIRST RACE IN 7 YEARS: Injured UFC ring girl turned Olympic Team USA hopeful Natasha Wicks had a great comeback 5K race here with a time of 21:18. She placed 5th in her age group (26 to 35 years old) out of 1,000 runners; we posted an interview with her on April 23. Natasha told Vegas DeLuxe: “I had so much fun racing the Las Vegas 5K. The out and back made for a fast course, and being on Las Vegas Boulevard made it feel forbidden. As far as how I did, I am happy with my time considering I have not raced in seven years. I wasn’t expecting much more.

“It felt great to be racing again, going through the motions and nerves pre-race and feeling like a champ while finishing the race. It was a big motivation to see how quickly I improved and how fast my muscle memory is and then moving beyond that. I am grateful for Ryno Running for believing in me and being patient while I build back up.” Ryan Geurts, president of sponsor Ryno Running, added: “I am pleased with Natasha’s comeback race performance. Her finishing time was very close to what I had projected for her first race back. It takes a few races to really knock the dust off. I am excited to see how her season progresses.” Stunt rider T.J. Lavin hosted the awards ceremony.

Vince Neil's Girls, Girls, Girls

HAPPY 25TH: “Girls, Girls, Girls” is the song that sets apart Vince Neil, our hometown rocker and Motley Crue frontman, and the classic celebrated its 25th anniversary Tuesday. It hit #2 on the Billboard 200 and has since sold more than 4 million. Rock historians describe the album as telling “the dark period of the band’s career of drugs, debauchery, dysfunction and alcohol in the seedy underworld of Los Angeles they personally crafted.”

BIGGEST TABLE: Project Dinner Table will have its biggest event to date with 200-plus tickets already sold for a five-course meal by chef Philipp Norsetter, who helms T-Bones at Red Rock Resort. PDT is at Jackie Gaughan Plaza at the El Cortez, and Philipp says he’ll serve smoked trout salad, English pea and spring garlic soup, seafood paella, grilled flank steak and strawberry rhubarb pie. Child Focus and Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation will benefit from the farm-to-table festivities. Tickets, at $140, are still available at

Project Dinner Table: El Cortez Walkway and Emergency Arts

MONTH OF ART: Executives at the Venetian and Palazzo have confirmed they that will kick off their first of the three summer months festival Carnevale with Art Month (Mese di Arte) from June 4-30, with the resorts transformed into a living art gallery. There will be 3D chalk artists, glassblowers, potters, living art installations and an interactive Art Walk. Visitors may purchase artwork. Master craftsman Dr. Robert Shield will demonstrate glassblowing, 3D artist Melanie Stimmel (“South Park”) will create her works of art, and Thom Bumblauskas of Clay Arts will produce ceramics on a potter’s wheel. Carnevale continues through Sept. 9.

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Terry Fator, Scott Hamilton and Taylor Makakoa.


Olympic figure-skating champion Scott Hamilton watched Terry Fator’s headliner show at the Mirage and met backstage before curtain up for a photo with Terry and wife Taylor Makakoa. Burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese arrived at Mandalay Bay, after rave reviews for “Strip, Strip Hooray” in San Diego, for her three nights at House of Blues starting Thursday. Fox News will be filming the first part of her provocative performance, and she is the cover girl of our sister publication Las Vegas Weekly on Thursday.

Holly Madison, Tim Allen at Salute Our Troops


Our nation’s wounded warriors are welcomed to a weekend of entertaining, dining and relaxation at the Venetian and Palazzo courtesy of owner Sheldon Adelson, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Capital One’s job fair Hiring Our Heroes. Paper Diamond plays Ghostbar at the Palms. Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready leads the Flight to Mars tribute at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip as a 9 p.m. charity fundraiser for his 20-year battle with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. Fans can hang with the band beforehand for sound check. And Quinn Dahle and Brandt Tobler headline at Big Al’s Comedy Club at the Orleans through Sunday.

Dita Von Teese at Hyde in Bellagio


Dita talks about her new striptease show, and Playmate and reality TV star Laura Croft continues to observe Las Vegas fashion. Plus, secrets and video of Jeff Trachta’s amazing new variety impressions show at the Palms, where he sings with as many as 30 versions of the stars he’s impersonating.

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