Personalities / Insights

The Show to See: Céline Dion

Céline Dion kicks off a three-year Vegas stint.

March 21, 2011

On March 15, the incomparable Céline Dion took to the stage for a three-year engagement at the place that started it all, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The beloved French-Canadian songstress will again make grown women cry with her brand-new show paying homage to Hollywood.;


Celeb Talk: Katharine McPhee

From Vegas to American Idol, Katharine McPhee chats.

March 07, 2011

Everyone Always Asks Me: What Simon Cowell is really like. But now people are finally starting to know me from things other than American Idol.

Secret Weapon When Traveling: I’m a big vitamin taker and take probiotics to keep me healthy. I also put a thin layer of Vaseline in my nose before I get on a plane to block infections.

Vegas Is: Maybe the only place left where you can see someone at 6 in the morning in a sequined gown and not look twice. I just love it!

Favorite Place to Go in Town: Still has to be Tao. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad meal there.

The First Time I Ever Visited: Was when I came to be on Ed McMahon’s Next Big Star show when I was 17. Once again, always the bridesmaid! I came in second. First prize was a PT Cruiser, and I really wanted it!

Favorite Charity: Feeding America and its program to ensure that children have access to meals. I’m on their entertainment council and get to meet a lot of the kids.

By Lisa Arcella


Adam Carolla Talks Vegas

The radio star and comedian weighs in on Sin City

January 24, 2011

We caught up with Adam Carolla—radio personality, comedian, actor, author—to see what he really thinks of Vegas.

Vegas is: The best and worst that society has to offer.

The worst part: McCarran International Airport is the worst airport in the country. LAX is bad, but not consistently bad. It’s hit-or-miss bad.

Your favorite comedy show seen in Vegas: I don’t like comedy that much, so I never go to comedy clubs. I consider this a job like everything else. When I was a carpenter and driving to Simi Valley for a job, no one said, “You must love concrete!”

The part of comedy you actually enjoy: It feels good when you’re onstage and people laugh. You’re a better man for that sense of satisfaction.

Gambling: I’m an unlucky person. The guys to my left and right get blackjack five times, as I get a 13. I never win. The last 10 times I sat down, it was pathetic. At a certain point, I thought, this is ridiculous. So I stopped.

In your new book, In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks, you call yourself middle-aged: I don’t act or sound like it, but rules are rules. If you live to 70, 78, then 39 is essentially middle-aged. What are you going to do?


Wing Man

Actor Sean Wing on his Vegas beginnings

December 13, 2010

I became an actor… After I saw Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire.

I love my new role (Chad Griffin on ABC's The Whole Truth) because… Of the entire ensemble, he's the most inexperienced. I like his potential and that he has to prove himself.

People know I'm from Vegas when… I tell them my mom went into labor at Circus Circus Casino.

Favorite guilty pleasure… Bare pool & lounge in the summer.

When I'm in Vegas I always go to… Peppermill. I was there my entire junior year of high school.

Favorite times as a kid in Vegas… Were during my year at the Las Vegas Academy. We'd skip school and go to the strip.

Post-21st Birthday… I threw one of my best friends a bachelor party. We'll take those stories to the grave.

The last time I was in Vegas… Was at least a year ago. This inspired me.


Molina Madness

The scoop on super-popular Latin Grammy Awards red-carpet host Raúl de Molina.

November 18, 2010

Mandalay Bay Arts Center hosted the 11th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 11, and the man on the red carpet—and shooting exclusive photos for—was Raúl de Molina (PICTURED AT RIGHT). Read the scoop on him here: 

  • De Molina is the multiple-Emmy-award winning cohost of Univision network’s number-one rated entertainment news show, El Gordo y La Flaca, which he has co-hosted with Lili Estefan for the past 12 years. (Estefan is the niece of music mogul and producer Emilio Estefan, who is the husband of singer/song writer Gloria Estefan.)
  • El Gordo y La Flaca has more viewers in its time slot than ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX combined. 
  • In 2008 People en Espanol named de Molina one of the most influential Hispanics in the United States.
  • He is a serious art collector and on the host committee for Art Basel Miami Beach. His art collection includes pieces by Kcho, Jesus Rafael Soto, Bedia, Mendive, Martin Schoeller, Agustín Bejarano, Purvis Young, Duval Carrié and Gustavo Acosta, among others.
  • He wrote the bestselling book La Dieta del Gordo and is an accomplished photojournalist, whose work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Life and Paris Match. He was one of the original contributors to the Huffington Post’s food section, and he continues to write regularly on topics ranging from food and travel to sports and Hispanic culture.


Marathon Mission

Robin Quivers prepares for the ING New York City Marathon with a cause in mind.

October 21, 2010

Robin Quivers, perhaps best known as co-host of The Howard Stern Show, decided that this was the year she would tackle a marathon—all 26.2 miles of it. She also decided that her ING New York City Marathon trek on November 7 should further more than just her overall health. Under the aegis of her 15 Foundation, her participation will benefit Family Cook Productions and The Sylvia Center. Quivers chatted with us about her training, marathon tips and the beauty of giving back.

What inspired you to run the marathon?
ROBIN QUIVERS: I’ve been in the habit of giving myself physical challenges for years, even when I just worked out in the gym. I would put myself on a really strict exercise and eating plan for a period of time just to find out what would happen. Then I experienced some health issues that prevented me from working out at all. Those were sad years. All during that time my only goal was to be able to walk without pain again. Since I’ve experienced this miraculous recovery, I just wanted to see how much this body could do.

What have you learned from this experience?
I really want to stress that I’ve never been a runner, so to take this on in any way is amazing to me. At first I couldn’t get beyond three miles. I’ve learned that I don’t get runner’s high and I’ve given up on the idea that I’m going to tap into some hidden reservoir of athletic talent. But most importantly, I’ve learned that even when it doesn’t feel good I can still achieve what I set out to accomplish.  

15 Foundation: What made you want to give back?
I knew there were a lot of people who have figured out successful solutions to some of the problems we face today. I wanted to do what I could to bring awareness to those people and organizations and to help raise money for them if I could. The cofounder of 15, Brendan Murphy, and I decided to focus on children and education because we feel it’s the key to truly transforming lives. In the process of investigating what’s happening in the various communities in which we’ve worked, we’ve discovered some really amazing and dedicated people. But there’s nothing more rewarding than meeting the young people who’ve been touched by the programs we’ve supported.

It sounds like this is all very close to your heart.
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the helping hand extended to me by many people when I was growing up, so giving back comes naturally. I’ve always volunteered. I was a Big Sister and I’ve served on the board of charities and raised money for causes I supported. The 15 Foundation was a reaction to what I saw going on in the media and in politics. We only hear about what’s not working, and I had become very cynical. One day I woke up and realized it’s not just the job of politicians and the media to make the country what I want it to be. It’s my job, too. My ambitions for 15 are lofty. One day I would like it to be a self-sufficient organization dedicated to the education and betterment of children around the world. I’d like it to be a resource for people with great ideas and an emblem of what can be done when you set your mind to it.

Family Cook Productions and The Sylvia Center are perfect picks for the marathon to benefit.
I transformed my own life by changing my diet. As a result, I gained a new awareness and respect for food. I’m also aware of just how much the way we eat and how we learn about food has changed in my lifetime—and the results haven’t all been good. I wanted my run to be about raising awareness about the importance of nutrition and exercise, and I found that both these organizations were founded to address those issues. 

Is there one essential marathon-training tip you hold to?
Preparation is everything. That means wearing the right clothing, having the right shoes, being well-hydrated, eating right and carrying the right kind of fuel with you on the run. Oh, and music helps too.

Have you and Howard ever gone on a run together?
It happened one day sort of by accident. We both run in the park but we usually don’t start at the same time. I’ve seen him out there either finishing or just starting, but on this particular day he was alone and I had another mile and a half to go so he joined me until I was done. It was fun, but I’m not a fast runner and I don’t want to slow anyone down.

by ingrid skjong


Don’t Cha Wish You Could Dance Like Me?

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars front-runner Nicole Scherzinger parties at Pure Nightclub.

July 28, 2010

Nicole Scherzinger sang and danced the night away at Caesars Palace’sPure Nightclub on May 8. Scherzinger, a favorite on Dancing with the Stars, showed off her moves with friends in the VIP area next to DJ Devin Lucien’s booth. The singer performed two Pussycat Dolls songs, “Don’t Cha” and “When I Grow Up,” for the packed crowd. Donning a black dress—one of her own designs—and Sergio Rossi heels, she then posed graciously for photos with fans wishing her good luck on DWTS.



Keeping Up with the Kardashians

The Kardashian sisters celebrate a birthday poolside.

July 28, 2010

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Kardashian sisters and friends; Khloé, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian; Kim and Khloé Kardashian. Photographs by Wire Images/Denise Truscello

Kim and Khloé Kardashian threw a 31st birthday bash for big sister Kourtney at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino’s Wet Republic in Las Vegas on April 24. As the trio made their entrance, friends and family sang “Happy Birthday” and the sisters (staying uncharacteristically covered up) posed for photos before lounging poolside in their VIP bungalow. Partygoers danced in the Saturday sun to tunes spun by DJ Hollywood and watched as Kourtney—who gave birth to a baby boy last December—blew out the candles on her three-tier, teal-and-cream birthday cake provided by Bombay Sapphire gin.



Lady Lewis

Leona Lewis celebrates her birthday in true songstress style.

July 28, 2010

It’s not unusual for celebrities to celebrate their birthdays in Sin City, but it is special when they perform at the same occasion. Such was the case on April 3 at Pure Nightclub when Leona Lewis serenaded guests with some of her hits, including “Bleeding Love.”

The stars were out in droves to help the singer celebrate, including Danny Masterson, Ryan Cabrera and Lewis’ good friend Bijou Phillips. Lewis shined in a vintage black beaded gown and looked better than ever—perhaps modestly indulging in her giant birthday cake is part of the secret to her svelte success?



Please Teese Me

Dita Von Teese does her thing.

July 28, 2010

From the showgirls to the exotic dancers, Las Vegas boasts an abundance of, ahem, womanly reviews. But when famed burlesque star Dita Von Teese brings her sensual burlesque act to the MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris (March 31 to April 7) local ladies may want to take a lesson.

To accommodate the intimate venue, Von Teese is forgoing her towering sets and intricate costumes featuring handstitched Swarovski crystals and feathers, feathers and more feathers for pieces by haute couturier Elie Saab and Christian Dior suits. “I’ve seen a lot of the shows in Las Vegas, and I stand behind the Crazy Horse as being the sexiest, most seductive show in all of Vegas,” says Von Teese. “It’s so sophisticated and I don’t think until you really see it that you can understand the way they bring together the art of the nude and glorifying the female form with supreme French-style sophistication and elegance. It’s really a spectacular show and it’s an honor to be able to perform with them.”

VEGAS: With so many different venues in town, what attracted you to the Crazy Horse? 
DITA VON TEESE: One of the great things about the Crazy Horse is the stage has this really incredible quality to it that makes the women, the dancers, look very tall and it makes a spectacular artistic lighting. For this show, I chose a lot of my favorite acts [from Le Crazy Horse Paris] and put them together in an hour-and-a-half-long review.

Do you ever think you would do an extended residency in Las Vegas? 
I am my own financer, director, choreographer and stylist, so I think it suits me to perform with the Crazy Horse. I spend $50,000 to create those seven minutes that the curtains are open on me. The stakes are high, it’s got to be good and I have to believe in it. There’s something different that comes from that when it’s your own. I’m not an exhibitionist; I don’t go up there with the intention of just seducing. But of course I feel like I could take it even a step further and do a very grand spectacle.

Not only the money, but the time that goes into producing even one act, must be extensive. 
It depends. One of my most recent shows, I made an elaborate Chinese-style opium den—it took me four years before I was finally ready to perform it. These shows at the Crazy Horse, I began preparing them about eight months before.

How do you picture your life after performing? 
I just don’t really think much about it because besides performing I have a lot going on. I’m writing my third book now, and what I’m best at is not being the prettiest dancer with the best body; what I’m good at is creating shows. I don’t believe that the reason people come to see me is that they’re amazed by my dancing ability or my beauty. I believe it’s because I’m good at making an interesting show, and I just happen to be the one that’s in it.


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