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Las Vegas Producer of the Month. Marleen Marino (pictured), founder and publisher of the influential VegasCommunityOnline.com, was named Producer of the Month for March on Entertainment Network.
Entertainment Network says: “Marleen Marino is a true innovator and has created one of the fasting growing local websites in Las Vegas. Going into its third year, Vegas Community Online (VCO) a website about Las Vegas, has grown to over 120 contributing columnists which make it unique to all other Las Vegas websites.”
Entertainment Network is a Talent Referral Agency based in Las Vegas. The purpose of the Network is to find work for the entertainers and the referral of talent to agents and producers for their events and shows. The agency, began in 1983, is now run by Director/Editor/Referral Agent Bea Fogelman.
Entertainment Network features celebrity impersonators, impressionists, look-alikes, voice-alikes, actors, comedians, ventriloquists, hypnotists, and psychics as well as technical production personnel. http://www.entertainmentnetwork.us.com/.
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Movies This Week
Jumper - YES
The Spiderwick Chronicles - YES
Vantage Point - YES
Mega Bubble Show. Magician Steve Wyrick proudly introduced (and was friendly at the reception with the guests) Multi-Guinness Book World Record holder Fan Yang at the Grand Opening VIP Night for a new show, "Mega Bubble Show," at the Steve Wyrick Theatre in the Miracle Mile Shops. The updated version of the Gazillion Bubble Show is all about bubbles. Fan Yang turns bubbles into a new field of artistry. He creates bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning, bouncing, floating bubbles, and bubbles that hold people. I had a life-size photo – in my full length mink – taken inside a rainbow colored bubble!
The children in the audience loved the show and special bubble makers are available for purchase. I got enough bubble-making liquid to have a Valentine’s Day party for two. Tickets for The Mega Bubble Show can be ordered by visiting www.SteveWyrickTheatre.com or by calling 702-777-9974. Running time is 70 minutes with no intermission.
Toxic Audio. Next up on the pre-party and show circuit was Toxic Audio at producer David Saxe’s V Theater at Planet Hollywood. The five member group performs a highly entertaining mix of musical genres and highly enjoyable comedy. You are told that Toxic Audio uses absolutely no music or electronic tricks – all the “music” is produced by human voices.
David Saxe has
brought this off-Broadway hit to Las Vegas. Toxic Audio was the winner of the
prestigious Drama Desk Award for “The Most Unique Theatrical Experience in
America.” It was also voted No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal/ Zagat Theater
Survey. Show Times: 9 p.m. Friday - Wednesday. Prices:
$53.90 Adult G/A, $64.90 Adult VIP, $73.90 Adult G/A with Dinner and $84.90 Adult VIP with Dinner. http://www.varietytheater.com/
Charity Gala for Lou Ruvo Brain Institute. Last week the 12th Annual Keep Memory Alive Foundation charity gala to benefit the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute was held at The Pavilion at MGM Grand. In attendance was a fabulous array of celebrities and stars, including Frank Gehry (he designed the wavy complex pictured).
After the Red Carpet Arrivals there was a Silent Auction Reception followed by a world-class dinner prepared by culinary legends Wolfgang Puck, Tom Colicchio and Guy Savoy. The evening’s festivities included a live auction featuring such fabulous items as a trip to Italy with Mario Batali (who recently completed a cooking show in Spain with Gwyneth Platrow), dinner in New York City with Soprano stars Lorraine Bracco and Steve Schirripa, private tennis lessons with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graff, a Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadster, a walk-on role to the television series 24, tickets to the 2008 Grammy’s and much more.
Keep Memory Alive,
supporting the mission of the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute, is a Las Vegas based
nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, ALS, and Memory Disorders. http://www.keepmemoryalive.org/
Wild West Comedy Show. I’d like to recommend Vince Vaughn’s new movie “Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland”, if you enjoy comedy shows.
Break-out comedian Sebastian Maniscalco deserves his own TV series or a big movie.
I saw Sebastian Maniscalco (pictured) open for BB King & Al Green at Hard Rock Hotel last September. He was brilliant and hysterical. BB’s audience was elderly and the acoustics were awful but Sebastian heroically plowed through. The Joint has some VIP seating somewhere upstairs but I had a standing room only ticket. This meant that 50 of us had to keep moving around being shoved along by waitresses and security. For BB’s and Al’s fans, small folding chairs – lashed together with plastic ties – were set up. There must have been 500 or more people packed into The Joint. Many of them had trouble fitting into the seats. One robust man called out for a knife to cut free his chair so he’d have more room. When you have a standing-room only ticket, it’s not a good idea to get to the event two hours early.
There were more canes than at Lourdes.
Like me, Maniscalco was astonished at the HRH’s dress code. All the female hotel residents were walking around the casino in bikini tops and thongs. All the guys were shirtless in low-slung swimming trunks.
Maniscalco (minus his raunchier material) is one of four comedians Vince Vaughn has assembled for his "Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights -- Hollywood to the Heartland".
I liked the fact that Vaughn – Lord knows he doesn’t need to do it – lived on the tour bus with the guys, introduced the acts, did skits, cajoled his celebrity friends to turn up, and did Meets & Greets! He did all the radio publicity! What a guy!
And not one movie star hissy fit.
Everybody loves the Vince Vaughn movie persona. Here he is as likeable and hangs out! And he brings along terrific clips and has helped his buddies from way back in time (pre-Swingers”) to make it.
The four comedians are the aforementioned Sebastian, former Vaughn roommate Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, and Bret Ernst. Vaughn’s buddies include Jon Favreau (who claimed anyone could have played Vince’s iconic role in “Swingers” and proves it!), Justin Long, Dwight Yoakam and the very generous Buck Owens (who gives Vince a guitar!).
Where were the comedy groupies hanging outside the buses? Where was the pot
We get a snapshot of every city on the 30 day tour. Not to be insensitive to the misery of the real world, the tour stops at the heel of Hurricane Katrina, visits a park site shelter, and invites the newly homeless to a benefit show.
I was disappointed with Ahmed Ahmed. Where was his tough, pissed-off “I’m a Muslim in America” material? Besides the break-out Sebastian, John Caparulo and Bret Ernst certainly have a future.
I’ll be looking for Maniscalco to headline here in Las Vegas and after “Wild West Comedy Show”, so will you.
Christ the Redemer Hit by Lightning. I visited Christ the Redeemer, the world's largest statue of Jesus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I also went to Sugarloaf Mountain. The statue is 130ft tall, is made of 700 tons of reinforced concrete and stands atop the 2,296ft Corcovado mountain overlooking the city.
The statue is struck last Sunday during a thunderstorm causing havoc in Rio and felling trees in several neighborhoods but did not damage the statue. Christ the Redemmer was named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
I know that Brazilians consider this a portentous event.
Madonna Does Know What People Think of Her. Madonna New Face (pictured with her daughter) recently hosted to a celebrity-studded event on the lawns of the United Nations to aid Malawi orphans, UNICEF, and to inaugurate a new Gucci store.
Promoting improvished orphans and a luxury store where celebrities got gift bags filled with a Gucci bag and Gucci products. Am I the only one seeing irony here?
Madonna told the crowd: "I've earned a reputation for many things: pushing the envelope, for being a provocateur, for never taking no for an answer. For endlessly reinventing myself, for being a cult member, a kidnapper. For being ambitious, outrageous and irreverent. And for never settling for second best."
The Future Without Female DNA. US scientists say they have produced embryos that are clones of two men, in an attempt to produce patient-specific stem cells.
Well, at least that’s what they say they are doing. But we know better.
Researchers removed DNA from donated human eggs, and replaced it with DNA from the skin cells of two volunteers. They produced embryos with genetic material that matched the men's, but did not go on to extract stem cells.
Sex With Robots. Only 400 Years in the Future. David Levy, a PhD in gender studies and artificial intelligence and author of "Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relations", predicts sex with an electronic femme-fatale or a superstud sexbot will become an accepted part of the human landscape.
"Think of it: great sex on tap, 24/7," he said. People may even fall in love with their hard-wired sex slaves, he adds.
Last November, researchers in Japan unveiled a robot, named Twendy-One, that can cook, talk, obey verbal commands, and use its soft silicon-wrapped hands -- each equipped with 241 pressure sensors -- to interact with humans.
The sexbot Gigolo Joe was played by Jude Law (pictured) in Steven Spielberg's 2001 film "Artificial Intelligence: A.I." Gigolo Joe had a heart and provided chat and emotional support as well as sex.
A company in Japan, Axis, has already produced the world's first, rudimentary, sexbot -- for men. Called Honeydolls, the lifesize figures are made from surgical-grade silicone and resin, and are equipped with voice-emitting sensors in each breast. Pinch the nipples, and Cindy (or Soari or Maria, depending on the model) will react with a squeal and whisper pre-programmed sweet nothings in one's ear. Customized MP3 audio files can be substituted for a more personal touch. Price tag: $7,000.