‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ parody heads to Bally’s
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
Even before the erotic romance movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” opens on Valentine’s Day, the scandalous film starring Dakota Johnson, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and hunky Jamie Dornan has kicked up controversy, just like the original 2011 book that set summer reading ablaze with previously taboo sex tales of bondage, domination and sadomasochism.
Here are two trailers for the film posted on YouTube:
Now our Strip entertainment scene is about to step up its sex quotient with the Las Vegas debut of “50 Shades! The Parody” and its 10-day jump on the steamy film’s release. The hilarious parody, which has played to sold-out audiences across the country, will move into Windows Showroom at Bally’s on Feb. 3.
Colosseum opts for real country in Reba and Brooks & Dunn booking
BY: John Katsliometes/Las Vegas Sun
Announced this morning is the real deal is playing the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, sharing the bill and the performance with a similarly famous country music superstar, Reba McEntire. The show is titled “Reba and Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas.”
The news is now, but the dates are far off: June 24 and 26-27 and July 1-2 and 3. The trio returns Dec. 2, 4, 6, 9 and 11-12 of 2015. Tickets are $205, $155, $105, $85 and $59.95 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at websites axs.com and thecolosseum.com and by calling (866) 320-9763.
The conversation among the trio of superstars about playing dates in Las Vegas started several months ago. They agree on the environment, which was just before a concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena, but not exactly when it was or who they were going to see.
Las Vegas of yesteryear is revived every week with ‘The Dennis Bono Show’
BY: John Katsliometes/Las Vegas Sun
Bono knows all the old tricks, as he should. He is both the pilot and navigator of one of the last remaining genuine Old-Vegas entertainment pleasures, “The Dennis Bono Show,” which is performed 2 p.m. Thursdays and broadcast at 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. Saturdays and 8 p.m. Sundays on KDWN 720-AM, and also at 7 p.m. Sundays on KJUL 104.7-FM.
Bono debuted the show 15 years ago, securing a locals crowd at Sunset Station’s Club Madrid even as he worried that the show would fizzle within two months. But the show soars right along, showing no signs of ebbing. He celebrates his sixth year at South Point, where the room is regularly at capacity, in January.
In October, the classic crooner signed a syndication deal with the CRN Network. As a result, Bono now reaches 30 additional radio stations in 11 million more households across CRN’s 11 states, primarily those in California.
Behind-the-scenes of the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan
By Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas Sun
Photo Credit: MIKAYLA WHITMORE
It was quite a build-in this month before the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan had its ice-skating area, fire pits, s’mores and warm cocktails in place for its grand opening to the public on Nov. 21.
Las Vegas Sun photographer Christopher DeVargas captured much of the design, construction and work that went into building the Ice Rink with a visit on Nov. 13.
Photo coordinator Mikayla Whitmore returned for the grand opening one week later to capture the finished product — and the joyful and fearful looks of ice skaters above the Strip at the Cosmopolitan’s remade Boulevard Pool.
Despite protests, Dirk Arthur debuting his own production of cats
By John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Sun
The Kats Report Bureau this weekend has been ensconced at the Riviera, and that hotel is happening this weekend with a couple of conventions that helped fill the lobby with hundreds of guests on Friday afternoon.
Yes, the 59-year-old Riviera is positively bouncing with activity as we close out November. Soon to arrive at Versailles Theater, where the continuing renovation is apparent even at the vacuumed and polished entrance, are “The Rat Pack Is Back” and “MJ Live.”
These satisfying, resilient and adaptable shows are being swept out of the Rio’s Crown Theater to make room for the new “Duck Commander” musical, and I am tapping my watch while wondering when the contract will be signed and we can get to planning for that proverbial call of the wild.