Joaquin Phoenix, who recently announced his retirement from acting in order to pursue his new music career, on Friday night, January 16, stepped to the microphone at the Lavo nightclub in the Palazzo in Las Vegas.
The two-time 2008 Oscar nominee hasn’t completely walked away from the movies, though, as Casey Affleck, also an Oscar nominee, was at the Palazzo to record the special event for a documentary that Affleck will direct about Phoenix’s new musical career.
The Las Vegas Hilton is opening its main headliner theater – where Elvis Presley launched his comeback – to the public on Tuesday, January 20, and will be the host for a special viewing of the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. The doors will open at 8 a.m. for this history-making event that will be shown on an 18-foot-by-32 foot HDTV with state-of-the-art theater sound.
The once very popular Minxx Gentlemen’s Club & Lounge in Las Vegas, site of the 2007 shooting incident that left a club’s security member, Tom Urbanski, paralyzed is up for sale.
And the altercation’s ringleader, the then NFL Tennessee Titans football player Adam “Pacman” Jones, after sitting out the 2007 season because of his reputation for attracting trouble, is now looking for a new employer after being released from the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month.
The bullet-spraying incident closed the doors to Minxx shortly after it happened. Now the owners are asking $12.5 million for the strip club. Las Vegas realtor Fred Marik, who is brokering the property, says the owners “are developers and have no interest in running the club.”
This momentous honor proves that if you work at something hard and long enough, it will eventually pay off. Comedy icon and Las Vegas resident Jerry Lewis, 82-years-young, finally garnered his Oscar. Lewis, who has never even been nominated for an Oscar before, will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 81st Academy Awards on February 22.
Jerry Lewis will be presented with an Oscar statuette to honor his decades of work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association- an association where he’s been the chairman and their leading spokesman since 1952.
Jerry Lewis’ untiring drive, ambition, and coordinative efforts to find a cure for muscular dystrophy have raised more than $2 billion since the 1966 kickoff of his annual Labor Day Telethon.
Lewis won a Golden Globe award in 1966 for his role in “Boeing (707) Boeing (707)” for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical/Comedy.