Daily Archives: March 10, 2009

Lindsay Lohan Goes Bonkers in Las Vegas

lindsaylohan1With Paris Hilton’s 28th birthday celebration just this past Saturday, March 7 and all her zany friends and guests showing up at Body English nightclub in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, we at Las Vegas Backstage Access predicted it wouldn’t be long until her other buds would soon follow suit. 

We were right. 

Lindsay Lohan joined her girlfriend Samantha Ronson in the DJ booth at Prive nightclub at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas on March 9.   Later, Ronson was seen taking off in a car at the valet about 3:15 a.m. and a few moments later a “visibly upset” Lohan retrieved her car and took off racing after Ronson.  No other cars, thankfully, received any bruises. 

Now, for the hat-trick- we really need some kitchy Las Vegas antics from Britney Spears.  But who knows, maybe her Circus tour is tiring her out?

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Steve Wynn Calls it Quits

Las Vegas Backstage Access has been covering this story since the inception and has now confirmed that the Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn’s marriage is all but over- for the second time.  A divorce petition was filed in Clark County Court in Las Vegas on March 5. steveelainewynn

On the surface, everything appeared good.  The Wynn’s celebrated the gala opening in late December of his newest $2.3 billion, 2,034-room casino gem, Encore Las Vegas.   Then, in January, Harry Connick Jr. was in Las Vegas and partied hearty with Steve and Elaine Wynn, serenading them with such memorable Frank Sinatra songs as, “Luck Be A Lady,” and “Here’s to the Losers” during Wynn’s 67th birthday celebration in Las Vegas. 

But during these gala and festive times, details largely hidden from prying eyes, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Wynn Resorts marriage to his wife, Elaine, was already on the rocks- Steve was in the midst of separating from his wife, a former Miss Miami Beach in 1960, and significant contributor to Wynn’s enterprises.

Wynn’s roving eye attracted British socialite Andrea Danenza Hissom, a 40-something divorced mother of two teenage sons, who was married to London-based investment broker Robert Davis Hissom.  It was the best of times- and the worst to times. The lovebirds were spotted in the posh Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz and also enjoying the sun’s rays while rendezvousing on Wynn’s yacht on the Carribean island of St. Bart’s. 

Meanwhile, Elaine kept a stuff upper lip, denying divorce rumors at all turns. 

Steve Wynn married Elaine in 1963 and they divorced in 1986, but married again in 1991. They have two children.

Hardship and controversy is no stranger to the Wynn’s.  Steve and Elaine Wynn were also victims of a kidnapping – one of their daughters was taken for ransom in 1993. She was returned after the Wynn’s paid $1.45 million to the kidnappers.  The culprits were later caught when they tried to buy a Ferrari with the moola. 

Wynn’s fortune was estimated at around $3.9 billion before our economy tanked.

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Rolls into Las Vegas, Benefits Three Square

For the fifth season of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ty Pennigton and his TV crew are bringing their production trucks back to Las Vegas.  And this time they won’t just be assisting a local family but also aiding the Las Vegas Three Square food bank. ty-pennington

On March 3 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition had their kick-off rally that took place at the Fremont Street Experience, complete with warm words from Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.  Wright Custom Homes is overseeing the new Las Vegas build and even though there are more than 500 laborers ready to assist, they are still accepting volunteers to work on the current project. 

During season two of the series, in 2004, Las Vegas resident Patricia Brodbent’s home near Cheyenne and Webster was transformed by the ABC home improvement program.   Brodbent, a single mother recovering from cancer, has adopted several children with various medical issues including HIV.  And the ability to live her dream all began with a knock on the door. 

On March 10 in Las Vegas there will be another knock on the front door of a valley home and another family will have their life changed forever.  In the rapid action style of the show, demolition is scheduled for March 12 with the project planned for completion just 2 weeks later. 

During the rebuild, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be collecting food donations at the spectator area of the construction sight to benefit Three Square.  Three Square is a Southern Nevada food distribution hub that to date, has distributed more than 10 million pounds of food to families in need. 

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs Sunday’s at 8 p.m. on ABC affiliate KTNV Channel 13.

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Hope for Las Vegas Culture is Not Gone

Unless your idea of museum culture happens to be a new Mob Museum, as staunchly supported by Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, the picking in the Las Vegas Valley are becoming sparse to get that old time museum feeling.  

The Las Vegas Art Museum, which opened in 1997, has closed a couple of weeks ago and has joined the growing roster of cultural institutions that have suspended their operations in the face of a weakening economy.   Following suit, the plans for an upscale art gallery and museum proposed for downtown Las Vegas were nixed after being in the works for years. 

But, don’t give up the museum culture ship just yet.  Down south of Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada the 15-year-old idea to build a science museum has taken a step closer to become a reality.    The Henderson City Council on February 17 approved an initial plan for a 51,600-square-foot museum on 150 city-owned acres near U.s. 95 and Galleria Drive. 

With most Henderson residents supporting such a museum, it would be the centerpiece of a mixed-use development that would likely include restaurants, retail space, and condominiums. 

Last year the City of Henderson paid $200,000 to consultants for advice on what kind of museum would best suit the area. 

The museum would likely focus on “scientific accomplishments and issues in Southern Nevada” and would cost about $61 million and could draw 300,000 visitors annually, the consultants said. 

The next step toward a museum is to adopt a master plan for the area, which would outline zoning changes and designs.  That would take about five months for the staff to create a plan to show the Henderson City Council.

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