Daily Archives: August 19, 2009

“America’s Got Talent” Films in Las Vegas in October

Nick Cannon, host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” announced that top talent from the variety show will begin a 10-weeek run in October at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. 

In part one of the semifinal round of the show, over 71 participants from four cities competing for the coveted 20 spots. 

The talent show will be held before “Peepshow” in the same theater.

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Kiss Planning to Rock into Las Vegas?

A new kind of scary music carnival of sorts composed of famous (and infamous) old, but vital hard rockers may be coming to Las Vegas.   Apparently, old rockers never really die- they just play on.

Veteran rockers Kiss have reportely announced on the sly plans to bring a reported big-budget, Cirque du Soleil-style stage show to Las Vegas with at least a $40 million to $50 million budget, according to those behind the planned production. GeneSimmons

The show, which will purportedly be titled “Kiss: Carnival of Souls,” is being devised by Kiss’ Gene Simmons, a very frequent Las Vegas visitor, and Paul Stanley, with L.A. comic book publisher Radical Publishing and its Singapore-based sister company Storm Lion also involved in putting it together. 

Details still are emerging about the show, but according to Barry Levine, co-founder of Radical, it will be an all-encompassing affair. 

“It involves every aspect of music, movement, lighting, stage design and special effects,” Levine says via e-mail from Singapore. “Since Kiss is the epitome of theatrical rock, we need to make sure it represents the Kiss brand. The Kiss brand has endured and sustained itself like no other group for the past 35 years.” 

No official opening date has been set or even a venue named. Levine says that it will debut in “approximately two years and yes, we do have an idea of where we want it to be, but that will only be revealed once certain requirements are met.” 

Promoters who book The Pearl at the Palms, The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel the Las Vegas Hilton and the 7,000-seat theater at Planet Hollywood, though, played it Vegas-style safe to the vest, saying they either were not familiar with the proposed production or that they had not engaged in discussions with the producers. 

Levine says he first developed a working relationship with Simmons and Stanley as a photographer for Kiss more than 30 years ago. He says that a production like this has been in the works for some time. 

“There have been talks about Kiss creating a Vegas show for the past 20 years,” Levine says, “but the collaboration between Kiss, Radical and Storm Lion seemed to help take it to another level.” 

Levine also says Stanley and Simmons will have a strong hand in the development of the show. “Kiss will be hands-on as they have been from day one and they already have an initial concept,” he says. 

Levine says he has enlisted the help of Michael Gill, who helms the Vegas-based Gill Theatrical Management. Gill’s firm oversees daily operations of local titles including “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular” and he often has served as a go-between for producers seeking to place titles on the Strip. 

If the show does come to fruition, Levine says it will be a mix of the new and the old intended to reach an audience that reflects as much. 

“I feel that Kiss will be reaching its current demographic from 10- to 60-year-olds,” Levine says. “Will it be tailored to a specific hard-rock audience? No, it will be tailored to a Kiss audience with new music along with classics that we all love.”

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Arena Football League Championship Game Comes to Las Vegas

Culimanting the Arena Football League season play of 25 football teams competing around the U.S., the 10th anniversary season championship game will be held for the first time in Las Vegas this Saturday at the Orleans Arena. 

The Arena Football League 2’s (af2) ArenaCup championship game is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, pitting the American Conference Champion Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers will face off against the National Conference Champion Spokane Shock. 

To help create a memorable experience for Las Vegans and out-of-town fans alike, af2 and the Orleans will host a variety of events before and after the title game, including a bowling tournament on Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orleans Bowling Center for $9; a poker tournament at the Orleans Poker Room on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a 65 buy-in.  

A fan fest will also be held at the Orleans Arena Executive Lot on Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  A post-game party is on Saturday, sponsored by Raven Magazine, will be in the Orleans Big Easy Lounge from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m., FREE 

All events take place at The Orleans Hotel and Casino and the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue.  ArenaCup tickets are on sale now, and are priced at $17.50, $32.50, $45 and $60 inclusive of tax and fees. Ticket and event information is available by calling 702-284-7777 or visiting www.orleansarena.com.

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Steve and Elaine Wynn Plan for Divorce, Sell $114 Million in Stock

Las Vegas casinos have been slammed hard by the recession, but Wynn Resorts shares have more than tripled from a March low. Now, Steve and Elaine Wynn have cashed in some of that jackpot with a whopping $114 million stock sale to raise cash ahead of their impending divorce. 

The couple sold two million shares of the company’s common stock on Aug. 14 at an average price of $57 per share. Steve Wynn is Wynn Resorts’ chairman and chief executive officer and Elaine Wynn is a director of the company. The Wynns, who now hold 46.7 million shares directly and through an interest in Aruze USA, have cut their stake in the company to 37.9% from 39.6% with the sale. 

The divorce would be the couple’s second. They divorced in 1986, but never separated and remarried in 1991. 

Wynn Resorts operates Wynn Las Vegas and Encore hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas strip and another resort and casino in Macau. All properties suffered when the recession hit and corporations and individuals curtailed luxury spending. 

The company’s stock price traded for as little as $14.50 in early March, but that was an inflection point. Wynn Resorts closed at $54.85 recently. 

For the year-to-date, Wynn Resorts shares are up 30%. Competitors Las Vegas Sands and MGM Mirage haven’t fared as well, gaining 18% and falling 39%, respectively. 

In July, Wynn Resorts surprised Wall Street by reporting a second-quarter profit, aided by aggressive cost cutting. 

Lon Juricic, president of StreetInsider.com, says the divorce situation means investors shouldn’t read too much into the sale.

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