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Academy Awards Parties Start Tonight in Las Vegas

The Academy Awards are approaching with warp speed.  This year’s event – 82nd Annual Academy Awards – will be held on Sunday March 7, 2010. 

Leading up to the awards, in Las Vegas the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino and American Superstars will host their 19th Annual Reel Awards tonight, Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Theater of the Stars Showroom. With a unique red carpet, filled with faux celebrities, The Reel Awards honors the world’s best tribute artists and impersonators. 

The Reel Awards, a high-energy variety show produced by International Celebrity Images, will include comedy, singing, dancing and impersonations by some of the industry’s top tribute artists. 16 Reel Awards will be presented to winners in various categories based on their achievements throughout the year. Emcee impersonators of Dame Edna and Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will offer sidesplitting comedy and parodies. In addition to performances from tribute artists portraying Marilyn Monroe, Julio Iglesias, LL Cool J, Whitney Houston, Selena, Bette Midler, and the Blues Brothers. 

Additionally, the winner of the Vegas Tribute Idol competition, held during the Celebrity Impersonator Convention March 2 & 3, will be announced. Donny Moore, will be one of the “idol” judges, selecting one performer to be introduced Friday, March 5th with the cast of American Superstars. 

Reel Awards show tickets cost $50, taxes and service charges included. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.thereelawards.com or call (760)318-0460.  The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino is located at 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South. For more information, call 702-380-7777 or toll free at 1-800-99-TOWER (998-6937) or visit www.StratosphereHotel.com

Times are tough, so how about hosting an Oscar viewing party at your home?  Private Oscar viewing parties are quite en vogue and can be just as swank as the actual Academy Awards themselves.  

On the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences web site, you can find everything you need to host your own Academy Award viewing party including downloadable Oscar ballots, party play-along games, recipes, cocktails ideas and much more at http://www.oscars.org/partykit 

But, if you rather want to be out and mingle among the masses, you might want to check out Avello that will host the Wynn Las Vegas’ first-ever Academy Awards viewing party on Sunday.  

Or, if you prefer, Oscar Night America is rolling out their red carpet for a huge Academy Awards party at 4 p.m. on Sunday in the Millan Ballroom at The M Resort  & Spa. This Las Vegas event is one of 50 parties officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will be held across the country on Oscar Night, benefiting Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada. Tickets are now on sale at the Variety office, 3401 Sirius Ave., Suite 1, Las Vegas, or online at www.varietysn.org, or by calling 702-383-8466. 

If you know of other Oscar parties in Las Vegas, please drop Las Vegas Backstage Access a comment note and we’ll post.

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Mary Tyler Moore to be Honored at NAB Dinner in Las Vegas

Mary Tyler Moore will be among those honored at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Television Chairman’s Award dinner on April 20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. marytylermoore

The NAB advances the interests of more than 8,300 radio and television stations through legislative, regulatory and public affairs actions. 

At the 2009 event long-time entertainer Mary Tyler Moore will be honored with the NAB Distinguished Service Award which recognizes broadcasters who “have made significant and lasting contributions to the broadcasting industry”.  Past winners in this category have included President Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite and Oprah Winfrey. 

NAB President and CEO David Rehr said of Moore “We are proud to honor her with our Distinguished Service Award for the tremendous impact she’s had on broadcasting and for her many years of public service.” 

The NAB Show will be April 18 through 23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las Vegas Hilton.  Exhibits begin on April 20.  NAB Show information:  http://www.nabshow.com/2009/eventInfo/default.asp

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Peabody Awards Won by Las Vegas Journalists

The 68th annual Peabody Awards, representing the “best in electronic media,” were announced on April 1, by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.   Winners of this years most prestigious media awards include CNN for their coverage of the 2008 presidential primaries,  NBC for it’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics, PBS’ for “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.”

Las Vegas’ own KLAS-TV Channel 8 investigative reporter George Knapp and photojournalist Matt Adams for “Crossfire: Water, Power and Politics”. 

Knapp and Adams along with Channel 8 photojournalist Alex Brauer and producer Ian Russell spent three years collecting information and preparing the piece which aired March 22 and April 20, 2008.  

Water in the Southwest is a priceless commodity and the constant topic of hot debate.  Whether it’s droughts, floods or the rechanneling of rural waters to metropolitan locations, water is more vital and valuable than gold.  The Crossfire special report focused on population growth and the politics of water in Southern Nevada. 

In making their announcement, the Peabody judges called the reporting “a brave, meticulous examination” of plans to pump water from rural Nevada to the Las Vegas Valley. 

Knapp and Adams will join other Peabody winners at the May 18 awards ceremony, hosted by NBC’s Brian Williams in New York City.

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Las Vegas Goes Country, Hollywood Tags Along

When Las Vegas hosts a party, stand back- nothing is ever commonplace in the City of Entertainment.  Last night’s 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Arena proved to be no exception.   The buzz of the award’s evening followed a week of Las Vegas fun, glitz, and glamour as Hollywood stars joined with country music’s best and brightest. 

The three-hour awards show featured award presenters Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Foxx and Matthew McConaughey, but all eyes were on legendary Reba McEntire as she hosted the show for the 11th consecutive year.  

Providing a fitting prelude to the awards, hundreds of frenzied fans greeted their favorite musicians and singers on the red carpet outside of the MGM Grand before the show. 

After Kenny Chesney performed “Out Last Night”, Jennifer Love Hewitt arrived on stage wearing in a long white flowing gown and announced the first award of the night for Song of the Year among award contenders George Strait, Jamey Johnson, Heidi Newfield, Brad Paisley and Trace Adkins. 

Jennifer said she was not only a big fan of country music but also of Vegas. “There’s no place I’d rather be,” she said before announcing, in a surprise win, that Jamey Johnson had won for “In Color.” 

In the competition for Top Vocal Duo award, the very popular Sugarland beat out Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry and Joey + Rory.  Sugarland is playing at live in concert at the Primm Valley Casino Resorts on July 24.  [Las Vegas Backstage Access February 11 article.] 

Las Vegas resident, MGM Grand illusionist and Magician of the Century David Copperfield, a coming-out country music fan that attended the ACM for the first time, donned a black Stetson while he pulled up his sleeves and made Taylor Swift magically appear from an overhead empty suspended box on the stage.  Swift hung around a bit to receive her crystal award for having the most record sales in the year and winning the Album of the Year Award for “Fearless.” 

Hollywood superstar and frequent Las Vegas entertainer Jamie Foxx, raised in Texas, confessed he was also a country music fan and then proceeded to introduce country music legend George Strait, saying he will be a guest singer for his friend at a taping in Las Vegas today for a May 27 CBS special when Strait is honored as Artist of the Decade.   Straight, with a career spanning 25 years, is the most nominated artist in the history of the Academy of Country Music Awards with a total of 78. 

Las Vegas’ hometown product Julianne Hough – she attended Las Vegas Academy and her mother lives here – julieanne1provided a Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction moment, though subtle, before gushing and accepting with pride her duo Top New Artist and fan favorite Top New Female Artist awards as her country singer boyfriend Chuck Wicks waited in the wings, cheering her on. 

Julianne and Chuck left this morning from Las Vegas on a flight to be back in Hollywood for tomorrow night’s episode of Dancing With the Stars, where they will partner for a Viennese Waltz to a Rascal Flatts number.   (Rascal Flatts won once again.)

The highlight and culmination of the evening came when Carrie Underwood won the Entertainer of the Year award, carrieunderwoodbeing the lone female among nominees Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Keith Urban.  Matthew McConaughey made the awards presentation.   (Did she really venture out after the event and check out George Strait’s ‘white boots’ in McConaughey’s car?) 

There was never a dull moment.  Even before it started, Tim McGraw got in a production fracas that ended with him walking out before the show started. 

Sporting his ‘Made In USA’ labeled guitar, John Rich sang to a cheering crowd “Shutting Detroit Down,” a ballad of frustration on corporate greed and workers getting the short end of the proverbial stick. 

Toby Keith took the opportunity to single out a reporter from a Nashville newspaper over the publication of a Rolling Stone story by actor Ethan Hawke. Both Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson denied the story, but the Tennessean published it anyway without reaching out to Toby. He lambasted the reporter with a series of F-bombs, and it seriously looked as if he might leave the media stage and go after the writer — but cooler heads prevailed, and Toby left the room abruptly. 

Behind the scenes, Trace Adkins, who was the runner-up on the first season of Celebrity Apprentice, took a verbal shot at this season’s participant Dennis Rodman. Trace said that if the former bad boy of basketball didn’t change his ways, it would wind up killing him. 

All this action in just one grand and glorious Las Vegas evening.

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MGM Grand’s L’Atelier de Joel Robucho Restaurant Garners Multiple Culinary Awards

L’Atelier de Joel Robucho located at the MGM Grand Hotel has been recognized with a AAA Four Diamond Award, a 2009 Michelin Star, and a 2008 Wine Spectacular Award of Excellence.  Unlike most fine dining restaurants, the lateliercounter service design allows diners the chance to see the food being prepared while enjoying a variety of tasty entrees. 

In 2008, Chef Joël Robucho was recognized as the ‘most starred’ chef with a total of 18 Michelin stars awarded to his restaurants in Tokyo, Paris, Monte Carlo, London and Las Vegas.  

But even before this latest round of accolades, Robucho was renowned for his culinary excellence.  When Robucho was 36, he opened a restaurant in Paris and only three years later received his first Michelin guide three-star award.   He has been acknowledged as one of the chef’s who put an end to the pretentious and pricey menu’s that had become common place in most high end restaurants.  His skill in the kitchen earned him the title of “chef of the century” in 1990 by the Gualt-Millau,  After a brief hiatus from the dining world in the mid-90’s, Robucho rejoined the culinary world with interests in a variety of restaurants located worldwide.  

“A good dish”, Robucho says, “is like a good wine has a strong attack and a long finish.  Now days, a lot of dishes have a strong attack, but a while later you can’t even remember what it was you ate!” 

This isn’t a problem at the L’Atelier Las Vegas.  Their signature dishes include Pommes Puree (mashed potatoes), La Caille au Foie Gras (free-range quail stuffed with foie gras) and Le Rumsteak en Tartare et ses Frites a L’ancienne (steak tartar). 

The dress code is business casual; the prices have earned L’Atelier a ranking on a number of  ‘most expensive dining’  lists.    Currently the MGM Grand has several online offers that include discounts at on-site restaurants including 30% off for Mastercard purchase and room/gift card discounts.

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Las Vegas Restaurants Win Five Mobile Five-Star Awards

Steve Wynn’s Las Vegas restaurants hit a triple when the Mobil Five-Star Awards were announced on January 22. alex1Wynn’s Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, Alex restaurant, and the Spa at Wynn Las Vegas all are Five Stars rated for 2009. 

Adding to our city’s hardware haul, the Skylofts at MGM Grand and the Joe Robuchon restaurant also garnered awards this year. 

Las Vegas just three years ago had no Five Stars- it now has five.

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Las Vegas Entertainers Present Golden Globe Awards

The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly jenniferlopezHills, California.    Not surprisingly, many entertainers who frequently perform and attend Las Vegas entertainment events are being firmed up to present the awards.  Our representative talent includes Ricky Gervais, Jake Gyllenhall, Drew Barrymore, Amy Poehler, and Jennifer Lopez.  To round out the Golden Globe presenters, joining them will be Glenn Close, Salma Hayek, Sacha Baron Cohen, Simon Baker, and Seth Rogen.

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