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‘Queen’ Celine Dion Saves Las Vegas Single-Handedly

Let’s face it:  Celine Dion operates like a city within Las Vegas.    When many performers are looking to hang it up, or at least slow down, Dion, 41, who started singing professionally when she was 12, churns full speed ahead with no end in sight.    

Keeping a relative secret for over a year, Dion recently officially revealed that she is returning to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on March 15, 2011 with an all-new show and a three-year contract, while planning to stay in her Lake Las Vegas home.    Tickets are now available.

During her last five-year reign at Caesars, a custom-built Colosseum was completed for her at a cost of $95 million, who then proceeded to sell more than 200 million copies of her 25 albums in French and English.   The queen singer also drew celebrities galore into Las Vegas, refreshing the entertainment scene like few others before her.  Most can’t wait for her Las Vegas comeback. 

Her Las Vegas show, A New Day, took in more than a whopping $400 million at the box office and in merchandise, and the production employed hundreds – the 50 dancers, musicians and others visible onstage were just the half of it. 

It has been announced that she’ll be employing 31 musicians, a full orchestra and a band.   Not bad for a city starving for any economic bumps it can get. 

Talking about bumps, after four unsuccessful rounds of in vitro fertilization, Céline Dion is not giving up hope for a second child, with her husband, Rene Angelil, 26 years her senior. 

“I’m going to try until it works,” says Dion, who continues giving herself daily hormone shots — and enduring the roller-coaster ride of emotions they bring — after the heartbreaking loss of a pregnancy in August and three other failed IVF attempts last fall.

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Celine Dion Plans Baby, Las Vegas Comeback

Celine Dion, 41, is reportedly in a New York City fertility treatment center.  She was impregnated in August but it was announced in November that the embroyo transfer was unsuccessful. 

Dion will be reportedly announcing on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” this week that she is returning to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in March 2011.

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Bette Midler Says Sayonara to Las Vegas, Receives Bitch-Slap

Entertainer Bette Midler on Sunday gave her final wave and curtain call – for now – for her show, “The Showgirl Must Go On,” ending her two-run at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. 

The Devine Miss M was honored during the finale from a variety of well-wisher cameos, including Marie Osmond, dissing Donny; Gladys Knight, Pip-singing “Memories,” and, via video, Celine Dion, who is reportedly returning to Caesars Palace soon. 

But minutes before going on for her grand entrance, she arrived to ride the elevator up to the stage and a Cher impersonator, Steven Wayne, from Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” show at Imperial Palace showed up holding a sign aloft that read: “Get off My Stage, Bitch.” 

The friendly rub came after 50 members of Midler’s cast and crew attended Marino’s show last week.

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Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas Planning Series of Beyonce Concerts?

It is rumored in media circles that Steve Wynn is presently exploring the possibilities of arranging a string of concerts by popular American Rhythm and Blues (R&B) singer and song writer Beyonce Knowles.  It is further speculated from sources that the agreement amount with Beyonce will be in the tune of $750,000. The number of concerts and durations are not yet decided. 

Wynn Resorts spokesperson Jennifer Dunne reportedly said that the deal is yet to be finalized and contract has not been signed. The association between Beyonce and Wynn Casino started few months back when this year during July 30 and Aug. 2 the singer visited the casino for recording a DVD for her concert. It is said that during her shoots both Wynn and its sister resort Encore saw a huge fan following and increase in number of guests. Soon after this the singer has been spotted too often in the casino.

It is said that Beyonce will be following the footsteps of famous Canadian singer Céline Dion who signed a contract with Caesars Palace casino of Las Vegas few years back. In this she performed in 717 concerts within 5 years and earned a reported $400 million. 

The casino also experienced a huge surge in its popularity and earning during the concerts. It has been observed that fans from faraway places come to watch their favorite singers perform in Las Vegas casinos.

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Celine Dion Paints Baby’s Room

Celine Dion is expecting her second child in May, her Montreal publicist recently confirmed. CelineDion

The former Caesars Palace headliner conceived after fertility treatments, as she did with son Rene Charles, born Jan. 25, 2001. 

Dion, 41, ended her world tour in February and later acknowledged during an appearance on “Oprah” that she was hoping to have another child. 

The Canadian singing star has hinted that she intends to return to Las Vegas to perform after a baby break.

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Las Vegas Shangri-La Morphs into Ghost Town

Out in the desolate, dusty Nevada desert on a lonely road 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, sprung by dreams aplenty and lots of elbow grease, a haute, larger than life and get-away-from-it-all Italian-style community was born.  Lake Las Vegas symbolized the best life had to offer in Las Vegas.  Shangri-la homes clustered around a man-made dazzling two-mile-long azure lake, encircled by palm trees and three championship golf courses (two designed by Jack Nicklaus), featuring complimentary spas and two world-class hotels – Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort and Ritz-Carlton.  LakeLasVegas

A stylish replica of Florence’s Ponte Vecchio Bridge, a popular venue for weddings, crosses the water on the south end, near a tasteful, small casino. 

Even singing diva Celine Dion saw fit to build with her husband, Rene Angelil, their home on the lake’s south shore. 

Now, those symbols of opulent affluence and good times largely ring hollow, the dreams from which they were spawned largely dashed, remaining sour tributes and testimonials to our deep and continuing recessionary woes. 

The idea of exclusive desert resort living originally was the brainchild of J. Carlton Adair, an actor and businessman. Adair acquired the land in 1966 in a swap with the federal government that also included the rights for 10,000-acre feet of water. Creating what he planned to call Lake Adair would require damming water destined for Lake Mead, the Colorado River reservoir that provides water to Southern Nevada. 

But Adair went bankrupt before his dream was realized and a subsequent group of investors also failed to raise the necessary money. 

Developer Transcontinental Corporation took up the cause in 1990, a year before the dam was completed. The city of Henderson, a bedroom community next to Las Vegas, was attracted by the promise of a new solid tax base. It agreed to sell the community the water it would need to replenish the evaporation under the scorching sun. The community pays a water bill of about $2 million a year. 

Last year, Transcontinental lost the property in foreclosure after defaulting on $540 million in loans. The new owners of Lake Las Vegas filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last summer. One if its anchor hotels, a Ritz-Carlton owned by Village Hotel Investors LLC, also filed bankruptcy to stave off foreclosure and has been sold to new owners. One of three premier golf courses has been abandoned. 

The current owner of much of the land and amenities is now Atalon Group.  “Like many large-scale second home and resort communities throughout the country, Lake Las Vegas has had to adjust to the decreased demand for property and pricing of investments,” Frederick Chin, president of Atalon subsidiary LLV Holdco LLC, said in a statement. 

“Atalon’s goal for Lake Las Vegas is to reset and reposition the community to flourish as market conditions improve, thereby achieving what is in the best interests of homeowners and stakeholders alike.” 

After the development filed for bankruptcy in July, corporate officials won approval to pay for urgent repairs to prevent the premature deterioration of two pipes underneath the lake. They argued the damaged pipes threatened to drain the lake like water from a bathtub. 

Some residents are fighting like mad, trying to stave off what many think will be the inevitable demise of their homes and the community, while working to hold Atalon to its commitment. One group is trying to arrange to buy the private South Shore Golf Club now tied up in the bankruptcy. 

But other residents and businesses are ready to move to less remote pastures. 

New-home construction has slowed to a crawl, though the community is far from built out. Foreclosures have spread like a virus, and home values are falling. 

Resident and real estate agent Lynne Hoffman has had her Lake Las Vegas home on the market for three years with an eye toward moving to a community closer to more ordinary comforts — supermarkets, clothing stores, and a bank.

 She’s dropped her price to $488,000 – $40,000 less than she paid in 2001. She gets offers from potential buyers, she says, but they lowball her lowball price. 

Plenty of properties have fallen much further from the height of Southern Nevada’s real estate bubble, one of the most inflated in the nation.

Real estate listings show a 4,000-square-foot mansion that sold in 2005 for $2.7 million was marked down to $1.2 million in May. A 1,700-square-foot condominium that sold for $1.2 million in 2004 is now listed for $389,000. 

Celine Dion’s home was purchased for $1.2 million in 2002, as the Canadian songstress began what became a five-year run at Caesars Palace on the Strip. Since then, Dion has moved on to other gigs and the home has only sunk in value to about $795,000, according to estimates on Zillow.com. 

Residents are jumping ship. In May, nearly 10 percent of the homes on the market at Lake Las Vegas were either bank-owned or short sales.  Nearly 80 percent of the homes listed were vacant. 

And although home values have dropped to affordable levels for potential middle-class buyers, homeowners’ association fees that go to pay for upkeep of common areas have not. Some residents pay three such fees, adding more than $500 to a monthly housing bill. 

Lake Las Vegas, a community designed as both a resort and residential destination, is heavily dependent on second-home buyers and tourism. Both faltered when the economy sputtered, leaving now a big question mark on the future viability of the once stylish, trendy community.

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