As Penn & Teller celebrate their 10th anniversary at the Rio, Vegas Deluxe has learned that they have signed a multiyear contract to continue as the notorious “Bad Boys of Magic.” Teller broke his usual silence to tell me: “We got really lucky, and we were really persistent. When you’re a kid, you dream about having your own theater with your own show and doing whatever you want and have people enjoy it every night. It’s safe to tell you we are both really thrilled.”
Love was certainly in the air when Playboy founder Hugh Hefner arrived for the premiere of Miss October Claire Sinclair in MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris. First, he told me he was moving “closer and closer” toward marriage to December 2009 Playmate Crystal Harris. “Stay tuned. It’ll be sooner than later, and sooner than you think,” he laughed. But talking candidly about his 24-year-old girlfriend, he added: “She’s the Real McCoy. She’s the real deal. She is the major factor in my life.”
Music superstar Barry Manilow has become such a big fan of Human Nature since both became Strip headliners that he’s collaborated on their first U.S. album, and they celebrated its completion at Tryst in the Wynn recently. The album was recorded in the Studio at the Palms and features Las Vegas’ own Fat City Horns. Barry is the only collaborating artist on the record. The album was produced by Harvey Mason Jr., who has recorded Dreamgirls, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Hudson and Whitney Houston.
Brazil’s Renato Nunes became only the second man in PBR history to win both the PBR World Championship and the World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center. He’d arrived here in third place behind the front-runner, Oklahoma’s Austin Meier. He left town with a paycheck of more than $1.25 million. This was his first world championship and the sixth won by a Brazilian in PBR’s history. Brazilian bull riders now claim six of the 13 world championships since the first season in 1994.
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