Things Are Looking Up
Donald Trump fired off plans this week to erect what he calls the tallest building in Las Vegas – the 64-story, $300 million Trump International Hotel and Tower – just off the Strip on Fashion Show Drive (New Frontier owner Phil Ruffin is Trump’s partner in the venture). But what of the 1,149-ft. Stratosphere Tower, home to an observation deck, restaurant, roller coaster and banquet space – isn’t that Sin City’s tallest building? “That’s not a building,” said Trump, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Speaking of Billionaires …
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban – whose ABC reality series, The Benefactor, debuts this fall – recently dropped $1,765 on a bottle of St. Emilion Chateau Cheval Blanc at the Palms’ N9NE Steakhouse. Seems like a lot of dough, right? Not for someone who spent tens of millions on a private jet … on eBay.
Toned Down, and Toned
Elton John has been going easier on President Bush during his current engagement at Caesars Palace, where he’s filling for Celine Dion while she is on a break. Our spies report that he no longer introduces his band by “going to the far left, unlike your president.” Sir Elton is also lightening up physically: He told one recent audience that he has hired a personal trainer to make him as svelte as Dion, saying, “When the cat’s away, the mice will diet.”
The Show Must Go On
A power outage left most of the new Westin Casuarina hotel in the dark for several hours over the weekend, but comedian David Brenner went on anyway – though only about 40 fans found their way to the theater. “I got more people saying goodbye when I leave home,” he told the crowd. (Notably, Brenner was one of the few performers who took the stage on Sept. 11, 2001.)
The producers of The Restaurant are taking a gamble that reality TV and Las Vegas will bring them luck, as their new show The Club is set to begin filming at nightspot Ice. The series debuts Oct. 12 on cable’s Spike TV.
Caught in the Act
Recently Spotted in Sin City:
• Spidey himself, Tobey Maguire, placing 24th in the Mirage Poker Showdown (part of the World Poker Tour) and winning $16,201, while Welcome Back, Kotter’s Gabe Kaplan – considered a poker pro – came in third with $256,519.
• Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley, dining with four pals at Charlie Palmer Steak House in the Four Seasons.
• Party of Five’s Scott Wolf, waiting near the women’s restroom at Light nightclub in the Bellagio.
• Recently separated singer Kenny Loggins, enjoying a performance by the Blue Man Group at the Luxor.
• Former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, hobbling around on crutches at the Hard Rock pool.
• Hollywood uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, with a group of pals including Cuba Gooding Jr. and director Michael Bay, at the Bellagio’s ultra-modern Fix Restaurant. The eatery recently has also attracted the likes of Chelsea Clinton, Tommy Lee and Bruce Willis (though not all together, unfortunately).
• By SEAN DALY