Stars shine for LV film festival

May 15, 2006 4:29 AM

The selling of the Hard Rock has been the biggest news on The Strip. All I can say is that Peter Morton is going on to bigger and better things. The Hard Rock is the young rock n’ roll hotel and I am sure it will continue.

CineVegas, CineVegas, Cine-Vegas. The eighth annual festival will be held June 9-17 at the Palms Casino Resort. I am proud that my film by Danny Larimore has been chosen as one of the short films to be shown at the festival.

This flick is a student film by a young filmmaker that chronicles three days in the life of Monti Rock, III.

Along with my autobiography, "Grifter With A Heart," a play called Ms. Monti, and my GamingToday columns, this is a kind-of media coup for me. What’s next? Tabloids, look out!

This festival has attracted such names as Sean Penn, Jack Nicholson, Christopher Walken, Nicholas Cage, Dennis Hopper and Tony Curtis, to name a few. So, this is the best birthday gift Monti Rock, III can receive. Thanks goes to my editor at GT and others for keeping me focused. I am truly honored!

CineVegas will be hosting a screening at Lake Las Vegas on Saturday. This screening, which is free and open to the public, is the first of its kind for CineVegas and will give festival fans a sneak peak of the 2006 festival.

In addition, May 20 marks the official opening of the CineVegas box-office at Lake Las Vegas, where tickets and passes to this year’s festival can be purchased. The evening will commence at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by the band, Santa Fe, followed by an invitation-only reception at Bistro Zinc at 6:30. At 8 p.m., the CineVegas trailer will be shown followed by the movie screening at 8:30. I’ll be there, so stop and say hello!

In the gossip grapevine this week, Brittany Spears is pregnant. That puts her comeback on hold. We also have the American Idol semi-finals. My money is on Taylor, the silver haired singer.

At the Riviera, the eldest member of the Brady Bunch, Barry Williams, is doing a oneman show. Elsewhere, The Price is Right, hosted by Todd Newton, is taking place at Bally’s. He used to be on the E network. You can win some nice prizes at this audience participation afternoon show.

The Flamingo has "Rock of Ages" for a week’s trial. A cast change in Hairspray hasn’t deterred audiences from standing and cheering. The Scintas are opening at the end of this month at the Sahara.

The media gets its first look at "Love" and the redone Siegfried & Roy Theater on May 24. This is the Beatles musical.

At The Venetian, a theater is being built for Gordie Brown, the impressionist. We also have Blue Man Group at The Venetian and of course, the $40 million musical, "Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular," which has delayed its previews until June 12 because the theater isn’t finished.

The show that is starting to pickup business is Forever Plaid at the Gold Coast. Let’s not forget Prince opening May 27 and 28..

This week I am seeing Headlights and Tailpipes, starring Lori Anderson at the Stardust. Again, at the Hilton, Menopause, the Musical, is doing better business than anticipated. Steve and Eydie are at the Stardust May 24-27.

Another big opening: the new restaurant is the highly recommended, Sapporo. This place is unbelievable. It’s at 9719 West Flamingo Road. The food is delicious, the setting is divine. This is not to be missed.

Finally, let’s not forget my birthday bash, May 25 at Hogs and Heifers, with free finger food and soda and a cash bar. You’re all invited!