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Celebs, sans Barbra, on the carpet

Nov 27, 2007 1:13 AM

Because of my demanding schedule I decided not to go to the grand opening of Planet Hollywood last week. Not to worry, my many spies were there and they told me that Barbra Streisand, the Diva, sang five songs but her voice didn’t seem to be up to par; she supposedly had a cold.

My red carpet spies tell me Barbra was a no show for the walk of fame. The invited guests that did stroll the carpet included Eddie Murphy, Danny DeVito, Kevin Spacey and of course Barbra’s husband James Brolin.

The word is that John Stewart was not funny. Bruce Willis and his band were the main attraction but it was Demi Moore and her husband Ashton Kutcher that stole the show.

Both Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis have always stood behind Robert Earl and the Planet Hollywood brand. Can Planet Hollywood bring us Hollywood, California-style, the Hollywood that I knew?

Speaking of the real Hollywood, my Saturday Night Fever movie celebrated its 30th anniversary last week at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Almost the entire cast, including John Travolta, was there. Again, my schedule didn’t allow for a break from preparing my movie, an autobiography, and being honored as the Man of the Century, so I reluctantly passed on the event. It’s so nostalgic.

I’m hooked on television’s Dancing with the Stars. I’ve become a great fan of Mel B. from the Spice Girls. She has a great personality and she can dance. Shame on you Eddie Murphy, it’s your baby!

I predicted Marie Osmond together with her famous brother, Donny, will sign on at a venue here in Las Vegas after the Dancing with the Stars tour. Donny and Marie had a great variety show on television back in the day. The guess is that Marie’s fan base has kept her on Dancing with the Stars, but let’s face it, she’s a performer. She and Donnie will be together in July at the MGM Hollywood Theater. Marie will also be appearing at the Suncoast around Christmas.

Oops! I did it again! Retraction, retraction. Michael Flately is not going to be in Lord of the Dance (again). Lord of the Dance is opening Dec. 6th at the Orleans Arena without Michael. Michael appeared on Dancing with the Stars so we know he can still dance.

Maybe he’s going to be busy building another dance empire while the troupe appears at the Orleans.

Celine Dion has returned to Caesars Palace after making appearances at Music Awards show, Oprah, Dancing with the Stars and Ellen Degeneress. She was making the rounds promoting her new album, Taking Chances, which seems to be working because I can’t get the song out of my head. Celine and hubby Rene are building a palatial home in Palm Beach, Florida but will be keeping their home here in Las Vegas. Celine has been one of our many star residents over the last four or five years. If you haven’t seen her show, A New Day, it’s a must before it closes.

One of my favorites, Wayne Newton, Mr. Las Vegas himself has cancelled his Christmas Show over health problems but will do some appearances with the touring Dancing with the Stars.

As I mentioned in previous columns, shows are unfortunately closing left and right. The Producers will officially close in February, and Mamma Mia will follow several months later.

Drama, drama and more drama, at least on the local level. Star of the Month, Tony Sacca is dueling with another local columnist, who I refuse to name. They’re busy throwing mud. For those of us in the media it’s not good to sling slime. We’ve all had to duck from time to time but the challenge is not to toss back.

Of course the mud throwing is just a distraction. The important news is that Tony Sacca’s Christmas show, Merry Christmas Las Vegas, will be at the Stratosphere on Dec. 2. Tony will be joined by Clint Holmes, Kelly Clinton (Mrs. Holmes), Pete Barbuti, Fred Travalina and many, many more local stars. Tony’s a good guy and does a lot for Las Vegas so be sure to catch his show. It’s a great way to kick off the Christmas Holiday.

Donda West was laid to rest in a small community outside of Oklahoma City. So many friends were there to support Kanye and Donda’s family. She was an outstanding lady with considerable accomplishments of her own. Maybe part of her legacy is to remind everyone that cosmetic surgery is a major operation. All the shows that glamorize cosmetic or plastic surgery make it sound so easy. Donda’s surgeon, Dr. Jan Adams, walked off the set of Larry King Live after receiving a request from the West family not to appear and not to speak.

The queen of cosmetic surgery, Joan Rivers, continues to go under the knife seeking the fountain of youth. Have you seen her recently? She was on Larry King this week with a panel of cosmetic surgeons and host Joy Behar.

Not sure how long it’s been since the Spice Girls toured or recorded but the chatter is they’ll each receive $20 million dollars for this up-coming tour. I was going to do my tour for two thousand dollars. Can’t you just imagine Disco Tex and the Sex-o-lettes ”¦ my how time does fly.

Whoopie Goldberg’s addition to The View seems to have scored big. I wasn’t a fan at first but she seems to have come into her own and has turned out to do a good job as anchor. Well done girl!

The Hilton will have some big news Dec. 3. Johnny Mathis has a holiday show coming to the Hilton and the resort’s current headliner, Barry Manilow, returns Dec. 27th thru 30th.

Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving was full of family, friends, food and fun. Christmas is on the horizon. And don’t forget the Million Dollar Weddings by your truly, Reverend Monti.