The Golden Globes’ predictors – “12 Years A Slave” and/or “American Hustle,” Jennifer Lawrence and Matthew McConaughey should be this year’s Academy Award winners. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey should host ALL award shows as these ladies are the best!
The Red Carpet (who are you wearing show?) is becoming more and more faded. Where is Joan Rivers when you really need her? Joan knows how to keep the event moving.
Now, there are few or no laughs. What humor there is is as bland as it can be. Ross Mathews is an embarrassment who drags the event down to a new low. The other hosts are just not up to the task, but are OK.
The fashions were also boring except for a few sensational looks such as Uma Thurman, Sofia Vergara, Margot Robbie and the fantastic Lupita Nyong’o. Let’s hope the Oscars will bring out the best in designers.
Jacqueline Bisset’s speech, if you can call it that, was a disaster, as was some of the dialogue given to the presenters. Where would some of the others be if there were no teleprompters? The Golden Globes marks the official beginning of the awards season and. I’m sorry to say, it was sad.
Carolyn Goodman gave her take on the story about her younger son beaten and left in a public men’s room. She went on to praise the businesses of the downtown area and how they are making downtown one of the places to be in Las Vegas.
The big news right now – rumor has it the Discovery Channel is doing another 24/7 reality show with the mayhem of downtown nightclub and bar openings. Maybe they know something we don’t, since I am assigned to be launching my own reality show. I don’t know which channel to sign with.
Veronique, The Lady of 1000 Voices, has been signed to extend her engagement at Bally’s. This lady, Celine Dion’s protege, worked very hard to make her stay profitable. She is one of the few female impressionists good enough to make me a fan.
Caesars Palace has extended the contract of Matt Goss through June. Matt, his 9 piece band and sexy burlesque dancers, are one of the best lounge acts to come along in some time.
Jan Rouven, master illusionist, is doing well at the Riviera as is Crazy Girls, one of the most successful, long-running topless shows in Las Vegas.
Lindsay Lohan has been banned from seeing the Britney Spears show at Planet Hollywood. Britney’s family feels Lindsey could be a bad influence on Britney. Absurd!
Meat Loaf is coming back. Maybe he knows something I don’t know, but I could be wrong. Adam Steck is also bringing the Jackson brothers, Jermaine, Tito, Marlin and Jackie. They will begin a series of 40 shows over a 10 week period beginning April 20. Music, dance and some Michael Jackson anecdotes should make for an entertaining evening.
I met the wonderful Scott Lewis when he was working at the Riviera. This talented hypnotist, who performed for a record nine years at the Riviera, fell to his death in Sydney, Australia. The cause of his death is under investigation, and he will surely be missed by family, friends, and the entire magician community.
Juanita Moore (“Imitation of Life”), Phil Everly, (The Everly Brothers), James Avery (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”), and Alicia Rhett (“Gone With The Wind”) also died recently, all leaving a big void in our show business family.
Bill Acosta, one of our great impressionists, is fighting a long term bout with Parkinson’s disease. A group of local entertainers is reportedly trying to set up a benefit to help him with his huge medical expenses. Our entertainers have long been noted for taking care of fellow performers in need of help and Bill now needs their help. Hopefully they can get this thing off the ground quickly.
Pawn Shop-Live is now in previews. Producers are hoping to make this the biggest and most successful afternoon show in Las Vegas. Eric Travis Wilson is doing the music for this show at the Golden Nugget.
Jubilee has closed for about two months to update the legendary showgirl extravaganza. Donn Arden created this iconic show and I hope they retain his fantastic touch.
There are reportedly many changes in the works with new dancers, choreography, costumes and some new music. and a refurbished theater. They feel this is necessary so as to attract a new and younger audience. Ballys has just officially opened “Jubilee Tower,” the first phase of its hotel/casino refurbishing project.
Poor David Cassidy can’t seem to stay out of trouble, having been arrested on an alleged DUI charge. David has yet to succeed in rehab. He became a star with TV’s “The Partridge Family,” a recording artist and then came to Las Vegas to create the first of the many “Rat Pack” shows. Cassidy succeeded Michael Crawford in EFX at the MGM. Let’s hope this former teenage idol finally straightens out.
Just in is news that Anita Mann and Holly Madison are reportedly collaborating on a show featuring Holly. Anita is the ultra-talented producer, director and choreographer of Fantasy and founder of the Solid Gold Dancers. She also either choreographed or danced in many TV shows and Elvis films. Holly couldn’t be in better hands.
Cirque du Soleil has created a new division to be headed by Scott Zeiger, the man behind several Broadway to Vegas productions. They feel it’s time for Cirque to expand into more traditional territories. Zeiger was the CEO of Base Entertainment, which has several successful productions currently on the Strip.
As ever, the Rev. Monti wishes you all the best.
Monti Rock, who starred with John Travolta in the classic Saturday Night Fever, is a legend, performer, GamingToday entertainment columnist and marketing expert. Contact Monti at [email protected].