The Academy Awards spectacle has come and gone. This year was their most watched show in years (some 43 million viewers).
Fashion standouts were Cate Blanchett, Kate Hudson, Sandra Bullock, and Charlize Theron. It was old-time Hollywood glamor at its best. Cream colored jackets for some of the male stars were a welcome change from the usual black tuxedos.
Biggest fashion loser was Kim Novak. Kim, one of the last of the old-time glamor queens of yesteryear, looked like she was dressed to go to the supermarket or to play bingo. Too many years out of the mainstream really took its toll on this Hollywood icon.
Ellen DeGeneres was a great hostess, especially when poking fun at the stars sitting up front. Only her bit with Liza Minnelli was a little too much. However, Liza and John Travolta received the kind of publicity money could not buy.
In a tribute to Judy Garland and the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” Whoopi Goldberg introduced Judy’s three children – Liza and Lorna and Joey Luft. It was good to see the three siblings together, dispelling rumors of a rift in the family.
Pink singing “Over The Rainbow” and Bette Midler singing “Wind Beneath My Wings were musical highlights of the evening, as were Pharrell Williams and his group. Matthew McConaughey was finally recognized as the fine actor he really is and Blanchett shows she has the inside track of becoming the successor to Meryl Streep.
For best picture, “12 Years A Slave” won, and justifiably so. It was originally considered to be a low budget film much like “Saturday Night Fever” when made back in 1976 for $3.5 million. The now classic grossed almost $300 million and is one of the top 100 films in the Library of Congress.
As you know, it starred Travolta, and yours truly had a featured role as the Latin DJ.
Pawn shift: Pawn Shop Live, will be moving to the Riviera Hotel Casino in April after a three-month run at the Golden Nugget. The producers are thrilled to get their show on the Strip and there will be performances seven days a week at 4:30 p.m.
They will be adding to the cast so as to cover the additional performances. Their hope is to get to Broadway in the future.
The Riviera, once the home of many top shows, is back on track to house several new ones. In addition to the aforementioned Pawn Shop, are Illusions, Crazy Girls, the incoming Men The Experience, Forever Doo Wop and Forever Motown.
The Versailles Showroom is being remodeled so as to possibly book top performers on a rotating basis beginning this summer. With the new SLS and the Riviera things should start hopping again on the north end of the Strip.
A “Wynner” at 50: Steve Wynn threw a spectacular 50th birthday party for wife Andrea last week. Hugh Jackman came in along with 70 dancers and musicians to entertain at this special event. Steve Wynn is supposedly set to bring the Broadway production of “Spider Man” as its next long-running show at Wynn-Encore. That should be quite a feat.
Mohawk for money: There is a new mohawk in town. John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Sun columnist, had his head shaved by none other than Holly Madison at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving fundraiser at New York-New York. This was part of an effort to raise funds and awareness for the organization that fights childhood cancer.
The 6th annual “Klip It For Kidz” benefit, another event for the fight against childhood cancer will be held at Town Square on April 5. Professional stylists will be there to shave heads and cut hair to be used to make wigs for children stricken by cancer. For information call 702-735-8434 or visit www.KlipItFor Kidz.com.
Another benefit show is the second annual one-night-only performance of Cirque’s “One Night for One Drop” to benefit Cirque’s nonprofit charity, One Drop. All Cirque shows will go dark on March 21 to allow their performers to take part in this production, which will be held at Mandalay Bay.
My good friend Vegas musician and producer Eric “Travis” Wilson’s daughter has lost four fingers in a tragic snow blower accident. To read her courageous story or to donate to her huge medical expenses please go to: http://dani.wildbunchmc.org.
Raiding the media: A media night performance of Raiding the Rock Vault was held last week. This show at the LVH gives us a band of some of the best rock musicians playing classic rock songs and playing them in a show format. This is definitely the show to see if you want to hear classic rock songs performed by top rock musicians and singers.
The Rev. Monti again wishes you 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].