We should all take a trip to Mariah's World
December 20, 2016 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
I watched “Mariah’s World” on E! and what I got out of it is that she is a riot! Madame Carey doesn’t even know she’s a riot, more like an excess diva.
First of all, there were two segments where her billionaire fiancé showed up. So now we know this was shot way before the engagement was broken off.
As for the story line, there is none. It’s about Mariah’s gowns, makeup and hair as she travels on tour; a behind the scenes look… divine, divine, divine.
She is one of the world’s greatest attractions, filling all arenas. My extraordinary take on her and the show is that if she doesn’t have the billion dollar wedding at the end of it… well, they will have to find an ending. More to come.
The Critics Choice awards on Dec. 11 had “Deadpool” dominating and frontrunner “La La Land” with eight nominations, which amazed me. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were the stars of this runaway hit musical that won best picture and director (Damien Chazelle). Who knew Emma could sing!
Great script and acting. Love to see Hollywood re-inventing musicals!
Other winners include Ben Affleck’s brother, Casey Affleck, who won best actor for “Manchester By The Sea,” Ryan Reynolds for “Deadpool,” Natalie Portman for “Jackie.” Viola Davis, best supporting actress for “Fences,” and Mahershala Ali, best supporting actor for “Moonlight.”
“Deadpool” won for best comedy and one of my favorites, Meryl Streep, won for best actress in a comedy for “Florence Foster Jenkins.”
In TV land, “Game of Thrones” won for best drama series, “Silicon Valley” for best comedy series and best actors and actresses in their respective series, Evan Rachel Wood, Bob Odenkirk, Thandie Newton, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Donald Glover, Jane Krakowski and our very own Louie Anderson came out on top this year.
Sara Paulson and Courtney P. Vance won for “The People v O.J. Simpson,” which won for best movie made for TV or limited series. What a start to what I’m sure will be a great awards season!
Soon the Globes
Also, the 74th Golden Globe Nominations were announced Dec. 12. The ceremony will be hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon, on Sunday, Jan. 8. Of course, “La La Land” leads the pack, and then there’s “Manchester By The Sea,” “Moonlight” and some other really great movies not to miss.
A few months ago I wrote about Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins.” Hugh Grant was nominated for his role in this wonderful movie that was so good this columnist had to see it twice. The ceremony is set to honor Streep with the Cecil B. DeMille Award this year. So let the award season begin!
Speaking of awards, Madonna has been named Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year. She has extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time! Of course I’m a fan of Madonna who says she is only 22… but we know she’s 58s.
Another musical icon, Sir Elton John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin are celebrating 50 years of writing together. They have collaborated on more than 30 albums since they met in 1967. Taupin wrote the lyrics for “Rocket Man,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Candle in the Wind” and many more hits. What a celebration that will be!
Keep on, Phyllis
I keep writing about Legends and this week I decided to go to the great, absolutely marvelous McGuire sisters, featuring Phyllis McGuire. This fascinating woman lives here in Las Vegas, and rumor has it she is one of the wealthiest women in the world with her massive jewelry collection. We hope someday she will write her own story about her sisters and her love life.
You too, Jack
Singer Jack Jones has always been a favorite of mine as well. His voice is still amazing. I remember when he was married to Jill St. John. His father was the famous singer Alan Jones. Who ever thought this great male vocalist, born and raised in Hollywood, would still be one of our great singers today! His talent has certainly passed the test of time.
Planet out of orbit
What about the story between the shows at Planet Hollywood that I feel have staying power, like Jennifer Lopez who just opened and Lionel Ritchie who will soon be there. Then at the Sin City Theater we have Crazy Girls and also Murray the Magician.
When I first came here Robert Earl, this big visionary, was going to be quite the big shot with Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis plus premieres and movie theaters. Not so much.
What they did do is they built these showrooms and brought in some of the most wonderful attractions. The Aladdin, if you remember, was known for their shows. (It was imploded in 1998 and its replacement eventually became Planet Hollywood.) Planet Hollywood has the David Saxe Theater.
David’s mother, Bonnie Saxe, began doing the four-wall deals for shows, but I remember his sister, Melinda, the first lady of magic, who I adore. We want her back.
I can’t reveal who, but two major magicians are having a Twitter war. It’s about who’s bigger and better. I won’t get involved because my mother told me if you can’t say anything good don’t say any thing at all.
Las Vegas talent agent, Jaki Baskow, is acclaimed as one of the top celebrity/talent brokers and producers in the world. She is involved in Canon4Kids, which aids in the search for missing children.
We had a meeting last week and she was so wonderful. Our power lunch was a discussion about the Neon Museum, the Mob museum, the larger events and all the positive things going on in Las Vegas.