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PLANET HOLLYWOOD

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planet hollywood WINTER 2008/SPRING 2009 EDITION

THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF PL ANE T HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO • LAS VEGAS

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54 JACK OF ALL TRADES He's a Grammy® Award-winning singer, an actor, fashion designer and activist, yet Justin Timberlake still finds time to golf for a good cause.

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OUTTAKES What a first year. From movie premieres to boxing events, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has become celebrity central. Plus, PH Towers by Westgate nears completion; where to wed; and more.

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TOP-NOTCH PEEPSHOW heats up Las Vegas.

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DIRECTOR'S CHAIR When aliens invade Las Vegas, a cab driver comes to the rescue. A look inside Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain.

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WISH LIST Remember the artwork on album covers? We do. And we take a look at these collectibles today. Plus, two ultimate indulgences: the spa and chocolate; as well as a visit to L’Occitane, Stash Clothing and Steve Madden in the Miracle Mile.

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DRESS TO THRILL Accessories make the woman. Shoes and handbags that are sure to get you second glances.

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THE DISH Bottoms up. Sample sake at KOI Las Vegas or margaritas at Yolös Mexican Grill. Answer the dinner bell with steaks from Strip House, spicy chicken from P.F. Chang's, or crab legs from Spice Market Buffet.

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LINER NOTES Onstage with Justin Timberlake & Friends. Plus, Sheryl Crow with James Blunt.

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GAMBLER'S GUIDE

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AROUND THE PLANET The stars come out at night. Celebrities snapped at Privé and photos from the red carpet of the Saw V premiere.

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CUTTING-ROOM FLOOR Tough guy Jason Statham loses his heart— literally—in Crank 2: High Voltage.

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contributors

winter 2008/spring 2009

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Cathy A. Campagna is a rock scribe whose work has appeared in many national and international publications. However, her passions have also led her to join the Screen Actors Guild and to write, act in and produce her first screenplay. Cathy is a native New Yorker who coordinates fabulous events for such rock royalty as Nikki Sixx, Ministry and Doro Pesch, to name a few. She can be seen in commercials, TV shows and films. E-mail Cathy at chain626@aol.com

Award-winning journalist Danielle Cohen is an Atlanta-based freelance writer and editor whose byline has appeared in magazines all over the world. She covers fashion, entertainment and business and has written for Women’s Wear Daily, ISLANDS Weddings and Honeymoons, Discover Style and Impressions magazines, as well as a number of other consumer and trade publications. Career and family intersected when the mother of two decided to launch an upscale children’s apparel and gift company, Clothesline Candy, four years ago.

PLANET HOLLYWOOD IS PUBLISHED TWICE A YEAR AND DISTRIBUTED IN ALL 2,567 ROOMS AND SUITES AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO. THE MAGAZINE IS ALSO DISTRIBUTED IN THE CASINO’S VIP LOUNGES, IN THE RESORT RESTAURANTS AND AT MIRACLE MILE SHOPS AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD. ROBYN PEOT VICE PRESIDENT OF BRAND MARKETING

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When looking at his beautiful still-life photography, you’d never guess that Los Angeles native Ed Fernandez’s first camera purchase was not made until he was 25 years old. Today, Ed travels back and forth between his Miami studio—a 1922 Key West-style house that he restored—and New York City, freelancing for clients like Godiva, Dillard’s and Dayton Hudson. When he’s not behind the camera, he’s likely on one of his restoration projects: a 1966 Chevy truck, a 1967 Chevy Impala and a 1968 Camaro. www.edfstudios.com

KATE McCLARE RYAN SLATTERY LINDA BROCKMAN STEPHANIE CHATANAY COX SIRENA ANDRAS JUAN ITURRIZA BETH WOOD JULIO ORTEGA TRACY STEIN VIRGINIA C. VALLS MARCUS ALONSO JAMES PERDOMO ROBERT MARENCO

Jen Karetnick is a Miami-based freelance food-and-travel writer and a poet. She is the features editor for Wine News; the restaurant critic for MIAMI magazine; and the arts and culture expert for VisitFlorida.com. Her poetry has appeared in The North American Review, River Styx and The Greensboro Review. In 2007, she published her first poetry collection, Necessary Salt (Pudding House) and in 2005, coauthored Raw Food/Real World (Harper Collins). She collaborated with designer Bridgett Fernandez on a book called Born-Again Vintage, released by Potter Craft in 2008. www.jenkaretnick.com

Shep Morgan is an award-winning producer and journalist who has written cover stories and celebrity profiles for publications, TV and Internet sites. He has interviewed many famous faces—ranging from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Johnny Depp and George Clooney—for some of the country’s top news outlets including Gotham, Hamptons, Redbook and Los Angeles Confidential magazines, The New York Times syndicate, TV Guide online, E! online and Parade.com. Shep is executive producer/writer for the nationally syndicated radio series Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood, which also appears as a weekly column on Movies.com.

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P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F P L A N E T H O L LY W O O D R E S O R T & C A S I N O

welcome letter Welcome to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. I am delighted that you made the decision to stay with us as we celebrate our first anniversary. As you make your way around the property you will see friendly faces everywhere. I am very proud of our team and I know that you will be impressed as well. We burst onto the Las Vegas scene with a completely fresh design that is reflected throughout the property, and outside, on our dynamic Las Vegas Boulevard Plaza. I am also very proud that our resort has been featured in a number of major motion pictures and hit television shows. In this issue you will read all about the great events we have hosted throughout the year and the 2009 feature film—Race to Witch Mountain—that uses this resort as a backdrop. You will also read about our good friend Justin Timberlake who hosted his first Justin Timberlake and Friends concert to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children here this past October.

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I hope that you will take the time to try everything we have to offer, including our culinary choices, as I took immense pleasure in selecting the fine restaurants for this property. As a fan of great food, and as someone who has been known to eat more than my fair share, I would urge you to try two incredible menus. At Strip House, you must order: lobster bisque, followed by the 22-ounce bone-in rib eye—charred medium—and accompanied by goose fat potatoes and sautéed wild mushrooms. And save room for a slice of cheesecake. At KOI, enjoy the crispy rice, creamy rock shrimp, lamb chops and, to end the meal, the dessert sampler platter. With the success of our first Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, we are looking for opportunities around the world to open new properties. In 2009 this property will celebrate an expansion as we open the Planet Hollywood Towers by Westgate, a mixture of hotel, timeshare and condominiums. For now, I hope that you will enjoy staying here—in what is the world’s largest boutique hotel! Robert Earl Co-Chairman Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

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outtakes bits and pieces : news from planet hollywood It didn’t take long for the new kid on the block to be the envy of all. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino made a splash on the Las Vegas Strip right from day one. The grand opening celebration, November 16-17, 2007, was one of the biggest resort openings the city had ever seen. Mega stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Spacey, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman were just some of the many celebrities who walked the 500-foot-long red carpet. Inside, Barbra Streisand took the stage in a rare performance. She entertained the crowd for more than 40 minutes, singing seven songs including “The Way We Were,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Evergreen,” “Smile” and “Funny Girl.” Afterward, the crowd moved to the Planet Hollywood Ballroom for performances by Sugar Ray and by Earth, Wind and Fire—which lasted well into the early morning. Entertainment the previous night included Bruce Willis and the Bruce Willis Blues Band, and DJ DMC.

GREAT BEGINNINGS A LOOK BACK AT THE FIRST YEAR OF PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO

And the party has been nonstop ever since.

In October 2008, Justin Timberlake held a benefit mega-concert in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Theatre for the Performing Arts raising money for the Shriners Hospital for Children. With performances from the Jonas Brothers, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Boyz II Men, 50 Cent, Rihanna, Will.i.am and Leona Lewis, it was one of the biggest shows of the year in Las Vegas. In addition, folks are buzzing about restaurants such as Koi Las Vegas, Strip House, Planet Dailies and Yolös Mexican Grill. Spice Market Buffet continues to delight as the number one buffet in Las Vegas and the newly renovated P.F. Chang's China Bistro has added even more spectacular dishes to its popular menu.

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Over the first year, Planet Hollywood has become, Sin City’s cinema central. Several major motion pictures, including What Happens in Vegas and 21, have been filmed at the casino-resort and more than a half-dozen movies have premiered in the showroom here as well. Expect more of the same in 2009.


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TROON GOLF’S TWO CHALLENGING COURSES OFFER SPECTACULAR SCENERY

Tee times at The Revere Golf Club and Badlands Golf Club can be booked by contacting the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Golf Desk, which is located on the Lobby Level. Phone: (702) 785-5160 Email: reservations@planethollywoodresort.com The Revere Golf Club 2600 Hampton Road Henderson, NV 89052 Phone: (702) 259-4653 www.reveregolf.com

BY JEFF NEUMAN

Badlands Golf Club 9119 Alta Drive Las Vegas, NV 89145 Phone: (702) 363-0754 www.badlandsgc.com

Badlands Golf Club has views of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

What’s better than having 18 holes of outstanding golf just waiting for you to come and play? How about 63? Known for challenging course designs and immaculate fairways, Troon Golf, which operates more than 200 courses across the globe, offers two great options for golfers of all abilities in southern Nevada. The Revere Golf Club is located in Henderson, just minutes south of the Strip. Plunked down in the Las Vegas foothills, the club offers stunning views of the city, as well as the mountains. Designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash, the two 18-hole courses—the Lexington and Concord—wind their way through canyons and valleys.

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The Lexington course is a brawny challenge for any golfer, highlighted by the par-five seventh hole. “The tees are perched along the canyon walls, high above the fairway below,” explained Greg Kinney, Revere’s general manager. “Nicknamed ’King’s Chapel,’ the hole is spectacularly framed by a three-tiered waterfall down by a cliff behind the green.” The Concord has a more forgiving, resort-style layout, though its large and sloping greens demand an accurate approach if you want to avoid three putts. Troon’s other Nevada facility, Badlands Golf Club, was designed by Johnny Miller, who consulted with outspoken PGA pro Chi Chi Rodriguez to create three nine-hole courses that flow over and around deep arroyos and natural washes, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of Red Rock canyon. “Badlands is a unique target-style desert golf course, with many carries to island fairways and greens—

islands of grass in the desert,” said Badlands general manager Chad Pettingill. “It is not the typical golf course most players see in their hometowns.” On the Desperado nine, the true gambler can bite off large swaths of desert from the tee, but a ravine may gobble up the risky shot that comes up short. The Diablo features the spectacular sixth hole, with a sharp-angled fairway that falls some 50 to 60 feet from tee to green. The Outlaw nine is easier, but is still no pushover for any golfer. Both clubs have exceptional clubhouse facilities and provide unlimited practice balls with your round. The pro shop, restaurant and bar at Revere have won multiple regional and national awards, while the Badlands Grille has a full southwesternstyle breakfast and lunch menu.


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LAS VEGAS READIES FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE LUXURIOUS PH TOWERS BY WESTGATE

BY KATHLEEN FOLEY

“It will be a fully self-contained resort environment unavailable anywhere else in the world.” —David Siegel, President/CEO of Westgate Resorts

Let’s face it—Las Vegas living is bigger, bolder and more exciting than life in the ordinary world. That makes it the perfect location for a luxury timeshare project that breaks all the rules. PH Towers by Westgate is the first vacation ownership resort to be fully integrated with a major hotel and casino complex. Its two brilliant blue glass towers will soon soar 50 stories above the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, reflecting the boulevard’s glittering neon lights. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino partnered with Westgate Resorts, the largest privately held timeshare company in the world, to develop the $1.2 billion project. The first tower is planned for completion in the summer of 2009, and work has already begun on the second. Together, the two buildings will feature 3.2 million square feet of luxury living, with 1,200 vacation ownership units, ranging from one to four bedrooms in size. When not in use, some units will be made available to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for overnight stays for their guests. “We are building the Rolls Royce of timeshares,” said David Siegel, President/CEO of Westgate Resorts. “Our villas will have every conceivable luxury found in the best resorts in the world, including Las Vegas high-roller suites.” The resort will feature restaurants, a fitness center and convention areas, as well as an exotic tropical pool complete with sandy beach and private cabanas. Picture windows in each unit offer spectacular views up and down the Strip, and if you get tired of looking at the lights, just push a button. A movie screen rolls down so you can enjoy a film or a sporting event in your own home theater. All units come fully furnished in a striking modern style that includes Italian leather sectional couches, king-sized beds and marble bathrooms. In addition to the timeshare units, the towers’ top floors will house 32 luxury penthouse condominiums, with prices starting at $4 million. The penthouses, which range in size from 4,000 to 10,000 square feet, will have their own lobby and private elevator, as well as their own exclusive pool on the 46th floor. “What attracted us to this location was the opportunity to be involved with Planet Hollywood, as well as the Miracle Mile Shops,” explained Siegel. “It will be a fully selfcontained resort environment unavailable anywhere else in the world.”

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FILMED AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD MOVIES Knocked Up 21 What Happens in Vegas Race to Witch Mountain

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Prison Break CSI: Crime Scene Investigation A&E Private Sessions: “Sheryl Crow Concert” Doritos The Quest America’s Got Talent So You Think You Can Dance Miss America Live! 2008 Miss USA BET: Poker Stars Gene Simmons: Family Jewels Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood Good Behavior Battleground Earth MTV: Bow Wow Super Stuntin’ 21 MTV: Made The Ellen DeGeneres Show: “12 Days of Giveaways” HBO: Hopkins vs. Calzaghe

Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher filmed the pivotal jackpot scene in What Happens in Vegas on the casino floor at Planet Hollywood.

It Really Does Happen in Vegas STUDIOS COME TO VIBRANT PLANET HOLLYWOOD TO FILM TV SHOWS, MOVIES Sensing déjà vu? You’re not alone. Many visitors to Las Vegas get that “been here before” feeling as they walk around Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. And rightly so. Anyone who has turned on a television or been to the movies within the past year or so can probably recall a scene filmed right here on property. Remember the pool scene in Knocked Up? How about Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz wrestling over a giant check on the casino floor in What Happens in Vegas? Then there was Kevin Spacey and his team of M.I.T. students prowling the blackjack tables in 21. Eagle-eyed TV viewers may remember scenes from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Prison Break as well. When it comes to filming in Las Vegas these days, whether it’s for a major motion picture such as Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain or for television shows like America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance, Planet Hollywood has become the go-to location for filmmakers and studio execs. “It’s such a classic Vegas and pop-culture brand,” said What Happens in Vegas producer Shawn Levy, explaining Planet Hollywood’s appeal. “It’s a really vibrant, dynamic place. We got a fabulous location to work in.”

FROM TOP: KATE BOSWORTH AND JIM STURGESS IN 21 21; KATHERINE HEIGL IN KNOCKED UP; ASHTON UP KUTCHER AND CAMERON DIAZ IN WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS. VEGAS

MOVIE PREMIERES AND SCREENINGS AT PH Rocky Balboa Resident Evil: Extinction Rambo 21 88 Minutes Saw V Repo! The Genetic Opera Transporter 3 17

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Packages available at The Chapel at Planet Hollywood include such frills as being interviewed like a celebrity couple or getting pampered at Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara.

The Chapel at Planet Hollywood is an elegant, romantic spot for couples to either renew their vows or start a new life together. Brides can choose to walk down an aisle blanketed in rose petals, say “I do” in a candlelight ceremony, or have guests welcomed with a string trio. Couples can also exchange vows on the pool terrace in an evening ceremony against the backdrop of the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. The candlelight ceremony is one of the chapel’s most popular services, according to Sarah Martini-Ricci, wedding services manager. “We dim the lights and have candles all the way up the aisle and surrounding the altar. It’s very romantic and the candles give off a magnificent glow.” Another “very Planet Hollywood” affair is the Red Carpet ceremony. Wedding guests attending these nuptials walk a red carpet and get interviewed and photographed like movie stars. The Chapel offers several all-inclusive wedding packages that can include breakfast in bed, floral arrangements, hair styling and much more. The Father of the Bride package, for example, includes a two-night stay in a two-bedroom Panorama Suite, pre-wedding pampering for the bride at Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara and a two-tier wedding cake with an in-suite reception. The Chocolat package includes an hour-long open bar and catered dinner for up to 25 guests, along with a five-hour reception complete with a DJ. “We plan the entire day for them,” explained Martini-Ricci. “We arrange the ceremony, the reception, photos, video and flowers. We do everything for them so they can party with their guests like superstars.”

NNice iice ce DDay ay ffor or a WWhite hite WWedding edding COUPLES RENEW THEIR VOWS, WALK RED CARPETS AND GET MARRIED BY CANDLELIGHT AT THE CHAPEL AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD Las Vegas likes to consider itself the wedding capital of the world. With upwards of 150,000 couples marrying here each year, the city is certainly among the top wedding destinations on the planet. Where else can you find a minister who doubles as an Elvis impersonator, and a stunning white bouquet that perfectly matches the one Priscilla Presley carried at her Las Vegas wedding?

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eXTRA! eXTRA! CELEBRITY CENTRAL

WHEN ENTERTAINMENT NEWS BREAKS IN LAS VEGAS, EXTRA IS SURE TO BE THERE

Extra’s Jerry Penacoli (right) interviews Charlie Sheen

BY STEVE WEISER, EXTRA’S LAS VEGAS BUREAU CHIEF It’s no secret that over the last decade Las Vegas has become a playground for adults. Every month a new hit show, five-star restaurant or themed attraction invades the Strip and manages to reinvent this ever-changing city. It’s true, Las Vegas has had more face-lifts than characters featured in a Danny Gans variety show, but it somehow manages to stay relevant. I imagine the goal is to create the ultimate destination, where unique amenities coexist with comforting familiarity. Think about it. How do you create something that has never been done in a town that has done it all? I know, it sounds improbable, but thanks to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino that goal is not impossible. I arrived at Planet Hollywood about two years ago, with my Extra assignment being to create the firstever National Entertainment News Bureau in Las Vegas. Never before had a television news program attempted to broadcast live from Vegas on a daily basis. The perception being that New York City and L.A. were the only two major headquarters for celebrity events and Las Vegas could never produce enough star-studded functions to justify a full-time home. Well, two years, 180 stories and countless A-list parties later, Las Vegas is now the Entertainment Capital of the World, and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has played a starring role in that movement. From world premieres of movies like Rambo, 88 Minutes, and 21 which brought out stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Spacey and Al Pacino, to all-star fights where Whitney Houston, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bruce Willis sat ringside—celebrity is everywhere here! Hollywood history is being made on the casino floor. Guests here have stumbled upon stars such as Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher filming scenes from What Happens In Vegas. Other visitors played the role of extras and were featured in movies like Knocked Up and 21, as Planet Hollywood served as the backdrop to those instant classics. There is something here for everyone. Like I said, a playground for adults, only the main attraction here is celebrity and—in some cases—that celebrity is you.

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Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell heads a creative team that includes acclaimed designers David Rockwell, the mastermind behind the set design, and Gregg Barnes, creator of the cast's seductive costumes.

POP STAR AND TV SIREN HEAT UP THE STAGE IN PEEPSHOW

BY ISAAC BREKKEN/WIREIMAGE.COM

Theater will bare an eye-popping new look when Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino presents its daring show starring Mel B as the mistress of ceremonies, The Peep Diva. Kelly Monaco will play Bo Peep when the Dancing with the Stars alums reunite on the stage in the sexy striptease PEEPSHOW.

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"Mixed with humor, razzle-dazzle and today’s sexy music, these stunning dancers will use their bodies to tell a story.”

“PEEPSHOW has been a dream of mine for a long time and now that dream is coming true,” said Mitchell. “We have gathered twenty of the sexiest dancers from film, video and Broadway to bring a truly American form of entertainment back to the Strip: the art of the tease. Mixed with humor, razzledazzle and today’s sexy music, these stunning dancers will use their bodies to tell a story.” Spice Girl Mel B plays the lead role of The Peep Diva, who guides the story’s heroine Bo Peep, portrayed by Monaco, on her search for love. “Words can’t express how excited I am to be a part of PEEPSHOW,” said Monaco, a star on the daytime soap opera General Hospital. “I can’t think of a better place to do it than Las Vegas.” The show begins with Bo falling asleep while reading a book of rhymes and fairy tales. In her dream state, Bo finds herself in the colorful world of PEEPSHOW as she’s whisked away by the Diva on a journey of self-discovery. Along the way she blossoms into a sexy, daring, provocative and more confident woman. The production numbers linking the story together are derived from popular fairy tales but told with a naughty twist. “Because I’m coming out as a solo artist next year, I feel this show is putting me back in an arena that I’m most comfortable in and love doing most, which is performing and entertaining on stage,” said Mel B, who in 2004 starred as Mimi in the Broadway musical Rent, followed by a starring role in The Vagina Monologues.

From left: Kelly Monaco. Jerry Mitchell and Mel B.

Preview performances of PEEPSHOW, produced by BASE Entertainment, begin March 30, 2009 with a gala premiere scheduled for April 18, 2009. Showtimes are: Sunday-Tuesday and Friday at 8 p.m. with two shows on Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $65-$100. A special VIP package is also available at $165 per person. It includes premium seating at a cabaret table and tableside bottle service. Preview performance ticket prices: From March 30April 17, 2009 range from $59-$91 with the VIP package available for $149 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000 or (877) 307-8667, or at the Planet Hollywood Box Office at (702) 785-5000 or (877) 333-9474.

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Las Vegas is a city of “what if”s. What if I win this hand? What if I score that front-row ticket? What if I wait for George Clooney? What if I meet a gorgeous woman, use her quarter at a slot machine, and win $3 million?

Race to Witch Mountain stars AnnaSophia Robb, Dwayne Johnson and Alexander Ludwig.

ALIEN INVASION A VEGAS CABBIE TRIES TO SAVE THE WORLD IN DISNEY’S RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DISNEY ENTERPRISES/RON PHILLIPS

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For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It’s called Witch Mountain. When a Las Vegas cab driver, played by Dwayne Johnson, finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he is suddenly thrust into the middle of an adventure he can’t explain.


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When the trio discovers that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, the race begins, as the government, mobsters and even extraterrestrials try to stop them. Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain, which was partially filmed at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, advances the story line of the original 1975 film, Escape to Witch Mountain. Both movies were based on a novel by Alexander Key, but the latest film is “a new chapter within the world of Witch Mountain,” according to Race to Witch Mountain director Andy Fickman. In the film, Johnson stars as cab driver Jack Bruno. He meets two paranormal siblings, played by AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig, with a villain on their tail—described as a “man in black” and played by actor Ciarán Hinds. Bruno teams up with a discredited astrophysicist (played by Carla Gugino), fired from her university and giving a lecture at a UFO conference in Las Vegas, to rescue the teens. The cast spent several days in Las Vegas filming scenes on the casino floor at Planet Hollywood, on the Strip and in Miracle Mile Shops.

Above: Director Andy Fickman and Production Designer David J. Bomba on the set. Above right and left: An odd cast of characters parade through Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

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classic covers ALBUM ARTWORK FROM DECADES PAST FREEZES MOMENTS IN TIME AND CATCHES THE EYE OF COLLECTORS BY CATHY A. CAMPAGNA

Jimi Hendrix (left) was photographed by rock photographer Gered Mankowitz. This portrait was later used for the cover of the 1993 compilation album The Ultimate Experience. His photo of the Rolling Stones (above) appeared on the band’s 1967 Between the Buttons album cover.

Album covers may seem like fossils, but these artifacts are enjoying quite the resurgence in the memorabilia marketplace as collectors gobble up LP’s for their artistic and historic value. In 2008, an original Sgt. Pepper album—signed by all four Beatles—sold for $12,500 at Hollywood Obsessions (inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino), said Timothy Nunn, the store’s Vice President of Business Development.

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That’s a pittance according to Ken Kelly, the artist behind KISS albums Love Gun and Destroyer. “Gene Simmons sold the actual Love Gun oil painting, signed by me, about eight years ago for $87,000,” Kelly said. Guns N’ Roses’ current guitarist, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, recalls the importance of cover artwork during the days of LP’s: “It was an event to go to a record shop. You combed every single aisle, and it was all about discovery. It had value.” Led Zeppelin III is his favorite because of the rotating picture wheel that revealed images randomly through holes in the cover. “That was a classic one,” Bumblefoot said. While 1960s designer Zacron fashioned that famous cover, another innovative artist captured Led Zeppelin’s vibe. Storm Thorgerson created surreal covers like Houses of the Holy for Zeppelin as well as The Dark Side of the Moon for Pink Floyd. Thorgerson worked at Hipgnosis design group in England developing covers for dozens of legendary bands, where he often crossed paths with photographer Mick Rock. Rock’s legacy includes covers for Joan Jett, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and The Ramones. His Queen II cover was directly inspired by a photo of actress Marlene Dietrich on the set of Shanghai Express. “She had her arms crossed and her fingers spread. I showed the photograph to Freddie [Mercury, Queen singer] and he got it immediately. Freddie’s in the foreground doing a Marlene.” Another celebrated photographer, Janette Beckman, began photographing bands in the 1970s and her images appeared on several album covers including Greatest Hits by The Police. She explained how three

separate shoots were combined to form the final product. “We had to make them look like the same shot. It was insane, but we managed,” said Beckman, who also produced covers for the B-52s, Salt-N-Pepa and Run DMC. “I usually like to talk to the artists and find out what they are about, listen to the music and discuss ideas with them. To me, it’s all about the portrait and portraying that person as they are.”

Top left: Mick Rock’s picture of Iggy Pop for the cover of Raw Power was taken at a 1972 concert at Kings Cross Cinema in London. Above: The cover shot for Queen II was inspired by a similar pose by film legend Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express. Below: Ken Kelly created the Kiss Love Gun cover. The original oil painting sold for $87,000.

Gered Mankowitz echoed those sentiments. He photographed the Rolling Stones’ Between the Buttons cover in London’s Primrose Hill. “I suggested that after an all-night recording session, very early in the morning, we had to shoot the band. They had a look to them, a world-weary, sexy, stoned look that was absolutely the epitome of what people were seeing of them [at the time].” Mankowitz took lenticular, or shifting photographs, of the Stones, as well as Jimi Hendrix, Elton John and Paul McCartney. His photos are on display and available for purchase at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. These illustrators and photographers have captured the bands that define our culture. The album jackets containing these images aren’t merely retro or trendy, but actual time capsules providing a window into their lives.

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WITH MORE THAN 170 STORES, MIRACLE MILE SHOPS AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD OFFERS MANY CHOICES. HERE, WE HIGHLIGHT THREE OF OUR FAVORITE STORES. BY DANIELLE COHEN

P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F S T E V E S PATA F O R E / S P O R T O G R A P H Y

STEVE MADDEN Beginning in the 1990s, Steve Madden reinvented and revitalized the iconic 1970s rock ’n’ roll look for the modern woman, establishing his signature style and winning staggering success. Today, nearly two decades later, the Steve Madden brand encompasses lifestyle accessories for the entire body, including hosiery, belts, jewelry, scarves and handbags, in addition to fabulous and funky footwear for both men and women. Shoppers at the Steve Madden store at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood can expect to find a full range of shoes, from sneakers, sandals and slippers to boots, bridal and formal, and, of course, those platforms. Tagged between $40 and $200, items are displayed throughout 1,600 square feet of mint-colored walls, open shelving, frosted Plexiglas and wood accents, juxtaposing femininity with an urban edge. www.stevemadden.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF STEVE MADDEN

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STASH CLOTHING P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F S T E V E S PATA F O R E / S P O R T O G R A P H Y

Melrose Avenue’s trendsetting Stash Clothing boutique, which has been catering to Hollywood A-listers since 1985, opened at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood in 2001. The L.A.-based retailer began with a women’s boutique—and the following year opened a rockin’ men’s store next door. Labels that ooze cool, such as True Religion, Christian Audigier, Rock & Republic, English Laundry, Mek Denim, Ed Hardy, Frankie B and Bejeweled, can be found in the shops. Jeans start at $129 and top out at $375, while shirts lighten wallets $45 to well over $900. Celebs, such as actor Sylvester Stallone, magician Steve Wyrick and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., have found their way to Planet Hollywood’s Stash as easily as the chic superstars who flocked to the original City of Angels store. www.stashclothing.com

L’OCCITANE Originating from Occitanie, an ancient geographic region of southern France, L’Occitane taps into the hills of the Mediterranean for inspiration. In fact, today—more than 30 years after its conception—all of L’Occitane’s natural beauty products for body, skin and hair are still developed and produced in a quaint Provençal village.

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Like all L’Occitane boutiques, the one inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood is decorated in hues and materials prominent in the Provençal landscapes. The color ochre—an orange-yellow blend—is prominent throughout the store, while wrought iron, used in candleholders and other fixtures, offers a rustic look. The shop even uses natural elements like raffia to tie up gift sets. The 1,082-squarefoot shop’s range of inventory, which includes bath essentials, fragrances and creams, is priced from $3 to $74. www.loccitane.com

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ODE TO CHOCOLATE BY DANIELLE COHEN

THOSE WHO INDULGE IN THE RICH, SWEET, CREAMY, GOOEY GOODNESS THAT IS CHOCOLATE KNOW THE DECADENCE IS WORTH EVERY CALORIE. From milk to dark to white to semisweet, no substitute can satiate that sweet tooth’s craving quite like real chocolat. Whether alone or paired with ice cream, nuts, caramel, fruit, pastries and the like, it’s the ultimate treat. So ditch the diet and stop by these chocolatiers for the most delicious, most delectable, most divine treats you could ever imagine.

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Only the finest and highest-quality ingredients are used to create Desage Chocolatier’s delectable edibles. The company’s Golden Ingots are 100 grams of rich dark or creamy milk chocolate, with or without hazelnut centers, wrapped in foil and sold in velvet boxes. Available in PH stores and at www.desagechocolatier.com.

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Nestlé Toll House Café bakes traditional chocolate chip cookies—the shop’s most popular item—daily, selling more than 250 every day of the year. Available in 14- or 56-gram sizes, the cookies feature Nestlé semisweet morsels, the original and best-selling chocolate chips in America. Available at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. www.nestlecafe.com

The house specialty at Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland is the champagne truffle, which features a delicate blend of fresh cream, butter and either milk chocolate dusted with confectioner’s sugar or dark chocolate dusted with cocoa powder. One bite reveals a scrumptious champagne cream center surrounded by a dark chocolate ganache. Available at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and at www.teuscherlasvegas.com.

The newest chocolate-dipped creations beckoning visitors at Godiva Boutique are red, white and brown: Select from three to five small strawberries, five mini-marshmallows or five mini-brownies—or any combination of the three—to have dipped in or drizzled with your choice of luscious Godiva white, dark or milk chocolate. Available at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and at www.godiva.com.

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BY DANIELLE COHEN

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS

TAKE HOME THE SPA

The fitness, sauna and steam areas of Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara are open daily, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the spa, salon and spa boutique are open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (702) 785-5-SPA (-5772). www.mandaraspa.com

When a little pampering is in order, but you just can’t make it to the spa, don’t stress. You can indulge yourself from head to toe—at home—with these hair, skin and spirit enhancers.

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Aveda’s Dry Remedy moisturizing system, with buriti oil, pomegranate and palm derived conditioners, is naturally formulated from pure plant and flower essences. The kit includes shampoo, conditioner, treatment masque and comb to thoroughly moisturize hair. Available at Aveda inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Drop one of L’Occitane’s Revitalizing Effervescent Sugar Cubes into your bath for a relaxing fizzle. Packed with sugars and essential oils such as mint, pine and rosemary, these cubes bubble over with vitamin C to revive the skin. Available at L’Occitane inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Derived from Dead Sea plant extracts and specially formulated to rejuvenate and protect sensitive skin, Sea Spa’s Black Mud Mask is 40 percent black mud and 60 percent cream. Available at The Spa Shop inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

Put a little spring in your step with a special treatment at Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara. Your epidermis will thank you. The luxury spa’s Las Vegas menu of services includes a leading European body contouring therapy called Ionithermie Cellulite Reduction, which assists with detoxifying the body while reducing fluid retention and the appearance of cellulite. The end result is substantial inch loss and noticeable muscle-toning after just a single treatment.

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Origins’ Silkening Body Spritz contains organic sunflower oil and soy lecithin—which draws water from the air to increase skin hydration—to keep skin soft and smooth. The bottle features a specially designed 360-degree pump to access hard-toreach areas. Available at Origins inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

Another signature treatment is the Elemis Aroma Spa Ocean Massage, featuring a heated seaweed body wrap that yields intense detoxification. To allow deep penetration, the whole body is cocooned in a comforting foil wrap while you are treated to a relaxing scalp, foot and ankle massage. P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F L’ O C C I TA N E

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wish list PUCKER UP Colored and ultra-shiny, Yves Saint Laurent’s Gloss Repulpant Shiny Lip Plumper pampers lips as it adds volume for a fuller appearance. Shown here in Glossy Candy. $25. Available at Sephora in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. www.sephora.com PHOTO COURTESY OF YSL

spoiled rotten GREAT BUYS FOR THE GALS AND GUYS WHO GET EVERYTHING THEY WANT

GET YOUR FLIRT ON Don’t be coy. Go all out with the girly look. Start with this Betsey Johnson polka-dot, puff-sleeve dress. $400. You’ll love telling time with a watch from the Betsey Antoinette Collection. The pink heart-shaped dial is surrounded by crystals and features a pink patent-leather strap. $95. Kick up your heels with the Deandra, below. $225. Available at Betsey Johnson in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. www.betseyjohnson.com

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ROCK SOLID Strong blocks of color make for a bold impression, as with this solid yellow top ($24.90), teal bodysuit ($24.90) and charcoal pants ($49.90). Available at H&M in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. www.hm.com

TIGER EYES Yves Saint Laurent’s Couleurs d’Afrique Palette for the Eyes offers colors found on the African plain. $60. Available at Sephora in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. www.yslbeautyus.com

Know a little girl who can’t wait to grow up? Give her a gift as adorable as she is, like the shiny pink, heart-shaped children’s purse from H&M ($4.90). Available at H&M in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. www.hm.com

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SWEET HEART

BRUSH UP H&M’s cosmetic brushes come in a range of sizes and shapes to help you create the look you want. Available at H&M in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. www.hm.com

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A fresh and woody fragrance that plays up contrasts and leaves a magnetic, sensual trail, L’Homme brings a unique combination of spicy, modern and masculine. $53–79.50. Available at Sephora in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. www.sephora.com

PHOTO COURTESY OF YSL

FOR THE MODERN MAN

RISKY BUSINESS Who says you can’t mix business and pleasure? It’s easy with this blazer ($69.90), tie ($12.90), shirt ($19.90), T-shirt ($16.90) and pants ($39.90). Available at H&M in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. www.hm.com

CIRCA 1993 This limited-edition Jenna Jameson skateboard deck, from TheCollaBros.com, commemorates the year the film star launched her adult-entertainment career—the same year skateboard maker Zoo York Institute set up shop in New York. $75. Available at select skate shops. www.zooyork.com PHOTO COURTESY OF H&M

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accessory addiction AS ANY FASHIONISTA KNOWS, YOU’RE NOT FULLY DRESSED UNTIL YOU HAVE ACCESSORIZED. ADD A SPLASH OF SEXINESS WITH SATIN FINISHES AND STRAPPY HEELS. SHOW YOUR TOUGH SIDE WITH LEATHER AND METAL STUDS. GO FOR AN EARTHY LOOK WITH WOOD BANGLES AND WEDGES. PAINT THE TOWN A RAINBOW OF COLORS WITH BRIGHT HUES AND BOLD SHADES. OR LET EVERYONE SEE YOUR LOVE FOR THE LUXE LIFE WITH GEMSTONES, GOLD AND SILVER. AND IF YOU PACKED LIGHT TO COME TO VEGAS—MAYBE YOU BROUGHT A LITTLE BLACK DRESS THAT YOU COULD DRESS UP OR DOWN?—THEN HEAD TO MIRACLE MILE SHOPS AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD TO FIND THE PERFECT BIT OF FLAIR TO FINISH OFF THE LOOK YOU WANT FOR DAY OR EVENING.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ED FERNANDEZ STYLING BY SYLVIA LINKE This page: Betsey Johnson: Deborah wedge in black; Honey heel in yellow; Hazel heel in white. J Lo: Black heels with bow. Marciano: Rhinestone belt. Opposite page: Banana Republic: Silk polka-dot scarf. Betsey Johnson: Charmeuse tunic vest dress; amber gradient sunglasses. Charriol: Statement Collection ring in 18-karat white gold with diamonds. Judith Ripka: Silver Linen cuff. Matisse: Raven boots in chocolate. Steve Madden: BMIDTOWN bag in plum. TAG Heuer: Monaco watch with white mother-of-pearl diamond dial, diamond bezel and cream-colored alligator strap. Gloves, stockings, left hand ring, gold and silver bangles, stylist’s own. Betsey Johnson, Marciano and Steve Madden stores in Miracle Mile Shops. Banana Republic: www.bananarepublic.com Charriol: www.charriol.com Judith Ripka: www.judithripka.com Matisse: www.zappos.com or www.amazon.com Maxx New York: www.maxxnewyork.com TAG Heuer: www.tagheuer.com

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This page: Betsey Johnson: evening Peppermint Twist strapless sheath dress; sunglasses with bow; Taylor heel in purple. Charriol: Force Collection watch with full diamond bezel and white mother-of-pearl dial with prune numbers and strap. DeSantis Collection: Salvatore Principe silk scarf. Judith Ripka: Stack of Linen bangles. KH Studio: Hammered silver-plated bracelet with purple recycled glass. Laundry by Shelli Segal: Ring with large purple stone. Maxx New York: Leroy East/West shoulder bag in 100-percent Italian faux crocodile, in eggplant. Bebe, Betsey Johnson and Marciano stores in Miracle Mile Shops. Nadara available at Journeys in Miracle Mile Shops. Adrienne Landau: www.adriennelandau.com Bally: www.bally.com Carol for Eva Graham: www.carolforevagraham.net Charriol: www.charriol.com DeSantis Collection: www.desantiscollection.com Freestyle: www.freestyleusa.com Judith Ripka: www.judithripka.com KH Studio: www.kennyhwang.com Laundry by Shelli Segal: www.laundrybyshellisegal.com Maxx New York: www.maxxnewyork.com

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Opposite page: Adrienne Landau: Organza scarf. Bally: Ionia clay suede bag. Bebe: Gold and white ring. Carol for Eva Graham: Brown bead bracelet. Charriol: Celtique Linque Collection bracelet in 18k yellow gold and bronze PVD cable with diamonds; Celtique Collection bangle in 18k yellow gold and bronze PVD cable with diamonds. Freestyle: Coral watch. KH Studio: Silver-plated ring with bezelset recycled glass. Marciano: Cassie bead necklace with lobster clasp, in gold dust. Nadara: Konny wedge with fabric upper and three-inch wood heel. Wood bracelet, stylist’s own.


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Bebe: Large silver beaded bracelet. Betsey Johnson: Stretch black band watch with red star dial; black star watch with patent strap. Charriol: Alexandre Collection Watch with full diamond bezel, white motherof-pearl chronograph dial and pearlized oyster crocodile strap; Celtic Noir Collection ring in 18-karat white gold and black Celtic cable with diamonds; Statement Collection ring in 18-karat white gold with diamonds. Converse: All Star XX Hi in black. Marciano: Black studded bracelet. Maxx New York: Via Bella tote in Italian pearlized patent PVC, in pewter. Michele: Black Tahitian Ceramic watch with enamel dial, 100 diamonds and Swiss chronograph movement. TAG Heuer: Grand Carrera Calibre 6 watch with brown dial and diamond bezel. Zoo York: Limited edition Jenna Jameson collaboration skateboard featuring Force trucks and Zoo York wheels and bearings.

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Betsey Johnson: Strapless stretch charmeuse dress; round watch with stretch red band; Betseyville Lane heel. Charriol: Celtic Noir Collection bangle in 18-karat white gold and black Celtic cable with diamonds. GUESS by Marciano: Leather-and-chain bracelet; black stone ring; pearl ring. Maxx New York: Majestic hobo bag in 100percent Italian coated twill, in red. Gloves, red bracelet with chain, large round faux diamond ring, and beaded and woven bracelets in black, red and white, stylist’s own.

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BY SHEP MORGAN

JACK OF ALL TRADES Why Justin Timberlake Is the Busiest Man in Show Business

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“Music to me is the romanticizing of human behavior.” PHOTO BY MARTIN SCHOELLER/AUGUST

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one of the hottest commodities in show biz, began when he was a runner-up on Star Search. In 1993, he joined The Mickey Mouse Club cast, which included Britney Spears (who would become his girlfriend) and another singing sensation: Christina Aguilera. But when the series was cancelled he headed back home to Memphis, Tennessee, not sure what would come next. About to start high school, Timberlake and another Disney alum, JC Chasez, recorded demo tapes and soon thereafter teamed up to form the boy band ‘N Sync with Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. “We had no idea that we’d be a hit,” Timberlake said.

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“When it comes to all the attention that surrounds me, I just let it go. I don’t invest in it. I stay away from The Early Years it as much as I can.” The climb to stardom, which has made Timberlake

Of course, Timberlake had already earned that label after a string of high-profile romances beginning with his headline-grabbing years with Britney Spears. He then had a longtime relationship with Cameron Diaz. Today, in his relationship with Jessica Biel, he attempts to protect their privacy as the paparazzi try to document their every move. Keeping the lid on his love life has not been easy, but Timberlake is determined to try. “They create soap operas out of people’s lives,” he said of the tabloids. “Trying to answer what you read becomes a spin game, and I’m not going to be a part of it.”

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Since then, Timberlake’s global stardom has eclipsed his fan-frenzied success as a lead singer of ‘N Sync. His debut solo album Justified followed by FutureSex/LoveSounds have sold more than 18 million copies, won him six Grammys and gotten him the nickname “Mr. Sexy Back” after the title of one of a long list of his chart-busting singles. “I just thought it was catchy,” he said of the song, “I don’t think I brought sexy back.”

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Even though Timberlake was at the top of the music business, he couldn’t say no to a new challenge on the big screen when director Nick Cassavetes offered him a supporting role in Alpha Dog, the

Top: Justin Timberlake hosted the 2008 Espy Awards on ESPN. Left: Timberlake’s music career began as a member of ‘N Sync. Above: The singer has collaborated with a number of hit makers including Madonna. 56

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Discography: Albums 2002: Justified 2006: FutureSex/ LoveSounds

Justin Timberlake starred in Black Snake Moan with Christina Ricci. gritty drama based on the true story of Jesse James Hollywood, a teenage drug dealer. Variety called him “surprisingly credible” as a heavily tattooed buddy of the dealer who is trapped into committing a tragic murder. “I felt somewhat like a fish out of water,” Timberlake said of his first day on the set. “I just became like a sponge. I’d watch all of the other actors, like Emile Hirsch, and I felt kind of like a fan. I’ve toured as a performer since I was fourteen years old, and I had never done anything as physically and emotionally demanding.” That same year, he played the boyfriend of Christina Ricci, with whom he had a raunchy sex scene, in the darkly disturbing Black Snake Moan. For Timberlake it was even more challenging. “I was just an emotional wreck the whole movie,” he said. “But I learned to use it. Anytime the nervousness comes in, you look for focus to override it. So I just became über-focused.”

Filmography The Open Road (2008) The Love Guru (2008) Shrek the Third (2007) (voice of Artie) Black Snake Moan (2006) Southland Tales (2006) Alpha Dog (2006) Edison (2005) Longshot (2000)

After that, Timberlake was ready for a few laughs and he got them in Shrek the Third, costarring with then-girlfriend Cameron Diaz as the voice of the rebellious Artie. Then he was even funnier on screen in his wildly over-the-top comedic turn as hockey player Jacques Grande in Mike Myers’ Love Guru. In the film his character sings a Céline Dion song wearing just a red Speedo. “I find acting to be more a study in just human behavior,” Timberlake said. “Music to me is the romanticizing of human behavior. And I’ve found, especially with the dramas I’ve done, that acting is sort of the un-romanticizing of human behavior.” An admitted perfectionist, Timberlake said he still has a tough time being satisfied with his singing or his acting. “I’m very critical of both,” he said. “It’s kind of painful for me to watch or listen to myself. But there is gratification even if you’re not fully okay with the outcome. I think that’s what keeps you hungry. You get a kick out of making people smile, making people dance, or making people want to make babies.”

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Timberlake also gets a kick out of sports, which is why hosting the ESPY Awards was a dream come true as he was able to connect with some of his favorite athletes. “When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pro basketball player,” he recalled. “That’s the only thing I cared about. I played [Amateur Athletic Union] ball. I played junior Olympic basketball. I did the whole thing from the time I was eight until I was fourteen. If I hadn’t gotten that call that led to a record deal, I might have really pursued it because I was pretty good.” As for holding his own on a golf course, Timberlake can boast a respectable six-stroke handicap. “The first time I ever hit a golf ball was when I was twelve and went out with my dad,” he said. “I picked it up pretty quickly, but I was much more into basketball, girls and music. Now I really love to get out and play, but I’m definitely not getting to as much as I’d like because I’ve got so much on my plate.” While he has another album in the works and plans to continue touring, Timberlake is devoting a lot of time to becoming something of a star-maker as he develops new talent for his Tennman Records. “I’ve really just been writing and producing for them,” he said. “All of my creative musical juice is going into their projects. It’s really been fun for me to take what I’ve learned over the years in the studio, writing songs and producing songs and trying to pass that knowledge on. I mean we’re talking about people who have unbelievable talent, but never had the experience of being in a proper studio and recording in a proper way. I get to be their coach.” While Timberlake is the first to admit he hasn’t always lived a perfect life, he knows who deserves the credit for bringing him back to reality as his fame became almost too much to handle.

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“I think that it all goes back to family,” Timberlake said. “I think it’s how you’re raised. Of course you feel the pressure of being in the spotlight, but I think a lot of it has to do with how you were prepared before that moment. I was born and raised in a home where we were always taught that everybody puts their pants on the same way every morning. When I was a kid my big hero was Michael Jordan. I remember my parents telling me, ‘He’s a great basketball player, but that doesn’t make him superhuman.’ So when it comes to all the attention that surrounds me, I just let it go. I don’t invest in it. I stay away from it as much as I can.”

"The golf swing is very, very rhythmic. There's a certain tempo to it, just like in music. It just made sense to me." —Timberlake, to Golf Digest

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As if he weren't busy enough touring, writing songs for a new album and developing his new career on the big screen, Justin Timberlake is plunging into the tough world of retail with his William Rast line of clothing. One fashion writer dubbed his collection “Mr. Sexy Backwoods” as Timberlake unveiled designs ranging from torn jeans trimmed in leather to tailored leather jackets and super-wide ties like the ones he sometimes wears on red carpets. “It represents my Tennessee roots,” he explained. “It’s sort of country but it’s got a little edge to it. You might even call it chic.” So why is the superstar taking on the new challenge with his best friend Trace Ayala and Swedish designer Johan Lindeberg? “I don’t want to be known for just one thing,” he said with a shrug. “Maybe that’s why I do so many things.” Timberlake has put the power of his celebrity behind the venture. He was on the scene in Sin City at the Project Las Vegas fashion event and then he invited some New York Fashion Week movers and shakers to Tennessee for a star-studded preview. There were buckets of Bud and the runway was decorated with a mounted deer head and a Tennessee state flag. As for the origin of the William Rast name, Timberlake said it comes from a combination of the names of his grandfather and Ayala’s grandfather.


Brazilian Grille is as diverse as the Brazilian culture. Skewers laden with a seemingly endless array of roasted meats arrive at your table and are carved to order.

Voted “One of the Best Steakhouses, Las Vegas” In United and American Airlines Magazines 2008 Zagat Guide “Best of Las Vegas” 2009 Michelin Travel Guide

“Located in the striking Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, Pampas Brazilian Grille offers an inviting and interactive dining experience that has made it a mustvisit for Las Vegas visitors” “When dining at this award-winning locale, you will experience steaks and seafood prepared in a variety of cooking methods such as the “Brazilian Churrasco” to the traditional “American Grill” “Whether you are planning an intimate business dinner, offsite catering, rehearsal dinner, corporate event or a birthday bash, Pampas offers private meeting rooms and exceptional staff to meet your needs”

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TEST YOUR STEAK KNOWLEDGE BY JEN KARETNICK 60

You love meat and you know where to get it—a steak house like Strip House is definitely a good start—but maybe that’s all you know about the serving on your plate. For instance, do you know how the quality of what you’re getting compares to the price? Can you guess whether your steak is Certified Angus, Hereford or Kobe beef? Do you have any idea which cut will appeal to your specific tastes—say that 16-ounce New York strip with some tasty marbling or the 22-ounce, bone-in rib-eye with more fat and good deckle meat for extra texture? Or do you merely decide based on size?


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CUTS OF BEEF CHUCK: One of the most common cut sources for ground beef and hamburgers. RIB: Rib meat can be roasted, pan-fried, sautéed, broiled or grilled. Rib roast is best when dry roasted and bone-in or boneless rib-eye steaks are tender and flavorful. SHORT LOIN: Extremely tender cuts of beef. Porterhouse comes from the rear part of the short loin, T-bone from the middle section. SIRLOIN: Less tender than short loin, but more flavorful. Cut into several different types of steak with the top sirloin being the best. TENDERLOIN: The most tender of the meat, from which filet mignon is served. Strip House offers a full menu of succulent steaks and seafood served in a sultry space. Strip House’s Executive Chef John Schenk is here to help with a quick beef tutorial. In fact, Schenk likes to keep it simple so diners know precisely what to expect. Schenk buys only prime cuts, with the exception of the filet mignon, which is choice, a step below prime. But in the wholesale market, choice is the most expensive cut.

ROUND: Best cooked at low temperatures and prepared as pot roast.

a big chew in the mouth,” Schenk said. And as a special, Strip House usually offers a bone-in filet, measuring from 14 to 16 ounces, which can be a bit juicier and more savory, thanks to the cooked-in bone.

Keeping the filet mignon prices reasonable for both the 10-ounce and the 14-ounce cuts is important, considering that it is Strip House’s number-one seller, outside of the New York establishment (where strip steak and rib-eye typically sell better). “It’s the most tender, consistent cut, coming off the short loin, the other side of the sirloin,” Schenk explained.

BRISKET: Slow-roasted and most commonly barbecued and served as beef brisket. SHANK: Toughest cut of beef. Used primarily for stews and soups.

If you like dining à la caveman, forego the 16-ounce strip steak (a.k.a. New York strip) for the 20-ounce bone-in strip steak (a.k.a. Kansas City strip). It’s relatively the same amount of meat but the Kansas City, Schenk noted, has a little more muscle and the bone which allows the steak to marble during cooking, adding to the flavor.

PLATE: Known as skirt steak and often used for fajitas. FLANK: Mostly braised and marinated. Best known as London broil.

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For his money, though, Schenk will take the aforementioned 22-ounce rib-eye—the Cowboy cut. His other favorite is the 42-ounce porterhouse (part sirloin, part filet), which is often a special on the menu. “You get the bone, you get the marbling, the juice, the interior meat, and lots of different flavors,” Schenk explained.

Strip House’s filets are three inches thick and cut from the dead center of the loin so they cook perfectly, without any of the thinner parts of the head or the tail (what is sometimes called “tips”) coming into play. The tender 26-ounce chateaubriand for two, carved tableside, “is really like a filet except it’s so big that it tends to be very soft and doesn’t have

CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF®: The largest and most popular breed of beef worldwide, Angus is the most common on the market—with more than 1.6 million pounds sold daily. Angus cattle are raised on vegetarian diets with no added hormones or antibiotics.

HEREFORD BEEF: The breed’s flavor and consistent tenderness come from a routine of grazing on dry pasture, supplemented by a signature corn diet. Cattle are transported only short distances to Midwest processors to avoid additional stressors.

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Japan, it is prized for its fat marbling (cattle are massaged daily). Kobe beef comes from the Wagyu breed, which is also raised in Australia and the United States. However, only the Japanese Wagyu, named for the capital of the Kinki area – island, should be of Honshu referred to as Kobe.

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SAKE SECRETS A SAKE SOMMELIER TELLS ALL

Sake may be one of the most misunderstood of beverages. Many people simply shy away from the Japanese rice-based wine because they don’t know enough about it. In reality, with fruit-infused sake and the sheer number of varieties available today, sake is every bit as rewarding, flavorful and suitable for food pairing as the finest wines.

Still, sake can be a confusing beverage to wrap your head around, so we solicited sake sommelier Andy Sjolander from Koi Las Vegas to help clear the air and explain it once and for all. Koi, which is located on the mezzanine level of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, carries 52

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different types of sake. The restaurant serves 12 of those by the glass and serves guests the option to try a “flight”of three different types of sake—a popular pick for the customer who is still searching for the right one to suit his or her taste. The variations are seemingly endless, and as with wine, there are sake regions with specific


brewing styles and techniques that lead to the many different tastes. Someone who enjoys a soft, sweet sake would likely favor a bottle from Hiroshima, Sjolander says, while those inclined toward a very dry flavor might prefer a selection from the Ko ¯ chi region of Japan. Other areas produce brews of varying types, which means there’s a perfect glass of sake for whatever happens to be on your plate. Sjolander suggests pairing brightly acidic sakes, like Taiheikai, with fatty fish, such as toro or butterfish, to create balance. Usually a big, earthy junmai, such

as Nanbushi, pairs well with heartier steaks and meat dishes. Very dry sake, like Koi Daiginjo, is best served with a salad or sunomono. For sake newcomers, Sjolander says be adventurous, but stick with flavors you like. For example, those who prefer fuller-bodied wines might like unrefined sakes like junmai. If your preference is for a sweeter, lighter wine, you may enjoy a tropical-style variety. And while it may come down to personal preference, Sjolander said daiginjo ¯, which is the most polished and usually the most complex sake, is a good starting point. Polishing eliminates the outer layers of the rice grain, getting closer to the starchrich center. Sake is best served chilled, but should never be served cold. The proper temperature should be just slightly warmer than you would serve a white wine, according to Sjolander. To complicate matters, it can also be served warm, but this is generally done only with the less-expensive, earthier varieties, to cover flavor flaws.

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MARGARITA MADNESS FROM FLIGHTS TO CADILLACS, YOLÖS IS TEQUILA HEADQUARTERS BY SOPHIA KENNEDY

CADILLAC MARGARITA 2 parts 100% blue agave tequila (preferably silver) 2 parts fresh sweet-and-sour mix Squeeze of lime 1 part Grand Marnier There are varying myths as to how—or for whom—the margarita was created. Even the date of when the concoction was first shaken up and served, whether in the 1930s or 1940s, is in question. Most of these tales do, however, carry a common theme—that the drink was created in a woman’s honor, the most notable being bombshell Rita Hayworth, whose real name was Margarita Cansino. Another theory connects the margarita to a Texas bartender who mixed it for singer Peggy Lee. Whomever it was first made for, it’s a cocktail that has remained popular worldwide ever since.

It’s widely believed that the margarita was created and named after actress Rita Hayworth, whose real name was Margarita Cansino.

In it simplest form, the perfect margarita is tart, yet sweet, and definitely smooth.

In it simplest form, the perfect margarita is tart, yet sweet, and definitely smooth, thanks to the addition of a fine tequila. Yolös Mexican Grill at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino specializes in the tequila-based drink, selling several varieties, including fresh-fruit-blended margaritas. The strawberry margarita, for example, softens the natural tartness of the berries with the addition of simple syrup, which leaves every sip a bit sweeter. Yolös’ signature margarita, containing its gold house tequila, is served over ice in a glass with a salted rim. While it may be the restaurant’s most popular seller, more and more people are opting for the Cadillac version made with 100-percent blue agave Cazadores Blanco, fresh sour mix and a float of Grand Marnier, which makes this margarita smoother and fruitier. For those who want to experience prime tequila without it being masked by other flavors, Yolös carries around 60 different boutique tequilas. These specialty tequilas include Patrón Gran Platinum, Casa Noble Añejo and Herradura Selección Suprema. And for those not quite sure what they prefer, Yolös sells flights of blanco, reposado and añejo tequilas, so tasters sipping the samples can experience the difference the aging process makes. Blancos are bottled after distillation, while reposados are aged between two months and one year in oak barrels and añejos are aged for more than a year, also in oak barrels. The margarita is often the initiation into the world of tequila, but for a proper lesson on all things agave, head to Yolös Mexican Grill where you’ll gain a new appreciation for an often misunderstood spirit.

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Combine all ingredients, shake well, and pour over ice into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.


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SPICE OF LIFE

BY SOPHIA KENNEDY

MIDDLE EASTERN DISHES, ALASKAN KING CRAB SEPARATE SPICE MARKET BUFFET FROM ITS COMPETITORS If variety is the spice of life, then it’s only fitting that Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s popular buffet is called Spice Market. The all-you-can-eat feast is the quintessential Las Vegas dining experience, and Spice Market Buffet is one that has both locals and visitors coming back time and time again.

The spread at Spice Market is like a culinary world tour, offering choice selections of American, Asian, Mexican and Italian fare, to name a few, as well as a tantalizing array of decadent desserts. Helping to set this buffet apart from the rest is the Middle Eastern cuisine. Baba ghanouj, an eggplant spread eaten with warm pita, is garlicky and smoky in flavor. Falafel—crisp, deep-fried spheres of ground garbanzo beans—makes an excellent sandwich when tucked into a pita and topped with tahini or sesame, fresh tomato and feta salad. Creamy hummus, a dip made of puréed chickpeas, is filling, tasty and protein-rich. “Each of our stations offers a wide variety of very eclectic and specialized dishes that our culinary team has perfected over the years. We are pleased to be able to offer unique tastes,” said Executive Chef Tim Hulbert. Another unique feature: Spice Market serves Alaskan king crab legs, seven days a week—unlike competitors who generally have a once-a-week offering. “The essential element to an upscale buffet is a strong seafood selection. We serve split Alaskan crab daily and our guests overwhelmingly comment that it sets us apart from other choices on the Strip,” explained Hulbert, who said that in addition to the crab legs, seafood dishes include pre-peeled cocktail shrimp, blackened snapper and hazelnut-crusted sea bass. Vast variety, similar lunch and dinner menus, and reasonable prices have made Spice Market a favorite with locals, so it’s no wonder it is touted as one of the city’s best buffets.

With Middle Eastern specialties and Alaskan king crab, both vegetarians and carnivores will find something to love at Spice Market Buffet.

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MODERN CHINESE BY JEN KARETNICK

Chicken lettuce wraps. Crispy honey shrimp. Orange peel beef. In the 15 years P.F. Chang’s China Bistro has been offering a nontraditional spin on Asian cuisine, devotees throughout the country have developed attachments to particular favorites. Not only that, but because each P.F. Chang’s has a similar design, regulars may find their preferred seat no matter which location they visit. P.F. Chang’s has been a model of consistency, from the ancient-warriorand-horse-replica statues that greet you at the door to the servers who offer high-quality sake before you even open your menu. Well, patrons of Planet Hollywood’s P.F. Chang’s, prepare to have your 12th-century-meets-21st-century world rocked. In addition to an extensive redesign, including a renovation of the patio, P.F. Chang’s has added a few twists including new menu and cocktail items—which may have you changing not only where you prefer to sit, but what you habitually like to eat. Always in line with trends—P.F. Chang’s was one of the first chains to offer a gluten-free menu—the restaurant is introducing several new “grill” dishes, which combine elements of the classic Chinese establishment with the American steak house. “We have received great feedback from our guests on our grill dishes and wanted to be able to expand our grilled offerings and create some fun new craveable appetizers,” said Robin Stotter, P.F. Chang’s research and development chef. For instance, the Sichuan (also known as Szechuan) steak flatbread starter, which is stuffed with grilled, marinated steak and melted cheese and served with a side of creamy citrus-mustard slaw, is a takeoff on the Chinese scallion pancake. Chang’s wedge with grilled steak is like a steakhouse salad done Asian-style, with julienne daikon radish and cucumbers adding crunch to the creamy blue cheese dressing. And its dynamite shrimp, with its residual kick, one-ups the shrimp cocktail in a big way. It’s even served in a martini glass for extra pizzazz. Not that it will outshine the martinis themselves, which include the Chinese 88, an update of the French 75 (a combo of gin, champagne and lemon juice), which was named in honor of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing which started on 8/8/08. In addition, P.F. Chang’s is stretching its concept to include diners of every ilk—not just those with special diets, but those with varying levels of social activity. “While our menu is served family-style, we wanted to introduce composed dishes that can still be shared, but are also perfect for one, such as our slow-braised short ribs with Chang’s barbecue sauce and pineapple stir-fried rice,” Stotter said. Diners can also, sink their teeth into tuna—in this case, the lightly grilled, sesame seed-encrusted sashimi ahi tuna served with cold green-tea soba noodles.

P.F. Chang’s menu is packed with both bold dishes and innovative cocktails.

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In other words, with servings that range for parties of five to solo diners, you don’t have to drag friends along to enjoy Chang’s. Of course, at hip-andtrendy Planet Hollywood, you may want to bring the gang just for the sheer fun of it. And if you still want chicken lettuce wraps followed by crispy honey shrimp served at that table near the kitchen, well, P.F. Chang’s can handle that too.


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LIVE ONSTAGE THROUGH THE YEARS THE BIGGEST NAMES IN ENTERTAINMENT HAVE TAKEN CENTER STAGE AT THE THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AND PLAYED TO SOLD-OUT CROWDS. IF YOU WEREN’T THERE RECENTLY, HERE ARE A COUPLE OF RECENT SHOWS THAT ROCKED THE HOUSE.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND FRIENDS They shrieked at the sight of the Jonas Brothers and stormed the stage to get the long-stemmed red roses being handed out by members of Boyz II Men. Their jaws dropped when Leona Lewis and Rihanna came onstage in eye-catching outfits, and they squealed every time they got a glimpse of featured performer Justin Timberlake. More than 7,000 fans packed the Theatre for the Performing Arts in October to help raise $1 million for Shriners Hospitals for Children and be part of an all-star marathon concert—the kind that comes around once in a lifetime.

“The people here tonight—it makes me sick,” Timberlake said of the talented lineup he had handpicked. Opening the three-hour show with the Jonas Brothers, who performed four songs, Timberlake joked that with a No. 1 album and a hit movie, the siblings “remind me of someone else”—a nod to his own multifaceted career. The dynamic Timberlake had kind words for every artist he introduced. Of Lewis, Timberlake crowed, “She has one of the most amazing voices I’ve heard in years.” Proving him right, Lewis showed off her vocals on the ballad “Homeless,” which she sandwiched between her chartclimbing hits “Better in Time” and “Bleeding Love.” When Boyz II Men took the stage, Timberlake credited them with getting him into the business, saying the group is “one of the reasons why I ended up in ’N Sync. These guys are legends.” The crowd agreed, cheering wildly. Members of the group handed out roses during “On Bended Knee.” After “End of the Road,” Timberlake, who could be seen offstage bobbing his head and singing along, emerged and bowed to the trio as the place erupted in applause. “Wow,” was all Timberlake could muster. Following two songs from Esmée Denters, the first singer signed to Timberlake’s own Tennman Records label, Rihanna performed her monster hits “Umbrella” and “Don’t Stop the Music.” Around the two-hour mark, Timberlake strutted onstage to begin his own high-energy set. As he bounced around performing for more than an hour, Timberlake called on a few additional friends to join him, singing with Maroon 5

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front man Adam Levine (“This Love”), Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am (“Damn Girl”) and rapper 50 Cent (“AYO Technology”). Timberlake then fired up the crowd even more with “Sexy Back.” But Timberlake had one more surprise in store. He told the audience, “I want to sing one more song for you. One of my favorite songs in the world from one of my favorite singers in the world. One of my idols, Lionel Richie.” The song was “Easy,” and just as the music started, Richie himself walked out and took a seat at the piano to sing a duet with Timberlake. When the song ended, Timberlake gave the crowd one more for the road, with “What Goes Around…Comes Around,” saying good night with the lyrics, “Can’t believe it’s ending this way.”

Clockwise from top: Boyz II Men, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Timberlake with Adam Levine, with rapper 50 Cent.

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SHERYL CROW WITH JAMES BLUNT TAKING DETOURS

BY BOBBIE KATZ

All they wanted to do was have some fun. For fans packing the Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood, that was the only expectation of the evening when they arrived to see Sheryl Crow, with James Blunt as her opening act. What they got was four full hours of musical bliss.

James Blunt, known for his intense, emotional songwriting— often on less-than-happy subjects—had the room laughing with his self-deprecating humor when he told the audience, “I have many miserable songs for you to enjoy.” He did the unexpected at points: balancing himself on top of a small speaker and “surfing” on top of his keyboards. He also ran through the crowd, stopping to take photographs of the fans. Backed by his four-piece band, the British performer alternated between guitar and keyboard while singing his hits: “Goodbye My Lover,” “You’re Beautiful” and “One of the Brightest Stars,” among others.

Accompanied by her band and two female backup singers, Crow put on an upbeat program that included such songs as “Shine Over Babylon,” “A Change Would Do You Good,” “All I Wanna Do (Is Have Some Fun)” and “Out of Our Heads.” Crow also brought Blunt out for a duet of the Cat Stevens original, “The First Cut Is the Deepest”—a song she covered in 2003. When Crow performed “Detours” off her latest album, she opened up to the audience, telling them that since beating breast cancer, she has learned that it’s the detours in life that helps us discover who we are. By the end of the show, the entire crowd was singing and dancing as Crow closed with Stevie Wonder’s hit “Higher Ground,” pronouncing it one of her favorite songs of all time.

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gambler’s guide Hollywood loves a winner and thrives on excitement. So when it comes to filming on a casino floor, or just in Las Vegas for that matter, producers often head directly to the craps table—arguably one of the most heart-pulsing games on the casino floor. Who can forget the scene in Casino when, after a hot streak rolling the dice, Sharon Stone tosses handfuls of chips in the air as the crowd cheers?

A ROLL OF THE DICE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF RULES AND SELECT BETS CAN MAXIMIZE YOUR PROFITS AT THE CRAPS TABLE

Given that wagers settled in craps are founded on random rolls of the dice, is there really a method to the madness? The answer is yes.

Craps has been romanticized in films for years, from Diamonds Are Forever to The Big Town to Ocean’s 13. For beginners the game may seem complex, but in all actuality it’s not. Many casinos even offer free lessons to players looking to learn the game. But given that wagers settled in craps are founded on random rolls of the dice, is there really a method to the madness? The answer is yes. And learning how to play the odds and take advantage of the flexibility of the game is the best method of attack. Once you make your buy-in, you’re free to play at your own pace, and for many, it’s betting the “pass line”—meaning if on the “come out” roll a 7 or 11 is rolled, it’s a natural winner and you’re paid even money. If a 2, a 3 or a 12 is rolled, however, you lose. Any other number is designated the point that the “shooter”—the player throwing the dice—must repeat before rolling another 7. After the point is established, you can exercise an option known as “taking the odds.” It’s a wager you place behind your pass-line bet that is the best bet in the casino because winning wagers are paid off at true mathematical odds and the house has no advantage. You can also make what are called “come bets” any time after a point is established. If you choose this play, the next roll is treated as your “come out” and is handled the same as a pass-line bet. However, the come bet—if it doesn’t win or lose on the initial roll—will be moved by the base dealer, who controls the end of the table he or she is assigned to and places bets and makes payouts

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learning the lingo Craps has a language all its own. Here are a few terms you’re sure to hear around the table. COME-OUT ROLL: The first roll of the dice by a shooter CRAP DICE: 2, 3 or 12 DON’T PASS: Betting the dice will not pass EASY WAY: Term for rolling 4, 6, 8 or 10, but not as a pair FIELD BET: A single-roll bet on every number except 5, 6, 7 and 8 HARD WAY: Term for rolling 4, 6, 8 or 10 in pairs THE HORN: Betting four numbers together; that 2, 3, 11 or 12, will be the next roll of the dice INSIDE NUMBERS: Place bets on 5, 6, 8 and 9 LAYING THE ODDS: Opposite of taking the odds. Betting that a 7 will be rolled before the point NATURAL: A 7 or an 11 roll of the dice on the come out

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OFF: A request made by a player to inform the dealer his bet(s) will not be in action on the next roll of the dice OUTSIDE NUMBERS: Place bets on the 4, 5, 9, 10 PASS-LINE BET: Betting the dice will pass (the point will be made) PLACE BETS: A wager on the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 saying that the number will be rolled before a 7 POINT: A number rolled on the come-out roll that the shooter must repeat before rolling a 7 to complete a successful pass of the dice PRESS: Increasing the wager on a winning bet (unless specified the wager is doubled) to the players. You may also take “odds” on come bets just like pass-line bets. If that number is rolled again before a 7, the bet wins.

SINGLE-ROLL BET: Wager on the next roll of the dice

Players also have the option of choosing a particular number and betting directly on that number. These “place bets” can be made at any time during a shooter’s run, and if the number you selected is rolled, you win. The 6 and the 8 are especially popular because of the low house advantage and the higher probability of being rolled. Wagers on them are made in $6 increments, with winning bets paid off at 7-6. Place bets on the other numbers are made in $5 increments. The 5 and the 9 pay 7-5, while the 4 and the 10 pay 9-5. You can increase or decrease your place bets any time you wish, or instruct the dealer to take them down entirely if you so desire. If you feel apprehensive about the next roll, tell the dealer that you want your bets to be “off.” When you’re ready to get back into the action, tell the dealer your bets are back “on.”

TAKING THE ODDS: A bet made in addition to a line or come bet that is paid off at true mathematical odds

Craps also gives players an opportunity to win even if the table is cold and the shooter isn’t hitting point, but placing “don’t pass/don’t come” wagers means you’re betting against the shooter. This is the pass line or come bet in reverse. It reverses the pass-line rules. A don’t-pass bet on the come out is a loser if a 7 or an 11 is rolled; an even-money winner if it’s 2 or a 3; and a push if a 12 is rolled. After that, a point is established; and if a 7 is rolled before the shooter hits the point, you win even money.

WORLD BET: Betting five numbers together (similar to Horn Bet); that 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12 will be the next roll of the dice YO: The number 11 as called by the stickman and players to differentiate from the number 7

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party atmosphere Looking for a little bit more fun and excitement at the blackjack table? You’ll find it at the Pleasure Pit at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Beautiful women in lingerie dance to Top 40 remixes, while dealers wearing red-and-black corsets deliver the cards—adding a bit of a nightclub atmosphere to the casino floor.

In Las Vegas to film Battleground Earth, Tommy Lee and Ludacris hit the Pleasure Pit to play some blackjack.

“It’s a very sensual, very sexy area of the casino,” said Ken Mumby, the resort’s Vice President of Casino Operations.

The gaming area attracts a cross section of players, albeit many men and couples, because of the more relaxed, less intimidating environment.

Located right in the center of the casino, the Pleasure Pit has a total of 11 games—eight blackjack tables, two roulette tables and a Big Six wheel.

The Pleasure Pit is open seven nights a week from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and operates during the day Friday through Sunday.

FIRMLY ON THE A-LIST Secure your spot with the Planet Hollywood elite by joining the a-List Players Club. Whether you play at the tables or prefer the slot machines, a-List members earn comps for meals, entertainment, spa services and hotel stays based on their play. Reach Platinum status—the a-List’s highest level— and the benefits can include stretch-limo transportation from the airport to the hotel, concert tickets and upgrades from a room to a suite. As an a-List member, you’ll even get invited to exclusive tournaments and events. Best of all: Membership is free. See the rewards club or call for details, ext. 55023. P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F P L A N E T H O L LY W O O D R E S O R T & C A S I N O

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cutting-room floor ELECTRIFIED MORE HEART-PUMPING ACTION IN CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE Even a fall from a helicopter couldn’t do in professional assassin Chev Chelios. In Crank 2: High Voltage, Chelios (Jason Statham) faces a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart—but we’re not talking romance here. This mobster is a scary guy who replaces Chev’s heart with one that’s batterypowered and requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.

Crank 2: High Voltage, which stars Jason Statham as hit man Chev Chelios (left), hits theaters on April 17.

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“It starts right where the last movie left off. It’s not a flashback. It’s not a dream sequence. We just keep going,” explained writer and director Brian Taylor at Comic Con 2008. But naturally, problems exist when you have an electronic heart. “When the battery pack breaks the only way you keep the heart beating is by keeping it electrically charged and that happens in a variety of ways.”


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