One reason why we haven’t gotten another Jump Street film (which we need, badly) is because star Channing Tatum has been working his abs off trying to launch Magic Mike Live at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
More than a year of effort culminated in the show’s opening last week inside the space formerly known as Body English (and Baby’s, remember Baby’s?). Tatum stuck around for several nights to introduce the show to hordes of screaming bachelorettes, divorcees and invited guests.
Not one to distract from the talented dancers, Tatum kept his clothes on.
From our early observations, he’s got a monster hit on his hands, so he’ll probably never need to grind for singles again.
With CinemaCon stars on their way out of Las Vegas, country stars started to arrive ahead of Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards show at T-Mobile Arena. Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley– returning as dual hosts and performers – took a break from their preparation to have dinner at Hakkasan Las Vegas restaurant. We’re told crispy duck salad, roasted Chilean sea bass with Chinese honey, Shanghai dumplings and crispy duck roll were on the menu.
Hakkasan was busy on Thursday, with Harry Potter and The Flash TV series star Tom Felton hanging around the VIP area until 3:30 a.m.
Further north on the Strip, members of the band Plain White T’s were spotted taking in Justin Credible’s DJ set at TAO Nightclub inside The Venetian.
Scenes from ACM Awards’ Pool Party for a Cause. Photos by: Erik Kabik Photography
The new W Las Vegas held its grand opening event this weekend with Olivia Culpo, Chanel Iman, Jesse Metcalfe, Cara Santana and Ryan Guzman among the invited guests. VIPs were treated to a headlining performance by EDM duo (and 2016 Life Is Beautiful performers) AlunaGeorge.
Meanwhile at Hyde Bellagio, reality show cast member Brody Jenner made an appearance on the red carpet and got behind the decks for a DJ set. Jenner played a mix of Jay-Z, Kanye West and Drake tracks before turning it over to a professional, DJ D-Miles.
Photos by Hyde Bellagio
Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider was also in town on Friday, not to perform, but to take in Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz’s resident show at SLS Las Vegas.
A Portland couple got a pleasant surprise during their wedding reception at the Mob Museum when country artist Jerrod Niemann stopped in to serenade the bride with his new single, “God Made a Woman.” He kept his hat on during the performance, wedding etiquette be damned.
While Niemann was playing weddings, some of his fellow country crooners were enjoying celebrity treatment at Wynn Las Vegas. Keith Urban played a two-hour set at an intimate party on the patio of La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway. Chase Bryant and Bentley were among the guests.
Over at Stitched in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chrisley Knows Best star Todd Chrisley was trying on outfits for the ACM Awards. Chrisley, a presenter at the show, posted a video to Facebook thanking the staff for saving him from a potential red carpet disaster.
That red carpet, BTW, filled up fast. Among celebrities spotted: Kelsea Bellerini, Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins, Old Dominion, Caesars Palace headliner and Tremors star Reba McEntire, Cassadee Pope, Lauren Alaina, Planet Hollywood headliners Backstreet Boys, Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman, Little Big Town, Maddie & Tae, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Chris Lane, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Eli Young Band, Jason Aldean, LoCash, Ryan Hurd, Maren Morris, Cam and Bobby Bones.