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Is PH Live at Planet Hollywood getting a face-lift for Britney Spears run?


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Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale Tour stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, June 25, 2011.

Britney Spears' Femme Fatale Tour at MGM Grand Garden Arena

Britney Spears' Femme Fatale Tour stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 25, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Negotiations for a Britney Spears residency on the Las Vegas Strip continue and center on the number of dates -- probably 40 -- the pop princess would perform over a two-year contract period.

However, I have learned that although no deal is set in stone, Base Entertainment, who operates PH Live at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, has agreed to refurbish the theater in advance.

If final contract terms come to fruition, the 7,000-seat theater reportedly will receive a full, up-to-date makeover, either in time for late fall or early winter or at the latest by early spring.

Meantime, two Las Vegas groups are in talks as “negotiations inch forward” with Britney’s business representatives.

Wicked Whispers and Racy Rumors

In more Wicked Whispers and Racy Rumors, is Olivia Newton-John’s possible residency here later this year set for a Strip center hotel when the current headliners begin a reduced schedule of regular appearances?

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill continue to be interested in “several new weekend appearances” with their Venetian show and are trying to figure out return dates this year that wouldn’t interfere with his touring schedule.

Mariah Carey is recording at Studio at the Palms while on her three-week visit here for “American Idol” shows being recorded at The Mirage.

Is tattoo titan Mario Barth opening another parlor at MGM Grand in its new belowground pedestrian walkway mall from a newly constructed valet area?

And “Rock of Ages” at The Venetian actor Mark Shunock is shooting a bank commercial with the Chicago Blackhawks in the Windy City today, as he’s a speedskater when offstage.

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