Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | 5:08 p.m.
Backstage rumblings at Britney Spears’ return to Axis Theater in Planet Hollywood to start the second run of her resident show “Britney: Piece of Me” on Wednesday night indicate that she’s still wearing that gold wedding band on the fourth finger of her left hand.
It has started two solid rumors. The first is that she’s wearing it because boyfriend of nine months David Lucado has pledged it to her as a commitment. The second is that he has asked dad Jamie for permission to get engaged — and he gave the OK. Britney explained earlier that her father had run a background check on him and that he received the family’s blessing.
Now we’re hearing that the romantic official engagement ring and proposal should take place after her sold-out Valentine’s Day show here. Britney is set to thrill Super Bowl 48 viewers Sunday when Pepsi debuts her latest commercial.
Celine Dion and Ne-Yo
FUTURE PRODUCER? Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion’s oldest son Rene-Charles Angelil, 13, gets the credit for connecting his mom with hometown hero Ne-Yo for their recording “Incredible.” The duo collaborated on the music video on a rooftop in Los Angeles last weekend the day before the Grammy Awards.
Celine, who returns to the Colosseum from Feb. 18-March 19, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Ne-Yo had sent her some songs, but Rene-Charles had told her to just do it without listening to them. Ne-Yo said it hadn’t been his intention to sing the song as a duet with Celine but that Rene-Charles thought that would be a great idea, too!
They recorded it last year at Studio at the Palms here for her new album, “Loved Me Back to Life.” Now they’re planning to be at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month when it’s performed as the U.S. athletes are introduced during the Opening Ceremonies. Her “Love Can Move Mountains” was an Olympic theme song in 1992.
FLOYD’S STRETCH: It’s too delicious a Wicked Whisper & Racy Rumor to ignore. I’m reliably told that boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has purchased a custom-made stretch Rolls Royce.
He can use it to drive himself or have his chauffeur turn it into a limousine when he’s on the town with friends. It turned up for the first time at the Palms when he took over the new center chandelier-curtained table at chef Barry Dakake’s new-look N9NE Steakhouse.
FORE! NBA superhero Michael Jordan is returning his annual Celebrity Golf Invitational to Aria and its prestigious Shadow Creek Golf Course for the fourth consecutive year over four days starting April 3.
Michael has raised nearly $7 million since he began the charity golf event in 2001. Since bringing it to Las Vegas, he has donated generously to our charities Keep Memory Alive and Opportunity Village and has earmarked both again.
NO LOVE THERE: Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano had hoped that he’d be cheering his team to victory at the Super Bowl. It wasn’t destined to be, so he won’t be in New Jersey to watch the Seahawks-Broncos showdown.
Instead, he turned up for dinner at my friends Michael and Jenna Morton’s new restaurant Crush at MGM Grand. Chuck was accompanied by MGM President Scott Sibella and enjoyed ricotta gnocchi, California sea bass, wild mushroom pizza and the 28-ounce tomahawk rib-Eye steak while sipping on Captain Morgan Rum and Diet Coke.
APRIL KICKOFF: The gorgeous gridiron girls of our Las Vegas Sin tell me that their first game of the new season of Legends Football League will be up against three-year reigning champions the Los Angeles Temptation.
Incidentally, new Las Vegas head coach Tui Suiaunoa won the three-peat — 2010-12 world championships for them as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Now he’ll go up against his former victorious team. He held the first mini camp for returning and new players for last weekend and plans another within the month to pick his final 20-girl squad.
After nearly 33 years, “Jubilee!” at Bally’s closes for a modern-day makeover.
Comedian Andrew Dice Clay starts a three-night run of his show “Indestructible” at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Comedian and actor Rob Schneider is at South Point through Saturday.
“Flashdance: The Musical” is at Smith Center through Sunday.
DJ Eric D-Lux spins at Tao.
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano debut at Hakkasan in MGM Grand (Senior Editor Don Chareunsy’s Q+A with the Dutch DJ Duo was posted this morning).
And DJ Fogg clears the air at Tryst in Wynn.
Millions of eyeballs will be glued to TV screens at home and in our casino sports books for Super Bow Sunday, and that means a quiet day for entertainment. However, for the two days leading up to the Big Game, Pink, George Strait, Daniel Tosh, Dana Carvey, Tim Allen, Larry the Cable Guy, Tiesto and Zedd fill time before kickoff.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.