Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight is a big hit with the celebrity crowd.
A-listers expected to be on hand for the intriguing battle of the unbeaten boxers include: Kobe Bryant, Jack Nicholson, Jay-Z, Heidi Klum, Marc Anthony, Jerry Bruckheimer, Dave Chappelle, Drake and Don Cheadle .
Nicholson’s handlers last week shot down a report that he retired from acting due to dementia.
Australian actor Liam Hemsworth is reportedly attending the MGM Grand Garden showdown without his girlfriend, Miley Cyrus .
Ringside seats are so hot that ticket holders in the first few rows are reportedly being offered between $50,000 and $100,000 a seat. A source said he was offered $80,000 for two seats but turned it down.
Others said to be heading for Las Vegas include:
Gina Carano , the former mixed martial arts sensation who broke up with “Superman” star Henry Cavill earlier this year, rap stars Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, comedian George Lopez , actor Jon Voight , former NBA star Jalen Rose , and show producer Jeff Beacher , who is soon announcing details of his new “Beacher’s Madhouse” in the former “Crazy Horse” space at the MGM Grand.
Beacher’s army of little people were dressed as bears in Cyrus’ X-rated Video Music Awards. Beacher, who moved “Beacher’s Madhouse” to Los Angeles from Las Vegas three years ago, is reportedly bringing back the flamboyant Leonid the Magnificent , who was once Beacher’s featured act before he took his jaw-dropping persona back to New York and three seasons on “America’s Got Talent.”
HOFBRAUHAUS CELEBRATES NO. 10
The most popular Oktoberfest keg tappers in the 10-year history of the Hofbrauhaus are back Saturday.
German icons Siegfried Fischbacher & Roy Horn will handle the honorary burgermeister duties at 7 p.m.
Eight years ago, Horn produced the most dramatic and emotional moments at the beer hall when he walked in with the aid of a cane and Fischbacher’s assistance.
“That was one of the goosebump highlights,” said Stefan Gastager , president of the Hofbrauhaus. “He’s a fighter and that was one of the real moving situations.”
Another big night was when German hero David Hasselhoff came in for dinner and surprised the crowd by singing his hit “Looking for Freedom,” the No. 1 song in Germany for eight weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
After Siegfried and Roy, the second biggest draw is Corey Harrison of the “Pawn Stars” reality TV show, said Gastager.
Staffers are still talking about the night Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage played the Alphorn, a carved wooden instrument 12-15 feet long.
Gastager foamed at the mouth the night legendary boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer walked in. Sensing another epic moment, Gastager asked Buffer if he would deliver his wildly popular “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” catchphrase, but it was not to be. “He said there was some restriction that kept him from doing it.”
The rest of the schedule of celebrity keg tappers:
Sept. 20 – Riviera headliner Jan Rouven, a German magician; Sept. 21 – Harrah’s headliners Million Dollar Quartet; Sept. 27 – Stratosphere headliner Claire Sinclair; Sept. 28 - BeatleShow!; Oct. 4 - Corey Harrison; Oct. 5 - Pro BMX rider Ricardo Laguna; Oct. 11 – Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno; Oct. 12 – The Bally’s revue “Jubilee!”; Oct. 18 – Excalibur headliners The Australian Bee Gees; Oct. 19 – Paris headliner Taylor Hicks; Oct. 25 – UFC legend Frank Mir; Oct. 26 – Yours truly.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Check out my Q-and-A interview with Austin “Chumlee” Russell , the improbable breakout star of “Pawn Stars” at normclarke.com. Russell revealed the blush-inducing fan request he gets “all the time,” Nazi stuff and a family tragedy that led to his 75-pound weight loss. Oh yeah, and one of the world’s largest bobbleheads. …
Rumors are flying that a top-level executive shake-up is underway at a well-known midsized hotel and casino.
Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart , getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the volcano at The Mirage. He’s in town celebrating his 70th birthday. He created and performed the percussive soundtrack for The Mirage attraction.
THE PUNCH LINE
“You know whose birthday it is? Evil Syrian President Bashar al-Assad , 48 years old today. It would be nice if he had a surprise birthday party from SEAL Team 6.” — David Letterman
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