The Internet continues to buzz with reports that Britney Spears will be making a Las Vegas appearance in late December.
Babble.com, a new parents Web site with a thin portfolio in the breaking-news department, reported Monday she will perform "a special show" at Mandalay Bay but not part of her upcoming "Circus" tour. No attribution was cited.
MGM Mirage publicist Stephanie Heller responded Tuesday in an e-mail that no show is scheduled for Mandalay Bay.
The Web site said Spears' first tour in four years will start in May. We've heard that the launch will be the third week of April and that Las Vegas will be included in the tour.
Her new album, titled "Circus," comes out Tuesday, her 27th birthday.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Three songs, including the title track of Axl Rose's just-released "Chinese Democracy" album, were laid down at the studio at the Palms in 2006. The other two were "Madagascar" and "Catcher in the Rye."
Another one for the belt-tightening times file: For the first time since the early 1990s, The Mirage poker room won't be serving a complimentary Thanksgiving meal for the players. ...
Signings: Richard Kiel and Maud Adams of James Bond film fame, are appearing at the Gallery of Legends inside the Miracle Mile Shops. Kiel is best-known as the steel-toothed villain named Jaws in "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker," and Adams was one of the most popular Bond girls. Both meet with fans from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Gordie Howe, "Mr. Hockey," is at Field of Dreams in the Forum Shops at Caesars for autographs and photo ops on Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
IRL racer Marco Andretti, runner-up in the 2006 Indianapolis 500 as a rookie, racing go-carts at Pole Position Raceway on Tuesday afternoon. ... Indianapolis Colts stars Marvin Harrison, Dwight Freeney and Raheem Brock catching lunch Monday at the Terrace Point Cafe in Wynn Las Vegas, a day after their 23-20 road victory over the San Diego Chargers. ... Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, at "Love," in The Mirage, on Sunday. ... Ricky Hatton, who retained the junior welterweight title at the MGM Grand on Saturday, dining at Morton's The Steakhouse on Sunday. ... Usher, gnoshing on chicken fingers and french fries at 4:30 a.m. Saturday at Drai's After Hours in Bill's Gamblin' Hall. ... Paula Abdul, partying Saturday with Criss Angel and Holly Madison at LAX in Luxor. Also there: British actor Jason Statham with Noah and Liam Gallagher from the rock band Oasis. ... At Pure in Caesars Palace on Saturday: actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar, actor Mike Epps and Starlight Tattoo mogul Mario Barth. ... Comedian Dane Cook and friends, dining Saturday at the Top of the World restaurant at the Stratosphere. ... Brad Garrett, dining Saturday at Stack in The Mirage. At Fix in the Bellagio on Saturday: Oakland A's slugger Frank Thomas.
THE PUNCH LINE
"Down in Washington, the big Capitol Hill Christmas tree arrived. The contract to decorate the tree went to Halliburton for $10 billion." -- David Letterman