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Smiling on Las Vegas

Donny and Marie‘s pearly whites are putting smiles on management at the Flamingo Las Vegas.

A 67,500-square-foot building wrap that features their famous smiles is creating a lot of attention.

It’s not only quickly become one of most photographed sites on the Strip, but many fans are requesting room assignments that match Donny and Marie’s teeth and eyes, according to president Don Marrandino.

Marie’s toothy smile is 8 feet high and five windows wide. Skytag, the company that made the wrap, estimates that if the size of Donny’s head was true to life, he would be more than 1,000 feet tall.

To their right is a 20,000-square-foot image of comedy magician Nathan Burton.

Burton, who has the 4 p.m. show at the Flamingo, is convinced the wrap, and sharing the showroom with Donny and Marie, has made a major difference in sales.

“Of all the marketing I do, my ticket sales went up 30 percent overnight once the wrap went up. I did a record 550 people on Sunday.

“The economy’s hurting everybody else, but I think it’s helping me because people with families can’t afford a Cirque show.”

It helps, he said, that Donny and Marie, “appeal to everyone. They have superfans who come in 10-15 times. They’re successful on their own, but together they’re a powerhouse. With this economy, you’re getting two for one.”

Donny and Marie fans clearly agree. They’re packing the 700-seat showroom.

Marrandino said an extension is coming “any day now.”


Local food critic John Curtas has been invited back to judge an “Iron Chef America” competition next month on the Food Network.

Sparks flew during his first appearance, which aired earlier this month.

No shrinking violet, Curtas called a competing chef’s sturgeon sashimi “a mess.”

Later, he criticized a bacon-wrapped sturgeon dish prepared by New York City chef Michael Symon, an “Iron Chef” winner.

When a fellow judge (wine and spirits guru Steve Olson) offered a kinder and gentler take, Symon served up a zinger, “I’ll trust the guy with the world-class palate.”


Robin Coleman, better known as Hellga from NBC’s “American Gladiators,” sent a thank-you note our way after she was mentioned among those who attended the Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children at Wynn Las Vegas.

What brought her to our fair city?

She was a guest of honor, Coleman said, of a local politician “whose life I totally turned around healthwise and socially through athletics” and training. “Long story,” she said.


Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., walked his daughter, Sherry Gordy of Las Vegas, down the aisle at her Sept. 27 wedding at a private location in California.

She married Chicago native C.K. Johnson.

Guests included William “Smokey” Robinson, who lives part-time in Las Vegas; Ollie Woodson, former lead singer of the Temptations; Glodean White, wife of the late Barry White, and their daughter, Shaherah.


The release party for the horror flick “Quarantine” is taking place at Tao (Venetian) tonight, with co-stars Johnathon Schaech and Columbus Short co-hosting.

Rose McGowan is co-hosting at The Bank (Bellagio) on Saturday with fellow actors Emile Hirsch and James Franco.

AnnaLynne McCord of the new “90210” TV show performs in the finale of the “Sirens of TI” at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. She will be dressed in the costume of the Sirens’ lead seductress, “Sin.” Her appearance will mark the show’s five-year anniversary.

Tryst nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas is throwing a “Hero-Ween” party on Oct. 30, with a comic-book hero theme throughout the club.

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. His new book, “Vegas Confidential: Sin-sational Celebrity Tales,” comes out in November.

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