Bachelors’ list loses one of golden boys

Tom Breitling’s days are numbered as one of Las Vegas’ most eligible bachelors.

One of the golden boys of the Golden Nugget, Breitling is marrying Vanessa Tarazona, a professional dancer who has appeared in music videos with Prince, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Green Day.

A fall wedding is planned.

Breitling and his business partner, Tim Poster, co-founded the travel Web site in the 1990s and sold it for $105 million in 2000. They purchased the Golden Nugget for $215 million in 2004 and sold it in 2005 for $295 million.

Breitling dated film star/designer Jaime Pressly at the time of the relaunch of the Nugget.

A book about Breitling and Poster is coming out later this year.

Author Cal Fussman, a contributing editor for ESPN The Magazine and Esquire magazine, said the book, still untitled, will be “a buddy story, like Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer going down the Mississippi.”

Fussman’s latest book, “After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice and Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes,” published by ESPN, has just come out. It delves into Jackie Robinson’s societal impact after breaking the color barrier 60 years ago today.


The Luxor will delay for at least two or three months the closure of the theater where the $100 million Criss Angel-Cirque du Soleil show is to open in 2008.

The Spotlight Series, which was to end this weekend with LeAnn Rimes, will be extended indefinitely, according to Luxor president Felix Rappaport.

He said that the theater redesign was not finished, so it didn’t make sense to close.

He confirmed there was discussion to change the name of the Luxor to The Pyramid or The Point, but after a lot of marketing research and input from focus groups, “the intention is to keep it Luxor” at this time.


He has played Richard Nixon, Adolf Hitler, Quasimodo and Hannibal Lecter. Next up on Anthony Hopkins‘ list of iconic figures: director Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense. Filming could start in a month or two for Hopkins, who is in town for his painting exhibit at Art de Vignettes at Fashion Show mall. The movie will delve into Hitchcock’s complex personality and the period when he was making the thriller “Psycho.” Hopkins, whose exhibit runs through June 15, returns in June to receive a lifetime achievement award at CineVegas.


Tiger Woods, joining friends at Light (Bellagio) on Friday night. … Wayne Gretzky, dining at the Country Club (Wynn) on Friday. … Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, checking out Tryst (Wynn) on Friday. … Flamingo headliner Toni Braxton, in the crowd at “X” burlesque show Friday at the Flamingo Las Vegas. … Duane Chapman, better known as “Dog” the bounty hunter, checking into The Venetian on Saturday with his wife, Beth. He’s in town to speak at the Central Christian Church. … Prince and Denver Broncos All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey, partying at Pure (Caesars Palace) on Friday.


“You save a lot of money by making your own hairpieces.” — From David Letterman‘s Top Ten Things I, Dave Letterman, Have Learned in 60 Years.

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