French hunk Gilles Marini had ’em swooning during his photo shoot at Caesars Palace for People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue.
Marini, known for his full frontal shower scene in the “Sex and the City” film and later for his runner-up finish on “Dancing With the Stars,” shows off his abs in a bedroom scene shot in the Caesars’ Centurion Tower penthouse.
His abs are the real deal but that maid in the background is a faux la femme de chambre.
“That’s not one of our maids, excuse me, guestroom attendants,” said Celena Haas, Caesars director of public relations. “That’s his publicist dressed in a Caesars maid uniform.”
Haas wasn’t present. Debbie Munch, vice president of public relations at Caesars, handled that plum assignment. But Haas got glowing reports.
“I heard he was really personable,” said Haas. “He definitely has an aura about him that’s very loveable. That’s the feeling I got from Debbie.”
When he wasn’t in bed, posing, during the three-hour shoot, he was practicing his putting on the penthouse terrace.
Marini was one of three actors who shot their scenes for People in Las Vegas.
Justin Bartha, who co-starred in “The Hangover,” which was shot at Caesars, was at the just-opened “Garden of the Gods” at the Bacchus Pool, featuring two private pools and eight cabanas overlooking the five-acre pool venue.
Matthew Morrison, who stars in the hit TV show “Glee,” was under the Flamingo’s flower sign. Also making the “Sexiest” list was Bradley Cooper of “The Hangover.”
Johnny Depp won the “Sexiest” honors.
A DVD release party for “The Hangover” is scheduled for Dec. 10 at Pure nightclub. Director Todd Phillips is expected to be among the attendees. As far as the rumor that a sequel to “The Hangover” is in the works, with a followup trip to Las Vegas, Haas said, “I haven’t heard about that, but I wouldn’t be surprised.”
The film was a box office smash.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Wynn chefs Paul Bartolotta and Alex Stratta will join Hubert Keller of Fleuer de Lys (Mandalay Bay) and Burger Bar (Mandalay Place) in a battle of turkey leftovers during the “Regis & Kelly” tapings, which start Sunday at the Encore Theater…
Meanwhile, the hottest restaurant rumor making the rounds has Daniel Boulud leaving Wynn to move into the space being vacated by David Burke. …
NASCAR Champions Week will kick off with a roast hosted by prop comic Carrot Top Dec. 2 at the inaugural Chasers for Charity Fanfest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In the hot seat will be the 2009 NASCAR champion, with the grilling coming from fellow drivers. A day later the stars will drive their racecars down the Strip, culminating in a rubber-burning spinout by the champ.
Deal of the Day: Tickets to today’s Wine 101 Beaujolais Nouveau celebration are $35 for one ticket or two for $55. Available at the Paris box office. Starts at 2 p.m. and includes five wines from Georges DuBoeuf along with a selection of fruits and cheese.
Kelly Ripa, surprising the audience at “Le Reve” (Wynn) on Friday night with a guest appearance in a sparkly outfit. … Julio Iglesias, spotted at Hamada of Japan late Thursday. … Regis Philbin and wife Joy, dining at Botero (Encore) on Thursday, while Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos had dinner at Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas. … Emmy-award winning actress Allison Janney (“The West Wing”), celebrating her 50th birthday at “Love” (Mirage) Wednesday with former “9 to 5” Broadway castmate Megan Hilty (“Wicked”) and two girlfriends on Thursday.
THE PUNCH LINE
“Yesterday, President Obama was interviewed by a reporter from Fox News. You could tell the reporter was from Fox News because the first question was, ‘How do you think you’re doing as President on a scale from minus one to minus 10?’ ” — Conan O’Brien
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