Rising Hollywood stars Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds had the celebrity news industry on high alert when they showed up in Las Vegas for a romantic weekend.
With reports that their 5-month-old relationship is heating up, Johansson, 22, and Reynolds, 30, were spotted at Saturday’s 10:30 p.m. performance of "Zumanity," Cirque du Soleil’s sexy show at New York-New York.
A week ago, they raised eyebrows with a visit to Reynolds’ hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, where his parents live.
Johansson, named the sexiest woman in the world by FHM magazine in 2006, is filming "He’s Just Not That Into You." Reynolds, who played an FBI agent in "Smokin’ Aces," broke up with Alanis Morissette in February after a long engagement.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Las Vegas court information officer Michael Sommermeyer put the O.J. Simpson media frenzy into perspective: He said the August 2006 arrest of fugitive church leader Warren Jeffs near Las Vegas resulted in three TV satellite trucks joining the coverage. Sommermeyer counted 17 satellite trucks at Simpson’s bail hearing last week. "I was contacted by 60-some media outlets and Judge Nancy Oesterle said she had over 100." Oesterle, a Las Vegas Justice Court judge, and Sommermeyer received dozens of compliments for arranging a media briefing on the case. …
Good grief! In Sunday’s item about banker E. Parry Thomas, I mistakenly inserted the word "late" in front of Jack Binion‘s name. Jack, 72, is alive, well, and was, until recently, Steve Wynn‘s point man in Macao. It was Jack’s brother, Ted, whose death on Sept. 17, 1998, led to the high-profile court case involving Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish. Sincere apologies to all for the error.
Tony Danza, cast mate Leigh Zimmerman and other cast members from "The Producers" at the Stirling Club (Turnberry) Saturday night for a Kelly Clinton and Friends weekly gathering. Danza also stopped at Pure nightclub (Caesars Palace). … Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, dining at Fix restaurant (Bellagio) on Saturday. They finished the evening at Tryst (Wynn). … Pamela Anderson and her new beau Rick Salomon, making the rounds Saturday at Diablo’s Cantina (Monte Carlo), Caramel lounge (Bellagio) and Jet nightclub (The Mirage). They were seen "making out" at Jet, according to a club-goer. … At LAX (Luxor): Actor David Duchovny, illusionist Criss Angel, singer Mark McGrath, actor Alan Thicke and wife Tanya Callau, and Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin. … Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, hosting the evening at Blush (Wynn) on Saturday. The group Exposé performed. … Andrew Young, the former mayor of Atlanta and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, having lunch Saturday at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Forum Shops at Caesars). … Former Paris Hilton pal Kim Kardashian, shooting scenes at the Palms over the weekend for her E! reality show, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." Her late father, attorney Robert Kardashian, was a member of O.J. Simpson’s legal team in the 1995 trial. … Race car drivers Danica Patrick, Dario Franchitti, Michael Andretti, Marco Andretti, and Antoine Rizkallah Kanaan Filho, back at the Palms for a second night. They started at the pool and made stops at ghostbar, Playboy Club and Moon nightclub. They were among a group of 60 on Friday at N9NE Steakhouse. … Rocker Slash, the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, celebrating following his Mandalay Bay show with current band Velvet Revolver at Jet nightclub Friday inside The Mirage. … Pete Rose, sitting at the bar with two women at Sushi Roku restaurant Friday inside The Forum Shops at Caesars. … Music legends The Pointer Sisters, attending Toni Braxton‘s show Friday at the Flamingo Las Vegas. … Anderson, introducing the Scorpions at their show Friday inside The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. Also in attendance at the concert: Members of the rock groups Styx, Def Leppard and Foreigner. … Actors Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster and Ryan McPartlin, from the new NBC show, "Chuck," hosting the evening’s festivities Saturday at Pure.
THE PUNCH LINE
"O.J. Simpson: A Vegas Crew, But It Ain’t Ocean’s 11.” – Headline in Newsweek.
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