Was Katherine Jackson on a scouting mission to check out a Michael Jackson tribute artist for business reasons, or was it a case of a mother missing her son?
The matriarch of the Jackson family attended the “Legends in Concert” show Friday night at Harrah’s Las Vegas, prompting speculation that she might be taking part in a talent search for a family venture.
“Legends” has long featured the top Jackson tribute artists.
Could the Jackson family and Cirque du Soleil be considering the addition of an MJ impersonator to bolster the lineup of “The Immortal” World Tour? The show returns to the road after its three-week run at Mandalay Bay ends Tuesday.
Asked whether that scenario might be in the works, Maxime Charbonneau, publicist for “The Immortal,” said Katharine Jackson’s presence at “Legends in Concert” was “nothing related to ‘The Immortal’ ” and she declined to comment on Jackson’s personal activities.
Cirque’s resident version of “The Immortal” is scheduled to open at Mandalay Bay in early 2013.
Cirque has steadfastly resisted having impersonators in lead roles in The Beatles’ show “Love,” which opened in 2006 at The Mirage, and “Viva Elvis,” which is closing soon at Aria at CityCenter after less than two years.
SNAKES, RATTLE ‘N’ ROLL
Angelina Jolie’s infamous dark side surfaced during Brad Pitt’s 48th birthday weekend in Las Vegas.
Jolie, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1999 for her role as a sociopath in “Girl, Interrupted,” showed up at Bonanza Gifts store last Sunday with several of the couple’s children.
Her purchases suggested Pitt was in for a nontraditional birthday party. She bought key chains with free-dried rattlesnake heads, one with a rattlesnake rattler and one with Polly the Insulting Parrot.
And if Pitt wanted to celebrate with a couple of adult beverages, she also bought a 100-ounce plastic drinking cup.
Her eccentric persona is well documented. After she married actor Billy Bob Thornton in Las Vegas on May 5, 2000, they wore a vial of each other’s blood around their necks.
In a “60 Minutes” profile last month, Jolie acknowledged going through “heavier, darker times,” adding she still has an edginess: “I still have that side of me. … It’s just in places now. … It belongs to Brad.”
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Amy Rossetti, public relations director at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and her crew are celebrating a Christmas surprise. Out of more than 1,000 entries, The Cosmopolitan won the Gold Adrian Award for PR excellence from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International for the resort’s grand opening PR campaign. The award is considered the largest and most prestigious travel marketing competition globally. Honorees will be feted Feb. 27 at the Adrian Awards in New York City.
Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Greg Maddux and his brother Mike, the Texas Rangers’ pitching coach who was instrumental in the team’s consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011, taking in UNLV’s 85-68 rout of Cal on Friday at the Thomas & Mack Center. … Craig Robinson of “The Office,” taking in “KA” (MGM Grand) on Tuesday. … Jennifer Lopez, in town with new beau Casper Smart last week, when “American Idol” filmed an episode. They joined Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest at Social House (CityCenter) on Monday night.
THE PUNCH LINE
“Speaking of the holidays, the Salvation Army says that someone actually dropped a diamond ring into one of their donation kettles. Or as Kobe Bryant’s wife put it, ‘You’re welcome.’ ” — Jimmy Fallon
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