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Letterman gives an ‘A’ to O.J. jury

The O.J. Simpson jury got a thumbs up from talk-show host David Letterman.

"Here’s what happened," said Letterman, turning serious during his monologue Monday.

"The jury did a little something unusual for an O.J. jury. What they did is they paid attention to the evidence."

The comment, more of an observation than a joke, drew loud applause.

Letterman had plenty of O.J. fodder on Tuesday’s show, too.

"Did you hear what O.J. said after the trial? ‘How does a nothing incident turn into something like this?’"

Letterman continued: "You know you’ve led an interesting life when armed robbery and kidnapping is a nothing incident."

He also quipped, "In the present economy, the real winner is O.J. Simpson. He got 25 to life, with free room and board."


Steve Wynn‘s next generation of restaurants and chefs has been announced for Encore, the sister hotel to Wynn Las Vegas.

The chef and restaurant roster will include: Theo Schoenegger of four-star Patina in Los Angeles will helm Theo’s, which will feature Italian cuisine. Jet Tila, whose family owns L.A.’s Bangkok Market, will operate Wazuzu, a modern Asian bistro.

Marc Poidevin, formerly executive chef of Le Cirque at the Bellagio and most recently Wynn’s executive chef of catering and special events, will head Switch, a French-inspired steakhouse and seafood restaurant.

Mark LoRusso, previously the executive chef of Tableau at the Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, will be in charge of Botero Steak. The restaurant will be next to Encore’s megaclub, XS, and will overlook Encore’s pool.

Taking over LoRusso’s space at the Tower Suites will be Larry Forgione‘s An American Place, which previously was announced.

Kim Canteenwalla will be executive chef of Society Café Encore.


"Saturday Night Live" star Jason Sudeikis is returning to Las Vegas this weekend with a group of fellow "SNL" writers and others. Sudeikis performed for The Second City at the Flamingo before jumping to "SNL" five years ago. His career has been flourishing: He played the former fiance of Cameron Diaz‘s character in "What Happens in Vegas" and a band manager in "The Rocker." He is married to Kay Cannon, a Second City cast mate and a writer for NBC’s "30 Rock." …

Ky Plaskon, a former reporter at KLAS-TV, Channel 8, joins KXNT-radio, 840 AM, as a reporter starting Monday. …

Planet Hollywood Resort will host the world premieres of the horror franchise "Saw 5" on Oct. 23 and "Repo! The Genetic Opera," starring Paris Hilton and Sarah Brightman, on Nov. 6…

Today’s "The Tyra Banks Show" features her Las Vegas visit, including scenes from Janet Jackson‘s concert, Palms Place, Bette Midler‘s show and "Zumanity." It airs at 3 p.m. on KTUD-TV, Channel 23.

Tonight’s season finale of TLC’s "American Chopper" focuses on the $350,000 SW1000 custom-made motorcycle built for Planet Hollywood Resort illusionist Steve Wyrick. The show airs at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The chopper was built to commemorate Wyrick’s 1,000th show at Planet Hollywood Resort.


Brandon Flowers, lead singer of The Killers, dining with family and friends at Mount Charleston Lodge on Wednesday. … So much for the Mariah Carey pregnancy rumors. She was drinking wine during her dinner Monday with hubbie Nick Cannon. They inaugurated the new private dining room at Rao’s at Caesars Palace. … Bette Midler, dining at Sushi Roku in the Forum Shops on Saturday with three guests. … At BOA Steakhouse in the Forum Shops: Aussie Michael Johns, who finished in eighth place in "American Idol" last season. … Actress Heather Graham, at the 7 p.m. Monday performance of "Love" at The Mirage. She was accompanied by director Todd Phillips. They are in town filming for "The Hangover," a Las Vegas-set comedy.


"Tom Brokaw leaves early to catch 9:15 showing of ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua.’ " — From David Letterman‘s "Top Ten Signs You’re Watching a Bad Presidential Debate"

Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

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