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Maddison has Arc in his sights

The number of New Year’s Eve daredevil stunts in Las Vegas has grown to three.

Aussie Robbie Maddison, who set a world-record motorcycle leap of 322 feet and 71/2 inches last December, will need more finesse than horsepower for this one.

He will attempt to soar more than 120 feet and land on top of the 96-foot-high and 40-foot-wide Arc de Triomphe replica in front of Paris Las Vegas.

That’s only the half of his stunt. Upon landing on top of the monument, he will then freefall 50 feet to a massive landing ramp below.

The other component to the “Red Bull: New Year, No Limits” action will feature New Zealander Rhys Millen and his attempt to become the first person to complete and land a backflip in an off-road truck. That location has not been announced.

Also scheduled: Robbie Knievel‘s previously confirmed jump over the Mirage volcano, as part of a Fox TV special.

CLOONEY CONSPIRACY

The Las Vegas Chippendales were part of a prank pulled on George Clooney on Friday by co-conspirators Brad Pitt and Ellen DeGeneres. At the playful urging of Pitt, DeGeneres had the Chippendales dancers show up at Clooney’s office in an effort to get him to appear on her show. Clooney wasn’t there so the Chips put on a show for the ladies in the office. “Brad wouldn’t steer us wrong,” DeGeneres told her audience. We predict hellish payback from Clooney, a noted prankster. … During the taping of the show on Thursday, musical guest and this week’s Grammy nominee Katy Perry (“I Kissed A Girl”) wouldn’t let the guys leave until they came down to her dressing room to meet her.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Former Flamingo headliner Toni Braxton is dealing with another health scare. TMZ.com reported Friday that she missed the finale of “Dancing with the Stars” after discovering a lump in her breast before she was set to appear on the show and was told she had to have it removed immediately. She opted to wait until after she was eliminated from the show. She got good news: it turned out to be benign. She missed the finale because she was still recovering from the surgery.

SIGHTINGS

Country singer/songwriter Reba McEntire, joined by “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson at Bette Midler‘s “The Showgirl Must Go On.” … CC Sabathia, the 2007 American League Cy Young Award winner and a 2008 sensation with the Milwaukee Brewers, at Tryst (Wynn) with former teammates Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Bill Hall and Cleveland Indians second baseman Josh Barfield. … CNN political contributor and Democratic strategist James Carville, dining with Steve Wynn on Thursday night at Wynn’s SW Steakhouse. … Middleweight world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, dining Thursday night at the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grille inside MGM Grand. … Houston Astros relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, at the Desert Pines-Cheyenne boys basketball game on Thursday night. He and his wife were there with the parents of Cheyenne star, University of Kansas-bound Elijah Johnson. Hawkins and the Johnsons know each other from their days in Gary, Ind.

THE PUNCH LINE

“More than two pounds of pot was found in a leather basket tomb. It is already being called the earliest known artifact from the era known as the Bong Dynasty in China.They’re saying it may explain why it took so long to invent the wheel.” – Jimmy Kimmel

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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