Strip Scribbles: L.V. shines brighter than ever on film, TV and in books



Virgin Alexander” stars Rick Faguno, center, formerly of “Jersey Boys.”

Thu, Aug 16, 2012 (4:02 p.m.)

Virgin Alexander

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Jarrett and Raja.

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Jarrett and Raja.

Jarrett and Raja

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2012 Miss Nevada Randi Sundquist, upper left.

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2012 Miss Nevada Randi Sundquist, left.

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Taylor Hicks at Surrender Nightclub in the Encore on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012.

Our pleasure playground is front and center with a Las Vegas magic duo on “America’s Got Talent”; a new movie with two Las Vegas filmmakers; and a new book about the dark side of boxing in Sin City.

Here’s the Royal Robin Rundown:

Las Vegas on film

Two local filmmakers, Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett, are the co-producers, writers and directors of “Virgin Alexander,” which features former “Jersey Boys” song-and-dance star Rick Faugno. The film was shot here, and the producers say the city gave them their inspiration for the movie, which premieres on VOD (video on demand) Aug. 24.

The film has won nine film festival awards, including Best Feature Film at the Las Vegas Film Festival and Best Performance for Rick at the Orlando Film Festival. It’s a tale of how to save a Las Vegas home from foreclosure by turning it into a brothel, with Rick as a virgin falling in love with the leading prostitute! Here’s the official trailer on YouTube.

“America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon announced on Wednesday’s show that judge Howie Mandel has selected the dynamic duo of Las Vegas resident magicians Jarrett & Piano Genius Raja to return next week to compete on the wildcard show. Favored for the finals, Jarrett & Raja have competed on “AGT” episodes in San Francisco, Las Vegas and New Jersey.

They flew from Las Vegas to the East Coast late Wednesday night and debut a one-of-a-kind magical/musical illusion they’ve created for the show. The globetrotting duo are celebrating their 10th anniversary in show business. They appeared at the Paris and Bally’s before taking a two-year headliner residency in the “Voyage of Life” in Singapore. They also worked with director Kenny Ortega on special magic effects for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” London shows canceled after his death.

Las Vegas in books

Author P Moss searched for the soul of our sports-centric city in his new novel “Vegas Knockout” due in stores Sept. 6. It’s the follow-up to 2010’s “Blue Vegas.” The cover blurb for his new book says, “Frenzy in the valley comes to a boiling point as the fight of a lifetime nears between the most popular heavyweight boxing champion in a century and a notoriously vicious challenger who has already killed once in the ring. Visitors and locals alike are buzzing about the fight: media and movie stars, hucksters and hookers, pickpockets and paparazzi.

“As the financial, emotional and moral stakes rise for a cast of bizarre and grotesque characters, including a young journalist on the make, a rich man’s daughter with a very dirty secret, a nightlife kingpin and a clown who wants waffles, those characters find themselves asking and answering fundamental questions about the nature of Las Vegas and its unique people.” “Vegas Knockout” will be celebrated with a release party Sept. 6 at Double Down Saloon with Attack Ships on Fire performing songs from its third album “Vegas Soul” featuring songs inspired by the novel.

MISS AMERICA CONTESTANTS: Our 2012 Miss Nevada Randi Sundquist is in Florida meeting with her rivals who will all compete in the January 2013 Miss America Pageant at Planet Hollywood. The first class of 2013 contestants is held in conjunction with Miss America Outstanding Teen in Tampa holding its finals Saturday with Ellie Smith, 15, of Henderson in contention.


Singer John Legend and his fiancee Chrissy Teigen dined at Public House in the Venetian on Wednesday; they enjoyed crispy frog legs, a Scotch egg, pork loin, scallops and Moscow Mules. Australian BMX rider and 2012 London Summer Olympics silver medalist Sam Willoughby celebrated his 21st birthday with dinner in a group of more than 20 at Tao in the Venetian on Wednesday.

Richard Hamilton of the Chicago Bulls partied with five friends at a dance-floor VIP table at Surrender Nightclub inSteve Wynn’s Encore. Also at Surrender: “American Idol” Season 5 winner and Bally’s headliner Taylor Hicks in a bungalow with 10 friends.

They fight tough and hard inside the ring, but outside the Octagon, they go vegan! Nate Diaz, Gilbert Melendez, Jake Shields and Roy “Big Country” Nelson bulked up on wellness shakes, jicama fries and vegan burgers at Greens and Proteins in Henderson on Wednesday night.

Comedienne Jen Kober (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) dined with J.Son of at Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak at MGM Grand during a break from her run at nearby Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club.


Jazz great Barbara Cook begins a run at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Mindless Behavior with Jacob Latimore and Lil Twist is at Orleans Arena. Comedian Ari Shaffer is at Empire Comedy in the Paris through Saturday night.

Travel Channel expert Bert Kreischer, who hosts “Trip Flip,” presents his Las Vegas adventures when he surprises a couple with a Strip vacation that includes learning magic from Rio headliners Penn & Teller and meeting Celine Dion backstage at Caesars Palace.


Superstar Jennifer Lopez hosts two parties by day and night on both sides of her concert tour stop with Enrique Iglesias at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, and sexy Jenny McCarthy is on the party whirl, too.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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