It is so sad about the 129 deaths and the more than 350 people injured during the terrorist raids on six Paris locations. Paris, as we know, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and my home for two years when I was young and beautiful (age 23). I closed my salons, sold my cars in NYC and took off to the city where I met the original Revlon Fire and Ice model, Dorian Leigh Parker and her sister top model and actress Suzy Parker. That’s where I learned the ins and outs of the fashion business and was introduced to the "in" people of that era. I got to do fashion shoots for Elizabeth Arden and became the "it" boy of the Paris fashion scene. This was a city that opened its arms to a young Puerto Rican boy from the Bronx, and so I am doubly sad because I still identify with this city. These people who make war in the name of religion are animals, not humans, and we should spare them no mercy. Their deaths make martyrs of them and they consider that to be for their god. Their god does not exist if mass murder is their aim. Just in as of this writing is the news that the person behind this vicious attack has been killed in an early morning raid on one of his safe-houses.
Before I forget (again) I would like to thank Anthony Cools for his efforts in trying to get my one-man show off the ground. Despite his efforts it didn’t quite work out. Anthony has gone on to starring in one of the best hypnotist shows in Vegas and he keeps coming up with new ideas all the time. Kudos to Anthony Cools.
We keep hearing that the SLS is revamping its restaurant and showroom. Well, it has been announced that Live Nation will be handling all of the bookings in the renovated theater. It’s time to get some top names and/or shows on the north end of the Strip. Finally, the eyesore of the never completed Fountainbleu Hotel has been addressed. They will be installing a huge cover for the open shell side of the building, thereby giving us something decent to look at when driving along the Strip. It would be nice for someone to buy this property and complete it so as to bring some Miami atmosphere to the area.
My old friend Rudy Guarino, who booked me at his top Boston club called The Sugar Shack 35 years ago, where he booked many of the top Soul and R &B stars of the day.. and then on to Miami at The Bird Lounge in the Marco Polo Hotel. I had a great run there until I got a little, how shall I say, too “risque” and so went that booking. Rudy was quite the man in his early days and there is now a documentary-style film and a reality show in the works telling his interesting story.
The Italian American Club, in addition to its good food and entertainment, has installed Buddy Greco and Bob Anderson into its Hall of Fame. These are two entertainers who definitely deserve this honor. Buddy began his career as a piano player for the Benny Goodman band and went on to record many albums and was a close friend to Sinatra for 50 years or so. He was noted as being a great jazz/pop pianist and song stylist. Bob Anderson, a Las Vegas favorite often called the best singing impressionist in the business, is currently headlining in his Frank Sinatra Tribute show at the Palazzo.
Charlie Sheen has made headlines once again. He has come out and revealed that he has been diagnosed as HIV positive for the past 4-5 years. He made this announcement to Matt Lauer on the the Today show last week and caused quite a stir. Whether or not you believe his motives is strictly up to you. He came out at this time so as to avoid the constant rumors and accusations about his sexual adventures, and to end his having to pay some “trusted” people who were taking money from him to keep the story quiet. Remember it was not so long ago that he was the highest-paid actor in TV, a target for those would like to bilk funds from him. He claims to have had protected sex only except in two cases, those with people who were already under the care of his doctor. This has already been challenged and I’m sure that a slew of his sex partners will follow with accusations. Bottom line is that Charlie better clean up his act once and for all and try to get help for himself and people in similar situations. We wish him luck.
Burt Reynolds, who was one of the biggest international movie stars of our day, has written his autobiography entitled "But Enough About Me." The aging leading man and action hero who had long time romances with Dinah Shore and Sally Field and then married Loni Anderson speaks freely about his bad boy days and his problem getting serious roles in film until he grew that famous mustache. Prior to that, his resemblance to Marlon Brando sort of hindered his career. He also says that he regrets losing Sally Field, one of the most special people he has ever known. In looking back at his many films, he claims his favorite was “Smokey and The Bandit.” Though he looks frail (as seen on Live! With Kelly and Michael), he still has that fabulous cutting edge humor.
The Rev. Monti hopes you have a great Thanksgiving and wishes you the only the best
MONTI-LICIOUS NOVEMBER 10, 2015
It’s been 30 years since the Kansas City Royals won the World Series. How exciting it was for this team made up of mostly youngsters. The Mets played a great series but could not hold down the amazing Royals, a team full of great ballplayers. The series was climaxed by a big victory parade, marching through downtown Kansas City. As a former New Yorker, I was rooting for the Mets, but, well, you know how that played out.
Heidi Klum threw her annual Halloween bash and it was a bash like no other. Best costume was Heidi’s as she pranced around as the iconic comic strip character, Jessica Rabbit. Next best costumes went to J Lo and Casper who were in skeleton outfits along with fabulous makeup. Another worthy mention were Beyonce, Jay Z and family all in “Coming to America” garb. This was a party to remember. The daytime TV talk shows had their share of costumes highlighted by Whoppi Goldberg’s Disney character, Cruella Devine, and Joy Behar’s Evil Queen on The View. The Talk surprised us with a lip-sync show -- Julie Chen (Madonna), Aisha Taylor (Beyonce), Sara Gilbert(Celine Dion), and Sheryl Underwood (James Brown).
The TV news and talk shows have been covering Leah Remini and her exit from Scientology. Leah has just written a book about her experiences during her 30+ years in that church. She and her family are no longer welcome parishioners as they spoke out about some of the practices and “punishments” doled out by church leaders. Leah, as always, is outspoken and honest and would no longer allow herself to be controlled and manipulated. This trait of hers reportedly was the reason she left The Talk after the first year, not to mention her reported feud with Sharon Osbourne. She does, however, give credit to Scientology for some of the things she learned during her 30 years. She supposedly has made enemies of celebrity members, such as John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and Tom Cruise. I respect her for what she has done by leaving and going back to a legitimate religion.
Speaking of Sharon Osbourne makes us wonder about daughter Kelly. Since leaving the Fashion Police she has hardly been seen. Well, Kelly has her own show on Lifetime scheduled to begin later in this fall season.
The Country Music Awards is once again being hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. This glitzy extravaganza has some of the biggest names in Country – it’s the Oscars of Country Music. The Blake Shelton/ Miranda Lambert divorce will probably be the hot topic of the evening. More to come next week.
It’s hard to believe that the film “Casino” is almost 30 years old. Ex-mayor Oscar Goodman, who was in the movie cast as the mob lawyer, gave a dinner party for Sharon Stone, Martin Scorcese and others affiliated with the film. The movie, shot primarily in Las Vegas where the story was set, has become a cult classic and can be seen on TV over and over again. The public never tires of Mafia movies Goodfellas, The Godfather, Casino and gangster classics of the '30s and early '40s.
The Donny and Marie show at the Flamingo has been extended through the end on November, 2016. They have performed nearly 1200 shows in what has been named the Donny and Marie Theater. Also extended is the Boyz 11 Men show at the Mirage. This 4 time Grammy winning R &B group has signed through December, 2018.
Sandra Bullock will star in a version of “Ocean’s 11” except in this film there will be a female cast of characters. She is one of the few current actresses who could make a success out of this version. The original “Ocean’s 11” was brought to the screen starring Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack in 1960. Then George Clooney took over the role in the first of three more in 2001. Move over Charlie’s Angels.
Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday is almost upon us. There will be many tributes, notably Bob Anderson’s, which unfortunately closes at the Palazzo on Nov. 28, two weeks short of Frank’s birthday. Another highlight will be the Steve Wynn Tribute at The Wynn Theater with many stars performing Sinatra hits and will be televised by CBS as a future special. Rumor has it that Steve Lawrence, one of Franks’ favorite singers, may come out of retirement to sing at this event. Another great singer, Jack Jones, releases his new CD of Sinatra’s music at a media event at the Bootlegger on Nov. 6. Hopefully, some of the new crop of singers will help the legend of Frank Sinatra live on.
Got to see the opening of “Nunsense” at the Kahunaville Theater in The Treasure Island Hotel/Casino last week. This version of the little musical comedy about a group of nuns seeking to collect enough money to bury four of their peers definitely keeps up the tradition of success enjoyed by all the other touring productions and the original one first performed in NYC. Promoter Arthur Kasarjian has brought a hit back to Las Vegas.
Singer Johnny Mathis’s home in the Hollywood Hills was severely damaged in a fire last week. Much of his irreplaceable memorabilia was destroyed, but luckily Johnny was not at home at the time of the fire.
Barbara Walters has a new TV series on Discovery ID. The show covers her interviews with the killers connected with the infamous crimes for which they were convicted. They include the Menendez brothers who were found guilty of the horrific murders of their parents and the tragic case of tiny beauty queen Jon Benet Ramsey.
Fred Thompson, politician and actor (Law and Order, The Hunt for Red October) passed away this week at age 73 due to a recurrence of lymphoma. RIP Fred Thompson.
Rosie O’Donnell was slammed once again by her daughter Chelsea in a TV interview. The runaway 17-year-old paints Rosie as a domineering mother among other things. Rosie has adopted five children and given them opportunities they never would have had without her help and love. Rosie has always been controversial, but I doubt if she could be a bad parent. Whatever they had going between them should not have been brought out in public by this ungrateful young lady.
“Wicked City” is my favorite new TV series. I was living in Hollywood in the '70s and this show about the local bad boys of the day transports me back to those times when I almost became one of those bad boys. AH-for the good old days.
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you only the best.
The big news from Hollywood is that after two years of marriage Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez have filed for divorce. Both parties filed at the same time citing irreconcilable differences. The only thing holding the proceedings are the issues of spousal support and visitationrequirements for their child. Olivier is said to have a very bad temper as seen when he got into a brawl with Halle’s ex, Gabriel Aubry. Like many other Hollywood beauties, Halle reportedly can’t seem to find the right man who can play second fiddle to her career.
The Kardashians keep making headline news. We’ve lived through Bruce’s transgender, we now are following Kanye and Kim’s awaiting the birth of their second child, and most of all’ Khloe and Lamar Odum. Though the divorce was cancelled, Khloe claims that there is no romantic links at this time. She is at his side making legal decisions on his behalf. The Kardashian “clan” is also visiting, etc., but I feel that all of these people around him are not there in his best interest. The mother of his children has not been allowed to visit. His recovery will be a very long and difficult, right now his kidneys are not functioning at all and he requires daily dialysis for 6 hours per treatment. Doctors do not yet know the full effects of the multiple strokes he had suffered while in a coma.
Love Ranch owner Dennis Hof insists that his brothel is a “no drugs allowed” establishment and that the drugs found in Lamar Odum’s body were ingested prior to his coming to the ranch. Dennis and his employees are reportedly all under investigation. It will interesting to see the outcome of this investigation.
Madonna has done it again! Her show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last week was a smash. She is definitely still The Queen of Pop. She gave us 135 minutes of great high energy entertainment with her fantastic costumes, dancers, the band, and. of course, herself. She appeared to be completely at home with her audience, even flirting with two of them. Her “Holy Water” sequence was as irreverent as anything she has ever done,but that is one of the things expected of her. Madonna reportedly does not lip-sync as she sang live through of the show, if she does, it’s not noticeable. Not many high energy performers can do this, but she is Madonna. Even though I’ve never been her biggest fan, I did enjoy her and the show. Madonna is Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and Britney Spears all rolled into one. Speaking of high energy we have Janet Jackson when she recovers from her vocal problem and J Lo shen she begins her residency at Planet Hollywood.
Anita Mann’s 16th anniversary of her show “Fantasy” is still the “T and A’ show that sets the standard for all the others. Anita is always tweaking and revamping so as to keep Fantasy fresh and alive. The performers never become bored and/or tired of what they’re doing and it shows. The other Luxor shows.,Carrot Top and Criss Angel’s Believe are still doing fine business. Cirque is reportedly in the midst of making some changes to Believe, but Cirque shows can been seen elsewhere on the Strip and Criss does not need all of the Cirque special effects, his magic and illusions are more than enough to give us a top-notch show. Right now our thoughts and prayers go out to Criss and his family for the recovery of his 20 month old son who was just diagnosed with an aggressive type of leukemia. He took some time from his show and is in Australia to be with his child.
Melinda, the first lady of magic will soon be returning to the Strip in a new show being produced by her brother, David Saxe. More on this to follow soon. Cong
Congratulations to Dayna Roselli who is finally back on the local TV news co-anchoring the morning news on KNTV, channel 13 , Las Vegas. As I’ve said before,
Dayna, one of my favorite newscasters, is looking fine and proves herself to be a good addition to the station.
David de Alba, the Cuban Judy Garland Tribute Artist will be doing his show on November 9th at The Jewel Box Theater in the Erotic Heritage Museum
located at 3275 Industrial Road. For more information call 702-794-4000.
Ron Decar’s Event Center is a big success. Weddings, Bar Mitzvas, corporate meetings and parties of all kinds can be held there. The Vintage Las Vegas type shows constantly .fill the showroom . There are Big Band Nights, Jazz Nights, Tribute Show Nights, Open Mic Nights, and more. See the way they did it back in the day. Buffet dinners and cocktails are served daily. For more information call 702-384-0771 or visit www.rondecarseventcenter.com.
The Rev. Monti as always wishes you only the best.
ABRACADABRA! EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: MURRAY SAWCHUCK WEDS CHLOE CRAWFOR
Murray Sawchuck and Chloe Crawford wed in Las Vegas on Friday, July 20, 2012. Monte Rock III officiated, Doug Leferovich served as best man, and Ashton Nicole was the bridesmaid.
When magician Murray Sawchuck and his beautiful stage assistant Chloe Louise Crawford tied the knot in a secret surprise wedding Friday night, it was truly a magical affair. The groom and bride have known each other for five years in traveling the world with his magic act and now as headliner at the new Tropicana.
“We finally decided to tie the knot,” the “America’s Got Talent” semifinalist told me exclusively. A small group of close friends, Las Vegas magicians and family, including her parents who flew over from England, witnessed the ceremony in the intimacy of the lush garden of hishome in the Lakes in Summerlin.
Monti Rock III, the 1970s icon, disco legend and licensed marriage minister, officiated the ceremony, which included the couple exchanging rings that had been selected by “Pawn Stars” stars at their Gold & Silver Pawn, where Murray serves as a regular expert on the top-rated History Channel show.
Also, a shout out to Mr. Criss Angel. You are a star and you made this columnist a fan! Your generosity and kindness will never be forgotten! Jersey Boys at Paris is wowing the crowds. Check out the Sugar Factory while you are there - a chocolate aroma world that's decadently divine.
The Rev. Monti once again wishes you only the best.
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||As a gossip columnist, committed foodie and theater critic, I spend the better part of my work week covering all the fabulous shows, clubs, restaurant openings and special events on The Strip—’tis good to be Monti Rock.
Come Saturday and Sunday, what I enjoy most is kicking back in my own neighborhood...Yes, Vegas does have neighborhoods.
One of my favorite haunts has been a Las Vegas fixture for over a quarter century, Siena Italian. Owners Antonio Accornero and Giancarlo Bomparola have created a truly authentic Italian Trattoria experience and recently relocated it to a new, urban-chic site, which includes not only a restaurant, bar and lounge with indoor and al fresco seating, but soon, an Italian Marketplace complete with a bakery, deli and coffee bar.
Trained in Milan, Italy, Chef Giancarlo works the kitchen while Antonio, with his infinite Italian charm, works the front of the house. For starters, you must have the Tortino di Riso—rice cakes, Parmesan cheese and mushrooms in truffle oil—to die for!
Going on to salad, my favorite is Mele E Noci—baby greens, roasted walnuts, apple and Gorgonzola tossed with champagne vinaigrette—heavenly!
The main event, new to the menu this month, Misto Pesce Griglia—fresh scampi, calamari, tuna, jumbo scallops and salmon simmered in lemon juice and olive oil and served with fresh seasonal vegetables—died and gone to heaven for!
And for the encore (I'm sure you’ve had this before, but not this good), Tiramisu—Chef Giancarlo’s family recipe—certain to assure Giancarlo sainthood!
Siena also features live entertainment in the bar and lounge Wed. and Sat. with Sinatra-style crooner Larry Liso. Siena Authentic Italian
Trattoria | Daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; half-price Happy Hour specials in the bar and lounge, daily, 3:30-7:30 p.m. | 9500 W. Sahara Ave. | 702-360-3358
Monti Rock III will be honored during entertainment consumers’ exchange inc’s spring 2012 awards luncheon
DATE OF EVENT: 1:00pm, March 31, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada
Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange will enshrine Monti Rock III into the Fans Entertainment Hall of Fame during their Spring 2012 Awards Luncheon Event. He will also be honored with the Excellence in Entertainment Sweet Louie Living Legend Award. The event will take place staring 1:00 PM on March 31, 2012. at Double Play Restaurant, 9495 S Las Vegas Blvd, (Las Vegas Blvd & Richmar one/ block north of the South Point Resort Casino)
Several other outstanding entertainers will be honored with Excellence in Entertainment Awards. The Shades of Sinatra will be honored with the Tribute Show of the Year. Jim D’Arrigo will receive the Saxophonist of the Year Award and Pascale Elia is to be honored with the Horizon Award for new or emerging star of tomorrow. Jazzin’ Jeanne Brei will emcee the event.
About Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange Inc.
Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange Inc is a 501c7 non-profit association for fans and their favorites in entertainment. The recently celebrated their 10th anniversary as an organization.
About Fans’ Entertainment Hall of Fame:
Fans Entertainment Hall of Fame is about giving the Fans, Audience, consumers those who pay to support their favorites in entertainment a chance to participate in the selection process of selecting who will be in this Hall of Fame. Last year t heir had their first extended display during the month of November at Studio 810 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Zee Matulonis, President of Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange Inc.