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#4- Oscar Night Las Vegas-Style

March 21st, 2012 • by admin

Anthony Crivello, “Phantom”, Venetian (Photo: Crivello)

World Famous Ink Spots

Angel Porrino, "Absinthe", Caesars Palace

Actress Dana Ceres & Producer Sean Peden

Eric Martinez, Actor (In Plain Sight, Love Lies Bleeding) & fiance.

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#4-Oscar Night Las Vegas-Style

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated)

During the Academy Award's Red Carpet, I interviewed around 30 celebrities in two hours. It was a grand affair with Hal Linden, Shirley Jones and many of our stars from the Las Vegas strip resorts and other celebrities.

Anthony Crivello, the male star of the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical "Phantom, the Las Vegas Spectacular", announced their show would be closing in September after six years at the Venetian. I was at their opening as well as the anniversary celebrations and have always felt proud that "Phantom" offered a show with such class.

 Anthony explained, "'The Phantom' is an amazing show! If you have seen the show elsewhere, this one is mind blowing! When you sit in the audience there's nothing like it. You are part of the show in this version."

According to Anthony, "The best film was "The Artist", it's an amazing film. I watched it and thought nothing like this has ever been done before. They can't copy it. "The Artist" needs to be celebrated. It is the coolest film, the story line shows we have to change and adapt." Anthony will return to New York after the show closes and hopes to be involved in a Broadway show.

I loved the show "Absinthe" at Caesars Palace, and was happy to see Angel Porrino arrive for her interview along the Red Carpet. It was the first time I have ever reviewed a show with a girl disappearing into a balloon! Hoping to learn her secret, I asked, "How did you get into the balloon?"

Angel playfully answered, "It's crazy, first I play around with the balloon, bounce it, and then boom, I just take a deep breath and pop right in."

"Absinthe" has several very different variety acts.  

Actor Eric Martinez usually is chosen to play the "bad" guy in films and on television but he says, "I'm really a "good" guy." His latest roles are in "Love Lies Bleeding" with Christian Slater, "Fighting Back", "Life Outside", "In Plain Sight" on USA Network, and "The Scoundrels on ABC.  Eric wanted Brad Pitt ("Moneyball") to win the Best Actor award.

Josh Strickland, the male singing lead of "Peepshow', at Planet Hollywood, joined me in front of the camera. When I reviewed "Peepshow", I was surprised to see a naughty fairy tale. Josh felt, "Peepshow" is a take on old school burlesque back the sensual way a woman used to take off her clothes." Josh has also appeared on Holly's World, on E! Television for two seasons with Holly Madison. Josh was chosen to compete on "American Idol" because of his resemblance to Ryan Seacrest but now he changed his "look".

The Ink Spots were happy to make their appearance to help Variety, the Children's Charity of Southern Nevada. This is the third generation of Ink Spots, not a tribute group. Their pick for the Academy Award was "The Help". The film recreated the whole era in a very funny way.

  Officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, Oscar Night Las Vegas-style offers a weekend of free and paid celebrations.

  Proceeds benefit Variety, the Children's Charity of southern Nevada.