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Report: Idol eyes Vegas, communal living

Hollywood -- Big changes may be in store at American Idol, including location shooting in Las Vegas and more behind-the-scenes footage, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

The Reporter said this week that among the ideas under consideration is having the top 12 contestants bunk together in a Hollywood Hills home with more interviews and off-stage footage.

There will also be looser rules on social media.

The Reporter said the producers will relax rules that had abruptly folded the singers' Twitter accounts into one single feed for the entire show.

As for Las Vegas, sources say the plan thus far would ship 60 contestants to The Vegas Strip where they would be integrated into a production of

One of the Most Intriguing Products From the Las Vegas G2E

 Walking the show floor of last week's Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, I wasn't blown away. I mean, sure, the new wave of slot machines by companies such asInternational Game Technology (NYSE: IGT)WMS Industries (NYSE: WMS)Bally Technologies (NYSE: BYI), and Konami (NYSE: KNM) have prettier screens, better sounds, bigger seats, more lines per game, and more games per screen than ever before. And sure, there were some cool new bonus rounds and some interesting new themes, including games based on The Hangover and Batman movies.


Karina Smirnoff set to wed Brad Penny

After her elimination from ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Karina Smirnoff has opened up about the other things she has in her life to celebrate. The ballroom beauty has announced her engagement to St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Brad Penny and is now set to waltz her way down the aisle.

'Regis and Kelly' heading to Vegas

New York -- Four episodes of the TV chat show "Live! with Regis and Kelly" are to be taped in Las Vegas next month, ABC said Tuesday.

The program is to be taped at the Encore Theater in the Wynn Las Vegas Five Star, Five Diamond resort during the week of Nov. 29.

In addition to welcoming celebrity guests, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa will venture into Las Vegas, showcasing its stage shows, attractions, food and nightlife, the network said.

Donny: Marie and I are fine

Las Vegas -- Donny Osmond said in Las Vegas he and Marie are doing fine in spite of a breach of contract suit filed by former producer Chip Lightman.

Osmond hosted the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation's annual Danny Gans Memorial Champions Run for Life in Las Vegas Saturday, the Las Vegas Sun reported. It drew more than 2,000 participants.

Gans is the Osmond's late friend and fellow strip performer who helped bring them to Las Vegas. The Osmonds dismissed Lightman in September, the report said.

Osmond told The Sun he can't talk about Lightman's breach of contract suit on advice from his attorney, but spoke about a new album coming out, and how proud he is of Marie in dealing with the suicide death of her son.

City workers to vote on 4-day work week

Las Vegas -- Moving to a four-day work week could save the city of Las Vegas up to $24 million in two and a half years, if a union approves the move, city officials said.

A statement issued by the city also said with longer hours Monday through Thursday Las Vegas government would "work as much as possible to not adversely impact citizens needing to city business on Fridays," The Las Vegas Sun reported Thursday.
Val Sharp, vice president of the 1,400 member City Employees Association, said the CEA was recommending its members approve the contract, although concessions were part of the package.

"Based on our discussions with the city, we are encouraging them to support the proposal," which will be tested with a membership vote on Oct. 19.

Bruno Mars arrested for drug possession

Singer/songwriter Bruno Mars has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. If convicted, he could face up to four years in jail and a fine of $5000.

Katy Perry revels with girl gang at her bachelorette party in Vegas

Katy Perry had the final night of single-girl debauchery, before tying the knot to beau Russell Brand, and taking over the responsibilities of her married life.

Paris Hilton accepts plea deal, avoids jail

Paris Hilton has avoided jail time by agreeing to enter a plea deal. The socialite will plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges – drug possession and obstructing a police officer – at a Las Vegas court hearing on Monday, and get away without any time behind the bars.

Liberace museum in Las Vegas closing

Las Vegas -- The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas will close its doors next month, a museum official said.

Liberace Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Jeffrey Koep said museum attendance has been declining for years and its closure is a "straightforward business decision," the Las Vegas Sun reported.

The museum opened in 1979 and had as many as 450,000 visitorsper year at one time, but the number has dropped to about 50,000.

It exhibits jewelry, pianos, gowns and other items once belonging to the pianist and showman.

The museum has 31 employees, including 12 to 14 full-time staff.