Forum Shops Announces Second Annual Great Give

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Luxury Magazine and Retailers Join Forces for Second Annual GREAT GIVE in Support of Numerous Non-Profits Dec. 1-15
Local Charities, Shops and Restaurants including Links of London, Mulberry, Sandro, Anne Fontaine, Hugo Boss, Donald J Pliner, Charlotte Olympia and more with a Variety of Non-Profits including American Red Cross, Candlelighters, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Make-A-Wish and others
  In the spirit of the season, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace presents its second annual GREAT GIVE from Dec. 1-15. Partnering a number of its world-renowned retailers with a variety of local and national non-profits the two-week shopping event benefits a wide variety of charities and causes. Each participating retailer has a designated charity and will either donate a portion of sales from specific items, donate a flat percentage of sales or raise funds directly to benefit their partner charity.
“It was wonderful to see so many our retailers supporting charitable organizations and giving back last year,” said Maureen Crampton, Director of Business Development and Marketing at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. “This year, by partnering with our friends at Luxury Magazine and presenting a united program under the umbrella of the GREAT GIVE, we are able to collectively promote it and encourage guests to shop at their favorite shops and support many worthy causes during this time.”
*Participating retailers and their non-profit partners enjoyed a kick-off reception at The Palm Las Vegas inside The Forum Shops on Thursday, November 16th to mark the occasion. 
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has designated that all coins from the iconic fountains will be donated to the Las Vegas chapter of the American Red Cross. Other retailers and restaurants participating in the GREAT GIVE and their designated non-profit include:
Kiehl’s Since 1851                                          Feeding America
Brighton Collectibles                                      Candlelighters
Pandora                                                          Candlelighters
DKNY                                                              City Harvest
Tommy Bahama                                              Best Buddies
Sandro                                                             Dress For Success
The Palm Restaurant                                       Hope Food Truck
Montblanc                                                        Make-A-Wish
Links of London                                               Susan G. Komen
Jaeger-LeCoultre                                             Grant a Gift Autism Foundation
David Yurman                                                   Nevada Ballet Theatre
Ted Baker London                                            Opportunity Village
Charlotte Olympia                                            The Animal Foundation
Mulberry                                                           Keep Memory Alive (KMA)
Anne Fontaine                                                  Anne Fontaine Foundation
Skye Art Gallery                                               The Animal Foundation
Magical Memories ft. Disney Fine Art               Make-A-Wish
Hearts On Fire                                                  Ronald McDonald House
BOSS                                                                Ronald McDonald House
Donald J Pliner                                                  American Cancer Society
Of course, with the holidays fast approaching, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is ready to celebrate the season and help you deliver the perfect gift. The Forum Shops feature 160 specialty shops and restaurants including more than 50 that can exclusively be found in Las Vegas only at The Forum Shops. On Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25, costumed Centurions will be roaming the center with special surprises for guests. 
Throughout the season, be sure to stop by the Atlantis Aquarium for a festive sight – the Holiday Elf Aquarists. Adorned with elf-style wet suits during this holiday season, the Elf Aquarists will feed the tropical fish beginning Dec. 15 throughout Christmas Day. Also, enjoy the whimsy and wonder of the captivating holiday store window displays and marvel among the classic Roman columns, arches and awe-inspiring statues that come to life. Always a perfect present, a gift card from The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Gift cards can be purchased at the Guest Services Center.
HOLIDAY HOURS
November 23rd: 10am – 11pm (Thanksgiving Day)
November 24th: 10am – midnight (Black Friday)
December 24th: 10am – 11pm (Christmas Eve)
December 25th: 10am – 11pm (Christmas Day)
December 31st:  10am – 6pm (New Year’s Eve) Note: Many restaurants stay open later
January 1st, 2017: 10am – 11pm (New Year’s Day)
About The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace:
Marking its milestone 25th anniversary this year, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace first opened in May 1992 to immediate success. Enjoying two subsequent expansions, The Forum Shops now offers 675,000 square feet of impressive retail, dining and entertainment options.  Featuring 160 specialty shops and restaurants, The Forum Shops is home to some of the most celebrated retailers including many that can be found nowhere else in Las Vegas. In addition to the distinctive mix of retailers and restaurants, The Forum Shops boasts an iconic spiral escalator and the must-see, free animatronic attraction – The Atlantis Show and Aquarium. Consistently named among the top-performing shopping centers worldwide, The Forum Shops is recognized for its unique combination of top retail, dining, entertainment, excellent location and exciting thematic ambiance. Additional information may be accessed at www.forumshops.com
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JAZZ MUSICIAN, JAMES TORMÉ, TO HEADLINE LAST FRIDAY, JUST ADD WATER STREET FESTIVAL

JAZZ MUSICIAN, JAMES TORMÉ, TO HEADLINE
LAST FRIDAY, JUST ADD WATER STREET FESTIVAL

The City of Henderson and Las Vegas Weekly present The Last Friday, JAWS Festival, featuring jazz musician, James Tormé, as their musical headliner in Henderson, Nevada.

 

Multi award-winning jazz musician, James Tormé, is set to headline the Last Friday, Just Add Water Street Festival at the Henderson Event Plaza on Friday, August 25, 2017. Fresh from his world tour, Tormé will hit the stage from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Son to British actress, Janette Scott and 3-time Grammy Award Winning jazz legend, Mel Tormé, James Tormé is no stranger to the entertainment spotlight. While being born into an incredible family legacy, Tormé has managed to stand out on his own, creating quite a buzz for himself while doing so. Drawing inspiration from the “old school” and adding his own unique and modern flair, Tormé’s singing style is unlike any other; many are recognizing him as one of today’s best jazz singers. According to Jazz FMTM, “If you get a chance to see James Tormé, you should beg, borrow, even steal a ticket.” Luckily stealing will not be necessary, as general admission to the Last Friday, JAWS Festival will be complimentary.

Sponsored by the City of Henderson and the Las Vegas Weekly, Last Friday was founded to resurrect and celebrate the community’s emerging arts and culture. Tormé’s personal ties and connections to the Henderson and Las Vegas communities are deeply rooted, making him the perfect performer to headline the event. “As somebody who has had family living in Henderson for over 70 years, in the form of my aunt, Myrna Williams, a longtime member of the Nevada legislature, and my father’s fabled history of performing on the Las Vegas Strip, culminating in the naming of Mel Tormé Way, I can’t tell you how thrilled and honored I am to have been selected as the artist for this year’s Best of Vegas/Last Friday JAWS kick-off,” says Tormé.

Tormé has put together a unique musical selection that attendees are sure to enjoy: “For the occasion, I’ve put a superstar ‘best of Vegas band’ together to perform the show with me. The show will celebrate all of the influences I grew up with, from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to my dad and peers of his like such as Chet Baker, Jack Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Vic Damone and several others. My goal is to give everyone something to remember for years and years to come. I owe it to Las Vegas, and to all the people who are working so hard to make this unique event so special,” Tormé continues to say. “I am also very pleased to be contributing to this marvelous charity-oriented event.”

Tormé has performed and headlined at other historical and contemporary music venues such as The Greek Theater, Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall|LA Phil, Ronnie Scott’s, London, The Hippodrome Casino London, The Savoy Theater, London and Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Tormé has appeared in concert alongside with BBC Concert Orchestra, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Paul’s Trio, Guy Barker’s Big Band, SWR Big Band, Germany and more.

Additional event highlights will feature and celebrate Las Vegas Weekly’s past and present Best of Vegas award honorees. The festival will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with an exclusive VIP event starting at 6 p.m. for media, sponsors, and donors. For more information, visit www.justaddwaterstreet.com.

 

About Last Friday, Just Add Water Street
Last Friday is a community-centric initiative to inspire an ongoing effort between all sectors of Henderson both private and public with the historic Water Street District in the City of Henderson for the betterment of sustainable community growth while giving back. We look to cultivate and create a community driven, family-friendly event that inspires meaningful relationships and opportunities for all. Our plan is that Last Friday, Just Add Water Street aligns with those organizations, groups, and individuals who are engaged and are community-centric across all Southern Nevada for the betterment of creating a diverse yet meaningful experience. Visit www.justaddwaterstreet.com. Follow Last Friday on Facebook at www.facebook.com/justaddwaterstreet, Instagram @LastFridayHenderson, and Twitter @_justaddwaterst #JAWSNV.

 

On Shelves Tomorrow: Redken’s No Blow Dry Air Stylers

NEW! NO BLOW DRY #NBD
Redken introduces a whole new way to achieve styled hair without the heat.

 

One in two women air-dry their hair. * With this fact in mind, Redken has developed NEW No Blow Dry air dry stylers, the easy solution that allows consumers to achieve a frizz-controlled style without the use of a blow dryer. Designed for people on-the-go who are either short on time or do not have the desire to heat style their hair, No Blow Dry is a great alternative to a heat styler.

 

The air-drying trend has also been seen across the New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week runways, where embracing one’s natural hair texture is now more on-trend than ever. Designers have drawn inspiration from each model’s individual esthetics and style, incorporating their own personalities into the overall ‘look.’ This trend has translated from runway to every day, where consumers are letting their hair air dry naturally, then taming frizz with a leave-in cream.

 

Ideal for consumers who are tight on time, taking a break from heat tools, or want to achieve an effortless it-girl look, No Blow Dry gives a perfected air-dried finish with the help of Redken’s Air-Tex Technology, which contains flexible polymers for control and movement as well as quick dry polymers to speed up drying time. Each cream gives noticeable style results with natural movement and control, a soft touch and a no-product feel.

 

“It can seem counterintuitive for a stylist to recommend a styling product that involves nothing more than air-dry,” says Rodney Cutler, Redken Brand Ambassador and owner of Cutler/Redken Salons in NYC. “However, for me, products like No Blow Dry perfectly capture today’s consumers: they’re multitaskers on-the-go, and as we’ve seen at Fashion Week, that effortless look is more chic than ever. As a stylist, it’s important for me to give a client a great cut and shape so that their hair can dry naturally, and this product is the perfect complement. It’s unrealistic to think that a customer will blow dry their hair every single day for that fresh-out-of-the-salon look, so recommending an air dry cream is a great alternative to suggest so clients can still achieve amazing style.”

 

The NEW No Blow Dry collection contains three new creams: Airy Cream for fine hair, Just Right Cream for medium hair and Bossy Cream for coarse hair types. To use any of the No Blow Dry creams, simply work a dime-sized amount evenly into damp hair, then scrunch or twist in and air-dry for best results.

 

TIPS & TRICKS

  • For loose beach waves, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry to damp hair. Create one loose braid and let hair air-dry. Undo braid, and shake out hair to perfectly waved tendrils.
  • For tighter beach waves, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then create two or more braid, depending on hair’s thickness. Let hair air-dry, then undo braids and shake out hair.
  • For a soft, face-framing bend, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then clip hair behind ears and allow it to air-dry. Unclip, then gently tousle.
  • For bouncy waves with root volume, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then twist hair into a high topknot, and allow to air-dry. Undo the topknot and gently brush through.
  • For tousled waves with sleek roots, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then twit hair into two low buns, and allow to air-dry. Undo the buns and gently brush through.
  • For enhanced natural texture, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then scrunch hair and allow it to air-dry.
  • For defined natural curls, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then gently twist curls into shape using fingers and allow to air-dry.

 

The suggested retail price for No Blow Dry is ($24) and is only available at Redken authorized salons nationwide starting in April 2017.

 

About Redken
Redken 5th Avenue NYC is a professional haircare and haircolor company dedicated to providing inspiring education, groundbreaking products and unparalleled creativity for clients and stylists alike. With a backstage presence at Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris, Redken has become a leader in backstage beauty, creating the runway looks for the industry’s most prestigious designers. A unique mix of fashion, innovation and inspiration, Redken creates the buzz, sets the pace and establishes what’s new, what’s hot and what’s next in hair. To locate a Redken salon please log on to Redken.com. Please note, Redken products can only be guaranteed authentic when purchased from a salon or authorized retailer partners – ULTA, Beauty Brands, JCP and Look Fantastic. We request that you do not credit drugstores or unauthorized retailers. For more information, visit Redken.com, like Redken on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope @Redken5thAve.

 

NEW! REDKEN NO BLOW DRY #NBD

NEW! NO BLOW DRY #NBD
Redken introduces a whole new way to achieve styled hair without the heat.

One in two women air-dry their hair. * With this fact in mind, Redken has developed NEW No Blow Dry air dry stylers, the easy solution that allows consumers to achieve a frizz-controlled style without the use of a blow dryer. Designed for people on-the-go who are either short on time or do not have the desire to heat style their hair, No Blow Dry is a great alternative to a heat styler.

 

The air-drying trend has also been seen across the New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week runways, where embracing one’s natural hair texture is now more on-trend than ever. Designers have drawn inspiration from each model’s individual esthetics and style, incorporating their own personalities into the overall ‘look.’ This trend has translated from runway to every day, where consumers are letting their hair air dry naturally, then taming frizz with a leave-in cream.

 

Ideal for consumers who are tight on time, taking a break from heat tools, or want to achieve an effortless it-girl look, No Blow Dry gives a perfected air-dried finish with the help of Redken’s Air-Tex Technology, which contains flexible polymers for control and movement as well as quick dry polymers to speed up drying time. Each cream gives noticeable style results with natural movement and control, a soft touch and a no-product feel.

 

“It can seem counterintuitive for a stylist to recommend a styling product that involves nothing more than air-dry,” says Rodney Cutler, Redken Brand Ambassador and owner of Cutler/Redken Salons in NYC. “However, for me, products like No Blow Dry perfectly capture today’s consumers: they’re multitaskers on-the-go, and as we’ve seen at Fashion Week, that effortless look is more chic than ever. As a stylist, it’s important for me to give a client a great cut and shape so that their hair can dry naturally, and this product is the perfect complement. It’s unrealistic to think that a customer will blow dry their hair every single day for that fresh-out-of-the-salon look, so recommending an air dry cream is a great alternative to suggest so clients can still achieve amazing style.”

 

The NEW No Blow Dry collection contains three new creams: Airy Cream for fine hair, Just Right Cream for medium hair and Bossy Cream for coarse hair types. To use any of the No Blow Dry creams, simply work a dime-sized amount evenly into damp hair, then scrunch or twist in and air-dry for best results.

 

TIPS & TRICKS

  • For loose beach waves, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry to damp hair. Create one loose braid and let hair air-dry. Undo braid, and shake out hair to perfectly waved tendrils.
  • For tighter beach waves, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then create two or more braid, depending on hair’s thickness. Let hair air-dry, then undo braids and shake out hair.
  • For a soft, face-framing bend, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then clip hair behind ears and allow it to air-dry. Unclip, then gently tousle.
  • For bouncy waves with root volume, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then twist hair into a high topknot, and allow to air-dry. Undo the topknot and gently brush through.
  • For tousled waves with sleek roots, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then twit hair into two low buns, and allow to air-dry. Undo the buns and gently brush through.
  • For enhanced natural texture, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then scrunch hair and allow it to air-dry.
  • For defined natural curls, apply the appropriate No Blow Dry then gently twist curls into shape using fingers and allow to air-dry.

 

The suggested retail price for No Blow Dry is ($24) and is only available at Redken authorized salons nationwide starting in April 2017.

 

About Redken

Redken 5th Avenue NYC is a professional haircare and haircolor company dedicated to providing inspiring education, groundbreaking products and unparalleled creativity for clients and stylists alike. With a backstage presence at Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris, Redken has become a leader in backstage beauty, creating the runway looks for the industry’s most prestigious designers. A unique mix of fashion, innovation and inspiration, Redken creates the buzz, sets the pace and establishes what’s new, what’s hot and what’s next in hair. To locate a Redken salon please log on to Redken.com. Please note, Redken products can only be guaranteed authentic when purchased from a salon or authorized retailer partners – ULTA, Beauty Brands, JCP and Look Fantastic. We request that you do not credit drugstores or unauthorized retailers. For more information, visit Redken.com, like Redken on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope @Redken5thAve.

 

Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant Celebrates Golden Week with an Exclusive Menu of Traditional Chinese Fare with a Luxury Twist

HAKKASAN LAS VEGAS

 

HAKKASAN LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CELEBRATES GOLDEN WEEK WITH AN EXCLUSIVE MENU OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE FARE WITH A LUXURY TWIST

This autumn, Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will celebrate the annual Chinese holiday Golden Week Monday, Sept.  29 through Sunday, Oct. 12. To mark Golden Week, the restaurant will feature a limited edition chef’s menu. In addition, guests who dine on the specialty menu will receive an exclusive takeaway gift in celebration of the holiday.

Golden Week is considered to be China’s biggest annual national holiday, spanning seven days in October where all workers are given three days of paid time off. Consequently it is a popular period of time when the Chinese travel significantly around the world to experience luxury offerings. Traditionally Golden Week takes place October 1 through 7; however, Hakkasan will be offering the dedicated menus for a longer period of time to accommodate all travelers.

International Development Chef Ho Chee Boon has created a special menu to cater specifically to traditional Chinese tastes. For parties of two or more, the set chef’s menu is $138 per person and includes Peking duck with Tsar Nicoulai Reserve caviar; dim sum platter; braised whole seabass in claypot; spicy Szechuan rib-eye beef with enoki mushroom; roasted crispy chicken with wild mushroom in oyster sauce; crispy prawn with dried chili and cashew nut; fried rice with diced abalone, and to finish, black sesame and chocolate dumplings with ginger and yuzu tea. A box containing hand-made golden macarons are given at the end of the meal for each guest to take home as a gift.

To ensure the experience in the restaurant is enjoyable, Hakkasan has Cantonese-speaking staff on-site and in reservations, and accepts China Union Pay, the Chinese credit card of choice. Menus and websites will be Cantonese translated and staff will be fully trained in Chinese etiquette.

In addition to Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant, several Hakkasan restaurants around the world including London, Shanghai, Beverly Hills, Miami, New York and San Francisco will also be celebrating Golden Week with exclusive menus in order to provide the experience to Chinese nationals who are traveling elsewhere. Each participating restaurant’s menu will vary and offer a slightly different twist tailored to each location.

 

ABOUT HAKKASAN LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT
Since opening in May 2013, Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant has continued to offer its guests a world-class culinary program helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon. The menu takes a modern approach to Cantonese cuisine, using the finest ingredients and expert techniques to create timeless yet innovative signature dishes. The restaurant has been thoughtfully designed with a variety of public and intimate spaces and as the night progresses the mood grows more energetic and dynamic playing for a unique dining experience.

 

Open nightly for dinner Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight. For reservations, visit hakkasan.com/lasvegas or call 702-891-7888.

 

ABOUT HAKKASAN GROUP
Hakkasan Group is a worldwide entertainment, dining, nightlife, and hospitality company with establishments currently located across the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.  Its namesake is taken from its Michelin-star restaurant that set the high-level standard for the group’s collection of diverse brands.  Its ‘brand-first’ philosophy builds dining, nightlife, day life, and soon-to-be hotel concepts into world-class lifestyle hospitality brands, all with a focus on service, design, innovation and the experience.

 

Its restaurant portfolio includes the flagship Hakkasan Restaurant with 12 locations worldwide, including Yauatcha, HKK, Sake no Hana, Herringbone, Searsucker, and Social House.  Under the nightlife/daylife umbrella of brands are Hakkasan Nightclub, Wet Republic, Stingaree, HQ Nightclub, HQ Beach Club, Bootsy Bellows, Hooray Henry’s, THE NICE GUY and SHOREbar. In 2014, Hakkasan Group and MGM Resorts International announced the formation of a joint venture hotel management company named MGM Hakkasan Hospitality with a series of hotel and resort projects already under development including MGM projects in the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia along with Hakkasan projects in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Hakkasan Group is owned by Tasameem Real Estate LLC, an Abu Dhabi-based investment company. For more information, visit www.hakkasangroup.com.

 

ABOUT MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO
MGM Grand is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  The AAA Four Diamond hotel features the astonishing KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; master illusionist David Copperfield; the vaudeville-inspired Beacher’s Madhouse and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.  MGM Grand offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon. The resort recently remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and launched the industry’s first-ever STAY WELL Collection. MGM Grand is home to many of today’s hottest DJs including Tiësto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki who share residencies between the brand new Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub and WET REPUBLIC, The Strip’s hottest day life destination. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking Five Green Key conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, CSI: The Experience and an inviting six-acre pool complex. Upscale accommodations include SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand, an exclusive boutique luxury hotel within the hotel and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).  For more information and reservations, visit www.mgmgrand.com or call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Photos: Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Unveils Wax Figure of Marvel’s Super Hero, Thor

Madame Tussauds

 

MADAME TUSSAUDS  LAS VEGAS UNVEILS  WAX FIGURE OF MARVEL’S SUPER HERO, THOR

 

Earlier today (May 14, 2013), Madame Tussauds Las Vegas unveiled a wax figure of Marvel’s Super Hero, Thor, for a limited engagement.

The launch of Thor is part of ‘Marvel Month of May’ celebrations as six Madame Tussauds locations welcome a variety of different Superheroes to their attractions. Locations include New York, London, Blackpool, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

The wax figure of Thor was created following a two-day sitting with Thor actor Chris Hemsworth to ensure an authentic likeness. Madame Tussauds also worked very closely with Marvel Studios throughout the creation process, including reviewing detailed references for the hair and costume. Thor’s famous hammer features a vacuum metalized finish, giving it a metal plated effect.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas offers guests the unique opportunity to “interact” with incredibly life-like iconic figures from the celebrity worlds of film, TV, music, sports and politics. With more than 100 wax figures, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas allows you to take pictures, touch and get up close and personal in a themed setting. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is located on the Las Vegas Strip at The Venetian. The attraction is open 365 days a year from 10AM. For attraction hours and pricing, please call (702) 862-7800 or visit online at www.madametussauds.com/lasvegas.

 

Thor Launch 1 Thor Launch 2 Thor Neon Boneyard 1 Thor Neon Boneyard 2

 

Launch photo credit: Patrick Gray

Neon Boneyard photo credit: Erik Kabik

UFC® ANNOUNCES THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER AUSTRALIA VS UK – THE SMASHES¹ TV SERIES

UFC® ANNOUNCES THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER AUSTRALIA VS UK – ‘THE SMASHES’ TV SERIES

AUSTRALIA TO TAKE ON THE UNITED KINGDOM IN THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL EDITION OF THE UFC’s REALITY TV PROGRAM

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN TO PROSPECTIVE FIGHTERS

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has confirmed it will film an Australian edition of its hit reality television series, The Ultimate Fighter® (‘TUF’),giving Aussie and British mixed martial artists the opportunity to secure a lucrative contract with the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) organization.

Registration is now open to all aspiring UFC fighters from Australia and the UK. Prospective competitors should visit http://au.ufc.com/TUFForm (Aus) or http://uk.ufc.com/TUFForm (UK) for registration forms, rules and qualification criteria. The live tryouts, scheduled for June 12 in Sydney and June 15 in London, will be open to fighters ranging in weight from 61kg to 77kg. Participants must be between 21 and 35 years of age and have had at least three verified professional fights (having won two).

The Australian series, dubbed  The Smashes™ – a play on the 130 year-old cricket rivalry, will see undiscovered professional MMA fighters from Australia and the United Kingdom live together in The Ultimate Fighter House in Australia and compete against each other for a prized UFC contract. This isonly the second time in TUF’s seven-year history that teams will represent their country of origin, the first taking place in 2009, during the ninth series, as Team USA took on Team UK.

“Australia and the UK have a fierce, long-standing rivalry, and where better to settle the score than in the UFC’s OctagonTM,” said Marshall Zelaznik, UFC’s Managing Director of International Development. “The popularity of MMA has exploded in Australia and the UK, with gyms opening all over the respective countries. There is an athlete in one of those gyms who hasn’t had the chance to show the world what he can do – The Ultimate Fighter is going give to him that opportunity. We’re going to discover the UFC’s future stars, you can bet on it.”

The Smashes marks the second international edition of The UltimateFighter® franchise. The first, currently airing in Brazil, brought in record viewership numbers, recording 12 million viewers for the Premiere episode and attesting to the successful global expansion of the series. With its continued worldwide success, the UFC hopes to one day host several tournaments in different countries, crowning one unanimous winner across aninternational format.

The series, The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in 2005, is the longest running and most successful sports reality shows in the United States, and has been a springboard for some of the UFC’s most renowned fighters. Two of Australia’s best UFC talents, George Sotiropoulos and Kyle Noke, broke into the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter. Geelong’s George Sotiropoulos was featured in Season 6, eventually making the semifinals, while Dubbo’s Kyle Noke made it through to the quarterfinals in season 11.

Two of Britain’s finest athletes also entered the UFC by winning The Ultimate Fighter. Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping, one of the UFC’s best and most recognized fighters, won Season 3 in 2006 under the training of UFC legend Tito Ortiz. Ross ‘The Real Deal’ Pearson then followed by winning Season 9 in 2009, when the United States met a team from the United Kingdom. His coach was none other than fellow countryman, Bisping, who built a 6-1 record during his first stint as a mentor. Bisping once again took on a role as coach in season 14, becoming the firstfighter to make three appearances on the series.

The show exploded the UFC’s popularity amongst American audiences. The first season, featuring UFC original legends Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture as coaches, included famed UFC names such as Forrest Griffin (light heavyweight winner), Josh Koscheck, Stephan Bonnar and KennyFlorian. The first finale, which took place on April 9, 2005, featured the iconic three-round battle between Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin, and is remembered as one of the most important and famous bouts in UFC history.

About The Ultimate Fighter®

Now in its sixteenth season, The Ultimate Fighter® remains one of the longest running and most entertaining reality TV series in the USA, drawing millions of viewers on a weekly basis. An integral property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, TUF features various weight classes in a mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.

The show stars undiscovered professional MMA fighters living together in The Ultimate Fighter house, and follows them as they train and compete against each other for a prized contract with the UFC. Many current and past UFC fighters are alumni of the show, with some competitors going on to become coaches infuture seasons.

About Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Universally recognised for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, and Beijing, UFC® produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world.

UFC programming is broadcast in over 150 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with over two million followers on Twitter.

Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise distributed by THQ, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel, and trading cards.

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