She was overheard complaining that the last movie she saw was “aggressively Bergman derivative.” (Photos by Seth Browarnik)
Noted film scholar and indie picture enthusiast Paris Hilton was up at Sundance this weekend because … there was a director’s cut of The Hottie & The Nottie, maybe?
But she was there nonetheless Friday night to check into Tao’s pop-up Park City outpost along with brother, Barron, and boyfriend, Rivers Viiperi — plus Danny Masterson, Jesse Williams, Mekhi Phiffer, Jef Holm, Ben Foster.
On Saturday, Adrian Grenier showed up because he continues to be tied to the entertainment industry, somehow. Nas got on stage to do a couple of songs, noting “We usually do Tao in Vegas and Tao in New York. This is Tao Utah. How real is that?” Which, considering it’s a temporary club in a city that people kind of only go to 10 days a year for a film festival … not very.
Checking out Nas’ set were Kevin Huvane, Mami Gummer, Gabby Hoffman, Karina Smirnoff, Troian Bellisario, Patrick Adams, Michael B. Jordan, Stephanie Pratt, Ben Lyons, Jason Kennedy, Sal Masekela, Scooter Braun, and Geyer Kosinski. Please note, not that Michael Jordan and Scooter Braun didn’t bring Bieber.
Tim Tebow, pictured here in his natural state, not completing a pass. (Photo by Karl Larson)
Wait, wait. Allow us to clarify: Terrible Jets backup quarterback at Tao.
Tim Tebow was at Tao because he has his own line of Soul Electronics headphones that debuted at CES. Guess in retrospect that was a pretty natural pairing. We bet Stryper and DC Talk sound super boss coming out of those things. He went from dinner to a skybox stocked with Gatorade, juice, water and a complete and utter disregard for the concept of fun.
Equally talented quarterback Ludacris was also there for the party, joined randomly by Keisha Knight Pulliam. They drank Ace of Spades, hopefully while looking Tebow directly in the eye as they did it. Luda did a 40-minute set for a crowd that included Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough and Bacherlor host Chris Harrison. Who we will forever confuse with Chris Hansen.
Like … some sort of supervisor, in an orginizational hierarchy. (Photos by Erik Kabik)
The Beats by Dre CES after party continues Headphone Week here in Las Vegas as Zedd and Rick Ross take over Marquee to celebrate Dr. Dre’s most profitable venture since The Chronic. Meanwhile, Ludacris does the Soul Headphones party at Tao, if you have that strong a preference on how you hear the “Gangnam Style” you ripped off YouTube and stuffed on your iPod. Click for more words and pictures »
And then there was that time someone opened the Ghostbusters’ containment unit inside of Tao.
Have a seat, Pauly. We need to talk about your “career.”
Former thing-people-cared-about Pauly Shore was spotted in several different locations in Las Vegas this weekend, eating and partying his way through the Christmas season.
Shore was seen dining at Tao on Dec. 20 before moving to the club area with friends, and then double-down by visiting their sister-restaurant, Lavo, the following night. After dinner he once again took in the club scene by heading to Marquee where we’re told he was approached by fans. No word yet on why these “fans” brought torches and pitchforks for him to sign.
Marquee might be getting a sister. (Photo by Gabe Zapata | SPYONvegas.com)
With lots of major nightclub opening talk (Hakkasan and Beacher’s Madhouse coming to the MGM Grand, Light and Ushuaia Beach Club at Mandalay Bay and The Delano, along with the Drai’s redo) in the pipeline, we are now hearing loud whispers of yet another project.
High level nightlife insiders have hinted that Tao Group could open a 60,000-square-foot club come 2014 inside The Cosmopolitan. The idea would be to create a full-on carnival-like experience designed to capture the essence of the Electric Daisy Carnival.
What’s interesting is that The Cosmo actually has the space. From their most recent SEC filing they say, “An approximately 65,000-square-foot, 1,800-seat showroom, the top 4 floors of the East Tower and a restaurant space (the “Future Phases”) will be completed at a later date as management deems appropriate based on various factors, including market conditions.” Perhaps the opening of five new megaclubs means that market conditions have dictated the “showroom” be repurposed as a club?
A rep for Tao Group referred us to The Cosmopolitan when we requested comment who in turn stated, “We have nothing to share at this time.”
Snoop came in to eat a guest course during the meal. (Photo by Denise Truscello)
Add “eating at Tao” to the list of things Dr. Dre is doing instead of releasing Detox. Dre was in with his wife and freinds Saturday night, reportedly being all friendly with the staff. And with the money he tipped them, they can even go out and afford $300 headphones.
Why oh why must Christmas come but once a year? (Photo by Tony Tran | SPYONvegas.com)
One of the more awesome aspects of the Christmas season — already chock full of awesome to begin with — is the yearly appearance of the Slutty Santa outfit. Halloween may have it all over Christmas in this regard, for sheer slutty creativity, but we can’t deny the appeal of a well-crafted Slutty Santa. Tao tonight breaks out the eight Bad Santa, where Santa’s naughtiest helper scores $5,000 and the ugliest sweater is worth $1,000. Click for more words and pictures »
“I remember you from when I was in the sixth grade” should never be a conversation between friends. (Photos by Al Powers)
Nelly was partying at Tao after Saturday’s Marquez stunner, where he helped a buddy celebrate his 21st. Wait, Nelly is 38 and he’s hanging around 21 year olds? That dude was 11 when “Hot in Herre” came out. How would Nelly not want to punch that guy every time he brings up that little factoid?
On Friday, Russell Peters was at Tao, but eclipsed in the comedian-at-a-club department by Dave Chappelle, who came into Marquee’s Library but sadly didn’t deliver an eight-hour set.
Pictured: Neither shouting, pouting, nor crying. (Photos by Karl Larson)
Now that it’s Christmas season, it’s time for the clubs to get out there and Claus the Vote. (Or if you’re more of a Diddy fan, Claus or Die.) Tao, Marquee and Lavo got it started yesterday morning when Jason Strauss led the troops over to Chet Buchanan and The Morning Zoo’s toy drive and loaded up more than $10,000 worth of bikes and toys. And once again, we’re waiting for the club to leave a couple of cocktail waitresses and a magnum of Dom under our tree, and just like every year, we’re going to be disappointed. We’re starting to think Clubby Claus isn’t real. This is just like the goddamn Great Pumpkin all over again.