Hump Day Report: Revel Reborn

October 1st, 2014

Hump Day LogoRants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.

It was announced today (Wednesday, Oct. 1) that Revel has been bought by Brookfield US Holdings LLC as the successful bidder for substantially all of the Company’s assets. The Brookfield bid is $110 million. We’ve also learned that the company plans to reopen the property as a casino according to a report from the Associated Press: “Toronto-based Brookfield US Holdings LLC plans to operate the Boardwalk property as a casino hotel, adding it to casinos it owns in Las Vegas and the Bahamas.”

“Revel is a brand-new trophy asset on the beachfront, which we are acquiring at a substantial discount to replacement cost,” said Andrew Willis, a spokesman for Brookfield Asset Management, the parent company of the firm that won the auction. “We are excited about owning the newest and highest quality asset in Atlantic City at such an attractive basis.”

Let’s hope that the new owners have a better grasp of the local casino market.

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Although it is pretty cool that Stockton College is the home for the Philadelphia 76ers training camp which began yesterday (Sept. 30), it’s a shame that they are not offering local fans a chance to see the team in action. Obviously, they need this time to conduct the business of training camp, but why not toss us a crumb, like a chance to see a scrimmage sometime this week. After all, we are the ones that are willing to pay to see a bad team that will hopefully getting better each year as more draft picks are selected and developed.

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October begins the Halloween season and there are plenty of scary Halloween happenings beginning this weekend, including a personal favorite, Terror at the Junkyard in Scullville. I’ve compiled a list of Halloween events you can access here.

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LightsCureOctober is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as a uterine cancer survivor I certainly feel a kinship with breast cancer survivors and their families getting out the word on the need for mammograms. Locally Tropicana is joining the fight by participating in the 13th Annual Lights for the Cure event, lighting its skyline pink in observation of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Through October 31, Trop will light the cupola at the top of its Havana Tower.  In addition, it will also light its interior fountains pink. The Lights for the Cure campaign, coordinated by Susan G. Komen for the Cure and CBS 3’s “Women of Eye Witness News,” serves a salute to the thousands of brave breast cancer survivors in the region.  It is also a reminder to remain vigilant in the fight.

Revel Announces Selection of Successful Bidder and Backup Bidder

October 1st, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — Accoring to a media release, Revel AC, Inc., the parent company of Revel Entertainment Group, LLC (the “Company” or “Revel”), announced today the results of its court approved auction process.

imagesThe Company selected, in consultation with certain parties, Brookfield US Holdings LLC as the successful bidder for substantially all of the Company’s assets.  The Brookfield bid is $110 million.

The Company and its advisors determined that Brookfield’s bid was the highest and best bid received during the Company’s auction process. The Company also selected, in consultation with certain parties, Polo North Country Club, Inc. as the backup bidder, based on its $95.4 million bid.  The Company intends to move forward promptly with a hearing before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey to seek approval of the sale.  The sale hearing is scheduled to commence on October 7, 2014, at 10 a.m.

The Company’s counsel is White & Case LLP and Fox Rothschild, LLP, its financial advisor is Moelis & Company, and its restructuring advisor is Winter Harbor, LLC.  Brookfield’s counsel is Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Additional information about the Company’s chapter 11 sale process may be found at www.revelcaseinfo.com.

Miss’d America Pageant at Harrah’s

September 30th, 2014
Miss'd America 2015 Honey Davenport is crowned by outgoing Miss'd America Victoria "Porkchop" Parker

Miss’d America 2015 Honey Davenport is crowned by outgoing Miss’d America Victoria “Porkchop” Parker. Photo: Don Kravitz

 

ATLANTIC CITY — Honey Davenport (real name James Heath-Clark) was crowned the new Miss’d America on Sunday night at The Concert Venue at Harrah’s.

The pageant, created in the early 1990s by local businessmen and philanthropists John Schultz and Gary Hill, is a good-natured spoof of the Miss America pageant, and raises money for local charities through the Schultz-Hill Foundation, its co-sponsor along with the Greater Atlantic City GLBT. Entertainment was provided by The Village People and the event host was Carson Kressley, formerly of the reality TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

“I just think this is such a fabulous event, and it was such a fun evening for me,” said Kressley. “I think the real message here is that Atlantic City is open for business to everybody. It’s a very diverse place and welcomes everybody. This was not a night of gay entertainment. This was a night of entertainment.”

Click here to see a photo gallery of the pageant.

Click the video link below to see video highlights.

4th Annual Golden Nugget Craft Beer Fest

September 29th, 2014
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Photos: Christine Steiner

ATLANTIC CITY — The fourth annual Golden Nugget Craft Beer Fest was held Friday night through Sunday, Sept. 27-28, and offered patrons a craft-beer bash on The Deck all weekend, a beer dinner Friday at the Live Bar, a beer-and-sushi pairing at Lillies, and the main event — a craft beer tasting with food pairings Saturday night at The Grand with music by Don’t Call Me Francis.

Click here to see a photo gallery of the event. Click the video link below for video highlights.

$2,558,887.52 Progressive Wheel of Fortune Win at Golden Nugget

September 29th, 2014

WheelFortuneWEBOn Friday, September 26, an Absecon, NJ resident won a $2,558,887.52 Progressive Wheel of Fortune jackpot at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.  The $5 Wheel of Fortune game has a 1 in 16,777,216 chance of hitting the jackpot.

The 27-year old winner, who chose to remain anonymous, played the game for 10 minutes and had put $30 into the machine. The jackpot was hit in the casino’s brand new High Limit Slots Room which features 114 in demand slot machines and a spacious gaming area.

The Wheel of Fortune machine is part of a progressive jackpot that is linked to every casino in Atlantic City.

Beer Fest & The Deck’s Last Hurrah!

September 26th, 2014

seven stoneATLANTIC CITY — Local rockers Seven Stone (above, left to right, guitarist Rich Fredericks, lead vocalist Jeff Bugdon, bassist Mickey Sacco and drummer Guy DeFalco) will be jammin’ at The Deck on Saturday night (7:30-11:30pm) as part of the fourth annual Golden Nugget Craft Beer Fest, which runs Friday through Sunday, Sept. 26-28.

The festival starts tonight (Friday) and offers a beer dinner from 7-10pm at the Live Bar ($69). A craft beer blowout is happening all weekend on The Deck, where guests can sample 25 seasonal brews and small bites a la carte. There will also be a craft beer tasting Saturday 8-11pm in The Grand with music by Don’t Call Me Francis ($49), and a beer-and-sushi pairing at Lillies all weekend (five sushi rolls and five beers for $25). See goldennugget.com/AtlanticCity

Other local bands performing as part of The Deck’s craft-beer blowout include Big City (Friday, 7:30pm), The Loop (Saturday, 2:30pm), and the Exceptions (Sunday, 2:30pm). The band Sensamotion plays The Deck on Monday night (Sept. 29) to close out the popular al fresco venue until next Memorial Day Weekend.

Right next door at Farley State Marina is the Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show. The show runs until 6pm Friday, and from 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults and free for children under 12.

Sign Up for AC Marathon at Boardwalk Honda

September 26th, 2014

event-marathonOn Monday, September 29 from 5-7pm Boardwalk Honda, 6807 Tilton Rd., Egg Harbor Township, is offering runners the chance to register in person for the Atlantic City Marathon and avoid the online registration fee. Boardwalk Honda will also host a free demonstration to learn the basics of Runditioning™ with The National Running Center of New York City.

Balance your way to better running form and a stronger running body with Runditioning™. You will get faster and prevent injuries with balance, form and strength exercises created by Coach Mindy of The Running Center. The movements are performed while standing on a balance board with other training equipment.

The Running Center of NYC has expanded to the South Jersey shore and will be bringing their running programs and other fitness classes for Beginners, Half-Marathoners and Marathoners to the area this fall. For more information, contact Coach Mindy, owner and head coach at 212-362-3779, or email her at coachmindy@therunningcenter.com.

AmeriHealth NJ Atlantic City Marathon & Half Marathon, Shore Medical Center 5K & 10K takes place Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 with the running of the AC Marathon. Run on the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk featuring ocean and bay views, music all the way and a finish line party and beer garden, the Certified Boston Qualifier is one of the best small marathons in the country. For registration and complete info go to the web site.

Hump Day Report: Fall TV Season

September 24th, 2014

Hump Day LogoRants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.

Thank goodness there is something fresh and new to watch on TV besides all the inventive ways my Eagles have found to win football games after falling behind by 10 points.

I’m talking about the fall TV season of course and so far my impression has been favorable beginning with Sunday’s Madam Secretary (8pm CBS). While I’m not going to say it is in the same league as The West Wing, it does offer the same Washington-insiders-handling-crises vibe that made TWW such must-see TV.

Téa Leoni.

Téa Leoni.

Téa Leoni made a terrific first impression as a former CIA analyst Elizabeth McCord who is asked to take over as Secretary of State by her friend, the president of the United States (played by Keith Carradine). Although she agrees to serve her country, she isn’t a career politician, which makes her a fresh voice in Washington. Naturally she has to earn her respect from the Washington power brokers in the White House, in particular the president’s chief of staff Russell Jackson (Zeljko Ivanek). Leoni is the centerpiece and she is compelling right from the first scene, which bodes well for the series down the road.

Another new show I enjoyed was Scorpion (CBS Monday, 9pm), featuring a band of super brainiacs led by Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel), who are recruited by the government (in the form of Robert Patrick) to solve serious problems. The pilot episode also introduces us to a waitress named Paige (Katharine McPhee) who is told by the super brains that her son is one of them, a super genius. While I found it hard to believe that Paige didn’t realize her son was gifted, I’ll let that slide since this super geek-fest had plenty of humor as well as an impressive action sequence designed to keep of bunch of jumbo jets from falling out of the sky. The Gabel-McPhee friendship hit the awkward but charming wheelhouse nicely, and the supporting geeks provided the laughs.

Gotham features an excellent central character in the young detective James Gordon (played by Southland’s Ben McKenzie) who investigates the death of young Bruce Wayne’s parents, several decades before Bruce becomes Batman. The series goes for a classic film noir ambience and pulls if off most of the time. However, the cartoon-ish elements, especially the young Oswald Copplepot (Robin Lord Taylor) who will evolve into the villain the Penguin, clash with the noir realism, at least in the opening episode. I also enjoyed the supporting turns by Donal Logue as Gordon’s partner and Jada Pinkett Smith as the flashy criminal/nightclub owner Fish Mooney.

After watching the failed NCIS pilot from 2013, NCIS: Red, the one with Kim Raver and John Corbett as members of a mobile team of agents, the New Orleans flavor of Scott Bakula and his new team seems like a much better fit. There isn’t anything new in NCIS: New Orleans except the setting, but that is big. I’m looking forward to seeing more from this topflight cast, including a personal longtime favorite CCH Pounder (as the sassy medical examiner) and Lucas Black, who burst into the acting scene as the child star in the cult movie hit Sling Blade. Also in the cast as the requisite tough but feminine agent is Zoe McLellan.

As for returning series, both The Good Wife and The Blacklist seem sharp as ever in their season debuts.

Haven’s Second Annual DJ Competition Returns Thursday, Oct. 16

September 24th, 2014

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ATLANTIC CITY — On Thursday, Oct. 16, and as a unique twist to its popular weekly MisBeHaven Thursdays party, Haven nightclub at Golden Nugget will present its second annual Haven DJ Competition, where guests will hear a variety of mixes and mash-ups from various genres by DJ Sean Perry, DJ Turbulence (pictured left) and the 10 contestants selected through a comprehensive screening process.

Interested DJs can enter the contest by submitting a sample of their music by clicking here. Prospective contestants can submit entries until Oct. 6. The winning DJ will receive a $500 cash prize and will get to perform on a select headline night at Haven. 10609515_829746437049802_6359758494878216892_n

During last year’s inaugural competition, DJ Marco Penta of New York City (right) was the winner, edging out DJ Menace in a final head-to-head clash by playing an eclectic mix of hip-hop, pop, electro, house, rock, trap, funk and indie.

 

 

Diana Krall Postpones Fall Tour, Including Nov. 21 Concert at Caesars

September 24th, 2014
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Diana Krall

Due to ongoing complications brought on by a severe case of pneumonia, five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall has been forced to postpone her scheduled album release, and US Fall Tour.  This includes a performance at Caesars scheduled for November 21.

Diana’s condition has become much more chronic than first anticipated, and is unable to travel or engage in any promotional or touring activities for at least another 6 weeks to 2 months.

“I’m deeply saddened that I will have to postpone the release of my new album Wallflower and the Wallflower U.S Fall Tour until next year.  I’ve been battling a severe case of pneumonia and am under doctor’s orders to rest for the next few months in order to regain my strength and good health. Performing is both a privilege and joy for me. When I go out on stage I want to be able to give it everything. Taking this time to rest and recuperate will allow me to do that. “