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Published: Fri, September 13, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Wayne Newton home on market for $70M

LAS VEGAS

The lavish estate that was home to “King of Las Vegas” Wayne Newton is on the market for $70 million.

It’s an eyebrow-raising price tag, but the owners say it’s a property fit for royalty. Indeed, they say they already have fielded inquiries from the Saudi Arabian noble family.

With creditors at his door, Newton sold the property in 2010 for $19.5 million to CSD LLC, headed by investors Lacy and Dorothy Harber. He had lived there since 1968.

The 40-acre “Casa de Shenandoah” property several miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip was listed by Sotheby’s on Monday.

In flusher days, the “Danke Schoen” crooner’s property featured flamingos, South African penguins and Arabian horses. Newton outfitted it with gold-trimmed doors, serene pools and plush carpeting.

In addition to the main mansion, the property includes four homes, 1,500 trees and an exercise pool for horses.

Newton, 71, his family, and a menagerie of exotic animals downsized in June to a $3 million estate on 20 acres nearby.

Roeper replacing Ebert at Sun-Times

CHICAGO

The Chicago Sun-Times says it will replace Roger Ebert with the late, famed movie critic’s former colleague Richard Roeper.

The newspaper announced Thursday it officially has named Roeper its movie columnist, making him the centerpiece of its movie coverage.

Ebert died in April at age 70 after a long battle with cancer. Roeper appeared alongside the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for eight years on the television show “Ebert and Roeper.”

Rowling to pen new magic movie

LONDON

J.K. Rowling’s world of wizardry is coming back to the big screen — but without Harry Potter.

Film studio Warner Bros. announced Thursday that Rowling will write the screenplay for a movie based on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” her textbook to the magical universe she created in the boy wizard’s stories.

The story will focus on the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and is anticipated to be the first in a series.

Rowling said in a statement the movie “is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”

Stevie Nicks, Lady A team on ‘Crossroads’

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Lady Antebellum may be on hiatus, but fans still are getting a chance to see something new from the Nashville trio.

Lady A will join Stevie Nicks on tonight’s episode of “CMT Crossroads,” the show that matches country stars with partners from different musical genres.

The show airs at 10 p.m.

Vindicator wire services


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