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Two movies headed to a theater near you will focus on casinos and illegal sports betting.
Based in Las Vegas, Wild Card is about a down-on-his-luck degenerate gambler played by Jason Statham. The movie (trailer below) looks like your typical Jason Statham movie set in and around casinos. Besides gambling and typical Statham ass-kicking expect to see lots of Vegas in the background.
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If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, chances are you’re already attending viewing parties at whichever friend’s house has the best/newest TV situation. Well, it’s time to up the ante and the screen size.
To get you out of the between-seasons doldrums, the folks behind “Game of Thrones” will be showing the two final episodes of season four on the gigantic IMAX screens around the country, including the Brenden Theatres at Palms.
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Hollywood may have promised the third dip in the Hangover pool would be the last, but don't presume that means director Todd Phillips isn't against dragging the wolfpack back into the desert. No, Hangover 4 hasn't been greenlit (yet), but Phillips is teaming up with that jungle cat Bradley Cooper again.
According to The Wrap, Phillips and Cooper are joining forces to direct and produce, respectively, a movie retelling the 1980 extortion plot at Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino (now known as Harvey's Lake Tahoe).
Our Vegas Films series has become so popular (stop it, let us dream) that we're even getting email requests asking us to seek out places from specific movies. Being as nice as we are, we decided we would do just that for Trace who asked us:
Where was the nightclub that Matthew Perry was designing in the movie Fools Rush In? Of course, it could have been a set, but if you have any information on that, it would help."
After re-watching the movie and doing
weeks days hours of research, we've come up with this... we have no idea. But, that didn't stop us from trying to match up the scene in the film to the Las Vegas of today.
15 years after Rounders was originally released in theaters, it looks like a sequel to one of the most popular poker movies may be in the works.
Rounders, which starred Matt Damon and Edward Norton, was released by Miramax in 1998. Miramax was subsequently sold to Disney by its owners. As we know, Disney is all about not being involved with the gaming business and all hope was lost for a potential continuation of the franchise.
To make a long story short (feel free to read the full story here), the folks that used to run Miramax are back in charge of the company’s holdings and have decided to launch the new company with sequels to Rounders and Shakespeare In Love. One of the founders of Miramax, Bob Weinstein, had this to say about Rounders 2:
Whether you read VegasChatter or write for VegasChatter, some people may think we have a little bit of an obsession with Vegas. Some may say we need to take that obsession down a notch. Not us. There’s nothing more fascinating than finding morsels of news about our favorite city in America. That passion for Vegas doesn’t just stay on the web browser. It also goes for movies on the big or little screen.
We're so obsessed with Vegas that we pick apart our favorite movies, like The Hangover and Ocean's Eleven, to find the locations of our favorite scenes. We may also watch movies and pick apart their continuity. Remember the scene in "21" when they check into the Hard Rock and go up to their suite that was actually in Planet Hollywood then went "downstairs" to play blackjack and ended up at Red Rock Resort? Yeah, we may be a little obsessed. So what?
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Arnold. Lou. Jean Claude. Dolph. Sly. They didn’t even need last names. Back in the 80s, the biggest stars in the world were bodybuilders. Muscular action stars ruled the box office. Body-sculpting programs and contests were staples on ESPN. Even Diana Ross sang that she wanted muscles. Flash forward to 2013 and bodybuilding seems to have faded from public awareness. But, in truth, the sport and the culture surrounding it are alive and well. And, quietly living in Las Vegas.
This past weekend, 40,000 enthusiasts came to Las Vegas to participate in the Olympia Fitness and Performance Expo and Mr. Olympia Competition. A record 10,000 attended the sold-out main event at the Orleans Arena on Saturday the 28th, and it was simulcast across the world via the Internet. But, who are these fitness devotees, and how has Las Vegas seemingly replaced Venice, California as the heart of bodybuilding? We put on our tank top, oiled ourselves up, and went to look for an answer.
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Who has time to go to the movies when visiting Las Vegas? Lots of people, apparently. There are roughly two dozen movie theater multiplexes in the area, and many of those are located inside casino resorts. Red Rock, South Point, Green Valley Ranch, The Orleans, Palms, The Cannery and Sam's Town all have multi-screen theaters. There’s even the U.A. Showcase 8 hidden away near MGM Grand on The Strip. But, if you’re feeling a little old school, consider a visit to the West Wind 6 Drive-In theater.
It seems ironic that this slice of Americana is thriving in a city of sin and excess. But for “ozoners,” the affectionate nickname for drive-in devotees, there is nothing that can duplicate the experience of sitting in your car, munching on popcorn and enjoying the show. Remember that scene in Grease where Danny (John Travolta) pined for his Sandy (Olivia Newton John) under the big drive-in screen? Those speaker poles are gone now (replaced with FM radio sound), but you can still hang out by the swing sets and watch the dancing snacks.
The best friends that anyone could have are still hanging around Vegas and, after missing them by thismuch last week, let's just say that we're very happy right now. VERY.
We can't spill details right now 'cause you know the
studio guys want us to keep it on the DL (we're tight like that now), but follow the tweets below for more reveals as to just what you'll see on the big screen when the movie makes its debut in May 2013.
Hangover 3 filming continues. They built a make-shift strip club downtown. All the clubs here & they had to build one?lockerz.com/s/259548224— \m/ BEAR DOWN \m/ (@MetalBearsFan) November 7, 2012
From film and TV to on our computer screens, Vegas (or gambling) has been everywhere the last few months. It got us thinking about which Vegas/gambling movie we like the best. Here's what this VegasChatter contributor has seen recently:
Netflix Queue: "Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians," "The Odds," "Saint John of Las Vegas," "The Rum Diary," and "Casino Jack"
Television: "Casino," "The Hangover," "Ocean's 11" (2001 version) and "Ocean's 13"
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It's Monday. Time to see a movie, head to the pool and try a unique, specialty cocktail. At the same time! It's "Dive-In Movie" season (get it?) at The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool. That's the one with the neato Strip views, facing Planet Hollywood.
It's also where they are screening movies on their super jumbo digital marquee. Speakers are everywhere, even way back in the elevated levels close to Bellagio, so you can wander without losing the plot. The screen is bright and sharp and you can loiter, lounge or even get in the pool, if appropriately attired.
Last Monday, it was Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger.
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Matt Damon may not be in the next Bourne movie, but he will be reprising a familiar role on the big screen this week. Damon is featured as both himself and his Rounders character in All In, a movie about the history of poker opening in limited release March 23.
The movie recaps the game's history from its underground days through its resurgence and boom a decade ago to the more recent fall of online poker sites. The movie features interviews with poker pros and celebrity players including Annie Duke, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Negreanu, and David Wells.