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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.
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Sparing you the almost obligatory mention of the irony as it relates to a certain slogan, what was filmed in Vegas is headed to Utah. Last spring big-time Hollywood movie-makers were in the city to send Beth Raymer's book debut Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling from page to screen. The movie adaptation stars Bruce Willis, Catherine-Zeta Jones, Rebecca Hall, and Laura Prepon.
The credits are now ready to roll at the Sundance Film Festival January 19-29 in Park City, Utah. Having read the book in prep for the big screen release, our gut thinks the movie might be even better than the read. It can't hurt when scenes like the Bruce Willis and Rebecca Hall one above are shot here. At the very least, it turns into a game of name that location.
Martin Scorsese has been tapped by Paramount Pictures to remake the 1974 movie, The Gambler, about an English professor (James Caan) who had a gambling addiction. Scorsese is said to be seeking Leonardo DiCaprio to star in the movie, likely reprising James Caan's role. The 1974 movie was originally an adaptation of a short novel with the same name.
The story behind a violent and deadly string of robberies that swept Vegas from 1998 to 2000 is headed to the big screen.
Summit Entertainment has purchased the movie rights to the 2008 book by John Huddy entitled "Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down The Strip to the Tune of Five World Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars." (Don't worry, it'll just be Storming Las Vegas on the marquee in case you want to see what else is playing.)
The book, and now the movie, will tell the story of criminal mastermind Jose Vigoa who, as Variety puts it "launched a 16-month crime wave -- and was ultimately stopped by Lt. John Alamshaw, who was tasked with solving the crimes without spoiling Vegas' new family friendly image."
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It's been a while since we took a look at some other new slots on the floor at the casinos. In fact, the last new slots we saw were The Hangover slots and Cougarliscious machines so we thought we'd take a look at some of the new games on the block.
There are quite a few new games that look to be fun for the sober and not sober. Let's start with the ALICE slots, which are now available at Venetian and Palazzo and soon a host of the Caesars properties.
While we don't love the movie the game is based on, we love playing the Wizard of Oz slots an ALICE seems to fall right into that role in the casino for us. Don't expect many men playing this, but that's cool - we like playing the penny slots with the ladies.
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If you happen to be in Vegas this week, you may have a chance to either see or maybe even be seen in the filming of the movie "Lay the Favorite", which shortened its name, from "Lay the Favorite, Take the Dog", since we first learned about it earlier this year.
"Lay The Favorite" features Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Justin Timberlake and Rebecca Hall who plays Beth Raymer who wrote the original memoirs that the movie is based on and will be shooting all over Vegas for the next 5 days before heading east, to New Orleans, to finish production.