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That's a wrap on the filming of Hangover 3 in Las Vegas. If it feels like the wolfpack left just as soon as it arrived, this Vegas stop was measured in weeks over months. It wasn't even three weeks ago that we started staking out filming locations. We barely got a chance to say hello and never had a chance to say goodbye to our newest friends. Did we say friends? Forget you saw that -- we didn't say friends. And, due to a piece of paper we signed with some legal mumbo jumbo and a Warner Brothers logo on it, we didn't say anything about any involvement in filming a movie codenamed "H3." And, we most certainly did not confirm being on set for the filming of Hangover 3 at any time. Whatsoever. Nope, we have no idea what you're talking about.
What we can say without fear of having our looney tunes clipped is that after filming in the desert, shooting scenes at Caesars Palace and shutting down the Strip before tying up downtown, the cameras and crew have reportedly left Las Vegas.
We love Twitter. It's not only a place for us to let you know what's happening in Las Vegas, but it's a place for us to keep tabs on things in our fair city. Following hotels and casinos give us a lot of information, but we always want more.
When you walk into a casino, you know that the casino has its eyes on you everywhere except for the restrooms and your hotel room. Well, those aren't the only eyes on you. The dealers are watching and, unlike the eye in the sky, they're also listening. And, now, they're tweeting about you, too.
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Vegas food blogger John Curtas of Eating Las Vegas guessed, got it wrong and got called out by Mr. Bourdain himself on Twitter for it. We
lol'd noted the interaction and moved on, but then it kept going and we were hooked. Here's the tweet by tweet (for the most part)... so far:
Dear John Curtass of Eating Las Vegas. Your entire, idiotic column is based on a false premise: we did not stay at the Venetian/Palazzo.— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) July 17, 2012
@Bourdain all class as usual...— John Curtas (@eatinglasvegas) July 17, 2012
@Bourdain so quit hiding behind a skirt and tell us where you did eat....?— John Curtas (@eatinglasvegas) July 17, 2012
@eatinglasvegas erroneous, sloppy and stupid is no way to go through life, son.— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) July 17, 2012
The difference foodie royalty like @Bourdain + spouse and me is: when I publically criticize something, I have the guts to name it.— John Curtas (@eatinglasvegas) July 17, 2012
Sometime during or after this interaction, Curtas referenced Bourdain's comments on his site and also referred to him as a former drug addict. That mention was later deleted before this sad face tweet went out:
And I'm sorry @Bourdain took article wrong way...I was simply guessing and admiring him for defending his wife...not name calling.— John Curtas (@eatinglasvegas) July 17, 2012
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Back in 2010, we were dismayed when our way of avoiding the long cab lines at McCarran Airport drove (a bus) off into the sunset.
Fast forward two years and we are now happy to report that we can use tech again to save us time at the 'port.
The next time you visit Vegas, just tweet up @HackingVegas to save yourself up to 90 minutes of agonizing wait time. And, we don't mean when you get here. We mean as soon as you book your flight. That's right, as soon as you book, you can tweet @HackingVegas to take care of that cab ride, too. Just tweet him your flight number, arrival date and arrival time and he'll put you on the books. He'll followup with you to confirm and then, when you get here, he'll be waiting curbside for you. He'll even track your flight to see if you're delayed, on time or early.
Here's one way to avoid having your embarrassing drunken Vegas adventures splashed all over Facebook -- steer clear of this photo booth at the Signature at MGM Grand.
We spied this nefarious contraption in the lobby of Tower 2. What it does is allow you take a photo of yourself and upload it to Facebook or Twitter or you can send it as an email to someone you
want to make jealous know.
Now a photo booth in the lobby of a hotel is nothing new. Over at HotelChatter, we've chronicled several that we've seen on our hotel adventures, far and near. But, a photo booth in the lobby of a Vegas hotel that sees all sorts of random comings and goings, usually those of drunky drunkersons, could be a very bad idea.
Vegas wants you to take back your summer and actually use some of that time off you never seem to get around to by vacationing in Vegas, of course. To get the point across, city representatives have created contests, videos, and have even sent showgirls to Times Square.
The campaign is so intense
that we're even creating reproductions of The Strip as enticements papering cities with Take Back Your Summer posters. Something that's not going so well in downtown Dallas where Twitter's @jeffreyhedge snapped the above Twitpic:
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When it comes to getting around the Vegas Strip, visitors usually choose to stride around on their own over renting a ride. When four wheels are more preferable over two very weary feet, it's simple enough to hail a cab. But, if you're more of a Vegas virgin than an expert, you may not know how keep yourself from being taken for a ride and paying more than you should.
Thankfully, there are a lot of good cab drivers out there willing to let us know what practices we should question. Or, even flat out reject. Drivers like Twitter's @HackingVegas who sent us the three top tips everyone should know about taxis in Vegas:
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What do we do when we come across something we don't like? We complain about it.
Sometimes we'll tell a friend, but sometimes we'll tweet it so everyone sees our complaint and, maybe, does something about it. We're not much to get in the middle of Twitter conversations, but a discussion last week between The Cosmopolitan and an unhappy gambler caught our eye.
Customer service via Twitter is a difficult thing to manage. Complaints are rarely resolved and we don't know how this ended, but what we do see is how it ended on Twitter. The final (public?) tweet shows us how Cosmopolitan's staff is disconnected from gamblers:
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We drove by the spot around 9:15 a.m. and, to be honest, things looked kinda dead. When we stopped by again just a few minutes before close at noon, there was a medium-sized group of folks out in front taking pics. We'll have a full report from the closing festivities (if you can call them that) tomorrow but for now, here's a look at how Twitter reacted to its passing:
O'Sheas is shutting down today. I will miss you, Vegas cathedral of stale beer and filth. I really will.— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) April 30, 2012
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Mike Tyson, the one-man
comedy show, started its eight-night run at MGM Grand on Friday, and is "triumphant." And, also "pulls no punches, but.. often fails to connect" while being "too heavy on his losses, not enough on his greatness."
The critics are weighing with good reviews, but not the greatest:
140c review: Mike Tyson's show at the MGM Grand was like a concert by a legendary singer who left without performing his greatest hits.— Ron Sylvester (@rsylvester) April 14, 2012
So, we wondered what else the Twittersphere had to to say. Of course, it was no surprise to find the requisite ear jokes.
We can't say it's surprising to see Vince Neil making headlines again in Vegas, but we were shocked to see that a Sin City hotel was just as
publicly fired up as he was. A twit spat between @TheVinceNeil and @Palms blew up the Interwebs last night and many are pointing to a recent tweet by Neil slamming the service at Little Buddha as the impetuous for the battle.
Things really heated up last night when Neil went on a twitpage, accusing Palms executives of "dishonesty" and warning guests away (read from the bottom up):