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George Clooney might have struck gold with the Oceans 11 franchise but magic didn’t happen again with the proposed Las Ramblas casino project the actor signed on for a decade ago. (The deal eventually crapped out in 2006.) But what goes around, comes around and The Las Vegas Review Journal has an update on the current fate of the land that was slated to be a Clooney (and Brad Pitt!) project that was to evoke the spirit of Barcelona. As of yesterday, it is back up for grabs, unlike Clooney himself. Sigh.
Similar to other “cursed” pieces of land around the Vegas valley, this one, a 25-acre parcel east of Planet Hollywood, hasn’t survived any of the plans that have been hatched for it in the past decade since Clooney’s idea was the first to tank. What was to be a W Hotel, spa, entertainment and retail complex fell through a year after it was announced.
Currently, the spot features a Travelodge, a Walgreens (of course), a Chili's and a handful of random cut-rate souvenir shops. (RIP Zinger's, a late, late-night karaoke spot.) But if new owners come in, the entire lot, which is rather
derelict run-down compared to its CityCenter neighbors across the street, could be razed and a brand new shopping center/hotel/casino/arena/festival ground/ferris wheel (nah) could be installed.
Not that we'd have the power to sway the potential new owners or anything, but it would be interesting to hear what you think should be built or opened in place of the Hawaiian Marketplace. So drop your suggestions in comments below!
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The Hard Rock suffered data breach that lasted from September 3, 2014 to April 2, 2015. While the breach is being considered a criminal attack, it’s not as bad as you might think. It's not good, especially considering how long it lasted, but it could be worse. The attack was limited to credit and debit card transactions at specific restaurants, bars and retail locations inside the Hard Rock.
Culinary Dropout was affected by the security breach but the attack did not affect transactions at the hotel, casino, Nobu, Affliction, John Varvatos, Rocks, Hart & Huntington Tattoo or Reliquary Spa & Salon. There’s no mention of other specific restaurants or bars that the hackers may have attacked so you'll have to draw your own conclusions there.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of April 20:
Let's gloss over why in the world it took this long and rejoice in the fact that pedestrians will no longer feel the need to dart across traffic when visiting the Welcome to Las Vegas sign.
Yesterday, a new pedestrian crosswalk was activated, complete with traffic signals. It allows passersby to access the sign from either the east or the west side of the Las Vegas Boulevard.
As the Las Vegas Sun reports, the iconic destination now offers triple the parking, too (now at 33 spaces).
(PHOTOS: Greg Clarke)
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of April 13:
50 Years and Counting: What do you do to celebrate your 50th anniversary? Add a new Airbus H130T2 helicopter to your fleet. Papillon is celebrating its golden anniversary with a golden bird. It was blessed by the Hualapai Nation and christened earlier today. Papillon is the world's largest and longest-running helicopter touring company. Head to its website for a list of tours and pricing. Grand Canyon flights start around $359.
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Blacking out a game is the practice of keeping games off local TV. Most blackout policies exist to protect local broadcasters from competition by out-of-market networks that carry different teams. Even though Las Vegas isn’t home to a Major League Baseball team, it’s still, for some reason, considered to be a home market for way too many different teams. Those teams include the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, and San Diego Padres.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of April 6:
WuHu at Silverton: The off-Strip hotel-casino will add a new restaurant, WuHu Noodle, this June.
Presented without comment: SLS is hosting an 18+ pool party Thursday, April 16 at Foxtail. Doors will open at 8 p.m. for what's being called "the sexiest new pool club in Sin City."
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of March 30:
Four Years Later...: You don't have to tell us Absinthe is worth seeing. We've awarded it as the Strip's best show each year of its existence. The Spiegelworld production celebrated its four-year anniversary and 2,000th show April 1. Here's to four more years, and then some.
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It's no secret MyVEGAS isn't what it once was. While popularity remains high, players of the online loyalty game that deals out real-world comps keep finding new asterisks here and there. Today, they're discovering one of the biggest changes yet is set to kick in tomorrow:
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The Las Vegas Strip has been going dark to commemorate Earth Hour for years now, but it never fails to be a surprise to those who see it as a blackout more than an intentional lights out:
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Doors open for the first game of the season at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas and Mack Center. Almost an hour after doors open you’ll be serenaded with a National Anthem courtesy of part owner and Motley Crue singer, Vince Neil. The game against the San Jose SaberCats kicks off at 7:30 p.m.