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Sometimes art is at its best when it’s created under pressure. If you want to see if this holds true for the Las Vegas film scene, check out the three screenings of this year’s 48 Hour Film Project on 7/21 - 7/22 at Sam’s Town.
As the title implies, teams are given two days to write, shoot and edit a short film. Each team is assigned a genre, but all teams have to incorporate the same three elements. This year, those elements are the character of a baker named Michael or Leanne Westphal, a family heirloom used as a prop, and the line of dialogue, “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time.”
Everything else is up to the film squads - where they shoot, the look of their piece, the legally obtained music they use or create. It’s a furious 48 hours. Teams are given their assignments Friday night and most scripts are done before the next morning. Saturday is usually reserved for shooting while most of the editing often takes place on Sunday before the required turn-in time Sunday night. After that, they finally get to sleep again!
The 2015 edition features 33 different films. That’s three blocks of 11 films each, playing at 6:30 and 9 pm on July 21 and 6:30 on July 22. The “Best Of” screening takes place August 4 at 6:30 pm. And the wrap party is August 5 at Double Helix beginning at 10 pm. No word if Michael or Leanne Westphal will be supplying baked goods for the shindig.
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VegasChatter reader Carrie P alerted us to the passing of Hollywood force last with several ties to Las Vegas. Producer, promoter and actor Jerry Weintraub died July 6 at the age of 77 from heart failure after a short hospital stay. Weintraub's name might not be immediately recognizable but his bodies of work no doubt are to our readers.
He managed tours for Bob Denver, Bob Dylan and Neil Diamond over the course of his career but it was his convincing of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley to launch the King's first national tour that first promotoed his own career. He later worked with another crooner with deep ties to the city by the name of Frank Sinatra.
A new documentary produced by the online poker company Poker Stars promises to bring viewers an in-depth look at one of the game's most popular and intriguing figures.
Kid Poker is the name of the soon to be released flick, and it focuses on the outspoken and always entertaining Daniel Negreanu.
Even if you've watched just a little bit of poker on television over the past ten or so years, odds are you've seen Negreanu at some point. In addition to being #1 on the list of all-time tournament money winners (his total winnings are close to $30 million), the Canadian card shark is one of poker's most entertaining players to watch.
Although the moniker "Kid Poker" may no longer be as relevant as it once was for a man who hit the milestone age of 40 last year, it's refreshing to see that Negreanu has lost none of the lightheartedness and boyish charm that set him apart from most other players when he first burst upon the scene.
When the final table of the 2014 World Series of Poker main event began last November, few predicted that the quiet, unassuming Swedish professional with the small chip stack in the eighth seat would be the eventual winner.
Martin Jacobson entered the November Nine with the second shortest stack, his 14.9 million chips paling in comparison to most others at the final table, including the 38.4 million chips possessed by the chip leader, Dutch player Jorryt van Hoof. As the battle played out and competitors were eliminated one by one, Jacobson somehow managed to hang on by a thread.
In a world of movies not featuring Wynn, one shall rise above them all. (read in your best Movieline voice)
If you've forgotten, Wynn Las Vegas is about to make its theatrical debut in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Yes, the Wynn resort has never agreed to be featured in a film, until now. We guess returning star Kevin James isn't the King for nothing.
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Twenty years ago, Hollywood released a little flick about Las Vegas simply titled, Casino. History and film fans can mark the anniversary with a two-hour tour visiting locales where many of the movie's iconic scenes took place.
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KISS has long been rumored to be doing a Vegas residency and those whispers were rekindled recently. Going back to last December, KISS frontman, Paul Stanley, mentioned they were considering a Vegas residency. That rumor surged back to life last month when Stanley didn’t deny the possibility when asked by a fan:
Over the weekend, this poster at the Hard Rock really amped up the discussion.
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If you're a fan of rock 'n' roll or heavy metal, you're probably aware that Guns N' Roses has returned to The Joint at the Hard Rock for a second residency called No Trickery! An Evening of Destruction. There are a couple more shows of this mini-residency set for this weekend, if you're in town.
Rock 'n' roll is always best experienced in person, but don't worry if you're unable to make it to see GnR in person. Beginning June 18, you'll be able to see a 3D concert film from Guns N' Roses called "Appetite for Democracy" in theaters. The film also will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD starting July 1.
We all love to watch movies about Vegas, but as we watch them it always begs the question -- does that venue exist in real life or was it created just for this movie? This was a question brought to us by Vegaschatter reader Jim L. who wondered if the lounge in Last Vegas was really a venue inside Binion's or any other casino in Vegas or just another movie fabrication.
Having seen this movie a good few times, notably and ironically on a flight back from Las Vegas, that thought had crossed this writer's mind a few times as well. To see this question was no surprise, but warranted some investigation into the filming locations to find out if this awesome venue really did exist in Vegas.
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When we first heard about it, we thought yeah, right while executing one of the most dramatic eye rolls ever. Sure, we could see Mall Cop 2 filming in Las Vegas... at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. But, at one of the most prestigious resorts on The Strip? LOL!
Well, the joke's on
movie-goers us as filming for Mall Cop: Blart 2 is now underway at Wynn. The slapstick sequel, which will receive $4.3 million in tax credits for filming in Nevada, centers around -- naturally -- a hotel heist with actor Kevin James returning for the lead role of Paul Blart.
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.