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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.
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?
A lot of the movie was filmed around Bellagio. We'll start with two easy finds that simply require you arrive at the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance and not via the Vdara walkway or Flamingo Road. First, the scene in which Saul is sent to the casino to place some heavy wagers and get the attention of Mr. Benedict. True to form with the real hotel, Saul walks right through the main entrance, in front of check-in and onto the casino floor.
Unfortunately for us, it's going to be awfully difficult to look as spiffy standing under the glass flowers as Carl Reiner and Scott Caan do in the scene.
We're not sure about you, but whenever we watch movies about Vegas, we always wish we could have been standing there when the scene was filmed. Unfortunately, we can't offer you that, but we can get you to the exact same place (or close to it) so you can relive the scene yourself.
When it comes to Vegas and movies, one of the first that pop into this writer's head is The Hangover. The first Vegas scene was filmed in the lobby of Caesars Palace. This is one that's really easy to find. Just walk up to the front of Caesars, find the check-in desk,
ask if the real Caesar lived here and you can be part of the wolf pack yourself.
Six months have quickly passed since we stalked the cast and crew of Hangover III in Las Vegas and the time to conclude the trilogy has come. The LA red carpet has been walked and
our on-screen debut the movie with the voice of an angel finally premieres in a theater near you this Thursday (or tonight at midnight, if you're lucky).
Time will tell if the final chapter is epic enough to further annoy Vegas front desks. Will drunk frat boys have more quotes to add to their lexicon? Or, will the Bangkok-based sequel holla itself out of squalla in comparison?
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We so wish Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton performed nightly at Bally's. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a rival magicians comedy flick staring Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi warring against Jim Carrey, opens on March 15. And, the latest trailer is a mock-commercial for the Burt & Anton show at Bally's. And, we so wish this was a real show.
After desperately seeking the cast of the Hangover last year as they filmed 'Part III' around Vegas and then finding and stalking them (and stalking.. and stalking.. and, maybe, a smidge more), it's almost time to get our Hangover on once again.
Hangover Part III, being touted as the epic finale of the trilogy, will hit theaters Memorial Day Weekend and we're hoping it will be almost as good as the first. Almost, because we're just trying to keep it real. As long as it's better than Part II, we'll be stoked.