Archive for the 'Movies' Category
Revel Atlantic City’s day of deliverance is at hand: CEO Kevin DeSanctis has been ousted, along with Chief Investment Officer Michael Garrity. But there’s no need to shed tears over their fate. They will continue “developing amenity projects” for Revel (since they’ve done such a bang-up job to date) and will retain their sinecures with [...]
It seems potentially very funny … but isn’t Bradley Cooper getting rather dark and tragic for this sort of thing? He looks like a Quentin Tarantino protagonist who’s been parachuted into a Disney picture.
“On the U.S. side … we view the State of Nevada as having uninspiring oversight of activities occurring in Macau. For every gap of oversight that exists from the Nevada Gaming Control Board or Nevada Gaming Commission, the U.S. Federal Government may fill it … If the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Commission were to [...]
A reader in Arizona asks the question that was on my mind yesterday and probably yours, too: “Is it just me … or does this look like just a copper/gold-colored version of CityCenter?”
Agreed! (With a large helping of Mandalay Bay slopped around the front and sides. Look, if you want originality, you don’t phone up [...]
This just in: It’s another winning strategy from those gaming-industry masterminds at Colony Capital. God forbid you’re playing at the Atlantic Club and work up an appetite. Or did Tom Barrack hear about “Stiff of the Year” and wants to get in the race?
There’s no point in revisiting Midwestern casino misery month in, month out. [...]
Pursuant to our last S&G dispatch, here are the USA Today choices for top attractions on the Strip (uniqueness and affordability being prime considerations). If you’re not staying at a Hilton property right now, you aren’t vouchsafed access to the actual guide, but here’s a potted version …
Dining: Gordon Ramsay Steak [Paris-Las Vegas]; rm seafood [...]
Give Caesars Entertainment for making a good call this week. It’s inked a one-year residency deal with American Idol winner Taylor Hicks to return to Bally’s, starting Oct. 17. Prices will still begin at a wallet-friendly $40/seat and, in light of the amount and quality of a show Hicks puts on, that’s an incredibly good [...]
After seemingly endless previews (months of them, I believe), Sirc Michaels Productions has folded its second V Theater show, Awesome 80s Prom. Actually, to call it a “show” would be a misnomer. It was more of a semi-scripted “happening,” at which one was encouraged to “[mingle] with characters from their favorite 80s movies like The [...]
Remember all those rumors that had the Sahara’s now-vanished Speed: The Ride packed up and headed for Circus Circus? Not so! The good folks and inquiring minds at VegasChatter.com were sussing out some dormant South Strip developments and discovered …
… our old friend Speed adorning an as-yet-unbuilt shopping mall called Akita Plaza. I have my suspicions [...]
I always hate doing Nevada gaming numbers because A) it’s redundant with the coverage in the local dailies and B) almost every month you have to trot out the caveat that — as was the case in June — the month went out on a weekend, meaning that there’s unreported slot drop that won’t show [...]
“I remember staying up late many Saturday nights to watch Porky’s, Meatballs and Revenge of the Nerds on HBO. And like any, red-blooded, prepubescent male, I always thought there was way too much story between the shower scenes. This is my chance to fix that.” — Troy Heard, writer, co-lyricist and director of Summer Camp! [...]
All photos: © Scott Roeben
Surf the Musical officially washed ashore last night at Planet Hollywood and one can only hope this bit of flotsam goes out with the next ebb tide. Although it’s not quite as craptastic as a four-song media preview suggested, that’s a relative compliment indeed. Like musical pemmican, Surf compresses over 25 [...]
That’s the LVA office nickname for jukebox tuner Surf The Musical, currently in rehearsal at Planet Hollywood. As many as 35 Beach Boys songs have been laid end-to-end to create a midget version of a Broadway musical. The show’s creators have skipped the full-scale, B’way phase and leapt straight to a 90-minute, intermissionless “tab” show, [...]
A Friday computer glitch that destroyed half an S&G posting also accidentally closed “Comments” for “Lovemania comes to Cleveland.” Thankfully, LVA’s Webmistress Jessica was able to rectify the situation with a few mouse clicks. Thanks also to the eagle-eyed Caesars Entertainment player who spotted the problem and alerted us. Opine away!
(Not only did the computer [...]
Living in Las Vegas podcasters Scott & Melissa Whitney checked out the Plaza Las Vegas‘ production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas are were, to say the least, nonplussed by Amateur Night antics too strange to describe. The bizarrie starts around the 18-minute mark.
“Where’s the white cat,” asked an S&G reader when photos from the grand opening of Sands Cotai Central showed Sheldon Adelson doing a superb impersonation of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, “crumpets” in attendance. You can just imagine him sitting there, brainstorming a plan to steal nuclear warheads from NATO and blackmail sovereign nations into doing his [...]
Over the last two days, while I’ve been at home, supervising having the roof put back on our house (seriously!), some of you have been kind enough to send variations of this story. It will soon be the subject of a two-part “Question of the Day.” In the meantime, let me just say that even [...]
Y’all remember that ‘consciousness-raising’ campaign MGM Resorts International announced on behalf of Aria, earlier this week. The first in a six-part series of videos, The Reveal, went live late this afternoon. Subsequent blipverts will include The Motive and Entrapment. (It’s like an erotic thriller without
There are few real characters in the casino industry anymore. Dennis Gomes (1944-2012) was one of them. His recent death put a premature “full stop” on one of the most colorful and wide-ranging careers gaming has seen. After all, how many people can claim to have been a casino regulator in both New Jersey and [...]
Baccarat win on the Las Vegas Strip began the year heavy ($194 million) and dramatic, up 199% from 2011. The whales were back in force, dropping 163% more than the previous January, putting $1.6 billion in play. An early Chinese New Year helped, as daily baccarat drop averaged $50 million, compared to $30 million the [...]