“The Hangover” stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, along with Las Vegas resident Mike Tyson, will be filming the third installment of their box-office smash series here. Just like the first film, scenes will be shot for “The Hangover, Part 3” on and off the Strip and at Caesars Palace.
Director Todd Phillips reportedly will shoot much of the new -- and final -- episode in Tijuana and L.A. Vegas DeLuxe has already reported that the storyline will find the boys rescuing their troubled friend from a mental hospital.
The first “Hangover” shot at Caesars during 15 days of filming was the sixth-highest grossing film of 2009, earning $467 million. The second “Hangover” film shot on location in Thailand jumped from the first’s $35 million budget to an $80 million production and earned $581 million. The release date for “Hangover 3” is May 24, 2013; filming should be underway here within the month.
GORDON’S NEW CHEF: Season 10 of fiery chef Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” begins with a two-night premiere tonight and Tuesday with one of the 18 contestants winning the head chef position at the just-opened Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas.
Hotel President David Hoenemeyer told me Sunday night that it’s been sold out every night since opening, and reservations are stretching out days in advance and that they’re unable to accommodate everybody. The grand-prize winner will work under executive Chef Kevin Hee. The second-to-last episode is filmed in the “Jersey Boys” showroom at the Paris, with the final segment in the L.A. kitchen studio.
CELINE EXPLAINS ILLNESS: Caesars Palace superstar headliner Celine Dion has explained the virus that affected her vocal chords and caused her to cancel five weeks of shows. In an interview on NBC this morning with “Today’s Savannah Guthrie, Celine said, “The voice just became choppy. It’s hard to do a show but much harder to cancel the show. It was hard. We disappointed a lot of people.”
Celine arrived back here over the weekend ahead of Saturday’s return to The Colosseum, and execs say her voice is strong and better than ever, as you can see and hear in the TV show. You’ll laugh when she admits that her son Rene-Charles, 11, is a bigger fan of Eminem than her.
11 SECONDS SEPARATE RACERS: It was the second-closest finish in 44 years of the Baja 500 races. Two Las Vegas drivers battled Sunday right to the finish line, with only 11 seconds separating them over a 450-mile desert course in Mexico. Incredibly, 259 drivers started, but only 182 finished, including our hometown heroes Bryce Menzies in 1st and B.J. Baldwin 11 seconds behind him in 2nd. Said Bryce: “We started 19th and chased dust all day. We had three flats. We got stuck behind Troy Herbst for 60 miles. … I don’t think I’ve ever driven this truck that hard. What a tough race. … We were all over the road hitting rocks, ditches, and it made for a great race.”
B.J., son of MGM’s CityCenter chief Bobby Baldwin, added: “I was going as fast as I could to try and hold [Bryce] off, and I just couldn’t do it. The kid is talented, and this is his second Baja 500 win. My hat’s off to him.”
“America’s Got Talent” magician Murray Sawchuck has his red-carpet premiere at Tropicana Las Vegas tonight. Getting a sneek peak over the weekend was his “Pawn Stars” pal Rick Harrison. Expected tonight: “Pawn Stars” cast members, Nathan Burton, Ben Stone, Anthony Cools, Marc Savard, Gerry McCambridge, Recycled Percussion, “Fantasy,” Thunder From Down Under, Human Nature and “AGT” winner Michael Grimm.
The summerlong Carnevale begins at the Palazzo and Venetian celebrating Italian festivities with stilt walkers, jugglers, electric gondoliers and a nightly electric light parade. Every evening, The Venetian’s clock tower will illuminate with four five-minute 3D shows. Additionally, there are art walks with painters, potters, artists, artisans and living art installations. Brad Garrett welcomes Rondell Sheridan, Sam Fedele and Gooch to his Comedy Club at MGM Grand. ESPN and ABC’s NASCAR pit reporter Jamie Little is chairwoman of a daylong Speedway Children’s Charities golf tournament, luncheon and awards at Canyon Gate Country Club And cameras will roll as top bartenders compete in the Mixing Star at Azure Luxury Pool at the Palazzo. Patricia Richards and Roger Gross from Las Vegas are two of the 17 finalists competing in the Disaronno-sponsored event for the U.S. Bartenders Guild. The winner is flown to India to star in a Bollywood film.
A newcomer to the Strip, a first-time director will need roller skates to compete against herself with two musicals battling each other in nearby hotels, plus the star-studded jewelry industry parties that brought out stars and beauty queens dripping in diamonds, wrapped in rubies and sparkling in sapphires.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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