All your favorite Las Vegas episodes and movies, July 25-31
The Hangover Part III (July 25 @ 1:45 and 9 p.m., and July 26 @ 4 and 8:45 a.m. on IFC): All hail the return of the Wolfpack in this 2013 trilogy-ender in which the gang (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha) try to get off-his-meds Zack Galifianakis back on track with a road trip to You-Know-Where. Bring on the mayhem, dudes.
What Happens in Vegas (July 26 @ 11:30 p.m. on TNT): Take a bow, Vegas — this one, obviously, is based on our famous catchphrase. Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher star in this 2008 comedy as a pair of Vegas partyers who get over-lubricated, then sober up to realize they’ve gotten — uh-oh! — hitched. Plus, a huge jackpot plays into the plot. Well, of course it does. Vegas, baby!
Con Air (July 28 @ 11:30 a.m. on A&E): You’ll wait for the grand finale set piece, but this 1997 actioner is worth it when homebound con Nicolas Cage and his not-so-merry band of airborne miscreants (including John Malkovich, Dave Chappelle and a comically creepy Steve Buscemi) crash their plane on the Vegas Strip, shearing off the famed guitar atop the Hard Rock sign. As con/pilot Swamp Thing (M.C. Gainey) declares during their uncontrolled vertical dive: “Buckle up, ladies, we’re going for a night out in Vegas!” [RELATED: Con Air Behind the Camera]
Vegas Vacation (July 28 @ 2 and 5:25 p.m. on BBC): The hapless Griswold family headed by Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo — and featuring those kids who are recast in every movie to play, well, their kids — come to town in this 1997 Vacation series sequel. (Or, being the fourth one, perhaps it’s a “four-quel.”) Scenes were shot at The Mirage (including the Siegfried & Roy show), MGM Grand, the Riviera, the Klondike, the Sands, the Neon Museum, the Fremont Street Experience, the Hoover Dam and Club Paradise. Cameos include: Christie Brinkley, Sid Caesar and Vegas resident/1992 Playboy Playmate of the Year Corinna Harney-Jones, who must endure Chase’s come-on at the blackjack table. Oh — and Wayne Newton and his Casa de Shenandoah estate. Stray tidbit: A highway sign in the flick says Chicago is 1,880 miles from Vegas. Actually, it’s about 1,700. But what’s 180 miles between friends? [RELATED: Vegas Vacation Behind the Camera]
Rush Hour 2 (July 29 @ 3:55 p.m. on HBO): Cop cutups Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker somehow wind up in our town (don’t ask how) at the “Red Dragon” hotel-casino to solve a counterfeit money laundering scam in this 2001 martial arts laugher-sequel. Guess who played the Red Dragon? The now-defunct Desert Inn, which had already closed before filming began, but was all dressed up in a Chinese-palace theme.
More Vegas on TV this week:
Friends: The One in Vegas (July 25 @ 12 and 12:30 p.m. on TBS)
Flipping Vegas (July 25 @ 1,3, 4, 7, 8 and 11 p.m. on FYI; and July 27 @ 6,7 and 8 a.m. on A&E)
Aerial Cities: Las Vegas 24 (July 26 @ 10 a.m. on Smithsonian)
My Lottery Dream Home: Lucky In Las Vegas (July 26 @ 7:30 p.m. and July 27 @ 2:30 a.m. on HGTV)
Top This Party: Las Vegas (July 27 @ 9 a.m. on LRW)
UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit: From Las Vegas (July 28 @ midnight on ESPN2)
Keeping Up With the Kardashians: Vegas, Baby! (July 28 @ 2 p.m. on E!)
UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey: From Las Vegas (July 29 @ 6 p.m. on ESPN2)
Bachelor Party Vegas (July 30 @ 1:35 a.m. on SHO2W)
Sex, Lies & Murder: Vegas Black Widow (July 31 @ 11 a.m. on Reelz)
Family Guy: Road to Vegas (July 31 @ 9 p.m. on TOON)
— Steve Bornfeld