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Behind the Camera: Viva Las Vegas’ 55th anniversary

Race car driver Lucky Jackson (Elvis Presley), in town for the “Vegas Grand Prix,” woos fetching swimming instructor Rusty Martin (Ann-Margret); toils as a waiter and enters a talent contest to earn money for a new car engine; and fends off a rival racer, Count Elmo Mancini (Cesare Danova), who also sets his romantic sights on Rusty.

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Behind the camera: Lucky You

Aspiring Vegas lounge warbler (Drew Barrymore) meets poker stud (Eric Bana) with a problematic relationship with his World Series of Poker-winning papa (Robert Duvall).

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BEHIND THE CAMERA: ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ traded Bruce Willis for George Clooney (and his keg of Guinness), missed out on Bill Murray and made stars of the Bellagio fountains

Vegas personified? Ocean’s Eleven. Simple as that. Vegas purists will, naturally, always prefer the 1960 Rat Packer original — with the numeral in the title …

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BEHIND THE CAMERA: ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ escaped being a cartoon, gambled its production budget at the tables and earned Johnny Depp praise from Russians

Regarding this flick as one of the great cinematic portraits of Las Vegas confirms one indisputable fact: You’re stoned — which aligns nicely with the …

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Behind the Camera: ‘The Las Vegas Story’ pitted producer Howard Hughes against controversial screenwriter

On-screen? Intermittently entertaining and ultimately forgettable. Off-screen? Politically polarizing and ultimately historic. Such is the legacy of The Las Vegas Story, a noir-ish 1952 crime …

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BEHIND THE CAMERA: ‘Vegas Vacation’ had Chevy Chase dodging a lawsuit, Wayne Newton softening a ‘sleazebag’ portrait and the Sands making its cinematic swan song

Films can leave legacies — even the critically pilloried ones. Under that definition, think of 1997’s Vegas Vacation as the one that sent the Vacation …

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BEHIND THE CAMERA: Caesars Palace, Lindsay Lohan’s boo-boo and an embarrassed actor part of ‘The Hangover’ legacy

Rude, crude, lewd, full of crazy dudes … Any other descriptors come to mind? Oh, yes … hilarious. Cinematically speaking, our city is still hung …

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In the 1997 movie "Con Air," the plane’s left wing nearly shears off the top of the famous Fender Stratocaster guitar sign at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The Hard Rock hosted the movie’s premiere. (Darrin Bush/Las Vegas News Bureau)
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BEHIND THE CAMERA: ‘Con Air’ features one of Vegas’ most memorable movie moments

Shakespearean, it isn’t — but perhaps the Bard would have penned this line had he ever gotten his ya-yas out at TAO or Beacher’s Madhouse: …

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October 29 – November 4

Wahlburgers — Viva Paul Vegas (Oct. 29, 6 a.m., FYI): Donnie and Paul gamble. Not Mark, though. We’re guessing he doesn’t need the cash.   …

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October 22-28

The Cooler (Oct. 22, 1:05 a.m., Oct. 28, 1 p.m., HBOSG): Though set at a fictional casino just off Fremont Street (the Shangri La), this touching …

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October 15-21

Vegas ER (Oct. 15, 6-10 a.m., Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., FITTV): Docs treat Vegas patients. Hopefully, you’re not among them. Vegas Rat Rods (Oct. 15, noon-5 …

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October 8-14

Aerial Cities — Las Vegas 24 (Oct. 8, 1 a.m., noon, SMITHSONIAN): Pop a Dramamine tab and hop aboard an aerial tour of our town, …

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October 1-7

Lucky You (Oct. 1, 6:30 a.m.; Oct. 4, 2 p.m., HBO): Aspiring lounge warbler (Drew Barrymore) meets poker stud (Eric Bana) with a problematic relationship with …

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September 24-30

Food Paradise: Viva Las Vegas (Sept. 24, 9 a.m., TRAVEL): Our town’s most “over-the-top” eat treats are explored, including a sushi-stacked burger on fried rice buns, …

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September 17-23

Vegas Rat Rods (Sept. 17, 7, 8 and 9 a.m., DSC): Working out of a garage on the outskirts of the Strip are — as …

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September 10-16

The Hangover (Sept. 10, 1:15 p.m., MOMAX): Cinematically speaking, our city is still hung over from The Hangover, the raucous 2009 comedy about a missing …

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September 3-9

The Godfather (Sept. 3, 12:30 p.m., AMC): C’mon, you remember this 1972 classic’s Vegas connection, don’cha? Ya know, when the Corleones muscle in on the territory …

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August 27-September 2

Resident Evil: Extinction (Aug. 27, 9 a.m. and Aug. 28, 2 a.m., SYFY): OMG! Post-apocalyptic ruins of Las Vegas! We suffer a rather dire fate in …

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August 20-26

Locked Up Abroad — Vegas Mobster (Aug. 20, 10 a.m., NGC):  A Chicago mobster heads to Vegas, where he’s caught by the FBI, turns rat …

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August 13-19

Keeping Up with the Kardashians: What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas (Aug. 13, 5:30 a.m., E!): In a nutshell: Scott goes to Vegas and …

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August 6-12

The Hangover (Aug. 6, 2:45 p.m., and Aug. 11, 8 p.m., Cinemax): Cinematically speaking, our city is still hung over from this raucous 2009 comedy about …

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August 1-5

“Indecent Proposal” (Aug. 1, 12:58 p.m., Starz): With more-than-decent star power, 1993’s “Indecent Proposal” deposits married high school sweeties David (Woody Harrelson) and Diana (Demi …

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