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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 Kourtney fears he’ll be lured back to his old lifestyle. For goodness sake, isn’t that what Las Vegas is for — at least until you board that departing plane at McCarran?

The New Adventures of Old Christine: What Happens in Vegas Is Disgusting in Vegas (Aug. 14, 2 a.m., TVLAND): Well that title is rather rude, don’cha think? In this installment of the series starring the relentlessly delightful Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “new” Christine (Emily Rutherfurd) gets a Vegas bachelorette blowout that unlocks a wild side she didn’t know she had. Again, we ask: Isn’t that what Vegas is for?

Sony Pictures

 2012 (Aug. 14, 9:09 a.m. and 9 p.m.; Aug. 15, 6:03 a.m., SZEN) and Godzilla (Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m., TNT):  What did we ever do to tick off Hollywood? They destroy us twice this week. In the triple-play of 2009’s “2012,” we get leveled by an earthquake, then we get stomped by an eight-legged creature called a MUTO (“Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism”) in the 2014 reinvention of “Godzilla.” Hey Hollywood, go pick on someone else — Washington, D.C. perhaps. They haven’t had a good movie wipeout since Independence Day.

Casino (Aug. 14, 3 p.m.; Aug. 15, 10 a.m., BRAVO): Joe Pesci curses, tortures and cheers on his kid’s Little League team. Robert De Niro curses, stares menacingly and maims (or has someone do it for him). Sharon Stone hustles and steals (and curses, too). Former Mayor Oscar B. Goodman tries to mediate a divorce. And co-starring are the real-life (but now gone) Riviera and Landmark hotels. This is director Martin Scorsese’s 1995 snapshot (we wouldn’t call it a love letter) of the mob-entrenched Vegas of yesteryear.

 Lucky You (Aug. 15, 7:30 a.m., HBO): Aspiring lounge warbler (Drew Barrymore) meets poker stud (Eric Bana) with a problematic relationship with his World Series of Poker-winning papa (Robert Duvall) in this 2007 drama, in which Robert Downey Jr., Debra Messing and a slew of poker pros also pop up. Where was it filmed here? Where wasn’t it? A sampling: Dino’s Lounge, the Bellagio fountains, Binion’s Horseshoe, the Jockey Club, Summerlin’s Bear’s Best Golf Club, Tiffany’s Cafe inside the White Cross Drugs and the then-under-construction Cosmopolitan. Oh — and the Silverton Casino Lodge’s 117,000-gallon aquatic tank. That’s where Messing spent 16 hours filming a scene dressed as a mermaid — for a scene that was cut. No wonder she went back to Will & Grace.

 Leaving Las Vegas (Aug. 15, 9 p.m. SHO2; Aug. 17, 3:30 a.m., SHO): Downbeat but poignant — and featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Nicolas Cage — this 1995 drama finds Ben Sanderson (Cage), an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter, arriving in town for an intentionally fatal bender. Along his drunken path, he connects with Sera (Elisabeth Shue), a sympathetic prostitute, forming a sad but unique bond. Famously intense in his acting approach, Cage reportedly prepared for his role by filming himself drunk to study his inebriated speech patterns. Whether that constitutes method acting or a weird way to pick up bar hookups is up for debate.

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (Aug. 16, 9 a.m., BRAVO): Calling this 2005 Sandra Bullock vehicle “silly” is over-praising it (Rotten Tomatoes bestows an abysmal 15 percent approval rating on it). But Vegas clichés at least get a good workout in this slight sequel, especially when William Shatner (at his winking, self-mocking best) is kidnapped and stashed at the ship at Treasure Island, and Bullock, Regina King and Diedrich Bader wind up at a drag club hollering out Tina Turner tunes. We question whether that would make Proud Mary proud.

The Hangover (Aug. 17, 11:05 a.m., CINEMAX): Cinematically speaking, our city is still hung over from “The Hangover,” the raucous 2009 comedy about a missing groom and a bachelor party gone off the rails that is a veritable Vegas smorgasbord. Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifanakis and Heather Graham (as a stripper/escort, of course) topline this Strip joyride that gives us such sights as a tiger in a bathroom, a chicken in a living room, a baby in a closet, a mattress impaled on a Caesars Palace statue and a naked man in the trunk of a Mercedes. … Oh, and Mike Tyson.

United Artists

 Diamonds are Forever (Aug. 17, 2:57 p.m.; Aug. 18, 10:34 a.m., STARZ): Vegas.  Las Vegas. Where the martinis (shaken, not stirred) are endless, and so are the legs of Bond gals Jill St. John and Lana Wood. After exiting the series post-You Only Live Twice, Sean Connery made his return in this often campy caper about diamond smuggling, the villainous Blofeld, a slot machine-playing Q and gay assassins —most of it within our cozy neon confines. Pay particular attention to the two biggest casino co-stars, the Tropicana and Circus Circus. And that theme song by Bond musical stalwart Shirley Bassey is one of the series’ best.

Ocean’s Eleven (Aug. 17, 8 p.m.; Aug. 18, 5:25 p.m., TNT) and Ocean’s Thirteen (Aug. 17, 10:30 p.m.; Aug. 18, noon, TNT): George Clooney and Brad Pitt (and cronies) inherit the casino-heist business from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (and cronies) in what could easily be subtitled “Rat Pack: The Next Generation.” Between the two flicks, catch scenes filmed at the Bellagio, the Palazzo and McCarran International Airport. Oh, and in the sequel, even Al Pacino shows up. Hoo-ah!

The Hangover Part III (Aug. 18, 11 a.m., TBS): 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.

Friends: The One in Vegas (Aug. 18, 4:30 and 5 p.m., TBS): In this two-parter, the gang goes to Vegas to visit Joey, while Chandler and Monica celebrate their first anniversary as a couple and literally roll the dice on whether to get married. Quippy one-liners spew out like the Bellagio fountains. Now everybody sing: “So no one told you life was gonna be this way …”

 Now You See Me (Aug. 18, 8 p.m., TNT): Gallop along with a bunch of magicians known as The Four Horseman, as they pull off mid-performance bank heists and bestow the money on their audiences. Liberally sprinkled with stars — including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman — this 2013 thriller features a cool Vegas travelogue of scenes filmed at the Golden Gate hotel-casino, the Fremont Street Experience, the Aria hotel-casino and the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse. Oh — and scenes shot at the Neon Boneyard didn’t make the final theatrical cut, but do show up on the DVD.

Vegas Mafia (Aug. 18, 11 p.m., NATGEO): Just what you’d think from the title: a documentary about the mob’s role in the building of our city, including the FBI bust of a skimming operation at the Stardust, and the arrival of Big Man On The Vegas Campus, Howard Hughes (and subsequent disappearance into his own world of personal peculiarities).

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (Aug. 19, 3 a.m., TBS): Oh, behave! Well, that’s no fun when you’re vacationing in Vegas, is it? But Mike Myers’ orthodontically-challenged spy is all over our town in an absurdist 1997 comic stew that takes us on a tour of local spots including the Stardust, the Riviera, the Imperial Palace (now the Linq) and even good ol’ Burt Bacharach, doing his swingin’ cat thing on a double-decker rollin’ down the Strip.

Rush Hour 2 (Aug. 19, 10 p.m., TBS): 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.

— Steve Bornfeld


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