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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 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 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.

Leaving Las Vegas (Aug. 7, midnight, and Aug. 10, 8 p.m., SHO2E): 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.

Lucky You (Aug. 7, 9:25 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 store and the then-under-construction Cosmopolitan. Plus the Silverton Casino Lodge’s 117,000-gallon aquatic tank. That’s where Messing spent 16 hours filming in a mermaid costume — for a scene that was cut. No wonder she went back to Will & Grace.

 Think Like a Man Too (Aug. 7, 3 p.m. and Aug. 8, 10 a.m., FXX): Guess what? Another flick in which a Vegas wedding goes off the rails. Original, right? Kevin Hart headlines this cast, which also includes Gabrielle Union, Wendy Williams and Kelsey Grammer, as relationship woes wreak havoc on bachelor and bachelorette blowouts, and a night in the pokey is in the cards. Everywhere you look in this 2014 comic romp — the Forum Shops at Caesars, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, the Venus Pool Club, Nobu Restaurant, Planet Hollywood — it’s a visual Vegas buffet.

The Godfather (Aug. 8, 4 p.m., AMC): C’mon, you remember this 1972 classic’s Vegas connection, don’cha? Ya know, when the Corleones muscle in on the Vegas territory of Bugsy Siegel-inspired Moe Green (Alex Rocco) — who is later shot through the eye (Bugsy-style!) but not before he accuses Corleone weak link Fredo (John Cazale) of, um, making love (not exactly his phrasing) to cocktail waitresses two at a time. It’s coming back to you, right?

Resident Evil: Extinction (Aug. 8, 4:30 p.m. and Aug. 9 at midnight, SYFY): OMG! Post-apocalyptic ruins of Las Vegas! We suffer a rather dire fate in this 2007 installment of the horror franchise, in which Milla Jovovich and company cross the Mojave desert while fleeing a zombie apocalypse. What survives? The Luxor stands. So does New York-New York, though the Statue of Liberty takes a substantial hit, as does the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, while the Tropicana is still standing, shakily. Others? Excalibur? Wynn Las Vegas? Bally’s? Bye, bye and bye. Perhaps when these undead invaders finish unleashing mayhem, they can do double duty at Planet Hollywood’s Zombie Burlesque.

 Friends: The One in Vegas (Aug. 9, 11:35 p.m, and Aug. 10, 12:10 a.m., NICK): 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. 10, 10:30 p.m., Aug. 12, 11:45 p.m., TBS): Gallop along with a bunch of magicians known as The Four Horseman, as they pull off mid-performance bank heists and bestow the purloined loot 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. Scenes shot at the Neon Boneyard didn’t make the final theatrical cut, but do show up on the DVD.

Con Air (Aug. 11, midnight, and Aug. 12, 2 p.m., TNT): 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 along the way. 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!”

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., E!): 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.

Rush Hour 2 (Aug. 11, 6 p.m. and Aug. 12, 4 p.m., TNT): 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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