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A Bronx Tale Spins in Las Vegas

Chazz Palminteri was sitting on the front stoop of his parents’ apartment block, minding his own business, when shots were fired during a fight over a nearby parking space. A man was murdered right in front of him, and young Palminteri’s life changed forever.

Palminteri used the shocking event as an inspiration and wrote a screenplay called A Bronx Tale about his growing up in world filled with crime, gambling and gangsters. In 1993, the play was made into a movie, directed by and starring Robert De Niro.

Now an Academy Award-nominated actor himself, Palminteri revisits his checkered past in his one-man version of A Bronx Tale at the Venetian Showroom in Las Vegas.

The production sees Palminteri retrace his steps and navigate the rough streets of ’60s-era New York, as he is forced to choose between the law-abiding life of his father and the lifestyle of a local mobster.

Palminteri premiered his production at the Venetian last year, and he brings it back for a second 11-night running now through May 9. 8 p.m., $45.75, dark April 30 and May 7.

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Marilyn Monroe’s Bust on Las Vegas Casino Auction Block

It may be one of the most famous busts in the world, and Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Casino & Hotel is offering fans a unique chance to snap up a picture of Marilyn Monroe’s chest as they’ve never seen it before.

A rare X-ray of the iconic film star’s torso will be going up for auction at the casino resort this summer. 

The radiograph was originally taken in November 1954 at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Florida as the ‘Some Like it Hot’ star underwent surgery for a condition of the womb called endometriosis.  One entrepreneurial young doctor decided to keep the scan as a souvenir, later passing it on to his daughter who decided to put it up for sale at the vintage Hollywood-themed Vegas casino.  So much for patients’ rights…

Other memorabilia owned by the star, who passed away at the age of 36 in 1962, which will go up for auction at Planet Hollywood on June 26 include her therapy couch, a pair of skis bearing the initials “MM,” and a bottle of her Chanel No5 perfume.

Certainly, the film star’s cult following will ensure that there is no shortage of interest when the auction takes place later this summer, and Monroe fans from across the globe are expected to flock to Planet Hollywood to take home, if lucky, a little piece of sexy cinema history.

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Paris Hilton has No Takers for TV Show

The Simple Life is not simple anymore for Paris Hilton. 

Paris Hilton`s latest idea of making a new reality show on her personal life has found no takers among TV executives pitched from many channels.  It appears that television brass doesn’t care about her, leading many to say her audience appeal is vanishing at warp speed. 

Pop socialite, Hilton heiress and consummate Las Vegas partier, once being the center of tabloid action with millions of fans, had been planning a new reality television show to revive her sagging career, covering her engagement and wedding to current boyfriend Doug Reinhardt. 

In the past, the 29-year-old has found a modicum of success as a porn star, subject of a homemade sex tape, and in several reality shows. But the pop tart has failed miserably in legitimate movies- her name in the credits usually guarantees that a film won’t be taken seriously. 

Of course, the current rekindling of former BFFs Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie just might do the trick.  After a long absence, the duo was recently spotted last week seriously chatting up some scheme at Victoria’s Secret 15th Swimsuit Anniversary in Beverly Hills. 

Other viable options for Hilton could be to continue to seek out and walk red carpets – for a reduced fee – or do infomercials- IF execs see the products would benefit from her endorsements.  

Could Paris Hilton morph into the female incarnate of deceased supreme huckster Billy Mays?

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Las Vegas Movie Premier of “She’s Out of My League” Deals with Sex

The long-awaited movie premiere of “She’s Out of My League” will be held Wed., March 10, at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, with a 6:30 p.m. red carpet that’s open to the public.

As it gets close to its release date, the movie keeps teasing audiences by releasing a new steamy snippet which shares a racy sequence. This age-restricted clip gives a preview to the movie’s star, Jay Baruchel, who admits that he has not experienced sex for quite some time, before he is going to make love with her on-screen girlfriend, Alice Eve.

In the film, Baruchel portrays Kirk, an airport security agent who is forced to believe that he is not woman’s favorite type of a boyfriend. When he gets what he never dreamed before – dating smart, sexy, charming young woman called Molly (played by Eve) – their relationship is threatened by his own insecurities and the advice from family and friends.

Beside the two lead actors, “She’s Out of My League” is supported by Krysten Ritter, who plays Patty, Mike Vogel, who stars as Jack, and Geoff Stults, who portrays Cam. Directed by Jim Field Smith, this romantic comedy is set to be unleashed in the U.S. on March 12.

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ShoWest Brings A-Listers, Galas to Las Vegas

The statistic is mind-blowing:  Over $4 billion in ticket sales for Warner Bros. alone from its 2009 worldwide box office.   In the U.S. alone, the company raked in more than $2 billion. The staggering numbers were revealed recently when ShoWest announced that it will present the Achievement Award to the company at the final night’s banquet and awards ceremony March 18 as the four-day convention wraps up at Bally’s and Paris in Las Vegas. 

A huge number of A-list movie stars not only representing Warner’s upcoming films, but many celebrities and executives from other movies as well.  Expect award parties daily, starting March 15. 

Film awardees already announced: Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer, who will be awarded Showest’s Stars of Tomorrow.  Katherine Heigel, right, is being tapped as Female Star of the Year.  Jerry Bruckheimer will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.   Sam Worthington will be vetted as Male Star of the Year.   Many, many more will be honored at the Las Vegas movie convention.

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Naked in Las Vegas

Greg Friedler is a fine art photographer.  Translated, he has a passion for capturing unique still photo scenes.  But his other finely honed artsy ability is taking photographs of willing people posed clothed and naked in front of a studio canvas. 

Las Vegas, undisputed City of Sin, was squarely in his camera’s viewfinder years ago and is now part of a documentary film, “Stripped: Greg Friedler’s Naked Las Vegas,” by David Palmer, which will premier in March 2010 and is planned to be on Showtime for two years. 

Their creative effort started in 1973, working from scratch and with no confirmed photo subjects nor even a confirmed location to shoot, Denver, Colorado-based avant-garde photographer Friedler and Los Angeles-based filmmaker David Palmer embarked on a multi-dimensional and highly emotional 30-day Las Vegas roller coaster ride, that would eventually bring together 173 naked human beings of every shape, size, and walk of life. 

Participants in the project entered a small white room with a red curtain and opened themselves up, literally, for what eventually became “Stripped: Gred Friedler’s Naked: Las Vegas,” baring not only their naked bodies, but, equally important, a bit of their inner souls. 

In 2008, with a pre-release copy of Greg Friedler’s book “Naked Las Vegas” in hand, David Palmer would journey back to Las Vegas and follow up interpersonally with 40 of the book’s true-life characters whom he had documented during Friedler’s initial Las Vegas shoot.  What would become apparent was that not only had the city of Las Vegas gone through very drastic changes, so too, on multiple levels, did the people whom Friedler and Palmer had photographed. 

Through Palmer’s discerning lens, which at times becomes so humanizing that even clothed, the film’s characters feel more naked than ever; viewers are privileged to see what happens when everyday human beings stripped of clothing, comforts and society’s judgments discover an even playing field of beauty, humanity and ultimately self love. 

The variety of visual candy is amazing.  From a homeless man who strips himself of his past regrets to find employment, a home of his own, and along with it his dignity; to a hermaphrodite couple exposing the truth that beauty and love can be shared beyond social stigmas; to an Elvis impersonator nakedly confronting his own lack of trust in society and finding faith in others by keeping his own commitments, “Stripped” prevails by sharing an honest, true story of ultimate triumph over what may seem like insurmountable social and personal odds. 

In our society that is overwrought with an obsession for money, fame and beauty, this collective of unique and sometimes bizarre individuals, living in one of the world’s most infamous cities, shows all of us it is possible to grow from crisis, to find the betterment of humanity through vulnerability, and ultimately be uplifted and inspired by the triumphs of coming to terms with who we all really are.

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AVN Adult Movie Awards Kick Off in Las Vegas in January

The nominations for the 2010 AVN Adult Movie Awards were announced and the winners in more than 100 different categories to be revealed live at the AVN Awards Show on Jan. 9, 2010, at Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. 

This year’s gala event is co-hosted by none other than two of the biggest names in the world of erotica, Kayden Kross, right, and Kirsten Price, left.

The 27th annual ceremony is the most important and star-studded night for the adult film industry as it rolls out its red carpet and celebrates the best and brightest in the business.  More than 5,000 releases were reviewed by the AVN staff during the year.  The event is a Herculean effort treated with the same seriousness and on par with the talent as the Academy Awards. 

Awards will be given out in 125 categories, including Best Video Feature, Best Parody, Female Performer of the Year, Best Adult Web site and numerous Best Sex Scene awards.  Movie titles receiving multiple nominations included 2040, Nurses, The 8th Day, Throat: A Cautionary Tale, Pure, Tori Black is Pretty Filthy, Flight Attendants, The Sex Files; A Dark XXX Parody, Ass Worship 11, Teachers and many more.  Stars such as Sasha Grey, Manuel Ferrara, Jenna Haze, Tori Black and others also received multiple nominations for their work this year.   A full list of categories and nominees can be found at www.avnawards.com

Tickets are available at avnawards.com for $300 each. 

First presented in 1983, the AVN Adult Movie Awards show is the adult industry equivalent to the Academy Awards for mainstream filmed entertainment.  Each January, industry talent, producers and technicians gather together in Las Vegas – THE Sin City – for a night of accolades, entertainment and fun.  The AVN Adult Movie Awardshonors the best movies, performers and production companies in adult entertainment in more than 100 different categories.  For more information on the AVN Adult Movie Awards show, please visit www.avnawards.com

AVN Media Network has become a global leader in the adult entertainment community.  AVN’s portfolio of business includes the widely-recognized industry journals:  AVN, AVN Online, GAYVN, and AVN Novelty Business.  In addition, AVN hosts the leading industry conventions: AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, Internext Las Vegas, Internext Summer, AVN Adult Novelty Expo and the consumer show Erotica LA.  It also provides online coverage through AVN.com news and AVN Live, along with cutting-edge industry e-newsletters.  AVN also hosts the annual AVN Adult Movie Awards and GAYVN Awards ceremonies.  For more information, visit the web site at www.avn.com 

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