Eastwood’s son true to his heritage

The son of “Dirty Harry” will soon be getting dirty in a rodeo arena.

Following in the footsteps of his famous father, actor Scott Eastwood is in Las Vegas for a pro bull riding event to research his first leading role.

The 28-year-old son of film legend Clint Eastwood attended the Pro Bull Riders’ Last Cowboy Standing event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Young Eastwood is starring in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel, “The Longest Ride.”

He inherited his father’s rugged good looks and caused a stir when he was on the cover of Town &Country’s September issue. He was recently cast with Brad Pitt, who plays a World War II tank commander in the behind-the-lines drama “Fury.” The film comes out this year.

He made his film debut in 2006 in “Flags of Our Fathers,” which was directed by his father, who won Oscars for best director in “Unforgiven” (1992) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004).

“The Long Ride” is directed by George Tillman Jr., who directed “Notorious,” “Soul Food” and “Men of Honor.”

Scott Eastwood is one of two children his father secretly fathered with flight attendant Jacelyn Reeves while married to Sondra Locke.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

UFC octagon girl Brittney Palmer, who made the cover of Playboy two years ago, was scheduled to get married to Australian Aaron Zalewski on Saturday in Los Angeles. A former member of the topless “X” burlesque show at Flamingo, Palmer was a cocktail server at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace in 2008 when she auditioned as a ring-card girl for World Extreme Cagefighting. That led to her becoming one of the UFC’s “it” girls, with Arianny Celeste. …

In a show of support for ailing chef Kerry Simon and critically injured food critic Max Jacobson, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit has arranged for participating chefs to autograph chef coats to benefit the duo. Proceeds will go to the Kerry Simon Multiple System Atrophy Center at the Lou Ruvo Cleveland Clinic for brain health and to aid Jacobson, who suffered serious brain injuries when struck by a vehicle in December. Bids will be accepted until May 18 via http://chefcoat.auction-bid.org/micro2.php. …

Tracey Davis, who authored “Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father,” will appear at Barnes &Noble, 2101 N. Rainbow Blvd., on Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m.

SIGHTINGS

Sports agent J.B. Bernstein, the inspiration behind “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, dining at Crush (MGM Grand) with wife Brenda. … Ashton Kutcher, playing golf with friends at the Wynn golf course Friday. When they finished, the group that had finished just before Kutcher asked him to take the photo, and he happily accommodated them; also playing in the group was Danny Masterson. … Jessica Alba, celebrating her birthday Friday at Hakkasan Restaurant and Nightclub (MGM Grand) with husband Cash Warren and friends. … Flamingo headliner Olivia Newton-John, dining with husband, John Easterling, at Nove Italiano (Palms) on Friday. … Star chef Gordon Ramsay and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro, having cocktails with friends at Hakkasan (MGM Grand) on Thursday. They were in town for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit. … Lauren Hanley, who made headlines when she dated football sensation Johnny Manziel in January, celebrated her 21st birthday at the Encore Beach Club pool party with her mother and friends Thursday, the day Manziel fell to 22nd in the NFL Draft. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. … Minutes after arriving at the Omaha, Neb., airport on Wednesday, I heard a voice familiar to many: It was Las Vegas’ celebrity auctioneer Christian Kolberg. He was at the Boys Town annual gala that attracted 1,800, including featured guest Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.

THE PUNCH LINE

“Thirty-two players were drafted in the first round (of the NFL draft). Well, actually, 31 — the Jets got confused and took one of the Rockettes.” — Jimmy Fallon

Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Reach him at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find more at normclarke.com. Follow @Norm_Clarke on Twitter.“Norm Clarke’s Vegas,” airs Thursdays on the “Morning Blend” on KTNV-TV, Channel 13.

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