Kevin James’ MMA comedy filming at MGM Grand

Brace yourself: Here comes “Here Comes the Boom.”

Considering Las Vegas’ status as mixed martial arts capital, it’s probably inevitable that the Columbia Pictures comedy would film here.

Kevin James plays a Boston-area biology teacher who moonlights as an MMA fighter to raise money to save his high school’s music program.

Today’s the final day of production on the comedy, which previously filmed in the Boston area. James and Henry Winkler, along with former MMA fighter Mark DellaGrotte , are expected on location at the MGM Grand, along with more than a hundred extras playing UFC fans.

Scheduled for release next summer, “Here Comes the Boom” marks the second collaboration between James and director Frank Coraci ; their first, “Zookeeper,” hits screens July 8.

Wayne game: Chances are, when you hear the words “Wayne” and “Vegas” together, you think of Wayne Newton.

But another Vegas veteran named Wayne — “Let’s Make a Deal’s” Wayne Brady — will be center stage Sunday, hosting the 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards live (to the East Coast, anyway) from the Las Vegas Hilton.

An Emmy-winner — for his daytime talk show and for prime time’s “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” — the former Venetian headliner previously hosted the awards bash in 2003, well before last year’s move to Las Vegas reinvigorated the show by adding Vegas entertainment to the mix.

Brady teams with Monte Carlo headliners the Jabbawockeez for the show’s opening number; Penn & Teller, Marie Osmond, Gladys Knight and Celine Dion are among the Vegas regulars expected to appear.

And while many associate Brady with improvisational comedy, presuming he’s afflicted with “some sort of entertainment Tourette’s” syndrome, “as a host, I’m hired to traffic cop,” he acknowledges. “You do a little something when it’s time to do a little something; otherwise, move on.”

Pageant preliminaries: The Daytime Emmys aren’t the only TV special returning to Las Vegas Sunday; NBC’s telecast of the 60th annual Miss USA pageant goes live (to the East Coast; it’s tape-delayed for us Pacific Time Zone types) from Planet Hollywood’s Theatre for the Performing Arts.

In addition to live pageant coverage, the broadcast will include taped footage shot last week, featuring Miss USA contestants visiting around town, from the Palms pool to Red Rock Canyon.

It’s the fourth consecutive year the pageant has called Las Vegas (and Planet Hollywood) home, according to executive Paula Shugart , president of the Miss Universe Organization, which presents the Miss USA pageant.

With the Las Vegas setting, “there’s always something new to promote,” she notes; Glitter City also provides an experienced crew for the show, Shugart adds.

“That’s one of the reasons it’s so great for us to come here,” she says. “Las Vegas is one place we always come where we can find great people.”

Quick takes: Immediately after the Miss USA pageant concludes, Andy Cohen — who’s co-hosting with E!’s Giuliana Rancic — will segue to his Bravo series, “Watch What Happens: Live,” from a nearby Planet Hollywood location.

Rio headliners Penn & Teller are scheduled to chat with Al Roker for NBC’s “Today” — and to stage a stunt at Sam Boyd Stadium for their upcoming Discovery Channel series, which is undergoing a title switch to “Penn & Teller Tell a Lie.”

Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter” continues production this week, while National Geographic’s upcoming series “Knights of Mayhem” focuses on preparations for, and competition at, the Ultimate Jousting Championships Saturday night at South Point Arena. And Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” was scheduled to conclude a four-day shoot Sunday; locations include the Strip, the Imperial Palace and a Peccole Ranch residence.

Carol Cling’s Shooting Stars column appears Mondays. Contact her at 702-383-0272 or

Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas art exhibit
Artists from Cirque du Soleil contribute art to Las Vegas gallery exhibit
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with blooming jasmine tea
Red Plate on the Las Vegas Strip serves a cocktail made with jasmine tea
Benny the Ice Skating Dog
Benny is a Las Vegas Labrador who was rescued by former pro skater Cheryl Del Sanyo, and trained to ice skate. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Nevada State Museum
The Nevada State Museum of Las Vegas, located at the Springs Preserve, covers all eras of the state, from prehistoric to today.
Throw a better dinner party
Cash appears at Baseball Winter Meetings
Lights FC mascot Cash plays the electronic drums at the EZ Inflatables’ booth on Tuesday at the Baseball Winter Meetings trade show at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
5 albums to soundtrack your holiday gatherings in style
1. Various Artists, “Holidays Rule," with Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, Calexico and more. 2. Various Artists, “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year," with Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, Chuck Billy and others. 3. Various Artists, “Christmas on Death Row," featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg to name but a few. 4. Bright Eyes, “A Christmas Album.” 5. Various Artists, "The Motown Christmas Album." (Jason Bracelin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
WinterFest in Henderson.
Miss Rodeo America Fashion Show
The 28 women contestants of Miss Rodeo America compete in a fashion show at the Tropicana on Dec. 7, 2018.
Tournament Of Kings Holiday Show
Wizards and warriors are ready for the holidays at Excalibur's Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show.
Take a dive with the Silverton mermaids
A visit to the Silverton Casino Hotel is not complete without taking in the popular, and very unique, mermaid show.
Cowboys and western aficionados can buy virtually anything at Cowboy Christmas
Vegas Golden Knights Christmas Display
In the Las Vegas Valley, the chances of getting a white Christmas are slim. But this year, you can have a “Knight” Christmas. A Henderson resident has a Christmas lights display that is synchronized to the entrance music for the Golden Knights. GG Misa’s Knights light show is played every 30 minutes from 5 to 10 nightly. His light show consists of two songs: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and the entrance music, “Le Castle Vania,” from the movie “John Wick.” The display is located at 730 Bollons Island St. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Reivew-Journal)
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez is Just in Time For Repeal Day And Christmas
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez Is Just In Time For Repeal Day And Christmas. Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal
TV's LGBT superheroes
Green Valley Ranch's Winter's Village
The Mob Museum
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Quick Chat With Criss Angel
James D. Gish and Susan Anton rehearse
Susan Anton will be special guest at James D. Gish’s holiday concerts Dec. 7 at Summerlin Library and Dec. 9 at Clark County Library. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bellagio Winter Wonderland
"Majestic Holiday Magic" at the Bellagio Conservatory.
Underwater Santa At The Silverton
Santa takes a dive Sunday, December 2, at the Silverton Casino Hotel. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Cowabunga Bay Christmas Town
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which opened in 1991, has exhibits of mechanical dinosaurs and taxidermied animals, along with live snakes, fish and sharks. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Magical Forest Lights
Cirque Du Soleil Performers Team Up For New Show "Kinekt"
Through dance, acrobatics and aerial arts, “Kinekt” tells a story all too familiar to modern families: how to maintain a human connection in the digital age. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden
The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas
The Pinball Hall of Fame was created by Tim Arnold and opened in 2006. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas
Trainer Lou “Mack” McCammon guides several rescue dogs through a series of tricks and jumps two shows a day weekends through December at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
News Headlines
Local Spotlight
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like