Finish this sentence: “Live from Las Vegas, it’s. …” If Lorne Michaels has his way, we’ll be hearing “Live from Las Vegas, it’s Saturday Night Live!”
According to the New York Daily News, Michaels is “in the early stage of talking” with a Las Vegas casino about moving a spinoff of NBC’s long-time powerhouse program here.
Michaels, the show’s co-creator, has been tossing around names such as Martin Short, Jon Lovitz and Julia Sweeney, according to the News.
He has discussed alum appearances by Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Steve Martin, the newspaper said.
’21’ TO PREMIERE HERE
The world premiere of “21,” the Kevin Spacey-produced gambling film that’s set in Las Vegas, will be at ShoWest here in March.
Planet Hollywood Resort has landed the after-party.
The March 12 screening will be part of ShoWest. The largest annual motion picture industry convention will be held at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas hotels March 10-13.
Joining Spacey in Las Vegas will be cast members Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth and Jim Sturgess.
Many scenes of “21” were shot at Planet Hollywood last year. Spacey bought the rights to the book, “Bringing Down the House” by Ben Mezrich. It’s a true story of a team of MIT students who came up with a card-counting system to beat Las Vegas out of millions.
The “21” cast also will be honored at ShoWest’s awards ceremony. Anne Hathaway will be named the female star of the year and Emile Hirsch the top male star. Awards also will go to Robert Downey Jr., Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Seth Rogen, Abigail Breslin, Christopher Nolan and producer Charles Roven.
David Mamet, Alan Ball and Helen Hunt will be honored for their films. Mamet will receive the ShoWest excellence in filmmaking award. Ball, the screenwriter for Oscar-winning “American Beauty,” will be honored for his directing debut, “Towelhead.” Hunt will be named breakthrough director of the year for “Then She Found Me.”
ShoWest organizers are expecting appearances by Hathaway, Hirsch, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Christina Ricci and filmmakers George Lucas and Nolan, among others.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
NASCAR’s inaugural parade of haulers down the Strip “was a home run, one of the greatest things we’ve done in the community,” said Jeff Motley, public relations director for Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Thousands cheered as the hauler for their favorite driver passed.
“To take some part of the race down to the Strip, it was just amazing,” Motley said. …
Veronica Grabowski, Miss Nevada USA 2008, climbs aboard an F-16 today for a 45-minute flight with the Air Force’s Thunderbirds demonstration team. She has spent the week making stops at Centennial Hills Medical Center, Shade Tree Homeless Shelter and Ralph Cadwallader Middle School. …
Michael Strahan, defensive star of the Super Bowl champion NewYork Giants, and some teammates are celebrating at Tao nightclub (Venetian) tonight. …
A memorial/jam tribute for Jahna Steele begins at 9 p.m. today at The E String Grill & Poker Bar, 2031 W. Sunset Road in Henderson. Performers will include: The Lon Bronson Band, Michelle Rohl, Catte Adams, Jerry Halliday, Joelle Righetti, former members of the “Crazy Girls” revue, Rick Friedman and Tony Davich. Steele, who died Jan. 24, was a transgender legend in Las Vegas.
MAY I RECOMMEND …
Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Neon Garage will be the epicenter of musical entertainment during NASCAR Weekend. Fans not only gain access to race teams and drivers, but they’ll see the Blue Man Group plus a slew of artists paying tribute to Elvis, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Rod Stewart, James Brown, Charlie Daniels and more. The area opens at 9 a.m. today, 8 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday. It closes at 7 p.m.
Actress/Internet queen Cindy Margolis and former Miss USA Tara Conner, co-hosting the 2008 Nightclub & Bar Magazine Top 100 Bars and Clubs event at Tao on Wednesday night.
THE PUNCH LINE
“The Florida Marlins have announced they will form an all-male, plus-size cheerleading squad. They will be called the Marlin Brandos.” — Conan O’Brien
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