SHOOTING STARS: Homegrown thriller ‘Red Herring’ looks beyond the Strip

  What happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily happen on the Strip.
  Writer-producer Joshua Cohen hopes to show exactly that in his independent feature “Red Herring.”
  Principal photography is scheduled to begin today on the neo-noir murder mystery, which follows detective Jack Adamson (played by Robert Scott Howard) as he searches for an enigmatic assassin known as the “Blue Screen of Death.”
  Also starring for California-based director Ousa Khun (who beat out 65 applicants for the job): “Sopranos” veteran Vincent Pastore (pictured), former Playmate of the Year Corinna Harney-Jones and Internet star Bobbi Billard.
  Although a dawn shot at Valley of Fire State Park is expected to kick off the “Red Herring” shoot, this week’s locations include Mayor Oscar Goodman’s City Hall office (Goodman has a cameo), the Henderson Executive Airport and a local mixed martial arts gym, Cohen notes.
  Driving shots and not one or two but three fights also turn up on this week’s schedule.
  Throughout, “Red Herring” will showcase “what happens in Las Vegas outside of the Strip,” he explains. “We’re trying to create a real life for Vegas.”
  After all, Cohen adds, “Vegas has a lot of things to offer. It’s a fun place — but also a slightly dangerous place. There is a little bit of danger and excitement.”
  Stay tuned to Shooting Stars for production updates; for more details, check out the movie’s Web site at
  The “Deal” thing: CBS’ new daytime version of “Let’s Make a Deal” rolls on at the Tropicana, with a lucky 13 — count ’em, 13 — shows scheduled to tape this week.
  Hosted by Wayne Brady, every hourlong episode of the game show revival provides a chance for costumed audience members to win big — or, in the parlance of the original, get zonked.
  One undisputed winner in the “Deal” revival: the host hotel-casino.
  The national TV exposure will “drive traffic to the property,” notes Trish Gilbert, the Tropicana’s marketing vice president. And while “the property you see now is very different” than what’s planned during a $100-million-plus renovation, “it’ll give you a taste of what’s to come.”
  This week’s “Deal” taping schedule, according to the CBS ticket link: 1 and 3:30 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday; 1 and 3:30 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m., noon ad 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  Reservations for free tickets are available at; check the Tropicana’s “Deal” hot line at (888) 706-8767 for call times and other helpful hints.
  Bride eyes: In the wedding capital of the world, there’s never any shortage of cameras.
  And we’re not just talking about the ones recording happily-ever-after vows for posterity.
  TLC’s “Happily Ever Faster” ended production a few weeks ago, but an as-yet-untitled wedding show produced by the new Griffin Network rolls on, capturing every step in the wedding planning process, from gown shopping to going to the chapel.
  Hairstylist and makeup artists, caterers and florists — they’re all part of the picture in various 30-minute episodes, explains Eric Brown, directing manager for the Griffin Network.
  And while the series also focuses on weddings in Phoenix and Southern California, Las Vegas gets the bulk of the screen time, Brown notes.
  After all, Las Vegas “is one of the largest destination places in the world to get married,” he says — which is “one of the biggest reasons we picked Las Vegas” as the show’s production base, Brown adds.
  Production is scheduled to continue through mid-November; the show will debut next year.
  “Sky” high: The Japanese travel show “Another Sky” returns to Las Vegas this week, with kabuki star Kamejiro Ichikawa exploring some of his favorite Las Vegas locales, from Bellagio and Treasure Island to Mirage’s resident Cirque du Soleil show, “Mystere.”
The three-day shoot is scheduled to wrap up Tuesday, according to U.S. producer Emi Akimoto of Global International Service. The 30-minute episode will air on Japan’s Nippon Television; a previous episode shot here in July, Akimoto notes.

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