The Top 10 Las Vegas Movies

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs The top 10 Las Vegas movies The Best Vegas Films When it comes to movie locales, Las Vegas isn’t a bad bet. From its gangster roots to its embrace of vice and shotgun weddings, Sin City has become one of Hollywood’s favorite datelines. As Las Vegas unveils its “Vegas Enablers” campaign, a re-imagined take on the pop culture-entrenched slogan “What happens here, stays here,” USA TODAY film critic Scott Bowles lists his top 10 films to come from The Strip Paramount/The Kobal Collection #1 ‘The Godfather: Part II’ (1974) The payout: The story of the early life and career of Vito Corleone in the 1920s as he expanded his syndicate from Nevada to Cuba hit Hollywood’s ultimate jackpot. The film grossed a then-impressive $48 million and made Oscar an offer it couldn’t refuse, walking off with six Academy Awards, including best picture, best director for Francis Ford Coppola and best supporting actor for Robert De Niro. Frank Masi, Warner Bros. Pictures #2 ‘The Hangover’ (2009) The payout: The $35 million comedy about a band of drunken revelers was considered something of a long shot, with its B-level cast and an R rating, which once hampered summer films. By the end of its run, Hangover became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy with $277 million and spawned films like Bridesmaids and We’re the Millers. #5 ‘Casino’ (1995) The payout: Martin Scorsese’s mobster drama about greed, betrayal and a feud over a trophy wife ensconced Robert De Niro and Joe Pesce as gangster icons and earned Sharon Stone a best actress Oscar nomination. Castle Rock/New Line/The Kobal Collection #6 ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ (1992) The payout: No actor has hit the jackpot in Vegas more often than Nicolas Cage, himself an avowed Elvis fan. He’s at his hound dog best here as a commitment-phobe who takes his fiancee (Sarah Jessica Parker) to Vegas to get hitched, only to have his plans undone by a dicey poker player (James Caan).

Movies for Grownups Atlanta Film Festival

Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga in Middleton. (Courtesy Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Garcia will participate in a question-and-answer session after the film, along with the writer and director of the movie, Adam Rodgers. Johnny Cash and Saul Holiff Ron Joy/New Chapter Productions, Inc. My Father and the Man in Black Stars: Johnny Cash and Saul Holiff Director: Jonathan Holiff Director Jonathan Holiff, 48, whose movie My Father and the Man in Black also will be featured, will participate in a question-and-answer session after his documentary about music icon Johnny Cash and his troubled manager, Saul Holiff, Jonathan’s father. Bruce Dern and Will Forte Merie W. Wallace/Paramount Nebraska Stars: Bruce Dern Director: Alexander Payne Other screenings at the Movies for Grownups festival include Nebraska , starring Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern, 77, as a cantankerous father who wangles his son into a road trip to claim his sweepstakes prize. The movie, directed by Alexander Payne , is set to open in November and already is getting award buzz. Frank Langella and Christopher Plummer Jojo Whilden/HBO Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight Stars: Ed Begley Jr., Frank Langella, Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover Director: Stephen Frears Also previewing at the festival is Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight , to be shown on HBO on Oct. 5. The story behind Ali’s claim of conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War at the height of his boxing career, the movie stars, among others, Ed Begley Jr., who will take questions from the audience following the screening. AARP Movies for Grownups highlights feature films that speak to an audience that appreciates grownup themes and stars. The annual Movies for Grownups Awards are announced in February and presented at a yearly gala soon after. Also of Interest:

Now at your library: Streaming movies, music

Hoopla’s launch won’t affect the stocking of physical DVDs at library branches for the time being, Blankenship said. Unlike physical copies, there are no waits for patrons who want to borrow a streaming movie. For Seattle resident and library patron Jamie Koepnick-Herrera, Hoopla has joined her other streaming services such as Netflix, which she uses for movies, and Hulu, which she uses to watch current seasons of television shows. On Hoopla, she found the yoga videos she was looking for. “I think it provides a great free source of entertainment for families who can’t afford to get a movie for family night or for teenagers to have access to that album they can’t afford,” Koepnick-Herrera said. Hoopla’s movie and television collection is impressive in its numbers: About 3,000 titles. It is, however, chockfull of B-movies. Some of the newer movies weren’t exactly hits in the theaters, such as Keanu Reeves’ “Generation Um” and Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” which preceded his hit “The Butler.” But there are also many older films, including some classics. The choice of foreign flicks is also healthy and with some quality picks. Documentaries, such as “Gasland” and “Restrepo,” are some of the top picks for a collection that also includes public television documentaries, like Ken Burn’s “Prohibition.” Under the television section, Hoopla offers plenty of National Geographic and British shows, but not much else. There aren’t past seasons of many shows, which is one area Netflix thrives in. There are also educational choices, such as preparation videos for high school advanced placement exams. The limit on new movie titles, though, is not something unique to Hoopla. Even Netflix, with its bigger budget, often spars with movies studios on when to release new movies. And it’s not something unique to streaming either.