Archive | April, 2011

The only prescription is…more Harry Potter!!

27 Apr

Only 79 days to go!

For reals though, how amazing is this going to be? Absolutely cannot wait!

Viva Las Vegas Movies!

26 Apr

True story: up until a few weeks ago, I had made it through 25+ years of life without a single visit to our nation’s adult playground, Sin City. Yes, it’s very sad, I know.

But that all changed when I had the chance to go to Vegas for work, with some time for play built in! To my surprise, there’s no actual movie tour or anything that shows the sights in Las Vegas; I guess they expect you to get your gamble on and not worry about all the movies that have been shot or set in there, but not this girl! So I decided to conduct my own pseudo-movie tour, which would include visiting some of the hotels made femous (to me, at least) by some of my favorite Vegas-based movies!

First up: The Hangover, of course. Almost entirely set in Vegas, The Hangover cast and crew spent 15 days shooting on location in Nevada. However, I learned that none of the hotel room scenes were actually filmed at Caesars Palace; rather, the whole penthouse was recreated at Warner Brother’s Burbank studios. This was a fun tidbit from my tour guide from a studio tour I took a few weeks ago (more on this to come!), and obviously makes sense. As he put it, rather than run up costs by filming and subsequently destroying a suite at Caesars, they could create the room in the studio, and then destroy it without actually damaging the hotel.

Look familiar? If they turned around, theyd see me! (*Not actually a factual statement*)

And, according to IMDB, the suite the characters stayed at was modeled after two of the resort’s luxurious suites in its Forum Tower: a well-appointed penthouse and the so-called “Rain Man (1988) suite,” located on the 68th and 69th floors of the Forum Tower.

Next up on my self-guided tour were some of the locations in Vegas Vacation. Unlike The Hangover, the majority of shooting for Vegas Vacation was on location, with The Mirage Resort serving as a major filming location and home base for the hapless Griswold clan.

Some other fun facts from IMDB:

  • The living room in which Wayne Newton and Ellen have dinner is Wayne’s actual living room from his home in Las Vegas. His home was also on MTV’s “Cribs” (2000), where that same room is featured.
  • The Keno scene at the end of the film takes place at the MGM Grand Hotel Casino. The family is seen entering through the original “lion’s head” entrance, which was present when the casino was first built. This entrance has since been remodeled to look like “regular” doors, with a lion statue on top. The keno section of the casino is no longer there either.
  • Out of the three wonderful buffets I dined at in Vegas, I was sadly unable to locate and consumer blue or yella, Uncle Eddie style.

Last up on my made up Vegas movie tour: Ocean’s 11! This is a movie that filmed all over Vegas including shots at the three hotels the main gang robs (the MGM Grand, The Mirage and The Bellagio). With so much filmed in Vegas, there was just one thing I really, really wanted to see was this:

Taken by moi...

Look familiar?

Another fun fact: According to IMDB, “during the scene where the gang is watching the Bellagio fountains, the lake that the fountains perform in was actually drained on one side and a rail/bar was constructed there so that there would be room for each person to walk away, rather than turn and walk straight into the street.”

So what’s your favorite Vegas-set movie? Have you ever done your own makeshift movie tour?

**Reminder: don’t forget to enter Oscartini’s first birthday giveaway! See what you can win and how to enter here!**

Oscartini turns 1, & 3 chances to win!

25 Apr

Though I’ve been a super slacker lately, I couldn’t let the first anniversary of my blog pass without notice! Having hit publish on my very first post exactly one year ago today, I pulled together a Oscartini-by-the-numbers to commemorate the occasion!

72: number of posts

222: number of  comments

10,638: number of all time views

9: number of Oscar winners watched

1: number of time Oscartini has been freshly pressed

As for the most commonly used words over 365 days, this little Wordle cloud was super helpful to see what, exactly, I’ve been writing about!

Created by Wordle.net

Now on to the winning part! In honor of a whole year of Oscartini and to thank everyone that has ever read, I’m giving away three prizes! First up is a 1 month subscription to Netflix, which lets you stream all the movies you want, plus one DVD at a time. Next is your choice of ANY of the 10 films nominated for best picture this past year (see this post to refresh your memory). And finally, you can win 2 movie tickets to the theater of your choice, good to see anything your little heart desires!

It’s super easy to enter: either “like” Oscartini’s new Facebook page (also seen on the sidebar of this page), comment on this post with which prize you’d pick if you won, or tweet the link to this post.

You can have up to 3 entries, but only one prize per person, please! You have until 5 pm this FRIDAY, 4/29 to enter, so enter early and often! The winners will be randomly determined, and the first winner will get first pick of the prizes, the second winner will get the pick of the remaining two, and the third winner will receive the final prize!

Stay tuned for the winners, some new Oscar reviews, on location posts and several new series!

Thanks for reading, and good luck!

Is this hotel pager friendly?

13 Apr

Besides being the worse blogger ever, I’ve also been very very busy (hence, the uber light posting over the past month). Between traveling, work and traveling for work, my movie watching and blogging schedule has been neglected. But, I promise that will change, and I’ll be back with loads of fun new posts!

In the meantime, check out the newest trailer for The Hangover 2, which comes out next month (May 26th, to be exact!)