Thursday, June 11, 2009 | 6:48 a.m.
Sun Special Coverage
If You Go
- What: CineVegas
- When: Today through Monday
- Where: Palms and Brenden Theatres
- Admission: $10 individual film tickets, $40 day pass (three films plus at least one party entry), $150 locals pass (16 films plus parties), other passes and packages $100-$500; 888-883-4278, www.cinevegas.com
Sarah Silverman may have had a minor role in “Saint John of Las Vegas” but that didn’t stop the hilarious actress-comedian from stealing the show out on the red carpet.
The film’s star, Steve Buscemi, was notably absent from last night’s screening at Planet Hollywood.
“Steve’s hot sh*t right now,” Silverman explained, noting her costar’s busy schedule. “He wanted to come,” she said.
Buscemi has a variety of projects on the go, including another film, the Jerry Bruckheimer 3-D action flick, “G-Force,” due out next month, and a grand total of six movies due out this year.
Silverman said she enjoyed working with Buscemi.
“He’s … a real, actor’s actor kind of guy,” she said. “He hung out after dinner and he was really silly.”
While “Saint John of Las Vegas’” other major star, Romany Malco (“The Love Guru,” “Weeds,” “40 Year Old Virgin”), also walked last night’s red carpet, it was Silverman who captured the spotlight and attention of onlooking fans.
After the screening, she mused over the differences between Malco’s on-camera and off-camera eating habits.
“It was crazy seeing Romany eating Twinkies and smoking cigarettes (in the movie) because, like, his body is a temple,” Silverman said. “It was very exiting to see that on camera.”
Meanwhile, the 38-year-old said it was “horrifying” to see herself on camera.
Silverman plays Buscemi’s quirky, smiley love interest in the film.
She described the character as the one who brings some “zen” to Buscemi’s unlucky on-screen persona, a compulsive gambler.
Other stars on the carpet last night included CineVegas’ creative advisory board chairman Dennis Hopper, who opted to cut his time on the carpet short; mononymous actress Aviva (“Superbad”); and already accomplished, yet up-and-coming actor Jesse Garcia (“Quinceañera”).
The film’s producer, Marc Burman, and director and co-writer, Hue Rhodes, were also there, as was CineVegas’ artistic director, Trevor Groth.
The omnipresent Holly Madison – who will soon take to the stage in the very theater used for Wednesday night’s screening and assume Kelly Monaco’s role in “Peepshow” – also put in an appearance, as did the cast of “Jersey Boys;” incoming Imperial Palace headliners, Human Nature; Carrot Top; and Miss Nevada USA, Georgina Vaughan, among others.
Many of the VIPs mixed and mingled with other members of the CineVegas crowd after the screening at the official afterparty and opening night soirée at Privé.
The 11th annual CineVegas film festival continues now through Monday. While the majority of screenings and events take place at the Palms, a complete guide to the festival, its events and corresponding parties can be found here.
Sun Event Calendar
- Our kind of culture (6-10-2009)
- Mr. Las Vegas has advice for young actors (3-25-2009)
- 'Saint John of Las Vegas' kicks off CineVegas Film Festival (3-24-2009)
Beyond the Sun
Melissa Arseniuk writes about Las Vegas entertainment and celebrity events. She can be reached at 702-948-7823 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.