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Strip Scribbles: ‘The Hangover Part III’ nears end of filming in Las Vegas

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The Hangover Part II” cast members Mike Tyson and Bradley Cooper pose together at the premiere of the film Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Los Angeles.

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Ed Helms at Cirque du Soleil's "O" in the Bellagio on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

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Ed Helms at Cirque du Soleil's "O" in the Bellagio on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

In the next few days, if you witness a parachutist land atop a car in downtown, which then smashes into a fire hydrant sending up cascading fountains over Fremont Street, don’t panic; the stunt is controlled so that nobody gets wet and wild.

It’s one of the closing sequences set this week for “The Hangover Part III” cast and crew as filming wraps its final five days here. Inside word is that “Hangover III” will be the best of the trilogy -- the funniest and also the most expensive.

That’s partly due to the number of stunts engineered and shot in the past four weeks here. One of the most complicated, I’m told, was the 21 skydivers jumping down over the Strip at nighttime. Another was a car stunt with one of the stars trying to access the Eiffel Tower at the Paris in a unique way.

Meantime, “Hangover” stars are having a ball here when not filming: Ed Helms watched Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at the Bellagio on Sunday night. Afterward, he met the cast, talked with underwater technicians, received an up-close look at the piano in the finale and auditioned for the contortionist act.

Co-star Ken Jeong dined with his wife at Japonais in the Mirage enjoying sushi, grilled robato dishes and martinis.

PARIS SKYDIVES: Blonde beauty Paris Hilton was back for a second consecutive weekend staying at the Wynn with Italian model beau River Viperi, this time celebrating the birthday of brother Barron Hilton Jr. Festivities included the Act in the Palazzo, partying with DJ Tiesto at Steve Wynn’s XS in the Encore and skydiving.

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Paris Hilton and River Viperi at the Wynn.

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Paris Hilton and friends go skydiving.

PAM’S VISIT: Inquiring minds want to know what Pamela Anderson is up to with a visit to the Wynn on Wednesday. Expect an announcement then to unravel the mystery. Meantime, former “Zumanity” half-animal star Jesus Villa is helping her train for the Nov. 27 finale of this season’s all-star “Dancing With the Stars” (she was KO’d in Week 1). Check back Tuesday to learn why she’s returning Dec. 8 to help Jesus on his 14-day stilts run from here to L.A.

Pamela Anderson

CLAIRE’S ‘PINUPS’: 2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair will headline the new show “Pinups” set to open next year at the Stratosphere after Frankie Moreno’s headliner show. There will be eight sexy female dancers and one male working with the Bettie Page lookalike model.

TRACK BRAWLS: For once, the headline fight didn’t involve Las Vegas hero NASCAR driver Kurt Busch. It was Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer who got in the brawl Sunday in Phoenix. The fracas exploded after Jeff sent Clint into a wall just before the race ended, and pit people had to hold them back. The win went to Kevin Harvick. You’ll get to understand the fiery and explosive Kurt when Speed TV broadcasts “Kurt Busch: The Outlaw” on Thursday.

Jeff Gordon vs. Clint Bowyer

Kurt Busch: The Outlaw

‘CHOPPER LIVE’: Rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline the four-way bike build-off “Chopper Live: The Revenge” on Dec. 11 on Discovery from the Hard Rock Hotel. It will star father-son “American Chopper” stars Paul Teutul Jr. and Paul Teutul Sr., “Outlaw Garage” star Jesse James and “Fast N’ Loud” stars Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman. Fans will vote on the Dec. 10 telecast, with the winners unveiled Dec. 11 here.

SINGING STARS: Tim McGraw says his new single “One of Those Nights” will be in the new run of Venetian shows with wife Faith Hill starting Dec 7. Tim told ABC News Radio the song has something in it for everyone: “No matter if you’re 60 or 16, you can relate to that song. Everybody creates their own video to that song when they hear it.”

Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips and “Fantasy” headliner Lorena Peril duet on “Winter Wonderland” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on Tuesday at the Ethel M’s Cactus Lighting in Henderson.

Rihanna at Mandalay Bay

Rihanna performs at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 17, 2010. Launch slideshow »

QUICK HITS

Wax figures of singer Rihanna will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds at the Venetian and Hollywood location Tuesday morning.

High-roller shopper Heather Marianna, who we featured here last week, flew to London for the opening of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Club in the British capital. Wonder if she can stay out of Harrods?

Some of the finest “free spirits” here -- bartenders, servers and go-go dancers -- are lining up to escape our chilly weather to spend summer working at Marquee Nightclub in Sydney.

Magician Murray Sawchuck features “America’s Got Talent” mentalist Eric Dittleman on Wednesday at his Tropicana show. Murray decided to name this America’s Got Talent Week because he also is shooting an “AGT” commercial. “AGT” magician Michael Turco, who recently lost his Miracle Mile Shops theater engagement at Planet Hollywood, performs Saturday and Sunday.

Restaurant owners, chefs and waiters are organizing a Hurricane Sandy relief fund with a food-and-wine event on the Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York on Dec. 9, with proceeds going to industry colleagues.

Starting Nov. 30, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas turns Boulevard Pool into a Winter Wonderland with an ice-skating rink and fire pits. Date Skate Mondays will feature romantic holiday movies on the 65-foot digital screen, and Wednesdays it’s an open-air nightclub with DJs. The rink will remain open until Jan. 20.

'Zarkana': Red Carpet and Show at Aria

Cirque du Soleil's Launch slideshow »

TONIGHT’S TIPS

It’s opening night of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels men’s basketball season, and the hungry team will “Run As One.” We wish them well!

Comedienne Rita Rudner is at the Venetian for one night.

Sin City Comedy at Planet Hollywood features Russ T Nailz through Sunday.

John Bizarre and Drew Thomas headline for two nights at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in MGM Grand.

DJ Steve Aoki spins at XS.

Jim Brickman presents “On a Winter’s Night” at Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

And the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay kicks off 20 nights of charity-based Happy Hours in the Foundation Room. Nationwide, the 13 clubs also kick off 20 months of celebrations for its 20th anniversary commemorating more than 20,000 music events.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Sir Elton John’s prodigy “Zarkana” music director Nick Littlemore reveals how he created the new Cirque du Soleil show’s score -- and Elton’s reaction when he heard it for the first time. Singer Shania Twain preps for her official arrival on the Strip, and the story of a courageous hero’s attempt at a Guinness World Record stilt-jumping from here to L.A.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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