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Filming in Las Vegas: ‘Hangover Part III’ and De Niro and Douglas


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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.

It is going to be a Hollywood-style traffic jam of monumental proportions at center Strip for three weeks starting in the middle of this month and stretching into November. Vegas DeLuxe has learned exclusively that the cast and crew of “The Hangover Part III” will move to Caesars Palace after completing scenes in our nearby desert.

At the same time, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas will be headquartered at Caesars, with much of the crew at Aria in CityCenter, to shoot their movie “Last Vegas” for CBS Films. “It’s going to be like ‘The Hangover’ but with guys who are older than Bradley Cooper’s buddies,” laughed Robert. “Michael plays a bachelor who’s finally getting married in his retirement years. We take him to Vegas for a little celebration before he walks down the aisle. It’s senior citizens in Sin City.”

Mary Steenburgen, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Jerry Ferrara also star in the film, a “Grumpy Old Men’s” “Hangover,” which also is shooting scenes in Georgia. It is scheduled to be released next year.

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Robert De Niro, chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Meir Teper, partners of Nobu Hospitality, attend the announcement of the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace at Nobu in New York City on Sunday, June 10, 2012.

“The Hangover” Wolf Pack of Bradley, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha return here to the original scenes of the crime. Hometown heavyweight Mike Tyson is set for another cameo, and Cheryl Cole is back for a third time, too, along with Ken Jeong. John Goodman is a guest star, and Heather Graham returns after missing “The Hangover Part II.”

“The Hangover” franchise has earned Warner Bros. more than $1 billion, so full details of the newest sequel are cloaked in CIA secrecy. This time, the guys hit the road without any wedding or bachelor party plans. We’ve hinted that the storyline would involve breaking into a mental asylum to rescue one of them.

“The Hangover” was filmed in Las Vegas over 15 days for $35 million and wound up in its 2009 release garnering more than $500 million, the sixth highest-grossing hit that year. The sequel was filmed mainly in Thailand and became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time when released last year, with a box office haul of nearly $600 million.

The Hangover Part II

“The Hangover Part III,” which began shooting in California last month, is set for a May 24 release. And as if the perfect storm of platinum personalities isn’t enough, country songbird Shania Twain arrives at the same time. She joins her cast, musicians and crew to start rehearsals for her new residency show beginning Dec. 1 at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

Lights, cameras, action! All a major coup for the Strip, and we’ll have to simply shrug at any traffic gridlock.

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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