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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 10:57 a.m.
Actor Mark Wahlberg predicted his summer movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” for director Michael Bay will be this year’s biggest box office hit. The action hunk screened advance scenes from the June 27 release and talked with 5,000 movie theater owners for the opening of 2014 CinemaCon in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Monday night.
Mark, dressed casually in a black T-shirt and blue jeans, told delegates that it was amazing to work with the director on the legendary franchise. He then introduced his co-stars Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor, who were with Mark’s 10-year-old daughter Ella Wahlberg, who is not the actress who plays his daughter in the film.
Laughed Mark: “This is Ella’s first-ever trip to Las Vegas — and hopefully her last!”
Turning serious, he added: “This will be the biggest movie of 2014. It is the most iconic franchise in movie history. The only place that Michael Bay’s movies should be seen is in the theaters.”
Mark stars as a struggling inventor who discovers a Transformer, but then his daughter is taken hostage by a bot. Paramount also announced that Michael Bay’s new “Project Almanac” will be released next January with MTV Films.
There also was an appearance by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson promoting his July 25 release of “Hercules” co-starring Ian McShane and John Hurt and directed by regular Las Vegas visitor Brett Ratner. The former WWE champion released the first trailer for “Hercules” this morning, which shows his larger-than-life character fighting massive armies and huge animals while wearing a lion’s head over his long hair.
Dwayne, looking as fit as ever, reached the stage by strolling through the theater shaking hands with the National Association of Theater Owners delegates: “We all made a pact before we started shooting that I would completely disappear into the character with hair, makeup and prosthetics.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Will Arnett and “Arrested Development” alumnus David Cross rode Segways into the theater to preview their new movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” co-starring Megan Fox that will be released Aug. 8. It was the second Michael Bay production on the first night of 2014 CinemaCon.
Our thanks to contributing photographer Erik Kabik of Retna for his first-night red carpet photo gallery.
In other news from 2014 CinemaCon on Monday, the world’s first 4D cinema company for feature films, CJ 4DPlex, announced that entertainment powerhouse AEG will bring the first 4D experience to America this summer at Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles.
Executives say the immersive experience, never seen or felt in America before, brings the human senses of visual, aural, olfactory and tactile into the special effects with motion, wind, strobe, fog, vibration, mist, rain and scents.
Attendance at this year’s convention is up 5 percent over the past two consecutive record years of the worldwide box office. Today, Universal Pictures will make studio presentations for Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s “Neighbors” and Lionsgate for Kevin Costner’s “ Draft Day.”
Our Luxor headliners the Jabbawockeez and DJ crew The Bangerz will entertain the NATO delegates at the Frat Party that will follow the “Neighbors” screening. Check back later for more coverage of 2014 CinemaCon.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.