Weekend Updates

Couple of interesting tidbits:


1)  It was originally supposed to be a feature length movie directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Russell Crowe but that didn't pan out.  Now, Nick Pilegi, author of the book that inspired Casino (as well as the screenplay), is developing a dramatic series on the life of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb.  CBS is looking to be the home of the series.  Director James Mangold who brought the Johnny Cash bio, I Walk the Line, to the silver screen will helm the pilot.

Ralph Lamb was the sheriff during Las Vegas's heyday of the 1960s through the 1970s.  He faced down every one from Frank Rosenthal to Hell's Angels and investigated everything from car bombings to the abduction/murder of Culinary official, Al Bramlett.  He has had a colorful life that includes growing up on a ranch in central Nevada.  The Lambs were at one time one of the most influential families in the state.  Ralph's brothers include former State Senator Darwin Lamb who has a cameo in the Bond film, Diamonds are Forever.



2)  The cast of the latest Cirque show, Elvis at Aria, received the bad news that the show is going dark for six weeks beginning in January while officials retool the show.  The retooling may include the jettisoning of Elvis music and biography elements.  The goal is to make it more of a Cirque spectacular.


3)  The Las Vegas Convention Authority has hired former mayor Oscar Goodman to help promote Las Vegas.  He will have his usual accessories, showgirls and a large glass of gin with him.  The contract lasts two years and is a work in progress.  "I will be the brand of Las Vegas," said Goodman.