Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: May 29, 2007

THE NINTH ANNUAL CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVALopens at the Palms Casino Resort on June 6 with the Las Vegas premiere of director Steven Soderberghs Oceans Thirteen. Stars of the film expected to attend the screening include George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin and Andy Garcia. Festival attendees who purchase a $525 Royal Flush Pass and donate $250 to the International Rescue Committee can attend the premiere and the official star-studded after-party at Moon nightclub in the Palms. The festival concludes on June 16 with the screening of the dark comedy You Kill Me, which stars Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni, Luke Wilson and Bill Pullman. The festival is 11 days of filmmaker panels, awards presentations, parties, and the screening of nearly 100 films. For passes or more information, call (888) 8VEGAS8 or visit www.cinevegas.com.

THE VENETIAN RESORT HOTEL CASINO is renovating more than 3,000 of its rooms this year for completion by fall 2007. In addition to new carpets, furniture, and fixtures, the $100 million renovation will include three new plasma or LCD televisions in each room, remote control shades and curtains, wireless Internet and new sectional sleeper sofas. For more information, call (702) 414-1000 or visit www.venetian.com. In similar news, Mandalay Bay recently completed a $150 million redesign of its rooms, creating five new categories of suites ranging in size from 550 to 1,500 square feet, each displaying a palette of earth tones and dark woods. The new rooms include spa tubs, two flat-screen televisions and wireless Internet. The new, 750-square foot Great Room Suite was inspired by the African savannahs, utilizing deep yellows and oranges and cherry wood furnishings. For more information, call (702) 632-7777 or visit www.mandalaybay.com.

THE NEW PLATINUM HOTEL AND SPA just off the Strip has launched a weekly event dubbed Dine and Unwind.  On Friday and Saturday nights, Las Vegas visitors are invited to visit the fifth-floor pool deck for movies and concert videos projected onto the side of the hotel and a menu of gourmet concessions. The Platinums executive chef, Brent Hammer, has designed a casual menu including gourmet popcorn, lobster and chorizo tacos and microburgers. Mixologist Niles Peacock has fashioned some creative cocktails for the event, including Gummy Worm Margaritas and Hot Tamales (made with cinnamon schnapps, vodka and garnished with a Hot Tamale cinnamon candy). Dine and Unwind is free excluding food and beverage and will continue throughout the summer. For more information, call (702) 365-5000 or visit www.theplatinumhotel.com.

JULY 7 (7/7/07) is shaping up to be the biggest day for weddings in Las Vegas history, and the hotel-casinos are getting in on the act. Mandalay Bay has announced that KC & the Sunshine Band will perform on 7/7/07 for a large wedding reception at the hotels Mandalay Bay Beach. The performance is part of a mass wedding package that includes the ceremony, a champagne toast, flowered leis for the couple, a catered buffet and all drinks and a reception featuring KC & the Sunshine Band. For more information, call (702) 632-7490 or visit www.mandalaybay.com. The Silverton Casino Lodge is offering a contest for one lucky couple to win an underwater wedding on 7/7/07. Winners of the plunge contest will be scuba certified by Silverton staff and then have an underwater wedding in the hotels 117,000-gallon aquarium. They will also receive a two-night honeymoon to either Chicago, San Francisco, Vancouver, Orlando, Nashville, Baltimore or San Diego. For more details on the contest, call (702) 263-7777 or visit www.silvertoncasino.com.  

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine

Phone: (650) 348-1752

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