The Bad Idea that was my move to Vegas wasn’t entirely a waste of time because I got to attend the film festival Cinevegas (think Sundance, only smaller). And it was fun to pretend for a weekend that I was rich and famous.
My dad works in the film industry, although that isn’t as glamourous as it sounds. He mostly helps produce straight-to-video, B-grade slasher films which you’d only ever catch if you were watching TV at three in the morning in, say, Budepest or Uzbekistan. But every once in a while his producer status comes in handy. Like last weekend for example, when it scored me an all-access pass to the film festival
premieres and pool-side parties the The Palms Resort and Casino.
I’ve actually considered going to work for the production company my dad fiances (he has an office in Las Vegas), but although I love movies, I don’t know if I love the type of people that are involved in making them. Most actors I’ve met are nice enough, it’s just that their entourage of hanger-ons have this ‘holier than than thou’ attitude that’s sort of draining to be around.
The production company my dad works for threw a party in the KingPin Suite at the Palms. I felt like I was on an episode of Cribs, because not only did the suite have a bar, pool and poker tables, but a giant two-lane bowling alley right down the center of it.
Here’s me bowling barefoot before the party started. After it was under way, I was assigned to the role of cocktail waitress, which is something that I’m not very good at. I spilled a drink on the friend of the heir to the MGM empire, (oops!). So not smooth.
I think the hightlight of the weekend for me was seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt up close. You probably know him from Third Rock from the Sun (he played Tommy), but he was also in the Lookout and Brick (good movies!) and he starred in the film 500 Days of Summer (out next month). It’s a borderline chick flick and reminded me of Garden State but the script is hilarious and it’s a perfect movie for anyone who’s ever been dumped (which is practically everyone, right?). He’s a really talented actor and I wish I’d had the courage to approach him.