Where News Comes First

Don Cheadle watching a hotel implosion on News 3.

It will be hard for me not to miss Las Vegas this week for a couple reasons:

1) It’s the first Christmas away from the desert in 10 years.

2) Now Playing Podcast releases it’s review of 2001’s Ocean’s Eleven on Tuesday, and that’s just gonna bring back so many memories.

The picture above is a screenshot from the movie, it’s a scene where Don Cheadle’s character is watching the implosion of a hotel on the news. The graphic you see at the bottom is the old KVBC-TV logo.

News 3… Where News Comes First!

I started at KVBC (now KSNV) in April 2001, and when I got to town they were still filming Ocean’s (I might have mentioned that in a previous post). I thought it was the coolest thing in the world to see my station featured in the film.

That’s the old KVBC-TV logo!

A reporter and photographer from our station also made blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameos toward the end of the film, and I remember shouting in the theater when I saw them on screen.

Ocean’s Eleven was such a big deal for the city back then, especially because it was released in December (which, at the time, was a slow month) and only a couple of months after September 11 (the tourism industry was really struggling). Seeing the Strip on the big screen was great promotion and the movie was such a great party you couldn’t help but walk away with good feelings about Las Vegas.

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Jason R. Latham

Jason R. Latham is a Las Vegas-based freelance writer and owner of STRUT Stories, LLC, a digital storytelling studio specializing in content strategy, copywriting, and social media management.

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