The Lure of the Screen

Photo by Chris Jones

Photo by Chris Jones

At the recent Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival at Mandalay Bay Events Center, headliner Dave Chappelle talked about going to visit the Pawn Stars shop, and someone from the audience shouted, “Why?”

“Why?” Chappelle asked. “Because they’re on TV. Why are you all here to see me?” You cannot deny the power of the screen. And neither can a pair of Las Vegas notables.

Lance Burton stepped away from his live shows in 2010, but he’s been working movie mojo since then. First as a consultant to James Franco-as-proto-Frank Morgan in Oz the Great and Powerful, where he taught Jimmy Frank to do magic.

But closer to home is the indie film Burton is nearly done shooting, Billy Topit: Master Magician. Burton directs, stars in and co-wrote the flick with Michael Goudeau, who racked up 10 Emmy nods for his work on Penn and Teller: Bullshit!

It’s Burton’s first time behind the camera, but not his first in front of it. His lone IMDB credit is for a 1986 episode of Knight Rider, where he played the phenomenally named villain Austin Templeton. There’s no release date yet for the movie, in which Burton plays a children’s party magician who ran afoul of the mob. (Because Burton’s character helped a casino bust them cheating, not because the mob really would have preferred a clown and a piñata.)

Meanwhile, Kyle Busch’s heir apparent as the face of Las Vegas racing, Dylan Kwasniewski, is doing his own dance with the cameras.

The 18-year-old driver is doing an online documentary series, Flat Out, about his life as a teen who’s encouraged to go 160 mph, instead of having their dad take away the keys of the family Impala when they do. The series is being shown at We guess Keeping Up With the Kwasniewskis was too on the nose?

iHeart Robin and Lamar

The September 20-21 iHeartRadio Music Festival was a treasure trove of celebrity after-parties, but only one of them was big enough to get a casino mogul to join in. Katy Perry, Muse, Adam Lambert and Brian May were among a group of 50 who had dinner with Steve and Andrea Wynn, and son Nick Hissom, at Botero on September 20, before they all moved to XS to take over three cabanas. … 1 Oak drew Jason Derulo for his birthday September 21, along with fiancée Jordin Sparks. Jermaine Dupri was popping bottles for the occasion, while Dave Chappelle swung by after his Mandalay Bay Events Center turn. The following night, owner Richie Akiva was doing his birthday party, and he got Robin Thicke there to do “Blurred Lines,” because there’s never going to be a moment in time where “Blurred Lines” isn’t being played anymore. … Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick had dinner at Hakkasan with rapper Tyga on September 21, joined by Khloe Kardashian, still rolling solo sans Lamar Odom, which won’t in any way fuel the divorce speculation.


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