Blowhard, Esq. writes:
When it comes to traveling, my dad would say it’s a waste to spend a lot of money on a hotel room. “What’s the point? You’re gone all day. All you do is sleep there.” Sensible advice, I must say.
Sensible advice that I plan on ignoring ever since I stayed at The Palazzo in Vegas. Time for a phototour!
Hey look, an arbor gate in the making. (OK, maybe more like an arbor arch.)
The themed architecture is like Disneyland for adults. Did the guys who designed this hire any of the Imagineers as consultants? Here are a few details.
While there, I heard a great story about this place. The director Michael Almereyda, after visiting, had a genius idea: film the entirety of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice here, in the Venetian/Palazzo Canal Shoppes. When the wife of owner Sheldon Adelson heard about his plans, she nixed the idea, saying the play is antisemitic. But guess what? A different corporation was leasing the retail space and they were happy to have someone use it as a film set. Almereyda got John Logan to write a script and Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Zooey Deschanel, Gerard Butler, Thomas Jane, Q’orianka Kilcher, Sam Shepard, Elliott Gould, and Thora Birch were all cast. Unfortunately for us, the financing fell through a few weeks before shooting was to begin, dammit. Maybe they should put it up on Kickstarter?
Oh, right, I was here for a lawyer convention, a convention of Los Angeles plaintiffs’ trial lawyers no less. Here’s what the lectures looked like.
Yup, pretty boring. I learned such valuable lessons as “If the state bar sends you a letter, respond or you could get in trouble.” (Thanks for the advice, judge!) The exhibit hall was slightly more entertaining. Check out the dudez on the right just chillin’ and networkin’ and shit.