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Las Vegas Pop Culture

Hunter S. Thompson’s game-changing Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas may have started the trend of using Las Vegas as a scene setter for crime novels, journals and non-fiction accounts. But the movie industry simply cannot get enough of this place. “The Hangover” might be the latest to come out of a regular stream of pop films. But important works also see the light of the desert: Mike Figgis’ Leaving Las Vegas, Martin Scorsese’s Casino. For many years Caesars Palace milked honey from the “Rain Man” suite. The Nevada Film Office keeps a roster of active filming locations. Check the list and show up. You might just become permanent part of the Las Vegas skyline on the silver screen.