By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn June 13, 2008 at 7:29AM
Vegas looks a lot prettier from above, before all the slot machines cloud your vision. Here, approaching the city by plane yesterday, I got a sweeping view of the surrounding desert.
Then, things got a little uglier.
This town doesn't waste any time before trying to take your money. Taken at the Vegas airport, moments after stepping off the plane.
The Palms, where most of the Cinevegas stuff takes place, also held a concert by the Stone Temple Pilots last night. The opening night film was The Rocker, starring Rainn Wilson. Would it make a difference if I told you the movie was terrible? It stars Dwight from The Office, a brilliant comic talent still looking for the right film role to suit his antics. I'm told you should never call him "Dwight" to his face. I didn't.
Wilson showed up on the red carpet in full-on rocker wear, accompanied by quite the motley crew. When one reporter asked him about his role in Transformers 2, he said, "I can't tell you anything, but Iet's just say..." and then proceeded to jerk his neck around and move his arms a la Optimus Prime in mid-transformation. Awesome.
Yes, that is Dennis Hopper, Cinevegas' Creative Advisory Board chairman, talking to The Strip View. I don't think it's a show about strippers, but you never know.
Cinevegas Artistic Director Trevor Groth, the real star of the show.
Wilson and that chick from Superbad. Actually, her name's Emma Stone, she's nineteen and shows a lot of promise. You can find her alongside Anna Faris in The House Bunny this summer.
Rainn really worked the crowd. Amazingly enough, after all the craziness died down, I actually had a pretty interesting conversation with him about his interest in taking on independent film roles.
Film Threat guys Don Lewis and Mark Bell at the Rocker after party. It took place on the top floor of the Palms and it was packed. I also ran into Morgan Spurlock and his wife Alex. Morgan's on the documentary jury this year.
The glorious view of the city at night almost makes you forget the seediness within. Almost.