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By Dianne R. Davis
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Movie Fans Invited To Party At Oscar Night® Las Vegas Feb. 25-26

Actress Shirley Jones To Be Honored

The 84th Academy Awards may be presented in Hollywood, but the party weekend for Oscar fans will be in The City of Entertainment – Las Vegas. Officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Oscar Night Las Vegas will offer movie fans a weekend of special events and celebration with the excitement and glamour of the Academy Awards. Fashion shows, special dinners, red carpets, celebrity receptions, and a viewing at the Palms Brenden Theatres will be included in the celebration. Following the viewing, there will be an official after-Party at the famed Playboy Club at the Palms.

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Academy Award Winner Shirley Jones will be honored by Variety on Saturday evening.

At a press conference held in Johnny Brennan's private suite at the Palms, Oscar Night America Executive Director Clinton Ford Billups, Jr. spoke of his conversation with former Mayor Oscar Goodman regarding the Oscars and Las Vegas. They agreed that there is a tremendous tourism pool in Vegas. Both are committed to seeing to it that Las Vegas is presented as, “The city in the county to come to and celebrate the Oscars that weekend.”

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Comedy Magician Nathan Burton

Comedy magician Nathan Burton was on hand to show his support of Variety as well as comedian/actor Kevin Burke who will be hosting Oscar Night in the Palm's Celebrity Theater. Further details will be announced regarding other celebrities who will participate.

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Kevin Burke

Proceeds from Oscar Night Las Vegas will benefit Variety, The Children's Charity of Southern Nevada, which since 1950 has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for local special needs children. In addition to supporting Variety of Southern Nevada, Oscar Night Las Vegas will also provide an estimated 40-million Academy Awards fans in North America with another reason to visit Las Vegas, according to Billups.

"With an estimated one-billion-plus Academy Awards, viewers in more than 200 countries, Oscar Night Las Vegas also has the potential to attract movie fans worldwide to visit Las Vegas on Academy Awards weekend," said Mr. Billups.

Oscar Night Las Vegas will feature both free and ticketed events at multiple citywide locations, including:

• “The Red Carpet Ready” fashion show at Fashion Show Mall;

• Celebrity welcome reception at The Palms Casino Resort;

• Celebrity red carpet arrivals and theater viewing of the live telecast of the 84thAcademy Awards at Brenden Theatres;

• Gourmet dining at Oscar NightLas Vegas official restaurants; and

• The Playboy Club official Oscar Night After-Party

More information on Oscar Night® Las Vegas and online tickets are availableat www.ONALV.org.

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