Chris Tucker returns to Las Vegas Strip after finishing Michael Jordan-Nike movie

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Tucker, headlining at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Encore Theater, just wrapped filming the Well Affleck-directed a feature film about Nike’s pursuit of the hoops legend Michael Jordan. The multi-billion dollar partnership was one of the biggest business deals in sports history.

Affleck plays co-founder of Nike Phil Knight. Tucker is cast as the central character Howard Whitea rising executive at Nike and former standout at the University of Maryland who used his connections to lure Jordan into negotiations. Matt Damon portrays the former Nike executive and a legendary figure in sports marketing Son Vaccaro.

Jason Bateman, Marlon Wayans, Viola Davis, Tom Papa, Matthew Maher, Chris Messina and Julius Tennon are also cast.

The film’s title was originally “Air Jordan”, but has not been officially announced. Jordan is not depicted in the film, but rather seen as an unseen mythical figure.

“We just finished the movie, it’s out on Amazon (Prime Video),” Tucker said. ” I do not know when. But we had a great cast with Ben Affleck, Mast Damona bunch of great co-stars.

Tucker is known to play opposite Jackie Chan in “Rush Hour” and also in the 1995 comedy “Friday” with Ice cubeamong many other hit titles.

Tucker is also a resident of Las Vegas and has famous neighbors. When Tucker moved to Vegas about 15 years ago, he settled next to a founding member of the Jackson 5.

“So I have Jackie Jackson, Jackson’s older brother, he’s my neighbor, and he shows up at my house,” Tucker said. “I know right away it’s him. He’s got that sweet Jackson voice (whispers loudly), ‘Hey Chris? Chris? You here? Your house?’ I have to say, ‘What!? Jacky! ? Speak ! I can barely hear you!”

Tucker is the Las Vegan star you might not know who lives in Vegas. Originally from Atlanta, he bought a house there in the mid-2000s. This is known as the Shaquille O’Neal mode of residence. He too divides his time between Atlanta and Vegas.

“Shaq is everywhere,” Tucker says.

Tucker also lived near Celine Dion, at the time of Lake Las Vegas. He can also make a respectable impression of her.

The veteran stand-up was inspired by Vegas entertainment legends such as Redd Foxx, Sammy Davis Jr. and all the Rat Pack-ian superstar headliners. He remembers being influenced by Richard Pryor angrily stalking offstage at Aladdin in 1967, as Pryor cut his set rather than clean up his gear (Dean Martin was among the stars in attendance that night).

“He changed his whole act after that,” Tucker says. “There is a great history of comedians who came out here, in the 50s and 60s, great artists. It’s just a place I’ve always been nostalgic about.

Tucker performed unbilled sets on George Wallace’s show in the mid to late 2000s, when Wallace headlined Flamingo Showroom. More recently, he entered by Jimmy Kimmel Comedy Club for a set, and was also a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” when the show was taped at the Zappos Theater in April 2019.

Tucker headlined the Wynn Las Vegas for about four years. He loves the room.

“It’s a really good place to play, it feels big, but it plays really small to me,” the comedian says. “It looks like a club. It’s a beautiful place, it has the most beautiful dressing room I’ve seen in my life. You have a big image of Frank Sinatra and all that (laughs). It’s my style. “

Passage of a legend

James Caan, who died Wednesday at 82, was a longtime friend of the Goodman family in Las Vegas. Mayor Caroline Goodman and former mayor oscar bonman met Caan in the late 1960s and early 1970s at the ranch of famed Vegas casino manager Dean Shendal. This Green Valley ranch was a beloved spot for Vegas dignitaries. Oscar Goodman and Ralph Lamb, then Clark County Sheriff, socialized on the property, though they ran into Lamb’s relentless pursuit of Goodman’s infamous clients.

Goodman also appeared in the television series “Las Vegas”, which was Caan’s first starring role in a television series. When Goodman arrived on set, Caan also treated him like a star.

“He let me use his trailer the whole time I was there,” Goodman said. “Let me tell you, there’s a big difference between being a star, like James Caan was, and someone who just visits the show, which I was. He was a very lovable person in more than being a movie star. We lost one of the greats.

Aerosmith redoubles

steven tyler completed the rehab stay that hit Aerosmith reopening at Dolby Live in September. The group was originally scheduled to return to “Deuces Are Wild” in June. Tyler was discharged from rehab about a week ago, having been in treatment a few days longer than the required 30 days.

The 74-year-old leader had entered a treatment center after relapsing from foot surgery, with pain medication prescribed as part of his rehabilitation. He had achieved 10 years of uninterrupted sobriety before relapsing. A rep for the band released a statement, “He’s doing extremely well and can’t wait to get back on stage.” This happens on September 14, if the calendar holds.

Aerosmith reopen shuffle played as founding drummer Joey Kramer took what the group called “leave of absence” for the whole of 2022. This was to tend to family concerns. On June 22, shortly after Kramer’s departure was made public, the musician’s wife, Linda, died at age 55. His cause of death has not been reported.

In the absence of Kramer, the band’s longtime drum tech, Jean Douglas, now presents the Vegas shows. Douglas also replaced Kramer for several performances in 2019.

Paint me crazy…

But I still feel a Adele announcement this month, tickets also on sale this month and a November start at the Colosseum.

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The charismatic crooner (and member of the Kats! JK Club) Jonathan Karrant his musical series “Sunday Funday” returns to Notoriety Live at 2 p.m. Sunday. Karrant’s latest album, “On and On”, reached No. 4 on Billboard’s jazz charts. He and his backing band span the 40s to 90s.

Karrant was honored as one of the country’s top 12 emerging jazz singers by Downbeat magazine. We always recommend parking on level P2 of Neonopolis, taking the elevator (or lift) to the third floor. Tickets are $40 (excluding fees); visit to learn more.

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Darryl A. Chapin