Going Hollywood: MGM Resorts blows up the big screen with Jason Bourne

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Photo by Universal Pictures

LAS VEGAS – Jason Bourne hits theaters tomorrow and MGM Resorts has a starring role!

The nine-years-in-the-making sequel was filmed on location in Las Vegas during almost the entire month of January, with camera crews temporarily taking over parts of downtown, McCarran International Airport and The Strip. And, what is being hailed as the best Bourne chase scene ever took place right on the Las Vegas Strip with MGM Resorts properties setting the backdrop for the chaotic sequence.

Several properties make cameo appearances in the film, including ARIA, where crews spent three weeks filming in and around the resort. ARIA employees also got a chance to be a part of the action as extras in the film. “It was absolutely crucial to have a good working relationship with the ARIA team to make this large-scale movie with so many logistical challenges,” Jason Bourne Director Paul Greengrass said to M life magazine. “They accommodated our every request; inevitably we were making late changes and they went above and beyond to make things happen for us.”

Shooting the latest installment of the wildly successful franchise in a city that never sleeps came with its fair share of hiccups. The blockbuster’s star, Matt Damon, described to M life magazine, “One of the challenges about shooting in Las Vegas is that it is a 24-hour city. We could film on The Strip late, like on Tuesday night at 2 [o’clock] in the morning. We had our main unit filming during the day and then we had the second unit shooting at night, shooting the car chase, and some nights I’d be bounced from one unit to the next and just keep going. It was pretty hectic.”

Simply titled Jason Bourne after the main character, the film picks up where the last one left off, with Bourne finding himself right back in the center of the action trying for the umpteenth time to break away from the infamous CIA.

Make sure to check out Jason Bourne, co-starring MGM Resorts, in theaters tomorrow!

I heart music: iHeart Festival brings iconic talent to music lovers

IheartLAS VEGAS – Music lovers, it’s time for the highly anticipated iHeart Music Festival!

This year, the iconic line-up will feature performances by U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt, twenty one pilots, Billy Idol, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Sia, Cage the Elephant, Zedd, Tears for Fears, Ariana Grande, Pitbull and Usher. The iHeartRadio Music Festival will also include performances from this year’s Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Los 5.

For the sixth year, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will feature one-of-a-kind collaborations and surprise performances. The star-studded weekend will begin on the evening of Friday, September 23, with host Ryan Seacrest, host and producer of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.” READ MORE

MGMThink: Murren on the re-imagining of Monte Carlo

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Artist rendering of Park MGM’s lobby

LAS VEGAS – Chairman and CEO Jim Murren shares with MGMThink his thoughts on Monte Carlo’s transition to Park MGM.

Over the last two decades we have seen Las Vegas transform into one of the world’s greatest travel destinations, attracting more than 42 million visitors annually. As noted in USA Today on July 8, what keeps guests coming back year after year is our unrivaled ability as a city to re-invent ourselves with new amenities, new experiences and new energy, enabling these visitors to make new memories with each visit.

One of the favorite “hats” I have the opportunity to “wear” as Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International is the one where I’m able to make a tangible impact on the future of Las Vegas and create a legacy for our city, our company, our employees, our families and our guests. To that end, the recent opening of The Park and T-Mobile Arena have set the stage for a remarkable new neighborhood in the heart of The Strip, one that I’ve long envisioned for Las Vegas, inspired by those of other great urban cities around the world. READ MORE

Going for gold: Park earns LEED certification for sustainability efforts

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Chief Sustainability Officer Cindy Ortega

LAS VEGAS – Kudos to our Company and its commitment to sustainability!

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED Gold certification (Core & Shell) to the restaurant corridor at The Park, the Company’s new outdoor dining and entertainment district. The Core & Shell rating is designed for projects where the developer controls the design and construction of the entire mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection system, but not the design and construction of the building itself.

The Park is designed to provide a gathering place and oasis from the bustle of the Las Vegas Strip. As part of The Park’s commitment to earn LEED certification, MGM Resorts invested in cutting-edge technology and implemented a range of environmentally conscious construction and landscaping measures to help lower overall environmental impact.

“One of MGM Resorts’ strongest values is offering destinations that create exceptional guest experiences while reducing environmental impact,” said Cindy Ortega, the Company’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “For us, environmental responsibility is a commitment that extends across all levels of our organization. The Park exemplifies our dedication to environmental leadership in Las Vegas.” READ MORE

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