The city of sin is the hot new Hollywood location

Fear and loathing aside, nothing, not even Showgirls, can curb Tinseltown’s craving for its sister glitz-pit. Witness this cavalcade of Sin City cinema: Rat Race, Bubble Boy, The Mexican, Pay It Forward, and Rush Hour 2, plus TV’s CSI and an episode of Six Feet Under. Also dealing in: October’s Bandits with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton and December’s Ocean’s 11, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. HITTING THE JACKPOT The Nevada Film Office reports record growth, with $155 million spent by production companies last fiscal year alone, and more writers calling every day for tours. WHY VEGAS? ”I couldn’t have set it in Mississippi,” deadpans Ocean’s producer Jerry Weintraub, who’s been shooting on the Strip for 43 years. ”But seriously, where else can you find a hundred billion dollars’ worth of sets for free?”