Be it the original 1960s Rat Packers or the newbies from the remake, the Net's got their number

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Credit: The Rat Pack: Sid Avery/

Plenty has changed in the 41 years since Frank, Dino, and Sammy first knocked over five casinos in the fabled Rat Pack flick ”Ocean’s Eleven.” As Steven Soderbergh’s A-list remake opens this week — starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts — Vegas is more theme park than swingin’ strip of style and sin. But old-school kicks can still be had in that coo-coo place Frank might call Websville, where you’ll even find crooner Buddy Greco, one of the few Rat Pack cronies with their own site. ”Las Vegas 30, 40 years ago was nothing but fun. We were just like kids playing pranks on each other,” says Greco, who was performing at the Sands hotel while the original flick was filming. ”What’s happening now, everyone’s starving for the real people and styles that put this town on the map.” And there may be no better place to find the real deal than the Web. So hit it, pallies:

OCEAN’S ELEVEN Welcome to Slicksville, Charley. The new flick’s official showcase plays up its eclectic cast of con men (Scott Caan as the Getaway, Bernie Mac as the Inside Man). Lounge a while to soundtrack riffs by David Holmes as you fish for the site’s jackpot: interviews with genuine Vegas security experts explaining how people rip off casinos. B+

THRILLVILLE Site daddy Will ”the Thrill” Viharo drapes his slick digs with instructional rants about the Pack lifestyle — from Tikis to martinis and beyond. Now his pad’s the HQ for a boycott of the ”Eleven” remake, which he calls a tasteless trashing of an important time capsule. ”I worship the holy trinity of Frank, Dino, and Sammy,” says Viharo, who hosts a weekly B-movie night at Oakland’s retro-chic Parkway Theater. ”Now these impostors come out usurping that identity, and it’s offensive. I mean, these new guys don’t even sing.” B

Ocean's 11 (Movie - 2001)

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 114 minutes
  • Steven Soderbergh