PIPNLVR writes: I spotted this article in Norm Clarkes’ “Vegas Confidential” column of the Las Vegas Review Journal a few days ago:


SEAN ASTIN, a loyal hobbit in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, could be shooting a lot of Las Vegas scenes this summer. Astin has expressed a serious interest in signing up with Las Vegas-based Insomnia Entertainment for a role in a casino-set film “Yonkers Joe.”

Astin would portray an estranged Down Syndrome-stricken son of an old-school dice hustler who is trying to rekindle his relationship with his son in the middle of plotting a big casino scam. JAMES WOODS is a front-runner for the father’s role, said TRENT OTHICK, Insomnia honcho.