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Cruise Control: On The 30th Anniversary Of Rain Man, Tom Cruise Honored At Caesars Palace

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Pioneer of the Year award recipient Tom Cruise onstage during the 2018 Will Rogers Pioneer of the Year Dinner Honoring Tom Cruise at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon.

Welcome back, Tom Cruise. Exactly 30 years after he danced with Dustin Hoffman in the now-famous Forum Tower Duplex Suite, the action star returned to Caesars Palace

in April for CinemaCon. There he promoted Mission: Impossible – Fallout and was honored at the Pioneer of  the Year dinner. Simply put, Cruise owned CinemaCon this year.

“This has been an incredible evening. I look around the room, and there are so many friends I’ve known and spent time in the trenches with,” he told the crowd. “I grew up going to the movies and it really was my life, my escape. I learned about the world and it made me dream. I wanted to make movies since I was four years old, no lie.”

Cruise’s history with Caesars Palace wasn’t lost on anyone. At the dinner, James Corden referred to Cruise’s infamous Rain Man escalator ride, joking, “Everything Tom Cruise touches turns to gold. Tom is the only person who could make riding slowly down an escalator into a Vegas casino beautiful and iconic.”

Granted, the actor has been back to Caesars Palace many times since filming Rain Man on the property, but considering it’s the 30th anniversary of the classic film, this visit was a little more special.

Actors Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Awkwafina

Actors Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Awkwafina attend CinemaCon 2018 at Caesars Palace. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon.

Movie Magic

The Ocean’s franchise returned to Las Vegas to film scenes at a roulette table in the Caesars Palace casino. The latest installment of the heist thriller, Ocean’s 8, has Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) leading an all-female team in an attempt to steal a $150 million necklace at the annual Met Gala in New York City.

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About The Author

Mark Gray is a freelance writer who has had over 2,500 nationally-published stories. Having lived in Las Vegas since 2005, Gray worked in the public relations field before taking a job with PEOPLE Magazine, where he worked for nearly eight years. A pop culture junkie, he’s a contributor to PEOPLE, Rolling Stone,,, and others. The Salt Lake City native is an unapologetic fanatic of both punk rock and country music, and when he's not studying the latest news on celebrity culture, he's likely posted up somewhere watching a gluttony of sports.

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