Packers Hollywood rat pack soaks
up booze and cash, By John Lehmann - Editor At Large
- 7th February 2015
movie mogul James Packer admits plenty of booze and
heaps of cash went into creating his own Hollywood
billionaire casino boss is now firmly entrenched in
Los Angeles ultra-cool set, as evidenced by
this slick portrait released this week, showing him
arm-in-arm with the biggest names in town.
with his move-making partner Brett Ratner, Mr Packer
now counts A-listers Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro,
Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt among his buddies
electronic screens flashing with images of the Hollywood
stars greeted partygoers attending the glitzy opening
this week of Mr Packers latest Asian casino
resort, the $1.7 billion City of Dreams in Manila.
Packer flew several Australian media organisations,
including The Daily Telegraph, to Manila to show off
the property, built with his Macau partner Lawrence
for the close up? with the super stars. L to R: Brad
Pitt, Brett Ratner, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro,
James Packer and Leonardo De Caprio
A one-minute trailer was also shown for a specially
commissioned 15-minute film starring De Niro and DiCaprio,
which is rumoured to have cost $70 million.
how he got into the movie game, Mr Packer said: Too
much alcohol and a lot of money.
Packer would no doubt love to bring his rat
pack to Sydney one day for the opening of his
$2 billion high rollers casino resort at Barangaroo.
he will have to wait: his Crown casino boss Rowen
Craigie admitted the planned November 2019 opening
will be delayed due to a multimillion-dollar dispute
between developer Lend Lease and the government-appointed
Barangaroo Delivery Authority.
NSW and for Sydney I think that is an embarrassment,
a frustrated Mr Packer said.