Star-studded opening for Macau casino

South Korean girl group Sistar (right) on the red carpet. Chief executive officer of Melco Crown Entertainment Lawrence Ho and his wife (both far left) with singer Mariah Carey and her boyfriend, co-chairman of Melco Crown Entertainment James Packer,
Chief executive officer of Melco Crown Entertainment Lawrence Ho and his wife (both far left) with singer Mariah Carey and her boyfriend, co-chairman of Melco Crown Entertainment James Packer, at the opening ceremony of the Studio City casino resort.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
South Korean girl group Sistar (above) on the red carpet.
South Korean girl group Sistar (above) on the red carpet. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Hong Kong actress Carina Lau was also at the casino resort's opening.
Hong Kong actress Carina Lau was also at the casino resort's opening.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

MACAU • Singer Mariah Carey headlined a star-studded opening ceremony for casino operator Melco Crown Entertainment's new US$3.2-billion (S$4.5-billion) Hollywood-themed resort in Macau on Tuesday, in the midst of a Beijing corruption crackdown and a sharp downturn for the Asian gambling playground.

The ceremony featured the premiere of The Audition, a US$70-million, 16-minute film for Melco, directed by Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese and starring his collaborators Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

The three play themselves in the movie, in which DiCaprio and De Niro vie for the same role. Actor Brad Pitt also makes an appearance.

DiCaprio, De Niro and Pitt are widely reported to have been paid US$13 million each for the film.

Scorsese, DiCaprio and De Niro attended the ceremony along with actor Aaron Kwok, actress Carina Lau and South Korean girl band Sistar.

The new project, where a Batman ride is a key attraction, is controlled by billionaires Lawrence Ho, the son of casino kingpin Stanley Ho, and James Packer, the boyfriend of Carey.

The singer and her boyfriend celebrated the launch of the resort together, less than a month after making their red carpet debut as a couple at the premiere of The Intern, a comedy starring De Niro, said People magazine.

REUTERS, BLOOMBERG, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2015, with the headline 'Star-studded opening for Macau casino'. Print Edition | Subscribe