G'day punters, high rollers, entertainment news junkies, casino, gambling and media millionaires and billionaires, journalists...one and all. The Australian casino wars roll on and down under's land based casinos continue to push the entertainment aspect, moving away from just offering casino games like slots and poker. This edition we see that James Packer's Crown Limited - the Burswood Entertainment Complex in Perth to be exact, pushes the envelopment a tad more on the celebrity and entertainment spectrum with an iconic 'Joker' (from Batman) tie in Media Man and Gambling911 take a ride in the Batmobile on route to Perth, Western Australia, with this special report. POW...
Heath Ledger was one of Australia's greatest actors of all time - perhaps the greatest.
James Packer's Burswood Casino was the place to remember the life and times of the late Heath Leger last night. The Ledger family do appreciate that some Australians may be felling a tad 'Heathed out', some 3 years after his passing away from a widely reported accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
The Heath's dad, Kim Ledger, last night was prepared to go on the record with "It’s a bit Heath overload at the moment."
Burswood Casino played host to HEATH, a fundraising tribute at Movies By Burswood, following last month’s opening of the Heath Ledger Theatre at the WA State Theatre Centre.
Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight (Batman franchise) were his most popular films and biggest moneymakers, and the later enjoyed a special showing at Burwood in the evening.
The family said on the special event "We’re here for the charity. Heath was a big giver," said Mr Ledger.
All funds raised from the gig will go to Telethon, the His Majesty’s Theatre Foundation and Australians in Film.
Supermodel - actress Gemma Ward, who was Ledger's flame leading up to his untimely death, wasn't present. Ward had jetted into Perth in the wee hours of Saturday morning to begin rehearsals tomorrow for 'The Ugly One', which will debut at the WA State Theatre Centre next month.
George Havuordas from Packed to the Rafters, and Home and Away’s Esther Anderson and Steve Peacocke, walked the red carpet, as the camera's flashed away.
The actors commented on Ledger...
"He was on Home and Away at one point," says Anderson. "I would love to have met him, I would love to have worked with him."
Havourdas said The Dark Knight, which snatched the Aussie a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar, was his favourite Ledger flick.
"That was his best work. Can you imagine if he was still alive what he’d be doing and what he would have achieved? Its good to see the people of Perth keeping Heath’s spirit alive. He’s like a modern day James Dean almost."
A 20-minute doco about the actor’s life, Tribute to Heath by WA producer Liam Underwood, screened before The Dark Knight.
Ballajura mum and daughter Tanya and Stephanie Adams were among the fans who turned up.
"He was a Perth boy and it was very upsetting with what happened, plus we love The Dark Knight. It’s good fundraising and to see the turnout is great."
"If Heath in any way inspires these young people to do what they enjoy doing with their acting and to go on with it, that’s what he would have loved" said Kim Ledger.
A VIP afterparty was held at MINQ at Burswood Casino, and a few patrons were seen to later try their luck on the slots and tables games, while others just sat and chatted about their fondest Health memories.
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Heath Ledger RIP from the Media Man and Gambling911 family and the worldwide readership. You were the greatest Joker of all time. Whenever we flip a joker card or watch a Batman flick, we will think of you.
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