A three-mile-wide meteor is going to slam into Los Angeles within two or three hours. You’re the commander of a special titanium transporting device that can hold 250 people, and your mission is to save as many of the best and the brightest Hollywood professionals that you can — actors, directors, screenwriters, editors, dps, journalists, marketers — so the industry can start over after the dead have been buried and the wreckage has been all cleaned up.
You have speed-dial access to everyone of any importance, and you have less than an hour to call those you want to save and arrange to pick them up. Who would you call? Who would you definitely not call?
Suggest away but answer me this — would Lorenzo di Bonaventura, producer of Transformers: Rise of the Fallen and G.I. Joe, be on your list? Read this N.Y. Times Michael Cieply profile of the guy before answering.
Off the top of my head I would save Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow and his family, publicist Chris Libby, Michael Mann, Kim Masters, Rod Lurie, Steven Soderbergh (if he’s in town), Robert Towne, Pete and Madelyn Hammond, Tilda Swinton (if she’s in town), Ben Stiller, James Cameron (although I’d first make him promise not to take any more eight-year vacations), Universal marketing/p.r. guy Michael Moses, the 42West gang, publicist Jennifer Chamberlain, Cameron Crowe, MPRM’s Mark Pogachefsky, Laura Kim, Anne Thompson, Todd McCarthy….I can’t make a list of 250 people, takes too long.