Now that CAA has finally made the move to its new office digs at 2000 Avenue Of the Stars — known as the “hole” building — in Century City (sorry, but I don’t think I can be funnier about this than my pal Mark Lisanti at Defamer), something horrible has happened: CAA has lost its “310” area code. Its new phone number is (424)288-2000. What the fuck is “424”? (Actually, I looked it up on the Internet, and Wikipedia says it’s the new area code overlay for the Westside of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area, and the first non-mobile area code overlay in Southern California, and became effective on August 26th. Sucks.) You mean to tell me that, with all its supposed power and influence, CAA couldn’t convince anyone to let it keep its “310” area code? Who’s gonna remember “424”? Turns out (310)288-2000 is a fax line somewhere. But fear not: for at least a while, CAA is still answering the phone at its old (310)288-4545 number. So stop screaming at your assistant.
Also, CAA will still be stuck paying rent to Mike Ovitz/Ron Meyer/Bill Haber on its old I.M Pei digs for some time to come. I hear Ovitz really, really, wants to eventually move back into the building that was his architectural pride and joy in his heyday. But what in the world would he do with all that space? Besides, I doubt his ex-partners would let him have it. After all, they hate him. By the way, you may not recall that, when the CAA former headquarters was being constructed, recording everything with a 16mm movie camera was a film school student hired specifically for the occasion. That raw footage, according to Ovitz’s direction, was to be mixed with the sequences from a time-lapse camera which CAA had mounted in the parking lot of Budget-Rent-a-Car directly across the street from the building site. The plan was to monitor, using time-lapse photography, the step-by-step progress of the CAA headquarters and make a movie of the building’s birth. One of CAA’s directors, Joel Schumacher, even agreed to direct with famed Billy Weber to edit and no less than John Williams to score. When news of the film project swept through the entertainment community shortly before CAA was to move into the building that July 1989, the jokes came fast and furious. So did the jibes, the most brutal of which was that, by building Ovitz’s monument to power, I.M. Pei had unwittingly become “the Albert Speer of Hollywood.” The movie idea was dropped.
Also, the date of ICM’s move to Century City is set for February 20th.