More proof that flying private is sooo 2007: Movie producer and chronic novel-optioner Scott Rudin was spotted filling a first-class seat on creaky old American Airlines Flight No. 10, the red-eye from Los Angeles Airport to Kennedy, on Sunday, July 26, just 12 days after his 51st birthday.
Though he was traveling in the fancy part of the warhorse 767, Mr. Rudin kept it casual in a nearly knee-length gray golf shirt—one might call it a power tunic—and mom-style baggy jeans, both of which accentuated his generous girth and uneven beard. The Transom also noticed that the producer had “priority access,” and was able to board way before a nice young lady on crutches.
Mr. Rudin, whose latest project is Margaret, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Anna Paquin, was accompanied by an attractive, Sam Talbot–esque young man in a white V-neck T-shirt and with a head of messy dark curls. Post-flight, the young man waited patiently by the baggage claim with another guy, but Mr. Rudin had disappeared.