As I’m typing this, the estimated jackpot for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing stands at a record $640 million. In addition to conversations about how much notice colleagues would give if they were to win (I’d still freelance), I’m overhearing discussions about what people would purchase. Cars, homes, college educations for children — those are givens. Let’s get to the fun stuff! What would be your entertainment splurge(s)? Some EW picks to inspire you:
Annie Barrett: I’d convert my living room wall into a flatscreen TV (after moving into the American Idol mansion in June) and commission the Dancing With the Stars wardrobe department to design my daily costumes through 2015. The rest I’d spend on takeout.
Adam B. Vary: I would build my own private screening room in the style of the Star Trek: The Next Generation bridge, and I would be so stinking rich, NO ONE COULD JUDGE ME.
Sandra Gonzalez: I’d fund a remake of Troop Beverly Hills. But I’m not talking about an awful made-for-TV remake. This would be written by Tina Fey, feature a cameo from Shelley Long, and somehow involve Amanda Bynes, who I’d buy out of retirement. Everyone has a price.
Darren Franich: With the first $300 million, I would hire Nicolas Winding Refn to direct Arnold Schwarzenegger in a film called King Conan, a sequel to the original “Conan” movies which would also double as a meta-biographical story of the gubernatorial rise-and-fall of Arnold Schwarzenegger and would be made without any digital effects but a ludicrous amount of prosthetic monsters. With the next $80 million, I would let David Milch make a TV show about absolutely anything he wanted. With the next $160 million I’d finally film my long-planned remake of 12 Angry Men, except it would star a cast of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models and be directed by Paul Verhoeven and would involve aliens somehow. And then with the last $100 million, I would pay my way into the Millionaire Super Adventure Club and go on adventures to the bottom of the ocean with James Cameron. The end.
Mandi Bierly: I would buy back the land that used to be a drive-in theater in my hometown and build a new one. I’d christen it with a private showing of Red River. The next time Hugh Jackman is on Broadway, I’d see his show again during a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS charity auction period, but this time, I’d outbid whoever’s willing to donate $20,000 for an undershirt he wore onstage and a backstage meet-and-greet. I would fund season 1 of Downton Abbey After Dark. I’d try to bribe Christopher Guest to do a mockumentary inspired by Toddlers & Tiaras. I would finally buy a pedal steel guitar (and lessons).