Big budget movies shoot very, very slowly. On this particular movie, they're averaging two pages per day.
To stave off insanity, we speculate about things - our next contract and what the international's going to screw us out of next, where in the world Osama's hiding, who's screwing whom, why we can put a man on the moon but can't come up with sneakers that don't stink after 14 hours of wear. High-speed wireless internet access on stage makes such speculation far, far more fun (and more current than last night's news or the morning paper).
This particular movie takes place in New York City, and one of the ongoing discussions among the crew is about the cost of the character's apartments.
On stage, this production has built an entire floor of a Manhattan apartment building (with no wild walls, of course. There must be something going around), and our characters (all young, single, and not overly wealthy) have HUGE one and two bedrooms in a pre-war building - supposedly somewhere in the Village.
I understand that reality doesn't play well on film, but this is a bit of a stretch, isn't it?
When you have high-speed internet access on your stage, the people with computers can price rentals in Manhattan and figure out exactly how much that a young, single and not overly wealthy person would have to pay for a 1200 square foot one bedroom (with foyers, wood floors, charming arched doorways, full kitchens and built-in bookcases).
NYC Rentals on Craig's List
One of the actors has a theory that everyone in the building has a sugar daddy, but how many of those are really running around NYC?