The latest bizarre email chain to be released thanks to the Sony hack involves Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Seacrest, Def Jam founder Russell Simmons, a whole bunch of other semi-famous people, and the Gaza Strip. Writing at Gawker, Sam Biddle calls it a "reply-all chain from hell" centered around the question, "Is the Gaza War Really Over?" One reply, from producer and CEO of Relativity Media Ryan Kavanaugh, includes the lines, "It's our job to keep another Hollacast [sic] from happening. ... If you pull newspapers from pre Hollacast it seems eerily close to our world today." More amusingly, an email from Portman (sent from her iPhone) reads in full, "How did I get on this list? Also Ryan seacrest?"
That email was sent to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, a frequent recipient of emails like this sent by Canadian Bacon producer Ron Rotholz, who seems to be the person who started this particular chain. Kavanaugh is also a frequent article-forwarder, Biddle notes, adding that Lynton "seems to mostly ignore" such emails. But Portman had previously asked Kavanaugh to stop including her on such forwards, noting, "you should not be copying me publicly so that 20 people i don't know have my personal info. i will have to change my email address now." His response to her in that case: "Sorry. You are right jews being slaughtered for their beliefs and cannes members calling for the boycott of anything Israel or Jewish is much much less important then your email address being shared with 20 of our peers who are trying to make a difference." (Read more Scarlett Johansson stories.)