The third chapter of James Andrew Miller’s Originspodcast explores the now infamous feud between Kim Cattrall and . . . seemingly everyone else involved in HBO’s Sex and the City. According to showrunner Michael Patrick King, the issues arose over money and marketing.
The show doesn’t exist if Sarah Jessica wasn’t the blond star of the show, that’s No. 1. Kim was not at the height of her career, Kristin was under her in terms of notability, Cynthia was a theater actress — and their contracts reflected that status
As for why Sarah Jessica Parker was the solo player on all the movie posters? Michael Patrick King explains that because Sarah was the legitimate movie star when the show launched, it therefore makes sense to utilize her star power for all publicity-related materials.
You can put a pretty bow on your controversial choices with a stock-house explanation, but that doesn’t make it any less questionable. ‘Girls’ Executive Producer and Writer, Lena Dunham covered Vogue, and she explained her decision to bare all for the HBO series, saying, “It’s a complicated thing. I want people ultimately, even if they’re disturbed by certain moments, to feel bolstered and normalized by the sex that’s on the show.” She also added that, “Seeing somebody who looks like you having sex on television is a less comfortable experience than seeing somebody who looks like nobody you’ve ever met.” While I understand the argument, I must still lay into it’s lunacy.
I’ve followed ‘Girls’ since it’s debut, and the excessive nudity has almost pushed me to flee the show. I never questioned Samantha Jones’ nudity, because it made sense for the character. Kim Cattrall’s promiscuous Sex and the City character broke down barriers for women. It put our gender on par with men, who are socially allowed to sexually misbehave, while women are not. Her nudity was also appropriately played into each scene, and the artistic blend kept me immersed in the story. Unlike ‘Sex and the City,’ it’s as if Lena Dunham is proving a point at the expense of the scene. Sure it’s possible that she adequately represents “real life,” but if I wanted my television to be that real, I’d watch a documentary. There’s a delicate dance between art and reality, but the former is just fine with me.
I was recently tipped off by a very annoying individual to watch HBO’s Girls. Naturally, I rolled my eyes and ignored the suggestion. Then in a moment of weakness, I watched it, and I was mesmerized. Though I’m a huge Sex and the City fan, the comparisons between the two shows is what initially turned me off. But those comparisons are far off the mark. It’s an artsy, character-driven show. In fact, the main character, Lena Dunham, is also the creator and writer. The idea began with a call from Judd Apatow who took a liking to Dunham afer watching her independent film, Tiny Furniture. Apatow is also a producer. Watch the trailer below.
Remember when TBS bought HBO’s ‘Sex and the City’ and watered down the content to make the show family friendly? At the time, the actresses were pissed. So with the news that the next film will be a prequel with younger actresses, I can only imagine that everyone involved in the original series is fuming. First, the show is about single woman in their thirties, and the movie stood for the idea that women are not only funny on the big screen, but you don’t need pre-pubescent eye candy to get people in the theater. Additionally, there was something great about not knowing too much about the characters’ back stories. And just when you thought it could not get worse, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez are rumored to be attached to the project.
Carrie Bradshaw had many famous boyfriends on ‘Sex and the City.’ Often times I’d find myself getting attached, only to be sadly disappointed when they were quickly written off the show. One such favorite was Vaughn Wysel, a character in the episode entitled, ‘Shortcomings.’ He was a writer with a great family, and Carrie liked him until finding out that he was a two-pump-chump (I’d like to apologize to my father for that description, but I simply could not think of a more eloquent way to say it. Either my writing needs work — or I’m simply too perverse to call myself a lady). As it turns out, Vaughn was played by Justin Theroux, who is currently Jennifer Aniston’s new squeeze. Let’s hope he’s more capable in real life. To see a clip of his episode, watch the video below, and fast-forward to the end. Continue reading “Jennifer Aniston’s Boyfriend is ‘Sex and the City’s’ Pre-Mature Ejaculator”
I just stumbled on this interview and I had to post it. This is one of my favorite promotional interviews for the movie, because the women actually say some real, down to earth things, instead of all the “we’re so grateful for our success” crap. Kim Cattrall is my favorite. I’ve never seen her this open in an interview. She says some pretty revealing things while still keeping it light. I posted the full show, so go to the eight minute mark to start the interview.
‘Sex and the City 2’ took in close to $50 million at this weekend’s box office, and everyone is using it as an example of how film critics are irrelevant. First of all, I don’t think anyone is surprised that the film did well despite the negative reviews. Women are loyal to the series, so as long as you write anything where these four characters are involved, you’re set to go. If they hope to do a third film though, I imagine that the quality of the second movie will play a role in its success. That being said, there is no excuse for lazy writing, and I think that is what happened here. They threw something together and put it on screen. They wanted a quick release of a sequel at the expense of the quality.
I really wanted to like this movie. I promise I did. I was an avid fan of the series, and I threw a girls night out party for the first film. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it. It was merely okay. The main problem involves the blaring lack of story. The first act stays true to the tone of the series, with Carrie feeling that her marriage to Big has become stale, along with Charlotte experiencing the overwhelming demands of motherhood. Then comes act two. The girls go to Abu Dhabi, and the film creatively ends about 20 minutes into the excursion. Abu Dhabi becomes the main character, and the girls become supporting players. So much of the second act surrounds the surprise with Abu Dhabi’s grandor. Wow! Look at this bathroom! Wow! Look at this shower! Wow! Everything is free! When you find that all the dialogue in a film is about objects, I think the ship is sinking. Aiden shows up briefly, and his appearance reminded me of another problem in the film – where are the men?! Mr. Big is barely in it, and all the other supporting actors that we’ve grown to love are unused. I kept praying that Smith Jared would swoop in to win back Samantha, but to no avail. And I hate to admit this (gosh, I really hate it), but Samantha on the prowl came off as pathetic. I don’t think it’s because she’s too old to be on the prowl, or that she isn’t as hot as she used to be (she’s still very hot), it’s that it simply didn’t work. Perhaps it’s because I just want her to be with Smith, or it’s that it felt like a backwards leap – I can’t quite put my finger on why it didn’t work. All I can say is . . . it didn’t work. When the third act came around I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Mr. Big will be back and boy do I love me some Mr. Big. Well, I am sad to even call it a third act because it was probably under five minutes. They quickly tied the “story” up with a big pink bow and ended the film. I sat through 2 hours of Abu Dhabi for five minutes with Mr. Big?! I’m pained to hit the publish button on this post. I so badly wanted this film to be good, and the critics to be wrong. So that I can sleep well tonight, I will tell you that the film is still worth seeing. I love these women, I love these characters, and I love the fashion. Go pay tribute!
For some reason the thought of Howard Stern at the premiere of ‘Sex and the City 2’ makes me laugh hysterically. If you listened to the show today, you would have heard him endlessly discuss his anxiety about the premiere, because he was to wake up at 4:00am to do his show in the morning. His solution? He’ll only watch the first half-hour of the movie and dip out in time to get his full 8 hours of sleep. At least he got to strike some poses on the red carpet though. See pictures of Stern and others below.
The first time I played this song I laughed so hard I got a cramp in my side. I cannot believe that this cut made it to the actual movie soundtrack. Yes I understand that it will likely be played at Marcus and Stanford’s wedding, and the gays love Liza, but I draw the line at ‘Single Ladies.’ Plus, well . . . listen for yourself. I’ll refrain from getting too mean on this one.