Thursday, May 15, 2008
Sarah Jessica Parker swears there's more to the new movie than closets, orgasms, and cosmos. "It can't be just about wanton lust—that's not the truth about these women anymore," she explains. "The top of the movie is like a dollop of cream—delicious imagery and scant narrative. It just tells you what we've been doing, and then: boom. It's a recovery operation. The movie goes to a very dark place that we've never done before." ... "There's a lot at stake for me personally," says Parker. "I want it to do well, but the bigger story for me here is that I want the people who hold the purse strings to believe that there are female audiences, that it's worth their money." ... No one wanted to relive the disappointment of the first attempt at a feature, which fell apart in 2004 when Kim Cattrall declined to commit. Reports said her reasons had to do with salary demands and script approval, which sent the tabloids into gossip overdrive, rehashing the same theories of catfighting that had plagued the series from the beginning. The costars vehemently deny those rumors. "What kind of uncivilized people do they think we are?" Parker fumes. For her part, Cattrall maintains that she based her decision on more than just a paycheck. "My dad was diagnosed with dementia and I was going through a divorce," says the actress, 51. "I really needed to take a break and be with my family." But in late 2006, when HBO's then CEO Chris Albrecht called to say the project might rise from the ashes, she was ready to return to Samantha. Laughing, Cattrall says: "That's how I am like Samantha — I just want to do it again. Insatiable!" ... Perhaps not coincidentally, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis also responded to Albrecht's proposal like their respective alter egos might. "When they said, 'We're going to do the movie,' I said, 'Yeeaah. I'll believe it when I see it,'" says Nixon with a laugh. Davis, on the other hand, never lost faith in the project—even if she was, as she says, "down to a tiny shred of optimism." Still, "I really believed it was going to happen because I play Charlotte, the hopeful one!" ... With talks of the movie underway, New Line started hunting down sponsors to help with the marketing budget. Parker herself courted Mercedes-Benz in order to realistically re-create New York Fashion Week, which the car company underwrites. "We needed them for credibility and financial reasons," she says. "I've learned [this is] the nature of making movies today." The series never accepted a penny for product placement, and neither did the film—but New Line did secure seven promotional partners who helped supplement the movie's ad campaign. Of course, some of their products appear on screen. King, along with everyone else, claims it's all entirely organic to the story: "There are no action figures. No Samantha in a Happy Meal." Sponsors and all in hand, shooting began, "On my first day, we all had to walk down the street together, and there were hundreds of people on Park Avenue, watching us," says Nixon, 42. "It was daunting." It also wreaked havoc on the schedule. "It took two to three times as long to shoot," says Parker. "It's flattering that anybody still cares about these characters. But it’s like an amoeba—ever-growing and out of control." ... What about those reports that someone dies in the movie? Contrary to what the trailer and recent chatter might have you believe, Carrie's true love does not die. "Why would I kill Mr. Big?" King says, shaking his head. "I'd be chased down the street with sticks!" ... If the movie's a hit, King isn't ruling out a sequel—but for now, he'd rather take it one cosmo at a time. "I just hope people think, 'Ahhh, it's nice to see the girls again.'"
See ... this is why Entertainment Weekly is one of my fave magazines ever. They know a good thing when they see one and really do their best to satisfy the ravenous cravings of rabid pop culture fans (ie. me). They also do a very good job of reporting information without spoiling anything the reader may not want to know so early on (and if they do publish spoilers, they do a great job of providing warnings). I can't wait to get my hands on this new issue of EW, I have a bit of catching up to do on the SaTC front before I head out to the theater to FINALLY see the movie :) [Source]
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It's a shame that Chace didn't squeeze his bits into a pair of spandex biking shorts for the excursion cuz I'd like to know if his perfection extends below his perfect face. Ah well, mebbe next time. [Source]
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... just days before Brangelina attended the Cannes Film Festival premiere of her new movie Kung Fu Panda, which took place earlier today:
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A very buoyant Angelina looked stunning in her green dress and was the talk of the Fest as she and Braddy poo walked down the Cannes red carpet. I realize that animated films like Kung Fu Panda are generally box office gold in the summer months but from what I've seen, I'm not all that impressed. I'm much more interested in her other project which won't see a release date until August -- her twin babies. Incidentally, Ange has also revealed that she will "prolly" give birth to her babies in France ... so Brangelina will prolly be in the country for many months to come. I guess we can look forward to many more months of helicopter and boat rides from the superhero family.
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Victoria Beckham has admitted that she often looks miserable in photos. The former Spice Girl has faced criticism in the past for her apparent reluctance to smile for the camera. She told GMTV: "When I see pictures I do sometimes think, 'You miserable cow'. I think it's just the way my face falls." However, she insisted that she is unconcerned by jibes about her appearance, saying: "If people like the way I look then great, and if they don't then fine."
Personally, I love the way she looks ... I can always find something interesting in the way that Vicki B. looks in photos :) While she may think she looks like a "miserable cow" in photos, I don't think that is always the case ...
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... sometimes she doesn't look at all like a cow and looks entirely different -- like something, perhaps, from another world.
The LA Times conducted a little Q&A with the man himself wherein he talked about how Eliza herself inspired the show and his return to the FOX family once again. Here is a portion of Joss's interview with the LA Times:
Is it true that this idea came to you over lunch with Eliza Dushku?
Eliza had made the deal at Fox and we got together to talk about her ambition, her management, her opportunities, because I've always felt that she's a huge star. Plus, she's a friend. But I was trying to get a movie off the ground, "Goners." "Wonder Woman" had already crashed and burned. "Goners" they had already lost control of the instruments, but who knows? So things were not that auspicious, but I was working it. Not shunning television but not intending to come back. But as we discussed Eliza's predicament, I started giving her some ideas about what I thought she would need: a genre show so she could be political without being partisan; an ensemble show so she didn't have to be in every scene. And I thought about it for a bit and then literally went, oh, curse word, I just came up with the show and the title. And it was the title that I knew I was doomed. Because if you have the title, you know it's right. And that's just bad. When we really discussed the whole thing, she said, "You're talking about my life. In my life, everybody tells me who they want me to be while I try and figure out who I am." And that spoke to me. I agreed that I'll write and maybe oversee the pilot. So I went home and said, "Honey, I'm sorry, I accidentally agreed to a Fox show at lunch."
How long after your lunch with Eliza did Fox offer you the opportunity to make a guaranteed seven episodes?
One week. This just felt right. Fox understood the show, and they've continued to prove that that is the case. I've pitched shows to people who didn't and they made them anyway, and that didn't go so well. Then I went into a state of blank panic. Oh, wait, all of my writers have jobs. So I went upstairs and I laid out seven notebooks, and every night I'd go up and put my seven notebooks all in a row, and I'd look and see what do we need to get from here to here. I even had to take them to New York. I thought, oh, I'd just rip off the page. 'No, you can't rip off the page. You'd kill the magic.' So I brought them to Kevin Reilly and I laid them out on his coffee table, and he said, "This is great. I love all of them." I said, "Great. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm on strike." And for the entire strike, I did not think about "Dollhouse." Occasionally, I would get a feeling.
Do you feel more pressure because it's a big network?
No. I feel the same pressure I always feel, which is all the pressure in the world. My name is on it. It's a story. My name now means something to people that it didn't before. But I still tried my hardest when it didn't.
WEEEEEEEEEEE! I am so excited for this new series!! I know I shouldn't but to me it feels like the closest thing we might get to a BtVS series again. It's a terrible way to look at this new series but I can't help it. I'm a bit bummed that Dollhouse has been deemed a mid-season replacement (mainly because we'll have to wait longer for the show to debut) but if Buffy the Vampire Slayer can survive and thrive as a mid-season replacement, then so can Dollhouse. [Source]
This afternoon I have another meeting and then there is the possibility that I might be able to meet someone VERY COOL tonight ... but I'm still not sure if it's gonna happen. I'll be sure to let y'all know if the meeting does take place tomorrow :)
Happy California Same-Sex Marriage Day, ya'll!!!
- Click HERE to read the PDF ruling by the California Supreme Court which overturned the State's ban on same-sex marriage; allowing gays and lesbian residents to marry in the State of California.
- Angelina Jolie reveals that her twin babies are due to be born on August 19.
- The final ruling on Madonna's adoption of David Banda gets pushed back for another week.
- Guns 'N Roses are releasing an album next month ... but it won't be Chinese Democracy.
- "Fatboy Slim" lives on.
- Mariah Carey's most-recent ex-boyfriend is, apparently, "shattered" by news of her new nuptials to Nick Cannon.
- Good news: RuPaul is back. Bad News: RuPaul is back.
- Someone needs to stick to their studies at Hogwart's and forget the attempt at a music career.
- Well, if Marc Jacobs paid his employees more THIS sort of thing might not happen in the first place.
- Click HERE to find out who is America's Most Recent Top Model.
- Natalie Portman does Cannes.
- Amazing! Lily Allen manages to keep her clothes on.
- Britney Spears and Mel Gibson = the hot new Hollywood couple?
- Denise Richards is trying to convince us that she is not a home-wrecker ... so much so that she made a TV show about it.
- Chazz Palminteri is 56, Brian Eno is 60 and Trini Lopez is 71 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
- OK! magazine is reporting that GyllenSpoon are headed for the altar.
- Grant, Hurley win their case against the paparazzi.
- American Idol is down to the final two.
Here is the statement that has been released by Shania's rep, Jason Owen:
"Shania Twain and her husband, music producer Robert 'Mutt' Lange, are separating after 14 years of marriage. This is a private matter and there will be no further comment at this time."
I wonder whose bed Mutt's boots have been under ... cuz clearly, he is no longer any man of hers. It has been ages since Shania Twain has done anything in the public eye (I've actually been itching for some new saccharine Country-Pop from Ms. Twain lately) so there is really not much info as to what could've caused the split. I gotta say, this is sad news ... it's not like I ever really thought about Shania and Mutt as a married couple but it's always a bummer to hear news like this. [Source]
Andy was the person who accompanied me to the MTV Studios when I got to meet Madonna in person and was there to calm me down, keep me from freaking out and then celebrate with me afterwards. He's also the guy who got me addicted to playing Wii and is one of the best persons to watch and then discuss episodes of Lost with. His loyal friendship thruout the years means the world to me and it is my sincere hope that he has an amazing birthday today :) Much, much love Andy ... and happy, happy birthday! xoxoxo
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Nick Cannon is barely out of his teens (OK, so maybe he just *looks* as if he is barely out of his teens) and it seems totally feasible to me that a guy who chooses to have his wedding reception at a rollercoaster amusement park might also be interested in the new Hello Kitty Apples Shoulder Bag to replace his Louis Vuitton Monogram canvas backpack. [Source]
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Sure Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor) is set to return and Tori Spelling (Donna Martin) is in talks to come back as well but I would LOVE for the entire cast to come back for this new show ... even Shannen Doherty (Brenda Walsh). Surely someone can make it happen right? Right? [Source]
In a much-anticipated ruling issued Thursday, the California Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. Several gay and lesbian couples, along with the city of San Francisco and gay rights groups, sued to overturn state laws allowing only marriages between a man and a woman. With the ruling, California becomes the second state to allow same-sex couples to legally wed. Massachusetts adopted the practice in 2004, and couples don't need to be state residents to wed there. Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Connecticut permit civil unions, while California has a domestic-partner registration law. More than a dozen other states give gay couples some legal rights. [Several] other jurisdictions around the world have legalized same-sex marriage: Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, [New Brunswick], Ontario, and Quebec.
This from the New York Times:
The justices released the 4-3 decision Thursday, saying that domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage in an opinion written by Chief Justice Ron George. The cases were brought by the city of San Francisco, two dozen gay and lesbian couples, Equality California and another gay rights group in March 2004 after the court halted San Francisco's monthlong same-sex wedding march that took place at Mayor Gavin Newsom's direction.
An appeal to the US Supreme Court is likely but this is an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING step forward for full equality in marriage rights for all US citizens! With this ruling, I believe that California will have to allow same-sex couples to marry freely in the State starting, well, now. This ruling is sure to send shockwaves across the country and will likely force the highest court in the Nation to weigh in ... which is a bit scary, considering the make up of the high court ... but still, today is a day for celebration! Woot!!!! [Source]
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Talk about your hawt mama. Xtina looks amazing in this color ... she should rock the hot pink more often. I approve!! [Source]
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HMMM ... it's funny that these two are all shy all of the sudden cuz they weren't lookin' all that shy when they were gettin' their freak on down in Miami, FL last weekend. I don't even know why they bother with this sad attempt at secrecy. [Source]
Hollywood star Jodie Foster has ended her 14-year lesbian relationship with film producer Cydney Bernard. The split comes just four months after Miss Foster broke her silence about the relationship, which was long an open secret in movie circles. Ms Foster revealed her domestic situation for the first time a speech to a gathering of fellow Hollywood stars in Decemeber. The 45-year-old star of Panic Room, The Accused and Silence Of The Lambs, who was collecting an award, pointedly thanked: "My beautiful Cydney, who sticks by me through all the rotten and the bliss." It was her first public recognition of 54-year-old Miss Bernard, who shared the actress's home and the care of her sons, Charlie, nine, and six-year-old Kit. However, the National Inquirer magazine claims the pair have now parted ways. A source is quoted in the publication as saying: "Jodie's break up with Cydney is shocking. "She and Cydney have been together for so many years and have two children together - the potential fallout and legal wrangling from this could be monumental."
Yeah, this report is very light on details ... there is no evidence that the couple have actually broken up, just a few quotes from "a source". Still, things like this do happen all the time ... but if Jodie was able to remain mum on her relationship with Cydney for so long when they were together, I imagine she'll be able to keep quiet if they have actually broken up. Who knows, we may never get real confirmation either way. At least Reichen and Ryan have gotten back together ... that's at least cause for some celebration. [Source]
... very friendly terms :) A quick check of Reichen's My Space profile shows that he has changed his personal status back to "Status: IN A RELATIONSHIP" so it would appear that Ry-Chen are back together again:
I, for one, am thrilled that this hawt man couple are reunited again ... they seem so perfect for one another and I'm happy to know (well, believe) that they have found lurve again ;) [Source]
In the eyes of an entire generation, man's eternal struggle to define himself and his purpose is best summed up by nine immortal words. "I am Cornholio! I need T.P. for my bunghole!" Recently, we were able to get a rare interview with Mike Judge, the creator of such pop-culture goodies as "Beavis & Butt-Head," "Office Space," "Idiocracy" and "King of the Hill." In addition to unearthing major details about his next film "Extract," Judge told us that Beavis & Butt-head are making their return in a brief intro to Volume 3 of his cartoon festival "Animation Show," and could soon become a live-action movie. "For some reason, I used to hate the idea for years," he said of a "Beavis & Butt-head" movie starring two living, breathing, heh-heh-heh-ing actors. "Now, I think maybe there's something there." Naturally, the next step is imagining two actors who could step into the roles. My first thought was to imagine Seann William Scott as Beavis, and although he might be getting a bit old, I can still imagine him pulling his t-shirt up over his head and calling upon "The Almighty Bunghole." Judge agreed with the name but wanted Scott to play the other half of the duo, reasoning: "I guess Seann William Scott's kinda got Butt-Head eyes." Judge also remembered that Johnny Depp once wanted to play Beavis -- with Marlon Brando as Butt-Head! For my money, I could see Topher Grace as Butt-Head, slapping Seann William Scott upside the head and dismissively muttering "dumb-ass." Then again, Jon Heder would seem to have been born for the role.
Full disclosure here, Pink reader Andrea sent in a side-by-side photo comparison of Spencer Pratt and Beavis before this report from the MTV Movie Blog came out but as soon as I read it, I knew that she was right. Spencer as Beavis, Brody Jenner as Butthead ... now that is casting you can take to the bank. [Source, thanks Andrea]
You know, I don't know that parties like this and pictures like these really do much to showcase the married couple as, well, a married couple. In fact, Nick Cannon (with his white ball cap turned jauntily askew on his head) looks like he is being chaperoned at a school visit to the rollercoaster park by his (I hate to even say it) mom. There is nothing about these photos that says "married adult couple". It's not even that married adults cannot go to an amusement park and still look adult ... but Nick just looks so young (most prolly because he is so young) and Mimi looks more ... let's say, mature. I really do wish this newly wedded couple all the luck in the world ... I kinda have the sneaking suspicion they're gonna need it. [Source]