It’s become a meta joke on TV how young, struggling professionals always seem to manage to live in exceptionally large apartments in some of the most expensive cities. You could call it, in fact, a Fantasy Floorplan, which is exactly what Brandi Roberts does. The interior designer and artist blends a love of drawing, pop-culture and television — and she covers seven decades of TV homes, from I Love Lucy to Seinfeld and from Bedrock to Batman. The only thing better would be some fantasy financing (or an actual suggestion of what such a space my really cost … though that may be too close to reality). For some of the best of her offerings, hit the jump.
The theory that audiences would wait for the tentpole movies of July before opening their wallets went down in flames this weekend as two all-original movies (R-rated ones at that) delivered stellar openings. Ted and Magic Mike bested Brave by taking first and second place: nearly doubling their pre-weekend projections and giving box office watchers a lot more to consider than the imminent arrival of The Amazing Spider-Man.
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More TV renewals and pick-ups for you today. This round is brought to you by The CW. Here are the headlines:
- Renewals: Nikita, starring Maggie Q, will be around for a third season with an unspecified number of episodes. The Rachel Bilson-starrer Hart of Dixie will see 22 episodes in its second season. Gossip Girl has been renewed for a sixth-season, which may be its last.
- Pick-Ups: The Green Arrow-centric series, Arrow; the Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries and the reboot of the 1980s series, Beauty and the Beast have all been picked up by the network. Medical drama, First Cut, starring Mamie Gummer and mystery series, Cult, are other new additions.
- Cancellations: Freshman series Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and the bewitched The Secret Circle have been dropped.
Hit the jump for more.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is Sex & the City: Complete Collection (Deluxe Edition) for $85.49 – which is 57% off the regular price. Like all Gold Box Deals, it’s only good for today. Remember, Amazon offers free shipping on purchases over $25. Here’s what it comes with:
- All 94 episodes of the series plus both movies
- Exclusive bonus content from all seasons, plus an all-new bonus disc featuring 90 minutes of exclusive interviews with Michael Patrick King and the writers
- Alternate endings
- Audio commentary
- Behind the scenes
- Deleted scenes
- And more
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We’ve got some new images of a few familiar faces from some of your favorite (and soon to be favorite) TV shows. Here they are at a glance:
- Leonard Nimoy is currently shooting a guest spot on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory as the voice of Star Trek’s Spock.
- Jenna-Louise Coleman will join Doctor Who as the doctor’s unnamed companion, replacing Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) when she leaves the series this season.
- The first look at AnnaSophia Robb as a young Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in the CW’s Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries.
Hit the jump for more on each project and to check out the images.
The CW wants to make sure its upcoming slate sounds familiar to you, with three new pilot orders based on established properties.
- Arrow – an hourlong “modern retelling” of the DC superhero comic Green Arrow
- The Carrie Diaries – a Sex and the City prequel that centers on a young Carrie Bradshaw growing up in the 1980s
- Beauty and the Beast – a modern day romance loosely based on the late 80s CBS drama led by Ron Perlman (Beast) and Linda Hamilton (Beauty)
Hit the jump for more on each project.
If you thought that the dismal response to Sex and the City 2 would kill the beast, you may have to think again. MSN Australia’s blog Grazia [via /Film] reports that “studio bosses” are interested in adapting Candace Bushnell’s The Carrie Diaries, which centers on the teenage years of SATC protagonist Carrie Bradshaw. Bushnell recently finished a second novel, Summer and the City, which follows 19-year-old Carrie from Connecticut to New York. An insider says that there are no plans to bring back the original cast and that “the prequel is about breathing new life into the story and exploring Carrie’s first few months in NYC and the beginning of her relationship with an older man.” Grazia also reports that Sex and the City producer Michael Patrick King has expressed interest in having Gossip Girl star Blake Lively play young Carrie. Of course, none of this addresses the problems of Sex and the City 2, which made the characters come off like a bunch of shallow, entitled narcissists.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is Sex & the City: Complete Collection (Deluxe Edition) for $99.99 – which is 60% off the regular price. Like all Gold Box Deals, it’s only good for today. Remember, Amazon offers free shipping on purchases over $25.
Celebrate the franchise that explores the day-to-day (and night-to-night) world of single women with the ultimate collector’s set– all six remastered seasons, plus the two films, and an exclusive bonus disc.
Chris Noth wants critics to know that they won’t have the Sex and the City franchise to kick around any more. Speaking to Vulture about the future of the series at the Jack Goes Boating premiere, Noth said
“It’s over. The franchise is dead. The press killed it. Your magazine fucking killed it. New York Magazine. It’s like all the critics got together and said, ‘This franchise must die.’ Because they all had the exact same review. It’s like they didn’t see the movie.”
Yes, our negative criticism has killed yet another franchise. Put it in the graveyard next to other critically-drubbed films like Resident Evil and Underworld and The Twilight Saga and Clash of the Titans. I’m sure the film grossing $95 million domestic off a reported $100 million budget had nothing to do with it.
Expectations were high for the Sex and the City sequel we all knew was inevitable after the first movie’s opening weekend. With hundreds of women lined up hours in advance, decked out in heels and sipping Cosmos, how could Warner Brothers not cash in on the sequel?
And cash in they did producing a full-length feature film, complete with glittery gowns, muscular men and the quartet of friends taking a decadent vacation overseas. Collider caught up with the cast, appropriately enough, in the shoe department of Bergdorf-Goodman to dish on the details of the fun, the friends, and, of course, the fashion. To hear what Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, Chris Noth and writer-director Michael Patrick King had to say, continue reading after the jump:
Warner Bros. has released the first real trailer for Sex and the City 2. Starring Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City 2 takes the girls out of New York City and on an adventure to Abu Dhabi.
While WB has been very protective of the storyline for the sequel, this trailer will answer a lot of your questions. Hit the jump to check it out.
While everyone knows the sequel to Sex and the City is getting released May 27, Warner Bros. has kept the plot under wraps and fans of the show are getting restless. Thankfully, just a few days ago I got to speak with writer/director Michael Patrick King at ShoWest as a reporter for our partners at Omelete and he spilled a lot of the secrets to Sex and the City 2. So if you want to know what happens to Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, you’re in the right place. Here’s some of the highlights:
- The girls go to Abu Dhabi.
- He tells a great story as to how he came up with the story for the sequel and it involves the fans.
- They filmed in Africa as the Middle East wasn’t ready for the girls.
- He points out very few movies actually show what happens after happily ever after.
- He brings back Carrie’s ex. He says he always asks people Mr. Big or Aidan…and they’re both in the movie as Aidan is where the girls go on vacation.
- We will still see lots of fashion and style even with the economic downturn.
- Liza Minnelli plays herself but Penelope Cruz and Miley Cyrus don’t.
Trust me, there is so much more in the interview. For the full transcript and the audio of the interview, hit the jump. If you’re a fan of Sex and the City, I promise you’ll love it.
HBO and Sex and the City creator Darren Star are working on a biopic about anti-gay rights activist Anita Bryant. Fans of Gus Van Sant’s Milk will remember Bryant as the Florida Citrus Commission spokeswoman, from archive footage, pushing for a California initiative that called for the firing of all homosexual school teachers. Before this, however, Bryant was a Miss America runner up, a Christian pop star, and a bestselling author. Later in life, Bryant lost her Florida citrus endorsement, declined in book and record sales, and had to file for bankruptcy.
The project is being written by Chad Hodge (CW’s Runaway), who wants the picture to focus on “what drove her to do the things that she did.” Hodge hopes to speak with Bryant to capture her perspective. There’s no indication at this point which, if any, political stance the film will take. More info after the jump.
The first official images from Sex and the City 2 have hit the net thanks to our partners at Omelete. While they look exactly like every image from the first movie, or any episode of the show, I’ll trust they’re from the new one. Also, alongside the new images, Omelete scored a synopsis that can only be described as worthless. Read this:
Romantic Comedy. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda take another bite out of the Big Apple in the sequel to the 2008 summer blockbuster.
I get it, Warner Bros. doesn’t want to spoil any of the twists, but this is pretty bare bones. Hit the jump if you want to see more of Sarah Jessica Parker and Mr. Big (Chris Noth) getting out of a car and some solo shots.