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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is "too old" to suffer for fashion - and no longer attempts to keep up with her Sex And The City-dictated high-fashion wardrobe. The 42-year-old, who is currently filming the big-screen adaptation of the hit TV show, admits she's nothing like her alter ego Carrie Bradshaw, and isn't afraid to embrace casual clothing. She says, "Often, I'll go to the market and women will say, 'Let me see your shoes.' And then I show them I'm wearing flip-flops. I say, 'I'm old now. I can't run around in heels when I go to the market for my son's yogurt."
The decision to move Lost from Wednesday night, where it had run since its premiere in 2005, was prompted by the network's desire to keep its dominance in the high-profile Thursday 9 p.m. hour during the strike when the slot's regular occupant, Grey's Anatomy, is in repeats, ABC's scheduling chief Jeff Bader said. The move is reminiscent of ABC's decision last year to transplant Grey's from Sunday to Thursday.
"It's an incredibly important time slot, and 'Lost' is an incredibly important show," Bader said. "It seemed like a great opportunity for 'Lost'."
Grey's will continue to air in its Thursday 9 p.m. slot in January, with the medical drama's last original episode on Jan. 3 leading into the premiere of the new Sex and the City-flavored drama Cashmere Mafia. Cashmere will then move to its regular Wednesday 10 p.m. slot, with freshman dramedy Big Shots returning to the Thursday 10 p.m. slot for its last three original episodes.
Landing the cushy post-Lost Thursday 10 p.m. slot is the midseason legal drama Eli Stone, which also premieres Jan. 31.
"It's light and funny -- not a hard show to follow 'Lost' -- that hopefully will have the broad male appeal that 'Lost' has," Bader said.
ABC's previous attempt to launch a new drama behind Lost with the critically praised Invasion was unsuccessful in part because Invasion was deemed as intense as its lead-in. »
The network has handed out a script commitment to the project, which would be written by Steven Tsapelas, Angel Acevedo and Brian Amyot, the masterminds behind the original series that has drawn as many as 700,000 views per episode on YouTube during its 11-episode run.
The online Girlfriends chronicles the adventures of Tom (Patrick Cohen), Henry (Seth Kirschner) and Rod (Evan Bass), recent college graduates struggling to understand the complex world of the New York dating scene after they are simultaneously dumped by their long-term college girlfriends.
Star will executive produce Girlfriends for CBS and Sony Pictures TV, with Dennis R. Erdman and Clark Peterson serving as co-exec producers.
It has been a busy development season for Star. He is executive producing the ABC comedy pilot Literary Superstars, starring Jenna Elfman, and has several projects in the works at other broadcast nets, including the one-hour Raffik, from writer Anthony Horowitz, set up at Fox. »
Ten Years After he brought "Sex and the City" to HBO, Darren Star is back at the premium cable channel with "Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl", a comedy series project he is exec producing with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
Star is writing "Diary", the first TV show he has solely created since the WB Network's critically praised 2000 series "Grosse Pointe".
Like "Sex", "Diary" deals with issues of relationships and sexuality through the lives of several Manhattan women. Also like "Sex", it's based on a book by a female columnist.
Call girl-turned-writer Tracy Quan made a splash on Salon.com with her semi-autobiographical column "Nancy Chan: Diary of a Manhattan Girl," which became the basis for her memoir.
"Diary", from Darren Star Prods. and Sony Pictures TV, is an ensemble show that takes a look at how power, sex and money collide through the eyes of a group of Manhattan's highest-paid escorts forced to juggle their johns, jobs and relationships.
"These women are not at all ashamed or stigmatized by what they do. »
Bridget Moynahan's newborn baby boy will take her surname, instead of his father, American football star Tom Brady. The former Sex And The City actress, 36, gave birth to John Edward Thomas Moynahan in Los Angeles on August 22. Moynahan found out she was pregnant just weeks after splitting with New England Patriots player Brady after a four year relationship. Weeks later, Brady went public with new love Gisele Bundchen. Despite their split, Brady dashed from America's east coast to Los Angeles for the birth last week. Moynahan's representative Christina Papadopoulos said the baby will take his mother's family name. Papadopoulos says, "She is thankful for a healthy baby and is excited about being a mother." The actress' spokesman tells the New York Daily News, "Bridget and Tom are on speaking terms and have the best interests of the child at heart." »
Jennifer Aniston is in final negotiations to star in He's Just Not That Into You, New Line Cinema's ensemble comedy being directed by Ken Kwapis. Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen are producing via their Flower Films banner.
Aniston joins Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin and Barrymore in the Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs dealing with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior.
Aniston will play a woman in a long-term relationship with a boyfriend who will not commit to marriage.
Into You is based on the best-selling book that is a social commentary about modern-day relationships and how men and women often misconstrue the intentions of the opposite sex. The book was written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, who worked together on Sex and the City as a consultant and writer, respectively. Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who penned the Barrymore starrer Never Been Kissed, wrote the adaptation.
Production is scheduled to start in early September in Los Angeles. »
Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues his indie streak, booking starring roles in back-to-back features.
First up for Gordon-Levitt is "Uncertainty", the latest film from David Siegel and Scott McGehee. The film is loosely based on a script by Siegel and McGehee, who also are producing, with dialogue to be developed in collaboration with the actors.
The story revolves around a young couple faced with having to make an important decision, and the film is split into two versions of the same Fourth of July in New York, presenting a new series of unexpected choices the characters make.
Shooting is under way in New York.
Gordon-Levitt then will hop to Intermedia and GreeneStreet Films' "The Frog King", a coming-of-age dramedy that is due to enter production in the fall. Darren Star ("Sex and the City") will direct the film, which Bret Easton Ellis adapted from a novel by Adam Davies.
Gordon-Levitt will play an educated wannabe writer slaving away as a peon at a New York publishing house. »
Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long and Ginnifer Goodwin are in negotiations to star in He's Just Not That Into You for New Line Cinema. Drew Barrymore is set to star in the ensemble comedy and is also producing via her Flower Films banner with partner Nancy Juvonen.
Ken Kwapis is directing Into You, which is based on the best-selling book that is a social commentary about modern-day relationships and how men and women often misconstrue the intentions of the opposite sex. The book was written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, who worked together on Sex and the City as a consultant and writer, respectively. Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who penned the Barrymore starrer Never Been Kissed, wrote the adaptation.
Almost in a " 'Traffic' of comedy" style, the Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior. Jennifer Connelly plays a woman stuck in a tired marriage with Cooper's character. Kevin Connolly, meanwhile, is a man pining after a woman, still not cast, who is having an affair with Cooper. »
It's a perfect storm for aspiring TV writers, producers and performers. Los Angeles is hosting back-to-back television festivals this week that will feature some of the top names in the business sharing insights about their craft, showcase new talent and give attendees the chance to pitch ideas to TV networks, production companies and agencies.
NATPE's inaugural LATV Festival, coinciding with its fifth annual TV Producers' Boot Camp, runs today through Friday at numerous locations, while the Independent Television Festival kicks off its second year Friday and runs through Sunday at Raleigh Studios. (The fests joined Tuesday night to co-host a gala opening-night celebration at Raleigh Studios.)
For their part, NATPE executives decided to launch the LATV Fest to spotlight the work of producers here in Los Angeles. NATPE senior vp marketing Beth Braen says that the decision to schedule both fests in the same week was made to create a "nice week of video content celebration" in Los Angeles.
The LATV Fest will feature top executives from such networks as Showtime, Sci Fi Channel, Fox Reality Channel and TV Guide Network and from production companies including Lionsgate and FremantleMedia North America. Also on hand will be writers and producers from such shows as Weeds, Friends, Sex and the City, Entourage and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a number of agency representatives.
The festival officially kicks off this morning with the first of three Deconstructing a Hit breakfast panels -- spotlighting NBC's The Office and ABC's Supernanny and Lost -- that are being produced by the Producers Guild of America and sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.
ITVF founder and director AJ Tesler says there is a need for TV festivals -- even two that are running almost concurrently in the same city.
"I had a lot of friends who were writers and a lot of really talented people who weren't finding the opportunities I thought they deserved," he said. "There are a million film festivals; why aren't there television festivals?"
Perhaps demonstrating that need, the ITVF had 4,000 attendees last year, and Tesler is expecting to double that this year. The event, in which The Hollywood Reporter is a media partner, also is drawing A-list talent: Nicolas Cage will be at a Friday night screening for his ex-wife Christina Fulton's documentary When Giants Collide, which stars their son Weston Coppola-Cage as well as fellow members of his high school wrestling team. »
The X-Files film sequel is heating up.
Co-star David Duchovny indicated Saturday during the Television Critics Assn. press tour at the Beverly Hilton that the film, which has been the subject of speculation for the past few years, is one step closer to becoming a reality.
The film reportedly was delayed in part because of a now-settled lawsuit filed by Carter in late 2005 against 20th Century Fox Television alleging breach of contract, contractual interference and other claims over payments allegedly owed to him from the series.
Duchovny was at TCA promoting his upcoming Showtime comedy series Californication, which debuts Aug. 13.
Also during the Showtime session, Duchovny's co-star Evan Handler evaded a question about whether he would be reprising his role as the husband to Kristin Davis' character in the big-screen adaptation of another TV series, HBO's Sex and the City.
"If I would have been approached (about reprising the role), I know I would have been asked to not to say that I had been approached," he said. »
The long-awaited Sex and the City TV movie has been green-lighted and will start shooting this autumn. Actress Kim Cattrall, who stalled and then axed plans to make the project in 2005 over salary issues, has reportedly agreed to make the one-off film, which follows the four leading lady characters from the hit TV series. Her new deal includes a better salary and a future series deal with U.S. cable channel HBO, according to trade magazine Daily Variety. HBO aired the original Sex and the City series and the cable channel will also back the movie. The Sex and the City film will be directed by the series' longtime director Michael Patrick King, based on a new script he wrote. The project will reunite the TV show's stars, Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis. There are no other casting details available. Sex and the City was a ratings winner and critical success during its TV run between 1998 and 2004, when the last episode aired. »
If you're a fan of the 1998-2004 series Sex and the City, you know that rumors of a big-screen reunion have been around for a long time -- even before the HBO series concluded. It now looks like it will really happen and, unlike most TV-to-movie adaptations, this one could actually be good!
Following two years of negotiations, series stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon have all now been signed to resume their trademark roles. In addition, Sex's longtime executive producer Michael Patrick King has written the feature script and will direct. King will co-produce along with Parker, John Melfi and Darren Star. You may recall that Star created the sitcom based on work of New York Observer columnist Candace Bushnell. New Line Cinema is expected to finance and distribute the picture.
A film version was in the works prior to the series' finale but »
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has confirmed a movie version of TV hit Sex & The City is in the works. Parker played Carrie Bradshaw and was an executive producer on the show, which ended in 2004. Speaking on TV show Entertainment Tonight, she said, "This is a very complicated puzzle to put back - not for the reason that people speculate about because as far as I know all of the actresses want to be together again for this movie. Somehow in my brain I think the timing is fortuitous because if we had done it years ago... we couldn't have done it now. I'm hopeful and very excited about it." »
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has launched a crusade to cover up young America with her new cheap-chic clothing line Bitten. The former Sex & the City star's new Steve & Barry line of affordable womenswear features only conservative attire - because the actress is tired of seeing young girls baring almost all. The 2004 Designers of America Fashion Icon award winner says, "There's not going to be any inappropriate midriff showing, regardless of your age. I really don't care for it. I feel like, as a culture, we have seen enough damage done by it. It's provocative in a way that I just don't feel comfortable with." »
The spirit of Sex and the City is living on with three new one-hour projects that bear some of Sex's DNA -- NBC's Lipstick Jungle, a dramedy based on "Sex" author Candace Bushnell's follow-up to her smash best-seller; ABC's Cashmere Mafia, from "Sex" creator-executive producer Darren Star, described as "the next generation of 'Sex and the City' "; and ABC's Women's Murder Club, dubbed "CSI" meets Sex and the City.
The three shows -- all revolving around a trio or quartet of girlfriends -- have already created a bond: They were picked up to pilots on the same day in January, and four months later they all were ordered to series on the same day.
Through the years, the broadcast networks have made several attempts to launch a successful new series in the vein of "Sex" -- NBC's short-lived comedies Leap of Faith, from "Sex" alumna Jenny Bicks, and Coupling, an American version of the U.K.'s "Sex"/Friends hybrid, come to mind. Coincidentally, NBC's Coupling starred Lindsay Price, who is one of the leads in Lipstick.
Unlike those half-hour series, Lipstick, Cashmere and Club are all one-hour shows, which, given the dire straits the half-hour business is in right now, should boost their chances of success. »
Sex And The City writer Candace Bushnell is reportedly at war with former best friend Darren Star, after he sold a TV show based on one of her novels to a TV network without telling her. Star, who produced the hit TV adaptation of Bushnell's book, was asked by the author to also turn her novel Lipstick Jungle into another hit television series and wanted to air the project on network NBC. But when the author's agents couldn't reach an agreement with Star he created his own version of the pilot, changed the name to Cashmere Mafia and sold it to rivals ABC. A source tells gossip column PageSix, "Candace is hurt and upset by Darren's betrayal. She was shocked. He was one of her best friends." The pilot episode of the TV adaptation of Lipstick Jungle stars Brooke Shields. »
Actress Rosario Dawson has found love again after splitting from hunky actor Jason Lewis - she's dating Hostel director Eli Roth. The couple fell for each other while promoting Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's new Grindhouse double-bill, in which Dawson stars and Roth contributes a quirky hoax trailer, according to gossip blogger Marc Malkin. Dawson has been single since she split from former Sex & The City star Lewis after a two-year romance in November. It seems the Sin City star likes men with good bodies - Lewis was a well-toned former model and Roth was voted Most Fit Director by Men's Health magazine last year. Malkin reports Dawson and Roth aren't the only Grindhouse lovebirds - director Rodriguez is dating his star Rose McGowan. »
Into You is based on the best-selling book that is a social commentary about modern-day relationships and how men and women often misconstrue the intentions of the opposite sex. The book was written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, who worked together on Sex and the City as a consultant and writer, respectively.
The movie's story line sees a hard-line advice guy fall for a woman who seeks him out because she can't figure out the men in her life. Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who wrote the Barrymore starrer Never Been Kissed, wrote the adaptation.
Former Sex And The City star Sarah Jessica Parker is putting her time playing fashion-obsessed New Yorker Carrie Bradshaw to good use and launching her own fashion line. The 41-year-old is known for her bold style choices and is creating her own label called Bitten. The actress will present a private view of her new line at an exclusive lunch for top fashion editors today. According to FashionWeekDaily.com, details on the collection, including prices, target audience and manufacture remain tightly under wraps, but many insiders are comparing it to The Row, the fashion line developed by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Parker is no stranger to the style world and received the Fashion Icon Award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards in 2004. She also launched a successful fragrance, Lovely, in 2005. »
The single-cam comedy, tentatively titled Literary Superstar, will be written by Australian novelist Matthew Reilly.
Star also is producing the female-centric hour Cashmere Mafia for ABC, which centers on four high-powered New York execs. At pay cabler Showtime, he produced the male-centric pilot Manchild, and is still waiting a decision as to whether the project will move forward.
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