When VH1 News spotted Sex and the City alum Willie Garson on the red carpet of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour New York premiere, we had to ask: Has he been watching the progress of the CW’s The Carrie Diaries pilot?
“I spend all my life, 24 hours a day, on White Collar now, so I don’t know what’s going on,” he admitted. Not that he’s left Carrie’s gay BFF behind for good. “I still am Stanford Blatch sometimes, if we ever make another movie. Every time I think that it’s over, the phone rings. It’s like Bonanza, it’s never going to end.”
First off, we don’t think CW’s The Carrie Diaries is going to be geared toward lifelong Sex and the City fans: We’re just a tad bit older than the network’s target demo. But as our DVRs full of Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle and Gossip Girl episodes proves, our addiction to teen-oriented TV is unshakeable. So we’re tickled that the first official photo Warner Bros. released of AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw seems like a little nod to original TV show. I mean, the tutu-like crinoline under Robb’s spectacular dress can’t just be a coincidence, right?
The new pilot and the original HBO series don’t just share their origins in the mind of Candace Bushnell. The teenage version of Carrie, whose first appearance in the YA novel The Carrie Diaries is in a pair of white patent-leather go-go boots, is already a daring stylista dying to break out of suburban Connecticut. And Warner Bros. announced that SATC alum Eric Daman is onboard to design her costumes for the new show.
Dust off your knock-off Manolos and stock up on virgin Cosmo ingredients: your new baby Carrie Bradshaw is here! Deadline reports that Soul Surfer star AnnaSophia Robb will portray the high school version of Sarah Jessica Parker‘s classic Sex and The City role in CW’s Carrie Diaries pilot. They had just better remember to give her Carrie’s massive six-inch roots. That’s all we’re saying!
If the show sticks to the details of author Candace Bushnell‘s prequel novel, the series will follow a teenage Carrie as she navigates life and love in the ’80s. Seeing as how actresses like Blake Lively and Emma Roberts were also allegedly in the running for the part, we’re interested to see how the sweetheart star of Bridge to Terabithia will mature into the sassy sex column we all know and love and watch for six hours every time we come down with the flu. On the other hand, Carrie is nothing if not a romantic optimist. She forgave Big how many times? Oh, and we couldn’t help but wonder…who will be her teenage version of Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda? Why mess with a good formula, right?
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You guys know that we have a Garth Algar-like fear of change, right? So you can imagine our trepidation about upon finding out that The Carrie Diaries is headed to the CW. We’re drawn to it…yet horrified! Based on SATC author Candace Bushnell‘s young adult novel of the same name, Deadline reports that the Sex and the City prequel reportedly “chronicles Carrie’s senior year of high school in a small New England town.” So it’ll be more like…Sex and the Suburbs? Sex and the New Hampshire municipality? Sex and the Boonies?
Diaries, which also has Gossip Girls producers on board, apparently plans to “incorporate characters, traits and developments introduced on the Sex and the City series” into the prequel. No word on whether Charlotte, Miranda or Samantha will be making a cameo, but if producers want to make up for the lack of New York on the show, there are worse ideas than bringing them back as the prep, the goth and the inappropriate gym teacher, respectively.
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Dust off your Rabbit, hide your scrunchie and actually maybe throw that old dusty Rabbit out and get a fresh one, because according to Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex And The City 3 already has a plot. When asked by Parade Magazine if there is hope for a third film, SPJ explained, “There is. I know what the story is. It’s a small story, but I think it should be told. The question is, what’s the right time to tell it?” How about right now, girl, before the movie defaults into a less satisfying film version of The Golden Girls?
We’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about a Sex And The City TV show reboot as well as a threequel to the original film, so who knows what Parker’s mysterious reply actually means? That being said, according to the rules of sequels SATC 3 should either have the leprechaun terrorizing Las Vegas or the shark attacking a Sea World-like theme park. So does anyone know if Kim Cattrell can even swim?
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It’s Comeback Monday here at The Fab Life! We’ve already told you about Mike Myers bringing Austin Powers back to the big screen, and now we’ve got some equally exciting news for the small screen. The Daily Mail is reporting that Sex And The City is set to return to television, with the original cast intact! The producers, including Sarah Jessica Parker, apparently met in Los Angeles last week to discuss the resurrection of Carrie and her friends. “Ultimately Darren Star, the man who created the hit series, will have the overall say,” a source told the Mail. “But everyone is agreed a TV show is the direction they want to take the franchise in.”
This is amazing news for fans of the show, but it also means that any plans for the much-discussed movie prequel will likely be put on ice for the time being. “Sarah Jessica Parker will be producing [and] she was worried about doing another film after the bad reaction to the SATC2 movie,” The source continued. “But a TV show is definitely something she wants to happen. They want to make the TV series before doing another film.” Are you pumped for the new episodes, or are you bummed about having to wait for the prequel that will add some fresh faces to the franchise? Let us know!
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While it’s highly unlikely Sarah Jessica Parker will have anything to do with film adaptations of The Carrie Diaries, the actress hasn’t given up hopes of playing her Sex & The City character again. Talking to MTV at Cannes, Parker explained that “there is perhaps one more small, important story to tell” about the modern-day Carrie Bradshaw, she said. “Whether or not we choose to do that and when we choose to do that remains, obviously, the unknown, but it’s nice to ponder.” Actually, after Sex & The City 2, there a lot of people who’d rather ponder anything else.
As for the aforementioned, nothing-to-do-with-her prequel (which would have Blake Lively playing Carrie if producer Michael Patrick King got his way), Parker was equally diplomatic. “Obviously, I feel proprietary in the best possible way about that entire franchise as it were, but I think there are lots of talented storytellers and obviously lots of talented actors who might be a part of it. I think, like anything, you base your opinion on material and content, and I think that would be the only way for any of us to have an opinion.” After all, could it really be any worse than SATC2?
Well, they certainly look enough like for Blake Lively to play a younger version of Sarah Jessica Parker, at least from a distance. Or maybe this is just the official outfit for New York actresses in their downtime. Either way, it seems like a natural fit for Lively to take over the role that Parker originated as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex And The City. Lively is producer Michael Patrick King‘s choice to play a teenage Bradshaw in the SaTC prequel, The Carrie Diaries. Author Candace Bushnell has already written two books in the series that follows a 19-year-old Bradshaw to New York as she’s just starting out. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but if the reboot happens, a source says “There are no plans to bring SJP and the other girls back together in the old format. The prequel is about breathing new life into the story and exploring CarrieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first few months in NYC and the beginning of her relationship with an older man.”
On the one hand, we think there’s nothing wrong with leaving well enough alone, but on the other, if they MUST continue the series, we think a prequel would be far more welcome than a third movie in the original franchise. We’re still not willing to forgive them for the desert disaster that was Sex And The City: 2.
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For years, the show Entourage has confused us. Main character Vincent Chase and his lovable gang of loser sidekicks hang around in L.A., living off of Vinnie’s multi-million dollar salary because he is the Leo DiCaprio of this fictional world, the A-list actor everyone loves. And yet Adrian Grenier, the actor who plays the perpetually laid-back and unshaven Vinnie, is not. Grenier is B-list or maybe even C-list when it comes to his fame, not even coming close to the superhero roles Vinnie gets (remember the time he was Anne Hathaway‘s boyfriend in The Devil Wears Prada? We barely do either!) I mean, how bad is it that the guy playing his agent is more famous than he is in real life?
So with the premiere of the new season of Entourage and poor Adrian/Vinnie as our inspiration, we thought of ten other actors who sadly are not nearly as famous as the roles they play on TV and in the movies. We have hope that some of them will someday make it to the big time, but unfortunately, for some others, the time seems to have passed. Click through our gallery to see the actors who wish they were their on-screen counterparts.
In the first production still to be released from Sex and the City 2, it looks like costume designer Patricia Field stepped up her game for the sequel with high shine and full-on glam. In this scene, SATC stars Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, and Kristin Davis are each sporting their own light-reflecting look as they appear to be participating in karaoke. Marriage? Children? Nothing can slow down the fab foursome! [Photo: Warners Bros.]
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