Lately Sarah Jessica Parker has been toying with Sex and The City fans’ heart strings by hinting at a third movie installment of the series.
You maybe groaning at the idea due to the disappointment of the second one, or if you are a die-hard fan you could be jumping for joy. I personally fall into the latter, but I am realistic. The last movie made some huge mistakes, but to help the creators we have a list of mistakes that need to be avoided if they want the 3rd movie to be a huge success!
1. Don't have the movie take place anywhere other than New York City.
The city is practically the fifth main character of the whole series. The second movie felt so off because that character was taken away. We need cabs, we need the fashion, and we need crazy run-ins with other New Yorkers.
2. Don't throw in superficial drama that isn't relatable or funny.
The first movie was fantastic because the problems were real. Women can relate to being with a man who has commitment issues. Women can relate to finding out their husband cheated on them. Women can relate to being in a seemingly perfect relationship, but still not being happy. The fluff in the second movie where Charlotte and Miranda were talking about how hard it is to raise children with nannies during the recession was not relatable.
3. Don't erase all the growth and progress these characters have made
Another blunder made in the last movie was that while everyone has seemed to keep moving through life and growing, Carrie on the hand slid back into her old ways. The writers decided to stir up trouble in Carrie and Big’s happy life by putting Aidan into the mix. Carrie was terrible to him by cheating and they decided having her cheat with him would somehow be compelling. It’s not and it just made Carrie seem like she will never change.
4. Don’t let the glam outweigh the substance
The brand certainly involves the more glamorous life in the city since it started before the recession, but it still had heart. Many women were able to connect to one or two of the main characters and their struggles with love. The last installment had all of flash however without any of the heart.
5. Don’t overlook minor characters for plot inspiration
In the television series, the relationships that the girls had weren’t the only focus in the show. Carrie was often inspired by minor characters’ love lives for her articles. Instead of forcing drama between the four girls and their significant others, perhaps we can turn our attention to Anthony and Standford. Aren’t they supposed to be having an open marriage? Perhaps Carrie should try and tackle if that kind of thing works.
Of course even if they followed all these rules it doesn't mean the next movie will be destined to be a success, but it will be a vast improvement! These characters are so dear to so many that it's hard to give up on them.
But what do you think? Do you think there are any other mistakes that should be avoided for the next movie? Follow us on Twitter and tweet us your thoughts!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire blazed its way to glory at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (13Apr14), taking home a trio of top prizes. Co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson fought off competition to land the Best Female and Best Male Performance honours, while the film itself claimed the night's most coveted title for Movie of the Year.
Accepting the Movie of the Year award with co-star Sam Claflin, Hutcherson paid tribute to late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Plutarch Heavensbee in the film franchise. He said, "I know that if Philip were here, he would really think this was really cool and to have him in our movies was one of the coolest things in the world, he's one of the actors I've looked up to my entire life, and we think about him every day on set, so wherever he is, this definitely goes out to him as well."
Meanwhile, Oscar winner Jared Leto scored gold again for his role as transgender HIV sufferer Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, taking home the Best On-Screen Transformation trophy, Zac Efron was feted with the Best Shirtless Performance and comedy We're the Millers won Best Kiss for Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, who also took home the Breakthrough Performance prize. Channing Tatum received the Trailblazer Award and Mark Wahlberg was presented with the Generation Award.
Jordana Brewster was on hand to remember her tragic Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker, who died in an horrific car crash in November (13). She said, "He was humble. He thought about others. He never asked for credit or glory. He was just a really good guy." She then introduced a video montage of Walker's best performances.
Musical appearances at the Los Angeles ceremony, which was hosted by comedian Conan O'Brien, came from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Twenty One Pilots and rapper Eminem and Rihanna, who teamed up to perform their smash hit The Monster live on TV for the first time.
The main list of winners is as follows: Movie of the Year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Female Performance: Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Male Performance: Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Breakthrough Performance: Will Poulter - We're the Millers Best Kiss: Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter - We're the Millers Best Fight: Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs Orcs in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Best Comedic Performance: Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron - That Awkward Moment Best Villain: Mila Kunis - Oz The Great and Powerful Best On-Screen Transformation: Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club Best Musical Moment: Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson performing Everybody in This is the End Best Cameo Performance: Rihanna - This is the End Favorite Character: Shailene Woodley as Beatrice 'Tris' Prior in Divergent Trailblazer Award: Channing Tatum WTF Moment: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street Best Scared-As-S**t Performance: Brad Pitt – World War Z Best On-Screen Duo: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – Fast & Furious 6 Best Hero: Henry Cavill as Clark Kent –Man of Steel Generation Award: Mark Wahlberg.
We’ve been watching Stephen Colbert for years now — for eight years on The Daily Show and the past nine on The Report. We’ve seen him mold the jingoistic dork who bears his name into an icon of modern satire, skewering current events and lampooning punditry five nights a week for just shy of a decade. We’ve seen Colbert degrade the English language, vie for immortality in the form of a Hungarian bridge, forward the movement against wrist violence, run for president, wrestle Jon Stewart at the 2012 Emmys, and inspire a delightful grouchiness in childhood author Maurice Sendak. We’ve seen lots of Stephen Colbert. But we really have no idea what he’s like.
But this man that we’ve yet to meet, save for rare candid interviews or pre-shtick recordings we might be lucky enough to have found on the web, seems to be the one we'll be spending the rest of our days with. Naturally, Colbert’s new residence on The Late Show, announced on Thursday via The New York Times, won’t foster this degree of caricature. As such, it’s natural for fans of the Colbert Report, even (or perhaps especially) the most diehard of the bunch, to approach the news of the comedian’s ascension to network TV with apprehension. We don’t know what he can do without the good graces of his O’Reilly-inspired alter ego. We’re not sure what a genuine Stephen Colbert interview will carry — when he’s not belittling, accosting, or deliberately misunderstanding his guests, can he still be funny?
We'll have to wait until 2015 for a proper answer to this first question, although we're comfortable with a resounding "probably." But in mourning the impending loss of The Colbert Report's main character, we have to take a look at his fellow late night players, and the game itself. In earnest, Colbert is the only one of the lot who has been working from the soils of true fiction, but the industry entails some degree of trimming and hedging. The cameras add 10 pounds of performative composure and well-rehearsed shtick, and the good ones keep their elements as vivid as Colbert has his Bill O'Reilly sendup.
So the second question is: which of these greats will show Colbert how to handle the balance of his Comedy Central icon and the South Carolinian who pronounces his last name with an audible "T"?
Gone by the wayside since Johnny Carson's retirement is the viewing audience's adherence to the "familial" in its crowning of a replacement late night king. With a long line from which to choose, we want characters. Maybe Jay Leno held good ratings thanks to his ability to play accessible and nonthreatening, but in the days of Internet criticism, professional and public alike, that translates to amorphous. There's no Jay Leno identity beyond the high-voiced bobblehead you'll find in too many stand-up comedy routines. Leno and his ilk have fallen to the new. We want the opportunity to dig through a collection of oddballs each night, satisfying whatever cravings the preceding hours have inspired.
We have that opportunity in David Letterman's crotchety cynic (who has always been, as a cultural fixture, far ahead of his time). In Jimmy Fallon's wide-eyed cherub. In Jon Stewart's put-upon nebbish. These are the characters these men have built, accessing something between relatability — face it, angrier people like Letterman and happier people like Fallon — and the special, distanced elation you get from watching a skilled actor work his comedic magic.
With so many balancing acts of varying aptitude — Chelsea Handler plays on sauciness, Jimmy Kimmel on boyish impetulance, Craig Ferguson on the residual mania of his dark past — Colbert has no shortage of professors to guide him through his early semesters in the CBS gig. But the best teacher of the lot to help Colbert tailor his character to the network form might very well be Conan O'Brien, who has managed from Late Night on to manufacture a most meticulous exaggeration of his gawky, psuedo-psychotic personality to maintain through bits, interviews, man-on-the-street routines, and even appearances in other media. It's really a shame he didn't get tenure.
It's natural to bemoan the loss of a character as important as Colbert's, or to fear that his greatness might not carry over to a new style of performance. But we have to remember that even in taking the stage as himself, performance is the most essential part of his new job. He might not bluster about as the right-wing blowhard we've come to love, but he sure as hell won't let his penchant for character craft and self-parody go untapped. He'll need it now more than ever.
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As it was with Johnny Carson, it's impossible to underestimate the impact that David Letterman has had on late night television. Letterman, who announced last week that he will be retiring in 2015, bridged the gap between Carson and the old Hollywood guard and the Internet generation in ways that are still clearly evident in the shows that followed. From the pre-taped bits that he made a staple of his shows, to putting staff members on camera, to having a house rock band, everyone that has followed — including his primary competitor and former friend Jay Leno — stole liberally from Letterman. The man created not one but two different long-running network shows in Late Night and The Late Show that have made boatloads of money for NBC and CBS respectively. He may never have been warm and friendly, but there's no arguing with his results.
His decision to leave The Late Show after 22 years behind the desk (speculation is that he had promised his wife that he would leave at the end of his current contract), puts CBS on the clock to come up with a plan for his replacement. The network seems inclined to move quickly to announce a course of action so that they don't end up in the quandary that NBC did when Carson retired.
After some initial murmurs that CBS might go after one of NBC's castoff hosts, either Leno or Conan O'Brien, speculation has increased that Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, whose contract for The Colbert Report runs out at the end of this year. Considering that at one time it was Colbert's former boss Jon Stewart that was seen as the eventual successor to Letterman, the rumors have some weight. (Even though the network's own Craig Ferguson has been following Letterman's in the 12:30 a.m. time-slot, it also seems pretty clear that CBS won't seriously consider the oddball comic for the gig, which could lead him to leave when his contract expires.)
The bigger question becomes if Colbert, or any of the other potential choices that would seem acceptable to the fairly conservative suits at CBS, has the ability to compete against The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel Live! As those two shows consistently raise the stakes with their competition (not just on the air, but in using social media), it seems clear that the landscape of late night is going in a younger, more interactive direction. Still, if there's one other comic who has maintained a healthy Internet presence, and media-active fanbase, throughout his time on TV, it's Colbert.
It seems unlikely, but might CBS be better served by going completely outside of the box and taking a chance on a lesser name, the way that NBC did when it replaced Letterman with the completely unknown O'Brien? They don't have to go quite that far, but someone like Comedy Bang! Bang! creator Scott Aukerman, or Comedy Central star Keegan-Michael Key, might be more willing to jump into the fray with Fallon and Kimmel and compete for younger viewers. Better yet, they each have established cohorts in Reggie Watts and Jordan Peele, respectively, who could come along for the ride.
As it has been since the days of Carson's departure, the late night shuffle will provide plenty of intrigue as CBS tries to sort out a succession plan. One thing that's certain, however, is that whoever may sit behind the desk at The Late Show is going to have to do some amazing work to someday approach Letterman's considerable legacy.
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When Jimmy Fallon joined the late-night talk show race, his relentless positivity and genuine interest in every single guest, from teen queens to multiple Oscar winners, stood in stark contrast to the cranky competitiveness that pervaded that landscape. On Feb. 24, fellow nice guy Seth Meyers trades his Weekend Update desk for one at Late Night and the scales tip further. TV just got a lot friendlier, post-Primetime.
Jay Leno signed off of The Tonight Show on Feb. 6... for the second time. The Leno/Conan O'Brien hand-off debacle raised a lot of hackles. Even the usually congenial O'Brien let his anger and disappointment be known in the documentary Conan O'Brien Can't Stop. Over on CBS, David Letterman seems to be increasingly uninterested in learning anything about his guests, sometimes drawing the line at their names. Now Fallon and Meyers join Craig Ferguson in the small club of hosts unimpeded (at least outwardly) by long-term grudges, blood feuds, etc.
Academy Award producers reacted to the backlash to Seth MacFarlane's hosting performance by replacing him with the kind and almost wholly uncontroversial Ellen DeGeneres. And now, the late-night pendulum is swinging back the other way too. As much fun as it's been to spend night after night after night with uber-rich comics oozing equal amounts of hubris and self-loathing, audiences have responded to Fallon's role as a good-natured fan who can show off while letting his guests show off too. Can we count on Seth Meyers to exude the same perpetual glee as Jimmy, with just a tad more snark? And, more importantly, who will be the Timberlake to his Fallon? We're hoping it's Amy Poehler. We will also accept Bill Hader, in character as Stefon.
Who do you think will reign late-night as the "King of Nice"? Seth or Jimmy? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
British writer and actor Richard O'Brien thrilled fans in Australia by taking to the stage during The Rocky Horror Show's opening night performance to lead the audience in a singalong. A new production of O'Brien's cult musical, starring Craig McLachlan, opened in Brisbane on Friday (10Jan14), and the writer/creator was there for the launch.
At the end of the show at the Lyric Theatre, O'Brien took to the stage to thank the audience for helping to keep his creation going for more than 40 years, calling them "f**king brilliant", before leading them in a rendition of the show's classic song Time Warp.
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Rhythm and CumberbatchFor those looking for the perfect mix of high and lowbrow, watch Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) read the actual lyrics of R. Kelly's song "Genius."
Honoring MadibaOn Thursday, the world mourned when it was announced that Nelson Mandela, the beloved former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary, passed away at the age of 95. On that night R. Kelly performed his song "Soldier's Night" as a tribute to Mandela on The Arsenio Hall Show.
A Break From MayhemCraig Ferguson took pause from his usual opening comical intros to pay respects to the late Nelson Mandela. But rather than let himself speak about the South African humanitarian, Ferguson passed the honors to someone who knew him personally by showing a 2009 clip of Archbishop Desmond Tutu telling a story about the kindness Mandela often displayed.
Thirty Seconds to DallasHe's certainly come along since his days as Jordan Catalano from My So Called Life. Thirty Second to Mars' Jared Leto dropped by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to talk about his buzzworthy role as a transgender woman in The Dallas Buyers Club.
A Surprise VisitThe Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons treated a very lucky woman (who coincidentally looked a lot like his sitcom co-star Mayim Bialik) from the audience of Conan to an impromptu tour to the set of his show.
A McNasty ComboStephen Colbert gave his "Thought for Food" regarding the trans fat ban and the dubious origins of McDonald's elusive McRib.
Dance-off, Round 2Two Detroit Pistons fans reignited their choreographed rivalry and extended their viral celebrity status when they battled on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this past Tuesday.
IHOP for MoneyConan O'Brien tried to sell out by shooting a commercial for the very lucrative breakfast chain, the International House of Pancakes.
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The Art of SurpriseMariah Carey and Jimmy Fallon shock several die-hard Mariah fans to almost frightening levels.
An Unhappy BirthdaySome cynics say you're just one day closer to dying on your birthday. The Killers may have taken that to a whole new level with their grim birthday song for Jimmy Kimmel.
Lip FlipBilly Crystal and Jimmy Fallon try to read each other's lips.
A Deep Dish Served ColdJon Stewart's culinary rant shows that some rivalries go run deeper than a Chicago-style pizza.
Walk This WayBill Cosby took the scenic route for his epic entrance on The Tonight Show.
I Love You, ManConan O'Brien has evidence that Will Arnett and Jason Bateman make the cutest couple.
Cracking the Top 10Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been nothing but a gold mine for the late night hosts. Letterman takes his shot on the Canadian politician with his Thursday night Top 10 List.
A Host of TroubleListen in on Craig Ferguson and Jay Leno's conversation about why hosting the White House Correspondents' Dinner is such a difficult job.
Game OnJimmy Fallon and Ice-T show off Sony's next-gen console, PlayStation 4.
The Human Fire ExtinguisherStreet magician David Blaine was thirsting to put out a fire on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
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We stay up to watch shows like The Tonight Show and Late Night With David Letterman and Conan to see interviews with celebrities and funny sketches. Things don't always go as planned even for the people who meticulously plan and run these shows, often to the chagrin of the hosts and sometimes the guests themselves. The audiences tend to love it. though.
1. Drew Barrymore Striptease on David Letterman (1995)
Who can forget Dave squirming when Barrymore flashed him? I'm sure that the censors watching the show nearly had a heart attack when deciding whether to air this or not.
2. Madonna on Letterman (2008)
Admit it, you didn't look at cigars the same way after her appearance with Letterman. Say what you will, but she is the queen of being able to get people to talk about her.
3. Hugh Grant on Jay Leno (1995)
Usually when people appear on these shows, they expect easy questions. Grant was likely not expecting "What the hell were you thinking?" alluding to his being caught with a prostitute in his car while he was dating Elizabeth Freaking Hurley at the same time.
4. Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman (2009)
Who knew what the hell was going on when the bearded Phoenix conducted one of the most out there interviews ever. It turned out that it was an Andy Kaufman-esque type thing for Phoenix, who was getting ready for a movie role. He came out looking decidedly more normal in another appearance to explain, but I'm sure Letterman's show booker was asking beforehand, "You SURE you're not going to pull something like this again?"
5. Power Goes Out on Craig Ferguson (2009)
Who needs power to run a show? Ferguson just kicked back in the surrounding darkness and cracked jokes with a robotic co-host. Every show should be so laid-back.
6. Letterman Audience-Free Shows During Sandy (2012)
In the same vein as Ferguson, this time Letterman didn't even have an audience during the superstorm. He stood there in an empty studio, save for his sidekick, Paul Shaffer, and the accompying band and did his monologue and regular show. Who says the audience adds anything?
7. Matt Damon Ties Up Jimmy Kimmel (2013)
Late-night TV or the WWE? Damon, in a mock feud with Kimmel, finally snapped, tied up Kimmel and hosted the show himself. Vince McMahon would be proud of that storyline.
8. Jimmy Kimmel Rips Leno Post-Conan O'Brien Firing (2010)
Kimmel was NOT happy when Conan was removed as host of The Tonight Show and he subequently mocked Leno, including doing a show dressed up as him and continued on the offensive until the red-headed comedian locked into his own show on TBS. I was happy to see this, since even the Leno/Letterman rivalry had gotten stale.
9. Sinead O'Connor Tears Pope John Paul II's Picture on SNL (1992)
The Irish singer sure tore herself out of the spotlight after that stunt to protest the Catholic church's view on abortion/contraception: she was also unhappy to be on the same show that the misogynistic Andrew Dice Clay was hosting. It was quite a fall: she had been on top of the world with her hit single, "Nothing Compares 2 U" and after that she faded away until making guest appearances on albums with groups like Massive Attack in the 2000s.
10. Lindsay Lohan on Letterman (2013)
Like Grant, Lohan was surprised by pointed questions about her personal life, which continues to be a train wreck of drugs, alcohol and smoking enough cigarettes to age her 20 years. Letterman can be a good interviewer: he wouldn't last as long as he has without that skill, but he can get testy with people that annoy him. Guess Lohan fit into that category.
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Get ready to get your laugh on: Key & Peele are bringing their comedic banter to the Television Critics Association Awards as the hosts.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are known for their hilarious sketch comedy series on Comedy Central, Key & Peele. From playing a pot-smoking Obama in his prime at college to the most badass, straight-thuggin' substitute teacher you ever met, the chuckling duo have proven themselves to be more than ready to emcee the awards show.
The TCA awards have reeled in A-List talent in the past to front the show including Dax Shepard, Craig Ferguson, Conan O'Brien and Mary-Lynn Rajskub. Will Key and his pal Peele top their predecessors? Unfortunately, the awards show will not be broadcast to fans – which, with a duo like them at the helm, is a bonafide tragedy — so we won't be able to judge for ourselves. But we'll get all the highlights after the Liam Neeson fanatics conduct the TCA Awards on August 3.
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