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!
Sir Elton John has written an impassioned article urging his fans to throw themselves behind the fight against AIDS in the same way they battled for the legalisation of gay marriage. The Rocket Man penned the article, titled Don't Forget About AIDS, for The New York Times and he details the need to re-engage with efforts to find a cure for the disease that affects one in eight gay men.
The veteran star, who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation, commends the gay community's efforts to unite in the face of opposition to same-sex marriage but he insists they must use the same fervour to end AIDS.
He writes, "As engaged as the gay community and civil rights activists have been in the fight for marriage equality, we have lost ground on the fight that so intensely galvanized the gay community to begin with: H.I.V. and AIDS... In short, as the gay community celebrates the march of marriage, we are failing to maintain the kind of basic awareness and education that is needed to save lives...
"As a society we need to learn to view the AIDS crisis with compassion. What helped to win marriage equality were the images of loving couples being given a chance to exercise their humanity and their basic rights. So, too, can telling the stories of those with H.I.V. and AIDS striving to live with dignity help us reach the end of AIDS."
Soccer icon David Beckham has teamed up with British pop star Robbie Williams to launch a new campaign aimed at protecting children from violence. The former sportsman and the Angels hitmaker are promoting the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) Children in Danger: Act to End Violence against Children campaign.
They have posed for a series of powerful images showing them standing in front of the silhouettes of children.
Beckham, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "If you saw a child in danger, any child, you would instantly step up and protect that child from whatever threat they were facing. Millions of children around the world are facing dangers every day - violence, disease and disasters. We need to grab this opportunity to step up and protect them now. Join me in supporting UNICEF's Children in Danger campaign and we can all help keep these children safe."
Actor/singer Jimmy Nail came out of retirement to help fellow Brit Sting perfect the songs that would make up the soundtrack for his musical The Last Ship. Nail, who enjoyed TV and chart success in Europe with hit show Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and songs including Love Don't Live Here Anymore, had turned his back on showbusiness after realising he didn't need to work anymore.
He was living a quiet life in Chelsea, London when his old pal Sting tracked him down in 2010, and Nail immediately agreed to help.
He says, "I was quite happy to do nothing and be anonymous... Sting asked me if I would helped him put some guide vocals on some songs that he was amassing for this project... I said yes and I meant no.
"I thought, 'When the time comes, I'll pull a sickie (fall sick)...' but slowly, as the songs materialised, I realised that, for me, it was an important journey that I was gonna go on, and that's how I got dragged out of retirement."
Sting, who appeared on a recent Inside the Actors Studio TV special with Nail, confessed he modelled the shipyard foreman he created for his musical on Nail: "I had designs on Jimmy from the very beginning of this."
Ironically, Nail's father was a foreman in a Newcastle, England shipyard, and he admits the show means an awful lot to him: "I stand in the wings just before I walk on and I can't describe the pride that I feel because I feel like I'm about to tell people about who we are, why we are who we are, what we are... I'm so bursting with pride I can't wait to get on there and get started."
The musical opens at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on Sunday (26Oct14) following a string of previews.
Actress Halle Berry is adding saucy fashion designer to her resume by launching her own lingerie line. The X-Men star has teamed up with bosses at U.S. retailer Target and designers at Scandale Paris to release the underwear collection in America.
Announcing the news, Berry says, "I fell in love with Scandale while I was in Paris, because the brand reminded me of the city itself - beautiful and inspiring.
"I am excited for the U.S. debut to be at Target and to launch the brand globally in 2015. I look forward to giving more women the chance to enjoy what European women have come to love for more than eight decades."
And she insists she has become a lingerie expert in recent years, adding, "I’m always looking at women’s bosoms now. I can look at most women and say, 'You’re this, you’re that, you’re this. You need the push-up (bra). You need a demi (bra). We’re so going to help you.'"
The 10-piece, budget-friendly line will hit stores next year (15).
Unless you’re Tatiana Maslany, you can’t be two (or six) people at once. But you can do the next best thing and dress up like an Orphan Black clone for Halloween!
With the help of this handy article, you’ll figure out which clone costume best suits your personality and how you can achieve a look worthy of Clone Club initiation.
The most important aspect of this costume is attitude. If you’re not sporting major ‘tude, you’re doing it wrong. As a British punk grifter-turned-unofficial ringleader of the clones, Sarah’s got sass to spare. Make sure you wear your hair in messy waves and smudge on some eyeliner so it looks day-old. Throw on a hoodie, a leather jacket and some combat boots and you’re ready to take on your enemies!
Helena is probably the most Halloween-worthy of all the clones. Simply because she’s the scariest. She’s got a wild mop of blonde hair and even wilder eyes, and if there’s food around, chances are she’s shoving it into her mouth. Just one of Helena’s many…quirks. To fully become Helena, speak with her Ukrainian accent (“My seestra”), wear a white nightgown smeared in fake blood and tear into those Halloween snacks.
One suburban soccer mom clone coming right up! Are you a Type A personality with a dark side? Do you feel as comfortable holding a glue gun as you do holding a real gun? Then Alison is the clone for you! (And also you might need some help.) Fasten your hair into a tight ponytail and get some clip-on bangs. Put on your best yoga pants and puffer vest, grab a nice glass of wine, and you’re all set to do some arts and crafts…or bury a body in your garage, whatever.
If “sexy nerd” is how you’d generally describe yourself, a Cosima costume might be for you. She’s a pot-smoking science geek with a head full of dreads and a thing for French chicks. To transform into Cosima, twist your hair into some faux-dreadlocks, then throw on a pair of geeky glasses, a fake nose ring and a lab coat. A swooping cat-eye will complete your look.
Rachel is the ice queen of clones. Cold, calculating and (almost) always in control, Rachel loves antagonizing her fellow clone sisters. You’ll need a proper British accent, a poker face, and some well-tailored business attire to embody the character. Top it off with an asymmetrical blonde bob and you’ll instantly become a force to be reckoned with. (Bonus points if you can make it look like a pencil is sticking out of your eye. If you watch the show, you’ll most certainly get that reference).
Tony (aka the trans clone) caused quite a stir when he appeared on the show for one episode in season two. We only got a brief glimpse into his character, but so far we know he’s cocky, confident and a tiny bit criminal. You’ll need a goatee, a long mullet and some swagger to pull off this costume.
Helena as Sarah as Beth
This show – and the acting prowess of Tatiana Maslany – frequently blows people’s minds. And with a costume like this, you can too! For a head-spinning scene in season one, Helena pretends to be Sarah, who’s pretending to be Beth (the cop clone who offed herself in episode one). Get yourself a button-down shirt, a blazer and a beanie to cover your hair. Use some eye shadow to achieve Helena’s dark circles, and there you have it – you’re officially a triple threat!
If you’re still having trouble deciding, round up a bunch of your friends and be ALL of the clones! Clone dance party, anyone?
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Singer Bret Michaels is warning fans not to give up their financial information to online pranksters pretending to be him. The Poison frontman has become embroiled in a bizarre scam, in which impersonators pose as the rocker and claim he needs fans' assistance to set up a cash transfer. Some gullible fans have been falling for the con, handing over their bank account information.
Urging his devotees to be more aware in a a message on his Facebook.com page, Michaels writes: "It has come to our attention that someone is online saying they are Bret Michaels and that they need help transferring a large sum of money. They are creating numerous fraudulent Facebook profiles, watching who comments on Bret's real Facebook page and then reaching out and starting a conversation.
"They are asking that you do not share the phone number they give you, bring this to management's attention or tell anyone about their texts to you as they need the information to be confidential. They have also been known to text people who have phone numbers listed in their 'about me' sections.
"We implore you to please be vigilant and not fall for these people's lies. Please do not give out your address, phone numbers or any banking information to these individuals. If they message you through Facebook, please report the page."
Actor Mario Lopez was cured of a deadly illness thanks to the help of a Mexican witch doctor.
The former Saved by the Bell star was just a baby when he contracted an illness that put him on his death bed, but his father made one last unconventional attempt to save his son. In an interview with Queen Latifah on her U.S. talk show on Thursday (16Oct14), Lopez recalls:
"I was deathly ill. I was almost going to die. The priest came and blessed me. I had a condition where I wasn't retaining any fluid or food. I couldn't vomit. I lost half my weight. They couldn't even find a vein to put the IV. "My dad took me from the hospital (in California) and we went to Mexico. He took me to a 'bruja', which is a witch doctor, and with a pluck of this and that, she squared me all the way." The TV personality admits the experience left him open to alternative medicine, no matter how odd the witch doctor's methods may have been. He adds, "The whole point of that experience is that you do whatever you need to do for your family. And now being a father myself, I totally get it and respect it."
Leonardo DiCaprio has donated $2 million (£1.25 million) through his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to an organisation working to protect ocean life.
The funds will benefit ocean conservation group Oceans 5, which is attempting to stop illegal fishing and create marine reserves in the world's five oceans, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A statement from The Great Gatsby star, who was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Climate Change last month (Sep14), reads, "Oceans 5 is an exciting new platform for marine conservation. Working together with other philanthropists, we are making smarter, more impactful investments for the future of our planet. "The sad truth is that less than two per cent of our oceans are fully protected. We need to change that now. My Foundation supports Oceans 5 projects that are directly improving ocean health by stopping overfishing and creating marine reserves." The donation comes months after the 39 year old pledged $3 million (£1.25 million) to another group, Oceana, in an effort to help conservationists protect sharks, marine mammals and ocean habitats in the Eastern Pacific.
A petition to name a New York street after Jennifer Lopez has received more than 1,300 signatures.
Fan Edgardo Luis Rivera launched the campaign to convince city officials to rename a stretch of road in Lopez's native The Bronx as 'Jennifer Lopez Way'. Rivera writes on the petition's website:
"I need the help of every J.Lover and fan in the world to help support and sign this petition so that we can see Jennifer Lopez have an honorary street named after her in her hometown of The Bronx!" He also revealed on the site that actress Kristin Chenoweth has signed the petition to immortalise the singer/actress with the road name. The campaign has gained momentum and next month (10Nov14) Riviera will pitch the proposal to the Bronx Community Council.