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"Sex" and the silver screen ? (buffy mention)

Friday 1 December 2006, by Webmaster

Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda just might make the jump

When “Sex and the City” ended its six-season HBO run in 2004, we said goodbye to New York City’s most fashionable fictional foursome. Now it appears that farewell may have been more of an au revoir - until we meet again - fitting, since the final episodes took place largely in Paris.

The series finale wrapped up everything as best as could be expected, but also left fans clamoring for more.

We last saw Carrie finally reunited with Mr. Big (whose real name turned out to be John), Charlotte and her husband adopting a baby from China, Samantha battling breast cancer with the support of her loving boyfriend, and Miranda embracing life as a married woman and working mom, even inviting her senile, alcoholic mother-in-law to move into the family’s Brooklyn home.

A movie taking up where the television show ended seemed like a sure thing. Charlotte would travel to China to pick up her much-awaited bambino, and maybe Carrie and former commitment-phobe Big would waltz down the aisle.

But, as stars of the show have said, Kim Cattrall (who plays Samantha, the most sexually liberated character) backed out of the project. Rumor has it she clashed with her colleagues, wanting status and pay equal to that of lead actress and producer Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie).

A recent issue of Us Weekly, my guilty-pleasure gym reading, revealed that HBO is again in talks with the actresses, and any past feuds are water under the Manhattan Bridge.

Kristin Davis (who plays “Sex” cutie Charlotte, my personal favorite because she had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Elizabeth Taylor) is especially vocal about wanting to reunite for a movie. She, Parker and Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) remain close even though they’re no longer working together every day.

None of the ladies has been involved with a project as commercially popular and critically acclaimed as “Sex” since the show ended. Parker probably has been the most successful, appearing in the lucrative but barely mediocre films “The Family Stone” and “Failure to Launch.”

Davis has been on an embarrassing movie streak, adding films such as “The Shaggy Dog,” “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D” and, mostly recently, “Deck the Halls” (co-starring Matthew Broderick, Parker’s real-life hubby) to her resume.

Cattrall tanked at the box office with “Ice Princess,” but she did earn kudos for a London theatrical performance in “The Cryptogram.” She also penned grossly explicit books with the guy who’s now her ex-husband on how to please a woman sexually.

Since “Sex” ended, Nixon has won a Tony for her performance in Broadway’s “Rabbit Hole,” and had guest roles on “House” and “ER.” Personally, the mother of two has announced that she’s in a same-sex relationship.

Thanks to nightly reruns and DVD boxed sets of the series, “Sex and the City” is more popular now than ever. A movie would have a built-in fan base, and I’d be among those lining up to spend a couple more hours with the ladies who redefined girl talk and dating.

In recent years, TV shows making the jump to the big screen have met with mixed results. “Strangers With Candy,” “Serenity” and “Miami Vice” pleased fans of the original series and earned critical acclaim - because the people behind the shows controlled the movies.

Remakes such as “Dukes of Hazzard” may have failed on quality control, but they did deliver major revenue.

“The Simpsons,” TV’s longest-running sitcom, will make its cinematic debut July 27. And I was especially happy to learn recently that “Get Smart,” an old Nick at Nite favorite spoofing the Cold War, will be made into a movie.

It will star my favorite funnyman Steve Carell as Agent Maxwell Smart (a role originated by Don Adams) and classic beauty Anne Hathaway as Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon).

Peter Segal will direct the big-screen remake. Filming begins in March, and a 2008 release is scheduled. I could not be more excited to hear Carell say “Would you believe ...” and “Missed it by that much!” as CONTROL battles KAOS.

My dad loved this 1960s show, and I’m looking forward to seeing the movie with him, and watching the entire series, which is being released on DVD by Time-Life. There aren’t many films we both enjoy, so it will be nice to share this with him.

I’d even go see “Friends: The Movie” or a legitimate “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” film (the first one didn’t have Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan and the rest of the gang, so it doesn’t count).

Even if the movies were bad, they’d still conjure up all the happy memories I associate with the shows.

This is reason enough for me to hope that the ladies of “Sex and the City” (and the supporting male characters) find their way to the box office. Because all those designer gowns and Manolo Blahniks will look much better on the big screen than on my tiny television.