January 15, 2013
* THE CARRIE DIARIES. 8 p.m. Monday, CW 57. IT'S ALWAYS a little sad when TV fans can't let their favorite characters go, but it's even sadder when the people who make TV can't. Prequels, sequels, reboots and reimaginings: They're all clinging to ideas whose time's passed - like pulling something that hasn't been worn in a few years out of the bowels of the closet and pretending it's vintage. In the case of "The Carrie Diaries," the CW series that takes "Sex and the City" fashionista and sexual anthropologist Carrie Bradshaw all the way back to 1984 Connecticut, and high school, the fit's a little off. It's not only that star AnnaSophia Robb's tangled mass of blonde curls can't disguise the fact that she's not going to grow up to look remotely like Sarah Jessica Parker (though I'd argue that being a less conventional beauty than Robb likely formed part of the original character's personality)
May 19, 2012
XOXO, "Gossip Girl. " The CW's eye-candy drama about the insanely overdressed offspring of the rich and infamous will end its sixth season run this fall, but worry not, fashion fans: "The Carrie Diaries" is ready to take its place at 9 p.m. Mondays, beginning in January. AnnaSophia Robb ("Race to Witch Mountain") will play "Sex and the City's" Carrie Bradshaw way back in the '80s, before she could afford a closet full of Manolos (and also before she grew up to look more like "Square Pegs" veteran Sarah Jessica Parker than just another CW-perfect teen)
August 15, 2011
Who: A star newbie on "Big Brother," airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Thursdays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 8 p.m. on CBS. Age: 30 From: Dresher, Montgomery County Now: Los Angeles What's up: Earned Head of Household power last week, making enemies along the way. Local angle: A graduate of Upper Dublin High School and a onetime competitor in Miss Philadelphia, this self-proclaimed Carrie Bradshaw (she's a stylish relationship blogger)...
June 5, 2010 |
All "SideShow" readers are hereby commanded to pick up two mags right now . The June 1 ish of Entertainment Weekly, its 20th-anniversary bash, lists the 100 Greatest Characters [pop-cult, fictional] in the Last 20 Years. It reminds us of the long, strange trip it's been since 1990. For some reason, Your Boss is not listed, but number one, of course, is beer-burpin' daddy Homer Simpson . The rest of the top 10: (2) Harry Potter ; (3) Buffy Summers , as played by Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer ; (4)
May 26, 2010
8:30 p.m. HBO Four years after the end of the HBO series, columnist Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker, right) and close friends Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte (Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis) share new passages in their lives.
January 8, 2010 |
The television series Sex and the City debuted in 1998, the same year I began writing about architecture and cities for The Inquirer. Little did I guess back then that Carrie Bradshaw's glamorous gallivanting through the streets of Gotham signaled a major image update for America's cities, from lawless jungles to middle-class playgrounds. It's the city that's sexy now. As we close out this bad-news decade, it's worth remembering that at least one redeeming trend emerged out of the repeating loop of war, terrorism, and economic woes.
June 8, 2008 |
The opening weekend box office for Sex and the City (May 30 to June 1) was surprising. The film surpassed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Aging fashionista working-girl trumps aging archeologist adventurer. There's a lesson here, and not just for moviemakers. When I went to see Sex and the City that weekend, the theater was packed. I took one of the few empty seats next to a group of older women who were as giddy as schoolgirls. When the credits began to roll, they broke into laughter and applause.
May 29, 2008 |
Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha's relationship choices on the HBO series Sex and the City were often painful to watch, but their fashion choices sparked major trends. (Can we say Manolo Blahnik, the pink cell phone, the Carrie necklace, Jimmy Choos?) As designers vied for snippets of screen time, fashion's role in the show grew . . . and grew . . . and grew. In SATC's long-awaited big-screen debut, fashion is officially the film's fifth main character. We see our favorite fashionistas search for, preen in, ogle at and simply walk around in a bevy of absolutely dreamlike, hot-off-the-runway ensembles.
May 25, 2008 |
So, now it's time for Sex. Sex and the City, the movie, arrives this week in theaters, a decade after Carrie Bradshaw sported a tutu and Manolo Blahniks on the Manhattan streets, managing to look simultaneously adorable and absurd. It's been an entire presidential-election cycle since the HBO estro-festival went off the air. Since then, western Brooklyn - to which Miranda sheepishly moved - has become a tony stroller paradise. The only people who can afford Manhattan are the very rich or the very old with rent-controlled apartments.
May 25, 2008 |
There you are, standing before one of Manhattan's greatest landmarks. Even with a line of tourists wrapped around the block, you savor every second of this New York minute, snapping photo after photo with your girlfriends. Forget the Statue of Liberty or Empire State Building - you're sitting on Carrie Bradshaw's sidewalk stoop. Fendi-loving fans have been clinking their cosmos in celebration ever since the four leading ladies began filming Sex and the City: The Movie, which opens in theaters on Friday.