February 26, 2004

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Sex and the City Isn’t Over

Sex and the City fans will be happy to know that Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Cattrall are all talking with HBO about reprising their roles for a motion picture. The television show, which ended this past Sunday, has been enormously successful since its first episode 6 seasons ago. HBO says that while they are simply “exploring the possibility of a film,” there have been no definite decisions made about whether it will actually happen. Michael Patrick King, the show’s executive producer, main writer, and director, is just starting to pen a possible script for the film. HBO says that they will identify a date to begin filming once they reach an agreement with the four ladies and the screenplay is finished, probably sometime in May. There have been no details released on who, if any, of the male leads will be in the film, including Mr. Big (Chris Noth), Smith Jared (Jason Lewis), Steve Brady (David Eigenberg), or Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler). This movie would be unique in that it will start filming so close to the finale of the television series. If all goes well, Sex and the City fans will have their film by 2005.

Muppets Take Disney

Or the other way around. Disney has managed, even while dealing with the hostile takeover by Comcast this past week, to acquire Jim Henson’s beloved muppets. Disney announced last Tuesday that it is buying Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie the Bear, and Gonzo as well as the Bear in the Big Blue House franchise from the Jim Henson Company. Although the financial terms of the deal have not been released, reports say that the deal’s value is worth $90 million. This is a great thing to happen for Disney chief Michael Eisner because of his problems with Comcast and the recently failed renewal of Disney’s contract with animation powerhouse Pixar. Apparently, this deal is not out of the blue. Disney was supposed to have acquired the muppets in 1990 for $150 million. However, the deal fell through after Jim Henson passed away. Lisa Henson, co-chair and CEO of the Henson Company (as well as daughter of the late Jim Henson) believes that this deal will give the muppets a good home. She mentions that her father had pursued extensive talks with Disney and that he would have wanted this deal. This muppet-mouse merger will be a great way to bring the muppets back to television and help them to continue to bring joy to audiences for years to come. Disney plans to launch a new series as well as specials and products that will be distributed to stores worldwide.

Paris is Back and Better than Ever

While it was not Rick Salomon’s fault that the Paris Hilton sex video was released on the internet in the first place, the brand-new, full length, pay-per-view download is all his doing. Salomon, Paris’s partner on the sex tape, says about the release, “I didn’t think this tape was going to be this giant. This tape is [worth] way too much money. And it’s a beautiful tape, everyone’s going to enjoy it, I think.” However, not everyone will be happy about the release of the tape; Salomon does admit that Hilton will probably not be too stoked. Salomon and his brother established the website “Trustfundgirls.com” in order to distribute the tape, which is the most watched sex tape since the Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee video. Apparently, people can pay $50 for five plays over a five day period and see almost 37 minutes of “high-quality” footage. Salomon said he expects to make “anywhere from $30 to $100 million” from the sale of downloads.

Archived article by Amanda Hodes