Friday, June 22, 2018

ON THE LONDON SET OF NEW SERIES THE ROOK WITH OLIVIA MUNN

 In London I have a chance to meet and talk with X-Men star Olivia
Munn, who has temporarily moved from California to London to star in the upcoming TV series The Rook.
 In it she plays an American intelligence officer with subtle supernatural powers who crashes into an investigation into her former lover's death.
  I watch her filming a scene set just around the corner from The Lamb, a favourite pub of mine in Leadenhall Market. But because there is a strict embargo I cannot reveal anything about our talk or much about the series apart from saying it centers on a young woman (played by London-based actress Emma Greenwell) pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own.  
At the Savoy with Emma Greenwell
 When the embargo is lifted I'll be able to reveal a lot more about both the series and the lovely 37-year-old Olivia who is currently dating actor Alex Gonzalez and whose previous boyfriends have included Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, Matthew Morrison, Chris Pine, Aaron Rodgers and Joel Kinnaman. 

 But it's always good to be back in London, particularly staying at the Savoy Hotel! 

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

TWENTY YEARS LATER ---MEMORIES OF THE GROUND-BREAKING SEX AND THE CITY AND THE AGE OF UN-INNOCENCE

  It was twenty years ago that Sarah Jessica Parker, as New York writer Carrie Bradshaw announced: "Welcome to the age of un-innocence" and launched the ground-breaking comedy Sex and the City.
 For the next six years the show followed Carrie, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) through their sexual entanglements and relationships.
  And during those six years I got to know the four actresses
reasonably well on a professional basis. Sometimes I would meet them on the Sex and the City set at Silver Cup Studios, just across the 59th Street Bridge from Manhattan; other times it would be when they were on promotional visits to Los Angeles.
  To Kim Cattrall, who in real-life was nothing like the sex-mad Samantha, I was always "Limey" even though she herself was a Limey, too, coming as she did from Liverpool. So we would swap stories about pubs, things we missed and our visits "home."
 
Every Christmas I would get a card and a note from Cynthia Nixon. And I was as surprised as any of her fans when she came out as gay and later married her partner.
  Kristin Davis, the only one of the quartet whose home was in Los Angeles,  was always funny and friendly and we chatted on the telephone about her career and life with the Sex and the City cast, of whom Cynthia was her greatest friend.

  And Sarah Jessica Parker? Well, Sarah Jessica was the boss. As one of the show's producers she had a big say in what went on screen and the others treated her with, if not deference, then certainly with respect. 
 The series spawned two feature films but it seems that was enough. Plans for a third film fizzled when Cattrall, who had had her differences with Parker, refused to return.
  But Sex and the City is far from finished. The six seasons are available on Amazon as well as other syndicated outlets, including the E! network which recently aired a marathon of every episode.
With the boss, Sarah Jessica, 20 years later





 

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