By Riley Gillis on January 11, 2021
“I couldn’t help but wonder… would Sex and the City be the same without the sex?”
HBO Max has announced that the iconic show, which followed the lives of four women in New York City, would be returning for a 10-episode series and production will start this year.
The new show, titled And Just Like That, is being billed as the “Next Chapter” of Sex and the City.
However, while stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis are all returning, Kim Cattrall is not, BBC News reports.
It’s a notable loss, as anyone who has ever watched the late ’90s/early 2000s cultural touchstone — or either of the two big screen continuations — knows there is a whole lot of sex on screen, and a vast majority of that sex was intertwined with the exploits of Cattrall’s Samantha Jones, the fearless sexual powerhouse who often served as the comic relief and necessary foil to headstrong protagonist Carrie Bradshaw, played by Parker.
Samantha’s larger-than-life personality and her catty or salacious one-liners were also part of what made the show a cult favorite among LGBTQ circles, as well as a story arc where she pursued a relationship with a woman, Maria, played by Sonia Braga.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) January 10, 2021
Cattrall’s absence isn’t surprising, given she ruled out a potential third Sex and the City film in a 2017 interview and implied a “toxic relationship” with her co-stars.
She also engaged in a very public feud with Parker, after Parker commented on Catrall’s Instagram announcement about the death of her brother in 2018.
Cattrall responded by calling Parker “cruel” and accusing her of trying to exploit her brother’s death to restore her “‘nice girl’ persona.
“Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now,” Cattrall wrote.
Parker responded in an interview with People magazine, saying that there was “no fight; it was completely fabricated.”
In an Instagram post teasing the new HBO Max series, Parker responded to a fan who noted that she “didn’t tag Samantha Jones” in the post.
“I don’t dislike her. I’ve never said that. Never would,” Parker wrote. “Samantha isn’t part of this story. But she will always be part of us. No matter where we are or what we do.”
Cynthia Nixon, who won an Emmy for her role as career-focused lawyer Miranda, said in an interview last year that she identifies as queer, after previously calling herself bisexual in 2012.
The actress met her wife Christine Marinoni in 2004, after separating from her husband, who she had been married to for 15 years.
“I could call myself a lesbian, gay, bisexual,” Nixon told Attitude. “But none of them seems really particularly right.”
She added: “To say ‘queer’ means, ‘I’m over there, I don’t have to go into the nuances of my sexuality with you.'”
The popular gym chain Crunch Fitness recently warned its members to stop having sex in the men's locker room, urging them to instead choose "*literally* anywhere else."
The controversy was sparked after Twitter user @rossifer, also known as OnlyFans model "Rated R Ross," shared a picture of a sign in his gym with the caption: "Tell me you work at a gay gym without telling me you work at a gym."
The sign, which features the official Crunch Signature logo, says: "ATTENTION MEMBERS: Please DO NOT HAVE SEX in the Men’s Locker Room! You can have sex *literally* anywhere else, just not at Crunch Fitness. Otherwise, your membership will be immediately revoked. Please keep this a safe space for all Crunchers."
The brilliantly constructed January 6th insurrection documentary Day of Rage (★★★★☆) offers a more compelling and scrupulous account of the Capitol riot than many of the lawmakers who were in the building that day.
Lawmakers like Republican Congressman Andrew Clyde -- shown in the film helping to barricade the House chamber doors against intruders on January 6th, and a few months later referring to the insurrection as a "normal tourist visit" -- continue to downplay what the whole world saw. Yet, plenty of evidence bears out the film's bluntly assertive subtitle: How Trump Supporters Took the U.S. Capitol.
An OnlyFans star from Singapore has been arrested and charged with "transmitting obscene materials" in violation of the country's anti-porn laws.
Titus Low Kaide, also known as Titus Low, was taken into custody after police received reports that he had "transmitted images and videos of his private parts" online. He was also charged under the Criminal Procedure Code for allegedly resisting a police order not to log on to his OnlyFans page, according to the Straits Times.
Although consuming porn in Singapore is not an offense, it is illegal to possess or download pornographic images or material, even for personal use. The country also criminalizes consensual same-sex conduct by means of a law that dates back to British colonial rule.
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