THINGS are getting ugly between the glamour gals behind the lucrative Sex and the City franchise with series creator Candace Bushnell suggesting, among other things, that actress/producer Sarah Jessica Parker is (gulp) too old to play Carrie Bradshaw in a third installment of the glitzy big-screen romp.
"Look, Sarah Jessica Parker is 47," says Bushnell, 54, who obviously didn't think much of previous efforts to swell the cult following she began with a HBO show spun off her weekly column in the New York Observer. "I think with the second movie, Carrie Bradshaw couldn't be an ingenue anymore," Bushnell told The Daily Beast last week. "But I think they were stuck doing what the audience wanted. Realistically, a middle-aged woman who was married without children would be much more focused on her career and less focused on this Mr Big: 'Does he love me?'... 'Does he still not love me?' I mean, I think it was coming to the end of what they could do with the character."
Bushnell's provocative comments come hot on the heels of SJP's negative reaction to a SATC prequel The Carrie Diaries, written and produced by Bushnell. Asked to weigh in on the new TV series, which follows a 16-year-old Carrie (played by Anna Sophia Robb) through her arrival in NYC, SJP delivered a surprisingly harsh assessment. "I'm not sure ... You know, I think it's one of those tests of your generosity," Parker told Net-a-Porter's The Edit.
"She (Robb) is a lovely girl and I want her to feel good about it, but it's ... odd."
Bushnell, who was edged out of the action after the first TV series, says she finds it odd that the producers of the SATC movies – including SJP – so miserably failed to evolve Carrie's storyline, a sentiment that seems to have hit home with frustrated fans who were bitterly disappointed by the second movie installment.
"If it were up to me, the second movie would have been Carrie Bradshaw decides to run for mayor and Samantha helps her," Bushnell said. "It would get into some real issues of what happens when you're part of a relationship and the woman is ambitious. What does that do to her relationship with Mr Big? To me, that would be interesting. But they were not going to go there."
Bushnell, who believes the movie producers made the classic mistake of wanting "to give fans what they wanted ... Or what they thought the fans wanted," says she would also have taken a different tack on the Carrie-Big relationship. "I don't think women end up with that character," she said. "And if they do, they usually get divorced after a year."
Ironically, if SJP & Co are really on top of their game, this could be a perfect springboard for SATC 3 reportedly already "in development".
Shia makes a show of himself
SPEAKING of passive-aggressive behaviour, being booted from Broadway production Orphans hasn't stopped Hollywood heart-throb Shia LaBeouf acting out. On Tuesday night, the Transformers star pitched up in the front row of the show's first preview performance and made sure both the cast and the audience couldn't ignore his presence.
LaBeouf, who was ousted from the revival of Lyle Kessler's 1983 drama after tweeting about butting heads with director Daniel Sullivan and actor Alec Baldwin, surprised everyone by purchasing a ticket for the show which would have marked his Broadway debut. Far from keeping a low profile, the actor – who was flying solo – tweeted a photo of his $127 orchestra-seat ticket and was, according to those in the audience, conspicuous in his effusive applause for his former co-stars, in particular his replacement Ben Foster. He was also the first on his feet, leading a standing ovation when the curtain fell.
Baldwin, who reportedly spotted LaBeouf from the stage, played a blinder by ignoring his 26-year-old nemesis who wisely fled the theatre before he could be tackled by reporters keen to find out the motivation behind his cameo appearance.
Saoirse: I won't be new K-Stew
SAOIRSE Ronan isn't exactly jumping for joy at the notion that her latest starring role, in Stephanie Meyer's new movie The Host, has her in the running to become the next Kristen Stewart. The 18-year-old actress, left, who rocked the red-carpet at Wednesday night's NYC premiere (Proenza Schouler dress with Louboutin shoes) described the idea of becoming Hollywood's next pin-up as "scary", when she addressed media types attending the press junket for the young-adult sci-fi film which was released stateside on Friday.
"I think Twilight was such a phenomenon that it will be a while before anything like that will happen again ... it really influenced pop culture, and the stars of it – well, the people who became stars out of it – their lives were completely changed," she said. "And everything was documented. It was a massive change for them, I'm sure. And that's something that... you know, that kind of attention I wouldn't be comfortable with." We'll see.
Edwards hurt by dad's affair
CATE Edwards, the daughter of erstwhile US presidential candidate John Edwards and the late Elizabeth Edwards, is finally talking about the headline-grabbing affair that killed her father's political career and broke her mother's heart.
In an interview with NBC News on Friday, the 31-year-old attorney revealed how her father told her about his illicit relationship with former campaign aide Rielle Hunter because "I guess he and my mom decided that that was, you know, how it needed to be done".
Describing her reaction ("devastated", "disappointed") Cate admits she was furious with her father who, nonetheless, she stood by last year when he went on trial for alleged campaign finance violations.
Cate, who says she met Hunter during her father's 2008 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, implied that she hasn't set eyes on her since.
She declined to discuss reports that she and her siblings, Jack and Emma Claire, have met their half-sister, Frances Quinn Hunter.
Asked about Hunter's book trashing Elizabeth Edwards, who died in 2010, Cate simply says: "I thought it was a poor choice, I guess, is all I can say."
Asked what she misses most about her mom, Cate was more vocal. "I get away with bad grammar. I never used to get away with bad grammar," she joked.
"And you know, I find a great deal online. We were super competitive about finding the best deal online."