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Sex and the City 2 Week – A Conversation with Stanford, the Broom

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The Sex and the City 2 Opening Week Celebration was in full force. Starting with the Premiere at Radio City on Monday evening, continuing with a private party for SATC stylist extraordinaire Patricia Field at her swimwear disco soiree and fashion show, and ending with a 9-hour Sex and the City Hotspots Tour on the film’s opening night from On Location Tours. The evening ended with an exclusive interview with Willie Garson, best known for his role as Stanford Blatch, ?Carrie’s best male friend in the films and television series.

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Julie Spira and Patricia Field

Since I was in New York, where Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha frolicked in style, it seemed fitting to spend the evening on the Sex and the City Hotspots Midnight Madness Tour before going to the midnight show.After all, New York is the city that doesn?t sleep.?I already knew my favorite scene was the wedding scene with Liza Minnelli singing Beyonce’s All the Ladies.

Our tour guide was as knowledgeable as a Sex and the City encyclopedia, if one did exist. She started by asking how many Samantha?s were on the bus. Only one person raised their hand. It appeared most women thought they were Carrie or Charlotte, or a combination of the two.

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The Plaza Hotel

We started in front of the Plaza Hotel, where Carrie had said goodbye to Mr. Big in a scene based on the film The Way We Were. We drove past several locations that one could not forget, including Trey and Charlotte?s visit to Tiffany to pick out her diamond engagement ring.

We had the opportunity to jump off the bus and stop at the Pleasure Chest, where Charlotte bought her first ?rabbit? and the trendy Buddakan, the location for Carrie and Big?s rehearsal dinner for the wedding that wasn?t.

It was a hot and humid New York evening, so I was thrilled to stop for a signature Cosmopolitan at O?Neals Grand Street Bar in Little Italy, along with Betty Confidential and New York Post writer, ?Carrie Seim as well as??Single Gal in the City blogger, Melissa Braverman. The bar was known as “Scout” in the television series.

On the tour, we learned the following:

* SATC 2 had 114 costume changes
* Carrie Bradshaw spent $40,000 on shoes in one year.
* Carrie’s annual salary was estimated at $54,000
* Charlotte York was 32 when she asked a man out for the first time

When Aidan was going to be written out of the series, fans and loyalists around the world sent furniture made out of toothpicks and popsicle sticks to HBO and said, ?Please don?t let Aidan go out of business?

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Willie Garson (Stanford in SATC)

After dinner, I met up with Willie Garson, ?who had just gotten off the phone with Sarah Jessica Parker in London. Before introducing the film to the crowd, Willie shared with us his thoughts about Sex and the City 2.

I asked the Sex and the City star who came up with the term ?broom,? a combination of bride and groom, during the gay marriage wedding scene. Willie replied with, ?Michael. We have the best writer in the business. If you asked him right now he?d write ten more movies, he?s so smart.? I have a feeling there will be many more brooms in days to come.

Willie added, ?There?s a funnier line in this movie, but we can?t say it on television.? It?s Kim?s line about the guy in the desert. My God is that a funny line.?

Of the two weddings, one in the first film and one in the second, I asked him which was his favorite. He replied with, ?Oh, wow. That?s hard to say. We don?t have favorites in Sex and the City. It?s all one story about these ten people.?

And finally, I asked, ?Should one kiss and tell?? His reply was, ?Always. You should kiss and tell someone, you shouldn?t kiss and tell everyone.? I have to agree with Stanford Blatch on this one.

In real life, Willie has been a friend of Sarah Jessica?s for 25 years. They talk almost daily.

If you missed the Midnight Madness tour and are a SATC fan, no need to fret. You can book your Sex and the City Hotspots Tour at your convenience.

Julie Spira is known worldwide as the Cyber-Dating Expert. She is the author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. Visit her at CyberDatingExpert.com

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2 Responses to “Sex and the City 2 Week – A Conversation with Stanford, the Broom”

  1. Linda Sherman on May 30th, 2010 9:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing your exciting week in New York City Julie. Happy Birthday!!
    .-= Linda Sherman´s last blog ..Singelringen – The First Single Ring for Men and Women =-.

  2. Julie Spira on May 31st, 2010 12:12 pm

    Thanks for your comment Linda. It was a terrific time to be in New York.
    .-= Julie Spira´s last blog ..Author, Julie Spira Appeared at the New York Public Library =-.

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