"Sex and the City" filming is spectacle in N.Y

Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:50am EDT
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By Randee Dawn

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Sex and the City" opens in theaters on May 30, but hundreds of thousands of fans have already been watching the movie piecemeal for months.

The big-screen adaptation of the HBO comedy smash started shooting on the streets of New York last September, creating Beatlemania-style pandemonium.

As soon as the four stars -- Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon -- started a-strutting, the paparazzi came a-shooting and fans came armed with video and digital cameras a-rolling.

The only ones keeping any of them in check were a few production assistants, two policemen and an assistant director who earned the moniker "Bullhorn Betty" by climbing aboard a 10-foot ladder and shouting through a megaphone when to keep back, keep quiet and keep out.

In retrospect, it's quite funny, says writer-producer-director Michael Patrick King.

"The very first day, word got out and people started coming. Then, the Daily News started putting our production locations in the paper. Every time I had to give a note, I had to weave my way through the crowds."

It didn't stop there, because many of those same people uploaded their shots to Flickr and YouTube, while the tabloid newsmagazine shows were sharing their own footage.

"I would see a scene on 'Access Hollywood' before I saw dailies!" King says. "It literally was a three-ring circus, every day."   Continued...

<p>Actresses Sarah Jessica Parker (2nd R) and Kim Cattrall (R) hug as Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon (L) look on during the filming of a scene of the "Sex and the City: The Movie" in New York September 24, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>