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I’m foolishly trying to read four books at once.
Eat Pray Love was one of our book club books that I and apparently half the club struggled to finish.

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With the film version starring Julia Roberts soon to hit our screens, lots of people are having a second stab at reading it and two people have asked to borrow it this week alone.
It’s my “car book” – for the times I am sitting in the car waiting to collect the kids.

Having taken the car book out of the car, I found myself in Subiaco on Sunday with 45 minutes to kill and nothing to read. So I went to Dymocks and bought The Carrie Diaries. I’m a big Sex and the City fan and have read that and several of Candace Bushnell’s books, so I expect it to be an easy read.
Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet is being filmed in WA at the moment and I am surprised I haven’t read it. Not surprisingly the backlog to get it from the library is enormous. Even more frustrating is the cheapest place to buy an Aussie book is from Book Depository in the UK or US – my favourite online book store.
I had at attempt with the audio book version earlier this year but there was something like a dozen CDs and they were 1Mb each so wouldn’t fit on the iPod!
Last but not least, The Sisters Antipodes by Jane Alison is the book club book I was supposed to have finished last night but only made it about a third through. Shame on me. I will finish it because I hate leaving things unfinished (that’s why I won’t ever walk out of a movie).
Somewhere in the middle of all this I also read Manhattan Dreaming by Anita Heiss, reawakening my desire to go to New York and frequent Manhattan cupcake bakeries.

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It’s a tough call on Sunday night with the first night of the official ratings year bound to lead to some squabbles over the remote.

Seven is going for the heart-strings at 6.30pm with its special on separated conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna: the Quest for Separate Lives. Then it’s on to Airways, Bones and Castle – a pretty solid line-up.

Nine’s hand is forced by the cricket and the forthcoming Winter Olympics, so we get the movie Mission Impossible III at 9pm. Yawn.

Ten has the enviable line-up of The Biggest Loser at 6.30 followed by its multi-generational hit quiz/panel show Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation in its new home at 7.30pm. Oh and it’s in 3D, apparently, so get your goggles from this week’s TV week.

At 8.30pm is where the trouble starts and where you might need to crank up the PVR, DVDR or VCR if you still have one.

Ten has the series premiere of The Good Wife, featuring Julianna Margulies in her Golden Globe winning role.

Since leaving ER (she was Nurse Carol Hathaway to George Clooney’s Dr Doug Ross), Margulies hasn’t has much luck on the small screen; her last series Canterbury’s Law didn’t even screen in Australia to the best of my knowledge.

Margulies is Alicia Florrick, the good wife in question, who is forced to return to work as a lawyer after her husband, former state’s attorney Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) is jailed over a political corruption and sex tape scandal.

Alicia has plenty on her plate – the humiliation of sex tapes revealing her husband had sex with prostitutes, raising two children and returning to work in a law firm where she has to compete to keep her position against a cocky and conniving junior, Cary.

Margulies is a bit stiff in the pilot but that’s almost to be expected as Alicia tries to keep it together in public and private.

Chris Noth, aka Mr Big from Sex and the City and Detective Mike Logan from Law & Order and Law & Order: CI, is well-cast as her adulterous husband Peter.

Noth’s not in it a lot and most of that he’s in jail or but his presence is important.

What I enjoyed most about the first few episodes is the multi-layered plot. This isn’t just another legal drama.

Alicia is struggling to fit back into the workforce while raising her teenaged children with the help of her mother-in-law.

Meanwhile, Peter thinks everything will be fine once he is released from prison and he misguidedly tries to steer clients and information Alicia’s way.

Bubbling along below the surface is the truth about Peter – is he really guilty of corruption and infidelity or could he have been set up?

 Alas, there’s also a compelling documentary on at exactly the same time as The Good Wife (and episode three of House).

Forget the tears and sob stories of The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance: I cried more than I have in years watching Inside the Firestorm.

Inside the Firestorm, image courtesy ABC Publicity

To commemorate Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires of February 7, 2009, the ABC will screen this feature-length documentary at 8.30pm on Sunday.

Heart-breaking in the extreme, it follows events as they unfolded, using a single narrative to create a compelling drama where the audience is at various times left not knowing the fate of  the various participants.

The horrific heatwave weather conditions, a breakdown in fire alerts and a monster fire that did not play by the rules resulted in 173 deaths.

Families that should have been safe perished. Fire-fighters saved people’s homes and businesses but lost loved ones. People who fled their homes and shouldn’t have made it somehow survived. Courage and despair, hope and tears, bravery and battles lost. It’s all there. This is must watch TV.

Many Australians have become complacent about the dangers of bushfires. This is the sort of program that needed to be made and needs to be seen.

Hats off to director Jacob Hickey, all the brave survivors and narrator Hugo Weaving for his compelling and important piece of work.

 For more of an insight into the making of Inside the Firestorm, visit the ABC website.

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Well, I’m still hoping to get to the Magnolia Bakery in New York this year but until then I might have to make do with this one in not so far off Maylands:

Sherbet according to today’s STM has cupcakes that reminded the reviewer of Magnolia, a fave on Sex and the City. And they’re a bit cheaper than the ones at Rochelle Adonis.

I’ll drive anywhere for a good cupcake, will hopefully have time to eat and post the verdict within the week!

Also, putting my publicity hat on for a moment – aspiring cupcake makers only have until July 31 to enter the cookery categories of the Smoke Free Perth Royal Show. Of course you can also enter cakes, slices, scones and the like. See the website for full details – no excuses to all my friends who have said in the past they didn’t know how to enter.

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Movie Invite

Sex and the City

Rated MA

Directed by Michael Patrick King

Now Showing

 

 

The sold out signs are up all over town. Sex and the City finally arrived in cinemas today and you’ll be all frocked up with no place to go tonight if you haven’t already secured a ticket. Evening sessions at Greater Union Innaloo apparently sold out some weeks ago and yesterday I saw sold out signs at the Astor in Mt Lawley.

I was fortunate enough to attend Roadshow’s premiere on Monday at Hoyts La Premiere at Carousel, complete with yummy finger food and drinks (no Cosmos, though).

Predictably women way outnumbered men; this really is one for the girls. Not a chick flick per se but one to share with girlfriends who have been there for you through the good times and bad.

Despite what you may have read, this is a great film. As a long time Sex and the City fan (I was suckered in to getting the original shoebox DVD set way back when), I couldn’t have asked for more and wouldn’t have expected anything less.

Be warned, there are some plot spoilers ahead, although not anywhere near as many as in the trailer; what’s with that!?

 

After attending the auction of a New York socialite’s jewellery (the poor woman was turfed out on the street with nothing), Carrie begins to wonder what would happen if something bad were to happen between her and Mr Big (still can’t quite get used to the notion is name is John).

Although Big has just signed up to buy them a penthouse love-nest, Carrie is seeking a little more security. So she thinks. Somehow in a conversation devoid of romance and more like a business transaction, they agree to get married. Carrie even eschews a ring in favour of getting a massive new closet to house all those frocks and Manolos.

Of course the road to the altar was never going to run smoothly for this couple and Mr Big begins to get the jitters as “the wedding” becomes fodder for newspaper columns and more troubling, the focus of a cover feature and spread in Vogue.

An intimate gathering for 75 soon blows out to a full blown affair for 200 complete with wedding planner, couture gown and all the trimmings.

As trouble brews in paradise, Carrie’s friends are having problems of their own. Sex-mad Samantha is tiring of life in Los Angeles, where she has been managing Smith’s career. She spends a lot of time perving on her sexy neighbour, who likes to have sex with the blinds open and to shower in the nude.

Steve and Miranda also hit a rough patch sparked by a confession of infidelity, leading to some of the film’s most heartfelt, honest and realistic scenes and dialogue

Perky Charlotte seems to be the only one bathed in a cocoon of happiness, living a charmed life with husband Harry and her adopted three-year-old daughter.

Critics love to hurl slings and arrows at Sex and the City for its rampant consumerism, its blasé attitude to sex and relationships and they way the characters covet luxury items and lifestyle above all else.

There are plenty of other things we could add to that list; a lack of family members to exert influence, the unrealistic way the foursome can just drop work and commitments to shop, lunch or holiday, the fact a columnist like Carrie has enough money to own a swish apartment and all that designer gear. Heck this time around she even has an assistant.

Some are now complaining there’s not enough sex and sassiness in the big screen outing. Come on – four years have passed since we last saw the girls and two are now parents. Wouldn’t it be more outrageous if they were out on the town all night with strange men?

New York looks fabulous and I still harbour a deep desire to head to the home of yellow cabs and the Magnolia Bakery, even if it doesn’t feature here.

Kristin Davis has some surprisingly feisty moments as Charlotte and an embarrassing one that is possibly the film’s funniest moment. She’s also instrumental in how Carrie’s story ends.

Career-mad Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) was always my least favourite of the women and this instalment does little to change that opinion, particularly when the fallout of her unhappy marriage is deflected towards the already troubled Big and Carrie. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) seems happiest when the number one person in her life is Samantha. And Chris Noth, well, he’s suave, he’s suited, he’s not good at letters and emotions – he’s Mr Big.

And then there’s Carrie. Sarah Jessica Parker gives her style, class, vitality and in key moments, vulnerability. She’s a strong woman who spends a lot of time kicking herself for ever believing she could have a happily ever after. I’ve never been sold on many of her fashion and shoe choices but that’s just me.

Carrie’s assistant Louise from St Louis (Jennifer Hudson) comes to New York looking for love, like Carrie did 20 years ago, and helps put the writer’s life and spirit back on track. The “love” key ring Louise carries is a little trite and gooey, especially its significance later in the film.

I won’t reveal any more other than get your tickets now, if you still can.

 

 

 

 

 

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