- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 30, 2004

No ‘Sex’ for Cattrall

It’s hard to imagine Samantha Jones turning down an intimate encounter, but actress Kim Cattrall has reportedly said no to more “Sex.”

Miss Cattrall’s rejection means a planned big-screen version of HBO’s “Sex and the City” is scrapped for now, Associated Press reports.

HBO representatives said Miss Cattrall’s refusal led the cable channel to drop the idea of a feature film based on the popular series, which ended its six-season run this year.

“She would have loved to have done the movie and made a deal to do the movie, but waited as long as possible with no script or start date and felt she had to take other offers that were presented to her after the hold period had passed,” said Miss Cattrall’s spokeswoman Marvet Britto.

Miss Cattrall has instead signed on to shoot “Ice Princess” for Walt Disney Pictures.

Talk about range.

It’s possible that she could revisit the role of the seductress Samantha at a later time.

“Kim would of course love to do the film and would be happy to revisit the project in the future,” Miss Britto said.

There may have been other obstacles on the road to a “Sex” movie.

The trade newspaper Variety reported this week that Miss Cattrall wanted script approval, which the other actresses were denied. Miss Parker, the show’s central character, was also to be paid more, according to Variety, and Miss Cattrall wanted the same fee and was rejected.

Cult classic roundup

In television lore, “Friends” is a hit, while “The X-Files” inspires utter devotion from its fan base. “Home Improvement” enjoyed a lengthy run, but fans are simply mad about “Freaks and Geeks.”

TV Guide celebrates the distinction between ratings winners and true cult favorites in its May 30th issue, now on newsstands.

The magazine trumpets the 25 Top Cult Shows Ever, with the science fiction classic “Star Trek” topping the list. The show only lasted three seasons but inspired a franchise far greater than anyone could have imagined when the show closed up shop in the late 1960s.

Rounding out the magazine’s top 10 shows are “The X-Files,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Farscape,” “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” “The Simpsons,” “The Prisoner,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Xena: Princess Warrior” and “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.” The complete list appears in the magazine.

Some of the shows, such as “Quantum Leap,” lasted for several seasons. Others, like “My So-Called Life” only managed one. No matter, since they made their mark on us even over that short time span.

Willie’s ‘Friends’

It’s hard to fathom Willie Nelson spending a lifetime on the road and not picking up a few friends along the way.

The country music legend brings out some of his musical pals for a new Memorial Day concert debuting tonight on USA Network.

“Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws and Angels” airs at 9 p.m. tonight. The show’s lineup includes performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Merle Haggard, Carole King, Lee Ann Womack, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Al Green, Shelby Lynne, Rickie Lee Jones, Joe Walsh, Los Lonely Boys and the Holmes Brothers.

Hosted by James Caan, the concert was taped May 5 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

Fresh Daisy?

Reality show darling Jessica Simpson says she soon could be trying on a pair of Daisy Dukes for all the world to see.

The singer and reality TV star told Associated Press she’s in the lead to star as Daisy Duke in a movie version of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” which is scheduled for release sometime next year.

Catherine Bach played the sexy Duke cousin, known for wearing denim micro-shorts, in the TV series that ran from 1979-85. Britney Spears had been among the stars reportedly vying for the movie role, but Miss Simpson, who’s starting a summer tour next month, contends she’s the first choice.

If Miss Simpson does get the part, it could be a consolation for being dropped by ABC earlier this month. She was to star in her own sitcom but the network scrapped plans for her to star as a dim bulb starlet named Jessica Sampson.

The 23-year-old, whose fame has skyrocketed with the success of the MTV reality series “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica,” said ABC wanted to recast the show, something she wasn’t willing to do.

“I connected with my cast, and I loved how it turned out, and I think that it could have been successful the way it was,” she said.

In the end, the cancellation gave her time to do her upcoming tour and spend time with her husband, Nick Lachey. She still has other TV plans in the works, including another variety special with Mr. Lachey. The couple’s variety special in April pulled in strong ratings for ABC.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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