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SATC’s Candace Bushnell Dated 2 Men With a 60-Year Age Difference in 1 Week on August 1, 2023 at 1:55 am Us Weekly

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It’s no wonder Candace Bushnell is the inspiration behind Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw — her real-life romantic escapades are just as entertaining. 

“You know, I have so many crazy dating adventures. I mean, one week I dated a guy who was 21 and a guy who was 91,” Bushnell, 64, exclusively told Us Weekly while promoting her one-woman show, True Tales of Sex, Success and Sex and the City. “Nobody tells you this is gonna happen. Like, that the age range is going to be 60 years.” 

Bushnell’s column in the New York Observer was the inspiration for the bestselling SATC anthology book series, which was later turned into the famous HBO comedy that ran from 1998 to 2004. The show followed Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) along with her BFFs  Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) through their dating lives in New York City. 

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Bushnell’s “crazy” life as a single woman in the Big Apple may have served as an influence for six seasons, two subsequent movies, a prequel and a Max spinoff, but the author never had plans to play the role of Carrie herself — even when Parker, 58, wasn’t sure she was right for it either. 

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“There was maybe one moment when Sarah Jessica Parker forgot that she made the pilot and, I don’t know, it’s a story. She wasn’t sure if she wanted to do it,” Bushnell explained. “So I think there was a moment when they were like, ‘Well, maybe [Candace] could do it.’ And I was like, ‘No. I wouldn’t even know how to do it.’ So I’ve actually always been thrilled that [Sarah is] Carrie Bradshaw. I mean, she’s fabulous.” 

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In fact, Bushnell doesn’t think Carrie — or any of the other women from the Sex and the City franchise — fully represent her at all. 

“I don’t feel like the character is me. I didn’t marry a rich man,” Bushnell shared, seemingly referring to ex-husband Charles Askegard, whom she divorced in 2012. “I didn’t marry Mr. Big. But I’m single again. I’m dating, I have been for a while. And I’m always working and coming up with new ideas. I’m about being your own Mr. Big as I like to say.” 

While Carrie did marry Mr. Big (Chris Noth), his death was the catalyst for the Max series And Just Like That, which premiered in 2021. The show’s second season, however, shows Carrie coming face to face with another former flame: her ex-fiancé, Aidan Shaw (John Corbett). 

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Carrie and Aidan dated on and off starting in season 3 of the OG series. While they called it quits after she cheated with Big, the twosome rekindled their romance and even got engaged before Carrie decided she wasn’t ready for marriage. The pair later shared a smooch in the second Sex and the City movie, despite both being married, but ultimately went their separate ways. And Just Like That, however, shows sparks flying between the couple once more. 

“It’s another real-life story. I know so many women in their 50s or 60s, even 70s who got back in touch with an ex and it worked,” Bushnell said of the decision to bring back Aidan. “So you never know. It’s a pretty common thing. That’s something that happens in real life. So I think it’s interesting.” 

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Bushnell noted that it’s the thrill of an unknown future that makes dating so fun. 

“That’s why I’ll go out with a 21-year-old and a 91-year-old,” she said. “I’m like, ‘I don’t know, nobody knows.’ I’m divorced, so I don’t have all the answers. [But] that’s kind of [my] attitude toward dating. That you never know.” 

In addition to enjoying her single status, Bushnell is focused on work — including her one-woman show,  True Tales of Sex, Success and Sex and the City. The project was bred from the COVID-19 pandemic and features a whirlwind of remarkable personal stories of fashion, literature and sex — and features plenty of stories and games surrounding SATC. 

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“There’s a super fun game called Real or Not Real because everything that happened in the TV show is a little better or worse than my real life,” she told Us. “Like some of the guys who Carrie dates … I tell the story of how I came to New York and crazy things that happened to me. … And then how I created Sex in the City, how hard I worked to get there, why I invented Carrie Bradshaw and what happened to me afterward.”

True Tales of Sex, Success and Sex and the City will take place at Canoe Place in Hampton Bays, New York, on Thursday, August 17, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Reporting by Christina Garibaldi

It’s no wonder Candace Bushnell is the inspiration behind Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw — her real-life romantic escapades are just as entertaining.  “You know, I have so many crazy dating adventures. I mean, one week I dated a guy who was 21 and a guy who was 91,” Bushnell, 64, exclusively told Us 

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Ava DuVernay Launches Array to Amplify Underrepresented Filmmakers

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In a bold move to champion diversity and inclusivity in the film industry, Ava DuVernay, the trailblazing director behind critically acclaimed works like “Selma” and “When They See Us,” has launched Array, a new distribution company aimed at amplifying the voices of women and ethnic minority filmmakers.

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Empowering Underrepresented Storytellers

Array, a multi-platform media company, will serve as a powerful platform for underrepresented storytellers, providing them with the resources, support, and distribution channels they need to bring their unique narratives to a global audience. DuVernay, who has long been an advocate for diversity and representation in Hollywood, recognizes the immense talent and perspectives that have been historically marginalized and aims to create a space where these voices can thrive.“For too long, the film industry has been dominated by a narrow perspective, leaving countless stories untold and voices unheard,” said DuVernay. “With Array, we are committed to uplifting the work of talented filmmakers who have been overlooked and undervalued, and to creating a more inclusive and diverse cinematic landscape.”

A Curated Selection of Powerful Stories

Array will curate a diverse slate of films, documentaries, and episodic content from emerging and established filmmakers, with a particular focus on stories that explore the complexities of race, gender, and social justice. The company will leverage its partnerships with major streaming platforms, theatrical distributors, and film festivals to ensure these powerful narratives reach a wide audience.

Fostering Collaboration and Mentorship

In addition to distribution, Array will also provide mentorship and professional development opportunities for aspiring filmmakers, fostering a collaborative environment where artists can learn, grow, and support one another. DuVernay, who has mentored numerous up-and-coming directors, understands the importance of nurturing talent and creating a supportive ecosystem for underrepresented voices.“Representation matters, not just on screen but behind the camera as well,” DuVernay emphasized. “By empowering diverse storytellers and amplifying their voices, we can create a more inclusive and equitable film industry that reflects the rich tapestry of our society.”With Array, Ava DuVernay is paving the way for a new era of storytelling, one that celebrates the power of diverse perspectives and ensures that the voices of women and ethnic minorities are heard, celebrated, and embraced on a global scale.

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Scarlett Johansson Accuses OpenAI of Voice Theft for ChatGPT

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Hollywood Star Claims Unauthorized Use of Her Voice without Consent
Scarlett Johansson, a renowned Hollywood actress, has made shocking allegations against OpenAI, accusing the artificial intelligence company of stealing her voice for their ChatGPT model without her permission. The controversy erupted after users noticed an uncanny resemblance between the voice of ChatGPT’s “Sky” avatar and Johansson’s distinctive tone from her role in the 2013 film “Her.”
Johansson’s Statement
According to Johansson, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman had approached her in September 2022, offering her the opportunity to voice the ChatGPT 4.0 system. However, she declined the offer for personal reasons. Nine months later, when OpenAI unveiled the new ChatGPT 4.0 demo, Johansson was shocked to discover that the “Sky” voice bore an “eerily similar” resemblance to her own.
OpenAI’s Response
Despite OpenAI’s claims that the “Sky” voice belonged to a different professional actress and was not an imitation of Johansson’s voice, the actress was unconvinced. She hired legal counsel and sent two letters to Altman and OpenAI, demanding an explanation of how they created the voice. Ultimately, OpenAI agreed to remove the “Sky” voice from their products.
Johansson’s Stand
Johansson emphasized the importance of transparency and the passage of appropriate legislation to safeguard identities and intellectual property in the age of deepfakes and AI-generated content. She expressed her determination to protect her likeness, work, and identity from unauthorized use.
Ethical Implications
The controversy has reignited debates surrounding the ethical implications of AI technology and the potential infringement of individual rights. As OpenAI faces multiple lawsuits from media companies, authors, and artists over alleged unauthorized use of their materials, Johansson’s stand represents the concerns of an entire class of creatives grappling with the erosion of their work’s value due to automated systems.
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Authorities Reopen Perry Case

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The news is that federal authorities have reopened a criminal investigation into the death of actor Matthew Perry due to new evidence suggesting foul play.

Initially, Perry’s death in October 2023 was ruled an accidental overdose caused by acute ketamine intoxication. However, recent findings revealed that the levels of ketamine in his system were much higher than what he was prescribed for his depression and anxiety treatment.  This has prompted the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to launch a joint criminal probe to determine how Perry obtained the fatal dose of ketamine.

As part of the investigation, law enforcement officials are interviewing individuals from Hollywood’s drug circles who may have information about the source of the ketamine that killed Perry. While no arrests have been made yet, authorities are working to trace the origin of the lethal substance and identify any potential suspects involved in illegally providing it to the actor.

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The reopening of the case as a criminal matter suggests that authorities now suspect foul play or illegal drug distribution contributed to Perry’s death, rather than it being a tragic accidental overdose. The investigation aims to uncover the truth behind the circumstances surrounding the beloved “Friends” star’s untimely demise.

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