Published November 12, 2001
NEW YORK – Harry Potter, Wayne Newton, Sex and the City and Norman Lear in the warm glow of The Foxlight.
No, Harry Potter doesn't have any scenes in New York. But director Chris Columbus says if they were in the script, and he had shot scenes prior to Sept. 11 that featured the World Trade Center, he would have kept them in.
Columbus attended New York University in the shadow of the twin towers and featured them in Home Alone 2, a movie he admitted to The Foxlight that he hasn't had the stomach to revisit since the attacks.
On a lighter note, he says the young stars of Harry Potter are ready for Beatle-like fame. And he says he casts kids also for their parents because they are also around for the shoot. So what happened with the Culkins? Columbus laughed and said they were very different in the beginning.
And, did anyone get the license number off that truck that hit Wayne Newton? It was actually an Op-Ed piece in the weekend New York Times by humorist Bill Geist who said we really should be using Mr. Danke Schoen to drive Bin Laden out of the caves. Ouch.
Don't look for any Prada gas mask scenes on Sex and the City next season. Creator Darren Star admits the New York-set show may take on more serious issues — and reminds everyone that last season was headed in that direction. But at the core, the show celebrates everything frivolous about Manhattan single's scene so he's not sure how Carrie and the girls will carry on. I'm sure Samantha is ready to head back to the Fire Station to show her appreciation.
Finally, a sitcom about the Sept. 11 tragedy? CBS is said to be working on one, but a veteran of the genre has some ideas of his own. The man who created All in the Family says he'd pitch a series about the very old survivors. Norman Lear says the kids in his show would be in their sixties, the older folks in their eighties. It would be set near Ground Zero, maybe in a community center, and the plotlines would be very Seinfeld-esque. In other words, a show about nothing that's really about something. Lear tells the New York Times magazine that older people have something called "wisdom."