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’Sex And The City’ Descends On Southampton Village

Originally Posted: September 30, 2009

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

"Sex And The City" base camp in the parking lot of Coopers Beach in Southampton. Photos by Douglas Harrington

Southampton - Not that the Coopers Beach parking lot is usually full this time of the year, but ocean goers on Saturday, September 25 found half of it coned off as a film crew to set up base camp at the Southampton oceanfront location. As has happened often over the years, "Sex And The City" (SATC) has once again transformed the Hamptons into Hollywood.

Film extras line up outside the costume trailer before filming.

Hamptons.com arrived early in the morning to find a huge party tent and the first of many 18 wheelers already on site. Stopping into the Serenity for a coffee and a breakfast sandwich, owner Nia Gandy told us, "I think they are filming a sunset scene on the beach." After speaking with the film's transportation manager Herb Lieberz we found out that the filming was actually taking place at a private residence on Coopers Neck Lane, "We have to transport the actors and crew from here to the actual shoot, which is down the road. We are busing them out from Manhattan; they are scheduled to arrive at 2 p.m."

I took a drive over to the residence and found some crew members setting up exterior lighting. In a courtesy to the homeowners I won't give away the actual address, but it was a classically beautiful Hamptons mansion, fully hedge rowed and gated with pristine gardens and an attached carriage house. In truth, anyone curious could have found their way to the base camp and location shoot as a series of bright yellow directional signs led all the way from the corner of Route 27 and Little Neck Road to Coopers Beach.

Lighting equipment and trailers outside the carriage house at the Coopers Neck Lane residence that was the location for the filming.

Back to SITC base camp, I killed some time awaiting the arrival of the actors with the hope of grabbing an interview or two with the stars of this highly successful television series and film. As I watched more production trailers arrive and set up, I wandered into the camp and asked who I should speak with to set up interviews. Pointing to two doors on one of the trailers I was told by a crew member, "When you see those two doors marked 'Production' open up, talk to someone in there, probably an AD" (Assistant Director).

The buses finally arrived and camera ready I watched closely for Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cantrell, Cynthia Dixon, Kirsten Davis or Chris Noth, unfortunately none were to be seen. What was I thinking? Of course, the stars will be arriving in limos or so I thought. Finally getting hold of an Assistant AD named Jason I was informed, "None of the talent will be here today, only extras." I asked if the film's director, Michael Patrick King, was on site and if I could get an interview with him? "Yes he is. Give me your card and I'll try and get someone from publicity to talk to you."

The yellow directional signs that lead the crew and the curious to Southampton.

I patiently waited and then decided to head over again to the location to see if I could make contact with the director myself. No walking on to the grounds this time as a friendly security person named Dale told me he would give a call to location director Joe Guest. Via Nextel, Guest said he would come out to the street and talk to me. Guest, who already had my card, told me that the head of publicity for the shoot, Eric Myers, was not on hand today and all interviews would have to go through him. He also confirmed, "None of the stars are here today, only extras. We are shooting a couple of establishing shots, no real scenes." He was kind enough to give me Myers' telephone number and assured me he would send him an email regarding requests for interviews.

I did indeed speak to Myers this morning who confirmed that Guest had emailed him my requests. I was wrong when I assumed that SITC2 would be doing more filming in the East End, "Actually, we do not have any more filming scheduled in the Hamptons. The film is scheduled to be released in early May, but we try and keep publicity to a minimum during production." He gave me the contact information for pre-release publicity and assured me he would give a heads up to the powers that be at Time-Warner.

So stay logged on to Hamptons.com, with any luck before May we will have some in-depth interviews with the stars of "Sex And The City." Polish up those Manolo Blahniks, spring and SATC2 will be here before you know it.

Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

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