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Sex & The City's Big Eff Up!

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We've received quite a few emails from several PerezHilton.com readers who've been lucky enough to see the new Sex and the City movie.

They've all said the same thing — that boom mics litter a few of the movie's scenes!


How could they let this happen????

Why wouldn't they fix such an obvious gaff in post-production???

In a scene where Carrie and Big discuss their wedding vows, a microphone is seen hanging down at the top of the screen the entire time!

We're sure SATC was given a huge production budget…so, why weren't the microphones 'erased' during the editing process?

Did they blow the editing money on wardrobe?????

In addition to counting the number of cute shoes Carrie wears, we're going to be looking out for stray mics when we watch the flick this weekend!

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422 comments to “Sex & The City's Big Eff Up!”

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  1. ann says – reply to this


    big fuckin spoiler thanks Perez!

  2. Caitli says – reply to this


    Finally First!!

    SJ Pee Pee is gross!!

  3. sinead says – reply to this


    just saw it, amazing.. PERFECT!!

  4. wtf says – reply to this


    what's up with SATC!! I've been waiting for this movie FOREVER!!

  5. asdrea says – reply to this


    who cares?

  6. Megan says – reply to this


    Also, make sure you pay attention to the color of Carrie's hair in one of the final scenes…major eff up there too.

  7. AHH says – reply to this



  8. rooney says – reply to this


    it has to do with the projectionist, not the film print. it is a problem in the theater, not outside.

  9. portia says – reply to this



  10. sarah says – reply to this



  11. 11

    Those ladies on that show are kinda old and crusty….

  12. Amy says – reply to this


    Same thing happened with Disturbia… almost ruined the movie for me but not everyone everywhere had the same print and so not everyone saw it.

  13. w says – reply to this


    Perez, you don't even proofread your posts. A MEW movie really??

  14. chadii says – reply to this


    I just saw it and there were no boom mikes. Typically, this problem is with the technician who is running the film. He or she doesn't have the film framed properly. All movies film wider than what will be projected onto the screen.

  15. kiki says – reply to this


    i worked for a business in nyc that was one of many supplying wardrobe ( a la patricia field) for the movie and they spent TONS on clothes.

    and spoiler? what, do you live beneath a ROCK? pics from the wedding scene were leaked LAST YEAR.

    way to cuss, though! CLASSY!

  16. mya says – reply to this


    Well, that sucks!

  17. Matt M says – reply to this


    Thats great. lol

  18. sam says – reply to this


    first, and I knew that movie was gonna suck

  19. 19

    HHhhhhhhmmmmmppphhhhh. Miss Scarlett, them silly white gals from up north gettin' kinda long in the tooth, anyway, ain't they? A movie about "s-e-x". Relations between mens & womens s'posed sa be private anyways. Lawd. Last time I heard boom, we was all hidin' in the root cellar back at Tara.

  20. cara says – reply to this


    Perez - I don't know the exact reason without googling it or checking rotten tomato, but it has something to do with the high school kid in the projection room not setting the movie up right…not the studio's fault

  21. 21

    eww i so hate her. i praise the decapitator, whoever they are!! =D

  22. Mollye says – reply to this


    If there are boom mics showing, then the film is not lined up properly by the theater. Most people don't know this, but most movies have more on the actual film than what you see on the screen. Blame the monkeys in the projection booth.

  23. keith says – reply to this


    It has to do with how the projectionist frames the movie. This is the projectionists fault almost 100% of the time. He/she has to tweak the framing on the projector to eliminate it. Boom mics can be visible in every movie if it is improperly framed in the theater.

  24. SatC f says – reply to this


    I'm lucky enough to have watched it tonight (sometimes it's good to be European) and I didn't see any mics!!
    Having said that the movie was AMAZING!! Go watch it, you big media slut!

  25. Ms.C says – reply to this


    same thing happened in Baby Mama! It drove me nuts the whole movie - why wouldn't they take the time to get rid of those things in editing???

  26. nena says – reply to this


    can't wait to see it, tho! I already have tix with my gfs for this Friday night

    that is weird though, aboutthe mics.

  27. Jake says – reply to this


    I want more Britney Spears! Perez never posts about her anymore!

  28. Holly says – reply to this


    This happened when I watched the Break Up on the big screen too- I think its the way the movie theater people are supposed to frame the film- they aren't doing it right. Anyone else know?

  29. M says – reply to this


    Just so you know, the format a movie is filmed in can sometimes show boom mikes, but the projectionist can frame the film properly on screen so they don't show.

  30. Sarah says – reply to this


    IDIOT, it is the responsibility of the projectionist at each movie theatre, NOT the editors of the movie itself, to make sure that doesn't happen. The projectionist is supposed to cut off a bit of the top and a bit of the bottom to fit it properly on the screen. Your readers are peasants.

  31. NOT A says – reply to this


    its THE THEATRES FAULT!! i saw it last night - NO BOOM mike.

    from imdb.com:

    Boom Mikes: Boom mikes are a special case. A boom mike is a large microphone held over the top of the scene being filmed. Undesirable visible in the final product, they are vital to catch dialogue and/or sound effects for later processing.

    A little-known fact is that boom mikes are actually captured on film most of the time. The camera's viewfinder actually shows (and records on film) a greater area of the scene than will appear in the final product. Markings are etched in the viewfinder to indicate to the camera operator the extents of the "viewable" film (called the "live" area). An area beyond that (called the "safe" area) is also marked; it is in this area that the camera operator directs the boom operator to place the boom microphone.

    When the film is developed, processed and printed, the film beyond the safe area is cropped, but often not the safe area itself. It is up to the projectionist to correctly align the camera and the blinders so that only the "live" area is visible. As films have different aspect ratios, this adjustment needs to be made for every film.

    There are many reports of boom mikes in Ransom (1996), but also reports from various people (myself included) that they couldn't see boom mikes where others had reported them; we are forced to conclude that in this case, there were several projectionists at fault.

  32. cathy says – reply to this


    omg this also happened during the show. it was so distracting and annoying. but yea, perez, i guess it did all go to the wardrobe.

  33. Duh says – reply to this


    That's funny! That happened in the teen movie "Valley Girl" with Nicholas Cage!

  34. Kevin says – reply to this


    Its definitely the theatre's fault and not the actual film. Come on Perez, everybody knows that. I found out when I was 12 and I saw some movie with Denzel Washington at the theatre and there was a mic the whole entire time but than when I rented the film, it was gone. That's when I realized it was the projection.

  35. patric says – reply to this


    Rooney is right, it's the projectionist's job to adjust the gate of the projector.

  36. sheena says – reply to this


    Same thing happened to me when I saw Legally Blond 2. It was VERY distracting. Glad to know this is a theater glitch & not a movie glitch.

  37. JOJO says – reply to this


    Actually perez….

    This is probably the fault of the theater & projectionist, and not the post-production of the movie.

    Maybe you don't know this…but prints go out to movie theaters with wider margins than you see on the screen. It is up to the projectionist to blow up/frame the image correctly, so that boom mics cannot be seen.

    Clearly this was the fault of the projectionist, and not the studio, because of course they would not allow booms to be seen in frame.

    Unfortunately, your lack of knowledge on this subject makes your entire story look like the rantings of a teenage girl.

    Get your facts straight, tubbs!

  38. nina says – reply to this


    perez - the boom mic is shown on screen when the movie theater is projecting too low. that's why for example i never saw a boom mic when i saw baby mama - it's an individual theater problem. perez you would think you would do some background research/ask at least one person in show business before posting something - dont get lazy because youve blown up :)

  39. V says – reply to this


    As has been mentioned, the projectionist fucked up. But regardless, go to movie-mistakes.com and you'll see how pretty much every movie out there is loaded with errors. What's funny is the bigger the budget and movie, the more mistakes out there.

  40. kate says – reply to this


    I never noticed and I went to see it last night at the premiere in Pittsburgh. There were 475 women and 25 men in line for 2.5 hours to get seats. I was too enthralled in the movie to notice any microphones. And wasn't it stated in the article with Entertainment Weekly that the budget WASNT that great? And that a LOT of the clothes were donated due to the connections Patricia Fields had.

  41. MK2? says – reply to this


    In some productions, it's the sound techhie's fault that doesn't the boom high enough for the camera frame simply because he/she's an asshole.

  42. TK says – reply to this


    Not a fan of SITC at all and have no desire to see that stupid excuse for a runway show. However I must say working in post. The boom has nothing to do with fixing it in Post. It's how it's projected in the theater. The projectionist just didn't frame it properly and should be comended. But keep up the bashing P. Nasty!!!

  43. Vote! says – reply to this


  44. xxxxx says – reply to this


    Ha Ha! Stupid chick flick for the stupid population of women in this country. 4 old hags in a "film" about old vag!

  45. 45

    Hilarious. And Carrie's hair color changes. There are so many goofs you can spot. The one that creeps me out to this day, though, is the "ghost" in Three Men & A Baby standing in the window. Supposedly, there is still no explanation as to what it is/was. A young boy died in the house where it was filmed. Many swear it's an honest to God apparition.

  46. julia says – reply to this


    sometimes it's the theatres problem. same thing happened with disturbia!

  47. sabrin says – reply to this


    the same thing happened when I saw the first Saw movie in theatres. It was so distracting and we just couldn't get into the 'scariness' of the flick.
    oh well.

  48. hilo says – reply to this


    Rally doont give a flying rats ass, dahling.
    Won't see or rent this horseshit.

  49. where says – reply to this


    how come u never talk about britters? i wanna hear about her antics and crazy outfits… she is def not back to normal so soon!

  50. chera says – reply to this


    How annoying! Dumbasses…

  51. mlk says – reply to this


    Just backing up the other film techies. It isn't the print it the mask on the projector. The theatre put in the wrong aspect ratio. So basically, you're not seeing the movie as intended. I'd ask for my money back.

  52. #eleve says – reply to this


    I hear ya…boycott Vista! need to switch to XP!

  53. Katie says – reply to this


    Hey Perez, the person projecting the movie is responsible for making sure the mics are cropped out. Duh.

  54. JIMENA says – reply to this



  55. Devon says – reply to this


    Definitely the projectionist fault. I was a projectionist for 8 years and, like many other have said, there is more on a frame of film than what gets seen on the screen. If they moved the film up just a bit, there would be no boom mike. I find it hard to believe that someone didn't say something to the cinema as it is easily correctable while the film is in progress. I'm surprised the theatre didn't do a technical run through of the film to eliminate this problem.

  56. JIMENA says – reply to this



  57. 57

    LAWZY, LAWZY, MISS SCARLET: You are hysterical! Have you written any books? I would buy one - being from Georgia and all…

  58. Elijah says – reply to this


    Who wants to watch a bunch of old hags wax poetic about their former glory days and bang men half their ages? Definitely not me!

    This film is going to BLOW (pun intended!)

  59. II says – reply to this


    Oh JEEZ Louise, I wouldn't ask for my money back….that's just being mean!! people can dish it out but not take it….

  60. anna says – reply to this


    'how could they let this happen?' big complaints from someone who would put something like this on one of the biggest things on the internet with a typo. i mean, the mew movie - why wouldn't you fix such an obvious gaff in proof-reading???????

  61. Elise says – reply to this


    I never noticed…I guess it was so good that I didn't notice.

  62. steph says – reply to this


    it's called a shitty projectionist!

    we loved it when no one would buy tickets to school of rock during it's final days…frame it down far enough and you see booms, lights, all sorts of equiptment.

  63. New Li says – reply to this


    I work at New Line and saw this post… So i immediately popped in the dvd of the final version to check and…. NO BOOM MIC. Sorry guys, the studio did this one right.

  64. YUP says – reply to this


    Yeah, listening to a bunch of "fag hags" (sorry for that HATEFUL SLUR) talk about their salad daze is boring as hell. I'd rather listen to people that are smart and saucy.

  65. Fur El says – reply to this


    Ja…Is there an echo on this blog? I must be Nucking futs.

  66. duh fo says – reply to this


    Fucking PENDEJO dramam queen..
    The boom mics are in the shot
    only cuz it is an advanced
    screening, the project-
    ionist didn't do the
    border, there is
    always more
    film then
    you see

  67. KH says – reply to this


    How dare you perez for posting a spoiler by mentioning wedding vows. Not cool!

  68. Phil says – reply to this


    If these reports were from one screening most likely the movie hadn't been framed right, almost always there are booms in frames in the theatre, but only if the picture is framed too high can you see them. Though I would inform you.

  69. 69

    Post the name of the Director and Editor, Mario. Never mind, I know their names will be listed in imdb.com. As will all the "goofs" once all documented and counted.
    And by "goofs", I mean the mics and booms, not the lame cast members who haven't been seen working since the series ended.

  70. duh fo says – reply to this


    Fucking PENDEJA drama queen..
    The boom mics are in the shot
    only cuz it is an advanced
    screening, the project-
    ionist didn't do the
    border, there is
    always more
    film then
    you see

  71. 71

    Mario, you need to do a "separated at birth" side by side with the above picture of SJP, and the 'Wayland Flowers and Madam' PUPPET.

  72. Class says – reply to this


    The same thing happened in American Gangster. I found a site about movie mistakes. The boom mike in the shot does not count as a "mistake" because it's the movie theather's fault for how they are framing the movie on the screen. It was very annoying to watch.

  73. Phoebe says – reply to this


    I noticed the same thing when I went to see that Mel Gibson movie Signs. Glad to hear it was the tech and not the movie.

  74. LG says – reply to this


    I saw the movie last night and I did not notice that. Some people just need to find something to pick at. It was a great movie.

  75. BECKHA says – reply to this


    Beckham helps England shut out U.S.
    Star sets up first goal in 38th minute to spark 2-0 exhibition victory

  76. loz says – reply to this


    i saw the film in england
    it seemed fine… unless i didnt notice… distracted by all the pretty colours :-)
    it rocks

  77. Ashley says – reply to this


    I haven't seen the movie yet but I'm hoping there is no sloppy editing, that is always so horrible and makes a movie seem so low budget. If they spent more money on the whore-drobe than the editing, that will suck. going to see it tomorrow, wish me luck :)

  78. sarah clark says – reply to this


    this sometimes happens when the theater doesnt size the screen correctly (you know how some screens are different sizes depending on which size theater you're in) that happened to me when i saw "the break up" they explained it later

  79. Chris says – reply to this


    Perez, this is a common mistake as far as i'm aware… It just happened to be that roll that the movie was on, that was cut incorrectly. I remember when Distrubia came out, with good ol Shia, and the version i saw had the same problem… about 30 mins into the movie the mic started showing up… then continued throughout the movie…. most theater should be serviced with the correct roll… lets hope for them anyways lol.

  80. Joe says – reply to this


    Perez, sometimes that may not be the film's error. Sometimes that is due to the lenses or how the film is projected. Often with screening films, they have to be set a certain way, almost always there's a scene that has the boom in it. When my school screened Mean Girls as a sneak preview, there was some boom action going on but it was only in the way it was projected.

  81. anne says – reply to this


    HELLO!!! people who see it early are watching screeners which are early versions of the movie before final editing is done. i was invited to watch the most recent Harry Potter movie before anyone and the special effects werent finished and all u saw in some parts on the film were blue screens, where later they fill in the effects for the final product. thought u guys should know…thats how its done first.

  82. 82

    I'm sure it was a scope problem with the projector.

    I saw a movie at a film festival where the boom mic was showing, but that's because the projector was set up incorrectly.

    Not uncommon, and not a big deal.

  83. randy says – reply to this


    This is an error in framing the movie at the specific venue. It happens when the projectionist doesn't have things lined up just right. A mis-aligned shot of any movie will show boom mics and the like. I've even seen sun shades on cameras.

  84. you'r says – reply to this


    you're a fucking idiot, if boom mics appear in the shot its b/c of the people showing the movie. the film exposes the boom mics, it has to be framed correctly by those showing the movie dumbass. THOSE people fucked up, every movie has boom mics in it but they're not shown if the movie is framed correctly upon the screen. god perez, why do you comment on stuff you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about???

  85. learn says – reply to this


    this is fault of the theatre, not the production. when filming boom mics are often left in shot, and the projectionist must frame the film properly on the screen to take out the mics. This is done on all films.

  86. Nicole says – reply to this


    I haven't seen it yet, but I'm hoping it was a mess up with the projector. When I saw Disturbia in the theatres there were a ton of shots where the boom mic was obvious. I thought it was the projector, but I talked to people that saw the film in a few different states and they saw the same mic issues. Let's hope that the Sex and the City mic slip ups were just a fluke during the screening!!

  87. Tabbi says – reply to this


    didnßt see anything disturbing except for that ugly louis vuitton patchwork denim bag. i hate the denim line. its the ugliest thing ever made by a designer

  88. MATTHE says – reply to this



  89. T.rex says – reply to this


    rooney's comment is correct. A final 'correct' film print may very likely show the boom mike. Its not intended to be seen when framed on the screen correctly by the projectionist.

  90. Sigh says – reply to this


    Perez…. this simply means at the theaters in question the projectionists had not masked the print correctly. Big fucking deal.

  91. hey do says – reply to this


    how do you live in LA and not know that this means it was not framed correctly by the projectionist. What a lame attempt to report "controversy".

  92. Judit says – reply to this


    hi, I'm not a native speaker.

    So please, what does it mean, "boom mics litter", I have no idea. Thanks.

  93. lynn says – reply to this


    Most print come with things like that. It's up to the projectionist to frame it correctly. You might want to check on these things before blaming the editors.

  94. Laura says – reply to this


    This isn't an issue with the film! It's an issue with the size of the format they're showing the movie. In other screenings, the movie was probably totally clear from all boom mics.

  95. deathk says – reply to this


    Boom mikes are taken out in "post" Perez-but not editing.

  96. qm says – reply to this


    The mike showing is a result of the theater that was showing the film having is set up incorrectly…not the movie itself. They are always there in film, but when they are played on the big screen (when done properly) the audience cannot see the mikes. It's the theater's f-up not the movie.

  97. jordan says – reply to this


    Saw it last night~~~~ AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Didnt notice anything~~~~~~~~~

  98. Dear P says – reply to this


    You are getting lazy. You should have drawn a boom mic in the photo with your white marker. C'mon now!

  99. Dani says – reply to this


    All thru season 2 you can see the cast adn crew in the tvs and some windows…FREAKIN annoying!!!

  100. dasda says – reply to this


    Did it ever occur to you that these people are seeing a rough cut (since the real version is not out)? It is their fault they saw it early and not in the theaters.

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