Parker makes her big-screen return in The Family Stone, which also stars Claire Danes, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams. She receives a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her performance. Entertainment Weekly says the film "features lots of comic fizz and a rich ensemble...that meshes convincingly as a family."
Parker stars opposite Matthew McConaughey in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch, which opens at number one in the U.S. She also begins filming, producing, and starring in the independent film Spinning Into Butter, based on the Rebecca Gilman play about a dean of a small liberal arts college confronting her fears about racism.
The style icon and former Gap spokesmodel launches Bitten, a new affordable clothing line at mall retail chain Steve & Barry's. “I am acutely aware of what it means to not have the things you need, let alone the things you want," Parker tells PEOPLE. "And you should be able to have affordable, quality fashion." At a preview of the line, Parker wears an ensemble from Bitten (pictured here): a striped shirt under a belted, strapless dress. All items are under $20.
The cast of Sex and the City reunite for a film version of the hit show. "I think it's a great idea and great excuse for us all to be together again," Parker tells PEOPLE. "And I would love an excuse to be shooting on the streets of New York again, just like the old days." Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Parker begin filming in mid-September amid crowds of fans (and tabloids!) watching every scene.
With her SATC costars, Parker, 43, covers EW, which says the film has the "potential to turn into that rarest of entities in Hollywood: a female-driven summer blockbuster." And the film, which Parker says holds "a lot at stake for me personally," beats the Indiana Jones sequel for the No. 1 box office spot. It earns a record-breaking $55.7 million on its opening weekend – the most ever made by an R-rated comedy. The 2010 sequel also fares well, making $51 million during its opening weekend.
Parker, 44, and Broderick, 47, welcome twin daughters, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, with the "generous help of a surrogate" in Ohio. "It's the most perfectly overwhelming experience," the actress tells PEOPLE of motherhood, adding that James Wilkie and his twin sisters "get along beautifully."
Parker, Davis, Nixon and Cattrall reprise their roles one more time for Sex and the City 2, which sees the gal pals traveling to Abu Dhabi. "I think people want a substantive story ... and they want to hear women talk about things that are important to them besides their desire to wear a pretty dress," Parker says at the premiere. "[What's] so unique about these characters is that you can do both." Upon release, the film is largely panned, but goes on to gross more than $95 million.
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