Obviously, the poster above has nothing at all to with "Sons of Anarchy," but as a way to announce a new movie, it's a real doozy, made even better by the fact that it's for one by Jason Reitman.
So far, I've pretty much loved all of his movies I've managed to see, "Juno," "Up in the Air" and "Thank You for Smoking," so a new Reitman movie is certainly reason to celebrate, even if it isn't coming until Dec. 16.
And in case you didn't know, that's Charlize Theron passed out in the poster above. In the movie, according to THR, she plays "an alcoholic writer of young-adult novels who, on a whim, decides to return to the small town that she left behind years ago to aggressively pursue her ex-boyfriend from high school (Patrick Wilson) - only, now he is happily married and the father of a young child, which certainly complicates matters, and leads her to another high school classmate (Patton Oswalt), and no shortage of trouble."
Sounds like juicy fun to me, and since this is being written by "Juno" scribe Diablo Cody, this should be a real winner (and yes, I'm well aware that I had a truly painful experience sitting all the way through "Jennifer's Body," which was also penned by Cody, but let's just keep hope alive here.)
And in even better movie news, Studio Ghibli apparently has not one but two movies in the works, and one of them will be from the master himself, Hayao Miyazaki.
I was really hoping that, as he had announced, Miyazaki would do a "Porco Rosso 2," but what he's turning to instead could be even more amazing: An autobiographical movie (although he didn't specify if it would be his autobiography or someone else's.) Here's hoping it's his, because he's certainly had one fascinating life, but also that this doesn't signal that it will be his last movie.
Also, according to Twitch, "Grave of the Fireflies" director Isao Takahata is “reportedly working on a new film based on the classic Japanese tale about a princess who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a bamboo plant.”
I'm sure I'm far from alone in thinking that the world is a much better place with more Studio Ghibli movies in it, so bring them on ASAP!
OK, now, finally on to the main event, and I well may have missed one fall premiere of a show that I love, but tonight's season four premiere of "Sons of Anarchy" does indeed seem rather early, though certainly welcome in this little corner of the world.
The FX show about the motorcycle gang with (almost) a heart of gold may not be the deepest of entertainment, but it does have engaging story lines and keeps the smart action coming fairly quick.
The best thing about season four, however, may well be the guest stars, who are of a strong enough caliber that they might well overshadow stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman. Here's who's on board.
Georgia's Ray McKinnon, easily one of my favorite actors, will play the new fed determined to bring down SAMCRO. Perhaps even better, another Reel Fanatic fave, Rockmund Dunbar, most recently late of my favorite recent one-season wonder "Terriers," will play the new top cop in Charming, who apparently has no love for the SAMCRO posse. And finally, as you'll see from the preview below, Danny Trejo will join the cast as some kind of biker, I'd assume a rival to the SAMCRO gang, but that's not too clear yet.
But that, of course, is why you tune in, though Trejo apparently doesn't join the cast until episode two. If you're a fan, ride with "Sons of Anarchy" again beginning tonight at 10 on FX, and have a perfectly pleasant rest of your Tuesday. Peace out.