I said the list wasn’t all-inclusive. I couldn’t sleep last night because I kept thinking of other things I was eagerly anticipating. Please note, there is a high degree of certitude that some of these things will not live up to their potential. That is why I must enjoy the anticipation while is lasts.
“As Daddy said, life is 95% anticipation.”
More things I am looking forward to with great anticipation:
- Two and 1/2 Men
I have not been a regular follower of this show, but what person on the planet didn’t watch Charlie Sheen’s more than public psychotic break from reality. Now they have to kill him off on the show and replace him with Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher definitely has the comedic chops (and fan base) to more than replace Sheen. And like a train wreck, one just cannot look away from the whole debacle. I’m not sure how this one will turn out, but two things are certain. It won’t go well for someone, and Charlie Sheen will have something to say about it. The new season premieres on Monday, September 19.
I admit it. I am a big-time Gleek. It really is the most fun show around. Sarcasm and musical theater. It is a brilliant combination. Then when you factor in the best list of guest stars on TV plus the all to familiar angst of high school, well, it is irresistible. This season, some of the original students move along, and new ones join the cast. This is a great way to keep things fresh. Thank goodness for tenure, though. Sue Sylvester won’t be going anywhere. The third season premieres on Tuesday, September 20.
- Boardwalk Empire
This HBO series starts its second season on September 25. If you haven’t seen it, watch the first season first. Steve Buscemi, a favorite of mine since his Fargo days, stars as Enoch “Nuchy” Johnson. Johnson was a real-life powerful political figure in Prohibition Era Atlantic City. You really want to see Nuchy’s character unfold.
The first episode of the first season of this rich and complicated series was directed by Martin Scorsese, and he continues as an executive producer, along with several of the minds behind The Sopranos. You can really see and feel the contributions from these corners throughout the series. Think a cross between Gangs of New York, the Godfather and The Sopranos. Nuchy, not unlike Tony Soprano, is a complicated and endlessly interesting character and Buscemi was born to play him.
The series is set in a fascinating period of our history, and throughout you see the effects of Prohibition on the rise of organized crime. I especially enjoy seeing appearances made by real life characters like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, but at periods in their lives that we know less about. Don’t miss this one.
- I Don’t Know How She Does It
This movie is based upon a novel of the same name by Allison Pearson. I really enjoyed the novel, especially as I read it while I was still juggling a law practice and a family with small kids. The movie stars Sarah Jessica Parker as a successful power mom who struggles to balance it all.
The buzz is that SJP plays Carrie Bradshaw, working mother. I like Carrie. I loved Sex in the City (the series). Carrie on film has been more problematic, however. And SJP on film — don’t get me started. This may be one of those that I don’t like because it doesn’t meet its potential. Or I could just love it because SJP wears cute shoes. It opens in limited release on September 16.
- The Way
This film was directed by Emilio Estevez and stars his father, Martin Sheen. Sheen plays a California doctor who travels to France due to the death of his son while hiking The Way Of St. James, a traditional course of pilgrimage through the French and Spanish Pyrenees. Driven by his grief and desire to connect with his dead son, Sheen’s character undertakes the pilgrimage himself. Along the way, he encounters other pilgrims with other motivations.
Ok, this film is either really boring, or just incredible. Martin Sheen is a talented actor, but can at times be a bit self-indulgent. Either way, I am really looking forward to breathtaking scenery of France and Spain. The Way opens on October 7.
- The Ides Of March
Also opening on October 7, in limited release, is this political thriller, directed by George Clooney. Clooney also stars. My explanation could stop right there, but listen to the rest of this cast: Ryan Gosling, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood. I just don’t know how this film can go wrong. I will watch almost any movie in which either Hoffman or Giamatti appear, just to see them. The plot involves a young communications director (Gosling) for a presidential candidate (Clooney) that comes across information that might compromise the candidate’s campaign. The film is based upon a play by Beau Willimon.
- J. Edgar
Clint Eastwood directs this film about long time director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Hoover, one of the most intriguing characters in modern US history. Hoover was the first director of the FBI and remained in that position for nearly 40 years. Hoover is now notorious for his willingness to use his power to target those he saw as dissenters, often bending the law over backwards in the process. His private life has also been the source of much speculation, both due to his likely homosexuality, as well as titillating rumors that he was a cross-dresser, among other things. There is already Oscar buzz surrounding DiCaprio’s turn in this juicy historical role.
Judi Dench also appears as Hoover’s over protective mother, Anne Marie. She also makes every film she appears in worth watching.
J. Edgar opens on November 9.
Well, these should keep me busy. Oh, and I haven’s even made it to December yet! Do I sense an “Anticipation, Part Trois” coming on? You bet!
In the meantime, I would like to hear what YOU are anticipating in the entertainment arena. I would like to have other suggestions in mind, just in case everything I am looking forward to turns out to suck.
And I would really like to know what Gloria Swanson was doing the other 5% of the time.