Every day, when Kurt Sutter arrives at the Sons of Anarchy set in North Hollywood, he gets a not-so-subtle reminder from wife and costar Katey Sagal on how to behave.
Michael K. WilliamsBoardwalk Empire The ex-Wire star plays Chalky White, the undeclared leader of Atlantic City’s African-American constituents.Community As Professor Kane, a biology teacher with a degree from prison, Williams gets to sprinkle a little comedy into his menacing persona.
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will costar in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, a Steven Soderbergh-directed movie about Liberace (Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Damon) that goes into production next summer.
FX has ordered a fifth season of Sons of Anarchy.
Troubles plague the motorcycle gang in season 3: Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and his hog-riding brothers continue to search for Jax’s kidnapped baby son Abel, but the little one’s been taken to Belfast, where an internal IRA conflict involving Jimmy O (Titus Welliver) is raging.
The finest work of Katey Sagal’s career began with a daring pitch from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter in early 2009: For the start of season 2, white supremacists would brutally gang-rape her character, Gemma, the wife of outlaw biker Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman). That’s tough news for an exec producer to deliver to an actress. It’s even tougher when the actress happens to be your wife. (Sutter and Sagal met through friends and have been married since 2004.) But the 56-year-old actress took the bombshell from her hubby in stride.
The new season of Sons of Anarchy demonstrates the perils involved when you take characters the audience has invested in deeply and start separating them from one another. Last season, the motorcycle-club saga built a compelling subplot involving the rape, recovery, and revenge of Katey Sagal’s Gemma. Gemma’s strong marriage to Ron Perlman’s Clay, as well as the affection she feels toward her son, Charlie Hunnam’s Jax, has long been SOA’s most convincing repudiation of the pop culture cliché that motorcycle gangs treat women like dirt.
Sons of Anarchy didn’t strike me as much more than a brutal pulp novel of a TV series during its first season. Watching season 2, however, I’ve gotten into it, because — oh, I understand it now: It’s supposed to be brutal-pulp-novel TV!
If Tony Soprano wore a helmet and rode a motorcycle, he…still wouldn’t be Clay (Ron ”Hellboy” Perlman), the huffy, top-dog hog straddler in the new biker-gang drama Sons of Anarchy. Echoing the crime-as-family-business model of The Sopranos, and written by a Shield vet, Kurt Sutter, the series runs on fumes of filial cliché Clay and his wife (Katey Sagal) are ornery and murderous, but her son Jax (Undeclared’s Charlie Hunnam) is a sensitive biker avoiding extreme violence.
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