There are many films made in California, of course -- errr, spoiler alert? -- but fewer films that employ the state, or one of its cities, as a robust setting. Nay, even a character.
"Duel" could be one; "Falling Down," "Play Misty for Me," and "They Live" are all very much tied to their Golden State locales. But can any film really compete with the polyester'd sparkle and wide-tie smiles that "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" shares with the excellent city of San Diego?
We'll leave it to film scholars to parse, but the fact is this: Few films of the modern age have become as immensely quotable as the Will Ferrell-starrer.
Now imagine seeing Will Ferrell in all his Burgundian glory, live and on stage, with all of the other cast members, so, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and other players from the 2004 film, and imagine them performing a live reading.
Stop imagining now. We'll wait. Done? Okay, good. This is going to happen, it is a benefit for 826LA, the place is the Broad Stage in Santa Monica and the date is Thursday, Nov. 21.
VIP tickets are now on sale. The tickets are five hundred bucks and all the money goes to 826LA's free programs (which, as you likely know, are very lit- and youth-focused, so major high fives their way).
You'll also get to hobnob at a reception which will include the cast members and the evening's presenters, Adam McKay and Judd Apatow.
So, what are you doing here? Why aren't you chilling that box of Chablis and donning something with wide lapels?
Although wait. How can we type an entire post on "Anchorman" with a) mentioning its sequel is due out in a few months and b) quoting from it?
So a) the sequel is due on Dec. 20 -- "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" and b) "Heck, I'm not even mad. That's amazing!"