Well, I guess we know why Francis Ford Coppola‘s partially self-funded passion project Megalopolis’ production budget is so high and why he fired his entire VFX team and his art department walked out en masse citing creative differences. Judging from new photos from the Atlanta set taken this week, Captain Francis is going to need a bigger boat (load of money) if he hopes to land his white whale because there aren’t enough effects, special, practical, or otherwise, to turn Shia LaBeouf into a Greek Goddess that anybody would pay a single red hemitetartemorion to see on the big screen. I’m looking at this shit on a little ole’ computer screen and I’m repulsed. If this is Megalopolis, throw it back. It’s clearly diseased! I’ll take The Meg(alodon) 3, 4, and 5 over this fishy mess any day.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Personally Funded Passion Project “Megalopolis” Is Reportedly Hemorrhaging Money And Talent
Three years ago, nepo daddy Francis Ford Coppola was bemoaning the state of CINEMA, placing the blame for its nosedive from high art to repetitive drivel squarely on the shoulders of those “despicable” “Marvel pictures.” At the time, Francis was already decades into production on the “most ambitious film” of his career, Megalopolis, which he is so passionate about, he’s reportedly sunk “tens of millions” of his own money into bringing it to the screen. And he ain’t talking about your dang phone! Francis means the huge silver one with dazzling images and the sound that you can feel and the whatnot. Megalopolis may be one man’s vision, but it takes a lot of money and manpower to make that vision a reality, and Francis is reportedly hemorrhaging both.
While Lady Gaga has gone on about how she’s had trouble shaking off the character of Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci, Adam Driver couldn’t wait to get out of his Maurizio Gucci cosplay. And in W Magazine’s Best Performances issue, Gaga continues to burp up all the ways she got into the mind of Patrizia while Adam talks about how he was so over playing the character and didn’t go to the movie’s wrap party because when he’s done, he’s done.
If this year’s Golden Globes flop is any indication, big glitzy awards shows might not be as important as they once were. That opens the door to just about any old body to swoop in and declare they’ve predicted the Oscars. W Magazine has just published their annual Best Performances issue and unlike the GGs, they were actually able to get all the big-name celebrities into hair and makeup, including Oscar-hungry Lady Gaga. So you better believe she was ready for her close-up when W Magazine called!
The Gucci Family has not been down with House of Gucci since they saw the first on-set pictures featuring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver. But what really stuck in their craw was Al Pacino who plays Aldo Gucci. Patrizia Gucci (the granddaughter of Aldo Gucci and daughter of Paolo Gucci who is played by Jared Leto in the movie) said that her grandfather was very tall, blue eyes, elegant” while Al Pacino’s version of him is “fat, short, with sideburns, really ugly.” Is she saying short, fat people can’t be elegant? Is Jillian Michaels part of the Gucci family? Now that the movie is out, the Guccis are still pissed and they put out a statement dragging the movie calling it an “insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today.”
House of Gucci got meh reviews from critics who thought it was too camp to be serious and too serious to be camp. Well, Tom Ford, who breathed new life into Gucci as its head designer in the 90s and is featured as a character in it, has given his thoughts on that method-out extravaganza. Tom says that HoG is equivalent to the “nighttime soap Dynasty for subtlety,” and he couldn’t tell if he was watching a real movie or a “Saturday Night Live version of the tale.” Was Kenan Thompson in it? Because that’s how you can tell.