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.
…And then there was one. Gemma Chan is the golden angel floating high above the smoldering embers of the Don’t Worry Darling Express which flew off the tracks in some suburban desert near Bakersfield and somehow landed, still ablaze and spewing toxic fumes, all the way in Chris Pine’s lap at the film’s Venice Film Festival premiere. Gemma probably slept like a baby last night as her costars Chris, Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, and Nick Kroll, and her director Olivia Wilde were still stumbling around the wreckage in a daze with Olivia looking for Harry, Harry looking for a clue, Nick looking for chapstick, Chris still looking for his sunglasses and Miss Flo looking for a refill on her Aperol Spritz. Somebody call 311, there’s been a beautiful disaster!
The middling drama that surrounds Don’t Worry Darling continues. Olivia Wilde’s upcoming tour de force has been plagued with bad press. Not so much because of Harry Styles’s questionable acting talent but because of all the behind-the-scenes action. So far we have on-set banging, rumors of an unhappy Florence Pugh, and some back and forth regarding whether or not baby Catholic Shia LeBeouf was fired (looks like he quit because “Miss Flo” couldn’t commit). Someone needs to do a documentary on the making of Don’t Worry Darling. It’ll likely be more riveting than a The Stepford Wives knock-off. It seems as though Florence is well and truly bothered enough by the on-set shenanigans because she’ll only be doing one press appearance for the film.
Shia LeBeouf Vehemently Denies That Olivia Wilde Fired Him From “Don’t Worry Darling” And He’s Converted To Catholicism
Don’t worry about all those repugnant things Shia LeBeouf has done or been accused of, or will do or be accused of, because all is forgiven. In an effort to rehabilitate his career, if not his personality, Shia’s been saved! USA Today reports that Shia has taken his latest role, an Italian priest in a biopic called Padre Pio, to heart and converted to Catholicism. Shia is so pious now that he’s become a crusader for truth. As such, after Olivia Wilde told Variety she fired him from Don’t Worry Darling, God led his hand straight to his saved messages folder and told his new convert to impale her with his mighty sword of truth. Shia reached out to Variety after Olivia’s interview was published and shared a number of text messages, videos, and emails that contradict Olivia’s claim. Shia says he quit. And then some. It’s a MESS. I’m afraid Olivia’s been served in public once again. Good thing those messages didn’t burn up when he was rolling with Satan. God only saves those who save themselves by saving those receipts!
Given all the drama surrounding Olivia Wilde’s upcoming psychological thriller/unintentional comedy Don’t Worry Darling starring Zach Braff’s former boo Florence Pugh and Olivia’s current boo Harry Styles, it’s easy to forget that things could be worse. When the movie went into production, Shia LeBeouf was starring opposite Flo “as suburban husband” who “may or may not be gaslighting his wife,” but was replaced by her first-choice, Harry, with no reason given other than a “scheduling conflict.” A bit later Olivia admitted that she shit canned Shia for violating her “no assholes policy” on set, but in her recent Variety interview, she claims that she fired him because her priority was to make sure Flo felt safe and supported given the “vulnerable situations” she’d be putting her in. Based on what we’ve heard, I’m not sure how safe and supported Flo felt when Olivia started fucking her co-star, but at least she never had to see Shia with his shirt off. That “creeper” clown chest tattoo alone is enough to send anybody to trauma therapy.