First week of annual leave….done. I have been on a wind down and now my body refuses to move!!
I’ve not done too much so far. I did get out to the cinema and a meal with the husband a few days ago and went to my first open mic night in over a year with Murron and her partner Jordan and my mate Debbie on Monday evening. It was a lovely catch up with a few of the music family and we even got Murron up for a song!
The rest of the time has been spent doing the usual household chores and some gardening. These chores never seem so bad when you know you haven’t got to think about work the next day.
I’ve also been watching some of the Olympics. The best bit so far has been Tom and Matty winning the 10m Synchro diving gold!! I’ve been watching Tom’s career since he was 12 years old and I’ve watched him go through heartbreak when he lost his Dad, come out publicly, find the love of his life, lose his mojo and almost quit, had a son and then found his mojo again! I’ve seen him mature and grow into an amazing young man and this week he finally nabbed an Olympic Gold Medal for the 10m Synchro Diving. He is on a roll and still has the individual 10m platform diving to go at the end of next week.
A new trailer for Dune dropped 6 days ago and if you read my blog regularly you will know that I have been REALLY looking forward to this film. It should have been released at Xmas last year but because of COVID it was delayed. It is now being released 3 days before my birthday on October 21st and IT LOOKS AMAZING!!
Something else that was released just a day ago was the official advert for the Burberry Hero campaign starring Adam Driver!! OMG!! After a year long Adam drought we are finally rewarded with this!! Hot is an understatement.
Of course Twitter has gone mental and we have been rewarded with loads of new Adam photos.
On to the next week and apart from getting the car MOT’d on Friday, there’s not much going on except chilling and watching the Olympics. It’s the build up to our time away in London next Wednesday.
I’m trying, I really am, but I am just not feeling it for Adam’s new movie Annette.
I’ve said it before, I really don’t like musicals that are a completely sung narrative like Les Miserables. I like a musical with dialogue that is interspersed with songs like Singin’ in the Rain.
I was very surprised when I originally found out that Adam was doing a musical and I was initially quite excited about it, however, I soon discovered that it was to be a completely sung narrative and my excitement got a bit dashed.
The film was to originally premier at Cannes in 2020 but it got delayed because of COVID, so I have waited over a year now to find out more about it.
It Premiered in Cannes 2 days ago and the reviews coming in are pretty mixed but overall they are good. Dare I say, there has even been a little bit of Oscar buzz!! Could be the only good thing to come out of this movie.
Adam spent the day doing photo calls and interviews before attending the red carpet premier on the 6th and then immediately flying back to the States where he is currently filming Noah Baumbach’s next movie, White Noise.
For 24 hours we had loads of new photos of Adam and he actually looked really relaxed and happy. Red Carpets and press are not his thing and he usually looks really out of place and uncomfortable but not this year!
The more I see and hear of the movie and it’s music, the more bizarre it gets.
One review opens up by saying…..
If you think you know musicals, think again. Annette, the first English language film from French auteur Leos Carax with songs from cult rock band Sparks, doesn’t have huge set-piece song and dance sequences, or singalong numbers. What it does have is singing sex scenes, a puppet baby, and an opening sequence in which Adam Driver grabs a straggly wig before riding off on a motorbike. La La Land this most certainly is not.
I’ve seen a few clips now and I’ve attempted some of the music on Spotify and I think I am going to stop now. I just can’t get enthusiastic about it!! I will go and see it when it makes it to the UK in September but I’m not holding out much hope for it. This could be the first of Adam’s movies that I don’t actually like. It has to happen sometime I suppose but I sincerely hope I am proved wrong!!
Could I really be that lucky? Adam Driver’s next film, Annette, is opening the Cannes Film Festival in July, but it has just been announced that it is getting it’s theatrical release in the US on August 6th. UK releases usually coincide with US releases but there is no confirmation yet. This is the kind of film that gets a pretty limited run here in the UK and I would usually have to travel outside of my hometown to a cinema that is showing it…..
I will be in London on August 6th because it’s our wedding anniversary and we are spending 4 days in London!! This will be the perfect opportunity to see it at my favourite cinema, the Picturehouse Central, if they are showing it.
August 6th this year is shaping up quite nicely. Possible trip to my favourite cinema to see a new Adam film and dinner at the Hawksmoor in Covent Garden.
URGH! I have just realised that Adam was just 10 years old when I got married!! My kids are all over 18. One has left home and is currently producing a baby.
The garden has been coming along nicely. I got the new troughs planted and dug out some old pots to freshen up with new shrubs. I’ve tried to get shrubs that will give all year round greenery but give plenty of flower colour in the summer to try and attract the bees and butterflies. Popped some new lights up and now we just need some good weather to be able to enjoy it.
Had my old friend Mick round for another catch up on Weds. It’s nice to get back to our weekly chats, even if it is in the garden for now. The patio area is quite sheltered and with the early morning sun, it gets quite warm. It’s just not good for the diet. With the bakers just over the road, amazing fresh doughnuts and giant iced finger buns have become a bit of a tradition!!
Work hasn’t been too bad recently. We are now seeing the return of our elective surgeries and the ward hasn’t been crazy busy. However, this week I was supposed to work Tues, Thurs and Fri. Tues went without a hitch and my day off on Weds was nice and chillaxing, however, when I woke up on Thurs I had developed a streaming cold! My nose felt like someone had turned a tap on and I was sneezing all day which made my eyes watery and puffy. Work was not great that day. The ward itself was OK, I just felt like poo and I looked like it too. Continuously having to blow my nose made it very sore and I looked like Rudolph the Reindeer. I was actually quite thankful for the mask!! However, sneezing into that mask was not pretty! I ended up leaving the ward a couple of hours early and had to say that I wouldn’t be in on Friday.
Explain to me just HOW…. you can spend all day at work in a mask, go nowhere on your day off and STILL catch a cold?
Thursday wasn’t a total loss though as my daughter had her 20 week scan to confirm that the pregnancy was progressing well and that the baby was looking healthy. She also found out that she is expecting a boy! I know that she and Jordan were hoping for a girl because Jordan already has two little boys, but they are both happy and now they can really start to plan things. They have said that this will be the only baby in their relationship…… but…… I think the thought of adding a little girl into the mix might persuade them to have another go at some point. We’ll see.
So, to today. The nose has just about stopped running. It’s not looking as red as it did on Thurs but it’s now so dry and crispy around the edges it’s going to start peeling!! Lovely! I’m going out to the pub for the first time in Months tomorrow evening and I’m going to look ravishing…. NOT!
Anyway, the BIG news for the day is that in just under 2 hours time, I will be getting my hair cut!! HALLELLUJAH! I’ve been desperate for a cut for at least the last 6 weeks! It’s longer at the end of this lockdown than it was the first one!
Urgh! Please excuse the miserable face. My eyes are still really puffy and I’m just feeling blurgh…….. and old TBH! Hopefully a haircut and a bit of sun will change that.
Anyway, let’s get to the end of this blog. What haven’t I mentioned yet?…………. Oh yes, Adam! Photos have continued to stream out of Italy as Adam and Lady Gaga continue to film for ‘House of Gucci’ It’s been a busy week and the scene that every Adam Driver fan has been dreading was filmed this week too. The assassination of Maurizio Gucci was filmed and appeared to be quite a tough day for Adam. He is very much a method actor and likes to get into character and stay in character while on set.
Anyway, here are a selection of photos from this week and quite frankly, some of them should be illegal because Adam looks AMAZING!
Right! The sun is shining. I have a few chores to do and I need to shake off the last of this cold. Have a fabulous weekend whatever you’re doing.
All good things come to an end, or so the saying goes.
Indeed, I am now on my final countdown before going to bed because I have to be up at 05:30 for work after 11 days off. I am really not feeling it!!
It’s been a nice change of pace. I couldn’t really go anywhere because we are still in lockdown but I decided to just get on top of things around the house and tidy the garden ready for when we ARE out of lockdown and I can have friends round again. It’s nice doing all of this when you haven’t got to worry about getting it all done between shifts at work.
Anyway, the highlight of the last 11 days has been the start of filming for ‘House of Gucci’ in Italy. This sent Twitter into meltdown and I was inundated with lots of new Adam Driver content. FINALLY!! After a whole year, we got some serious new images as filming took place on the slopes in Gressoney and on the streets in Milan. I was also happy to find out that the actors will NOT be speaking in Italian (apart from the odd word) or with Italian accents! One thing I have been a little worried about is that they would all be speaking with dubious Italian accents which would be a little off putting when watching the film. Thankfully they will be sticking to their own American accents.
Unfortunately, filming has now moved to Villa Balbiano on Lake Como and it is now a closed set and much easier to keep fans and Paparazzi away from, so no new photos for the last couple of days.
However, it got me thinking about Italy again. I know I want to go back at some point in the future and one of the places on my ‘to do’ list is Lake Como. Not only was it used for scenes in the Star Wars Prequels, it has now graced Adam Driver.
So I did a quick look at apartments for rent on the lake and there are some cracking ones for just £600 – £1000 per week for up to 4 people. I was actually quite surprised. Balconies, pools and spectacular views, something to really think about.
Just out of interest, I looked at Villa Balbiano, because I know it can be hired out as a wedding venue with the grounds able to accommodate up to 550 guests in the garden. The villa itself is classical Italian with stunning grounds all around and it’s rear is on the lake itself.
The villa itself can have up to 12 guests in 6 bedrooms and is rented out on a weekly basis and there is a guest house that can house another 8 people. BUT, unlike the apartments up and down the lake for £600 – £1000, this Villa hires out for a WHOPPING 147,000 Euros a week! So unless we win some stupid money on the lottery, I think this one is a little out of reach!
Right, with that on my mind, I suppose I’d better get to bed!
Apart from Tenet when lockdown eased a little last summer, I haven’t seen a film in the cinema for a whole year. It’s been a whole year since I had the anticipation and build up to a film I really want to see. It’s been a whole year since I’ve had any real look at what Adam Driver has been up to.
Even when he completed filming for The Last Duel at the end of last year, he kept himself out of the limelight, always hidden behind a mask when not on set and then disappeared back to New York for Xmas.
The last week has seen a big change as he started filming for House of Gucci with Lady Gaga. Paparazzi and fan photos have been flying out of Italy! Lady Gaga herself posted this little beauty.
She must have the magic touch because getting Adam to pose for a photo during filming is unheard of!!
Looks like I’m not the only one who has missed seeing Adam over the last year because Twitter has gone crazy. Not that I’m complaining. We’ve been getting daily looks at Adam and Gaga on set in their retro costumes as Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani.
It’s been so Long since I’ve seen that smile! I find myself really looking forward to this film. It just remains to be seen how I will finally see it. Cinema or streaming? Who knows?
I’m beginning to get excited about new films again. Adam alone has one film completed and hopefully being released at Cannes this year. He has two in post production, one currently filming and one in pre-production, so after the drought of the last year, it’s looking good for a bit of a flood. Not forgetting Bond and Dune are also due this year.
With what’s been coming out of Twitter over the last few days, I will have a good idea of how the whole film will look before it’s even been released and I’m loving it…. even Adam’s blue contacts!!
There was a time……… loooong ago, when I toyed with the idea of being a costume designer. As a movie fan I knew that costumes are always a big part of what makes or breaks a film. I even took needlework at O’level and made myself a herringbone winter coat that was fashionable at the time. Unfortunately, I quickly found out that I enjoyed watching the films more than I enjoyed making clothes, so my dream died before I even left school.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I found out today that ‘Gucci’ starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver is going to start filming in Milan on 10th March. A closer look at locations for shooting reveal that they will be shooting at some Villas in Lake Como and around Milan, Florence and Rome!!
OMG I’m so jealous. I would kill to have to work in all of those places. The costume designers on that film not only get to work there, they have the enviable task of designing clothes for Adam Driver!! Mmmm, maybe letting me loose with a tape measure around Adam would not be such a good idea!!
Anyway, the film tells the story of how Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, plotted to kill her husband, the grandson of renown fashion designer Guccio Gucci. Lady Gaga is playing Patrizia and Adam is playing Maurizio.
A look at the life of Maurizio on Wikipedia revealed the following. He was born on September 26, 1948 in Florence. When his father died in 1983, Maurizio inherited his father’s majority stake in the company and launched a legal war against his uncle Aldo Gucci for full control of Gucci (a prosecution led by Rudolph Giuliani) In 1988, Maurizio sold almost 47.8% of Gucci to the Bahraïn-based investment fund Investcorp and withheld the other 50%. From 1991 to 1993, Gucci’s finances were in the red. Maurizio was blamed for spending extravagant amounts of money on the company’s headquarters in Florence and Milan. Maurizio went on to sell his stock in Gucci in 1993 for $170 million to the Bahrain-based investment group, Investcorp. In 1995, a year and a half after the sale of Gucci, he was gunned down by a hired hit man and his ex-wife Patrizia was convicted of arranging the killing in 1998.
I’m hoping the film will be telling this story as a whole, either just like this or through flash backs during Patrizia’s court case. I want to see lots of Adam surrounded by Italy and in gorgeous clothes spending obscene amounts of money before he gets killed!!
The film is aiming for a November release in the US. No date for the UK yet.
I’ve been watching a story unfolding over the last few days with much concern. A Portuguese actress by the name of Lidia Franco had apparently made claims in a recent interview that she had ‘A Very Bad Experience’ filming 2018’S movie ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’.
She claimed that Adam Driver “might be great as an actor, but he is a terrible person and does not deserve for us to be here now talking about him,” and “He behaved very badly with me. Physically. He attacked me.”
Of course this was very worrying for me as a HUGE fan. I found it difficult to believe and after lots of recent claims with other actors I know how damaging such claims can be to an actor’s career. Don’t get me wrong, if the allegations are true, then the actor/s in question deserve every thing coming to them, even Adam.
However, I like to think that I know Adam pretty well. I see and hear people talking about him all the time and he is seen as an incredibly humble, reclusive, compassionate, generous and hard working man. Directors are fighting to work with him and co-stars gush about him in interviews. This allegation against him just didn’t make sense.
Daisy Ridley, who worked with Adam in Star Wars episodes 7, 8 and 9 has said in interviews…..
“I love working with Adam,” “He is a phenomenal actor, and is always so immersed in the character, that it is not difficult to act with him. In the torture scene in Episode VII, everything was very complex. We were repeating takes for a long time, and I remember thinking, ‘How will I get to that same point with each new attempt?’ And Adam was so into the scene, and gave me so much time…I don’t know if anyone else would have done that.” She goes on…. “We were filming a big fight scene and we were like, ‘Are you okay? Is everything alright? Is the distance good? ”There has always been a concern for each other’s safety and well-being,” she says.
Adam doesn’t hold back in fight scenes and as a tall, broad and looming figure, he comes across as very intimidating. At the end of the day, he is working with ‘professionals’ who know this and he is meticulous when it comes to training and choreography. There is NO WAY Adam would attack anyone physically on purpose. It’s just not in his nature.
It has been a relief to see today that the actress in question has admitted that “nothing happened and it was all a misunderstanding” It turns out that she is upset because she thinks she was cut from the movie, even though she is still in the credits”!
It looks like this actress didn’t get Adam’s acting style one little bit. He is very much a method actor and will stay in character on set during the duration of filming. If his character is a dick, then Adam is pretty much a dick all the time on set, BUT… at the end of the day he always says thank you to the people he’s working with, including the extras. He comes across as a bit of a diva while he’s working but that is simply so he can maintain his character and do the best job possible.
This actress seems to have used this as an excuse to make this totally ridiculous claim.
“Malicious and cruel bitch!!”
Thankfully Adam is not on social media so has probably missed the worst part about all of this, however, it did make it onto the US national news services so he’s probably fully aware of all the hoo ha. Poor guy.
It looks like the only career that’s been damaged is hers.
As a film fanatic, the last year has been a bit frustrating. Lockdown has seen most completed movies having their release dates pushed back time and time again and any film being shot was put on hold. Cinemas have shut their doors for safety and I totally understand this. Being enclosed spaces where lots of people sit together for hours at a time, they are melting pots for COVID.
In the last 12 months, I have been to the cinema just once! When restrictions had a bit of a relaxation period here in the UK in August, I went to see Tenet. It was disappointing to say the least and then shortly after this, cinemas were forced to close their doors again and haven’t opened since. I have recently streamed Wonder Woman 1984 and I thank my lucky stars that I didn’t actually waste my time seeing this one in the cinema as it was, quite frankly, a total shambles and complete shit.
As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, Adam Driver is my favourite actor and I will admit that I can be a bit obsessive, but he brings a smile to my face for lots of reasons, so I am not ashamed to admit this. Frustratingly he is the worlds BIGGEST recluse when it comes to his private life. It took two years to find out he now has a son!! Who is probably nearer 3 years old now and we still haven’t ever seen a picture of him with Adam or even Joanne!
Adam was in the middle of filming ‘The Last Duel’ with Matt Damon at the beginning of last year and this had to shut down filming as lockdown hit. It finished filming towards the end of the year with lots of safety measures put into place.
I haven’t seen a new Adam film since 2019 when we had.. not one…. but FOUR movies. The Report, The Dead Don’t Die, Marriage Story and The Rise of Skywalker. Adam fans were spoilt and then COVID ripped it all away from us as Adam went into hiding.
He is now filming again but everything is under wraps or behind facemasks. Any sneak peaks we have had are few and far between.
Any photos have been behind the scenes with facemasks firmly in place. The best evidence we’ve had in the last year that Adam is doing well was a socially distanced appearance on the John Oliver show ‘Last Week Tonight’ back in Nov. After John has spent weeks squeezing dubious references of Adam into his shows, Adam was gracious enough to agree to appear in the final show of the season and it was hilarious and Adam was looking really well and very fresh! Let’s just say that his hair care is on point!
However, in a whole year, this is just not enough!! I’m so desperate, I’ve taken to doing 1000 piece custom jigsaw puzzles I’ve had made of Adam. It’s very sad. There’s only so many times you can watch a back catalogue of his movies before needing to give them a break!
Anyway, I am getting more and more hopeful for the coming year. I don’t think things will be easing off with lockdown for a few more months yet, but as the mass vaccination programme is underway worldwide, we should start to see results soon and life should slowly start to normalise again. How that normal will look is anyone’s guess. I have no idea if my local Cineworld will ever open it’s doors again.
BUT…. here’s the exciting part….. Adam now has 5 movies on the go.
1 = ‘Annette’ is complete and should have premiered at last years Cannes Film Festival. It should now be premiering this year instead. Adam plays a stand up comedian in this one and has a 2 year old daughter with a surprising gift. It is some kind of musical in which Adam sings more than he doesn’t!!
2 = ‘The Last Duel’. This is the film that had to postpone filming due to the pandemic. Principle filming is now finished and it is in post production. Hopefully we’ll get this one in October. Adam plays Jacques LeGris and after checking the actual history of the story, this film will not end well for Adam!
3 = ’65’ is currently filming. It’s into it’s last three weeks of filming and is a sci-fi thriller. I heard a rumour today that dinosaurs are somehow involved so it looks like it could be quite interesting! There is no release date yet but at it appears it may be quite heavy on special effects, I’m assuming we can look forward to this one sometime next year.
4 = ‘Gucci’ is in pre-production and Adam is set to work with Lady Gaga, Jared Leto and possibly Al Pacino. Adam is playing Maurizio Gucci and it tells the story of how Patrizia Reggiani (played by Gaga) the es-wife of Maurizio Gucci, plotted to kill her husband, the grandson of renown fashion designer Guccio Gucci. So again, this doesn’t end well for Adam but filming will be taking place in Florence, Italy!! I’m just picturing Adam in all those Gucci suits and strutting his stuff around Italy. All my dreams in one place. Anyway, we will hopefully get to see this one in November this year.
5 = ‘White Noise’ is another Noah Baumbach movie that has been commissioned by Netflix. Plot unknown at present. After the success of Marriage Story (Oscar winning and also starring Adam), Noah has been exclusively signed by Netflix for the foreseable future. It hasn’t been confirmed officially yet but it looks like Adam is set to star. Again, there is no release date for this but Adam has got a pretty full plate again this year when it comes to filming so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Quite a mixed bag. You certainly can’t accuse Adam of being type cast.
So, there you have it. Another excuse for me to blog about Adam squeezed out. I will ‘hopefully’ blog about him more and more over the coming months with more substantial photographs and maybe even some trailers to keep me going until I get to see the movies themselves.