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.
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.
Finally! A new year and let’s hope this one is a little kinder to us than the last one.
It hasn’t been the greatest of starts for us however. My husband, Ian, is a shielder. The medications for his Psoriatic arthritis makes him immunocompromised which makes him more vulnerable to infections at the best of times. On Weds he started to feel unwell and this was accompanied by a cough. He managed to get a Covid swab at 10am on Thurs and we are now waiting for the result. This means that I can’t go to work until we get that result and I should have started a long day shift just over an hour ago!
I wasn’t too worried yesterday. Ian tends to get chest infections at this time of year anyway and he also doesn’t leave the house unless it is to drop one of the girls at work, so he doesn’t even get out of the car. I was expecting the result to come back negative. However, he can barely move this morning and spent the night coughing up a lung. He’s had his flu jab for the year but his symptoms are all flu symptoms so I’m getting a little worried that his result might be telling us something else.
The worrying thing is, if his result is positive, it means that either myself or one of the girls have brought it into the house. Anyway, no point panicking until we get that result. It could be a long day!
Ian didn’t even see the new year in last night as he fell asleep, so I saw the new year in with Marjorie and Dharma.
At about 11pm, I realised that I was 3 movies away from managing 1 movie for every day of the year, so I cheated a little and watched some Pixar shorts which brought my total to 366 movies for the year. The sad thing is, only 7 of them were actually seen in the cinema with 6 of them all before March.
I have REALLY missed my movies this past year. Having said that, the drought has made me go back through my old movies and watch some that I haven’t watched for years, so I haven’t exactly missed out.
I have missed seeing any new work from Adam Driver though. There was nothing from him at all last year and he spent the majority of last year in isolation with his family. As a fiercely private man , he did what he does best and simply dropped off the map for a while. He disappeared in March when filming for ‘The Last Duel’ with Matt Damon was halted due to the pandemic and he finally made an appearance again in October to wrap up filming. ‘The Last Duel’ is now set for an October 2021 release. He also has a film called ‘Annette’ that ‘should’ have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May last year. It is hoped that it will now be release at Cannes this year. He is currently filming for ’65’ which is a sci-fi thriller. There is no release date for this one, but being sci-fi, I suspect there may be quite a lot of post production and we may not see it until 2022. After he finishes filming ’65’ he starts work on ‘Gucci’ with Lady Gaga and this one is slated for a November 2021 release. He has also just signed up to do another ‘Noah Baumbach’ Netflix movie. Noah was the director responsible for ‘Marriage Story’ which got Adam an Oscar nomination. It was also an amazing film so I’m hoping whatever this next one is will be just as good.
So, the next year could actually be quite top heavy on the Adam movies!! How I will get to see any of these movies is now the big question. With most of the country now in tier 4, cinemas in the UK have shut their doors. Our local cinema closed it’s doors a couple of months ago and being one of the older cinemas in the chain, I am not very hopeful that it will ever open it’s doors again.
I REALLY missed seeing movies on the big screen last year. As much as I love curling up on the sofa to watch a good film, you really can’t beat seeing a movie, at least once, on the big screen, where it was meant to be!
Anyway, I’m just going to pootle around for the day and get some housework done while I wait for Ian’s result.
I hope you all have a better year than the last one!!
I am so annoyed with myself. I’m on a couple of days off and I thought I’d take chance on getting a Tesco delivery. I was lucky enough to find one for a 9 – 10am slot this morning. As I needed to do quite a big top up shop, I booked the slot.
I proceeded to add all the cleaning and hygiene products we needed for the month from Toothpaste, soap and deoderant to bleach and washing tablets and everything in between. I then checked out to confirm the booking and went to check out the cupboards and freezers. I went back into my order and added everything else that was needed and sat back in the knowledge that I had saved myself from having to do a large shop today.
However, Dharma popped her head into the living room late last night and asked if I’d checked out to confirm the rest of the shopping and to my horror I realised that I had missed checking out after adding the rest of the shopping and I was just 5 minutes too late to do anything about it!!
Gutted!! At least a lot of heavy cleaning and hygiene products were delivered this morning. Just a bit pissed off that I still have to go and do quite a large shop at some point today.
And finally!! Some Adam news. Albeit just a few snippets.
Ridley Scott did a zoom interview this week and confirmed the re-start of shooting for ‘The Last Duel’. He stated….
“We start in about 2 weeks. I’m in Ireland right now where we’re going to be shooting, probably about 5 more weeks shooting and my cast are here and we’re about to begin. We’re going to be very, very careful and very, very meticulous about the process”
So Adam is in Ireland, but the delay in filming has meant that instead of seeing the film this Xmas as originally planned, I will now have to wait for October 15th next year. On the bright side, that’s just in time for my birthday!
And there has been MORE Adam news.
Ridley Scott must like Adam Driver because it has been confirmed by ‘Gucci’ that Adam has just signed up to star alongside Lady Gaga in ‘Gucci’ being directed by Ridley Scott, although what part Adam will be playing is yet to be confirmed. The film is a true crime drama about the Gucci family murder and is slated for a release date of November 24th next year.
Yesterday we received news that Adam is to star in a Horror Thriller!! It’s an original script called ’65’ from Producer Sam Raimi. Adam will apparently play an opioid addict who has become a hopeless shadow of his former self. He’s involved in some kind of catastrophic accident & the only other person to emerge from the crash is a 9 y/o girl who speaks a different language. The 2 of them must work together to survive”.
So, at least 2 films next year and already planning one for the following year. I just need to see some up to date pictures of him now or even a small interview. How’s he been during lockdown? Knowing Adam, he probably thrived because he is such a private person. He has probably relished the time he’s been able to spend with Joanne and his kid who is probably around the 2 year old mark by now. We don’t know. We didn’t even know he and Joanne had had the kid, he’s that private.
So, time to put my feet up for a bit. A friend is coming round for our weekly movie and a chat day in a little while and we have decided to watch ‘Black Panther’ in honour of Chadwick Bozeman. Gone WAY too soon but what a legacy he’s leaving.