“What the hell is Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ even about?” links

Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis finally has a trailer and I still don’t really understand what this film is supposed to be! Adam Driver’s haircut is unfortunate. [JustJared]
Gavin Rossdale’s new girlfriend looks so much like Gwen Stefani. [OMG Blog]
Jennifer Lawrence attended the GLAAD Media Awards. [Hollywood Life]
Calling out “shrinkflation” on period products. [Buzzfeed]
Chris Pine continues to look hot (to me, although some of you pretend you wouldn’t climb him like a tree and that’s fine). [LaineyGossip]
Anne Hathaway’s costumes were very good in The Idea of You. [Jezebel]
Miranda Cosgrove doesn’t feel safe after a stalking incident. [Pajiba]
Jack Tracy talks about the perils of modern dating. [Socialite Life]
Seth Meyers will be hosting Late Night through 2028. [Seriously OMG]
Lesley Manville looked amazing in Loewe. [RCFA]

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35 Responses to ““What the hell is Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ even about?” links”

  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    Hmm, this looks interesting and he does do these types of movies well. Dracula is one of my all time fave movies.

  2. Laura says:

    Chris Pine? Yes to said tree climbing. Adam Driver? I don’t see it. I don’t judge! But I don’t see it.

  3. tealily says:

    Jennifer Lawrence’s speech is a bit cringy in print, but hopefully it landed better live. Weird that the article doesn’t mention to whom she was presenting the award… Orville Peck!

  4. WithTheAmerican says:

    Adam driver gives me the creeps. There, I said it. I know I’m alone in this and I don’t care.

    • Kitten says:

      Definitely alone. He is, by all accounts, a really decent guy.

      • Denise says:

        Actually I heard he’s not that great. I have a friend who worked as an extra on one of his movies. Apparently he was yelling at extras and acted as if he’s above them. Not sure what he’s like towards his industry equals but he certainly wasn’t acting decent towards the crew.

    • Lisa says:

      not alone, sit by me

    • Chaine says:

      no, not alone, i can never not think of him as his character on that Lena Dunham tv show which was, not a good guy.

    • North of Boston says:

      He doesn’t do it for me either, to the extent that I will skip things he’s in, unless there is some other really compelling draw.

      But i never want to yuk someone else’s yum. I remember people doing that about actors I do like, follow (eg Benedict Cumberbatch) and it just seemed mean and pointless. I’m grow up enough to realize that people’s boats get floated by a whole universe of different things. And the world would be a very different place if that wasn’t the case.

    • Eurydice says:

      Every time I see his face I remember that he killed Han Solo.

    • og bella says:

      not alone. *shudder*

    • Karmaflower says:

      I find Adam Driver to be very creepy. You are not alone.

    • DARK says:

      After I saw the clip of him feeling up an actress when the cast was gathered to take photos he gives me the ick. You could see how she froze up and still had to keep a smile on her face.

  5. Lakty says:

    Oh he got the movie together. I saw a still and it looked cheap. There was some casting roumers that looked terrible but i didnt see them in the credits.

    I was planning on watching this movie because of the pictures of shia dressed up as a roman. He actually looked great and the party vibed seem like the making of a great movie. With this trailer who knows what this movie is about but im going to watch it in dolby. I want to watch an old school movie with a real script.

  6. Lauren says:

    I have read that the film is based on the Catiline Conspiracy in Ancient Rome, which happend a few decades before Julius Caesar came to power. The event was a presage for ending of the Roman Republic.

    I suspect the overarching theme of the film will be the fall of the American Empire as we know it.

  7. Ameerah M says:

    Kaiser we have discussed this and you can have Pine ALLLLL to yourself. LMAO

  8. asdf says:

    I will never watch a Coppola movie after his enabling and support of Victor Salva, a convicted pedophile.

  9. CJW says:

    Chris Pine is lovely, those red shorts yummy

    • Glamarazzi says:

      He shaved his Santa beard, I’m heartbroken! My only comfort is that he’s kind enough to show off his great gams.

  10. Eurydice says:

    From what I can tell, the film is pretty simple. One guy is an idealist, the other guy is a corrupt politician and the politician’s daughter is in love with the idealist. I saw the same plot on an old episode of Murder, She Wrote. But here there’s a cast of thousands and sci-fi elements and huge effects and lots of references to ancient Rome and lots of costumes and major speeches and a giant budget. I might be wrong – it’ll be interesting to see how it goes.

  11. StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

    I dont like adam driver’s vibe for absolutely no reason. Just not into it. And the haircut is a no for me.

  12. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    Yay! I’m glad we’ll still have Seth for awhile. ❤️🎉

  13. Elo says:

    Omg- that is the Wish version of Gwen Stefani. So creepy.

    • sevenblue says:

      The guy cheats on his wife with a nanny trying to look like Gwen. Then, he gets a girlfriend and makes her look like Gwen too. It is both creepy and stupid.

    • Roo says:

      I read your comment, laughed, and then clicked on the link. OMG, you’re so right! 😂

  14. Sass says:

    I don’t find Adam Driver attractive, but I do think he’s a very talented actor. I enjoy his work.

  15. Duchess of Corolla says:

    There is something really odd about the Gwen Stefani clone’s proportions. Can’t put my finger on it…maybe it is just the camera angle?

    • Roo says:

      I think it’s because of the way she’s wearing her shorts. Since they’re open and way low, they make her torso look long in comparison to her legs.

  16. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    I go back and forth if I think Adam Driver is hot. I didn’t like him in Girls – though no one was likable on that show. But sometimes I think “He’s got IT!” Idk, hard to explain, even to myself.

  17. Lemons says:

    Giancarlo? I’m in just for him.

  18. Raster says:

    Looking forward to Megalopolis, I prefer watching a film at the cinema without knowing much about it, hoping it is Coppola’s chef-d’œuvre.

    • Just Chelle says:

      Megalopolis looks visually stunning – not sure if I can watch another “fall of civilization” movie so close to the election, though.

      Coppola responded to someone who said the movie “sounded depressing.” He said it’s the exact opposite – it’s about saving it. Guess I’ll decide whether or not to see it once the reviews start rolling in.

  19. DARK says:

    Nah Chris Pine has joined the worst Chris competition I don’t even know if there is a good Chris anymore. Meloni maybe

  20. Sass says:

    From Wikipedia:

    An accident destroys a decaying metropolis called New Rome. Cesar Catilina, an idealist architect with the power to control time, aims to rebuild it as a sustainable utopia, while his opposition, corrupt Mayor Franklyn Cicero, remains committed to a regressive status quo. Torn between them is Franklyn’s socialite daughter, Julia, who, tired of the influence she inherited, searches for her life’s meaning.

    In 1999, Coppola described the film as setting the characters of the Catilinarian conspiracy in modern New York, saying: “In many ways what it’s really about is a metaphor—because if you walk around New York and look around, you could make Rome there”, adding: “Ultimately what’s at stake is the future, because it takes the premise that the future, the shape of things to come, is being determined today, by the interests that are vying for control … we already know what happened to Rome. Rome became a fascist Empire. Is that what we’re going to become?”[62] In 2022, he said the film had an optimistic look at humanity, and the intuitive goodness in people even in a divided climate.[63] In 2024, Coppola said: “I wondered whether the traditional portrayal of Catiline as ‘evil’ and Cicero as ‘good’ was necessarily true”, and described the film as a commentary for the United States, under the belief that the country’s founders borrowed from Roman law to develop their democratic government without a king.

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