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The Gucci family has previously expressed concern surrounding the new film, saying it is an intrusion into the private lives of the Gucci heirs, appealing to the film's director Sir Ridley Scott to respect their family legacy.

The trailer for the highly-anticipated House Of Gucci has given fans their first look at the cast in the film.

The biographical drama is based on the book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forde, and is directed by Sir Ridley Scott.

It follows the events surrounding the murder of fashion monolith Maurizio Gucci, played by Star Wars actor Adam Driver, while Lady Gaga portrays Patrizia Reggiani, his ex-wife, who was convicted of orchestrating the killing by a hitman in 1995.

In the trailer, which features the Blondie tune Heart Of Glass, we see Gaga and Driver's characters celebrate their wedding, before discussing the ins and outs of the fashion industry in their Italian accents.

Teeing up the film's plot, Gaga says: "Gucci needs new blood - it's time to take out the trash."

Also featuring in the almost-entirely Oscar-winning or nominated cast, is Jared Leto - who looks unrecognisable as Paolo Gucci.

The 30 Seconds To Mars singer is seemingly kitted out in a fat suit and heavy prosthetics for his role as the grandson of the Gucci founder, Guccio.

His unkempt hair and lilac corduroy suit was said to have offended a cousin of Maurizio, Patrizia Gucci, when she first saw it.

Jared Leto looks unrecognisable as Paolo Gucci. Pic: MGM
Image: Jared Leto looks unrecognisable as Paolo Gucci. Pic: MGM

Jeremy Irons and Salma Hayek (who is married to the current CEO of Gucci owner Kering) also appear in the film, as do Al Pacino and Jack Huston.

As much as the film is expected to do well when it hits the big screen later this year, it has not come without controversy.

The Gucci family has previously expressed its concerns surrounding the new film, saying it is an intrusion into the private lives of the Gucci heirs, appealing to the film's director Sir Ridley Scott to respect their family legacy.

Patrizia Gucci said: "We are truly disappointed. I speak on behalf of the family.

"They are stealing the identity of a family to make a profit, to increase the income of the Hollywood system... our family has an identity, privacy. We can talk about everything. But there is a borderline that cannot be crossed."

The family, which has not been involved in the fashion house for many years, says it will watch the film before deciding on its next steps.

House Of Gucci is scheduled for release on 26 November in the UK.

Source: Skynews

If the second lockdown has you yearning for theatre, opera, dance or comedy, we’ve got you covered. Holly Williams picks some of the best online performances streaming this winter

 

his has been a tricky year for live arts, with the pandemic forcing the closures of theatres, music venues and cinemas. Both big institutions and plucky individual artists have risen to the challenge with equal inventiveness. And if the second lockdown has had you craving theatre, opera, dance, or comedy – well, there’s no substitute for the real thing, but this lot should help.

Whether your local venue is still closed, you’re having to isolate, or you would simply prefer to stay safely at home for the time being, our pick of the best performance arts online should see you through to the end of year. And with so much available for free, for a cut ticket price, or for a voluntary donation (dig deep: artists need to eat too), these streams often make for an affordable way to enjoy the very best of culture straight from your sofa.  

Old Vic in Camera

 

There’s a bumper crop of production of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol this year – but the Old Vic’s lavish staging is the pick of the bunch. The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln stars as Scrooge in Jack Thorne’s adaptation. A full-scale production will be performed to an empty auditorium and streamed live, from 12-24 December. For any humbugs reading, the Old Vic is also making available recordings of Three Kings with Andrew Scott (2-4 December), Faith Healer starring Michael Sheen (20-22 January), and Lungs with Claire Foy and Matt Smith (27-29 January).

From £10, oldvictheatre.com

The Gruffalo

Theatre company Tall Stories’s stage versions of children’s classics have taken over the West End for years now – and the most beloved of all, Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, now makes a welcome leap to the screen. Take a stroll through the deep dark wood via live stream on 12 and 13 December.

From £10, gruffalolive.com

<p>Stage version of ‘The Gruffalo’ will be available to stream</p>

Stage version of ‘The Gruffalo’ will be available to stream

All of Me

Caroline Horton’s one-woman show was one of our five-star favourites at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. When its 2020 tour was cancelled, Horton transformed the show – a ferocious, moving look at her mental health struggles – into two digital formats. An audio version promises to make unsettlingly intimate use of 3D binaural sound, while another uses gaming platform Twine to provide an interactive experience. Both are available till 30 April.

Free, chinaplatetheatre.com

The Metropolitan Opera

Watch a free stream from the world’s greatest opera company, every single night. The Met makes a show from their archives available for 23 hours, with each week taking a new theme. December kicks off with “stars in signature roles”: catch Leontyne Price’s 1985 farewell performance in Aida, or Anna Netrebko’s Lady M in Verdi’s Macbeth.

Free/donations encouraged, metopera.org

Soho Theatre on Demand

Soho Theatre has always punched above its weight for live comedy, and you can catch recorded sets from Mae Martin, Jen Brister, Jessie Cave, Nish Kumar, Josie Long and Dane Baptiste on the theatre’s website right now. Or wait till 3 December, when their new partnership with Amazon Prime launches, meaning members can see a selection of the best for free.

£4 at sohotheatreondemand.com, free at Amazon Prime

The Royal Ballet

Three tempting online-only dance offerings are becoming available before the end of the year: Christopher Wheeldon’s one-act ballet Within the Golden Hour is available till 13 December; Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern explores the refugee crisis through dance, and can be seen till 5 December, while Frederick Ashton’s witty Enigma Variations, set to music by Edward Elgar, streams 4 December-3 January.

From £2.50, roh.org.uk

The Shows Must Go On!

For those missing their musicals, this YouTube channel has been a godsend: rent all the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals your heart could desire, along with other options such as Hairspray Live. The channel also hosts regular free content, and has recently turned Shakespearean: you can, should you so wish, watch the sonnets – all 154 of them – in one mega stream, read by luminaries such as David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, and Stephen Fry, until 30 November.

Free/from £2.49, youtube.com

Locked Down: The Scariest Show You Will Never See

Immersive theatre… in your own home! Or rather, in your own head. Morpheus’s digital show is for groups of up to six people, who all don a blindfold and headphones to be taken on a terrifying sonic adventure by a group of live actors via Zoom. Set in a dystopian world ravaged by a virus, participants must work together to help save the world.

From £39, morpheus-show.co.uk

<p>New immersive Zoom show will take you to a dystopian wasteland</p>

New immersive Zoom show will take you to a dystopian wasteland

Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Kneehigh’s joyful, award-winning production – an imaginative romp through the lives of artist Marc Chagall and his wife Bella, directed by Emma Rice – will be performed live onstage at the Bristol Old Vic, and available to stream 3-5 December.

From £16, wisechildrendigital.com  

Comedy Store Live

Promising to help us laugh through lockdowns, the renowned comedy club has made various archive show recordings available to stream. Big Love. Big Laughs. is available 4-12 December, and features Tom Allen, Stephen K Amos, Joe Lycett, Zoe Lyons, and Graham Norton. Your ticket price helps support Royal Trinity Hospice and St George's Hospital Charity too.

From £5.50, thecomedystorelive.co.uk

Sing-a-Long-a-Muppets Christmas Carol

Ok, so perhaps the Old Vic’s Christmas Carol has a rival after all… fringe favourites Sh!t Theatre’s live-art sing-a-long screening of The Muppets version of the Dickens classic (keep up) has developed a devoted cult following in recent years. So put 13 December in the diary, because Sh!t Theatre will be live streaming the experience for one night only.

From £6, showandtelluk.com

<p>A singalong version of ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ is taking place this December</p>

A singalong version of ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ is taking place this December

English National Ballet at home

Five new short films made by the cream of the dance world are released online on the Royal Ballet’s website every Monday for the next month. Look out for Yuri Possokhov’s first-ever commission for ENB, Seamless Kindness, from 30 November; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Laid in Earth from 7 December, and Russell Maliphant’s Echoes, from 14 December. Or you can rent full-length recorded live shows, including Akram Khan’s Giselle and La Sylphide.

From £3.50, ondemand.ballet.org.uk

Rent

A revival of Jonathan Larson’s 1996 hit rock musical, this plucky production at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre had to close on its opening night due to the second lockdown. Luckily, they had always also planned to stream a recording, which is available now until 20 December.

From £25, hopemilltheatre.co.uk

Stand-up comedy on Netflix

We can thank the streaming giant for establishing that there’s a proper audience for filmed live stand-up shows – and they tend to bag both the biggest and the most exciting comedians. The next to look out for is Comedy Award shortlisted British stand-up London Hughes: her 2019 show To Catch a Dick arrives on Netflix 22 December. Or delve into their back catalogue; highlights include Hannah Gadsby, Natalie Palamides, Bo Burnham, Katherine Ryan, James Acaster, and Dave Chappelle.

Thirst Trap

Rachael Young  – whose shows Nightclubbing, inspired by Grace Jones, and Out, a celebration of black queerness, have been hits at Edinburgh – invites you to experience their new show about the climate crisis… in the bath. Young spoke to researchers and people affected by climate change to create this new thought-provoking audio play designed to be listened to while you soak, from 14 December-30 January.

Sources: fueltheatre.com / Independent