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Lady Gaga’s Tapping Into Her Italian Roots For Her Next Role as The ‘Black Widow’ Who Killed Maurizio Gucci

Little monsters rejoice, for a star is being born, again! Lady Gaga’s making her return to the big screen next year. Following her Oscar-worthy performance, the pop-star turned actor, will be part of a new project chronicling the murder of fashion mogul, Maurizio Gucci —the founder of, you guessed it, Gucci. The story is every bit as glamorous as you can imagine, and we have the deets. 

Lady Gaga is starring in a new movie, and this one is a true glamorous murder mystery, if ever there was one.

It was reported over the weekend that Lady Gaga’s making another movie. Her next starring role, following her award-winning performance on A Star is Born, will be in a murder, intrigue and high fashion-filled thriller produced by Ridley Scott. 

Scott’s new project chronicles the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the business man who spearheaded the Italian fashion house in the 80s and early 90s. 

A year after we were piqued and obsessed with the fashion and murder mystery ‘The Assasination of Gianni Versace’, another glam intrigue is in the works. At the perfect intersection between true crime and haute couture, comes the retelling of the infamous murder of the head of Gucci back in 1995. 

Patricia was said to hate her ex so much that she plotted and planned his murder.

Maurizio Gucci famously left his wife Patricia Reggiani for another —younger— woman in the late eighties. And in this particular case, the saying ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ was proven to be true. Rejected and scorned, Patricia hired a hitman to assassinate her ex-husband —earning her the, kinda glamorous and sombre nickname, “the Black Widow.”

The film will be based on the true crime story written by Sara Gay Forden.

The ex-wife was caught and found guilty. Patricia Reggiani served 18 years in prison, before her release in 2016. Here’s where mother monster comes in; Lady Gaga will be playing the role of the Black Widow in the upcoming film. And while details are being kept tightly hidden, we know that the script was written by Roberto Bentivegna, and was based on Sara Gay Forden’s true crime book, ‘The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed,’ which chronicled the events.

Did Patricia murder Gucci because he was marrying his mistress? Or was it because his spending was driving the family to ruin? Or perhaps she didn’t do it at all?

In Sara Gay Forden’s gripping book, she explores whether Patrizia Reggiani murdered her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, in 1995 because his spending was wildly out of control, “or was it because her glamorous ex was preparing to marry his mistress, Paola Franchi? Or is there a possibility she didn’t do it at all?”

Maurizio famously had two daughters with Patrizia Reggiani, but he left her for another woman. She’d had a brain tumor removed, and her children blamed it on her actions; the media took a darker view of her during a sensationalized affair, depicting her as a hot blooded woman scorned. She was originally drawn a sentence of 29 years.

If the film follows the re-telling of Sara Gay Forden’s story, we will get a look inside a glamorous family empire that ultimately came crumbling down.

The true crime story details the ascent, eventual collapse, and resurrection of the Gucci dynasty. In Sara Gay Forden’s pages we’re taken behind the scenes of the trial and exposed to the passions, the power, and the vulnerabilities of the greatest fashion family of the time. 

The Gucci movie will be produced by Ridley Scott and his wife Giannina.

Scott will produce the Gucci saga with his wife, the Puerto Rican actress, Giannina Scott. He most recently directed “All the Money in the World” about the Getty kidnaping. Scott has been nominated for a directing Academy Award for “Thelma & Louise,” “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down” and for a Best Picture Oscar for “The Martian.”

It is said that the film has been in developmental hell for the past decade, at one point even signing on Angelina Jolie for the role of Patricia Reggiani. But finally it looks like the project is coming together, and Scott will put our lord and saviour Stefani Germanotta’s Italian roots to good use in her role as the ‘Black Widow’, Patricia Regianni. 

A Fan Asked Eva Mendes Why She Hasn’t Acted In Years And She Says It’s Because She Isn’t Settling For Any Role

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A Fan Asked Eva Mendes Why She Hasn’t Acted In Years And She Says It’s Because She Isn’t Settling For Any Role

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This year’s Golden Globes awards were a complete letdown for a variety of reasons. Aside from the typical #SoWhite nonsense and long speeches, people were astonished at the lack of Latinas on the red carpet. We counted four: Jennifer Lopez, Ana de Armas, Sofia Vergara, and Salma Hayek. Depressing right? We know there are more Latinas in Hollywood, but where are they? At least one of the most recognized Latina actresses is explaining why she hasn’t acted in years. 

A fan recently asked Eva Mendes on Instagram when she’ll be in a new movie. Mendes responded by saying she won’t settle for any project partly because of her daughters. 

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On Jan. 7, Mendes responded to a fan on Instagram when she asked her,  “When the fans going to see u in some new movies?” Mendes told her kindly that she isn’t offered roles that are good enough for her. 

“Hi! When there’s something worthwhile to be a part of,” she wrote on Instagram. “As a mother now, there are many roles I won’t do. There are many subject matters that I don’t want to be involved with, so it limits my choices, and I’m fine with that. I have to set an example for my girls now. But no worry, I got some side hustles. Ha! Thanks for asking. All the best for 2020.”

Mendes’s most recent role was the 2014 film Lost River directed and written by her baby daddy, Ryan Gosling. Things certainly changed for Mendes when she met Gosling in 2011.

The two first met while filming the 2012 movie, “The Place Beyond the Pines.” There was no denying the chemistry between the two in “The Place Beyond the Pines.” It was an extraordinary film about a Luke (Gosling) who doubles as a bank robber and motorcyclist. He meets Romina (Mendes), the two fall in love, and have a baby. Domestic life isn’t for Luke, and he cannot escape his crime-ridden life. We won’t give any spoilers, but it truly felt like we were witnessing a real-life love story.

Mendes is now the mother of two girls and has gone on to launch her fashion collection with New York & Company and has been busy with that for several years now.

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While Mendes continues to lead a pretty private life with Gosling and her daughters, her fashion collection has been successful. She has also said that her partner has been very encouraging and proud of her work as a designer. 

“Ryan is incredibly supportive, and he’s always in awe,” Mendes told People magazine last year. “He makes me realize that [making the collection] is actually a lot of work. I have so much fun doing it that I don’t really realize.”

She also added that her in-laws and her family are extremely helpful to her as she develops each collection. 

“Ryan’s mom, Ryan’s sister, my mom, my sisters, my grandma are all my fashion guinea pigs,” Mendes told the magazine. “Nobody is going to be more honest than family, and our family is very honest. It’s something I really appreciate because when designing something, you need real feedback.”

Yet, still, with her success as a fashion designer, we cannot help miss Mendes as an actor. Remember her in “Training Day”?

Her role as Sara opposite Denzel Washington was so intense and incredibly raw. We can see why she would hesitate to be in certain kinds of characters, especially if the part calls for nudity or vulgar language. The role of Sara is also one that we have seen often, which is the stereotypical Latina as a single mother, living in the projects. That has been played out. That movie, however, was how we first learned of Mendes. 

She stretched her comedy chops in “The Other Guys” in 2010 alongside Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. 

That movie was hilarious, and she was amusing as the wife of Will Ferrell. Then again, that role was of a sexy (but smart) Latina who could whip of a home-cooked meal and be stunning all at the same time. Mendes can play the ultimate woman because she is a lot of ways. However, we understand she wants to break away from that notion that all Latinas are curvy, sexy, and feisty. 

Her Instagram is always active, so it makes us feel like Mendes hasn’t gone anywhere.

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But we still miss you on the big screen, Eva. Come back!!

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The Bodies Of A California Couple Were Found On Their Tijuana Property And Now Police Have Uncovered Two More

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The Bodies Of A California Couple Were Found On Their Tijuana Property And Now Police Have Uncovered Two More

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Last week a California couple was reported missing by their family in Garden Grove – a suburb of Los Angeles. The couple had traveled to Tijuana (where they were originally from) to collect the rent from the tenant who was living on their property. Unfortunately, they never returned home.

With the ever increasing violence in Tijuana, their family feared the worse and a few days later was confirmed when police located their bodies. However, the story continues to develop as a total of three more bodies have been found on their property.

Investigators say that two more bodies (for a total of 5) have been discovered on a Tijuana property where a California couple disappeared.

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Jesus Ruben Lopez Guillen, 70, and his wife Maria Teresa Lopez, 65, of Garden Grove, a couple with dual U.S.-Mexico citizenship, vanished on January 10 after they crossed the border to collect more than $6,700 in rent from tenants of two houses they owned in Tijuana. Their bodies turned up in one of the houses, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, citing Mexican investigators.

The attorney general’s office for the state of Baja California, just south of San Diego, said late Saturday the second set of bodies – one male and the other female – are in a state of advanced decomposition. All four bodies were covered in lime when they were found by investigators.

The story started when the couple traveled to Tijuana to collect rent on properties they owned – and then never returned to California.

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When the couple failed to return home the next day, their daughter, Norma Lopez, reported the couple missing.

Garden Grove police opened a missing person case after the Guilléns were reported missing. Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said their daughter had been tracking her parents though the Find My iPhone app, which last showed the couple at their property in the Colonia Obrero neighborhood south of downtown Tijuana, about four miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Then the phone went dead, and she could not track them anymore, Whitney said.

Police have since arrested their son-in-law in connection with the murders.

The man accused of killing the couple, their son-in-law, was ordered by a judge to remain in police custody while the state’s prosector’s office continues to gather evidence. According to authorities, they likely have enough evidence to charge him the murders of each of the victims found on the two properties.

Authorities suspect the man killed his in-laws in a dispute over money. They say he confessed to burying them on one of their properties, where he lived.

The judge during the hearing Sunday ruled Santiago will remain in jail under “forced disappearance” charges.

A “forced disappearance” charge is not as serious as a homicide charge, but it is still a felony in Mexico. It means the man is accused of trying to make the couple disappear. The charge can be used in cases of living or deceased victims. The man also was accused of something similar to obstruction of justice, for allegedly misleading investigators and refusing to assist in the investigation.

Prosecutors said investigators have obtained cell phone records, text messages and video camera footage of the defendant and of the victims’ truck — evidence prosecutors said contradicted his statements to police.