Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jessica Chastain turns Blonde for the next Marilyn Monroe biopic

Jessica Chastain has been somewhat of an enigma in Hollywood. With a name resembling royalty and glamour; Chastain has bagged some enviable roles in her career and has given brilliant performances to match and now her name is being attached to the next biopic, titled Blonde, on one of Hollywood’s most legendary stars that filmmakers cannot stop being obsessed with, Marilyn Monroe.




The film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel by Joyce Carol Oates, is going to be different from the other films recently produced about Marilyn. Blonde is said to be focused on the inner, spiritual and emotional life of the star that has captivated the world for generations, along with her aura of beauty and glamour that was tinged with depression and strife.



Oates's 700-page novel, published in 2000, accounts many of Marilyn's infamous relationships, including one with United States president John F. Kennedy. Many of her alleged lovers haven’t been named, but they are clearly identified by the nicknames given to them by Marilyn and the context in which she talks about them. A male co-star from Some Like It Hot is labelled "C", who can be presumed to be Tony Curtis while Marilyn's husbands, Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, feature as "the ex-Athlete" and "the Playwright" respectively. It’s no wonder Marilyn is famous for her illustrious and tumultuous affairs.



It’s going to be pleasant to see Chastain as a blonde once again, ditching her natural red hair. She also played a blonde as a ditzy but spirited woman in the period drama The Help, for which she received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination in 2011. Her other Academy Award nomination was for 2012's Zero Dark Thirty. Chastain has been particularly busy lately. She will star in a number of movies this year, including Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi mystery Interstellar with Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey, as well as Miss Julie - based on the 1888 play - with Samantha Morton and Colin Farrell. She is also currently filming Guillermo del Toro's horror Crimson Peake.



Blonde will be produced by Brad Pitt's production company Plan B, with the actor reportedly having been key in convincing Chastain to take the role. The two had worked together on Terrence Malik’s The Tree of Life in 2011, for which Chastain also received critical acclaim. Blonde is set to be directed by Andrew Dominik, known for his work on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly, having cast Pitt in both films, and will also forge the film from his own script.




The film was first reported for making back in 2010 and has been an infatuation project for Dominik. Chastain having been cast was a move to ensure that Marilyn is channelled as a lost and lonely movie star trapped inside a world of glamour and frivolity of her own volition. Judging from Chastain’s and Dominik’s previous work, Blonde might just be a step up from the other Marilyn biopics that Hollywood has turned out in recent years. Shooting for the film is set to start in August this year with a release in 2015.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sarah Thompson – One of the #ProjectScouted Top 3

She might be the youngest girl in our Top 3, but Sarah Thompson knows that she’s a feisty package even in her small frame. A born and bred Durban girl and currently a grade 11 pupil at St. Henry’s Marist College, Sarah has been the firm favourite of many throughout the Project. Her striking green eyes, inviting smile, and strong posing are only just some of the qualities that got her into the Top 3.

This is what Sarah, whose warm and classy demeanour has lightened up the shoots at #ProjectScouted, had to say.

Lee Folkard Photography: When Sarah walks into a room, what does she bring with her?
Sarah: Hopefully laughter and a smile to people’s faces, I love to make people happy!

LFP: What makes you different from the rest?
Sarah: I have serious determination and drive, if I want to achieve something I work hard to do my best.

LFP: What was your first ever modelling experience?
Sarah: When I was about 12, I modelled for a small clothing line.

LFP: When have you been most satisfied in your life?
Sarah: To be honest, right now! Things have just been great lately!

LFP: If we meet a year from now, what do you see yourself having achieved?
Sarah: Don’t you worry; you’ll be hearing a lot more of this name! I love to act and be on stage, so hopefully by that time I would have done more shows and be working towards fulfilling my dreams of being an actor!

LFP: Who scouted you to be a part of #ProjectScouted and how do you know them?
Sarah: Dakota Baptist, she scouted me through Facebook.

LFP: What has the experience of being a part of #ProjectScouted been like from being scouted at the very beginning to now being in the Top 3?
Sarah: Going into this, I had no idea what to expect. I just thought I’d go for it and have a bit of fun. Never would I have imagined it turning out to be the most amazing journey! It’s been an absolute pleasure and I’ll never forget this experience!

LFP: Did you expect to come this far in the Project?
Sarah: To be honest, not at all! When I first started the project I didn’t think I had a chance, but as the competition went on I really got into it and strived to do well.

LFP: If you could choose the winner of #ProjectScouted, who would it be?
Sarah: My two other competitors really are beautiful girls, inside and out. But nonetheless, this is a competition and I’m in it to win it!

LFP: If you could do something differently in the Project, what would it be?
Sarah: Perhaps take a bit more risks, in the way I posed and dressed.

LFP: How has #ProjectScouted impacted your life? What are you taking away from the Project?
Sarah: This project has opened my eyes to how much work really goes on behind the camera. I’ve learnt so many new skills and met some insanely talented people!

LFP: Have you learnt anything about yourself from being a part of the Project?
Sarah: It goes without saying that this competition has made me more confident but it has also taught me to always stay true to myself and my beliefs. 

LFP: What was the highlight of the Project for you?
Sarah: Being in the top 3 of course, what a privilege!

LFP: Tell us something about you that will make us remember you.
Sarah: Dynamite comes in small packages!

After thirteen beautiful and nerve-racking phases, #ProjectScouted has come to an end. The images from the last concept shoot, shot by Jerome Stoffels Photography and Roy Esterhuysen of Firsthouse Photography, will be uploaded onto our Facebook page on Wednesday the 23rd of July and the final results will be released on Friday the 25th. It has all come down to this.

See images from Sarah's''s journey in #ProjectScouted below:




























Lieché Joyce – One of the #ProjectScouted Top 3

She might be only 19 years old, but when looking into Lieché Joyce’s eyes when photographed, there is a deepness and a poignancy that is rare even in those who have experienced much more of life. There is great power in her images, many of which have won the Best Image prize during the Project, and she has managed to keep up her high standard to now make it to the final three girls.

We found out more about this girl with the enviable afro who is currently taking a gap year, modelling, and, according to her, starting a company and writing an anthology of poetry.

LFP: When Lieché walks into a room, what does she bring with her?
Lieché: Mystery.
                                                                      
LFP: What makes you different from the rest?
Lieché:  I'm extremely deep, I'm abstract, I never follow the crowd, I'm very quiet at first as I tend to observe people though once someone gets to know me I'm extremely talkative, random and I love to laugh a lot.

LFP: What was your first ever modelling experience?
Lieché:  It was last year when I was with Mobile Model Management.

LFP: When have you been most satisfied in your life?
Lieché: After having made a life changing impact in someone's life.

LFP: If we meet a year from now, what do you see yourself having achieved?
Lieché:  I'd be studying Sociology; I would also have a company started and doing well. I'd be modelling too.

LFP: Who scouted you to be a part of #ProjectScouted and how do you know them?
Lieché: Cameron Clothier, we know each other since high school.

LFP: What has the experience of being a part of #ProjectScouted been like from being scouted at the very beginning to now being in the Top 3?
Lieché: It has been the most humbling, challenging and life changing of experiences yet.

LFP: Did you expect to come this far in the Project?
Lieché: No, it has really been a pleasant surprise to have made it so far despite having doubts along the way.

LFP: If you could choose the winner of #ProjectScouted, who would it be and why?
Lieché:  Sarah; she's gorgeous, has a great personality and will respect #ProjectScouted well.

LFP: If you could do something differently in the Project, what would it be and why?
Lieché:  I'd change nothing, I know I've done my best and had a great time doing it.

LFP: How has #ProjectScouted impacted your life? What are you taking away from the Project?
Lieché: It has shown me that there is more to life than that which meets the eye. Never take anything or anyone for face value as there's always a deeper story behind the ones we assume. Always be yourself no matter what.

LFP: What have you learnt about yourself from being a part of the Project?
Lieché: That I can actually go beyond the limits which are self-created and concur all that I set my heart and mind to.

LFP: What was the highlight of the Project for you?
Lieché: Meeting everybody who has been a part of the team as I've learned a lot from each individual which I'll carry for life. 

LFP: Tell us something about you that will make us remember you.
Lieché:  I'm the best Pixie ever... On a more serious note, I thrive on making a difference in education and people’s lives as well as being the best example for my younger siblings to look up to.


After thirteen beautiful and nerve-racking phases, #ProjectScouted has come to an end. The images from the last concept shoot, shot by Jerome Stoffels Photography and Roy Esterhuysen of Firsthouse Photography, will be uploaded onto our Facebook page on Wednesday the 23rd of July and the final results will be released on Friday the 25th. It has all come down to this.

See images from Lieche''s journey in #ProjectScouted below:























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