Lupita Nyong’o Twirls In A Beautiful White Outfit At Cannes

Lupita Nyong’ o was stunning the red carpet in a grasshopper green outfit at the opening night of Cannes Film Festival and if you missed it, you can read all about it here.  It seems her amazing sense of style doesn’t stop with the red carpet.

Lupita was spotted soaking the sun outside her hotel Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes in a white petite skirt and stunners. Seems that pleats are a style staple for the 12 years a slave star. Lupita even decided to twirl as she was leaving the hotel room captioning the video ‘Never to late to twirl. #girlsthattwirl #windingstaircaseinspiration #skirt #whenincannesyoucan #cannes2015′ 

Never to late to twirl. #girlsthattwirl #windingstaircaseinspiration #skirts #whenincannesyoucan #cannes2015

Posted by Lupita Nyong’o on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Check out the photos below

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WCW: Kenyan Film Maker Ngend’o Mukii

Ng’endo Mukii is an internationally recognised Kenyan film maker, animator, editor and director. She is well known for her award winning film Yellow Fever that has received several international accolades.

Yellow fever  is a film about women and the ideals mass media has created as to what real beauty is forcing the women and children to go to every measure to attain this ‘true beauty’ even harmful bleaching ways. Mukii’s other films include, The Mask, Dust, Desert Haze and Reel.

Yellow Fever has won several awards including;

-Best Animated Short Film awards at the 2013 Chicago film festival
-Best Short Film at the 2013 AMVCA awards in Lagos
-Best Animation 7th Kenya International Film Festival, Nairobi November 2012
-Special Mention in The Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany, May 2013,
-The Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short Film 49th Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 2013,
-Best Student Film Underexposed Film Festival, USA November 2013,
-Best Animation This Is England Film Festival, France November 2013.

 

On her website thenge.com Ng’endo says she spends her time between Nairobi and Tsavo armed with a pressure sensitive stylus, and a macro lens animating little children, photographing dung beetles, and running away from scorpions.

Kenyan film makers will often receive international acclaim before they are recognised back home but we recognize Ng’endo Mukii’s efforts in putting Kenyan film on the map, for that reason she is our WCW. Check out her photos below.

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Fifty Shades Of Grey now one of the highest-earning explicit films of all time

Fifty Shades Of Grey has now made more than $500million at the box office worldwide, making it one of the highest-earning explicit films of all time.

The big screen adaptation of E.L James’ book may not have been a success with the critics, but it has surpassed all expectations to become a box office smash.

Having boasted one of the strongest openings for an 18-rated film ever, it has now surpassed Ted to become Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing explicit international release ever.

Other R-rated (the American equivalent of an 18 rating) films now left trailing by Fifty Shades include Pretty Woman, Gladiator, The Exorcist and The Matrix.

It still has some way to go to match the highest-grossing explicit film ever, with 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded raking in a total of $742million worldwide.

According to Forbes, Fifty Shades is also one of the highest-grossing live-action films directed by a woman, second only to Mamma Mia. But director Sam Taylor-Johnson might not be back for the film’s sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.

While the two books have been optioned by Universal and now seem certain to make it to cinemas, Taylor-Johnson has reportedly pulled out of the franchise. She has publicly admitted to ‘proper on-set barneys’ with E.L James over the direction of the film, with the author reportedly having final say over everything – including the script.

-metro.co.uk

Where Fashion Meets Film

There is a new set of a creative class in Kenya that seeks to connect fashion to consumers at a level that speaks to film critics and fashion aesthetes. They are doing this by introducing and refining the genre of fashion films. The set comprises, Sunny Dolat, a stylist turned producer and Jim Chuchu, a filmmaker, who’s developed a keen eye for fashion, both part of the Nest creative collective.

Fashion Films are hardly a new concept globally. They have however been the subject of controversy with many film critics arguing that slow- motioned mono sequences of what should have been a still image, does not make a fashion film. The definition of what actually makes a fashion film has also been cause for contradiction. Is a fashion film an ad campaign or will fashion films help demystify avant-garde apparel? Must fashion films match up to the excitement that fashion brings, installations and dramatic unfolding of a designer’s collection?

Pioneers of the genre in Kenya
The first attempt at filming fashion films in Kenya was 2013. Stylist Sunny Dolat teamed with Jim Chuchu and the rest of the Nest Collective to create a series of fashion films inspired by the collections of a set of designers including Katungulu Mwendwa, Wambui Mukenyi, Blackbird jeans and Nick Ondu. The films were released on YouTube and were received with mixed emotion.

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FASHION FILM; To Catch A Dream

Two weeks ago I was excited to receive my invitation to the premier of a short movie, To Catch A Dream, a fashion film starring Kenya-born international supermodel Ajuma Nasenyana. The movie would be screened before an audience at the Century Cinemax. It sounded serious, I felt excited and so did many others who filled the screening room. The film script was of the fantasy genre written and directed by Jim Chuchu, its executive producer and creative director was Sunny Dolat.

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A story intertwined with fashion
From its very first scene, the film depicts costumes worthy of conversation. The film involved the creation of unique fashion pieces by six commissioned designers. Designers included, Namnyak Odupoy, Kepha Maina, Jamil Walji, Azra Walji, Ami Doshi, Katungulu Mwendwa, Ann McCreath and Adele Dejak.

 

North Korea denies hacking Sony

North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander,” and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

An unnamed spokesman of North Korea’s foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to the North Korean U.N. mission and its official KCNA news agency.

The United States stands by its assertion that North Korea was to blame, a White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman said on Saturday, in response to the remarks.

On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama blamed North Korea for the devastating cyberattack, which had led to the Hollywood studio cancelling the imminent release of “The Interview,” a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Lupita Nyong’o speaks about finding purpose and her success journey

Lupita Nyong’o, who is an Academy award–winning actress was asked to speak at the 10th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on December 4, 2014. She addressed a sold-out crowd of 10,000.

Initially she thought about speaking about overcoming fear in order to achieve your goals and dreams because she was afraid. She eventually narrowed down to how she started acting by finding purpose, embracing vulnerability, being decisive and putting aside ego.

Lupita speaks about how she got into acting

Are you struggling finding purpose? This video is a must watch

Larry Asego set to follow in Lupita’s footsteps

It would seem Lupita Nyong’o has inspired more than just little children. Never in a million years would she ever have guessed that her wise words woven in acceptance of the Oscar award she won would strike a chord with Larry Asego.

Larry  has a leading role in a new movie which premiered Friday. After its successful international premiers across the globe, Kenyans now have the opportunity to watch the hilarious short film titled Soko Sonko (King of the Market) which will be shown for the very 1st time at the Udada film Festival as the festival’s opening film.

Read more : https://mpasho.co.ke/2014/10/larry-asego-go-hollywood-turns-acting-movies/

Kenyan Government To Give Incentives For Angelina Jolie’s Film

Kenya Film Commission chairman Chris Foot says they are working at providing “an incentive package for international and domestic filmmakers”. This was in response to a question on whether or not Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie’s Kenyan film will be shot in the country.

Actress Lizz Njagah raised the question on social media asking, “How many people want to bet that this ‘Kenyan’ story will be shot in SA? KFC, here’s your chance..bring it home.” She was referring to Jolie’s directorial role in the Richard Leakey inspired anti-poaching film titled Africa.

Chris Foot responded “We’re currently working on an incentive package for international and domestic filmmakers. We lose too many films to RSA on account of their attractive tax incentive and the reluctance of insurance companies to issue bonds in Kenya due to the perception of insecurity/travel advisories. Of course in the meantime we carry on marketing filming in Kenya as best as our derisory budget allows..”

Jolie said her motivation to work on the film was because “I have felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken in with Eric’s beautiful script.”