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‘Blonde’: A Biopic Too Far?

Following recent reports that Joyce Carol Oates’ controversial novel, Blonde (loosely based on Marilyn’s life) may finally reach the big screen with Jessica Chastain in the leading role, Ball Smazig argues that ‘We Need to Stop Making Marilyn Monroe Movies‘ … Continue reading


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Jessica Chastain in Talks for ‘Blonde’

Director Andrew Dominik is still planning to film Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, Blonde – to be produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B company – but with a new leading lady. The Wrap reports today that insider sources are suggesting Naomi Watts is out … Continue reading


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‘Blonde’ and the Lonesome Reader

Joyce Carol Oates’ Blonde is not one of my own favourite novels (nor one of my favourite books about Marilyn), although to be fair I haven’t revisited it since it was first published in 2000. After that first reading, I … Continue reading


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‘Blonde’ Optioned at Cannes

The big-screen adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates‘s Blonde, which director Andrew Dominik has been talking up for a while now, has been optioned by Worldview Entertainment at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, reports Deadline.


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Dominik, Watts Hold Out for ‘Blonde’

Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly) confirmed his plans to direct Naomi Watts in a long-rumoured, big-screen adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, Blonde, in a recent interview with The Playlist. (It will be produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B company.) … Continue reading


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‘Blonde’ in Buxton

Blonde, a new musical about Marilyn’s life (and no relation to Joyce Carol Oates’s novel of the same name), scripted by Paul Hurt with music composed by Adam Howell, is being staged at the Buxton Opera House in Derbyshire’s Peak … Continue reading


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‘White Rose’ and Other Stories

Black Dahlia & White Rose, a new short story collection by Joyce Carol Oates, will be published next month. The title story imagines an encounter between Elizabeth Short – the young woman murdered in Los Angeles in 1947, and known … Continue reading


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Brad Pitt to Produce ‘Blonde’

Collider reports that Brad Pitt’s Plan B company will produce Andrew Dominik’s forthcoming film of Blonde, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates about Marilyn’s life. Filming will probably begin early next year. But it is unclear whether Naomi … Continue reading


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Is ‘Blonde’ Back on Track?

This Bert Stern-inspired photo of Naomi Watts, published in the latest issue of Russian Vogue, suggests that the Australian-born actress hasn’t given up on her long-held dream of playing Marilyn. Director Andrew Dominik spoke of his hope to bring Joyce … Continue reading


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Beyond the ‘Blonde’

When literary critics cite Joyce Carol Oates’s Blonde as an example of modern bio-fiction, I often wonder how much they know about Marilyn’s life. Novelist Manuel Munoz writes about Oates’s novel for NPR: “Blonde mimics the large scope of a biography: We … Continue reading


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