The pictures of model Var Matthews (a.k.a. Var Haywood), originally found here, were taken down at the model's request on 19/04/2012. The copyright of these images lies with photographer Thomas Synnamon, and not the model, however THE KAOS THEORY has withdrawn them as a gesture of goodwill, and despite unnecessary threats from Var Matthews.
Readers can easily find them elsewhere online by searching "Var Matthews" + "Thomas Synnamon".
t's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely, when Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn and Kay Thompson hit the streets of Paris singing Gershwin in Stanley Donen's classic Funny Face.
Audrey plays a seemingly ugly duckling transformed into a swan when she becomes a fashion model who's taken under the wing of fashion photographer Astaire. Playing a character based on Richard Avedon, who over saw the production and filled it with his classic images, he teams up with Thompson, in her screen debut as a powerful fashion editor, based on Diana Vreeland. Shot in Technicolor, on location in New York and Paris, it's a glorious, music filled eyeful. Hepburn more than keeps up with Astaire. Thompson commits grand larceny by stealing the film from under both their noses. You'll be swept away with the singing, dancing and the magic of April in Paris when you see Funny Face.
<<< Rick Day has shot an insanely sexy editorial, featuring Murilo Rezende and Pablo Moraes, for Rufskin's new swimwear campaign.. More manikins later.
But first, everything you need to know from the last few weeks - with bonus eye candy, and extra silliness...
||| The new backlash against gays: Patrick Strudwick writes, "You're a bully. You're violent and threatening. You want to silence your opponents and stamp out freedom of speech. This is precisely how gay people today are being portrayed. This is the new backlash. And the queen of this dirty campaign? Melanie Phillips. The Daily Mail columnist recently described gay people who believe in equal rights not just as 'bullies' but as 'totalitarian' 'McCarthyites' who subject their opponents to 'victimisation' rendering them 'petrified' and who are guilty of 'bigotry in reverse'."
<<< Wilson Cruz celebrates Miami Beach Gay Pride 2011.
||| The Right warns of "homosexuals skipping hand in hand to adoption agencies".
||| Why Mike Huckabee can't run for president. Fred Karger writes at The Guardian, "The former Republican governor released a criminal who went on to kill four cops. He never apologised – nor for anti-gay slurs."
||| The religious right's hollow family values agenda: Wayne Besen writes, "In 2011, the Religious Right has been reduced to angry people in weird hats that embrace multi-divorced politicians, cheer anti-intellectual candidates, stubbornly refuse to learn about LGBT people even as mainstream conservatives increasingly support equality, disdain compromise, demand tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, and bash victims of pedophile priests."
||| Obama: Doing the right thing for 2012. "Should we sublimate our intrinsic desire to continue advocating for full equality to the urgency of reelecting a man who has presided over some of the greatest advances in the history of the LGBT movement?"
>>> Irene Monre on America's gay Confederate and Union soldiers: "Lowry references a ball put on by a Massachusetts regiment stationed in Virginia in 1864 about young drummer boys dressed as women. One man wrote to his wife: 'Some of the real women went, but the boy girls were so much better looking that they left. ...We had some little Drummer Boys dressed up and I'll bet you could not tell them from girls if you did not know them. ...Some of [the Drummer Boys] looked good enough to lay with and I guess some of them did get laid with. ...I know I slept with mine."
||| Is Britain to blame for many of the world's problems?
>>> FRANCE: The remains of Air France Flight AF447 - which disappeared over the Atlantic en route to Paris from Rio in 2009 - have been found. 228 people were killed.
<<< ITALY: "The collapse of the Roman Empire and the arrival of the Barbarians was due to the spread of homosexuality." Professor Roberto De Mattei, vice-president of Italy's Centre for National Research, latches onto a familiar scapegoat.
||| African gay equality activists stand strong as brutality rises.
||| ZIMBABWE: President Robert Mugabe condemns gay "filth" in Europe.
<<< Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) respond: "The President needs to provide leadership in overcoming Zimbabwe’s challenges in areas such as violence, unemployment, education and health rather than fostering antipathy and intolerance."
||| UGANDA: David Kato should share responsibility for his murder, Uganda Ambassador asserts in shocking letter to European Parliament.
>>> UGANDA: Unprecedented gay hate campaign unfolding; leading anti-gay activist Martin Ssempa has presented a petition (supposedly signed by two million people) to the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament.
||| Don't worry though, it's not an apocalyptic virus, it'a all in the mind. It's actually "AIDS phobia", the government claims. (That's alright, then.)
<<< UNITED KINGDOM: Conservative government's pledge to end ban on gay men giving blood rings hollow.
||| Peter Tatchell: Ten-year gay blood ban is unjustified. There's an interview with Tatchell here.
||| Dr. Alfred M. Freedman, "the psychiatrist and social reformer who led the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 when, overturning a century-old policy, it declared that homosexuality was not a mental illness", is dead. He was 94.
||| What happens when the drugs don't work anymore?
||| Here's a trailer for Call Me Kuchu, a film seeking funding on Kickstarter: "We've been documenting the lives of Uganda's LGBT activist community for more than a year. Now we need your support to help us start editing this important film and bring their stories to as wide an audience as possible. Take a look at the video above, which provides a taster of Call Me Kuchu using footage from our very first shoot in Uganda." Pledges start at $1.
>>> Taylor Lautner does acting in John Singleton's Abduction. See the trailer.
<<< Maybe The Devil's Double is more your cup of tea? The indie "apparently is as epic as Scarface and Lawrence of Arabia, as it's about the real life 'crazy motherfucker' Uday Hussein, son of Saddam".
>>> Review: Judas Kiss. "Flawed but its heart is in the right place... Gay cinema is finally going places, like magical realism, where few have thought to take it before."
<<< Review: Boys On Film 6 - Pacific Rim. "A cover-all-bases collection that showcases short filmmaking at its absolute best and looks set to only further cement the Boys on Film franchise's rep for packaging up top-drawer work..."
||| Sidney Lumet, the director best known for films like 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, and Network, is dead. He was 86.
>>> Elisabeth Sladen, the actress best known for her portrayal of Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who, is dead. She was 63.
||| Elisabeth Sladen: Former co-star Tom Baker writes movingly for The Sun about their time together. "SARAH JANE dead? No, impossible! Impossible! She can't be dead. But she is. Cancer. I had no idea she was ill - she was so private, never wanted any fuss. Now, gone..."
<<< Elisabeth Sladen: Coronation Street blog remembers her time on the cobbles (in the comments, a 10-year-old writes: "I enjoyed watching The Sarah Jane Adventures. I wanted to be one of the gang when I grew up. I am in tears writing this because i am her Number 1 fan).
>>> Review: Doctor Who - Planet of the Spiders. "A symbolically rich soup, Planet of the Spiders is a fitting coda to the Pertwee era..."
||| EX-TRA-PO-LATE! Moral philosophy and the Daleks. "They’ve had viewers cowering behind the sofa since Doctor Who began – but what exactly is it that makes people so frightened of the Daleks? A new study by a Cambridge researcher claims to have the answer."
||| Chris Meloni is a New Yorker for Marriage Equality...
<<< American network ABC cancels daytime soaps One Life To Live and All My Children after more than 40 years on air; falling ratings and cheaper "reality" shows to blame.
>>> Rapper Lil B to title his new albumI'm Gay. "I'm going to do the most controversial thing in hip hop... i'm gonna show you that words don't mean s**t. I'm gonna make an album called "I'm gay."
||| Nhojj does his bit for marriage equality - and interracial love - with Amazing Grace. The clip, featuring a white model, doesn't go down too well on sites like Living Out Loud with Darian. "A beautiful song and video only to be marred by having a white man in the video. With all the beautiful men of color out there, why him? This video could have really been powerful if it were a black/latino man," one reader complains.
||| Lady Gaga tears into the disabled with "retarded" slur.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."