Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others posted online by alleged hacker

Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others posted online by alleged hacker

Website user publishes list of 100 mostly female actors, singers and celebrities of whom they claim to have explicit images

by Paul Farrell
The Guardian, Monday 1 September 2014
Pictures of Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence have been circulating on the internet.Photograph: Rotello/Photofab/REX/Rotello/Photofab/REX
Images of more than 100 well-known actors, singers and celebrities, including what appear to be nude photos and videos, may have been exposed by a hacker in a major breach of privacy.
On Sunday a user on the 4chan website posted a list of mostly female actors and public figures, including Jennifer Lawrence, Avril Lavigne, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kirsten Dunst, Aubrey Plaza and Winona Ryder, of whom they claim to have explicit photographs or videos.
A number of photos from some celebrities, including Hunger Games star Lawrence, have since been circulating on file-sharing and photo sites. 4chan quickly removed the posts from their site but screenshots of the list by one of the posters has a list of more than 60 names of celebrities who are alleged to have been hacked.
The release of the images has drawn varying responses from the celebrities, with some conceding they are real photos and others denying their veracity.
Buzzfeed reported that the user had also posted images of his desktop, one of which appeared to be an image of Jennifer Lawrence.
A spokesman for Lawrence said: “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
American actor and singer Victoria Judge, who was also named in the file, denied any nude photos of her were real in a tweet on Monday.

Actor Mary Elizabeth Winstead confirmed that the photos of her were real and condemned their release.

Glee star Becca Tobin, who was also named in the document, also tweeted shortly after their release.

There have been reports that the hacker accessed the files through the iCloud accounts of the celebrities, but this has not been confirmed. Apple has been contacted for comment but has not yet responded to questions.
The Huffington Post reported the Los Angeles police department told them they had “no knowledge” of any hacking at this stage.
Celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton initially posted censored and uncensored versions of some of the photos on his site, but has since removed them and apologised for the posts.
“I acted in haste just to get the post up and didn’t really think things through. I’m sorry,” he tweeted.

He later added: “Upon further reflection and just sitting with my actions, I don’t feel comfortable even keeping the censored photos up. I am removing them.



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Monday, September 1, 2014

Kate Moss, supermodel as phenomenon, sees the millions pour in


Kate Moss

Kate Moss, supermodel as phenomenon, sees the millions pour in


With her two companies reporting record earnings, passing 40 has opened the door into a new and growing market
BY DAMIE DOWARD AND TESS REIDY
The Observer, Sundady 10 August 2014

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Modelling for Topshop: 'she has an enduring agelessness and ability to be a really successful canvas’.
There are models, there are supermodels … and there is Kate Moss. Turning 40 has only boosted her earning power, according to accounts filed last week by her two companies. They show she has defied a whiff of scandal and predictions of decline, reflecting a revolution in how the fashion industry is responding to women consumers, say commentators.
Accounts for her main company, Tilly Church Ltd, show that last year it had more than £9m in the bank and was owed a further £5m. A second company, Skate LLP, was sitting on more than £5m in the bank last year – and was owed a further £1m.
In total it means the two companies had £20m in cash, much of it in the bank and some owed to them, compared with about £17m in 2012, the year she appeared with several other supermodels celebrating British fashion at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. The event, watched by billions around the globe, helped to confirm Moss, who hit 40 in January, as one of the most recognisable people on the planet and cemented her brand.
In the same year, Forbes placed her second on its top-earning models list, with an estimated $9.2m. Once money owed to creditors is factored in, last year Moss's two companies had net assets of £16.7m. And, while their accounts make it difficult to separate how much of her wealth was earned and how much was accrued from investments and interest, they suggest 2013 might turn out to be her most lucrative year to date.
"The fact that she's doing so well is testament to her enduring agelessness and ability to be a really successful canvas, but also she is perfectly placed to reflect the growing market of 40-plus women who have money to spend in fashion and beauty," said fashion commentator Caryn Franklin. "At last companies are waking up to this. There used to be a definite cut-off point in modelling but that's changing, and I hope the careers of other 40-plus models will start to take off. Ultimately, it's female consumers who will lead the trend by responding to more realistic role models in terms of age and where they choose to buy their produce. It's the power of the purse."
Ger Tierney, executive fashion editor of i-D Magazine, said Moss's longevity was also partly down to a reaction against "the increasingly short lifespan of models' careers that has become a depressing norm.
"Women want to connect with a character, they want a strong woman and no longer buy into the next long-limbed schoolgirl to turn up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at fashion week. It's easy to connect with Kate because we've grown up watching her career, her personal life, her high and her lows. She has become humanised over the years and is more marketable than ever."
Moss has contracts with a range of brands including Matchless, Rimmel and Topshop, for whom she is a designer. There have been questions about whether her second collection for the high-street chain, launched earlier this year, has been a total success.
Topshop entrepreneur Sir Philip Green dismissed suggestions that some items in her latest collection had not sold well after they ended up in the sales: "The range was very, very successful and we waited until the end of the season to clear whatever was left. There's nothing untoward, whether it's got Kate Moss in it, or any other brand; what we've got left at the end of the season around the globe, we sell. Nothing sells 100%, whatever it is – it doesn't exist in any business."
Moss's sustained earning power is all the more remarkable given that some commentators wrote her off almost a decade ago. In 2005, following her short-lived relationship with singer Pete Doherty, she found herself immersed in allegations of drug-taking. Although she was never charged, a number of major brands dropped her from their campaigns.
"People said that would end her career," said Ellis Cashmore, professor of culture, media and sport at Staffordshire University and author of Celebrity Culture. "But in fact the opposite happened. She came back with renewed vigour. Scandal can be a valuable resource."
Cashmore drew comparisons between Moss and David Beckham: "Beckham is a prodigious endorser, too. And both now have their own imprimatur. There are not too many people who can draw the crowds by saying almost nothing and just turning up. She is a brand in her own right."
Approaching 40 does not appear to have dimmed Moss's appetite for exposure. Last December she appeared in the 60th-anniversary issue of Playboy magazine. In the same month, she was honoured at the British fashion awards acknowledging her contribution to the industry during a career spanning a quarter of a century.
Cashmore suggested Moss was riding a wave that started a couple of decades ago when companies looked beyond Hollywood stars to find people to endorse their brands: "A clutch of supermodels who emerged in the early 90s benefited from this trend, people like Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford. Moss is their younger sister. She belongs to the second generation of supermodels and is a phenomenon."

LIFE IN THE LIMELIGHT

1988 Talent spotted at JFK airport, New York, at age of 14.
1990 Appears in the Face.
1993 Fronts Calvin Klein campaign.
1999 Appears with other supermodels on the millennium cover of American Vogue.
2002 Gives birth to daughter, Lila Grace
2005 Goes out with Pete Doherty. Allegations of drug-taking see brands including H&M desert her. Moss issues apology but never admits to taking drugs.
2006 Wins model of the year.
2007 Time magazine names her one of the most influential people in the world.
2011 Marries musician Jamie Hince.
2013 Poses for Playboy.




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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Is this the Kate Mossiest Vogue cover of all time


Is this the Kate Mossiest Vogue cover of all time?


Starring Kate Moss, this Vogue cover is styled by Kate Moss wearing clothes designed by Kate Moss for Topshop

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Kate Moss on the cover of Vogue. Photograph: Craig McDean
Is this the Kate Mossiest cover of all time? It stars Kate Moss, was styled by Kate Moss, who is now a contributing fashion editor at Vogue, and Kate Moss is wearing an outfit designed by Kate Moss. The clothes – from Moss's upcoming Topshop collection – are incredibly Mossy, too, all vintage-influenced tassles and stars. Kate Moss' name does not appear on the cover, probably because if you're not sure who she is given the breadth of Kate Moss signifiers here you are not part of Vogue's target audience.
Freja Beha Erichsen, for VogueFreja Beha Erichsen, styled by Kate Moss for Vogue. Photograph: Craig McDean
Inside, Moss has also styled model Freja Beha Erichsen as Kate Moss, with leather rock'n'roll shorts and a 1970s-influenced chiffon top and hair that could be described as "just been pulled out of a mosh pit". Photographed by Craig McDean, the full shoot will be in the May issue of Vogue, out on Monday 7 April.



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Colombians wary as former Escobar hitman gets ready to walk free from prison


Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, better known as “Popeye,” in 2013. / CARLOS ORTEGA (AFP)

Colombians wary as former Escobar hitman gets ready to walk free from prison

“Popeye” has served 23 years after killing hundreds under reign of Medellín cartel chief

Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, the sole survivor of a group of hitmen who fought the Colombian state alongside drug lord Pablo Escobar, is about to walk free after 23 years in prison.
Popeye, as he is better known in the underworld, was 29 when he was sent to jail. Now 52, he is spending his last hours at Cómbita penitentiary, two hours away from Bogotá, where he has served the last 12 years of his conviction. The gang member benefited from term reductions through work and study schemes, and is reported to have paid $4,500 for access to parole.
His release, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon local time, comes amid heavy security measures. Popeye has confessed to scores of murders during Escobar’s reign of violence. While behind bars, he cooperated with authorities to help clear up some of the most painful events of the 1980s and 1990s.
Colombians are not indifferent to the release of a man who once headed the group of hired killers at the service of the world’s most powerful drug kingpin. Popeye has coldly admitted that he ordered 3,000 people killed when his boss, the head of the Medellín cartel, was fighting the government to avoid extradition.

Popeye will be under surveillance for good conduct for four years
That particular war cost the lives of hundreds of police officers, journalists, judges, lawyers and politicians. Last week marked the 25th anniversary of the assassination of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán.

Top hitman for drug lord Pablo Escobar released after 23 years in prison

Top hitman for drug lord Pablo Escobar released after 23 years in prison


“Popeye,” who killed over 300 for the Medellín cartel, is freed after serving three-fifths of his sentence


By Elizabeth Reyes L.
Translation: Dyane Jean François
Bogotá, 27 de agosto de 2014

“Popeye” holding up a book about cartel chief Pablo Escobar. / AP
Jhon Jairo “Popeye” Velásquez Vásquez, Pablo Escobar’s chief assassin, has been released from prison after serving 23 years. Four days prior to his release, a Colombian judge expedited the proceedings for his probation status. At 9pm on Tuesday night, the 52-year-old convict stepped out into the streets in the company of Public Defender officials, shielded by a motorcade of armor-plated vehicles. Popeye had sent a handwritten request to officials that morning to ask for protection.
The former convict has admitted to killing more than 300 people and ordering the death of over 3,000 others during a period of heavy cartel violence from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Yet the former assassin – who entered the criminal underworld at the height of the cartel’s reign, when he was just 18 – is afraid of freedom. He knows there is a price on his head and that he has made a lot of enemies given the crimes he committed, and the fact that he was a key witness in several trials – including the one related to liberal presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán Sarmiento’s murder in 1989. Alberto Santofimio Botero, a fellow politician, was convicted for his part in the murder.
Popeye’s release was scheduled for Monday, but was delayed until Tuesday night so that officials could make sure he did not have any pending charges. Meanwhile, victims were trying to understand how a drug trafficker who terrorized the nation two decades ago could be leaving prison after serving just three-fifths of his sentence.

He studied 14 diplomas while in prison and earned a degree in environmental sciences
The operation for Popeye’s release became the mystery of the day. As time passed, photojournalists crowded in front of the gates of the maximum security prison with their cameras ready to capture his departure. The facility is in Cómbita, two hours outside of Bogotá.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

John Taylor / Reading Pierre Klossowski

Pierre Klossowski
Reading Pierre Klossowski
by John Taylor


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Let’s take Pierre Klossowski (1905-2001) at his word, and read him with his favorite word. He claimed to “fabricate simulacra.” What exactly did the French writer mean? The word “simulacrum” is restricted by English usage to “a representation of something (image, effigy),” to “something having the form but not the substance of a material object (imitation, sham),” and to “a superficial likeness (appearance, semblance).” Contemporary French understands the term similarly, while maintaining traces of more concrete Latin meanings: “statue (of a pagan god),” even “phantom.” Interestingly, French adds “a simulated act” to these semantic possibilities, as in Raymond Queneau’s amusing description in Zazie in the Metro: “He took his head in his hands and performed the futile simulacrum (fit le futile simulacre) of tearing it off.” For Roman writers, a simulacrum could also be “a material representation of ideas” (and not just that of a deity), as well as “a moral portrait.”

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pierre Klossowski and Has Bellmer



Pierre Klossowski 

and Hans Bellmer


WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, LONDON SEPTEMBER 20 - NOVEMBER 19, 2006
Pierre Klossowski, “La caverne (Roberte chez les troglodytes) The Cave (Roberte at the Troglodytes Home)” (1975). Colour pencils on paper. Collection Edouard Taÿ-Pamart, Paris.
Pierre Klossowski and Hans Bellmer are two twentieth century figures whose controversial artistic production has limited their acceptance by the general public especially when compared with the international reputations of their immediate contemporaries. Paradoxically, Klossowski (1905-2001) was the consummate “insider.” His brother was the painter Balthus, his early mentors included Rilke and Andre Gide, and his philosophical writings and erotic fiction would eventually influence such intellectual supermen as Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Maurice Blanchot, and Jean-Francois Lyotard. However, Klossowski’s unusual sexual predilections and radical individualism have more or less confined him to the realm of esoterica. Bellmer (1902-1975), for his part, operated on the margins of major movements like the New Objectivity and Surrealism. His work was not exhibited in the United States until 1975, and as late as the mid-nineties, prior to the publication of Peter Webb’s definitive exposé, he had yet to receive major notice outside of France and Germany. In the past ten years there has been a surge of interest in both of these artists. Their double billing at Whitechapel Art Gallery this past November—the first major retrospective for either one—presented an incomparable feast for the Sadean imagination.