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Adult Empire Names Dani Daniels 'Empire Girl' Winner

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PITTSBURGH—AVN Award-winner Dani Daniels takes the crown as online adult retailer Adult Empire's very first "Empire Girl," essentially a spokesmodel for the company.

Fans cast their ballots for their favorite performer on Adult Empire's site, and Daniels won by a landslide. She will receive a grand prize of a $6,000, three-scene contract with AE Films.  

"I won! I won! Winner winner chicken dinner! I can't believe it! Adult Empire is awesome," Daniels said. "I've personally met most of their staff  about six months ago and they're kind-hearted, hysterical and lots of fun to work with. Also they sell all the porno smut I've done so they're cool in my book."

Adult Empire created the contest this summer, inviting fans to vote for their favorite porn performer from a selection of 50 of AE's top trending stars in the business, according to company sales and social media attention.

“Congratulations to Dani Daniels on winning the contest," AE director of marketing Megan Wozniak offered. "Dani has proven that she has some of the most devoted fans, and everyone here at Adult Empire is eager to shoot some hot content for our fans.”

The all-natural brunette, blue-eyed beauty with the big booty is now more popular than ever, as evidenced by Daniels’ AVN Award win this year for the fan-selected Social Media Star.

"I hope I have sex with lots of girls! Ah, I am the luckiest! Thank you Adult Empire!" Daniels continued. "But thank you the most to my fans for really showing me all the love and support and voting for me every day. I will have to think of an awesome way to thank you guys and girls for voting, maybe a giveaway or something? I will have to brainstorm with Adult Empire, so stay tuned!"

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A nine-time winner of AVN’s Best Retail Website, Adult Empire offers a library of over 93,000 DVDs and Blu-ray titles, over 81,000 videos on demand, plus thousands of sex toys for men, women and couples.

For more information about Adult Empire, visit www.adultempire.com.

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Sep

Plaintiffs/Appellants Granted Panel Rehearing in 2257 Case

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Plaintiffs/Appellants Granted Panel Rehearing in 2257 Case

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Almost exactly two weeks after First Amendment attorneys J. Michael Murray and Lorraine R. Baumgardner filed their reply to the U.S. Department of Justice's opposition to their motion for a rehearing on the appeal of Judge Michael Baylson's ruling in the federal record-keeping and labeling case (aka the 2257 case), the three-judge panel which originally heard the appeal today has granted a rehearing of that appeal.

Although neither of the attorneys was available for comment at press time, it is likely that the grant of rehearing was based largely on the plaintiffs'/appellants' arguments that recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the cases of Reed v. Town of Gilbert and City of Los Angeles v. Patel strongly suggest that the Third Circuit was wrong when it concluded, as a matter of law, that the free speech issues in the case of Free Speech Coalition, et al v. Attorney General of the United States should be considered only as at "intermediate scrutiny" level rather than the higher level/more governmentally restrictive "strict scrutiny" that the plaintiffs had argued that it should be from the beginning.

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For an analysis of the plaintiffs'/appellants' Motion for Rehearing, click here. For an analysis of the Justice Department's response to that Motion, click here. For the plaintiffs'/appellants' response to that DOJ response, click here.

But despite what seems to be the clear stance taken by the Supreme Court that the church-posted directional signs at issue in Reed were the subject of a content-based restriction by the town of Gilbert, and that that ruling should force a reversal of the Third Circuit panel's original "intermediate scrutiny" decision, there is still room for the Third Circuit to distinguish the 2257 case from Reed on some as-yet-unknown basis.

Moreover, despite its apparent lack of application to 2257, the government's argument that the original "secondary effects" doctrine, as laid out in the 1986 case of City of Renton v. Playtime Theatres, should be the applicable precedent for the appeals court to consider rather than Reed may have found favor with one or more of the panelists, and it might be for that reason that they granted the rehearing.

Having granted the Motion for Rehearing today, the Third Circuit panel will now be asking the attorneys for both sides for the dates that they can be available to re-argue the appeal. While that date has not yet been decided, it is likely that it will occur within the next couple of months.

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Latest Target in Wingers' War on Women: Margaret Sanger's Bust

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JESUSLAND—In the early years of the 20th century, few were as dedicated to improving the lives of women as Margaret Sanger, founder of the American Birth Control League, which eventually became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America—you know: the organization that every right-wing/religious organization in the country is trying to drive out of business by posting heavily-edited "gotcha" videos on YouTube which purport to show Planned Parenthood personnel selling aborted baby parts for cash. Except, of course, they weren't.

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But within the past couple of days, the Right-Wing Religious Nutjobs (RWRN) have found a new target: the bust of Sanger being displayed in the National Portrait Gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution. Seems that the party that wants to ship all undocumented immigrants back to their home countries (at a cost of roughly $137 billion) and wants to build a wall along the entire 1,954 miles of the U.S./Mexico border is now upset because Sanger once believed, according to a post by American Experience on the PBS.org website, that her aim to provide women with access to birth control was allied with that of early-century eugenicists, some of whom believed that "birth control was a useful tool for curbing procreation among the 'weak.' "

"In 1920 Sanger publicly stated that 'birth control is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit [and] of preventing the birth of defectives,' " The American Experience post states. However, it continues, "Sanger's relationship with the eugenics movement was complex—part strategy and part ideology. Many historians now believe that Sanger opposed eugenics along racial lines. Furthermore, Sanger opposed the belief of many eugenicists that poverty was hereditary, asserting instead that poverty, criminal behavior and other social problems were due to environmental factors and were not predetermined."

The point is, Sanger eventually realized that eugenics was no cure for society's ills, and she was particularly appalled by the eugenicists so fully embedded in the Nazi regime in Germany.

"Sanger never accepted the racial hierarchies that led to the deadly racist policies of the Nazis," stated one of the writers for the Margaret Sanger Papers Project at New York University. "Rather, she vehemently rejected any definition of the 'unfit' when it referred 'to race or religions.' "

Whatever Sanger's true beliefs were regarding selective breeding in general, what is undeniable is that without her, today's women would likely have little if any access to birth control and would therefore be at the mercy of their husbands and others regarding how and when they would get pregnant—and that's pretty much exactly what religous conservatives want all women to be.

"Planned Parenthood and others inside this building want to pretend that we really don't know," said L. Brent Bozell, founder and president of the ultra-right-wing Media Research Center at a press conference outside the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday. "We do know. She wrote books, she gave speeches, she wrote letters. She organized organizations like the Negro Project to eradicate blacks; why? Because you weren't quite human. You were weeds, you were waste. And that couldn't stand in a fixed society. Ladies and gentlemen, so did Goebbels. He thought the exact same thing and did the exact same thing through eugenics."

Actually, the "Negro Project" as Sanger first envisioned it was to help "a group notoriously underprivileged and handicapped to a large measure by a 'caste' system that operates as an added weight upon their efforts to get a fair share of the better things in life. To give them the means of helping themselves is perhaps the richest gift of all. We believe birth control knowledge brought to this group, is the most direct, constructive aid that can be given them to improve their immediate situation." However, by 1940, she had lost control of the project and later deplored the racist turn it had made.

But attention to actual history has never been the RWRNs' strong suit, and so a person and a series of projects intended to help blacks and others gain control over their reproductive choices has now been recharacterized as essentially a race war, and conservative Bishop E.W. Jackson, head of the conservative religious group Staying True to America's National Destiny (STAND), has now delivered a petition with 14,000 signers calling for the Smithsonian to remove Sanger's bust from the National Portrait Gallery's "The Struggle for Justice" exhibit, apparently because it sits too close to "depictions" of Martin Luther King Jr. (who praised Sanger's work with minorities in his 1966 acceptance speech of the Margaret Sanger Award) and anti-segregation hero Rosa Parks.

"The woman was a racist," Jackson declared at the press conference. "She was a genocidal figure in America and in human history, and to honor her is to be complicit in her evil and her racism."

Bozell added that her bust should be put in a "far off place," in a "deep hole," and then "apologize to the dirt."

For its part, the National Portrait Gallery is having none of it.

"No one has to pass a moral test to be included in a museum," stated Bethany Bentley, the Gallery's head of communications and public affairs. "Everyone has something in their background or beliefs, especially looking back at history. You can look at every president up to Zachary Taylor — they owned slaves."

The press conference and its petition are easily understood to be a piece with conservatives' battle to deny Planned Parenthood any federal funding, even if the organization doesn't use any of those funds to perform abortions—but does use them to pay for birth control options for the poor.

"There is no doubt that Margaret Sanger made some controversial, harmful statements that Planned Parenthood does not uphold," said Alencia Johnson, a Planned Parenthood spokesperson. "What we do know is that her fight for birth control access for all women—and her partnership with leaders like W.E.B. DuBois, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Rev. Adam Clayton Powell—has helped millions of women and people to this day. With far too many black women facing unequal access to proper reproductive health care and sex education, leaders of the faith community of all backgrounds have advocated with Planned Parenthood to provide more access to health care. Unlike those staging the protest today, Planned Parenthood trusts that black women can and will make the best decisions for their lives and families."

Perhaps the public will remember this bullshit "controversy" come election time, and vote accordingly.

Pictured: Margaret Sanger at a congressional hearing.

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Big Names Lining Up for Inaugural AVN Halloween Porn Star Party

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Big Names Lining Up for Inaugural AVN Halloween Porn Star Party

Posted Aug 31st, 2015 06:00 PM

CHATSWORTH, California—Find your sexiest outfit and get ready for some of the best tricks and treats when AVN brings some of the biggest names in adult entertainment to Las Vegas for the inaugural AVN Halloween Porn Star Party.

All the decadence of Las Vegas combines with the sexiness of adult performers during the two-night affair, which takes place Oct. 30-31 at the Artisan Hotel Boutique, 1501 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102. The party starts at 10 p.m. each night and rages on until 4 a.m.

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The exclusive party will feature more than 30 of the hottest adult stars, more than 50 models in sexy Halloween costumes, themed Topless Play Rooms for VIP ticket holders, and a Naughty Costume Contest, with the winner receiving a $1,000 cash prize.

Porn star hosts for the event include Adriana Chechik, Anikka Albrite, Joanna Angel, Riley Reid, Dana DeArmond, Romi Rain, Tasha Reign, ?Ashley Fires, Lea Lexis, Ana Foxxx, Karlee Grey, Nina Elle, Sarah Peachez, Abigail Mac, Bailey Rayne, Zoë Wood, Sara Luvv, Jaclyn Taylor, Cindy Starfall, Karmen Karma, Kagney Linn Karter and Brandy Aniston.

The event is presented by AVN Media Network, the definitive source for all that is adult entertainment. With more than 16 years presenting the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo—the largest adult entertainment expo in the world—AVN looks to create a new Halloween experience for Las Vegas.

Go to AVNHalloween.com and follow #AVNHalloween for more news and announcements on Twitter. Tickets can be purchased directly on EventBrite.com.

Multiple ticket options for the Halloween Party include the following:

General Admission $200
Includes access to main party 

Vip Ticket $450
Includes open bar, access to Topless Play Rooms,? entrance to Main Party, reserved VIP Area 

All Access Pass  $2,000 – (Limited amount of tickets available)
Includes Two-night hotel stay, Porn Star Cocktail Party, Dinner with porn star hosts, open bar, access to Topless Play Rooms, entrance to Main Party, reserved VIP Table

The industry is ready to bring the excitement of the AVN Expo to Las Vegas early, as AVN gives fans the opportunity to party with hottest names in adult entertainment for Halloween, in Las Vegas. For more information go to AVNHalloween.com.

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'This Ain't the Golden Girls XXX’ Is A Granny Porn Gold Rush

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'This Ain't the Golden Girls XXX’ Is A Granny Porn Gold Rush

Posted Aug 31st, 2015 03:27 PM

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—When is a woman too old to fuck? That's the question Hustler Video posed to a panel of top porn directors and a roomful of age-advanced actresses, and the answer resulted in the production of This Ain't the Golden Girls XXX, set for a September 8, 2015 DVD release.

Written and directed by Will Ryder, the movie has the look and feel of the original NBC comedy of the 1980s, complete with old broads talking about love and dating, but this spoof does something no other porn parody has ever done, and that's use real, actual senior citizens… mostly.

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"At first, I thought Larry Flynt was kidding when he kept talking about granny porn, but the next thing I know, I'm auditioning women that qualify for the senior menu at Denny's," joked Ryder.

This Ain't the Golden Girls XXX stars Nina Hartley, Karen Summer, Luna Azul and Darla Crane in the roles of Rose, Sophia, Blanche and Dorothy, originally made famous by Betty White, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur.

Convinced she's about to die, Sophia (Karen Summer) insists on discussing burial plans with a Catholic priest. Feeling sorry for Sophia’s lack of zest for life, the girls arrange a membership to a dating service catering to senior citizens with hopes of lifting her spirits. But, when due to a clerical error they send the wrong guys, Sophia starts having wild sex with handsome young men and the Miami household gets turned upside down. Hilarious situations, jealousy and hardcore sex break out as the Golden Girls get naked, jump into bed and turn up the heat in what might be the funniest porn parody ever.

According to Jezebel.com, "The folks at Refinery29 rewatched all 180 episodes of The Golden Girls, the docu-series that chronicled their lives, in an attempt to figure out just how many boyfriends/potential sexual partners each of them had. While the results are fun to flip through, they’re far from surprising to loyal viewers."

Not to keep anyone wondering: The winner, of course, is Blanche with 165; Dorothy, perhaps surprisingly, got 43, while Rose got 30, and even Sophia got 25.

"Granny porn is a bigger niche than most people realize," said Rob Smith, Director of Operations for Hustler Video. "The audience is definitely sizeable, so when you combine that with a parody of a beloved TV show that's written, produced and acted as well as this parody is, you have a winning movie on your hands."

"The female lead actresses in this movie are really good and Karen Summer is a true breakout comedic star," stated Will Ryder

The male characters are played by Ryan Mclane, Eric John, Dick Chibbles, Jay Crew and Mark Zane. Jack Vegas and Will Ryder alos have non-sex roles.

Scott David handled the art direction and wardrobe and once again is spot-on in recreating the look and feel of classic television. Along with a TV quality script written by Ryder; This Ain't Golden Girls XXX is among the dynamic duo's all-time best movies.

"Whenever we are green-lighted to create a high quality production we tend to deliver award-worthy movies and in this case I think you might see some granny magic come awards time for Hustler," Scott David offered.

Check out the hilarious YouTube trailer here, where B. Woods and Will Ryder handle the parody music theme song with love and tenderness.

This Ain't the Golden Girls XXX is a parody and is not affiliated or endorsed by NBC Television, Susan Harris, Paul Junger Witt, Touchstone Television, Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions, Disney-ABC Domestic Television or any distributors, actors, producers, writers, their estates and/or assignees.

For wholesale DVD orders of This Ain't the Golden Girls XXX, contact David Diamond or call (310) 713-3971.

Fans: Watch it on Hustler TV!

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Riley Reid Talks About Porn Stardom, Anal Sex & 'Being Riley'

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Riley Reid Talks About Porn Stardom, Anal Sex & 'Being Riley'

LOS ANGELES—Greg Lansky seems to have a knack for cajoling beautiful women into trying something they’ve never done before. For his projects at Blacked.com and Tushy.com, the adult director routinely gets dibs on notable IR and anal debuts. And those firsts have fueled plenty of traffic to the sites, and racked up impressive sales on his DVDs, distributed by Jules Jordan Video.

This month Lansky bagged another first-timer, and it was such a big deal that AVN simply had to find out more. On August 17, Tushy.com gave a longed-for gift to fans of adult star Riley Reid: the first anal scene ever by this top-tier star. And today (August 31), the second scene is live on Tushy.com. How had she managed to evade anal for so long? What could she tell us about the scene, which is being released as part of a movie titled Being Riley? And what’s next for this petite, all-natural star?

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Reid showed up for the interview looking like the college girl next door, wearing an olive green knit crop top and black leggings with sturdy black lace-up boots. One of the most popular performers in the business, she interacts closely with her fans on social media, so it was a given that she’d been urged to pop her anal cherry. “I always had people asking, but I never paid any mind to it.” For Reid, what she does on camera is what she loves to do off camera. And anal sex simply was “something that I didn’t love to do.”

But after being in the business since 2011, Reid was ready to try. “It was porn that has allowed my sexuality to become that much more,” Reid explained. “I’ve become more open-minded and more free with my body.”

The quest for sexual freedom is one that looms large in Being Riley. The script, co-written by Lansky and Oriana Small (aka Ashley Blue), follows the adventures of a small-town girl who abandons a stifling fiancé, moves to L.A. to find an old friend, and then gets a crash course in human sexuality from Sarah (Aidra Fox), a friend who had already moved away from their small hometown.

“You hear me in the monologue,” Reid said. “I’m facing a lot of judgment from my peers and feeling oppressed in my current living situation, so I just leave and I contact Aidra. And basically she opens the door wide.”

Reid added, “It starts off with Aidra telling me about her anal experiences.” And that leads into the first of five sex scenes: a girl/girl pairing between them.

“In our girl/girl scene [Aidra] asked me to put fingers in her ass. Because I don’t have anal experience, even doing the girl/girl … I said, ‘I don’t know how this works!’ I didn’t want to hurt Aidra because I don’t know what I’m doing.”

As a lead-up to the big event—a boy/girl anal interlude with Mick Blue—Reid tried practicing with a boyfriend of average dimensions: “not a porno penis at all.” So when it came time to take on Mick Blue, it was a bigger deal—literally. “Definitely the first scene was more than I anticipated,” she said.

Portraying that sense of inexperience was important to her. “That’s what I wanted. I didn’t want to be this secret anal expert, holding out for whatever reason. I wanted it to be a journey for me.”

Blue, she said, “was probably the best person that I could do it with,” because she’s such close friends with his wife, Anikka Albrite. “I was at their wedding; I was one of their bridesmaids. To have him be the first person was almost strange because we’re on such a personal level, but it was so much more comforting.”

Reid said that she had been intending to save her first anal scene as an exclusive for her own site, but when a company approached her agent, Mark Spiegler, about doing an anal scene, word got out—even though she turned it down. Lansky heard about it and told her, “Oh, no. If you’re doing it for anybody, you’re doing it for me.” And from Reid’s point of view, it was a good fit. “Every scene that I’ve shot with him, I have total chemistry with the other person. … I personally feel we bring out the best in each other.”

And speaking of scenes, there are three others in Being Riley. Reid and Fox do a three-way with Manuel Ferrara, and Reid pairs up with Rob Piper (it’s not her first IR scene; she won an AVN Award for that one: Jules Jordan’s Mandingo Massacre 6.)

Finally, there’s another big flourish for the end—and another first. The tiny performer gets impaled by Erik Everhard and James Deen in her first d.p.

“Some people have asked me if I’m doing anal to help my career to continue. I only did it because—why not? I feel ready.”

Getting to that point took time, though. “I never, ever thought I would do it,” Reid recalled. “Growing up, I have an older sister—we’re 14 months apart, we’re really close, and we would talk about our sexual experiences together. I remember she traumatized me with her first anal experience story.”

Reid elaborated on what she means by feeling ready. “Being in the industry and having my body explored consistently by other people just made it to a point to where now I was craving it.” It was, she says—personifying her body parts—like her ass was saying, “Come and pay some attention to me.”

“When I first started, in the first two years, if you were licking my asshole, my pussy would be pulsing for attention. And my ass didn’t even care. … It was never something that aroused me.” But in scene after scene, as her nether regions kept “getting played with and stimulated,” that ass reasserted itself. “It’s come to a point where she’s touched all the time, so now when she’s not getting touched, she’s pulsing for attention. It’s so crazy that my body can go through such a change.”

That’s not to say Reid was repressed before she got into the business. “Sexually, I was always a really horny person. … It’s just that my ass didn’t crave the attention. I already really liked sex. When I seriously think about it, I feel like because I do porn I can live a normal live and think about other things, not sex. … Because I’m so sexually stimulated, it’s like, OK, I can focus on other things. I can pay attention to the weather. I don’t have to look at this person and think about them naked. It’s crazy when I find out about these thirtysomething-year-old women who have sex maybe once a year or something, and I can’t ever envision being that person. It’s amazing to me. We’re so different as individuals.”

So, will Riley Reid do anal again? “In the future, maybe,” she said, but at present she wants the focus to go to these scenes on Tushy. “Now that I’ve finally got that out of the bag, everyone can chill and I can just be free.”

Being Riley episodes will be released weekly on Tushy.com. The entire movie will be distributed on DVD by Jules Jordan Video in September.

This article appears in the September 2015 issue of AVN magazine.

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Aug

'I Lost It At The Video Store' Chronicles Some Famous 'Losers'

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'I Lost It At The Video Store' Chronicles Some Famous 'Losers'

MIDAMERICA—Ever work in an adult video store—or any video store, really? Ever suspect that those who did might have some interesting stories to tell about the experience? Author/journalist Tom Roston did, and his upcoming study, I Lost It At The Video Store, has some of today's more influential and/or interesting filmmakers reflecting on their time behind the counter, and if the book's Facebook page is an indication, perhaps a few words on "50 of the Greatest Remaining Video Stores."

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"There was porn at RST," recalled Kevin Smith, auteur of Clerks and many other top hits, of the video store where he once worked, in this excerpt from the book sneak-previewed by Entertainment Weekly. "And it was stocked, son. Blockbuster never did porn, and so the mom-and-pops stayed in business with their porn rooms. Watching people interact with the porn room was awesome. Once you get comfortable with people, they wouldn’t do this dance, 'Oh, what’s in the kids’ section? Ah, this looks good.' Pick up a drama. And then saunter back to the porn room and reach for the filthiest thing on the planet and then have to bring it up to the counter with Turner & Hooch. It was one of the particular joys of the video store.

"There was one lady, a married mom. She had to be maybe 45. She would rent the action movie, the kids' movie, and a hardcore flick. She just got down to, 'Just give me what’s new.' Once you’re comfortable with someone renting porn, you can have conversations with him or her. Having a frank conversation with someone about his or her sex life informed my work a great deal," added the director of Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

Others who dug deep into their video store clerking days included Quentin Tarantino ("The store was my Village Voice and I was the [film critic] Andrew Sarris. At a certain point I got to know everyone’s taste"); John Sayles; Darren Aronofsky; "mumblecore pioneer" Joe Swanberg (" We were ordering fifteen films a day for the store, and the manager didn’t care. ... [It] had a massive foreign film section. It had a massive documentary section."); Allison "The Missing Ingredient" Anders; indie filmmaker Nicole Holofcener ("It’s very personal renting videos to people. For the porn section, it’s like, 'Okay, you are into taboo sex. You keep renting the Taboo series.' I would say, 'Yeah, I heard this one is really good. You’re going to like it. Tell me how it came out.'"); David O. Russell and more.

The author, Tom Roston, is hardly a stranger to film. Besides being a former senior editor for Premiere magazine and authoring a blog on documentaries for PBS's POV website, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Spin, The Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Reporter, among other publications.

The book has two "coming out" parties scheduled: One on September 24 at BookCourt in Brooklyn, NY, and one on September 26 at Vidiots in Los Angeles that will include a signing,  and who knows? Maybe some famous filmmaker will drop by one or the other.

Of course, Roston's work isn't the first to chronicle life in an adult bookstore. We were also quite impressed with Ali Davis's True Porn Clerk Stories, which started out as a blog where Davis posted frequent updates of her day-to-day experiences in the adult bookstore where she worked, and which she collected in book form in 2009—and just last year released an audio version as well. It's an in-depth look into life in the Chicago video store that's the background for the "study": its customers, especially the "regulars," the management and even has a few stocking tips. Or as one commenter on Amazon.com described it, "She's the Matt Taibbi of minimum wage. The Margaret Mead of the maligned male. She's got a BA in Anthropology from William and Mary, and she knows how to use it."

And it's not just literature; people have actually made movies about making porn—and we're not talking documentaries. Our favorite is Finding Bliss, directed by Julie Davis, apparently drawing on her own experiences as a recently-graduated film editing student. The story has that recent graduate, played by Leelee Sobieski, looking for film editing work and winding up at the offices of a small porn producer, where besides being intrigued by the idea of editing porn, she's got the hots for director Jeff Drake (Matthew Davis). Others in the cast include Jamie Kennedy and Denise Richards as porn stars, plus appearances by real porn stars Stormy Daniels and Mr. Marcus. Sadly, the movie isn't available on DVD, but can be watched on Amazon.com—or its occasional appearance on cable TV. In our opinion, it's an excellent production—and it even has a surprise AVN-related ending!

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Free Speech Coalition Weighs In On The Rentboy.Com Raid

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Free Speech Coalition Weighs In On The Rentboy.Com Raid

Posted Aug 31st, 2015 01:22 PM

The following statement was released by Diane Duke, CEO of the Free Speech Coalition, in reaction to the raid on Rentboy.com last week:

Last week, the offices of Rentboy.com, the online escort advertising directory, were raided in New York by the Department of Homeland Security. Its staff of seven, from the CEO to the social media manager were arrested, some in their own homes. Their bank accounts were frozen. Their website was seized. A business that provided an advertising platform for thousands of escorts’ livelihoods was eliminated overnight. This was not only a violation of the free speech rights for site owner Jeffrey Hurant, but also for those men who advertised on the site.

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Unfortunately, we in the adult industry have plenty of experience with these raids. From our inception as a legal business in the late '60s, adult film makers and workers have been surveilled, censored, raided and harassed by law enforcement units from vice squads to the FBI. In the past few years, adult performers, producers and service providers have protested as their bank accounts were shut down, their health records subpoenaed and their right-to-work violated by misguided moralists. No matter what the tactic, the goal is the same: push us into the shadows and silence our voices.

Our industry is diverse; many of us have different needs and concerns. Time after time, this has been used to divide us; performers against providers, producers against performers, straight against gay. However, it is clear that if we do not unify in the face of these assaults, the industry we have all worked so hard to build will crumble. Instead, our differences should be our strength—our unity in the face of censorship, our secret to survival. At times like these, it is more important than ever that we amplify each others voices and come to each others defenses, even when it means a risks to ourselves.

Jeffrey Hurant was not a member of the Free Speech Coalition. However, we stand in solidarity with anyone who find themselves targets of government censorship. With his assets seized, Jeffrey is incapable of mounting even a basic a legal defense.

We ask that our industry support Jeffrey and his staff by donating to this fund. And should pleas to justice and empathy not be enough, remember this: Every time the government successfully silences one of us, it is easier for them to silence the next.

You can read more about Jeffrey’s case and donate at RentBoyFund.org.

Pictured: The Rentboy.com website after seizure by the government.

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Severe Sex to Release 'Kink School: A Guide to Erotic Role Play'

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A Guide to Erotic Role Play'

Posted Aug 31st, 2015 10:55 AM

LOS ANGELES—Severe Sex is set to release A Guide to Erotic Role Play, the latest installment in their Kink School series of instructional DVDs, available exclusively through Exile Distribution.

“When people think of erotic role play, they often think of cheesy clichés like the housewife and the pizza delivery guy,” said company co-owner Jimmy Broadway, who co-directed the DVD with partner Dee Severe. “We wanted to show the viewer that sexual role play is a lot more than that, that it can be intensely erotic and, with a little effort, can bring a new dimension to your sex life.”

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A Guide To Erotic Role Play marks Annie Cruz’s first boy/girl scene since her return to performing. A cosplay enthusiast, she joins her real life boyfriend, Steve Rodgers, for an intense superhero scene.  “I met Steve at AEE while he was cosplaying as Captain America,” recalled Cruz. “So our first official scene together, ever, recaptures all the raw passion from our first time. I am super excited we got to be part of this film, and I hope everyone can see how hot and real we are together.”

In fact, all the performers in A Guide To Erotic Role Play enjoy their role play scenarios in real life. Lily Cade demonstrates her love of police uniforms and rogue cop role play with award-winning porn and fetish star Penny Pax as an escaped prisoner; Jessica Ryan gets to explore her long-standing interest in clowning; and Kink School regulars Charli Piper and Dominik Kross appear in two classic role play scenarios, the French maid and the naughty school girl.

A Guide To Erotic Role Play features extensive interviews with the featured performers as well as BDSM and role play experts Tim Woodman and Lorelei Mission. “We spend almost an hour discussing role play adventures, how-to suggestions and do's and don't's to ensure that your first role play experience will be a happy one,” noted Severe. “I love it when people open up and explore their wild side, and it’s great to make DVDs to help them on that journey.”

For more information and media inquiries, email Howard@exiledist.com or call 818-576-9464.

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2nd Annual AZ Burlesque Festival to Feature Int'l Burlesque King

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Also, Miss Exotic World first runner up Sydni Devereaux, and more than 30 burlesque and boylesque artists, competitions and classes teaching the art of burlesque.

2nd Annual AZ Burlesque Festival to Feature Int'l Burlesque King

Posted Aug 31st, 2015 09:57 AM

TUCSON, AZ—The state’s largest burlesque festival, the Arizona Burlesque Festival, will return to Tucson October 15-17, with three nights of performances, classes and competitions, featuring Miss Exotic World first runner up of 2013, Sydni Deveraux, the 2015 international King of Burlesque, Matt Finish, and more than 30 burlesque performers. Performances will be held at The Screening Room on October 15, and at The Loft Cinema on October 16-17; workshops on the art and style of burlesque will be taught by festival performers at Pima Community College's West Campus. Tickets are $15 for Thursday, $25 for Friday or Saturday performances and weekend passes for all three nights are on an earlybird special for $45, while supplies last here, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets’ 24/7 event concierges at 800-838-3006.

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“This year we are featuring the top male burlesque performer in the world in addition to an outstanding lineup of the best performers in the country,” said Fanny Galore, a co-producer of the three-day event.

The festival will kick off Thursday night at The Screening Room with “The Opening Night Spectacular.” The “Best Burlesque Competition” will take place at The Loft Cinema on Friday and will feature the nation's top performers competing for the Golden Cacti trophies awarded for Best Burlesque, Most Classic, Most Dazzling and Most Comedic. The “Saturday Night Showcase” is the grand finale for the weekend and takes place at The Loft Cinema. This show will feature an impressive roster of performers, including burlesque talent from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boulder and New York.

Festival organizers Fanny Galore, Matt Finish and Ida Tapper are burlesque stars in their own right. Fanny Galore has performed in festivals around the country including Phoenix, Flagstaff, Denver, St. Louis, Hollywood, San Francisco, Boston and Las Vegas. Hailing from Tucson, Matt Finish has only been performing for three years but has already become an internationally recognized performer, recently winning the title King of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender in 2015 and performing in featured spots in burlesque festivals in Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas, Dallas, Boston and Hollywood. Ida Tapper is known for her comedic and highly musical neo-burlesque and has performed regionally in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Hollywood, and Las Vegas. The three have been teamed up for the last three years as co-producers of Don’t Blink Burlesque, host of a monthly burlesque show featuring performers from around the country as well as local performers and troupe members.

More information on the festival and performers can be found here.

Pictured: Attendees at the 2014 Arizona Burlesque Festival.

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TROUBLEfilms Taps Performer/Casting Director Kitty Stryker For Head Of Productions

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TROUBLEfilms Taps Performer/Casting Director Kitty Stryker For Head Of Productions

Posted Aug 31st, 2015 09:17 AM

SAN FRANCISCO—Kitty Stryker—a performer, casting director and marketing manager for the past two years at TROUBLEfilms—was named the company’s new head of production.

"I'm honored and thrilled to be getting more involved in the behind the scenes work of TROUBLEfilms," Stryker said of the promotion. "I have followed the evolution of this company since it was No Fauxxx, and being a part of its future is my dream career. I look forward to the challenge!"

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Stryker has been with Courtney Trouble’s TROUBLEfilms for the past two years. Trouble earlier this year took a step back from the production side of the business to attend art school

"Kitty Stryker is a strong leader with incredible ideas and a keen eye on set," Trouble said. "I'm proud to announce that she will be the production manager and casting director for TROUBLEfilms while I am in school. I strongly believe she has the passion and the ethics to continue the work I began 13 years ago."

With a newly updated webstore, the launch of April Flores's plus size porn site Fat Girl Fantasies, the creation of a TROUBLEfilms All Access Pass, and the upcoming release of Stryker's directorial debut Here Kitty Kitty,  fans of TROUBLEfilms can expect some exciting updates. 

Stryker can be reached at kitty@troublefilms.com. 

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Kimberly Kane’s Neo Noir Mystery ‘Family Secrets’ To Debut Sept. 1

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Kimberly Kane’s Neo Noir Mystery ‘Family Secrets’ To Debut Sept. 1

Posted Aug 31st, 2015 08:38 AM

LOS ANGELES—AVN Award-winning actress Kimberly Kane’s newest feature, Kimberly Kane’s Family Secrets, from Vivid Entertainment will will debut Tuesday, Sept. 1, online at www.vivid.com,

Kane directs and acts in the feature, which she co-wrote with Rex Owen.

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“Family Secrets is a neo noir mystery with intense sex scenarios. We shot on location in San Francisco which gives the movie a unique overtone. All of the actors/actresses in the movie are A-list and all of the performances are career bests. I’m extremely excited for people to see this movie,” said Kane.

When the body of a young woman is discovered on a popular San Francisco beach, a chilling web of lies, sexual depravity and dark “family secrets” unfold and everyone is a suspect. The minutes go by and the clock is ticking to solve the mystery and the question on everyone’s mind—who killed Vicky Valentine? Was it the two suspicious guys she met at a nearby bar, her stepfather, her mother, her girlfriend, or someone else?

Kane plays the gorgeous but hardboiled detective in charge of the case and her cast includes Penny Pax, Claire Robbins, Princess Donna, Steven St. Croix, Tommy Pistol, Danny Wylde, Richie Calhoun and Kylie Ireland.

For more information, visit Vivid.com.

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MetArt Sues Pornhub, Alleging Piracy of Content

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MetArt Sues Pornhub, Alleging Piracy of Content

MIAMI, Fla.—On Thursday, Hydentra L.P., which does business as adult content providers MetArt and SexArt, sued MindGeek USA, owner of (among many other things) Pornhub and its latest incarnation, PornhubPremium, alleging that Pornhub.com has been "displaying copyrighted adult entertainment content and utilizing trademarks without authorization in order to attract users, and distract them from the trademark owners’ services for financial gain." The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, in part because although none of the parties was incorporated in Florida, MindGeek USA has offices in Miami.

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In the lawsuit, Hydentra/MetArt claims that "Pornhub.com has been utilized by Defendants to collect Plaintiffs’ copyrighted works and trademarks for unlawful and unauthorized display on Defendants’ new pay-only membership site Pornhubpremium.com, where Defendants charge a fee to view Plaintiffs’ works," and that "Plaintiffs discovered numerous copyrighted works on Pornhub.com that were not mere promotional materials, were not provided by Plaintiffs, and were not authorized for display on Pornhub.com."

Hydentra alleges that although it demanded that all of its copyrighted works be removed from Pornhub.com, that the site's owners failed to do so, and moreover, "took these same materials and utilized them for direct financial gain, directly charging internet users money to view the videos in high definition, without interruption of advertising, and to download the videos."

Hydentra is particularly incensed that with the recent creation of PornhubPremium.com, Pornhub is charging $9.99 per month to subscribers to view MetArt's copyrighted material, a list of some of which appears in an appendix to the lawsuit.

"Defendants approached Plaintiffs in the spring of 2015 seeking permission to display Plaintiffs’ works on Pornhubpremium.com," the lawsuit recounts. "Plaintiffs refused to grant such permission," adding that, "Defendants displayed Plaintiffs’ copyrighted works in the Pornhubpremium library, the same videos Plaintiffs demanded to be removed from Pornhub.com and the same videos that Defendants confirmed would be removed from Pornhub.com."

Hydentra also has an issue with the fact that the Terms of service for PornhubPremium allow members to upload content to the site with essentially no oversight by the company, since "The Terms of Service also dictate that a user’s upload is confirmation by the user that the user has license to post the video and to grant Defendants further license to use the video." However, Hydentra notes that the violations of its copyrights occurred even before the creation of PornhubPremium, and were apparently ported over to the new site from Pornhub itself.

At issue are 100 Hydentra-copyrighted works and "over 523 separate and distinct URLs"—and the fact that the metadata and metadescriptions on PornhubPremium include MetArt trademarks, which also forms part of Hydentra's argument that Pornhub/MindGeek is well aware that the infringing material is on its sites, and that the companies therefore cannot avail themselves of the protections of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).

In part, the lawsuit seeks to have Hydentra's copyrighted material removed from all of the Pornhub sites and the trademarks from Pornhub's metadata, to refrain from using Hydentra-owned material in Pornhub marketing or advertising, and to police its sites so that subscribers to the sites will not be able to post Hydentra/MetArt/SexArt content to the sites on their own.

However, Hydentra's lawsuit goes even further, in asking the court to order that the defendants "transfer the domain Pornhubpremium.com, and all similar domains held by Defendants found in discovery, such as misspellings of the enumerated domains, domains held by Defendants linked to www.Pornhubpremium.com, and the content therein to Plaintiffs," which would essentially give Hydentra ownership of PornhubPremium. Hydentra also seeks to be awarded damages and attorney fees, plus estimated costs Hydentra will incur in future policing of the pornhub sites, and for the defendants to be found liable for inducing its users/subscribers to pirate others' material by making it easy to post such material on the defendants' websites. Other counts seek similar remedies for the defendants' trademark infringements of Hydentra's trademarks, and for inducing others to infringe them as well.

But even that's not all. Hydentra wants the court to make it clear that the defendants do not have permission to use Hydentra-owned material, and that their having done so has diluted Hydentra's copyrights and trademarks in violation of the Lanham Act. The suit also alleges that the defendants have violated the agreements that the Hydentra companies have made with the models who appear on its sites, which has resulted in unauthorized publication of those models' names and likenesses, in violation of Florida Statutes Section 540.08.

The Hydentra/MetArt/SexArt complaint can be read here.

Check back with AVN.com for developments regarding this very important lawsuit.

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Met-Art Sues Pornhub, Alleging Piracy of Content

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Met-Art Sues Pornhub, Alleging Piracy of Content

MIAMI, Fla.—On Thursday, Hydentra L.P., which does business as adult content providers MetArt and SexArt, sued MindGeek USA, owner of (among many other things) Pornhub and its latest incarnation, PornhubPremium, alleging that Pornhub.com has been "displaying copyrighted adult entertainment content and utilizing trademarks without authorization in order to attract users, and distract them from the trademark owners’ services for financial gain." The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, in part because although none of the parties was incorporated in Florida, MindGeek USA has offices in Miami.

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In the lawsuit, Hydentra/Met-Art claims that "Pornhub.com has been utilized by Defendants to collect Plaintiffs’ copyrighted works and trademarks for unlawful and unauthorized display on Defendants’ new pay-only membership site Pornhubpremium.com, where Defendants charge a fee to view Plaintiffs’ works," and that "Plaintiffs discovered numerous copyrighted works on Pornhub.com that were not mere promotional materials, were not provided by Plaintiffs, and were not authorized for display on Pornhub.com."

Hydentra alleges that although it demanded that all of its copyrighted works be removed from Pornhub.com, that the site's owners failed to do so, and moreover, "took these same materials and utilized them for direct financial gain, directly charging internet users money to view the videos in high definition, without interruption of advertising, and to download the videos."

Hydentra is particularly incensed that with the recent creation of PornhubPremium.com, Pornhub is charging $9.99 per month to subscribers to view Met-Art's copyrighted material, a list of some of which appears in an appendix to the lawsuit.

"Defendants approached Plaintiffs in the spring of 2015 seeking permission to display Plaintiffs’ works on Pornhubpremium.com," the lawsuit recounts. "Plaintiffs refused to grant such permission," adding that, "Defendants displayed Plaintiffs’ copyrighted works in the Pornhubpremium library, the same videos Plaintiffs demanded to be removed from Pornhub.com and the same videos that Defendants confirmed would be removed from Pornhub.com."

Hydentra also has an issue with the fact that the Terms of service for PornhubPremium allow members to upload content to the site with essentially no oversight by the company, since "The Terms of Service also dictate that a user’s upload is confirmation by the user that the user has license to post the video and to grant Defendants further license to use the video." However, Hydentra notes that the violations of its copyrights occurred even before the creation of PornhubPremium, and were apparently ported over to the new site from Pornhub itself.

At issue are 100 Hydentra-copyrighted works and "over 523 separate and distinct URLs"—and the fact that the metadata and metadescriptions on PornhubPremium include MetArt trademarks, which also forms part of Hydentra's argument that Pornhub/MindGeek is well aware that the infringing material is on its sites, and that the companies therefore cannot avail themselves of the protections of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).

In part, the lawsuit seeks to have Hydentra's copyrighted material removed from all of the Pornhub sites and the trademarks from Pornhub's metadata, to refrain from using Hydentra-owned material in Pornhub marketing or advertising, and to police its sites so that subscribers to the sites will not be able to post Hydentra/MetArt/SexArt content to the sites on their own.

However, Hydentra's lawsuit goes even further, in asking the court to order that the defendants "transfer the domain Pornhubpremium.com, and all similar domains held by Defendants found in discovery, such as misspellings of the enumerated domains, domains held by Defendants linked to www.Pornhubpremium.com, and the content therein to Plaintiffs," which would essentially give Hydentra ownership of PornhubPremium. Hydentra also seeks to be awarded damages and attorney fees, plus estimated costs Hydentra will incur in future policing of the pornhub sites, and for the defendants to be found liable for inducing its users/subscribers to pirate others' material by making it easy to post such material on the defendants' websites. Other counts seek similar remedies for the defendants' trademark infringements of Hydentra's trademarks, and for inducing others to infringe them as well.

But even that's not all. Hydentra wants the court to make it clear that the defendants do not have permission to use Hydentra-owned material, and that their having done so has diluted Hydentra's copyrights and trademarks in violation of the Lanham Act. The suit also alleges that the defendants have violated the agreements that the Hydentra companies have made with the models which appear on its sites, which has resulted in unauthorized publication of those models' names and likenesses, in violation of Florida Statutes Section 540.08.

The Hydentra/MetArt/SexArt complaint can be read here.

Check back with AVN.com to check on the progress of this very important lawsuit.

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Aug

Report: AHF's Ballot Initiative Could Cost CA Taxpayers Millions

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AHF's Ballot Initiative Could Cost CA Taxpayers Millions

LOS ANGELES—AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has apparently paid its signature gatherers enough so that its "California Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act" ballot initiative, which would install its president Michael Weinstein as California's "porn czar," will appear on California's November 2016 ballot, barring the success of legal challenges that may yet be filed against it.

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However, one little-reported aspect of the initiative is its intended revision of Section 6720.6 of the California Labor Code, subsection (a) of which reads, in pertinent part, "Any person who violates any provision of this Act shall be liable via the administrative enforcement process, or via a civil action brought by the Division or its designee, a civil prosecutor, an adult film performer aggrieved by a violation of Labor Code section 6720, or an individual residing in the State of California."

That particular section inspired adult industry commentator Tracy Clark-Flory to post an article on Vocativ.com titled "Porn Stars Vulnerable To Trolling, Lawsuits Thanks To New Measure," which notes that the initiative "empowers everyday citizens to sue adult film producers for creating condomless porn—and offers a financial incentive for doing so."And as Clark-Flory notes later in the article, that could include any number of the 38.8 million California residents, with the initiative guaranteeing that, "if judgment is entered against one or more defendants in an action … penalties recovered by the plaintiff shall be distributed as follows: 75 percent to the State of California and 25 percent to the plaintiff."

"This bill puts performers at the mercy of any citizen, including those who misjudge and scorn the adult film industry," Chanel Preston, president of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, told Clark-Flory. "Any person or group with an anti-porn agenda, anyone with a personal issue with a specific performer, or an overly zealous fan could use this power as a means to attack performers in the industry."

While it's true that the adult industry isn't making as many hardcore movies per year as it did as recently as 2008, at the start of the Great Recession, there's nothing in the ballot initiative that limits which adult movies can be the subject of citizen complaints—or even that it has to be a movie. It could be simply a scene that was shot in California and posted on a website, or even a webcam show originating within the state, since the initiative defines "filmed" and "filming" as "the recording, streaming, or real-time broadcast of any adult film."

But what that means is that any sexually explicit movie ever made that was shot in California, in which condoms are not used for vaginal or anal intercourse, could be the subject of a Cal/OSHA complaint and/or citizen lawsuit—and there are tens of thousands of them still on the market, with new ones being produced every day. And even if the courts limit such suits to movies (or web content) made after Section 5193 of the Health Code was enacted, or ones made after the initiative passes, the number could still be in the thousands, triggering millions in court costs, all of which would be borne by California taxpayers.

Now, the initiative doesn't set out exactly how a citizen can bring a civil suit against an adult producer—presumably he/she would have to hire her/his own attorney, though we can't help but suspect that AIDS Healthcare will have a cadre of legal representatives at the ready, possibly with boilerplate pleadings ready to be tweaked to deal with the specific "violations" found in any movie—but the initiative does state that, "The court shall award to a plaintiff or defendant other than a governmental agency who prevails in any action authorized by this Act and brought pursuant to this section the costs of litigation, including reasonable attorney's fees."

The possibility of a defendant recovering such fees from a plaintiff, though, is vanishingly small, since for that to happen, "the court must first find that the plaintiff's pursuit of the litigation was frivolous or in bad faith"—a difficult standard for a defendant to meet. On the other hand, depending on what deal AHF may make with the attorneys to whom it sends citizen porn complainants, "reasonable attorney's fees" could be a hell of a tidy sum; possibly even more than the court would award for the condomless movie.

Of course, if a citizen has a complaint about a condomless adult movie, she/he must first file such complaint with Cal/OSHA, but as the article notes, "if the department declines or doesn't respond within 21 days, or if the case isn't pursued within 45 days, it's fair game. If Cal/OSHA pursues the tip but then abandons it, or if the case is dismissed, it's also up for grabs."

Clark-Flory also points to another problem created by the initiative: Who's a "producer"?

"Pretty much every performer at this point is also a producer," Clark-Flory quotes Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Michael Stabile as stating. "Performers have their own websites, they sell clips, they do webcam shows. ... All I have to do as a private citizen is see a performer not using a condom in a video, and I get to haul them into court."

Clark-Flory gives Stabile the final word on the subject, and we can only echo it: "Like many moralists, Weinstein believes he has to destroy the village in order to save it."

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UPDATED: Made a Sex Tape in the U.S.? Join U.K's 'Celebrity Big Brother!'

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Made a Sex Tape in the U.S.? Join U.K's 'Celebrity Big Brother!'

Posted Aug 28th, 2015 02:52 PM

LONDON—Across the pond, the BBC recently announced cast members for the next installment of Celebrity Big Brother, and fans and critics are accusing producers of playing fast and loose with the word “celebrity.”

Apparently it’s not just Americans who dip deep into the C- and D-level talent pool when it comes to casting “celebrity” versions of reality TV shows.

Of note to the adult industry is that the upcoming season, which is themed U.K. vs. USA, features three women who have been nominated for AVN Awards (and in some cases were winners).

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Jenna Jameson, Farrah Abraham and Tila Tequila are among the cast members for the BBC show, which began airing Aug. 29 on Channel 5.

Already, critics—including Eamonn Holmes, host of ITV1 in the U.K.—are lashing out at the women, with most of their venom targeted specifically toward Abraham, the former star of MTV’s Teen Mom who has since appeared in Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom with James Deen and developed her own line of sex toys with Topco Sales.

“Farrah is truly hateful,” Holmes said in an interview. “She’s toxic!”

According to various news reports, Abraham is already stirring the pot and making enemies.

He didn’t hold back when it came to Jameson and Tequila either, saying he doesn’t approve of having three porn stars being in the Celebrity Big Brother house.

To be fair, only Jameson can truly be labeled a porn star. Often considered the biggest porn star ever, Jameson didn’t become a reality TV fixture until after her retirement from the adult industry. Most recently she appeared on VH1’s Couples Therapy. Interestingly enough, a fellow castmate during her season was a previous winner of the American version of Big Brother, Evel Dick Donato.

Farrah was on reality TV before she agreed to appear in a sex tape for Vivid. And Tila Tequila was a model and star of MTV’s A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila and A Shot At Love II With Tila Tequila before she also appeared in a sex tape for Vivid. Her Tila Tequila 2: Backdoored & Squirting beat out Farrah’s release for Best Celebrity Sex Tape at the 2015 AVN Awards.

Celebrity Big Brother is a television reality game show that follows a number of celebrity contestants, known as housemates, who are isolated from the outside world for an extended period of time in a custom-built house. Each week one of the housemates is evicted by a public vote, with the last housemate remaining winning a cash prize for the charity of their choice. The series takes its name from George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

UPDATE (2:52 p.m. Pacific time, Aug. 28): Tila Tequila was removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house on Aug. 28 after producers of the show were alerted to anti-Semitic remarks she had posted on social media. According to news sites in the U.K., producers were unaware of the postings prior to her being cast on the show.

Pictured: Tila Tequila, Farrah Abraham, Jenna Jameson

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Noel Biderman, CEO of Ashley Madison Parent, Steps Down

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Noel Biderman, CEO of Ashley Madison Parent, Steps Down

CYBERSPACE—Amid the news pieces of a security breach, a data dump of hacked info on the Dark Web and reports that the vast, vast majority of the female profiles were fake, Noel Biderman—CEO of Avid Life Media, the parent company of AshleyMadison.com—is stepping down.

A statement on the website, which boasted the tagline “Life is short. Have an affair,” reads: “This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees. We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base. We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members’ privacy by criminals.”

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Biderman has not released any personal statement about his resignation, nor has he released any statement on the hacking of the site and the release of customers’ personal information.

The data dump, which happened earlier this month, became fodder for various news outlets reporting everything from "family values" conservative Josh Duggar’s accounts on the site to the suicides of ordinary citizens who were allegedly members at some point.

AVN Senior Editor Mark Kernes detailed much of the fallout in his op-ed piece published this week.

Neither Avid Life Media nor Biderman make note of the exact reason(s) for his resignation in the statement on the site, but it comes on the heels of a third release of data from the hackers, this time containing email from Biderman’s personal Gmail account. The second data dump included emails from what appeared to be Biderman’s work email address.

It’s virtually impossible to know if the resignation is over the actual data breach, the discovery that customers who paid about $20 to have their info removed from the site still had their information show up in the data dump, the recent reports from sites like Gizmodo.com which analyzed the data and found out that not only were the majority of the profiles males, but that the majority of the female profiles were fake, or any number of tragic stories about customers who lives have been ruined or ended because of the debacle.

Regardless, according to the remaining management at Avid Life Media, "We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base. … We will continue to provide access to our unique platforms for our worldwide members.”

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Noel Biderman, CEO of Ashley Madison Parent Company, Steps Down

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CYBERSPACE—Amid the news pieces of a security breach, a data dump of hacked info on the Dark Web and reports that the vast, vast majority of the female profiles were fake, Noel Biderman—CEO of Avid Life Media, the parent company of AshleyMadison.com—is stepping down.

A statement on the website, which boasted the tagline “Life is short. Have an affair,” reads: “This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees. We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base. We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members’ privacy by criminals.”

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Biderman has not released any personal statement about his resignation, nor has he released any statement on the hacking of the site and the release of customers’ personal information.

The data dump, which happened earlier this month, became fodder for various news outlets reporting everything from "family values" conservative Josh Duggar’s accounts on the site to the suicides of ordinary citizens who were allegedly members at some point.

AVN Senior Editor Mark Kernes detailed much of the fallout in his op-ed piece published this week.

Neither Avid Life Media nor Biderman make note of the exact reason(s) for his resignation in the statement on the site, but it comes on the heels of a third release of data from the hackers, this time containing email from Biderman’s personal Gmail account. The second data dump included emails from what appeared to be Biderman’s work email address.

It’s virtually impossible to know if the resignation is over the actual data breach, the discovery that customers who paid about $20 to have their info removed from the site still had their information show up in the data dump, the recent reports from sites like Gizmodo.com which analyzed the data and found out that not only were the majority of the profiles males, but that the majority of the female profiles were fake, or any number of tragic stories about customers who lives have been ruined or ended because of the debacle.

Regardless, according to the remaining management at Avid Life Media, "We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base. … We will continue to provide access to our unique platforms for our worldwide members.”

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LA Metro Could Learn Something From Taiwanese Transit System

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LOS ANGELES—There's little dispute that the Los Angeles area is the adult entertainment (read: porn) capital of the world—but it's not as if the city has done anything to cash in on that fame. So now, if those who run the LA Metro public transit system are smart, they'll have a chance to do something about that—by following the lead of Taiwan aka the Republic of China.

Next week, the EasyCard Corporation, which produces fare cards which are good for riding the island's public transit system and making purchases at some convenience stores, will release a limited-edition pair of "contactless payment" cards featuring Japanese porn star Yui Hatano in two looks: "Angel," depicting Yui smiling and dressed all in white (though that may change), and "Devil," with the actress "dressed in black and shooting a sultry gaze at the camera."

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"Pornography is conspicuous by its absence," noted the Reuters News Service article.

The cards will sell for 500 New Taiwan Dollars per set (US$15.46), the proceeds from which will be donated to various charitable foundations.

"We will issue the 'devil' edition Yui Hatano cards beginning September 1 as originally planned," EasyCard Corp said in a press release, adding that the "angel" edition will be delayed probably until mid-September, possibly with a change to the originally planned theme after the company gets "input from various parties."

The company had even considered not releasing either of the cards after it had received "angry public reaction," but relented after Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je indicated that he thought that would be a bad "business judgment."

Hatano herself said she was pleased with the idea.

"Just because I am an adult video porn star ... does it mean that I cannot pay a debt of gratitude to my beloved Taiwan?" she said, in a statement quoted by the Focus Taiwan news website.

So now, the question is: Why doesn't LA Metro consider putting some of the adult industry's more popular actresses (and actors) on its own limited-edition metro cards and sell them at a premium? Such an issuance would undoubtedly become a collector's item, not just for Los Angeles residents, but for consumers across the country, if not the entire world—most of whom would not even use whatever funds come with a card purchase, thus saving the transportation company even more money! And of course, those who do use the card will be doing their part to stave off global warming—a win-win no matter how one looks at it!

So how about it, LA Metro? Give yourself and the adult industry a break and make some cash—probably a shitload of it—at the same time!

Pictured: Yui Hatano's EasyCard image (left)

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The Ultimate Merge: Crowdfunding, Sex Toys And Apple

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Crowdfunding, Sex Toys And Apple

NEW YORK—Sex geeks rejoice: A sex toy compatible with the Apple Watch has already met its Indiegogo crowdfunding goal of $10,000 and is still going strong.

Loveless, a company AVN previously reported was making headlines for creating sex toys for use with virtual reality porn, is back in the news on various techie and mainstream news websites for its Blush vibe, which is compatible with the Apple watch. The Blush joins the ranks of a number of other pleasure products—including items from OhMiBod and Evolved Novelties—that are controlled by an app.

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The Blush—an egg-shaped vibrator with a silicone tail—is billed as a massager “for solo play, discreet public fun or long distance couples.”

The company’s Indiegogo campaign for the vibe went went live about a week and a half ago , and reached its crowdfunding goal of $10,000 in less than 24 hours. As of post time, the company has pledges of more than $34,000 and still has more than two weeks left in the campaign. The initial run of the Blush is already sold out, but pledges can be made for the second batch of production, which promises an even better experience and more solitaire features.

The Blush boasts unlimited vibration and pulsation patterns, as well as the ability to be synched with music or sound activated.

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Made a Sex Tape in the U.S.? Join U.K's 'Celebrity Big Brother!'

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Posted Aug 28th, 2015 11:12 AM

LONDON—Across the pond, the BBC recently announced cast members for the next installment of Celebrity Big Brother, and fans and critics are accusing producers of playing fast and loose with the word “celebrity.”

Apparently it’s not just Americans who dip deep into the C- and D-level talent pool when it comes to casting “celebrity” versions of reality TV shows.

Of note to the adult industry is that the upcoming season, which is themed U.K. vs. USA, features three women who have been nominated for AVN Awards (and in some cases were winners).

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Jenna Jameson, Farrah Abraham and Tila Tequila are among the cast members for the BBC show, which began airing Aug. 29 on Channel 5.

Already, critics—including Eamonn Holmes, host of ITV1 in the U.K.—are lashing out at the women, with most of their venom targeted specifically toward Abraham, the former star of MTV’s Teen Mom who has since appeared in Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom with James Deen and developed her own line of sex toys with Topco Sales.

“Farrah is truly hateful,” Holmes said in an interview. “She’s toxic!”

According to various news reports, Abraham is already stirring the pot and making enemies.

He didn’t hold back when it came to Jameson and Tequila either, saying he doesn’t approve of having three porn stars being in the Celebrity Big Brother house.

To be fair, only Jameson can truly be labeled a porn star. Often considered the biggest porn star ever, Jameson didn’t become a reality TV fixture until after her retirement from the adult industry. Most recently she appeared on VH1’s Couples Therapy. Interestingly enough, a fellow castmate during her season was a previous winner of the American version of Big Brother, Evel Dick Donato.

Farrah was on reality TV before she agreed to appear in a sex tape for Vivid. And Tila Tequila was a model and star of MTV’s A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila and A Shot At Love II With Tila Tequila before she also appeared in a sex tape for Vivid. Her Tila Tequila 2: Backdoored & Squirting beat out Farrah’s release for Best Celebrity Sex Tape at the 2015 AVN Awards.

Celebrity Big Brother is a television reality game show that follows a number of celebrity contestants, known as housemates, who are isolated from the outside world for an extended period of time in a custom-built house. Each week one of the housemates is evicted by a public vote, with the last housemate remaining winning a cash prize for the charity of their choice. The series takes its name from George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Pictured: Tila Tequila, Farrah Abraham, Jenna Jameson

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Joanna Angel's 'Ronda ArouseMe' Now Up on BurningAngel.com

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Posted Aug 28th, 2015 08:01 AM

LOS ANGELES—The opening scene of BurningAngel's much-ballyhooed porn parody of UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, Ronda Arouse Me: Grounded and Pounded, is now streaming online at BurningAngel.com.

The first pounding in the four-part online scene depicts the fighter, played by Kleio Valentien, in a hot workout session with her trainer (Derrick Pierce) with winning results.

BurningAngel founder (and 2016 AVN Awards co-host) Joanna Angel directed the highly publicized ArouseMe, and Rousey herself publicly responded to the parody, noting that the sexy nickname wasn't new: "It's funny, I used to hear that in high school sometimes!"

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"This movie has gotten more attention than anything we have ever done; I'm excited for the fans to finally get to watch it," said Angel, who will roll out Ronda Arouse Me's next three scenes in the coming weeks. "It's my own special way of giving props to the most powerful woman in the world."

In the film, Ronda ArouseMe (Valentien), the Olympic medalist in Kama Sutra and reigning UPC (Ultimate Porno Championship) Women's Bantamweight Champion, charts her difficult path to sexual glory, squaring off against her long-standing opponent and foe, Miesha Taint (Sammie Six). Arabelle Raphael and Moe the Monster Johnson round out the knockout cast; Angel and Small Hands contribute non-sex roles as commentators.

"Fans of official UFC announcer Bruce Buffer will appreciate my special appearance as 'Bruce Butthurt', complete with Buffer's famous catchphrases," said Angel. "Many of our viewers will find that funny."

Valentien, who mustered some serious punches and fought convincingly on set, is a big fan of Rousey's and hopes she is flattered by the parody and sexual empowerment message at the heart of ArouseMe.

"She's inspiring as a fighter and as a woman," said Valentien. "I hope Ronda gets a chance to see the movie; we respectfully made every effort to represent her as the strong, sexy woman that she is."

For a peek at Ronda ArouseMe: Grounded and Pounded, go to BurningAngel's blog page.

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Aug

Devil’s Film Takes Over DVD Distro for Third World Media

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Devil’s Film Takes Over DVD Distro for Third World Media

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Giant Media Group, parent company of Devil's Film, has acquired worldwide rights for DVD distribution sales for TWM (formerly known as Third World Media). Their roster of distributed studios includes Grooby Productions, Gia Darling Entertainment, and Direct Japanese Imports.

TWM President Steve Scott commented on the new deal, which will see Devil's Film stalwarts Steve Volponi and Eric Gutterman handling sales. "I have known Steve and Eric for many years and have always respected them personally as well as professionally. For us to be joining forces after all these years speaks to the longevity of our companies and to the compatibility of our companies. We look forward to a bright future together."

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Added Ed Hunter, an award-winning director who works exclusively with TWM, “The kings of the transsexual genre have come together and the opportunities for us are endless! These are very exciting times!”

“Eric told me that he received a call from Steve Scott a few days ago, and asked me what I thought about taking over the sales for TWM, and to me it seemed to be a great fit,” said Devil’s Film V.P. of Sales and Production Steve Volponi. “It’s going to be just about as flawless of a transition as possible as GMG is doing all the sales but TWM is still going to be doing all shipping, invoicing and accounting right from their current offices.”

Assured Volponi, “There will be little or no down time at all for getting your orders out the door!”

To obtain TWM's new September releases as well as re-orders on all DVD products, email steve@devilsfilm.com or eric@devilsfilm.com.

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Categories, Eligibility Requirements Released for 2016 AVN Awards

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Categories, Eligibility Requirements Released for 2016 AVN Awards

The 2016 AVN Awards Show will take place Saturday, January 23 at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The presenting sponsor is Chaturbate, and this year's co-hosts are Anikka Albrite and Joanna Angel.

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Never let it be said that the AVN Awards team is afraid of change. Last year, as always, AVN added some new categories and tweaked others. But more significantly, for the first time content released solely on VOD was eligible for AVN Awards consideration. Now, AVN is taking another step toward greater inclusiveness by opening up four high-profile scene categories to include content released solely for membership sites.

This change is being made to better reflect what should be the most important concern in judging an award-winning sex scene: the skills of the director and the performers, rather than how the scene reaches fans.

In these four categories only, AVN will now accept pre-nominations of scenes produced for release on membership sites:

Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene

Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene

Best Oral Sex Scene

Best Anal Sex Scene

“This is a step we have thought through very meticulously and from every angle possible, and we feel certain that now is the time to implement it,” AVN senior editor Peter Warren said. “There has been a fundamental shift in the way both industry members and consumers think about how the core element of adult entertainment—sex scenes—most commonly reach their audience. These being the four most basic and popular types of sex scenes, we felt they were the ones to best lead the way for the AVN Awards in this key transition.” 

As with all contests, some restrictions apply. See below for details on eligibility for the 2016 AVN Awards.

Eligibility Period
To be considered in any of the video categories, including the aforementioned scene categories, a title and/or scene must have been made available commercially during the eligibility period, which runs from October 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015. If a scene in one of the four eligible categories is released as both a standalone web scene and as an entity of a movie released either on DVD or VOD, the scene will by default be considered an entity of the movie. For consideration in all other categories, a movie must be released in its entirety as of September 30, 2015. Any scene individually considered for a 2016 AVN Award will be void from consideration in all future years if included as an entity of any movie released after September 30, 2015.

DVD/VOD Eligibility
To be considered for nomination, movies released via DVD/VOD must either fit AVN’s traditional distribution requirements of being stocked with five wholesale distributors and/or 100 retail outlets (on DVD), or be made available for VOD download and/or streaming as follows:

• Must be available through a minimum of two (2) major for-pay VOD providers, defined as ones carrying movies from at least 100 active labels/studios.

• Must have clearly marked post dates falling within the eligibility period across all qualifying VOD platforms carrying it.

• Companies wishing to submit VOD-only titles to AVN for consideration in the 2016 AVN Awards must provide links showing that said titles meet the above requirements.

Standalone Web Scene Eligibility
To be considered for nomination in the one of the four eligible categories, scenes must be released on a site that has members who are paying a monthly fee to access the site’s content. As with producers of content that is distributed on DVD and VOD, membership sites must also maintain 2257 records.

At the beginning of September, AVN will begin accepting pre-nominations for the 2016 AVN Awards. Check AVN.com for details on accessing the pre-nomination website. The site will remain open until midnight on September 30.

AVN has redefined some of the categories for the 2016 AVN Awards with an eye toward making it easier for studios, directors and performers to nominate their work. Particularly notable are changes in the feature and non-feature movie category.

Directors and studios can now nominate non-features in two categories. Best Gonzo Movie is for projects that employ a cinema verité style making the cameraperson a participant in the proceedings, which may or may not incorporate POV footage. Best Anthology Movie is for projects that include either vignettes or all-sex scenes or a combination of the two. There are also niche categories in which non-narrative movies can be nominated.

Narrative movies can be nominated in the traditional arenas of drama, comedy and parody. Movies with storylines can also be nominated in niche categories when they fit the criteria. And AVN has added a new niche this year, Best Polyamory Movie, to recognize the wave of titles that derive their erotic charge from extracurricular sex of various flavors, from hotwife fantasies to swinger scenarios to cuckolding.

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All-Girl Performer of the Year
BBW Performer of the Year
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene
Best All-Girl Movie
Best All-Girl Series
Best Amateur Movie
Best Amateur/Pro-Am Series
Best Anal Movie
Best Anal Sex Scene
Best Anal Series
Best Anthology Movie
Best Art Direction
Best BDSM Movie
Best T/A Movie (Big Butt and/or Big Bust)
Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy
Best Continuing Series
Best Drama
Best Director – Feature
Best Director – Foreign Feature
Best Director – Foreign Non-Feature
Best Director – Non-Feature
Best Director – Parody
Best Double Penetration Sex Scene
Best Editing
Best Ethnic Movie
Best Ethnic/Interracial Series
Best Foreign Feature
Best Foreign Non-Feature
Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene
Best Gonzo Movie
Best Group Sex Scene
Best Ingenue Movie
Best Interracial Movie
Best Makeup
Best Male Newcomer
Best Marketing Campaign – Company Image
Best Marketing Campaign – Individual Project
Best MILF Movie
Best New Imprint
Best New Series
Best New Starlet
Best Non-Sex Performance
Best Older Woman/Younger Girl Movie
Best Oral Movie
Best Oral Sex Scene
Best Orgy/Gangbang Movie
Best Parody
Best Polyamory Movie
Best POV Sex Scene
Best Pro-Am Movie
Best Screenplay
Best Screenplay – Parody
Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production
Best Solo Movie
Best Solo/Tease Performance
Best Soundtrack
Best Special Effects
Best Specialty Movie – Other Genre
Best Specialty Series – Other Genre
Best Star Showcase
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Taboo Relations Movie
Best Transsexual Movie
Best Transsexual Series
Best Transsexual Sex Scene
Best Three-Way Sex Scene – Boy/Boy/Girl
Best Three-Way Sex Scene – Girl/Girl/Boy
Clever Title of the Year
Director of the Year
Female Foreign Performer of the Year
Female Performer of the Year
Mainstream Star of the Year
Male Performer of the Year
Male Foreign Performer of the Year
MILF Performer of the Year
Most Outrageous Sex Scene
Movie of the Year
Transsexual Performer of the Year

WEB & TECHNOLOGY
Best Affiliate Program
Best Alternative Website
Best Dating Website
Best Live Chat Website
Best Membership Website
Best Porn Star Website
Best Solo Girl Website
Best Web Director

PLEASURE PRODUCTS
Best Condom Manufacturer
Best Enhancement Manufacturer
Best Fetish Manufacturer
Best Lingerie or Apparel Manufacturer
Best Lubricant Manufacturer
Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer – Small
Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer – Medium
Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer – Large
Best Product Line for Men
Best Product Line for Women

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Best Boutique
Best Retail Chain – Small
Best Retail Chain – Large
Best Web Retail Store

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Favorite Female Porn Star
Favorite Male Porn Star
Favorite Trans Performer
Favorite Webcam Performer
Hottest MILF
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Most Amazing Sex Toy
Most Epic Ass
Most Spectacular Boobs
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Pot, NORML and the New Normal

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COLORADO SOMEWHERE—We've heard that one or two folks in the adult industry have been known to partake of marijuana on occasion—a good choice, considering how many legal drugs like tobacco, alcohol and caffeine are incredibly bad for you—so we thought we'd catch up on some of the pot-related news that might affect AVN's readership.

For instance, in early July, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon, a state which recently legalized possession of the stuff) introduced a bill in Congress titled The Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act of 2015 (S. 1726), which would allow banks and other financial institutions to enter into business relationships with marijuana growers and sellers. That's something the banks had been loath to do, since although 18 states have legalized it for medical use, and four have legalized it outright, the federal government still considers it a Schedule I drug, on a par with heroin and other opioids (thanks, Harry Anslinger!) and (oddly) LSD, and they worried that the feds would come down on them if they did business with pot businesses.

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The bill passed the Senate Appropriations Committee by a 16-14 vote—Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) joined 13 Republicans to vote against it—and is currently in the Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. It would, among other things, prohibit federal banking regulators from "terminat[ing] or limit[ing] the deposit insurance or share insurance of a depository institution under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act or the Federal Credit Union Act solely because the depository institution provides or has provided financial services to a marijuana-related legitimate business," or "prohibit[ing], penaliz[ing], or otherwise discourag[ing] a depository institution from providing financial services to a marijuana-related legitimate business."

Of course, porn people already knows what that's like. Within the past year, there have been several reports of banks closing the accounts of, or denying loans to, members of the adult entertainment industry and even their significant others, and Visa and Mastercard recently stopped allowing people to charge their ads on Backpage.com to those credit cards.

It's unclear when S. 1726 will be taken up by the full Senate, and considering the ongoing Republican refusal to consider virtually all progressive legislation, perhaps that "when" should be "if." But we can always hope... especially since a recent article on the Marijuana Policy Project website revealed the "Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers," a list that includes Obama (of course; everyone knew that), Oprah, Steven Colbert, Jon Stewart, Martha Stewart—and a few surprises: Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, W, Clarence Thomas—and eight 2016 presidential candidates: Bernie Sanders (of course!), JEB!, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, George Pataki and Lincoln Chafee. (Note: None of them admit to smoking it now, and most said they tried it once or twice and didn't like it... but still...)

One thing that might spur such action is the fact that the National Conference of State Legislatures recently issued a Resolution whose penultimate paragraph reads, "NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Conference of State Legislatures believes that federal laws, including the Controlled Substances Act, should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference and urges the administration not to undermine state marijuana and hemp policies."

Of course, the Conference recognized that several of its members don't support any form of legalizations, and would allow those states to set policies that even kept pot illegal—but still, it's a really good step in the right direction.

It was perhaps with that Resolution in mind that the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) sent a email to its followers on August 17 suggesting that while federal legislators are back in their home states on vacation, legalization supporters should lobby those pols to roll back the pot prohibition—and that they should support the NORML Political Action Committee (NORML PAC) in its attempt to get marijuana-friendly candidates elected or reelected to national office. NORML will soon be issuing a Congressional Marijuana Report Card of who's naughty and who's nice when it comes to legalization—and we're guessing Sen. Feinstein will be getting coal in her stocking on that one.

And speaking of "marijuana prohibition," that's exactly the term The New York Times used in an editorial on July 27, recalling the 13 years between the passage of the Volstead Act (aka Amendment 18 to the U.S. Constitution) which criminalized the manufacture, sale and transportation of liquor, and its repeal (Amendment 21) in 1933—though, like today, illegality didn't stop most people who wanted a drink from getting one, and fully half of the movies Hollywood produced between the advent of film sound in 1928 and Prohibition's repeal depicted well-stocked liquor cabinets in most middle class and rich folks' homes.

After stating flatly that, "The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana," The Times noted, "The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives. Even worse, the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals...  Creating systems for regulating manufacture, sale and marketing will be complex. But those problems are solvable, and would have long been dealt with had we as a nation not clung to the decision to make marijuana production and use a federal crime."

Of course, if The New York Times is for something, it's a pretty good bet that the old-line conservative religious organizations and their house organs are against it—so it comes as no surprise that on August 18, the Baptist Press published not one but two anti-pot articles.

The first, by Erin Roach, titled "Marijuana legalization presses on amid concerns," begins by noting that, "Marijuana legalization advocates continue to gain ground as nearly half of all states have decriminalized marijuana possession at least for medical purposes and a majority of Americans reportedly have told pollsters marijuana should be legal"—then quickly segues into why it shouldn't be.

"Marijuana is not a harmless drug. It is an addictive substance that interferes with relationships, health and productivity," said Barrett Duke, vice president for public policy and research with the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Funnily, just replace "Marijuana" with "Porn," and organizations like Morality in Media the National Center on Sexual Exploitation have said exactly the same thing!

The other article, by Jim Burton, begins, "One Colorado 'church' is pushing for its mountain town of 1,500 to become the nation's first 'sanctuary' for 'therapeutic and spiritual users of cannabis.' Calling itself 'Closer to the Heart Ministry,' the so-called church in Nederland, Colo., celebrates cannabis—the plant that produces marijuana—as mankind's 'tree of life.' "

Closer to the Heart is hardly the first church (or religion) to make marijuana a sacrament. Some Hindus have used it as such since 2000 BC, and more recently, there's the Rastafarians, who've used it since at least the 1940s; the short-lived Neo-American Church, founded by "Chief Boo Hoo" Art Kleps, a Tim Leary associate, which held all psychedelics to be sacraments, as does the Temple of the True Inner Light; and the First Church of Cannabis, Inc. was officially recognized by the state of Indiana just this year, apparently because of that state's passage of a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

But such distinctions were lost on Burton, who spent the rest of the article registering mainstream religious leaders' disapproval of pot use, recounting anti-pot myths like "stunted brain development" and lowered IQ scores, and condemning Colorado's legalization decision in part because, as Charlie Jones, pastor of Fellowship of the Rockies Church in Pueblo, said, "People have moved to Colorado because of the legalization of marijuana, and then they have stressed the food pantries and homeless shelters and things like that."

But there's no doubt that smoking or eating marijuana does relax most people, perhaps too much for whatever they have to do later—so welcome Canary, the new app for iPhones and iPads that "combines decades of research and experience, specialized mental and physical performance tests, and sophisticated analysis to accurately measure impairment due to alcohol, medication, fatigue and even the subtle impact of marijuana," a NORML press release noted.

"Canary is the first app to give consumers the scientific information they need to honestly and accurately evaluate their personal performance, privately, anytime, and anywhere," said NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre.

The app can be downloaded here.

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LÜB Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

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New lubricant manufacturer penetrates U.S. market and prepares to slide into global expansion

LÜB Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Posted Aug 27th, 2015 02:05 PM

NEW YORK—LÜB, LLC, manufacturer of LÜB lubricants, has plenty to celebrate as it marks its one-year anniversary. Since launching in summer of 2014, LÜB has risen in popularity, receiving rave reviews across social media and 5-star real-user reviews on Amazon.com, as well as gaining shelf space with major U.S. retailers. This month, LÜB's founder Scott Cullens, graces the cover of Cybersocket magazine for the second time. (He was first featured on the leading LGBT tech-zine's December 2014 issue.)

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"I've been a fan of Cybersocket for many years," he said. "The timing of my second cover and feature article with them couldn't be a more perfect way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of LÜB. We have come a long way in just a short time, penetrating the U.S. market, and we're ready to slide into global expansion."

Cullens is no stranger to mainstream media attention. His construction company, Palm Pacific Construction, was recently featured on the cover of the Home + Design issue of Palm Springs Life magazine. He also has a high profile on social media due to his years as a fitness model and TV personality.

Additionally, he is the official spokesmodel for Australian swim & men's apparel brand Cocksox. His worldwide following commingled with LÜB's level of quality and cross=market appeal creates an auspicious mix of elements to bolster LÜB's quest to become a household staple around the world.

"We spent a long time perfecting our blend before bringing LÜB to market in 2014," Cullens continued. "Every day men and women of all sexual orientations are discovering how LÜB can enhance their love lives. The real user reviews and feedback we receive from Amazon and across our social media platforms don't lie; LÜB is formulated to outperform other brands and is unlike any other lubricant on the market. The only question is Do You Want to Be Loved?"

LÜB is a proprietary blend of four ingredients, all pure-grade silicones, giving it an ideal consistency, viscosity and smoothness. It is free of any additives, dyes, perfumes or irritants. It will never get sticky or dry out because it doesn't break the skin barrier or absorb the way water-based lubricants do. For more information or to place an order, email info@lublube.com.

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Team Wicked to Participate in AIDS Walk L.A. 2015

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Adult stars, industry members & supporters invited to join Team Wicked at annual fund-raising event on October 11

Team Wicked to Participate in AIDS Walk L.A. 2015

Posted Aug 27th, 2015 10:28 AM

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Sex educator and Wicked Pictures contract performer jessica drake will lead Team Wicked for the fourth time at the annual AIDS Walk L.A. The fund-raising event benefiting AIDS organizations will begin at 10 a.m. on October 11 at the West Hollywood Park (647 N San Vicente Blvd).

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Last year Team Wicked raised nearly $15,000, while this year the team aims to reach $20,000 by rallying the adult industry together to support the cause. Team Wicked has raised over $53,000 during its first three years.

"After being a Starwalker two years in a row for AIDS Walk L.A., I decided to take it one step further and form #TeamWicked. Supporting AIDS Walk and APLA in the fight against HIV/AIDS is a cause that is very close to our hearts, and each year we look forward to participating in this great event,” drake said. “I’m so very proud of #TeamWicked and all the support we’ve received in the past three years, but the fight is far from over. I’m calling on all industry members to join us by supporting #TeamWicked in this great effort.”

Potential supporters are encouraged to donate by visiting Team Wicked’s official AIDS Walk L.A. page at https://la.aidswalk.net/wicked. There, visitors can donate, join Team Wicked, and watch for updates, as well as tweet and post on social media about the team’s efforts to raise funds for a good cause.

To promote her involvement with AIDS Walk LA and Team Wicked, jessica drake will participate in a free ImLive.com video chat with fans on September 9 at 11 p.m. ET. Her online appearance fee will be donated to Team Wicked. For more information, click here.

To date, Team Wicked is among the top eight teams in donations out of scores of teams participating in the 31st annual event. In addition to jessica drake, team members currently include Brad Armstrong, Kylie Ireland, Tyler Knight, and Wicked Sensual Care Marketing Director Cassie Pendleton.

Team Wicked is open to all who want to help make a difference. Adult industry performers and members, as well as supporters, may join Team Wicked by emailing Press@WickedPictures.com.

Besides her charitable work, jessica drake is a highly sought after sexual wellness speaker and educator who lectures at universities and leads seminars and workshops around the world. She is the writer, producer, and director of the video series jessica drake's Guide to Wicked Sex, which has received critical acclaim from adult industry authorities including AVN and Fleshbot.com, as well as The Huffington Post.

The AIDS Walk Los Angeles was the world’s first walk dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $76 million for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and advocacy programs. The event, which has served as a model of grassroots fundraising and community activism for organizations across the United States, is sponsored by AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). It is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease, reducing the incidence of HIV infection, and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy.

The proceeds from the event will go toward the AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and more than 20 other L.A. County AIDS service organizations. For more, please visit http://apla.org or http://la.aidswalk.net/.

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Samantha Saint Explores 'Private Fantasies' with Jules Jordan

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The director has releases a six-scene star showcase that features the beautiful blonde at her most "down and dirty."

Samantha Saint Explores 'Private Fantasies' with Jules Jordan

Posted Aug 27th, 2015 10:14 AM by Iris Blocks

CHATSWORTH, California—Studio head Jules Jordan has something to celebrate this month after his latest star showcase, Private Fantasies of Samantha Saint, hit the streets last week to red-hot sales. The title, both directed and produced by Jordan, stars buxom blonde bombshell Samantha Saint in six sex scenes, living out her wildest perversions.

"We didn't want to shoot just another showcase. We wanted this to be special, so Samantha decided she would like to shoot something extremely rare: anal and double penetration, interracial and an amazing blow bang. Of course, we were happy to oblige."

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"We took Samantha's suggestions on some of her fantasies she wanted to live out on film, and the results were shocking," Jordan enthused. "Samantha is like a Playboy model doing hardcore. It's incredible!"

Saint said, "I was so excited to team up with Jules to create this film. I know my fans, both new and old, will love this movie. Every scene is completely over the top, and I was partnered up perfectly for each scenario that this movie showcases. This is by far the most down and dirty I have ever gotten. I gave this movie my all, and I can't wait to see how it does during this years award show season."

Private Fantasies of Samantha Saint was released on August 17 by Jules Jordan Video. This film is a showcase that features Samantha Saint in all six scenes performing anal, double penetration, interracial, blow bang, oral, and POV sex scenes. This title is one of a very few released this year starring Samantha Saint, who is considered one of the top adult film stars.

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