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Desperate Pleasures Streets ‘Licklish Lesbians’ on Thursday

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Desperate Pleasures Streets 'Licklish Lesbians' on Thursday

VAN NUYS, CA — Pure Play Media and Desperate Pleasures are pleased to release on Thursday, August 7, Licklish Lesbians, a very special title dedicated to letting true-life lesbian ladies go to town on each other with no holds barred. These amateurs eat pussy for real — no muff-eating for money here — and they can’t wait to see how it feels to scissor and finger-fuck each other on camera. 

Featuring a flock of luscious lady-lovers eager for more than a taste, Licklish Lesbians puts young girls in a room with as many toys and strap-ons as they can handle and lets them call the shots. Watch Alexis Grace, Riley Reid, Angel Rose, Taylor Raz, Cathrine Foxx, Rene Phoenix, and Katrina Sullivan slut it up with one-on-ones, three-on-ones, and some very raw and raunchy scenes fans can only find from Desperate Pleasures. No scripts here; just authentic exploration with the cameras running non-stop to capture every wet and sloppy situation in HD.

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“It’s not easy to find genuine girl-on-girl action in porn these days, which is why Desperate Pleasure took the initiative not only to get the real deal, but also find real-life amateurs to do the job,” Pure Play Media Sales Representative Mike L. said. “Licklish Lesbians is girl-loving at its best and gives fans something very special that they can only find from this in-your-face studio. This must-have streets Thursday, so send in your orders now.”

Desperate Pleasures is available exclusively in the United States through Pure Play Media.

For wholesale information, contact Mike L. at Mike@PurePlayMedia.com or 800-929-3267 (x2224).

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Nina Hartley Joins Pleasure Chest LA For Anal August Workshop

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Nina Hartley Joins Pleasure Chest LA For Anal August Workshop

Posted Aug 05th, 2014 03:10 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles celebrates Anal August this month with a workshop lineup featuring porn star and sex educator Nina Hartley, who will be teaching Blow Jobs 2.0 on Sunday, August 10. The workshop will cover a number of tricks and techniques for better BJs, especially tips for using butt play to amp up a blow job.

Twenty-eight years into her career as a public advocate for sexual self-awareness, sanity and literacy, Nina Hartley is just hitting her stride. An exhibitionist with a cause, she created a persona that was wholly new at its inception in 1983 but is now part of the broader cultural lexicon: “feminist porn star.” Still in high demand as an on-screen talent in X-rated features, Ms. Hartley also co-produces her own line of instructional videos, Nina Hartley’s Guides. She lectures on campuses across the country and has contributed extensively to anthologies regarding sex and feminism. For more about Nina Hartley, visit her website.

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 “We are overjoyed to welcome Nina back to The Pleasure Chest,” commented Kristen Tribby, the Pleasure Chest’s Director of Creative Development and Strategy. “Our butt-focused Anal August workshop lineup has become an institution here, and we couldn’t let it pass by without asking back one of the best educators out there.”

Blow Jobs 2.0 with Nina Hartley will take place on Sunday, August 10, 4-6 P.M. The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles is located at 7733 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. The workshop is free to attend, with no reservation required. Early arrival is recommended to secure your seat. Please click here for more information.

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Kevin Smith Developing Porn-themed Sitcom for Canadian Pay TV

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Kevin Smith Developing Porn-themed Sitcom for Canadian Pay TV

Posted Aug 05th, 2014 02:56 PM

CANADA—Renaissance man Kevin Smith is developing a porn-themed sitcom for Canadian pay TV titled Prons. The project is a partnership with Canadian channels The Movie Network and Movie Central, The Hollywood Reporter said today.

"Prons," the trade site added, "is part of an extensive development slate at The Movie Network, which includes another comedy, Method, from Saving Hope producers Ilana Frank, David Wellington and Sonia Hosko."

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Scripted by Smith and Aaron Martin (Saving Hope), the comedy involves a famous porn star who tries to "escape the business" by returning to his childhood home in Brantford, Ontario.

Smith, of course, also wrote and directed the 2008 comedy, Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

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Canteen Outlaws Streets ‘Man at Bath’ Starring François Sagat

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The film by Christophe Honoré is Sagat's second mainstream effort.

Canteen Outlaws Streets 'Man at Bath' Starring François Sagat

Posted Aug 05th, 2014 10:44 AM

NEW YORK—Canteen Outlaws, a new label from veteran LGBT retailer TLA Releasing, has announced the DVD release of Man at Bath (Homme au bain), featuring gay adult star François Sagat in his sophomore mainstream performance effort. Directed by French auteur Christophe Honoré (Ma Mère, Love Songs, Dans Paris, Close to Leo), the film, which was released theatrically in 2010, is available starting today at retailers nationwide and online (SRP $24.99).                   

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Applauded by Indiewire as delivering a "substantive performance," Sagat stars as Emmanuel, a gay hustler living in France with his lover Omar. "After a quarrel between the two," reads the Wikipedia synopsis, "Emmanuel is left brokenhearted to fend for himself as Omar makes his way to New York City. The film separately follows the two men, as their lives diverge, discovering how their heartbreak gives way to fresh outlooks and doleful acceptance."

A trailer for Man at Bath can be found here.

Sagat also starred in Honoré's 2010 queer cinema zombie film, L.A. Zombie.

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Girlfriends Gets Sentimental With ‘Lesbian Tearjerkers’

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Girlfriends Gets Sentimental With 'Lesbian Tearjerkers'

VAN NUYS, Calif.—The latest from Girlfriends Films promises to pull at viewers' heartstrings while they're pulling at other parts of their anatomy.

Lesbian Tearjerkers, available now, tells four emotional tales starring Allie Haze, Jessie Andrews, Lisa Ann, Ash Hollywood, Veruca James, Darla Crane, Capri Cavanni and Natalie Moore.

"I urge retailers to save space on their shelves for Lesbian Tearjerkers, as we are already receiving a great consumer response to the photos and trailer we've release," Girlfrirends president Moose said. "The great stories lend to even better sex, and of course the cast is top notch."

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Airerose’s ‘Maternal Instinct’ Kicks In Sept. 18

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Airerose's 'Maternal Instinct' Kicks In Sept. 18

VAN NUYS, Calif.—Airerose Entertainment's second foray into the MILF genre, following its release later this month of Legendary Players, is slated to arrive September 18 to retailers.

Maternal Instinct stars Anissa Kate, Ava Addams, Jennifer Best and Nadia Styles in a collection of vignettes about seducing younger men.

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"MILF lovers will go gaga over Maternal Instinct, which features four smoking-hot performers who bring their sexiest dreams to the small screen," Airerose vice president Adam H. said. "September 18 is the release date, so give us a call today for ordering info and reservations."

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Senate Appropriations Committee Puts AB 1576 In Suspense File

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Senate Appropriations Committee Puts AB 1576 In Suspense File

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—At the end of a hearing lasting just over 20 minutes, the California Senate's Appropriations Committee relegated Assembly Bill 1576, the "condoms/barrier protections in porn" bill, to the legislature's Suspense File, as it is doing with nearly 200 other bills presented at the committee's marathon hearing, which began shortly after 10:15 a.m. Being put in the Suspense File means that the bills are considered at one hearing after the state budget has been prepared and the committee has a better sense of available revenue. No testimony is presented, either by the bill's author or any witness for or against, at the Suspense File hearing.

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AB 1576 finally reached the floor at 2:50 this afternoon, and Assemblyman Isadore Hall III delivered a shortened version of his same support for the bill that he had given at three previous legislative committees.

"AB 1576 is a workplace safety measure that would require employer-paid mandatory STD testing on adult film actors at least every 14 days and documentation that a condom or other personal protective equipment was use in all adult films produced in California," he began, adding that three policy committees—the Assembly Arts & Entertainment and Appropriations Committees, as well as the Senate Labor Committee—had already had "extensive public debate on this bill" and "received bipartisan support."

Hall went on to state that "Existing state and federal OSHA laws already require the use of condoms in adult films, period. In fact, existing federal OSHA law requires the use of condoms in adult films produced anywhere in the nation"—which of course begs the question of why AB 1576 is even needed.

Hall also claimed that the bill has "negligible general fund impact," ignoring the fact that CalOSHA or some other state agency would need to hire several additional inspectors to make sure adult movie and internet content producers are complying with the law. However, Hall sidestepped that fact by claiming that not passing the bill would cost the state even more—over $600,000 per person, he said—for treatment of performers who contracted HIV and other STDs, further claiming that most performers don't have health insurance, even though the Affordable Care Act requires them to obtain it.

"Many California studios require condoms on the set today, and are still extremely successful and profitable," he further claimed. "In fact, as recently as May 9 of this year, one adult film director made the switch to condoms and testing after acknowledging that the only reason he didn't require condoms before was because he put profit before worker safety."

That director was Axel Braun, and what Braun actually said was, "Maybe the last one [HIV-positive performer] hit too close to home, since patient zero was booked on my set the day he was diagnosed, or maybe my integrity is becoming more important than my bottom line, but I have finally come to believe that our system is broken, and I’m simply trying to do what I can to fix it on my end.” Braun also adopted a policy of only allowing actors with tests less that one week old, and required that actors be at least 21 years old.

Hall also hit on some of the other arguments that have been made against the bill, with Hall reiterating that performers in adult works are "employees like any other employee for any other business in the state," and reiterated that it wouldn't cost the state general fund any extra money.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Rand Martin followed Hall, claiming that "The bill does two things: Number one, it requires documentation that protective barriers were used when it was necessary to do so; number two, that an STD test was taken no more than 14 days before a scene was filmed. That is all the bill does." He also claimed that since he had worked with CalOSHA to "align the bill" with the agency's existing regulations, that no additional costs would be incurred—except, of course, for the additional inspectors, which Martin did not mention.

Cameron Bay and her boyfriend Rod Daily also spoke, with the former actress dropping her claim that she had contracted her HIV on an adult set, but claimed today that "Adult producers know ... that they could take advantage of workers like myself. They know the high turnover rate for workers like me and they know that they're breaking the law when they deny a worker like me the cheapest workplace barrier protection in existence, which is a condom. And they do all that because they don't have to pay for the treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. You, the citizens of California, have to pay. While the producers laugh their way to the bank, you're left with the bill: over half a million dollars in medication just for a single HIV infection like myself."

But while Bay claimed that "AB 1576 insures women like me are protected from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections," her boyfriend Rod Daily began his testimony by saying, "During my time as a performer, I only wore condoms in all of my scenes. Because of these, I was protected from STDs on set." So either Daily didn't contract his disease on an adult set, or the condoms didn't protect him—neither of which argues for the passage of AB 1576.

After the three speakers had finished, de Leon asked for others who wished to speak in support, and just three presented themselves, including Adam Cohen of UCLA's Reproductive Health Interest Group, an AHF supporter.

When de Leon asked for speakers in opposition to the bill, Lorelei Lee stepped forward, bringing with her a petition signed by "over 650 adult performers" opposing the bill, out of the 1,000 to 1,200 active performers in the industry, "so there can be no quesiton that the majority of performers oppose this bill." She also noted that the committee had received letters from members of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, the industry's only all-talent group, which also oppose the bill.

"I want to make clear that the author of this bill does not speak for performers," Lee said. "The sponsors of this bill do not speak for performers. They have not worked with us, they have not reached to us, and no one cares more than we do about our health and safety."

"This bill would seriously degrade the health and safety protocols that we already have in place and that we have been working to improve over the last decade," she added. "I want to emphasize that we would not work in this industry if we did not believe that our protocols have kept us safe. Under our current protocols, we have not had a single on-set transmission of HIV in over a decadel. ... Performers who have tested positive in the last decade have done so after an exposure in their private lives and our mandatory test-and-stop protocols have prevented any on-set transmissions from occurring."

She also expressed concern about performers' medical information being shared with CalOSHA, noting that "Forced consent is not consent. This is a privacy violation and we do not consent to it."

She observed that "legislative condom mandates do not lead to more condom use in adult films," noting that after Measure B was passed, many productions moved out of the jurisdiction, "taking thousands of California jobs with them," including not only performers but the myriad technicians that work behind the scenes. She also noted that many productions that can't afford to move have gone underground.

"When our jobs become illegal, our employers have even less accountability, and both the stigmas and the on-set dangers that we face rise exponentially," she concluded. "Our voice and our concerns should be more important than bills that a politician is simply trying to pass a bill."

Attorney Karen Tynan next took the microphone, claiming that, "Let me be clear: AB 1576 is costly to the state, far beyond the suspense threshhold. It undermines efforts to implement a complete and effective worker safety plan." She added that the industry had spent years working with medical professionals and experts to devise the industry's current testing protocols, which she said are "more comprehensive than AB 1576, and we have the support of the workers, the performers themselves."

She reminded the committee that CalOSHA is working on its own set of regulations, and called AB 1576 "an assault on that process."

"We believe this bill will also cost money with the California Department of Public Health," she stated. "The recommendations will require the development of a list of recommended HIV tests and it's impossible to believe that this will not require additional costs to the state. This would have to be a public and inclusive process so that the Department of Public Health can understand the nuances of this industry and could listen to performers and primary care physicians," noting that such costs would require Public Health to "divert resources from more pressing matters."

She concluded by noting that six Bay Area production companies had already moved to Nevada, as well as a "San Fernando-based adult film company with $30 million in revenue transferred their entire operations out of state."

The final speaker in opposition to the bill was a new one: Aaron Fox of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, who noted that his organization was one of the ones that had sent an opposition letter to the committee last week, with the other two being Project Inform of San Francisco and AIDS Project Los Angeles (which de Leon made sure to note was a different organization from the bill's sponsor, AIDS Healthcare Foundation).

"Mandatory state-mandated HIV testing has never been something that this legislature has been in favor of except one time in its history, which was in 1996, when a boxer tested positive for HIV and the legislature passed a law that professional boxers and martial artists must be tested for HIV before they can compete in the ring," he stated. "We believe that any way of expanding state-mandated HIV testing violates privacy rights, stigmatizes people with HIV and is not something that's in congruence with all of the HIV testing laws in California that not only require consent but also require people to have the right to decline an HIV test. There's nothing in this legislation that allows people the right to decline an HIV test and that has been something the California legislature has always supported throughout its history."

At that point, de Leon called for those in the audience who oppose the bill to step forward and state their opposition—and more than 30 did, including performers Anna Cherry, Mia Coleman, Veruca James (who's also the recently elected treasurer of APAC), Jiz Lee, Mick Blue, Anikka Albrite, Aiden Starr, Ariel X, Lea Lexis, Maitresse Madeline, Owen Gray and Mickey Mod, as well as FSC CEO Diane Duke and Michael Chate of MindGeek.

None of the committee members had questions or comments, but de Leon gave Hall the last word, though, and he didn't disappoint.

"I know this is not a sexy bill," he began. "We're talking about protecting the lives of those without a voice," apparently ignoring the "voice" of the 650-plus petitions presented to the committee earlier.

"These individuals who have come forward today deserve a badge of honor for the courage that they have to come back and forth to Sacramento for the last several months testifying in front of members of the legislature both on Senate and the Assembly side, talking about how they were impacted on their places of employment," he stated, apparently referring to Bay and Daily rather than the dozens of other performers who have attended those same hearings, "where they contracted a disease that will affect their lives for the rest of their lives," Hall added, implying that Bay and Daily contracted their HIV on-set, which implication has been shown to be untrue.

"For the record, Mr. Chair, this bill does not mandate testing," Hall lied. "This bill mandates documentation of testing, and there is a big difference. This bill does not mandate testing; this bill mandates the documentation of testing, and the question as I close is, Mr. Chair and members, is how many lives must be taken for profit? How many people must come up here each and every week or every other week and talk about how their lives and families' lives and many others are drastically impacted by going to work, performing a job, not receiving a reasonable level of protection afforded other employees, and as a result, now their lives have been turned upside down, their families and all of their associates?"

The answer to that question appears to be just Cameron Bay and Rod Daily, neither of whom caught their HIV on an adult set, while more than 650 other performers signed petitions and wrote letters against the bill's passage.

Apparently, Hall and his supporters will have to "commence the dialog" to drum up additional support for the bill "before the Suspense File dump next week." Opponents of AB 1576 will have the same amount of time to press their opposition to the bill's passage from the committee, and if Hall is successful, later, when the bill comes before the full Senate.

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Aug

AVN Media Network Debuts Official 2015 Awards Website

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Tickets now on sale for Jan. 24 extravaganza, featuring co-hosts Alexis Texas and Tommy Pistol

AVN Media Network Debuts Official 2015 Awards Website

Posted Aug 04th, 2014 06:15 PM

CHATSWORTH, Calif.AVN Media Network announces the debut of its official website for the 2015 AVN Awards. A variety of ticket packages to the annual event, co-hosted by superstar performers Alexis Texas and Tommy Pistol, are now available online.

To access the official 2015 AVN Awards website, visit AVNAwards.com.

AVN Awards ticket packages start at $175 and are available at here. Industry members may purchase tickets by e-mailing tickets@avnawards.com. For hotel reservations, rates start at $99 and may be accessed by clicking here.

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The adult industry's biggest extravaganza will be held at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Jan. 24, 2015, as part of the Adult Entertainment Expo, scheduled Jan. 21-24 at the iconic venue.

Featuring a variety of content, AVNAwards.com gives fans the opportunity to purchase tickets, peruse ticket packages, access photo galleries, view lists of past winners, book hotel rooms, and more.

AVNAwards.com also features information on the 2015 AVN Show, a weeklong series of events produced by AVN Media Network at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, beginning with Internext, followed by the AVN Novelty Expo and the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, and culminating with the 32nd AVN Awards Show.

Since 1984, the AVN Awards Show has been a famous staple on the Las Vegas scene, growing dramatically over the years. It is now broadcast each year on cable to millions of viewers.

TheDailyBeast.com writer Richard Abowitz describes the AVN Awards as “the Academy Awards for the adult industry.” Robin Leach, of the Las Vegas Sun, goes into more detail: “The annual festival of flash with dangerous, waist-high-slit gowns, even more dangerously plunging gowns, bared back, lacy lingerie, and sky-high stilettos.” Casino.org contributor David Sheldon states the AVN Awards “brings the sin to Sin City … the perfect marriage of one illicit industry with another.”

Likewise dubbed "the Oscars of adult" by Entertainment Weekly, the AVN Awards Show is a must-attend, must-see event featuring the hottest stars from adult and mainstream pop culture. With a stylish red carpet pre-show and lavish star-studded ceremony, the AVN Awards Show celebrates outstanding achievements in the world of adult entertainment.

The 2015 gala event at The Joint will feature comedy, live music, and a slew of superstar presenters and special guests, making the 32nd annual show a memorable experience for all.

Media registration for the 2015 AVN Awards will open in September 2014.

All media inquires may be directed to Adella at press@avnawards.com or (310) 804-0514.

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Aug

Darkko’s ‘B For Bonnie’ Provides Dirty Rotten Showcase for Evil Angel

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Darkko's 'B For Bonnie' Provides Dirty Rotten Showcase for Evil Angel

Posted Aug 04th, 2014 06:12 PM

VAN NUYS, Calif.—AVN Female Performer of the Year Bonnie Rotten is adding another star showcase to her filmography: a hardcore squirtathon helmed by veteran Evil Angel director Jonni Darkko. B For Bonnie, which streets August 18, captures both the glamour and the gutsiness of the tattooed squirter in all-new scenes.

The dedicated star vehicle will be available on DVD and VOD; a trailer at EvilAngelVideo.com shows Rotten soaking every scene of her movie with genuine sexual joy, flowing spit and torrential girl squirt.

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B For Bonnie was highly collaborative effort, Rotten explained. “Me and Jonni worked hard to make it really special and different,” Rotten said. “He’s got a high-glam style and I’m a hardcore, dirty chick, and that made a great combination for the both of us. We worked together to pick costumes, scene concepts and scene partners, and I’m really satisfied with the outcome. It’s always a pleasure to work with Jonni; we always have fun.”

“Jonni’s star showcase titles are always instant bestsellers, and this one features Bonnie Rotten, the Female Performer Of The Year,” noted Justin Rich, Evil Angel’s domestic sales manager. He added a personal insight: “Knowing Bonnie from promotional appearances in Las Vegas, I can tell you that Jonni’s movie perfectly conveys Bonnie’s sexy, exciting personality.”

The fashion-forward director outfitted Rotten for a “señorita and bullfighters” scene that he nominates as his favorite in B For Bonnie. “Bonnie was fancying some role play with some Spanish boys,” Darkko revealed. “It’s a super-aggressive scene—Toni Ribas and Ramon Nomar d.p. the hell out of Bonnie.” They leave her, as the director said, “squirting her ass off,” with wet waves of female ejaculate blasting the camera lens. The scene concludes with “a little cocksucking/‘waterboarding,’” he described.

In a slobbery lesbian threesome, Darkko said, “Vicki Chase and Amber Rayne take big toys in their assholes; all the while Bonnie dominates them. A fun treat is when Bonnie squirts in both Amber and Vicki’s mouths.”

In another scene, Three muscular brutes subject Rotten to a rough triple-penetration. Darkko recalled, “‘Airtight’ is the word Bonnie used—she wanted every hole full of cock. Lots of hard fucking, and Bonnie squirts all over the place.”

In an opening face fuck, spit spackles Rotten’s eyes closed and her partner kisses her mouth between two cum facials. “It leads to yet another squirtfest, of course,” Darkko marveled.

For Bonnie's hardcore fans, B For Bonnie should offer a chance to be spoiled Rotten.

For domestic sales inquiries, contact Justin Rich: jrich@evilangel.com or (800) 442-6435, ext. 115.

For foreign sales inquiries, contact Alexandra Kelley: alex@evilangel.com or (818) 787-1414, ext. 106.

For more information, visit EvilDistributor.com or EvilAngelVideo.com. Follow Evil Angel on Twitter: @EvilAngelVideo.

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Aug

FSC Comments on Appropriations Putting AB1576 on Suspense

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FSC Comments on Appropriations Putting AB1576 on Suspense

Posted Aug 04th, 2014 04:16 PM

SACRAMENTO—AB1576, the controversial condoms in porn bill, was placed in the suspense file today by the Senate Appropriation Committee. Bills are put on suspense file when their cost to the state exceeds a certain budgetary limit. The bill will be discussed further by the Appropriations Committee after the state budget is completed, and will be announced with a simple up or down vote later next week.

The implementation of AB1576 was estimated to cost the state between $125K to $150K. The calculated amount does not incorporate any costs related to lost tax revenue or jobs, nor any lawsuits related to the bill. Diane Duke, head of the Free Speech Coalition had the following statement:

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“Assemblymember Hall said today that he’s speaking for people without a voice, yet the bill has been overwhelming opposed by performers and performer’s groups. That he could say that with a straight face after dozens of performers spoke out against him is incredible. It's not that they don't have a voice, it's that he's not listening.

“The more legislators hear about the bill, the more they don’t like it. This bill will have major financial cost for the California, while doing nothing to improve the safety of performers. And it’s not just performers and producers who are opposed to the bill, it’s HIV and AIDS outreach organizations, sex worker rights organizations, LGBTQ organizations, and business organizations. This morning, we had a great anti-AB1576 editorial written by L.A. Times editor Jim Newton, joining the Orange County Register and the LA Daily News in their opposition to the bill. It’s a broad coalition. Just about the only people fighting for it are AHF and Hall.”

Opposition to the bill includes the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Project Inform, the Center for HIV Law and Policy, the Positive Women’s Network, the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, the Harvey Milk Democratic Club, the St. James Infirmary, the Erotic Service Providers Union, the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA).

“There has not been a single transmission of HIV on an adult film set in over ten years, thanks to vigorous adult industry safety protocols,” says Duke. “Yet the bill has used fear and misinformation to take away performer’s control over their bodies and pushes the industry out of state.”

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Aug

Nick Manning Issues Warning on Actions by Impersonator

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Nick Manning Issues Warning on Actions by Impersonator

Posted Aug 04th, 2014 12:30 PM

Once again this week, a well-known adult performer made a statement about an impersonator on the loose, sending out emails and attempting to contact other performers. The report, coming from veteran male star Nick Manning, is similar to warnings issued by Axel Braun and Dana Vespoli.

In the statement Manning wrote, “It has recently come to my attention that like others in our industry, including Axel Bruan and Dana Vespoli, there is someone out there impersonating me, booking shoots or attempting to book shoots with girls and then not paying for services rendered.

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“I am told that a few people specifically on the East Coast have been approached by someone claiming to be me. This is 100 percent not me. I am not booking for any content shoots and even if I was, I wouldn't be doing so on the East Coast. I live and work exclusively in the L.A. area.

“While I do some content trades for my official site NickManningOnline.com, I always book them directly or with the help of my friend Kelli Roberts and always with people that know me already. If we go outside my circle of friends it's always with a licensed and bonded agency like LA Direct Models or Kelli's favorite, OC Modeling.

“I'm sorry for anyone who has been taken advantage of by this scam artist, but in the future if you show up on the set and see obviously the person in question isn't me, you shouldn't stay for any reason.

“In addition, you should verify in advance any shoot you book. You can tweet me @realnickmanning and I'd be happy at any time to verify a booking someone claims they have with me.

“Just remember when it comes to your safety and well being, it's always better to be safe than sorry. So take just a moment before heading out to meet anyone you are unsure of and check the facts.

“Thank you for your time and for helping me get the word out.”

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Manville’s ‘Twinky and the Bear’ Set for September Release

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VAN NUYS, CA — Manville Entertainment has announced a September release date for its upcoming all-male fantasy feature Twinky and the Bear: A Beary Gay XXX Tale. 

Austin, Twinky and the Bear Director and Executive Producer for Manville Entertainment, stated, “Twinky and the Bear: A Beary Gay XXX Tale features perfectly paired bears and twinks who set the screen on fire with every scene. I thought the juxtaposition of hairy muscle bears with smooth sexy twinks would be awesome and the chemistry on set was off the charts electric! The fans have been asking for an all-sex feature title and we can’t wait to give it to them!” 

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Manville Entertainment has teamed up with category retailer TLAGay.com for an early release of Twinky and the Bear. TLAGay.com will also have a special exclusive gift-with-purchase to go along with the film. 

“Customers responded incredibly well to Batman & Robin and The Green Lantern,” said Erik Schut, Managing Director at TLAGay.com. “Sales for both were excellent, so when it came time for their next flick we knew we wanted to be the first to carry it. Plus, the Manville owners always send us dozens of doughnuts, roses, and vodka bottles, so of course we’re gonna say yes.” 

“TLAGay.com is a retailer with incredible sales capacity that has always done well with our content and been very supportive of us,” Austin continues. “An early release of Twinky and the Bear via TLAGay.com allows us expose the movie to their massive consumer base before it is available worldwide. We’re taking preorders now, so be sure to secure your copies today!” 

Purchase the early release of Twinky and the Bear: A Beary Gay XXX Tale at TLAGay.com. 

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Manville Entertainment’s ‘Twinky and the Bear’ Set for September Release

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VAN NUYS, CA — Manville Entertainment has announced a September release date for its upcoming all-male fantasy feature Twinky and the Bear: A Beary Gay XXX Tale. 

Austin, Twinky and the Bear Director and Executive Producer for Manville Entertainment, stated, “Twinky and the Bear: A Beary Gay XXX Tale features perfectly paired bears and twinks who set the screen on fire with every scene. I thought the juxtaposition of hairy muscle bears with smooth sexy twinks would be awesome and the chemistry on set was off the charts electric! The fans have been asking for an all-sex feature title and we can’t wait to give it to them!” 

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Manville Entertainment has teamed up with category retailer TLAGay.com for an early release of Twinky and the Bear. TLAGay.com will also have a special exclusive gift-with-purchase to go along with the film. 

“Customers responded incredibly well to Batman & Robin and The Green Lantern,” said Erik Schut, Managing Director at TLAGay.com. “Sales for both were excellent, so when it came time for their next flick we knew we wanted to be the first to carry it. Plus, the Manville owners always send us dozens of doughnuts, roses, and vodka bottles, so of course we’re gonna say yes.” 

“TLAGay.com is a retailer with incredible sales capacity that has always done well with our content and been very supportive of us,” Austin continues. “An early release of Twinky and the Bear via TLAGay.com allows us expose the movie to their massive consumer base before it is available worldwide. We’re taking preorders now, so be sure to secure your copies today!” 

Purchase the early release of Twinky and the Bear: A Beary Gay XXX Tale at TLAGay.com. 

For additional information, please visit Vantage Distribution at VantageDist.com.

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Vicky Vette’s VNALive.com Teams Up with Rude.com

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Posted Aug 04th, 2014 11:32 AM

CYBERSPACEVicky Vette has announced that her live cam site VNALive.com is now partnering with Rude.com. Starting today, all of Rude.com's VIP members will be able to watch all of the live shows broadcast at VNALive.com, giving them access to some 50 to 60 hours of live interactive programming weekly.

Created in 2005, Rude.com has became known as a social networking site for adults. Amateurs can create profiles, participate in live voyeur cams and upload content to be viewed for promotion or sale in a clips store.  VIP members have access to Rude.com without any limitations as well as additional features such as voyeur cams, streaming videos and live shows.

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Vette reports that it has been a busy few weeks for VNALive.com, which became the first adult site to stream live from Bubba the Love Sponge's @BTLSRadio this week. Earlier in July, Penthouse Pet Jelena Jensen and Maggie Green were added to the roster of girls doing member shows. There are currently more than 60 girls now using VNALive.com platform.

VNALive.com was launched by Vette in October 2012 as a cam platform for solo girls to add live shows to their member sites. Stars such as Julia Ann, Nikki Benz, Siri, Deauxma, Bobbi  Eden and Sara Jay all use the platform as well as popular solo girls Sandee Westgate and Vanilla Deville in the United States, Louise Jenson and Rebekah Dee in England, Amy Anderssen in Canada, among many others. The platform can be added to any membership site in less than 30 minutes. Vette was named in 2013 to AVN's list of Top 30 Women Power Players and just won the AVN Award for Best Solo Girl Website.

Commenting on the deal, Vette said, "Rude.com is the first adult site that we have allowed to feature VNALive.com. It will result in all of the girls that cam with us more viewers, more eyeballs and hopefully more members. I am happy to have Rude.com on board as VNALive.com expands. There is nothing like VNALive.com in adult and we have a lot more plans in the works."

Brett LaMar ofRude.com added, “We have been looking for a way to add live camshows to Rude.com for our VIP members to enjoy. VNALive.com is a terrific way of adding top-quality interaction with household stars and is a perfect fit for our brand. I am sure our members are going to love it."

Websites interesting in adding VNALive.com to their programming or girls/webmasters interested in joining VNALive.com can reach Vette at vicky@vettenationlive.com. Brett LaMar can be reached at Brett@Rude.com.

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APAC Announces Results of Board of Directors Election

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APAC Announces Results of Board of Directors Election

Posted Aug 04th, 2014 10:43 AM

LOS ANGELES—The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (APAC) is very pleased to announce the results of its first truly democratic election of Directors of the Board.

James Deen, former APAC treasurer, will be serving as chairperson for APAC’s second year.

Commented Chanel Preston, former vice president and current president, "I am so excited for this coming year. The new board is very strong, and it will be great to get new perspectives on many of the things we've been working on. I can't wait to see all that we accomplish."

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Newly installed vice president Conner Habib said, “I'm so grateful and excited to be elected vice president of APAC. I'm looking forward to working on bridging the gap between gay, queer and straight adult industries to create a stronger unity between performers and advocates. I'm also honored to be on a board made of such thoughtful and talented people.”

Veruca James ran uncontested for treasurer.

The fifth board member, Ela Darling, added, “I am thrilled to take on the role of secretary of APAC.”

APAC issued an official statement of thanks to Kimberly Kane, Mick Blue, and Stoya for their service during the organization's inaugural year, and issued an invitation to all current and former adult performers to attend the ongoing APAC meetings. These gatherings will take place on the first Sunday of every month in Silver Lake.

APAC was created to give adult performers organized representation in matters affecting talent health, safety, and community. The mission of APAC is protect performers' rights to a safer and more professional work environment. For more information, visit APAC-USA.com, email apac.information@gmail.com or follow on Twitter.

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Christian Mann ‘Celebration of Life’ Set For Friday, August 8

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Christian Mann 'Celebration of Life' Set For Friday, August 8

A celebration of the life of Christian Mann, the highly-respected adult industry veteran who ran Video Team for nearly a decade and who, for the past six years, had served as General Manager for Evil Angel Productions, will take place on Friday evening, August 8, at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys.

"Christian Mann—the man, the myth, the adult industry legend!" reads the celebration website. "Come and celebrate his extraordinary life with other friends who loved him deeply and respected his integrity, trusted his insights, and admired his brilliance and wicked, biting wit. He was an absolute original, and he will be missed."

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Attended by his wife, Melissa Mann, and his sister, Melissa Villaneuva, Mann died after a long illness on Wednesday evening, July 30. Tributes to Christian Mann from many adult industry members who knew him can be found here and here.

The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. and is expected to last about four hours. The Airtel Plaza Hotel is located at 7277 Valjean Avenue, at the corner of Sherman Way, in Van Nuys, Calif. 91406.

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP here. AVN thanks Vivid Entertainment co-owner Steve Hirsch, a long-time friend of Mann's, for the above information.

Relatives of the deceased have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations be made to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and/or to two non-profit organizations of which Mann thought very highly, Free Speech Coalition (of which he was the Board President until his death) and the Reason Foundation. When donating, please note that the donation is being made in memory of Christian Mann.

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Wicked Wraps Shooting on ‘Cinderella XXX: An Axel Braun Parody’

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'Snow White XXX: An Axel Braun Parody' at #1 on AVN's Top 150 Sales and Rentals Chart

An Axel Braun Parody'

Posted Aug 01st, 2014 06:00 PM

LOS ANGELES—Wicked Pictures has announce that principal photography has wrapped on Cinderella XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, the third installment in the Wicked Fairy Tales line. Directed by four-time consecutive AVN Director of the Year Axel Braun, the ambitious shoot put Wicked Girl and 2014 AVN Awards Host Samantha Saint at the center of an erotic take on the classic Charles Perrault tale.

In addition to featuring Saint as the titular character, the movie's cast also includes Veronica Avluv, Julia Ann, Penny Pax, Carter Cruise, Seth Gamble, Will Powers, Evan Stone, Tyler Knight and James Bartholet.

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Reflecting on his latest production, Braun observed, "Cinderella was a lot of fun to shoot, Samantha was simply perfect in the titular role, and Veronica Avluv brought an extraordinarily sexy, evil intensity to the part of Lady Tremaine, while Julia Ann as the Fairy Godmother definitely gave a new meaning to 'Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.'"

Saint enthused, "?This was my first time working for Axel, and it was the perfect introduction to his world. His movies are the crème de la crème when it comes to showcasing what this industry can produce. His work is so consistent that it’s no surprise he’s won Director of the Year four years in a row, and I wanted to do everything I could to help him win a fifth time. He truly is one of the very best!"

Saint's ?enthusiasm is echoed by her co-star, XRCO MILF of the Year Veronica Avluv, who added, "I had so much fun shooting this movie for a director as brilliant as Axel! Having the opportunity to really step outside the usual bounds of being glamorous to play such an evil person was a very unique and fun experience as an adult performer. I'm pretty certain that this role, among all the memories I'll look back upon as a performer, will stand out as a very unique experience!"

The Wicked Fairy Tales imprint has proven to a match to Braun's directorial style. The line's maiden release, Snow White XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, has pleased consumers and critics since making its DVD debut this spring. The two-disc feature sold out its first replication run within 24 hours and has since gone on to earn a perfect AAAAA review from AVN. Other reviews have been just as laudatory, with the mainstream pop culture site Examiner.com praising the release for delivering a "wonderfully wicked twist at the end that's sure to please viewers."

Snow White XXX: An Axel Braun Parody is currently #1 on AVN.com's Top 150 Sales and Rentals Chart. Not one to rest on his laurels, the powerhouse director released the next title in the series, Sleeping Beauty XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, on June 25. An erotic counterpart to the current mainstream release Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, the dark, sexually charged feature is anchored by Wicked Pictures contract star Stormy Daniels' interpretation of the titular character. Her performance is counterbalanced by Anikka Albrite's portrayal of the beleaguered princess.

The SFW trailer can be viewed here. For other Wicked Fairy Tales trailers, DVD art and more downloadable assets, visit WickedB2B.com. For more information about Wicked Pictures, visit Wicked.com.

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Judge Warns Against Keeping ‘Truly Disgusting’ Porn on Phone

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Judge Warns Against Keeping 'Truly Disgusting' Porn on Phone

LONDON—A British judge has sentenced two men to conditional discharge and issued fines for having "truly disgusting" images and videos on their cell phones, and while doing so took the opportunity to issue a general warning to the public about porn on phones that has been dutifully picked up by the U.K. press.

"You have pleaded guilty to possessing truly disgusting images," Old Bailey judge Paul Worsley QC told the men in court. "It makes a big difference if someone goes out of their way to seek it, or if they're sent it by some mischievous colleague. In your case it was unsolicited.

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"This is an exceptional case in some ways," he added. "The public should not find this carte blanche to possess material of this nature."

The only problem is, there is scant mention in any news report of precisely what sort of "extreme pornographic image likely to cause injury," which is how the law defines the crime, was on either man's phone. Both men were also hit with charges relating to "possessing pornographic images involving animals," but that's as detailed an explanation of the content as one gets.

"Both men said they had received the content from an unknown source, and had been unable to watch it all due to feeling 'sickened,'" reported the Buxton Advertiser. "The videos and image were later recovered by police after they stopped the defendants, both from Essex, in London in January on an unrelated matter."

One of the defendants told the court, "I deleted the videos from my Whatsapp, but I had no ideas they would save to my camera roll. I didn't even watch the full content of the video. It was very sick and disturbing."

The judge admitted that "there was no evidence of the defendants sharing the content, or the men getting sexual gratification from them," but still "handed both defendants a two-year conditional discharge and told them to each pay £500 costs."

But it's the judge's public warning about disgusting and illegal content that each individual is left to imagine that will be the real take-away from this case. Nothing like imposing a little subjectivity on the law.

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Chris Ward Announces Formation of Falcon Studios Group

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Posted Aug 01st, 2014 04:27 PM

SAN FRANCISCO—Chris Ward, president of Falcon Studios, Raging Stallion Studios and recently acquired Hot House Entertainment, has announced the creation of Falcon Studios Group. The new umbrella organization is home to three of the most prominent brands in the history of gay adult entertainment and all of the video lines associated with those brands.

Falcon Studios Group and sister company NakedSword comprise the gay division of AEBN (the Adult Entertainment Broadcast Network).

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“With the addition of Hot House to the Falcon and Raging Stallion family of brands and the growth that we’re experiencing, we thought it was appropriate to establish an umbrella organization where fans can find the most superior gay porn in the market. Since Falcon has the most content, the most established brand and iconic name recognition, we thought it only fitting to call it the Falcon Studios Group,” Ward said. “Even then, fans and retailers can rest assured that each site, video line and brand will remain distinct and continue releasing the style and quality of content they expect from each individual entity within the Falcon Studios Group.”

The group will continue production of video lines that are currently releasing. New features and scenes will be available on the group’s various membership sites, and DVDs and scene downloads will be available on the Falcon Studios Group Store.

Falcon Studios (established in 1971) will continue to produce movies for the flagship Falcon Studios line, as well as the new Falcon Edge line. The recently redesigned FalconStudios.com membership site is updated three times per week with scenes from these lines. The site is also home to the extensive library of scenes from the Jocks Studios, Mustang Studios, Falcon International, Falcon STR8MEN and Guys Like Us video lines.

The award-winning Raging Stallion (established in 1999), Monster Bang and Hard Friction lines remain in production; the membership site RagingStallion.com will be updated three times weekly. Scenes from the following inactive video lines are also available on the Raging Stallion membership site: Sex Packs, Centurion Muscle, High Octane, Twinks and Pistol Media.

Raging Stallion’s kink and fisting lines, Fetish Force and Fisting Central, will stay active and update FetishForce.com. DVDs and scene downloads from all of these lines are also available from the Falcon Studios Group Store.

Lines from Hot House Entertainment (established in 1994) have been brought into the Falcon Studios Group. The Hot House Video and recently created Gym Dudes video brands will keep shooting and update the HotHouse.com membership site, which will begin updating twice a week. Hot House’s Backroom Exclusive and Pack Attack lines are also available on the membership site and Falcon Studios Group store.

ClubInfernoDungeon.com, Hot House’s fetish site, is home to scenes currently produced under the Club Inferno fisting brand. The classic Plain Wrapped fisting line and big-toy/assplay line Hole Busters are available on ClubInfernoDungeon.com, with DVDs available on the store.

Features from all mainstream lines of the Falcon Studios Group are available on FalconTV, the leading provider of on-demand gay adult erotica available on select television providers. FalconTV delivers award-winning content from Falcon Studios Group and sister company NakedSword Originals to more than 31 million television customers. A listing of currently available titles can be found at FalconTV.com.

The Falcon Studios Group list of award-winning and fan-favorite directors (Chris Ward, Tony Dimarco, Steve Cruz, Christian Owen, Bruno Bond and Nick Foxx) will continue as the creative driving force for all lines of the group. Each will have a specific line to which they are assigned, but their primary focus will always be to keep the style, integrity and feel of each line intact.

Fans can access performances from current exclusive models across all lines of the group. Ryan Rose, Boomer Banks, Shawn Wolfe, Sean Zevran, Dario Beck, Brian Bonds, Andrew Stark, Johnny V and David Benjamin are now Falcon Studios Group Exclusives and will potentially shoot for any or all of the video lines currently in production.

HUNT e-Zine is now the official e-newsletter of Falcon Studios Group and will continue to provide free scenes and galleries, model spotlights, special features and interviews. Coverage will focus primarily on the three major studio brands, as well as covering other studios in the gay adult genre. Fans can see the most recent issue and check out the past issue archives by visiting HUNTeZine.com.

The company’s blog has been repositioned as the official blog of the newly formed Falcon Studios Group. Fans, retailers and industry executives can find all the latest information about Falcon Studios, Raging Stallion and Hot House on the Falcon Studios Group blog.

Wholesale distribution and licensing for all DVD lines of the Falcon Studios Group will also be based out of its San Francisco offices. The group's wholesale distribution arm, Raging Stallion Releasing, offers all Falcon Studios Group titles as well as a number of third-party producers’ video lines for retail sale and wholesale distribution, including NakedSword Originals, Stag Homme, Butch Dixon, UK Naked Men, Cazzo, Edger 9 and Stud Fist.

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Dana Vespoli Warns About Casting Call Email Scam

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Posted Aug 01st, 2014 04:17 PM

LOS ANGELES—Dana Vespoli has issued a notice that someone has been sending fake emails to performers pretending to be her and asking the recipients how she can contact them for more details.

The emails read, “This is Dana Vespoli, multi-award-winning porn director / actor. Would you be interested to join my cast for my upcoming parody? How could I contact you for more details?”

Vespoli is now asking that people exercise caution and not reply to the emails should they receive one.

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“I don’t know who is sending these out, but it is not me,” she said. “This isn’t how I do business.”

The incident recalls a similar situation in May when someone sent out emails pretending to be Axel Braun that attempted to solicit info from porn talent.

“The best idea is to talk to your agent,” Dana suggested. “If I am contacting you personally via email we probably already have a relationship and you know that it’s me.”

For more on Dana Vespoli, follow her on Twitter, or visit her Evil Angel page or her Rising Star PR profile here.

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The Adult Industry Remembers Christian Mann (1961-2014)

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The Adult Industry Remembers Christian Mann (1961-2014)

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LOS ANGELES—It is safe to say that the entire adult industry, spanning movie production and online content creation and the novelty branch, is shocked and saddened by the death of Christian "Chris" Mann, the 35-year veteran who worked variously for his father, Kurt Mann, delivering the hardcore magazines Kurt produced; for Catalina Video, where he was a top salesman for several years; for California Publishers Liquidating Corp. (better known as CPLC) and Video Team, where he began as the head of that video production unit until it was spun off from CPLC in about 1994, after which he became a co-owner of the new company; for Metro Media, where he was a producer after he sold his interest in Video Team to that company; and finally, for John Stagliano as the general manager of Evil Angel Productions, a job Mann held until his death last evening.

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"Christian has been one of my best friends for over 30 years, and the last 19 months were difficult for everyone, including him," observed Steve Hirsch, Co-Chair of Vivid Entertainment. "His courage and dignity is something I'll always remember, and he will obviously never be forgotten, and from the first time I met Christian, I knew that we would be friends, and we've been through a lot together, good times and not-so-good times, but our friendship never wavered.

"I think Chris was a native Californian; I think he was born in LA," he continued. "He had a really interesting childhood; went to boarding school in Europe and was on his own at a very young age, and that's why Christian was so cultured, because he spent time in Europe. He spoke four languages, so he really knew his European history, that's for sure, as well as his music. Christian was a music aficionado.  He liked early rock 'n' roll. He loved the Beatles for sure, but he also liked Elvis Costello, Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen, that sort of vibe of music. And he was also great at Jeopardy. I mean, the guy would get every single question right on Jeopardy. "

For those who knew Mann well, two attributes stand out above all others: his willingness to help others, which grew out of the help Mann himself had received in learning to lead a sober life, and his devotion to his work, whatever it may have been at the time. Add to that a third, which may have been an outgrowth of the other two: Mann was looked upon as a problem solver, a champion of fair play, and a mediator who knew how to bring opposing viewpoints—and the people who held them—together in compromise.

"Chris was at Catalina; that's how I first knew him, because he would come to Video Team and ask us to sell the Catalina videos," remembered Susan Colvin, owner of California Exotic Novelties and formerly of CPLC. "Video Team distributed the Catalina videos, so he would be the salesperson who would come and say, 'Hey, how many of these titles do you want? Let's do it—and let's have a promotion on them!' He maintained all of those relationships always; all his friends from Catalina always remained as friends. He was good at maintaining relationships over long periods of time."

Hirsch agreed—and knew him during his Catalina days.

"I met him on a plane going to the CES show in Chicago, like 32 years ago," Hirsch said. "I must have been working for CalVista at that time; it was before Vivid. Christian was working for Bill Higgins at Catalina, and Christian was a great guy. He was a friend to everyone and everyone loved him. I can't think of a single human being who has anything negative to say about him. Anybody who had any contact with Christian was immediately drawn to him; that was just the kind of guy he was," adding, "We went on football trips together every year for over 20 years, and we just had a lot of great times hanging out and making fun of Paul [Fishbein]."

"When he came to CPLC, which was in about 1989, '90, he ran Video Team, and he was in charge of production, and of course, that's what he loved," Colvin detailed. "And over the years, even at California Exotic Novelties, sometimes when we would write copy for men's items, I'd give him a call and he'd give me some terminology that was helpful or some input."

"Christian Mann was a man of integrity, who never raised his voice, always entered my office with a smile and positive attitude, and was quite the 'gentleman'," said former VCA Pictures owner Russ Hampshire, speaking for himself and wife Betty. "His knowledge of languages always impressed us, and Betty and Christian carried on many conversations together in German. He was also so witty, and his intelligence impressed me very much. He worked hard at maintaining a healthy lifestyle over the years, and we commend him for the hard work. The thought of not having Christian in our world is a very sad one, but I feel honored to have known him.

"We want to pass on our condolences to his family, and hope they know, he was a very special man. … R.I.P. Christian, we love you!"

"Christian was just an all-around great guy," recalled producer Jules Jordan, who first met Mann at an East Coast Video Show in the mid-'90s. "He'd take the shirt off his back for anybody, that's for sure. He was a real problem-solver, willing to help anyone out with their issues, you know. I called him the ambassador of good will to the industry. People would have grievances with each other and he'd try to help out and kind of mediate any issues that were out there. He always had great advice for people with substance abuse issues, stuff like that."

Colin Rowntree, founder and CEO of Wasteland.com, had similar views.

"Beyond being one of the most creative and intelligent people I have ever known, what always amazed me about Christian Mann was his truly caring role as an educator and mentor to others," Rowntree observed. "Over the 15 years I knew, worked with, and was friends with Christian, one consistently amazing quality I adored was his enthusiasm to teach and support others, imparting his many years of experience and wisdom to both other folks in the industry, and in his personal circles. We have truly lost a great mind, leader, teacher and statesman and my heart is broken at his departure from this mortal coil."

Another longtime associate was Gary Miller, co-owner of Moonlight Entertainment, who occasionally would find himself in Mann's company while attempting to sell videotapes to distributors.

"Chris was the head sales manager at Catalina Video, and he and myself and a gentleman by the name of Perry Ross, who was the owner of Fantasy Home Video at the time, were invited to do a sales presentation at General Video-Baltimore, subsequently renamed General Video-MidAtlantic," he recalled. "One of the main salespeople there was Steve Karmelin, now the general manager of Wicked Pictures. I remember us going there together. It was the first time I met him, and I remember hanging out with him for a couple of days and thinking he was a great guy and we had a really good time."

One aspect of his life of which everyone was aware, because it would inevitably come up as their friendships with Mann grew closer, was that he had once had a substance abuse problem.

"His former addiction was well-known, and he made sure everyone knew he had had a drug problem," Colvin advised. "He started at Video Team just as he had gotten clean, went through rehab, and he worked his sobriety program all his life. Even while he was in hospice these past months, the people came over from AA to have meetings at his flat. He always worked. When I knew him at Video Team, some days we'd have a rough day, and he would go, 'I've got to get to a meeting right now!' I'd go, 'Okay, go.' But for all these years, he's actively worked his program; he's mentored—oh my gosh, I can't tell you how many people. He was extremely active in AA; not just that he went on his own; he went on his own, he kept himself straight and he helped so many people over the years. Any time I knew a person was having a problem, I'd give him a call for advice. It wasn't just that he had an issue and he overcame it; he actively worked the program. He stayed sober all these years; a long time."

People also remember Mann as an innovator, especially in the area of interracial video.

"Once he became in charge of it, Chris really took Video Team to a new level because he's the one that came out with the My Baby Got Back series, which was amazing creative of him," Colvin explained. "Now there's like—I don't know—5,000 volumes? [Ed.'s Note: 47, actually] And then he came out with one of the first all-girl series, No Man's Land—he started all the great series, but one that's still famous today is My Baby Got Back. He was very creative; he really took Video Team to the next level. He always had a great sense of humor; he was incredibly creative, and he never took 'No' for an answer, believe me! He reported to me, so I can tell you, he never took 'No' for an answer. So his sense of humor, his wit and his persistence were always there, and it was great."

John Stagliano, Mann's boss at Evil Angel, agreed, but recalled even more movies that Mann was proud to have created.

"Christian was the person to push interracial porn or all-black porn at Video Team," he stated. "That was his thing, and he also did that movie West Side, and he would be pissed off at me right now if I didn't mention Edward Penishands also. That was his idea; he was so proud of that. And the big thing about his company was that he did a lot of interesting things besides the interracial, and that's why it's worth noting for his history."

Edward Penishands (1991), which spawned two sequels, was one of the earliest adult parodies of famous mainstream films like Edward Scissorhands, leading AVN reviewer Dick Goldhaber to call it "one of the best erotic video interpretations of a mainstream film that I have ever reviewed," and "a perfect recapture of the Tim Burton film." However, it had to be taken off the market a few years later after it was discovered that one of the movie's lead actresses, Alexandria Quinn, had been underage when she performed in it. West Side (2000), on the other hand, was a sprawling interracial epic send-up of Romeo & Juliet, running nearly three hours and garnering AVN's highest rating, not to mention nominations for director Ren Savant and most of the principal cast.

Mann was also a champion of critic-turned-director David Aaron Clark, who directed mostly Asian-themed movies for Video Team from 2002 to 2006, including such titles as Zen and the Art of Fellatio 1 & 2, Asia Noir 1-6 (though the last two volumes came out during Mann's tenure at Metro) and AZN Super Idols 1-3. In fact, it was Mann who arranged for a memorial tribute to Clark upon his death in December 2009, which was held at the New Beverly Cinema where, according to Mann, Clark had wanted to have his last movie premiered.

Mann was also no stranger to controversy. Already mentioned was his 1991 federal trial, along with Susan Colvin, Great Western Litho's Michael Warner, and Ron Zdeb and Don Browning, for having sent allegedly obscene videotapes across state lines, but Mann was dropped from the case after all of the counts naming him were dismissed because he was not a Video Team employee at the time of the offense. The case was memorable because the judge, the interestingly named Barefoot Sanders, denied the government's attempt to seize, under the RICO statutes, all of the assets of CPLC/Video Team, Great Western and the individual defendants, and after the case was remanded to him by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, he awarded the government approximately $12, the wholesale cost of the videotapes at issue.

The other main controversy of Mann's career involved one of his contract stars, Marylin Star, who was found to have profited from inside information provided to her by Wall Street investors Anthony Pomponio and James McDermott. Star was put on trial along with the stockbrokers, and it came out that according to Mann, he had first introduced Star to Pomponio when Pomponio had gushed to Mann about Star at the East Coast Video Show in 1995, saying that he wanted to meet her. AVN reported on Mann's CNN interview on the topic here.

Mann also received numerous awards from the adult industry, including AVN’s First Amendment Defense Award in 1991, the Free Speech Coalition’s Good Guy Award in 2000 and his induction into the AVN Hall of Fame—Founder’s Branch in January 2010. He was also elected President of the Free Speech Coalition in January, 2014, after having served as its Vice-President for two years.

Several industry members shared other memories of their friendship and interactions with Mann.

"Christian was a gifted, brilliant thinker who inspired me to be my best," said Kimberly Wynn, Mann's longtime assistant at Video Team. "Every day we shared at work, and off work brought us together beyond employer/employee. Now that I look back, it seems like a lifetime ago, yet I remember and enjoyed every minute we had together. Christian, Thank you! There will never me another like you. Rest in peace my friend."

Other former employees of Video Team also spoke out: "From the former staff of Video Team, Amy, Kimberly, Maricela, Violet, Steve, Susan, David, DC, Keith, Joanie, Luis and Pedro, we would like to send our heartfelt and deepest condolences to Melissa, and Mann family for your tremendous loss. Christian was our friend and that’s who we will miss. Christian you are special! Thank you for everything."

"I remember when we were doing one of the first AVN award shows," recalled Gary Miller, who was one of the show's producers, "and Christian was still with Catalina, and we were trying to think up a good opening of the show, and Christian had these girls that they were calling the 'Catalina twins,' that he and Paul Norman had shot for some special shows that they had for their line, and we thought up this idea along with Christian to have—Paul Fishbein decided to dress in a white tuxedo, and back in those days, he was actually hosting the award show, so we decided we wanted to do a big opening, so we had the Catalina twins, who were dressed exactly alike in these hot black dresses, flanking Paul on each side, grabbing his arms and walking him down the aisle down to the stage for this big introduction, and Paul hated it; he was uncomfortable because he's not an entertainer, but Christian and myself and my brother Mark Stone, we all got a kick out of it and it was a lot of fun."

Even Mann himself had fond Award Show memories, one of which he shared with AVN on its 30th anniversary.

"I have been to every single AVN Awards Show since they became an event that industry people attended in person," Mann said. "One of my favorite pictures from the AVN Awards is of me sitting at my Video Team table flanked by rapper Lil’ Jon and Lakers owner Jerry Buss. My favorite presentation moment occurred when one of the starlets [Micki Lynn] had to stumble through announcing a win for Risque Burlesque, pronounced by her as “Risk-Cue Burles-Cue.” I’m not being mean, but it was sweet and fucking funny at the same time."

Several people expressed their admiration for how Mann had continued working even after his cancer had become very painful.

"He was a great gentleman, and I can say he was a great asset to Evil Angel," assessed Jules Jordan. "He would work all the time; his main priority was coming into the office and just trying to work despite his medical condition, because that's what he loved to do: He loved to work. Everybody saw it coming, but it's always a shock when you finally hear that he's gone. He always felt a sense of responsibility to help people out. When David Aaron Clark passed, he took the responsibility to see that he was taken care of in death."

"Chris came for my birthday in March, and of course, he was in a lot of pain," Susan Colvin said. "We took some pictures in the warehouse with the original [CPLC] people, and we were just looking at those. Most of those people didn't know he was so sick and was in a lot of pain when he came for my birthday. I had the sad duty to go around to all the CalExotics employees who knew Chris, some from as long ago as the CPLC days, and tell them that he passed away last night, and oh my God, that just made it even worse."

"The two Melissas, his wife and his sister, have been at his side every single day for the last well over a month, 24 hours a day," Hirsch noted. "They are angels, those two women, and they took care of him and so the people who spent time there often became close with them."

Since, at press time, AVN has been unable to speak with the two Melissas in Mann's life,  we'll give his last boss, John Stagliano, the last word here:

"The first thing I want to say is that normally, Christian Mann would handle all my interface with the press, but he's gone now," Stagliano half-joked. "He was really a good person for Evil Angel in terms of putting forth the image and taking care of business, and he allowed me to be creative in so many ways, and it was a great thing to have him for the time that I had him working for me. I had had one long conversation with him back in the early 2000s. We were stuck in an airport together. And I talked to him briefly a few other times, but as soon as Chris Norman left, I thought of him, because I knew I had heard his company had closed and he was just working for Metro. He's the only person I considered, and Christian was a very smart, well-educated man, and he was a pleasure to be around, because he knew so much stuff."

More memories of Mann's life can be found here, and as more of his friends and acquaintances respond to AVN's requests for comment, they will be added to this story, so keep checking back with AVN.com for more memories of one of the adult industry's best, Christian Mann.

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William Higgins, the pioneering gay porn director who founded Catalina Video in 1978, has sent in a few remembrances he would like to share publicly:  

"Chris came to Catalina as Sales Manager from House One, his father's gay mail order business.  He was the second General Manager of Catalina Video. Around our shop, there was some speculation that Chris was gay. We later found out, he was totally straight but felt very comfortable working with and being around gays; include in that drag queens and transsexuals. After I moved to Europe, Chris continued to manage Catalina until he left for Video Team and bigger and better. But Chris and I always stayed in touch.  He delivered the eulogy at the funeral of my partner, David Weiss, in Holland. I was very grateful that Chris took the time to come all of the way to Europe to fulfill that sad task. Every time I'd visit the California, Chris was always the first person I'd look up.  

"Chris once wondered aloud to me whether his father, Curt, was in fact Jewish. I answered, 'And he named you Christian?' But you never know, Curt was from Austria and spoke English with a strong German accent.

"Last fall, Christian and I got into a conversation, either by email or Skype. At the time, I think we both thought his cancer was totally in remission. Chris invited me to meet him at Venus in Berlin. I told him that Venus had deteriorated so much in the last few years, I didn't think it was worth making the trip to Berlin. He told me he'd have a booth there and would love to have dinner with me. He was so insistent I tentatively decided to attend.  Later one of my colleagues talked me out of going. Boy, do I ever regret that decision as it would have been my last chance to visit with Christian. Chris could expound on any subject, at length. He didn't confine himself to our industry. He knew opera, politics, you name it. Chris was a renaissance man. I certainly will miss him, and I treasure all of the time I was able to spend with him."

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Evil Angel director and radio host Glenn King has contributed the following reminisence, which he also posted to his blog. We reprint it here in full.

"I can’t remember how it is that Christian Mann and I became golf buddies. I just remember that we played a round of 3-par golf together, had a great time, and then ended up playing 2-3 times a week for the next 6 months.  We both loved playing golf, but neither of us had the attention span to do anything for more than 90 minutes. So, we played short 3-par courses. I would pick him up at his office on a weekday at noon, run over to Van Nuys Executive Course, and then be back by 1:30. On Fridays, we would meet late in the day and play the Weddington 3-par course from 6-7pm and then have dinner. And on weekend mornings, he and his girlfriend would meet me at various courses around Los Angeles County. Sometimes I would drive 60 minutes to play a 90 minute round of golf. He loved trying new course.

"We talked a little about music and current events, but that’s not where we found huge mutual interest. It was talking about the porn industry past, present, and future that really interested us both. We talked about the industry in the 80’s and 90’s as it evolved from peep show booths to VHS to DVD. We talked about how today’s industry has moved from DVD to web-based distribution through multiple channels. When I say we talked, I mean I asked questions, he talked and I learned. He understood the state of our industry like no other person I had ever met. He talked about the technology, the changes in the marketplace, and the changes in business economics. We talked about my productions and where I was in my evolution and what I could do to reach the next level. He became my mentor… He never told me 'This is what I think you should do.' He always would ask me questions or give me non-specific thoughts that helped me to reach my own conclusions. He helped me evolve from being a fetish-only producer to being a producer of more widely popular cuckold and femdom sex videos. He showed me how I could reach a much larger audience and achieve a much higher level of success. He was also the mastermind behind Evil Angel Radio, and helped me further my career as a radio host.

"We talked about his sobriety. He told me about how he had made a decision many years earlier to be clean and sober and would consciously make that choice again every day of his life.  That wasn’t the part that moved me… it was when he told me that he spent hours each week helping others defeat their personal sobriety demons and improve their lives. Christian was never satisfied with being the best he could be. He wanted to help others improve their lives. He was always willing to take others’ burdens upon himself. That’s the kind of guy he was.

"We talked about his wife, Melissa, although that was before they were married, and about how much she had meant to him and his life. Usually when two guys bond at a sporting event they vent about all the little things they hate about their significant other, but not Christian.  I can’t recall a single time where he said anything negative about his beloved Melissa. He knew he had found his soul mate.

"We also talked about the industry a lot. He wanted to help the industry solve some of its many problems. He helped come up with testing notification system that didn’t violate HIPAA laws, and better ways of preventing HIV from spreading in the case of detection. He always wanted to listen to performers, and I helped set up a number of meetings where performers told him about their experiences and hopes regarding the testing system. He was on the board of the Free Speech Coalition, and despite what you may have read was not paid for the hundreds of hours he put in. He was always amazed at the people who wanted to tear down the industry instead of working together to solve problems. When people wrote things about him that were untrue, he would tell me, 'It makes more sense for me to communicate with them and try to clear up misunderstandings than it does to fight silly name calling battles and thereby accomplish nothing.' That’s the kind of guy he was.

"He was the kind of guy who would gladly lend you the shirt off his back. A could of years ago, my alma mater, the University of Texas, started their own channel and decided they would broadcast some of their games exclusively on the channel. Unfortunately, Verizon was the only cable company who carried this channel.  Even more unfortunately, Verizon Cable was only available in a few select areas. I had watched every Texas Longhorns football game for the last 20 years, but had accepted that I was going to have a miss a few. As it turned out, Christian Mann had an apartment in Santa Monica with Verizon Cable. He insisted I watch the game at his apartment. Even though he had no interest in the game, he and Melissa sat through the entire game with me, bringing course after course of delicious hors d’oeuvres that he made himself. He wanted to make sure that I enjoyed every minute of his hospitality. That’s the kind of guy he was. A few weeks later, there was another game on the Texas Longhorns Network. He said he wouldn’t be able to be there, but said 'please use my apartment as if it were yours.' His son let me in and I happily watched the game. Christian kept checking in with me via text to make sure I was happy and had access to all the food in his place. That’s the kind of guy he was. Each time I watched a game there, both he and his wife treated me as if I was a member of the family.

"On December 30, 2012, Christian Mann canceled our golf outing because of a stomach ache. I laughed at him and said, 'Seriously? A tummy ache? Be a man and play golf, ya pussy.' We agreed to play the next day instead. On December 31, he said his stomach ache had gotten worse and he was going to go to the emergency room. I told him he was being a baby. I said, 'You have heartburn because of all the terrible crap you eat. They are going to give you some Prilosec and send you home.' He said, 'My family has a history of cancer.  That might be what it is.' I laughed and said, 'You are a hypochondriac. You don’t have cancer. You have an ulcer maybe, but most likely you ate something bad.' To my credit, the doctors gave him an antacid and sent him home. They referred him to a specialist. A few days later, he found out he had pancreatic cancer, one of the worst kinds. The doctors estimated he had 5 months to live.

"Over the next 18 months, Christian went from being my mentor to being my hero. He fought hard against the cancer and never gave up. Although he was in constant agonizing pain, he went to great lengths to make sure that everyone who visited him felt special. He was an inspiration for others with cancer, while continuing to help others with their sobriety. That’s the kind of guy he was. I visited numerous times, and each time was amazed at the large number of friend he had and the deep love they all had for him. He cared about everyone who touched his life and they cared about him.

"On June 15 , Father’s Day, I got a call from Christian. I was stunned to see his name come up on caller ID. His condition had deteriorated quite a bit. We chatted for a while and he invited me to come visit him at his condo the following Tuesday. On Tuesday, he ended up back in the hospital. So, I went to the hospital. Melissa had told me he was really out of it and not to expect him to be lucid, but he woke up and was really clear headed. I got to spend some time alone with him for the first time in a year or so. I told him I loved him and went through with him the huge impact he had made on my life.  He talked to me about how much he appreciated all the love and support he had gotten from his friends and family. That’s what he cared about. That’s the kind of guy he was.

"On July 30, 2014, Christian Mann passed away. I miss him. His wife misses him. The industry misses him. Every one that knew him benefited in some way from his friendship. His desire to make the world a better place, his willingness to put the world on his shoulders, his quirky sense of humor, his brilliant mind, his wonderful ability to think of simple solutions to complex problems, and his great love for his family and friends will all be missed. He made everyone around him a better person. Rest in peace, Christian Mann."

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Director Roy Karch wrote:

Christian, a true man among men. Friends and co-workers for decades. We are all fortunate to have known him.

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The Board of the Free Speech Coalition issued the following statement:

"After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Free Speech Coalition Board President Christian Mann passed last evening. Free Speech Coalition not only lost its Board President but a dear, dear friend. Christian's FSC accomplishments are numerous and exceptional. They include founding PASS [Performer Available Screening Services], and an unprecedented industry organizing against Measure B, but what stands out most about Christian Mann is the hearts and souls of the people he tourched. If you were fortunate enough to spend time with Christian, you know how he lit up the room when he walked in, how his constant, sharp and often off-color wit always brought a smile and usually a bellylaugh, how his brilliant mind was never satisfied and always curious, and how the southern California pornographer had a heart of gold and a capacity to love few could comprehend. We at the Free Speech Coalition will always be grateful for the time we had with Christian and send our condolences and love to his incredible wife Melissa and his family. Goodbye, Christian; while you are no longer physically with us, you will remain forever in our hearts."

Board Chair Jeffrey Douglas, speaking personally, added, "In relatively recent times, I got to see Christian's relationship with his family, which was one aspect of my almost 30 years of knowing him that I had not seen in person, and his dedication and love for his sons and his wife were just another wonderful component to a wonderful man. He did everything that anyone, certainly in this industry, could ever hope to accomplish and was just a truly remarkable individual. I'm truly grateful for the time I got to spend with him."

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Christian's sister, Melissa Villanueva, provided the following information:

"Christian was born in Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, February 3, 1961, and graduated high school in 1978 from Mary Star of the Sea, San Pedro, California. He did not need to attend college—He already knew everything!!

"We didn't have the most 'traditional' family and therefore have a lot of interesting stories, and too countless to tell.

"Christian didn't speak until he was approximately 3 years old, and his first words were, 'Can I please have a  peanut butter & jelly sandwich', so the story goes!

"Because of my mother's job, we moved a lot. We lived in Mexico City, Switzerland and Spain and various parts around the greater Los Angeles area.

"When we returned to the States from Europe, Christian attended military school and soon became the youngest staff sergeant—surprise!

"Christian started working at a very young age, We moved to Spain when he was 10 years old and he decided he wanted to work. He went to the local cleaners and made a deal with the owner. He would deliver the cleaning for tips only. When he was 16, he was managing a cleaners in Torrance, California, where he got me my first job and was my boss.

"I think he started working for my dad immediately out of high school.

"Even in his final days, he still had every bit of that brilliant Christian mind. One of the very last things he said to me, in his whisper of a voice was, 'What is 2.2 divisible by itself?'

"Up until the very end Christian did not miss a beat!"

Pictured: Christian Mann at Susan Colvin's birthday party in March, 2014.

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Will Ferrell May Play Russ Meyer in Indie Flick

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Will Ferrell May Play Russ Meyer in Indie Flick

LOS ANGELES—Deadline.com is reporting that Will Ferrell is licking his chops over the chance to portray legendary softcore movie producer Russ Meyer in an independent film that explores the relationship between Meyer and film critic Roger Ebert during their collaboration on Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

"Ferrell still has to make a deal, but he puts this on a fast track and the hope is to shoot early next year," reports Mike Fleming for the trade site.

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The satire, written by SNL and The Simpsons writer Christopher Cluess, focuses on a period of time when "counterculture films like Easy Rider were minting money, and 20th Century Fox was struggling mightily over a number of big-budget flops. Meyer was already established as the outlaw helmer of softcore pulp films like Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill, and he wanted the legitimacy of making a studio film. Richard Zanuck, then head of 20th, gave him that opportunity because his profit margins were so high and his costs were minuscule."

Fleming reports that Meyer insisted that Ebert write the screenplay for his movie, because, he implies, Ebert "had written one of the few positive reviews Meyer had ever received. Given the esteem in which Ebert was held as a film critic when he died, it seems remarkable he meshed so well with Meyer and his brigade of buxom actresses.

"The film," adds Fleming, "will follow that relationship, and the struggle with the ratings board. It became the rare major studio release with an X rating, but it became a big profitable hit and Meyer and Ebert stayed close until the former died in 2004."

A director is not yet attached to the project, adds Fleming. "Filmmakers including Edgar Wright are intrigued," he writes, "as are actors who might play the late Ebert, a strong role for anyone from Jonah Hill to Seth Rogen and others.

The production team of Mark Amin’s Sobini Films and David Permut and Richard Waltzer are reportedly in place for the movie, currently titled Russ & Roger Go Beyond.

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Evil Angel Issues Statement in Memory of Christian S. Mann

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Evil Angel Issues Statement in Memory of Christian S. Mann

Posted Jul 31st, 2014 03:03 PM

Evil Angel has just issued this statement following the death last night of its general manager, Christian S. Mann, who is pictured third from right at the Evil Angel booth at AEE in January:

Evil Angel is deeply saddened by the passing of Christian S. Mann.

As our General Manager since 2008, Christian’s leadership, intelligence, grace and heart left an indelible impact upon all of us privileged to work with him.

“He was a bright, cultured light in our controversial business,” says Evil Angel founder John Stagliano. “He brought the courage and intelligence to defend us, and me, in trying times. He would never give up when I was beating him in tennis ... well OK, he did beat me a couple of times, through incredible effort on his part. That was Christian. The dedication and love with which he worked should be remembered.”

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In a lifetime in the adult entertainment business, Christian’s buoyant spirit uplifted countless people. He loved this business and served it with unbridled energy, making the companies for which he worked better and helping to elevate the entire industry as a board member of the Free Speech Coalition. Anyone that turned to Christian benefitted from wise, evenhanded counsel.

But Christian’s organizational and social skills extended to the whole world around him. Nobody had more friends or closer friends. Clean and sober for 26 years, he was invaluable to the many recovery fellows he mentored. In whatever role Christian assumed — working, playing, lending a spiritual shoulder — he made time for all and strived to make everyone feel special.

For the past 20 months, as Christian fought a stunningly courageous battle with cancer, he found a new example to set: Those of us around him will be forever inspired by the indomitable positivity with which Christian faced life. Also in our hearts and minds are the three sons and new grandson Christian loved. We’re particularly grateful to his wife, Melissa, the love of his life and the protective angel that never left his bedside.

A public memorial is being planned, but details are not yet available. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center or two nonprofits he supported ... please note that your gift is in memory of Christian Mann.

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Office of Development

1441 Eastlake Ave., Room 8302

Los Angeles, CA 90033

http://uscnorriscancer.usc.edu/support/

Free Speech Coalition

P.O. Box 10480

Canoga Park, CA 91309

http://www.freespeechcoalition.com/

Reason Foundation

5737 Mesmer Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

www.reason.org, www.reason.com

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‘The Spectator’ Editorial Decries the Rise of ‘Porn-Agains’

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'The Spectator' Editorial Decries the Rise of 'Porn-Agains'

LOS ANGELES—Writing for England's venerable The Spectator, American-British journalist Cosmo Landesman has taken a first-person look at a largely unnoticed phenomenon he adroitly coins as "porn-agains"—meaning, "the steady pornification of a section of the adult metropolitan middle class."

More specifically, Landesman, who is himself middle-aged, single and admits to playing the field, observes, "Porn’s influence has seeped into the British bedroom. The good news is that there’s a lot more variety on offer; the bad news is that some of it’s pretty scary stuff. (You try uttering sweet nothings wearing a leather ‘gimp’ mask with wooden ball strapped inside your mouth.) Between the sheets, educated middle-class women now talk and act like working-class porn starlets. And middle-class, middle-aged men have a new set of erotic expectations based on what they’ve seen in porn videos. Sorry kids, but Mummy and Daddy have become ‘Porn-Agains’."

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This trend, as it were, struck a chord with the writer after a sexual assignation he had with a "nice, middle-aged, middle-class mother" he'd met at a dinner party, who told him "she was very worried about the effects of internet porn on adolescent males. What, she wondered, was all this internet porn doing to the young? Did we really want a generation of teenage boys whose idea of emotional intimacy was anal sex?

"Weeks later," he continued, "we ended up in bed and it left me wondering: what is all that internet porn doing to nice, middle-aged mums you meet at dinner parties? Do we really want a generation of forty/fifty-something women whose idea of emotional intimacy is anal sex?"

The piece is not meant to serve only as an intimate observation of post-internet porn sexual mores among the British middle-classes, but also as a sort of complaint or criticism, a kind of cautionary scream by someone who has looked into the abyss of middle-aged porn and lived to warn the rest of us about it.

Following a particularly impassioned rant on the "the rise of the middle-aged Brazilian wax—a fad popularized by porn," Landesman explains, "Each to his own. But I can’t help feeling a kind of nostalgia for the old days before older people discovered internet porn. I miss the pubic bush. I miss middle-class reserve and reticence. Where have all the Nice Girls and Gentleman gone? I don’t want to go to a dinner party and hear jokes about anal sex. I want the bourgeoisie to be bourgeois—repressed, hypocritical, moralistic—and not all tolerant and transgressive."

Following this plea that people old enough to know better engage in something approaching respectable behavior, Landesman concludes, "It’s said by professional trend-watchers that whenever older people take up a practice that was once the prerogative of the young, it goes out of fashion and loses its appeal and audience. There is some evidence that the Brazilian wax is on the wane—at least with the young. Now that mum and dad are all porny too, it can’t be long before the young return to romance and we won’t have to worry about them anymore. Mum and dad, however, are another matter."

It's an engaging read, to be sure, but perhaps not to be taken at face value. One sharp-eyed commenter who encountered a whiff of inconsistency in the article could not help but note harshly of Landesman, "Anyone who really 'miss(ed) middle-class reserve and reticence' would not, perhaps, conduct a shamelessly [promiscuous] sex life and then share the details with 50,000 people? If you want to have any credibility, pick which side you are on and stick to it!"

For a more practical look at some issues related to older sex (and porn use), try this article from 2012 on for size.

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Christian Mann Passes Away

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Christian Mann Passes Away

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Industry veteran and AVN Hall of Fame Founders Branch member Christian Mann, who has served as general manager at Evil Angel since 2008, reportedly passed away Wednesday after fighting bile duct and pancreatic cancer for approximately a year and a half.

Mann first made made his condition public with this open letter that he penned to the industry at the end of January 2013. Earlier this month, he chose to enter the care of hospice when the treatment he was receiving for his continually growing tumors appeared to no longer be working. Wedensday morning, Mann's wife Melissa posted to her Facebook page: "Over the weekend, Christian's condition has deteriorated rapidly. Because I have not left his side for three weeks, I do not see the changes as starkly as others who visit, but there is no mistake this time. I do not believe he is in pain, and my only hope now is for a swift resolution."

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Late Wednesday evening, reports began to surface on Facebook and other social media that Mann had succumbed to his illness. An immediate outpouring of grief and condolensces spread throughout the adult cyber-community.

Perhaps the most succinct sentiment summing up the universal feelings of all came in one of the first tweets to appear about the breaking news, at around 9:30 p.m., from Evil Angel director Kevin Moore: "The industry lost a giant tonight. I can't fathom the business without him."

Paul Fishbein, founder of AVN and a long-time friend of Mann, had this to say:

"Obviously there are few people I was as close to as Christian," Fishbein said. "He was the brother I never had. Some of the best times of my life were with Christian. And even though I've known for a while this was coming, I'm just devastated."

Mann's tenure in adult saw him wear many assorted hats, but predominant in his legacy was his longtime run as owner of Video Team, where he brought ethnic and niche fare into the forefront of the market with such lines and series as Afro-Centric and No Man's Land. He sold Video Team in 2006 to Metro Media but remained with the company until making the move to Evil two years later.

Mann was brought up on federal obscenity charges in Texas in 1989, and prevailed in his trial there. When Evil Angel founder John Stagliano was facing his own such charges more than 20 years later in Washington, D.C. (which were dismissed in July 2010), Mann was elected to the Board of Directors for the Free Speech Coalition, an organization in which he had been active for many years and remained so up until the final stages of his cancer battle.

Evil Angel CFO Adam Grayson offered the following thoughts on Mann: "We've been working together here for five or six years now … I've gotten to know him really well here at Evil Angel; we worked really close together.

"His father was in the magazine printing business, and he started working for his father, which was his entre into this little world. I know he did sales at CPLC for a number of years, and then I guess either before that or after that he worked in sales in the gay video business for a long time, and he pretty much ran Catalina for several years when Bill Higgins owned it.

"I started January of '09, which means Chris started August of '08. We didn't really know each other; it was actually Joey Silvera who got me the meeting here. We're both guys who've been around the block, he a lot longer than I, but we just hit it off professionally. We just really had a common vision for this company, and where it was and where it should be, and a rough outline of how to get there, and it really became a great three-headed attack. Christian was really the sales and marketing and operational guy; John was obviously the creative genius, and I'm sort of the dorkey financial technology guy, but it was really nice. The three of us worked together well and got along. Our expertise didn't really overlap that much, so everybody sort of had their little fiefdom.

"The biggest business contribution was probably, we were running all of our internet in house, and frankly, doing a not-so-good job at it, because it really wasn't our core competency. It was Christian who really steered us toward a long-term partnership with a web technology company which ended up being Gamma. We did that deal in the fall of 2009, and we are actually coming up on the five-year renewal, and that deal has been a game changer for this company.

“There was a lot of status quo when Christian and I got here. He was always forward looking in saying, 'Why do we have three people doing this job where if we just improve the software or we improve the process, we could have one efficient person doing it.' If you do enough of those, they sort of add up into a lot of increased efficiency and a lot of savings."

Mann himself shared this recollection from the beginning of his career in an issue of AVN devoted to the 30th anniversary of the AVN Awards: “I officially started in the business in the summer of 1979 when I was 18 years old. My job was packing magazines in my dad’s warehouse and delivering them to our local customers in the beat-up company van. Seven months into my job, on Valentine’s Day 1980, I was delivering a van full of How to Enlarge Your Penis magazines to CPLC in Central L.A. As I turned the corner, I saw the entire block swarming with news media trucks ... and the CPLC parking lot was filled with big guys wearing FBI windbreakers. I knew enough to not stop and instead made my way to the nearest phone booth to call my dad who had been worried because he knew raids were going down all over the country ... and he couldn't reach me in the days before cell phones. This wasn’t my first day on the job, but it remains one of my earliest and most vivid memories from my freshman year in our business.”

Industry veteran Howard Levine provided the following words of remembrance this morning:

"Chris passed away last night.

"I have known Christian Mann for close to 30 years. He has been a good friend for all that time. I remember the first time I met Chris, he was stepping out of a limo to visit the sales people at General Video West. He was working for the gay movie company, Catalina, and I knew for sure he was gay. I was wrong.

"I was so impressed. The limo, the crisp clothes, he looked successful. I wanted that. He was inspiring.

"Christian is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met in my life. He has always been a great advisor. His even temper and quick wit was always a great refresher in a tense conversation.

"He seemed to do what was logical; he made good decisions.

When I became clean and sober over 8 years ago, he was the first person I called. He was very supportive and gave me a direction that I have followed ever since. Once again he was an inspiration. But this time it was for living, not success.

"I am so grateful that I was able to call him my friend. I will never understand how such a great guy, someone who is of service to so many, someone who is so caring, gets dealt a hand like this. No one said life is fair, and this proves it to be so.

"This world was a better place with him here. I know I will miss him terribly. My condolences go out to his wife and kids. He will be missed.

"I know I will see him further down the road."

Check back on AVN.com in the coming hours for more memories of Mann and his long career.

Photo of Christian Mann courtesy of Melissa Mann's Facebook page.

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Aidra Fox Goes Anal, Mick Blue Shoots for Hard X

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Aidra Fox Goes Anal, Mick Blue Shoots for Hard X

MONTREAL—2014 AVN Fresh issue cover girl Aidra Fox takes the anal plunge with Mick Blue behind the camera in his directorial debut for Hard X/O.L. Entertainment, Anal POV Style, releasing August 13.

Also appearing in the title are seasoned anal pros Jodi Taylor, Casey Calvert and Vicki Chase. 

"Anal POV Style is hands-down the best POV movie I have done so far," Blue asserted. "The girls are amazing, and every one of them gave an epic performance, while embracing their own style ... especially Aidra Fox."

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He continued, "Aidra went through the roof like a rocket the first time she did anal on camera. I couldn't believe we were able to go all anal with girls like Aidra. I am extremely stoked Hard X gave me the opportunity to shoot this movie."

Commented Hard X contract director Mason, "Mick Blue is an amazing performer, a great director, and an incredible person. We have worked closely for many years now, and he is dedicated to bringing a detail-oriented approach to directing—that's something I truly believe in. He has an effortless way of bringing out the best in girls. I'm really glad this movie is a part of Hard X's catalog, and I hope everyone enjoys it."

For more information on Anal POV Style, visit the Hard X blog.

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Golden Age Director Phil Marshak Passes Away

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Golden Age Director Phil Marshak Passes Away

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Director Phil Marshak, best known for his Golden Age films Dracula Sucks (aka Lust at First Bite), Olympic Fever and Intimate Lessons, passed away Sunday evening after long suffering from leukemia, diabetes and heart disease. He was 80.

Brought up in the Bronx, N.Y., Marshak's limited X-rated filmography between 1978 and 1985 accounted for several major milestones in the history of adult cinema: Dracula Sucks marked the debut of porn icon Seka, and Olympic Fever was the set upon which Ron Jeremy both earned the nickname "The Hedgehog" and first kissed his own penis.

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"What I would call Marshak would be the Samuel Fuller of X," contemporary Bill Margold, who appeared in several of Marshak's films, told AVN. "People who know cinema will understand what I mean by that, 'cause he was an outlaw. He was just a joy to be around, and he was always thinking much bigger than he could achieve. I knew him from when he first entered into the X-rated industry with Lust Flight 2000, which wasn't very good, but then he became more and more ambitious. Easily the most important [of his films] was Dracula Sucks—you take a look at the credits in that movie, you have nine Hall of Famers. You will never have another movie like that.

"I was honored to know the man," Margold continued. "Phil and I had a lot of fun making movies. He gave me free rein—much of my stuff in Intimate Lessons is on the cutting room floor, including the famous chicken scene, the sauna bath scene, the whipping scene, all gone because I just pushed the envelope and he allowed me to. He gave me an envelope and let me tear it apart. I'll put his body of work up against anybody's, including the sainted [Anthony] Spinelli, because Marshak made movies that were real Saturday afternoon matinees for adults."

Marshak's son Darryl, who worked at his father's side on all his adult movies and went on to become a prominent agent in mainstream Hollywood, reflected, "All I can say is that when we stopped doing it, it was the end of an era. I was very proud to do them, I never looked at them as dirty or illegal. I just got into another part of the business and Phil just kind of faded into the background. But he's legendary. I mean, I don't know what to say about my pops, except I wish he made more movies."

Darryl Marshak does say plenty about his father in an as-yet-unpublished biography which opens with the rumination, "I just wanted my dad's love, period, and I would do anything for it. I sold drugs for him, made X-rated films with him, became a big Hollywood agent (to make him proud), stole money, hurt people, dropped out of school—all so I could run with him and live his dreams and get the love that I wanted as a kid."

Meanwhile, Ron Jeremy shared a story about Olympic Fever that he says he's not sure either Marshak ever knew. Explaining that he'd affected a Russian accent for his role in the movie, he recounted, "I was hanging out with Robin Williams and Sam Kinison—of course I'm name-dropping—at Cafe Campus in uptown New York, and Robin had just done Moscow on the Hudson. And we were sitting around this table having a bite, and we were talking about porn films, and Robin goes, 'Yeah, I saw your film Olympic Fever.' I said, 'I know you saw that film, because that's how you did the research to have your accent perfect in the Russian movie.' He goes, 'Thank god, Ron, I'm telling you if it wasn't for you, I never would have had that accent right.' 

A private memorial service for Phil Marshak will be held this Sunday.

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Red Ezra Crowdfunding to Complete ‘Porn Star Motel’ Photo Book

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Red Ezra Crowdfunding to Complete 'Porn Star Motel' Photo Book

LOS ANGELES—There aren't too many adult directors who score a AAAA review of their very first movie, but Red Ezra, the porn name for filmmaker/photographer David Lockard, managed to hit that height with Flash!, an all-girl movie released by Wicked Pictures. But after leaving adult and pursuing other ventures for the past few years, Lockard is planning his return to adult—but before that, he'd like to complete his "wish list" project, a volume of erotic photos he's tentatively calling Porn Star Motel.

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"This is the biggest of the photography projects that I started back in 2004 when digital cameras started coming onto the market," Lockard explained. "I took an interest and started shooting my friends, and it kind of became a fun thing, and actually, it became pretty important to me and I grew creatively, artistically and kept doing it. Now I've got all this content towards this project and it's not finished, so I'm not sure exactly how to get it done, but with the crowdfunding coming along to finance artistic projects, I figured it would at least be worth a shot to see if anybody wanted to get behind me and see if I can get this done."

And it's not as if Lockard has been a slacker about it up till now. He's already shot dozens of women, drawn from both the adult industry and outside. Some of the stars already "in the can" include Aiden Starr, Asia Carrera, Aria Giovanni, Belladonna, Charlie Laine, Devon Michaels, Jana Cova, Jessica Drake, Jewell Marceau, Joanna Angel (pictured), Katie Morgan, Kimberly Kane, Kirsten Price, Kylie Ireland, Sasha Grey, Stephanie Swift and Wanda Curtis, to name just a few. Of particular interest to photographers is that Lockard has done almost all of the photography using either natural or tungsten light, which punches up the colors in ways unobtainable with modern flash units.

"I would say that most of the girls are porn stars, hardcore porn performers," he said. "I've shot several girls that are not hardcore girls, but not exactly softcore either; I guess you could say they're fetish models, like they do stockings or show their legs. They do full frontal nudity but they do niche kinds of things, like bondage or latex or things like that, so there's quite a few of those in the mix."

But Lockard doesn't feel that the project would be complete without a few more, and that's why he began his Indiegogo funding campaign.

"I think I'd like to add anywhere from 10, 12 maybe as many as 20 more women," he estimated. "People know me pretty well; I'm pretty picky. Not all the shoots are going to get used, so even though I shoot, it doesn't mean it's to end up being part of the project. Going at it with that in mind, obviously, I want to get the best out of anything that I do, but when it's done, it's done, and my sights are focused on two more successful shoots to accomplish what I want to get done, so let's say I'll shoot probably 15.

"I've only talked to three or four girls so far about doing a shoot: Janine Lindemulder, Brittany Andrews and Dyanna Lauren. I talked to Coral Sands; she's not listed on the Indiegogo site, so that's a scoop for AVN. I'm in Louisiana and Coral's in Alabama, so it might be one of those deals where I make a road trip and shoot it there or something.

"It's hard to talk to a lot of people about doing something when you don't have any money to do anything with," he sighed, "so I just kind of talked to a few girls to see if there was any interest in it, and there is. There's a lot of people that like what I'm doing; it's just a matter of being able to pull it off so I can take it to the next step."

One point Lockard made several times during the discussion is that this Indiegogo campaign is a "Fixed Funding" one.

"What that means is that basically, I get the entire budget—$18,500—or nothing at all," he said, "so it was a way for me to say, 'I either want to do this right and I want to do it with the amount of money that I need to get it done right, or I'm going to put it back on the shelf and try to figure out a way to finance it,' so that's kind of where it's at. And if I don't make the entire amount, anyone who donated will get their full money returned to them.

"This is one of those deals where I'll be chalking it up to a learning experience if it doesn't work, or chalk it up to one more step on the ladder to completing the project, but who knows?" he mused. "It's a scary thing to put yourself out there on something like this. I haven't really seen anybody else do something like I'm doing, where I've started a project and I'm trying to complete it. I've got a great project; I just need one last push to get it finished."

Assuming his campaign succeeds, Lockard's plan is to arrange from a week or two's worth of models to shoot, arrange locations, makeup, et cetera, then drive to Los Angeles and sleep on friends' sofas or whatever's available while in town, then drive back and finish editing the photos.

"The Porn Star Motel photo project is not guaranteed to end up as a published book," Lockard noted on the Indiegogo site. "If my pitch doesn't work I will have to self-publish thru a service like Blurb to see this photo project completed. If self-publishing is the only way to go I will hold another crowd-funding campaign to help finance it."

But after looking at some of his photos on the Indiegogo site, it's hard to believe he won't get his funding—but the project closes on September 21, and it seems that few people have noticed it yet, but with any luck, not to mention support from the adult community, it just may happen.

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