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Lucky Starr at PSK

March 5, 2013 

Get Lucky at Porn Star Karaoke tonight

Get your mind out of the gutter, Lucky Starr is hosting tonight. The good news is she'll probably sing. See you there. 

Lucky Starr hosts PSK this weekThis Tuesday, March 5, 2013 XBiz award winning Lucky Starr hosts Porn Star Karaoke. Since May 2009, PSK patrons have enjoyed Lucky's performances of the songs "Proud Mary," "All That Jazz" and "Cabaret," as well as many MANY pop and Broadway show tunes. This Tuesday, Lucky steps it up to the plate as hostess with the mostest!! Free porn giveaways!! Good times are promised! Follow her on twitter @ClubLuckyStarr

Porn Star Karaoke is open to the public as well as to members of the adult industry. Since its start in July 2003, Porn Star Karaoke has become the longest-running ongoing weekly event in the history of the adult business.

Admission is 21 and older, with photo ID and parking is free.

Sardo's Grill and Lounge is located at 259 N. Pass Ave in Burbank, Calif. Porn Star Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Sardo's website. Adult industry professionals are invited to reserve tables, which are held until 10:00 p.m. Email mail@sardosbar.com.


Madison Young

Girlfriends Films throws $1000 in Planned Parenthood pot

Girlfriends Films director/performer Madison Young has selected Planned Parenthood for a $1000 donation as part of the Girlfriends Films Charity Program. The organization, which has been under attack from crazed right-wingers for a few years now, is a worthy cause that offers health services of all kinds to women who can't afford to pay.

Congratulations to Girlfriends Films for sharing their success.

Girlfriends Films & Madison Young Support Planned Parenthood

March's $1000 Charity Donation Benefits Better Sexual Health for Women!

VALENCIA, Calif. --- Girlfriends Films is donating $1000 to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America on behalf of director/performer Madison Young. The March Donation from Girlfriends Films' Charity Program goes to benefit better sexual health and reproductive care for women.

Girlfriends Films calls on its strong community of fans to join Madison Young in supporting Planned Parenthood. Donations of all sizes may be made directly to the organization at https://secure.ppaction.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=pp_ppol_Nondirected_OneTimeGift&s_src=ppol_onetimegift_old.

"Planned Parenthood serves as an essential resource for women throughout the United States," says Madison Young. "It provides accessible, non-judgmental services and information to women without health insurance, including pap-smears, birth control, and breast exams."

"As a freelance artist, small business owner, and feminist porn performer and director, all of my 20s were spent uninsured," adds Young. "I was grateful for the excellent resources and care Planned Parenthood provided to me personally and what they continue to provide to many of my friends, models, colleagues, and much of my community. I'm happy to support their organization however and whenever possible."

Though a popular performer, Madison Young is currently making her mark with fans of Girlfriends Films as a director. Titles helmed by Young include "Lesbian Sex Education: Female Ejaculation," "Lesbian Sex Education: Strap-On," and "Fixed Gears, Fast Girls."

"I take great pride in directing and working for Girlfriends Films," states Madison Young. "Girlfriends Films creates space for high quality production values featuring women who truly love women. As a feminist, activist, and queer identified woman, I too love women and have a shared passion for promoting the health, wellness, and empowerment of women driven by communities."

"Girlfriends Films' Charity Program is brilliant," continues Young. "It empowers performers and directors, offering an opportunity to create some small change in the world, opening the forum for female performers to discuss social issues, while offering us a chance to give back. We call all make a difference in the world and in our communities, whether through volunteer work, community organizations, or supporting existing non-profit community resources. I hope GFF's program inspires more adult industry companies to take an interest in supporting charitable organizations." 

Girlfriends Films has a long history of charitable contributions, having donated over $20,000 in 2012. Each month a performer, director, or industry principal is selected as part of the studio's charity program, and a donation of $1000 is given to a philanthropic organization of their choice. For more information, visit http://www.girlfriendsfilmscharities.com.

Any Girlfriends Films performers interested in participating may apply by emailing the following information to PR@GirlfriendsFilms.com: name, AIP charity of choice, reason(s) for selecting the charity. Chosen performers will be asked to submit a personal photo depicting the performer engaged with the charity, the charity's mission, or a similar charitable act. The photo will be used for promotional purposes.


Bonnie Rotten

Something Rotten at Elegant Angel 

Bonnie Rotten will be on the Elegant Angel podcast today and has booked a feature gig at Al's Diamond Cabaret in Pennsylvania for later this month. I've been a fan of hers since I first saw her and I was lucky to be assigned her Fresh Face interview for AVN before Adult Expo.

Good for her.

Bonnie Rotten on Elegant Angel Podcast Tuesday

First Feature Dancing Engagement in Reading, PA, Announced

VENICE, CA – Bonnie Rotten fans will be glued to their computers Tuesday as she appears on the Elegant Angel podcast, just the latest media opportunity to bridge the gap between the XRCO New Starlet and Cream Dream nominee and her legion of fans.

This is yet another incredible week for Bonnie’s followers as a new scene is on the verge of release in Evil Angel’s Obedience School, a B/G/G anal with Danny Wylde and Gia DiMarco, and more features that are in various stages of production. Of course she has several offerings already on the market, none making a bigger splash this year than the Digital Sin/New Sensations megahit The Gang Bang of Bonnie Rotten.

She has also recently done some great shoots, including one as Goldilocks where she went airtight in a 3-to-1 romp, as well as a turn as the White Rabbit in the Alice in Wonderland parody.

Another exciting development is the announcement that she will be feature dancing March 21-23 at Al's Diamond Cabaret in Reading, PA. The stage is where Bonnie got her start in the adult industry and fans have been clamoring for Bonnie to make the rounds on a national tour now that she has found success in Porn Valley. These dates could signal big things to come for fans hoping to catch the Bonnie Rotten stage experience.

Bonnie is nominated for New Starlet and Cream Dream at the 2013 X-Rated Critics Organization Awards. Visit www.xrco.org for more information.

Chat with Bonnie personally at https://verifiedcall.com/profiles/BonnieRotten. Follow Bonnie on Twitter @thebonnierotten. She now has signed photos available on her site at www.bonnierotten.com. For everything Bonnie go to http://risingstarpr.com/news/?page_id=4171.

Déjà vu

Got one of those periodic cheapo-ticket fill-the-house emails, this time for the Pantages. They're having a Beatles-tribute band play a show and I clicked through to the Pantages website to see what the story was. Tickets run from $25-$125.

I actually saw The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in 1965. It cost $5. I still have the ticket stub.


Robert Zemeckis, Roger Rabbit
March 4, 2013

Movie news

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be screening the breakthrough movie WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (no question mark) in April and tickets go on sale today ay 10:00 am PST. I remember very well the first time I saw that film, at the long-shuttered Avco Center Cinemas in Westwood. I know something about animation and I was stunned at the artistry, although the participation of master animator Richard Williams gave me some hint of the wonders that were to come. When the impossibly voluptuous Jessica Rabbit came through the curtain, boob-first, clad in a shimmering, glittering dress that accentuated every curve, and then strutted down the runway as the camera swooped around her, catching a stage light that put her in dramatic backlight, I realized that this was a movie for the time capsule.

(Interesting note -- To emphasize that Jessica Rabbit is a cartoon creation, not a rotoscope, when she walks and moves her, uh, jiggly bits move in the opposite direction of the way real women's body parts move.)

The film is not without its flaws, including the forced removal of some naughty jokes inserted by dirty-minded animators and the shoehorning of Disney icon Tinker Bell into the last shot ALLEGEDLY because Disney honcho Michael Eisner got pissy because the film originally ended with an iris-out on Porky Pig stuttering "That's all, folks" and Eisner wanted a DISNEY character in there even though "Peter Pan" wouldn't be released until 1953, several years after the movie's 1947 setting.

There will be a reunion of people involved in the film and tickets are a bargain-basement $5. It should sell out quickly. For more information click here.

See you there. 

Something happening here

Did the Valley get designated clothing-optional and I missed it?

Reseda and Devonshire
Victory near the Hollywood Freeway
Target on Raymer in Van Nuys
On Wilbur in Northridge
The trend even seems to be working its way over the hill.

Rodeo Drive, no less. I couldn't afford the clothes there either.
A monument to evil and greed. Associated Evil and Greed.
I KNEW IT!!

I have been maintaining for years that IN MY OPINION Associated Evil and Greed was behind the drugging of Michael Jackson that led to his death. Anyone familiar with Old Hollywood knows of the "Judy Garland treatment" where the performer is dosed with uppers to wake up and downers to go to sleep. A look at the drug log of what turned out to be Michael Jackson's last day shows the logical result of such malfeasance. I'm surprised that Jackson was alive, much less awake, after the pharmaceutical onslaught he underwent, concluding with Propofol, a surgical anesthesic that -- as Mike South put it -- just turns your brain off. Obviously the treatment was to counteract some SERIOUS abuse of uppers.

And Associated Evil and Greed's sole defense was "Dr. Murray didn't work for us." Plausible deniability. Which, it looks like, is just another corporate lie. 

I am proud to say that I have never knowingly set foot in any of AEG's facilities. The arena where the Lakers play, LA Live, Regal Cinemas, none of them. I didn't go to Michael Jackson's funeral and let my wife and son have the tickets. I never will, either. 


February 27, 2013

Mainstream un-originality on display

Nikki Finke is reporting that child actor/Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis will star in a new adaptation of "Annie," a property which Sony/Columbia owns already. Except for the music, which belongs to Paul McCartney.

I hate when mainstream studios take performers who are getting attention and stunt-cast them into half-assed remakes of properties they already own. (Although we could be in a full-fledged depression by the end of 2014 and the mov(i)e could be oddly prescient.) I remember the genius at Universal who thought "Christopher Reeve is in a wheelchair, let's remake 'Rear Window.'" I'm not making this up.

This is what happens when accountants make creative decisions. The old pirates like Darryl F. Zanuck and Jack Warner and Adolph Zukor and Carl Laemmle and Harry Cohn and Louis B. Mayer were ALLEGEDLY crude boors who ALLEGEDLY screwed everybody at their studios -- literally, or figuratively, or both -- but they could MAKE AN ORIGINAL MOVIE NOW AND THEN. And yes I know that the Bogart "Maltese Falcon" was the third version and the Judy Garland "Star is Born" was, like, the fourth and Columbia remade "It Happened One Night" as a widescreen color musical with June Allyson and Jack Lemmon but they also made original stuff, which is more than they do now.

Roy Karch goes to college

Tonight, veteran director and Hall of Famer Roy Karch will be addressing a class at Los Angeles City College about his history in cable TV, where he was a pioneer in presenting adult material on Manhattan Cable in the heady days of the '70s Golden Age.

Roy is a longtime friend and colleague, a musician, writer and raconteur who brightens a room by walking into it. The students are lucky.

Go get 'em, Roy.


Will Ryder makes (not re-makes) another 'Brady' spoof

Producer/director Will Ryder is adding another DVD to his "Not The Brady Bunch" collection, this time with Marcia leaving the nest and heading to college. Lexi Belle steps into Maureen Whatzername's pumps to reprise her role as Marcia, with a well-chosen cast including Alana Evans and Mike Horner as the parents.

I have enjoyed all of Ryder's "Brady Bunch" productions, and look forward to this one. Unlike the mainstream guys, he makes a new movie every time.

New Arrival: Brady Bunch Porn Series Set to Release 'Marcia Goes to College'

X-Play & LFP/Pulse Distribution to Launch 5th Volume of Americas #1 Selling Parody Series

(Hollywood, CA) There's a new arrival but don't worry nobody got pregnant but Marcia does go to college in the fifth volume 'Not the Bradys XXX Marcia Goes to College' set for a March 12th DVD release from X-Play, LFP/Pulse Distribution. The feature movie parody is being welcomed by fans and retailers nationwide who remember that it was this ground-breaking series that kicked off the parody explosion and changed the course of adult movie history.

Superstar Lexi Belle returns to reprise her role as Marcia but this time she doesn't try to hide her lust for sex. Marcia splits time between her crowded Brady house with one bathroom and her new college dorm room where she meets horny students and begins to experiment with wild consensual sex while away at college. Sisters Jan and Cindy plus brothers Greg, Peter and Bobby get in on the fun as none of them seem to be able to keep their pants on for more than a half semester.

Not the Bradys XXX Marcia Goes to College is a long-awaited fun-loving sexual romp designed for horny guys and curious couples who want a quality porn movie with enjoyable sex and a cute story.

"This is All-America porn," stated the movie's director Will Ryder.

"It's like a scenic ride on the monorail at Disneyland as this series does really well with the couples market and those that grew up with the Brady Bunch because it is beautifully shot and there is nothing gross or nasty about the sex. You could show this movie to your mother and only get slapped once."

Lexi Belle returns as Marcia Brady and is joined by Aubrey Addams, Vicki Chase, Kagney Linn Karter, Kacey Jordan, Dylan Riley, Ashlyn Rae, Nicole Ray, Lynn LeMay as Alice and Alana Evans as America's favorite mom Carol Brady.

"Without Not the Bradys XXX paving the way I'm not sure there would be this big parody revolution the industry has seen over the past seven years," stated X-Play's Scott David.

Some might argue if that is a good thing or not but nobody can argue that Not the Bradys XXX continues to be the biggest selling porn parody series of all time. Ask your favorite store or online retailer to order this new volume today.

Not the Bradys XXX Marcia Goes to College will be in stores nationwide March 12th from X-Play/LFP/Pulse Distribution.  This movie will not be found for free on the internet.

For wholesale DVD sales contact Lewis Adams Pulse Distribution at lewis@pulsedistribution.com

For worldwide broadcast rights contact Marc Bruder at CED bruder@brivideo.com

"Not" is a Registered Trademark of X-Play in the world of adult entertainment movie titles, novelties and products.


Kay Brandt is back, and so is Judy Thompson

Writer/director Kay Brandt is back with a new release from New Sensations' Sappho series, "Dirty Secrets," and she has brought along mainstream actress Judy Thompson. They previously worked together in some projects for another company before it was sold and changed direction and let's not dwell on the past, this is coming out in a week or so and it looks like it's gonna be good.

KAY BRANDT'S 'DIRTY SECRETS'

New Sensations' Sappho Series Unleashes the Lust Within

February 25th, 2013 -- Everyone has secret passions, deep desires, and naughty fantasies. The new erotic concept, Dirty Secrets from award winning writer/director, Kay Brandt, exposes what happens when a sexually repressed woman opens her home to an enigmatic female pornographer and witnesses for the first time a delicious display of lesbian lust from behind the scenes.

This fresh release from New Sensations' acclaimed Sappho Series, their line of decadent lesbian erotica, tells the story of a beautiful older woman, Lana (Brenda James), whose inner sexual fantasies are unleashed as she gets intimate with a gorgeous cast of horny young girls hungry for new sinful experiences devouring each other.

Making her return to Adult films is mainstream actress Judy Thompson, whose last provocative role in a XXX lesbian feature garnered an AVN nomination in 2012. Judy comes on strong as Jade, the flirtatious and sexually aggressive female pornographer renting a home from a lonely lady as the location for shooting a wildly explicit lesbian flick. Lana (James) and Jade (Thompson) come face to face with their mutual passions. Judy opens her to a world of perversion she never thought she would experience, and unlocks her inhibitions.

"Judy brings a unique level of intrigue because she is not a performer, but loves girls and has a true passion for sex, and it spills forth in the chemistry she ignites with her co-stars," says Writer/Director Kay Brandt.

The cast of the film includes Odette DeLaCroix, Brenda James, Nikki Hearts, Chloe Lynn, Zoey Holloway, Casey Stone, Natasha Malkova, and mainstream performer Judy Thompson.

The film releases March 11th.

To view the SFW trailer, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MnREtS7L4k


February 22, 2013

UK's adult industry trade group closing

I was unpleasantly surprised to see this morning that the Adult Industry Trade Association, AITA, citing dwindling support from the UK adult industry, is shutting down. I'm sorry that it came to this, but based on the information they offer in this announcement, I don't think they had much of a choice.

I hope a strong, relevant advocacy group rises from the ashes of AITA.

AITA to close.

At the end of 2012 AITA commissioned the State of the Industry Survey by Love Bytes Research to gauge the needs of AITA members and the UK Adult Industry.

The key survey areas included attitudes to the adult industry, health issues for performers and awareness and role of AITA.

This survey was commissioned as over the last three years there has been a reduction in membership numbers and we needed to have a clearer picture of what members and the industry at large want from a trade association so that we could if possible reverse the membership trend.

With regard the role of AITA the three most important aspects were considered to be Raising Industry Standards, Lobbying and Networking events.

Other key results.

Awareness: 60% of non-members respondents are aware of AITA, with only 11% previously unaware of the organisation before taking the survey.

Relevance: Whilst nearly 64% of overall respondents feel that an organisation such as AITA is relevant in the adult industry, only 32% feel that AITA itself is an effective voice for the industry.

Performer Services: Performers were asked how important selected services were: whilst some (medical assistance) were more vital than others and the AITA/UKAP health protocols were overwhelmingly supported.

53% felt the biggest threat to the adult industry is itself.

61% agree that effective self-regulation is required by the UK adult industry to prevent future legislation being passed.

With the limited resources available to AITA, it did not come as a surprise to learn that the majority of current members felt that AITA is underperforming in its provision of key services when considering their relative importance.

It is clear that this cannot be addressed without a significant injection of cash. AITA has significantly reduced it’s running costs over the last three years, however with corresponding decreasing subscriptions it has been running at a significant loss since at least 2010.

Due to the lack of ongoing support for AITA from the general UK adult industry, and after much deliberation the Committee believes that it is no longer tenable for AITA to continue after the end of the membership year (March 31) and all Committee members will resign on that date and the company closed down.

The committee would like to thank all members for their support over the years. As individuals they will continue to work to support the UK adult industry where they can, offering ongoing advise in their particular area of expertise and continuing to network at adult industry events.

The AITA website is here: http://www.aita.co.uk/?p=1196

Wicked Sensual Care, Oscar
Oscar and friends. Not to scale.
Say hello to my little slippery friend

Wicked's new Sensual Care line has worked its way into the freebie suites for the Oscar participants. Since the IRS declared that Oscar freebies can be considered as income and are taxable, ingenuity and utility are in much higher demand than luxury in gifting suites, and a bottle of lube is tough to beat.

Well done, Wicked.

The Wicked Sensual Care Collection is an Official Sponsor of the 85th Annual Academy Awards Celebrity Style Red Carpet Gift Lounge

Wicked's Luxurious Intimate Lubricants for Women & Men Continue to Conquer Hollywood  

BEVERLY HILLS, CA -- One of the most powerful names in couples intimacy, Wicked Pictures is continuing to expand its commitment to the sexual wellness revolution with the acclaimed Wicked Sensual Care Collection. This high-end, mainstream-friendly line of luxurious lubricants and enhancers has received 2013 awards nominations from AVN, XBIZ and the "O" Awards, while profiles of the franchise have appeared in everything from Virgin Airlines' in-flight programming to USA Today.

This week, the franchise's mainstream visibility will soar to new heights as it graces the 85th Academy Awards Red Carpet Celebrity Style Lounge. Taking place tonight February 21st, 2013 at the glamorous SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, this exclusive invitation-only event will be the place where nominees and media alike can relax in impeccable style.

The Wicked Sensual Care Collection will join some of the nation's top jewelry, footwear, and couture designers in sharing gifts with awards nominees and the editors of such trendsetting media outlets as OK! Magazine and New Beauty. Lucky attendees will receive a stylish WSCC gift bag containing such products as the award-nominated Wicked Candy Apple lubricant. Like all WSCC products, this popular lube is 100% vegan, cruelty-free and PETA certified.

The Red Carpet Celebrity Style Lounge represents the WSCC's second major mainstream media appearance this week - Saturday, February 16th saw the line sponsoring My Wicked Valentine, a lively celebration of Wicked's commitment to romance hosted by Stormy Daniels and jessica drake at TRU nightclub in Hollywood. The Wicked ladies were joined by special guests Allie Haze and Presley Hart,  the stars of Ms. Daniels' new Wicked Passions release If You Only Knew, as well as such other adult luminaries as Brad Armstrong and Cassandra Nix. Ms. Haze also appeared in jessica drake's Guide to Wicked Sex - Fellatio.

I hate when this happens

I was reading the TV listings the other day and I saw this.


It was nice to remember Gary Conaway, he was hanging out at Porn Star Karaoke for a while and it was cool to see a familiar face from the mainstream side enjoying the company of the adult industry.

The line about "the MTM-produced 'Taxi'" is totally wrong. "Taxi" was put together by some of the writer/producers who had worked at MTM and moved over to Paramount in the late '70s after the flagship "Mary Tyler Moore" show concluded its run. The credited production entity on "Taxi" is the John Charles Walters Company, and many of those people moved over to Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions, which created "Cheers."

I don't care about the misidentification of "Taxi" as an MTM production, that's not a big deal. However, the fact that you can't find that information anywhere -- because it isn't true -- means that somebody made it up. Didn't look it up, never checked, just put it up there because it sounded right.

That bothers me. A lot. Get your facts straight, people.


CineKink will play 'Misty' for you

The "Misty Beethoven" juggernaut continues with a screening at CineKink. I have gone on at length about this film, and I'm glad to see that it will be introduced to a new generation of fans at CineKink, who will get that same "they shot that around here" thrill that I got when I saw an old film noir at the American Cinematheque and saw a bank robbery scene that was shot on Las Palmas, about 20 yards from where I was sitting.

Check it out. If CineKink is geographically inconvenient, the DVD is available from Distribpix, along with many other '70s Golden Age classics. Click here for details.

CineKink to Honor The Opening of Misty Beethoven at Tenth Annual Kinky Film Festival

NEW YORK -- CineKink has announced that the Closing Night Tribute film of their tenth-anniversary festival will be a restored version of Radley Metzger's "The Opening of Misty Beethoven," widely considered the greatest adult film of all time and the apex of porno chic. The screening is scheduled for Saturday, March 2 at 9:30 PM at the Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Ave., NYC), with the director expected to be in attendance.

In this erotic retelling of George Bernard Shaw's classic play "Pygmalion," the action is transplanted to 1970s New York, Rome and Paris, following noted sexologist Dr. Seymour Love (Jamie Gillis) as he sets himself the challenge of transforming a "lowly" streetwalker, Misty Beethoven (Constance Money), into the world's greatest lover. With the help of his beautiful friend Geraldine (Jacqueline Beudant), Love devises an erotic training program with the goal of seeing Misty crowned "Goldenrod Girl" at famed publisher Lawrence Layman's next wild party. Along the way, Misty refines her technique by seducing an impotent artist, bringing three uniformed butlers to climax simultaneously, and by dallying with a rainbo ceramic sex toy.

"The Opening of Misty Beethoven" was originally credited to Henry Paris, a pseudonym for Metzger, whose works include such adult cinema classics as "Score," "Barbara Broadcast" and "The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann." The festival screening at CineKink NYC is made possible by DistribPix, who supervised the meticulous restoration of the movie.

"I'm thrilled to share 'The Opening of Misty Beethoven' with our audience," said Lisa Vandever, co-founder and director of CineKink. "Whenever anyone asks me to define 'quality' erotic cinema, Radley Metzger is always my first reference. The way his films combine explicit sexuality with an entertaining story, engaging performances and beautiful photography is nothing short of astonishing."

Billing itself as "the kinky film festival," CineKink NYC returns for its tenth anniversary appearance on Tuesday, February 26 and, running until March 3, features a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. In addition to screenings, plans for the festival also include a short film competition, presentations, audience choice awards, a fund-raising kick-off gala and a concluding afterglow party.

For more information and tickets, visit http://cinekink.com


February 19, 2013

Porn Star Karaoke rumors

I hear on Twitter that veteran performer Melissa Hill may make an appearance at the weekly soiree at Sardo's Grill and Lounge in Burbank. I've always liked Melissa, she was in the first video I ever gave an Editor's Choice to in AVN, a clever comedy from Vivid called "Suggestive Behavior" that involved hypnotism and debauchery. (You can read my review here.) We used to hang out, Melissa and Greg Steel and Julie Rage and Tyce Bune and his wife and occasionally Melissa's boyfriend but that was a long time ago.

Porn Star Karaoke is open to the public as well as to members of the adult industry. Since its start in July 2003, Porn Star Karaoke has become the longest-running ongoing weekly event in the history of the adult business.

Admission is 21 and older, with photo ID, and parking is free.

Sardo's Grill and Lounge is located at 259 N. Pass Ave in Burbank, Calif., just off the Pass Avenue offramp of the 134. Porn Star Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Sardo's website. Adult industry professionals are invited to reserve tables, which are held until 10:00 p.m. Email mail@sardosbar.com.

Corporate mindfuck

Comcast's takeover of NBCUniversal -- the two company names now jammed together like ExxonMobil or MillerCoors -- is moving on as the company has announced its intention to buy out General Electric's remaining ownership of the company. I don't pretend to understand the workings of big business -- although I do have the feeling that having a major broadcast network (and its subsidiary networks), a major movie studio, a big Internet provider and a major cable-TV provider all in the same hands is a bad idea -- but I do know a thing or two about graphics, and the new corporate identities from Comcast scare me. Take a look, and if the image isn't big enough, click on it to make it bigger.

Comcast seems to have taken the NBC peacock and turned it into a symbol for the whole company, which sort of pisses me off, but they own it and I suppose it's their right, but take a close look at the letters. Look closely at the word "Comcast": I mean really closely. Look at the ends of the letters. Some are rounded, some are squared off. And the letters themselves aren't consistent. The "C" is rounded at the top and squared off at the bottom, and it's the same with all the letters. There isn't a squared-off "A" and a rounded "T," every letter except the "O" has that duality. Same with the NBCUniversal logo. Look at the "r" with serifs on the upright and a squared-off leader. Same with the "a" with its squared-off top and serifs on the bottom. The "N" has sharp points and serifs.

Type has personality and meaning. Wedding invitations are in delicate script and EXIT signs are in big block letters. And the use of particular type sends a message, sometimes subliminally, sometimes overtly. I think using very large Helvetica communicates something that is really obvious, for example. Although this commentator thinks the message from Comcast is confused, I think it's crystal-clear: We are big, we are powerful, and we don't care about rules. Don't fuck with us. Let us do what we want.

What do you think?

Add NBC Peacock

The original Mark III NBC Peacock had six plumes that radiated from six different points, making a perfect half-circle in negative space. See below.


NBC, NBC Peacock
Original NBC Mark III Peacock
Picture courtesy abbywinters.com
Some dimwit at NBC decided to "fix" it and rejiggered the plumes. Good one.

Garion Hall speaks at mainstream conference

I bow to very few in my appreciation of abbywinters.com, the natural-girl website that, when faced with legal opposition in their native Australia a few years ago, moved - lock, stock and Chloe B -- to Amsterdam. They have more than 10 years of pictures, some* of which I have downloaded over the years, like the one on the right, which did NOT originally feature the models holding a poster.

Last week abbywinters CEO Garion Hall addressed LIFT, a new-technologies conference in Geneva, discussing how the adult industry drives technology and the demand for new technology. As I have said many times, millions of people did not get home VCRs so they could time-shift "Masterpiece Theatre" on PBS.

Well done, Garion.

abbywinters.com CEO speaks at LIFT

Amsterdam -- Garion Hall, CEO of abbywinters.com, spoke at this year's LIFT conference in Geneva. The conference straddles the intersection of technology, culture and the media; to which Garion Hall was invited to offer the oft-overlooked perspective of the "strongest creative industry nobody talks about."

The LIFT conference, as Garion Hall described, is "kind of like an EU TED conference, but as it's younger, it can be a little more flexible with its format." Intended as an independent vehicle to agitate, educate, and organize, the conference has been held annually since 2006.

Alongside MIT researcher Kate Darling, and Heather Kelley of ohmibod.com, Mr. Hall was featured in the LIFT session 'Innovation Drivers: XXX', focusing on the part the adult industry plays on the social impact of technology and media.

"I sometimes speak at adult industry conferences, but this is my first cross-over speaking gig," explained Mr. Hall, going on to add, "I think there a lot the adult industry has to share. It tends to have rapid prototyping of new business models, driven by the lowest costs, and lots of AB testing to find the perfect mix." Deviating momentarily, Mr. Hall also divulged "...I am also super excited about seeing the Large Hadron Collider (the speakers are getting a private tour!)."

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*thousands

February 15, 2013

A chance to stick it to The Man

If, like me, you've been following the fiasco in San Francisco as the most freethinking city in the world criminalized publc nudity, you might want to take a look at this protest that is set for Sunday at Market and Castro.

Although the video is being made for NakedSword, they invite people of all types to join in, and nudity is not required.

I have maintained that simple, non-sexual nudity is one of the wedge issues that the right wing uses to make people crazy, and often it's the nudists who are in the forefront of free-expression issues.

Here's a chance to pitch in.

Aw shit

Looks like our friends at the AIDS Shakedown Foundation are working their magic on state legislators to get Measure B passed statewide. Here's Mark Kernes' article on the subject: http://business.avn.com/articles/legal/Calif-Assemblymember-Introduces-Statewide-Forced-Condom-Bill-506711.html

I hope that the adult-industry opposition to this draconian measure can get its act together and put forward a more compelling argument than the weak and unconvincing "Stop Government Waste" campaign we waged last time. Public opinion is NOT on our side when Michael Weinstein can conjure up images of AIDS-infected porn gremlins gleefully spreading death and can trot out easy-to-remember slogans like For Adult Industry Responsibility (FAIR) and present them through well-financed ads and voter guides.

We thought the 1st Amendment would protect us. It didn't.

We thought the "Stop Government Waste" campaign would sway voters. It didn't.

We thought that everybody would laugh at Weinstein and AHF was a pack of meddling simpletons and we would prevail. No, and no, and no again.

I don't know what it would take -- if I did I would be on the phone to the industry giants and getting funding for the sure-fire tactics I had in my hip pocket -- but I do know that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, and I know the "Stop Government Waste" campaign was a fucking fiasco.

If anybody wants my help, you have my number. Let's fight this.

Tessa Lane
Tessa Lane. She'll probably wear more at PSK. But not much.
February 12, 2013

Star Power at Porn Star Karaoke Tonight

The stars have been coming out for PSK lately, with last week's edition hosted by Kurt Lockwood drawing out not only regulars like Siri and Konnie but new talent like Jackie Lin. The star wattage should be blinding this week as new-ish talent Tessa Lane takes the mic to host. PSK starts at 9:00 and I would recommend that you get there by, oh, 9:15.

Tessa Lane hosts this week’s PSK!

 
The beautiful & sexy Tessa Lane brings her beauty and talent as host of this week’s PSK, 2/12!

Tessa is a multi-talent and this lady can sing!  You can follow Tessa on Twitter @ItsTessaLane

 
Come join Tessa and PSK group this Tuesday for some great fun, drinks and giveaways!
 
Porn Star Karaoke is open to the public as well as to members of the adult
industry. Since its start in July 2003, Porn Star Karaoke has become the
longest-running ongoing weekly event in the history of the adult business.

Admission is 21 and older, with photo ID, and parking is free.

Sardo's Grill and Lounge is located at 259 N. Pass Ave in Burbank, Calif. Porn
Star Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Sardo's website.
Adult industry professionals are invited to reserve tables, which are held until
10:00 p.m. Email mail@sardosbar.com.

Paramount Pictures
Ooooo Deja Vu

Constant readers -- or anybody who went to a movie in the last year or so -- may remember that Paramount Pictures celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. They cobbled up special art for the occasion, and I didn't like it much because it looks like the sun is setting, never a good sign for an ongoing operation.

Paramount also commissioned a very clever limited edition art piece commemorating 100 of the studio's landmark films in small pictograms. Among the many films that are commemorated are some that no longer belong to the studio but were still produced under the studio's banner (like "Psycho," in the top row, which was produced on the Universal lot but is historically a Paramount release) and there is one oopsie near the bottom as the pictogram references the 1933 RKO "King Kong," not the 1976 remake.

Take a look at the poster, I think it's cool.

Paramount pictograms
They limited the number of these they made, the bastards.
So anyway the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences put out its posters today, one for the annual Oscar ceremony and a new one commemorating all the "Best Picture" winners. The "Best Picture" poster looks, oh, call it familiar, but the edition is not limited and they will sell you one at 8949 Wilshire so if you're going to Hustler anyway go a few blocks west and go to the 4th floor.

Oscars on parade
Balloons
Going aloft
February 4, 2013

Saturday journeys

I was busy on Saturday. The day began with a memorial service for a friend from high school at a home in the West Valley. It was a good day for an outdoor ceremony, with the overcast providing the appropriate somberness to counteract the cheerful memories of the life of our friend. More than half of the people there were high school friends, and we took comfort in each other's presence. It was as if the 40-plus years since we graduated from Reseda High evaporated.

The service concluded with Dave's family distributing helium balloons to the group -- in the Reseda High colors, Royal Blue, Columbia Blue and White, natch -- and on cue we released them into the grey sky. We socialized afterwards and caught up, until I had to leave to go to work. I was changing my clothes in a restroom at the Hollywood Bowl (the memorial service requested casual clothes, work requires a coat and tie, the Hollywood Bowl is a public park and it's on the way -- and deserted in February) and saw that I got a message from Coach Eddie that Bobby Rinaldi had passed away in his sleep the night before.

Work was uneventful, I was kind of stunned by the news about Bobby and walked through it, and after dinner (it's a volunteer gig, I don't get paid but they do feed me) I headed out to the City of Industry to see Rikki Six at Spearmint Rhino. I was welcomed by the Spearmint Rhino people, who have always been happy to extend me professional courtesy, and walked in to the way-dim club and settled into a back-row seat. I got a $5 soda water, stunning the waitress by tipping her, and settled in to wait.

The usually-flexible feature performance time delayed the 11 pm show to 11:45, and Rikki took the stage with compatriot Nikki Seven in a quick 10-minute performance that for me was highlighted by Rikki seeing me ringside and waving, which led 20 guys to think "Maybe I should wear a tie next time."

After the show, I chatted with Rikki and met Nikki, and Rikki told me of the grueling week of travel she had planned. She was going to drive direct from the club to Las Vegas, where she was hosting a Super Bowl party at the Hustler Club. From Vegas she was flying to New York on Sunday night to appear on Howard Stern, and then back to Vegas on Tuesday, a drive back to L.A., and back to Vegas on the 7th.

If you see Nikki later this week, remember she's probably jet lagged.

Goodbye, Bobby

Director Bobby Rinaldi passed away in his sleep Friday night. Bobby was one of the first people I met in this industry, when he was with Tight Ends, and he later moved on to its successor company Wildlife Productions. He was always affable, and when I expressed the idea that I'd like to do the narration on a version of "All About Eve" he was shooting, he agreed immediately and let me do it. The narration was never used (I have come to the realization that I suck as an actor and am only qualified to portray people who are exactly like me) but I'll never forget the way he encouraged me through it.

Bobby was probably best known for his "Screw My Wife, Please" series of videos, which he kept going for years, but he will be remembered by his friends and colleagues as a prime contender for Nicest Guy In The Industry.

Ave atque vale, Bobby. You will be missed

Bondi Beach, Australia
Bondi Beach in Australia
What is the younger generation coming to?

A disquieting report says that young women in Australia are not going topless on the beach, where it is acceptable to do so, as much as they used to. I have witnessed this prudery among twentysomethings recently, and as a proud member of the '60s generation I have to say I do not approve. At all.

I know that Australia is the home of Wicked Weasel, the manufacturers of the smallest bikinis you ever saw, but I still don't get it.

Here's the story, and remember that if you want to check it out in person it's late summer in Australia right now: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/young-women-keep-their-tops-on-unlike-their-mothers-generation-20130125-2dc29.html

January 29, 2013

Sing, sing, sing

Drop by Porn Star Karaoke at Sardo's Grill and Lounge tonight to wish happy birthday to performer Trinity St. Clair, who has been a highlight of the proceedings lately. As Porn Star Karaoke co-founder Konnie put it on Twitter last night:


Non-sequitur
Tonight's Porn Star Karaoke will give me a chance to continue my New Year's resolution to stop consuming aspartame and high fructose corn syrup in a bar-like situation. I'm getting a taste for soda water with lime.

For those of you who are new to this: Since its start in July 2003, Porn Star Karaoke has become the longest-running ongoing weekly event in the history of the adult business. Porn Star Karaoke is open to the public as well as to members of the adult industry.

Admission -- 21 and older with photo ID -- and parking are free.

Sardo's Grill and Lounge is located at 259 N. Pass Ave in Burbank, Calif.

Porn Star Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Sardo's website. Adult industry professionals are encouraged to reserve tables,. Reservations are held until 10:30 p.m. For reservations or other information email mail@sardosbar.com.

Ooooo nervy

CBS has renewed its entire daytime lineup.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/cbs-renews-entire-daytime-lineup-including-bold-beautiful-the-talk-price-is-right-and-lets-make-a-deal/

AIDS Shakedown Foundation running to the front of the parade again

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which apparently won't be happy until every adult scene is an unpaid condom commercial, is taking credit for recent health-code violations at a studio through a nationally-distributed press release and leaflets dropped from airplanes over Chatsworth and the West Valley. (I'm kidding about the leaflets, so far as I know.)

AFH is couching their arguments in easy-to-understand public-health terms, and we are mealymouthing about First Amendment rights and government waste, neither of which resonates with John Q. Public like AHF's fanciful tale of stopping a depraved army of HIV-infected porn goblins spreading disease through Los Angeles County, one condom at a time.Here's the latest response from Free Speech Coalition about the grandstanding by AHF. Buckle up, it's gonna be a long, nasty fight.

AHF Comments on Steamray Studios CalOSHA Fines are Predictably Inflammatory

Recent comments by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) on a Cal-OSHA case involving adult producer Steamray Studios are predictably inflammatory, said Free Speech Coalition today.

"Yet another attempt by Weinstein to cloud the issue and cause concern for adult producers and performers, in order to garner more media attention for his organization and its anti-adult campaign to drive adult film businesses out of Los Angeles County," said FSC CEO Diane Duke.

Any complaint filed with state workplace safety agency Cal-OSHA should not be confused with enforcement of the Los Angeles "Safer Sex" in Adult Productions ordinance, the recently passed law that was funded solely by AHF.

Two weeks ago, adult production company Vivid Entertainment, performers Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce filed suit challenging the L.A. County "Safer Sex" Ordinance in federal court.

Interestingly the Cal-OSHA complaint supports the adult industry's stance that the State has jurisdiction over such issues -- not the County.

FSC advises concerned adult producers to consult with their legal counsel on issues related to health & safety compliance. FSC members can obtain a copy of the FSC Bloodbourne Pathogen Plan for Adult Producers by contacting Joanne@freespeechcoalition.com.

Pronoun trouble

I was reading this interesting essay about how bra manufacturers are not in tune with the real shapes of women's bodies -- and we guys are not immune to this corporate one-sizing, as the wide variety of condoms attests -- and the writer closed her essay with this statement:

I can only hope every woman gets a chance to find a bra that actually fits them, regardless of whether society thinks it should or not.

Although I disdain sexism, even unconscious sexism, and have for decades ever since I found the first issue of Ms. in the middle of New York magazine, I really think the pronoun right before the comma should be "her," like this:

I can only hope every woman gets a chance to find a bra that actually fits her, regardless of whether society thinks it should or not.

See?

Oh, Susannah

Susannah Breslin is a longtime professional acquaintance I met on the long-ago set of "Flashpoint" for Wicked Pictures. I remember distinctly when we were sitting, chatting under a canopy by the craft table (Want to find writers? Look for the food) and were summoned to watch a massive orgy on a fire truck. We stood up and I found to my surprise that she was as tall as I am, exactly, 6-2, and with shoes on she was taller.

We have been in infrequent touch over the years, and I have been a conduit for her to get in touch with various porn professionals now and then. We met up again at AEE last week, where I surveyed her new-short haircut and observed "You're looking butch."

"I had cancer," she deadpanned.

Shit.

Despite the gaffe, she was kind enough to mention me in a positive way in a story she wrote for Forbes, as seen below.


Forbes
Top of the world, Ma!
Thanks for the kind words, Susannah. Hope to see you again before long.

See you at PSK tonight, everybody.

January 23, 2013

CAA Sundance 'scandal' shows porn, mainstream still worlds apart

I was reading Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood site yesterday and I saw the item below. Seems some partygoers were shocked -- SHOCKED! -- by the goings-on at a party thrown by mega-talent agency CAA, the LA Direct of mainstream, at the Sundance Film Festival.

(BACKGROUND: Creative Artists Agency was founded by a number of agents formerly with William Morris, including Michael Ovitz. To house the agency, they built a giant building in Beverly Hills designed by I.M. Pei with just the address on the building. They later added the company name in two-inch-high letters near the door. They keep their information close to the vest: If you think I'm overstating, click on the logo for their website. It has the street addresses and phone numbers of their offices around the world. And a logo.)

Anyway, I read the story expecting to be equally shocked by the activities and I read it and thought, "That's it?" Hell, no porn party is complete without two pornchicks kissing in a corner. Or in the middle of the room.  

The strap-on is new to me, though. Maybe I haven't been going to the right parties.

Anyway, the next time somebody invokes James Deen and "The Canyons" and says that "Mainstream and porn are coming together" -- remember this and tell them they are full of crap.  Or give them my number. I'll do it.


If the resolution is bad, click on it to go to the original story
Nametag, Hard Rock
Kinda neat
January 22, 2013

Sorry I haven't written in a while

It's been busy the last few weeks. The AVN Nominations Meetings, the nominations, the watching of the waist-high stacks of DVDs and the voting, and then Adult Expo where I was actually on staff at AVN for a week and wrote exclusively for them, hitting the Legends of Erotica ceremony and herding the stars across the Red Carpet at the AVN Awards, after which I repaired to Pink Taco with a few colleagues and we ate and drank and celebrated the end of a week of toil. 

It was good to see friends and colleagues and those who happily fit into both categories. 

To those who won at the AVN Awards, I voted for you. Congratulations.

To those who did not win at the AVN Awards, I voted for you, but you got hosed. I'm sorry, I did my best.

Here is a picture of me with jessica drake doing the over-the-shoulder chat because when I took my eyes off the porn stars the line would grind to a halt, which I found out the hard way.



Tod Hunter, jessica drake
I put this pic on Facebook and captioned it "Beauty and the Beast." One person reproached me for calling jessica drake "the Beast." You can imagine who it was.

Let's get started.

Dave packs it in

If you've spent any time in the adult industry, you know Dave Cummings. He worked for many years as (arguably) the world's oldest porn star, usually working with girls half his age -- although that fraction slipped to one-third as time went on. Always a gentleman and always a reliable performer, Dave decided to pull the curtain on his production company late last year. Here is his final From The Trenches column, which he sent gratis to websites for years.  

I missed Dave in Las Vegas this year but I'll bet he will make it to XRCO, an easy drive from La Jolla. I look forward to that, and to seeing him in upcoming movies. 


FROM  THE  TRENCHES

BY: Dave Cummings----Hall of Fame Porn Star

 

December, 2012

It's happened. There's so little porn production these past couple of years that material for this monthly column has ebbed terribly. IMO, piracy is to blame. Rather than fight it any longer, this tired 72 year old porn star is making this the last "From The Trenches". 

Herewith, It's happening with this final column.


I basically shut down Dave Cummings Productions a few years ago when it became evident to me that the pirates and downloaders made it seemingly impossible to continue. I've tried to keep positive, but it's now time for this column to wave the white flag, and for me to concentrate on performing for other companies whenever a booking comes along; sex will still be occasionally available to me via San Diego's swinging community and groupie coeds, and the hope that the rest of the porn world can keep surviving so I might have some future booking/performing opportunities. Piracy has taken a heavy toll on many companies and personnel. It's happened. 


Yes, my writing is terrible, but there have been times when I've felt like the column was still of some value to groups of readers, especially the porn fans in Texas who frequently told me that they liked the column. But, "From The Trenches" is dying from the pirates and other obstacles that the porn world is now faced with. It's happened. 


I'll keep up with porn news and happenings, and will comment from time-to-time via Internet boards and other outlets.  But, herewith, the demise of "From The Trenches" has now happened. Thanks for reading past columns!


As you might have noticed in the past, I frequently quote other columns. One of my favorites has been, and remains, "Sexual Intelligence", written by Dr Marty Klein, Ph.D.  Found at www.SexualIntelligence.org, the many top-notch articles in each month's issue have topics that are so on target that I recommend you sign up for his newsletter.


To give this month's "From The Trenches" validity, below is one of the many fine reports in Marty's most recent posting: 


"Reprinted from Sexual Intelligence,copyright (C) Marty Klein, Ph.D. (www.SexualIntelligence.org)."

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Porn Industry Fights For Your Rights


Even if you don't watch porn-even if you think porn should be illegal-you still get the benefits of the porn industry's fight to safeguard your freedoms as an American. And this goes way beyond your right to watch porn, to areas of privacy, capricious taxation, and elsewhere.


Here's the latest.


Say you produce adult porn films for a living (go with me on this). You, the government, and society all agree that only adults should act in such films. And in fact, the adult film industry has an amazing record of accidentally employing almost no underage actors/actresses girls in the last 30 years-a far better record than the number of oil spills, crashes, or explosions in any other industry.


So it's illegal for underage people to act in adult films. No problem. The government goes a step further, and requires age documentation of every participant in adult films. You must prove you're an adult. No problem. One day you decide to make a film featuring only 50-year-olds. All participants must prove they're adults, and they do. But the government has this law (called "2257") about record-keeping, unique to the adult film industry. They can come into your office unannounced, with no warrant or even probable cause, asking for the IDs of the 50-year-olds in the film; if you don't have them handy right there, you can be prosecuted and sent to jail. You can go to jail not because you have underage actors in your film, but because you can't prove that three 50-year-olds are over 18.


This law isn't keeping underage talent out of films-because they haven't been in commercial films to begin with. It's simple harassment of a legal industry, which no other industry has to suffer. It's an unconstitutional invasion of privacy-government agents coming into your premises unannounced not because they have a reasonable cause, but because the law allows them.


So here's the big news-the porn industry has challenged this law, the government asked the case to be dismissed, and a federal judge refused.


In this case, the porn industry is protecting all Americans' rights-to be, as the Fourth Amendment says, "secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures."


Here are just three other ways (there are many others) the porn industry protects your rights, whether you watch porn or not:


Fighting arbitrary zoning: Cities and counties around the country try to prevent adult bookstores from opening by inventing discriminatory zoning rules-which are also used to prevent swing clubs, education centers, and religious centers from opening.


Fighting taxes based on content: Several states now tax strip clubs more than other forms of live entertainment. If they can do this, they can levy extra taxes on any form of communication they want to discourage (such as violent video games or religious newspapers).


Fighting government agencies advancing a moral agenda: Even though there is no HIV problem in the adult film industry (you're safer sleeping with a porn actress/actor than a stranger you meet in a bar), Los Angeles County plans to require condoms and dental dams on all porn shoots. If they can do this, they can supervise any legal activity of which they disapprove, such as fashion shows, church bake sales, and campus protests.


So whether you watch porn or not, whether you think porn is evil or not-this holiday season, give thanks that, in addition to making films, porn producers are protecting your rights.

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See, Marty Klein is one sharp, professional, and in-tune gentleman!

Take care everyone; and, Happy Holidays

Dave Cummings

www.davecummings.com

Davecummings.tv


History Lesson #1

Playboy magazine has not only been a place to see pictures of nude women for more than 50 years, they have also been great benefactors of jazz, movies, and art. The first Playboy Jazz Festival, in Chicago, was revolutionary because it allowed integrated bands on stage. Hugh M. Hefner has endowed a chair of film studies at USC and has bankrolled several documentaries about the Hollywood film industry, as well as producing a version of "Macbeth" directed by Roman Polanski and picking up the first Monty Python movie, "And Now For Something Completely Different," in 1974.

Playboy's commitment to art is equally impressive, commissioning sculptures, paintings and other art pieces to go with the magazine's articles. Bishop James Pike's story about the human side of Jesus was illustrated by a sketch of Jesus laughing, arms out and face contorted in hilarity. It was made into a poster they sold for years. Hefner is a master cartoon editor, and in the magazine's trademark "Little Annie Fanny" comic strip, every panel was a painting with perspective and shading.

In the late '60s, Playboy commissioned a number of artists to make their version of a Playmate. Heavy hitters like Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and pop artist Tom Wesselman, who focused on the Playmate mouth there on the right. Wesselman's hard-edged nudes were very distinctive, and there's a selection of his art below. Click through for a look.

Image: 
So I was cruising the Playboy Plus website and I saw a familiar piece of art in the background of shots of a model (whose name I have unfortunately forgotten) and I wondered if the people involved knew about the history of this particular piece. 

Doesn't matter if they did or not. It makes a nice background. 

Image: 
The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Misty Beethoven
Play "Misty"
History Lesson #2

One of the best movies of the '70s Golden Age was "The Opening of Misty Beethoven," occasionally known as just "Misty Beethoven" much like "This is Spinal Tap" is called "Spinal Tap." Shot by erotic filmmaker Radley Metzger under his nom de porn Henry Paris, the film showed the efforts of Dr. Seymour Love (played by Jamie Gillis) to make a courtesan out of Misty Beethoven (Constance Money), a hooker offering $5 handjobs in storefront porn peepshows.

Shot with a clever script based on the classic "Pygmalion," the film has been at the top of many greatest-hits lists, including the one I wrote for the 15th anniversary of AVN. (Not that I'm an authority, especially, we all did one.)

It has recenly been given what I call "the Criterion treatment" by production company Distribpix, with the footage restored to its orignal colors, two audio commentaries, a 45-minute documentary, an interview with Jamie Gillis, and three hours of supplemental material including trailers, slide show, radio spots and outtakes.It is available in Blu-ray and DVD, as you can see, and I look forward to popping it in the player and watching it.

I recommend you do the same. Click on the picture for details.