October 20, 2015

RIP, Superstar Auteur Gino Colbert


It was just last week that we learned of the death of gay porn star Blue Blake in London at age 52. Now, we can confirm that legendary director Gino Colbert has also passed away. (The two men were frequent collaborators.) It’s been reported that Colbert, 58, had a heart attack at his home in Hollywood last August. This was a sad end for a man who spent many years in front of the camera as a model and then behind it as an award-winning writer, producer and director of films in the gay, straight, bisexual and trans genres.

Colbert helmed countless titles for numerous studios before starting his own Gino Pictures imprint. He had a hand in discovering Joey Stefano, the Rockland brothers and many other big-name porn stars. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Colbert started as an assistant to straight porn director Joe Sarno (subject of the 2013 documentary A Life in Dirty Pictures) in the late 1970s in New York. Eventually he made his way to Los Angeles, where he worked for VCA/HIS, Leisure Time, Metro and New Age Pictures, creating classic movies such as Three Brothers, Porn Fiction, Men in Blue, Jeff Stryker’s Underground, Night Walk and The Matinee Idol (starring Ken Ryker). And who could forget 1994’s Tijuana Toilet Tramps (featuring Stefano)!? Colbert later turned his love for theater into a stage career, touring in Ronnie Larsen plays such as Scenes From My Love Life, 10 Naked Men, All-Male Peep Show and Shooting Porn: Live On Stage. He was also involved in Larsen’s 1997 film documentary Shooting Porn.

In recent years, Colbert oversaw the annual Hall of Fame induction presentation at the now-defunct GAYVN Awards and helped Robert Van Damme (below with Gino in 2009) with the launch of his RVD Productions. He was also a guest speaker at UC Santa Barbara graduate film program, and he was honored with an annual film festival dedicated to his work at the former Tomkat Theatre in West Hollywood. While he had stepped away from the business, Colbert remained a devoted movie buff and fan. He was also one of nicest and most thoughtful guys you could ever meet—in or out of the industry. RIP, sweet man.

September 8, 2015

David Forest Dead at 66

PHOTO BY VINCENT LAMBERT
Sad news over the holiday weekend: Industry veteran David Forest has passed away. An obituary in The L.A. Times yesterday confirmed that the flamboyant talent agent and manager died on August 13 from complications due to diabetes. Forest, 66, had recently suffered a heart attack and a broken leg but, in his usual fashion, appeared to be bouncing back.

Following a successful career in music, booking acts such as the Grateful Dead and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham (before Fleetwood Mac), Forest made a name for himself in gay porn by managing a veritable who’s who of big-name stars. He formed his company in 1981 and oversaw the careers of Jeremy Scott, Leo Ford, Tim Kramer and Lance, among others. In the early ’90s, Forest signed Ryan Idol, Ken Ryker, Kevin Williams and Tom Katt. The Forest roster continued to grow in 2000 with the addition of Billy Herrington, Jeff Palmer, Billy Brandt, Eric Hanson, Jeremy Tucker, Caesar and Chris Steele. In recent years, Forest has managed superstars such as Mark Dalton, Rod Barry, Zeb Atlas, Johnny Castle and Tony Capucci.

At various times over his 35-year career, he was incarcerated on pandering charges, retired, sold his company, entered rehab, relaunched his escorting service and worked on his autobiography (tentatively titled From Rock to Cock). Somehow Forest, often a controversial figure in the porn world, always returned to the business he loved. For Los Angeles readers, a “Celebration of Life” service will be held this Friday, September 11, at 11 am at Hillside Mortuary (6001 W. Centinela Ave.).

June 11, 2015

Cole Tucker Passes Away at 61

PHOTO BY VINCENT LAMBERT
One of the legends of gay porn’s heyday has died. According to The Desert Sun, Cole Tucker passed last Sunday in Palm Springs from AIDS-related causes. The tattooed superstar appeared in numerous films for multiple studios in the mid to late 1990s, making his gay porn debut at age 44. He went on to win a Grabby for Best Performer in 1998 and was inducted into the Grabbys Hall of Fame in 2000. The same year he was also honored with a special achievement award from the GAYVNs for his work for AIDS charities. Hit titles include Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, MANeuvers: Agony of Victory, Link 2 Link and Fallen Angel.

Following his retirement, Tucker resumed his career in real estate. He is survived by his longtime former partner Louis Milinazzo. A memorial service will be held this Saturday, June 13, at 11 am at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (1020 East Ramon Road) in Palm Springs. His family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Desert AIDS Project. For more information, visit desertaidsproject.org.
Karp, Richard Allen (Rick), 61, passed away Sunday , June 7 in Palm Springs from AIDs related illness. He is survived by his brothers Steven, Paul and Alan Karp, his sister Sarilee Norton, his nieces Lisa Estrach and Chelsea Karp, his nephews David and Kevin Karp, and his dear friend and former partner Louis Milinazzo. Rick had worked as a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker for many years, both in Palm Springs and Boston. Formerly, he worked in the hospitality and entertainment industries while residing in Provincetown, Boston and Palm Springs. Despite being HIV positive for nearly 35 years, Rick continued to move forward with his life and provide support and encouragement to others who were living with HIV. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1020 East Ramon Road in Palm Springs. The family invites Rick's friends and colleagues to join us.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Desert AIDs Project in Palm Springs - See more at: http://obituaries.desertsun.com/obituaries/thedesertsun/obituary.aspx?n=richard-allen-karp&pid=175050590&#sthash.S9a278GA.dpuf
Karp, Richard Allen (Rick), 61, passed away Sunday , June 7 in Palm Springs from AIDs related illness. He is survived by his brothers Steven, Paul and Alan Karp, his sister Sarilee Norton, his nieces Lisa Estrach and Chelsea Karp, his nephews David and Kevin Karp, and his dear friend and former partner Louis Milinazzo. Rick had worked as a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker for many years, both in Palm Springs and Boston. Formerly, he worked in the hospitality and entertainment industries while residing in Provincetown, Boston and Palm Springs. Despite being HIV positive for nearly 35 years, Rick continued to move forward with his life and provide support and encouragement to others who were living with HIV. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1020 East Ramon Road in Palm Springs. The family invites Rick's friends and colleagues to join us.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Desert AIDs Project in Palm Springs - See more at: http://obituaries.desertsun.com/obituaries/thedesertsun/obituary.aspx?n=richard-allen-karp&pid=175050590&#sthash.S9a278GA.dpuf
Karp, Richard Allen (Rick), 61, passed away Sunday , June 7 in Palm Springs from AIDs related illness. He is survived by his brothers Steven, Paul and Alan Karp, his sister Sarilee Norton, his nieces Lisa Estrach and Chelsea Karp, his nephews David and Kevin Karp, and his dear friend and former partner Louis Milinazzo. Rick had worked as a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker for many years, both in Palm Springs and Boston. Formerly, he worked in the hospitality and entertainment industries while residing in Provincetown, Boston and Palm Springs. Despite being HIV positive for nearly 35 years, Rick continued to move forward with his life and provide support and encouragement to others who were living with HIV. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1020 East Ramon Road in Palm Springs. The family invites Rick's friends and colleagues to join us.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Desert AIDs Project in Palm Springs - See more at: http://obituaries.desertsun.com/obituaries/thedesertsun/obituary.aspx?n=richard-allen-karp&pid=175050590&#sthash.S9a278GA.dpuf

October 27, 2014

Derek Atlas Makes Hot House Debut


He just signed as a studio exclusive last month. Now, Derek Atlas is starring in his first scene for Hot House. The soon-to-be gay porn superstar has worked in the industry for more than three years, but he’s strictly A-list now that he’s performing only for Falcon Studios Group. Derek’s debut duo is from the upcoming feature Saddle Up, directed by Christian Owen, and co-stars sexy Ricky Decker. The pair get hot and horny for a literal roll in the hay, playing farmhands who take a break from their chores to work each other over. And in case fans are wondering, the beefy and tattooed Atlas is on top here.

In a new interview from the set of his next film, Auto Erotic with Billy Santoro for Raging Stallion, Derek shares why he got into the big biz (“I like to fuck people”), what he hopes to accomplish (“I want everyone to know my name”) and his ultimate fantasy scene (hint: it involves the theme song from Titanic). Sounds like this personal trainer from Upstate New York is enjoying his new life in sinful Las Vegas! To watch the interview, go to the Falcon Studios Group blog. And for more info, visit HotHouse.com.

October 7, 2014

Stone Is Latest Cocky Boys Contender

 

As long as there are cute guys craving attention out there, some will always wanna be a Cocky Boy! Thus, the studio’s So You Wanna Be a Cocky Boy? series continues. Smooth hottie Stone is the current contender. (Tatye Hanson was a previous winner.) The pierced and tattooed dancer from Tulsa chronicles his journey from Oklahoma, sharing his excitement about his first visit to NYC. Besides taking his first Manhattan cab ride (which he survives!), Stone takes us to his debut gig at Adonis Lounge. He also talks about his love of public sex (a date in a movie theater and in his “vehicle”) and how his favorite time to jack is in the morning because he always wakes up hard. Ah, youth.

But things get interesting when Stone takes to the garden of the Cocky Boys estate to work his thick meat and use a Fleshjack for the first time. “Stone has these bright green eyes that really light up when he’s outdoors,” says director Jake Jaxson. And he knows how to time his explosive orgasm to the sound of thunder! “He had such a bold presence on screen that the clouds opened up the second he climaxed and a loud clap of thunder was heard in the distance,” Jaxson adds. “We knew Stone was hot, but we had no idea he could control nature itself!”

In other Cocky Boys news, two films from the online studio have been selected to play at the 2014 Berlin Porn Film Festival. The two titles that will be screened are Fuck Yeah Levi Karter (a documentary featuring the popular Cocky Boys exclusive) and Answered Prayers: The Banker (Part One of the ongoing five-part mini-series.) The films will screen on Saturday, October 25, and Sunday, October 26. For more information, visit Cockyboys.com.

July 30, 2014

John Magnum in Bound Jocks Solo


It’s been a while since we heard from John Magnum, and we thought the muscle stud was back in a new solo for Bound Jocks. It turns out that the scene was first released in 2011 and was just a repost. Oh, well. The fun starts with Magnum in a jockstrap and tied to a stool. He struggles and strains to free himself. Then, he’s blindfolded in blue shorts and tied up on a chair. At least his cock and balls are out, though they are tied up too. This goes on for about 11 of the scene’s 13 minutes. Finally, in the last moments, Magnum frees his hands and manages to work his sweet cock, blowing a load all over. Free at last! For more information, visit BoundJocks.com.

February 5, 2013

News: Arpad Miklos Commits Suicide

We’re sorry to report that Arpad Miklos is dead. The porn superstar was found in his New York City apartment on Sunday, apparently after committing suicide. His passing was confirmed by writer Randal Lynch is an online interview with publicist Howard Bragman. Miklos, who was discovered by director Kristen Bjorn in 1995, was a popular model who appeared in dozens of movies, including this, this and this, for numerous studios over the years. (He is pictured below at the 2011 Hookie Awards with host Leslie Jordan.) Miklos was originally from Hungary, where he worked as a chemist. He was known for his manly physique, friendly disposition and work for various charities. According to Lynch, Miklos left a note with instructions for his burial. Those plans are currently private. He was 45.