February 26, 2007
BY VINCENT LAMBERT
Former Jet Set exclusive and bodybuilder Brett Mycles (real name Rob Sager) has died at age 29 in Las Vegas. According to porn star Zeb Atlas, via agent David Forest, Mycles passed way in his sleep on Saturday, February 24. The cause is thought to be congestive heart failure.
Mycles, who hailed from Houston, starred in six films between 2000 and 2001, including Jackhammer, Storm Fighter and Wrestler for Hire. He was also a popular fitness model for mainstream magazines, such as Men's Health.
In a prepared statement, photography studio Artuli Media said, "It is our deepest sorrow to announce that one of the most outstanding and recognized models in the bodybuilding and fitness industry, Rob Sager, has passed away this weekend due to heart failure. We have had the pleasure and honor of working with Rob during his flourishing years and valued him not just as a model, but also as a good friend.“
Funeral arrangements were not made public.
February 25, 2007
BY VINCENT LAMBERT
New York porn mogul Michael Lucas won big at the ninth annual GAYVN Awards last night at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Nominated in 14 categories, Lucas and his latest epic, Michael Lucas' La Dolce Vita, won in every category in which it was nominated. The film took the coveted Best Picture prize, along with a Best Actor nod for Lucas and awards for Best Art Direction, Direction (Lucas and Tony DiMarco), DVD Extras, Music (Nekked), Marketing Campaign, Editing (Frank Tyler), Non-Sex Performance (Vivid girl Savanna Samson), Best Supporting Actor (Spencer Quest), Screenplay and Videography (both DiMarco).
In an exclusive interview with VincentLambert.com, Lucas talked about his historic night. “I think this weekend proved that despite all the gossip,” he said, “the GAYVN Awards show is not a conspiracy and not a political show, as I am not as big an advertiser as the California main players. So I believe it is strictly a decision made by judges, and I was really moved by their recognition of my film. As I said in my speech, I know that not everybody likes me as I have strong opinions and I am not shy of expressing them, not everyone understands my sense of humor or takes it lightly, and yet the judges were able to differentiate between my personality and the work of my company. It might seem normal that people would judge you only for your work, but I was still pleasantly surprised that that was the case in our industry.”
Lucas also pointed out that his company set a few records this year: Lucas Entertainment won the most awards of any single studio in the history of any award show (gay or straight); it is the first company to win the Best Picture award two years in a row (last year, it was for Dangerous Liaisons); and it was also the first time that a company won in every category in which it was nominated.
“And last, but not least,” Lucas added, “last year and this year my company altered the map by being based in New York City. We won more awards than any California studio!”
However, there were some other winners, too. Hot House took home four awards, including Best All-Sex and Leather awards for its Black-n-Blue. Ty Hudson and Shane Rollins won for Best Oral Scene in Justice. Kent North got Best Solo Performance for At Your Service. Veteran director Paul Barresi won for Best Non-Sex Performance in Falcon's The Velvet Mafia (a tie with Dolce's Samson). Fracois Sagat was named Performer of the Year, and Matt Cole took Best Newcomer honors. Best Sex Scene Duo went to real-life lovers Brad Patton and Brian Hanson for Buckshot's Manly Heat: Quenched. COLT Studios also won Best Solo Video for Minute Man 28. Jet Set Productions took the Best Sex Comedy award for director Andrew Rosen's Going Under.
The Best Ethnic-Themed Video award went to The Show 1-2, a co-production of New York's Dark Alley Media and Pitbull Productions. Raging Stallion Studios' Manhattan took the Best Ethnic-Themed Video/Latin prize. And the Best Renting Title of 2006 was Channel 1 Releasing's Delinguents.
Director Gino Colbert inducted gay legend Peter Berlin into the GAYVN Hall of Fame, along with vets Steven Toushin, Kathryn Reed, Raging Stallion's Chris Ward, performer Chase Hunter and director Ray Dragon.
Host Kathy Griffin, filming for her Bravo reality show Life on the D-List, was also awarded a trophy naming her an “Honorary Gay.”
For a complete list of winners, visit www.gayvn.com.
February 17, 2007
BY VINCENT LAMBERT
New York City porn mogul Michael Lucas, CEO of Lucas Entertainment, has been sued in U.S. District Court by International Media Films, Inc., owners of the copyright to Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, for the release of Lucas' latest big-budget epic, similarly titled Michael Lucas' La Dolce Vita. The suit alleges trademark and copyright violations and seeks unspecified damages and to stop sales of the film, which was released in December with a splashy Manhattan premiere.
In an official statement released yesterday, Lucas said, "No one in their right mind could confuse my movie with the Fellini movie. My movie is clearly identified as Michael Lucas' La Dolce Vita. Many movies share even identical titles and no one is confused. And the content of my film is very different—the plot, the theme, the artwork, the place, the time. It takes place in New York City in the year 2006. It has an all-gay cast, with the exception of Savanna Samson. My movie celebrates homosexuality. That's in contrast to Fellini's movie, where stereotypically feminine and vulgar gay characters appear for just a few seconds. Now how many times have we seen films, commercials and photographs that re-create the well-known fountain scene from Fellini's movie? It's what we call inspiration, and there’s nothing illegal about it.”
Michael Lucas' La Dolce Vita is nominated for 14 GAYVN Awards, which will be presented in San Francisco on February 24.