October 31, 2007
PHOTO BY VINCENT LAMBERT
Lucas Entertainment has announced the release of a life-size dildo of Ben Andrews, one of its top exclusives. Perfectly cast from his 11-inch uncut cock, it is made of nontoxic, hypoallergenic silicone and is dishwasher-safe. The dildo also includes a suction cup on its base, making it ideal for hands-free action.
“I’m so excited to finally have my very own dildo and can’t wait to see it in stores,” says Andrews, star of The Intern and Cruising Budapest II: Ben Andrews. Earlier this month, he appeared on the cover of Time Out New York’s annual sex issue and has recently been featured in HX magazine, DNA, Freshmen and on PaperMag.com. Andrews is next set to star in the Lucas production Gigolo, which is scheduled for a December release. For more information, visit www.lucasentertainment.com.
October 30, 2007
A pair of hurricanes in 2004 damaged the Centaur Films facilities in southern Florida, and it took some time for director Chip Daniels and company to regroup. But now they’re back and bringing viewers a new dose of military hotness with Marine Crucible 2: Cocked & Loaded. Exclusive Brock Masters stars in this extended-length (almost three hours) feature shot in glorious high definition. This sequel to Marine Crucible, which was released 10 years ago and starred Chad Knight and Bo Summers, tells the tale of two teams that get down and dirty, naked and nasty as they hunt and capture one another in an anything-goes paint ball war. These hung and horny soldiers are motivated to win because the prisoners have to do whatever their captors want.
Starring Brock Masters, Sean Storm, Chris Neal, Chad Leigh, Austin Grant, Jorden Michaels, Jason Reynolds, Billy Lee London, Carter Longway, Jayden Marcus, George Mason, Marc Sterling, Billy Dade. Directed by Chip Daniels. For more, visit www.centaurfilms.com.
October 29, 2007
Australia’s gay lifestyle magazine DNA features veteran talent manager David Forest in its November issue. In a story titled “The Ringmaster,” writer Rob Marshman calls Forest “the David Geffen, Richard Branson and Martha Stewart of gay porn” and states that the 58-year-old California native has “made more comebacks than Cher” and “helped transform the gay porn industry from a sleazy backyard endeavor to a refined business.”
“I’m elated by this fabulous profile of my life,” Forest says. “There have been many stories written about me the past decade, but ‘The Ringmaster’ tells the tale in the best way I’ve ever seen it told. It’s great that a ‘back-countryman’ [writer Rob Marshman] and Australia’s leading magazine for gay men would be the ones to shine the spotlight on me with such a glowing story.”
The feature traces Forest’s life, from his early years in Los Angeles producing concerts and managing music stars, including Stevie Nicks, Carole King and James Taylor, to his switch to the porn industry, representing such top names as Ryan Idol (pictured with Forest), Ken Ryker and Tom Katt. Marshman also covers Forest’s troubles, such as his arrests on drug charges and his imprisonment in the late 1990s for pandering. The profile comes full circle to chronicle Forest’s recent successes, including his addition last May to the Grabby Wall of Fame and his current roster of porn superstars Mark Dalton, Zeb Atlas and Johnny Castle. But Forest says that “The Ringmaster” is just the appetizer—“a book deal is next,” he adds.
For more, visit www.dnamagazine.com.au and www.forestmen.com.
October 26, 2007
Ridgeline Films has announced two events in relation to its premier release A Rising Star. Producer and star Jason Ridge (above) will hold a live screening of the movie throughout the evening on Saturday, October 27, at MJ’s Bar (located at 2810 Hyperion Avenue in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles). Then, on Friday, November 2, at 9 pm, Ridge will host a release party at Eleven Lounge (8811 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood) with Rising co-star Blu Kennedy.
“I’ve been so busy putting together the movie and working on our follow-up, Beyond Malibu, I haven’t been able to hang out with my friends, my fans, my supporters in a very long time," Ridge says. “This is just my way of thanking them for standing by me. No fire, no hoops. Just me hanging with my friends and celebrating the launch of my new company. I hope to see all of my friends there.”
A Rising Star is directed by Dylan Ryan and features Ridge and Kennedy, along with Roman Heart (in his only movie outside of Falcon Studios), Matt Cole (in his farewell performance), Marcos David, Andrew Justice and Joe Strong. A special three-hour extended version of the film is available exclusively at RidgelineFilms.com.
October 25, 2007
Porn star Jeremy Hall has announced the launch of his new Web site, ClubJeremyHall.com, which will focus on a “Real Jocks Fuck” theme. Hall, 25, has appeared in films such as Lust Resorts and Wildlands (Studio 2000), On Fire! (Jet Set Men), Spokes 3 (Falcon Studios) and Bottom of the Ninth: Little Big League 3 (All Worlds).
“I didn’t want to do your usual porn star vanity-type site,” says Hall. “I wanted something original, something that helped to define me and what I find attractive about other guys. My mission with Club Jeremy Hall is to celebrate the athletic, competitive male in a sexual context through a consistent style of imagery including video and still photography.”
Hall’s site will offer video updates every one or two weeks in addition to a weekly sex show. All content is exclusive, and photo shoots will be set in locker rooms, weight rooms and “wherever else jocks fuck.” For more, visit www.ClubJeremyHall.com.
October 24, 2007
BY VINCENT LAMBERT
Director: Chi Chi LaRue.
Cast: Tyler Riggz, Johnny Hazzard, Eddie Diaz, Tommy Blade, Tyler Saint, Justin Riddick, Danny Arnez, Max Blue, Johnny Castle.
Director Chi Chi LaRue and crew have got this kind of movie down to an art form: Grab a bunch of studs (some exclusives), drag them to Palm Springs (or some other sunny location), set up shop by a pool and let ’em go crazy on one another. That’s exactly what happens in Sun Soaked, and the results couldn’t be better. Exclusive Tyler Riggz gets the hot older man/younger man dynamic going with Max Blue, who receives a lovely cum facial. Exclusive Eddie Diaz and Danny Arnez get some shade when they play in their bungalow. Justin Riddick dives deep into exclusive Tommy Blade’s perfect ass. And exclusive Johnny Hazzard, rocking a bandanna and longish locks, reunites with his award-winning scene partner Riggz (for Wrong Side of the Tracks) for a wet and wild threeway with Tyler Saint. Handsome Hazzard sucks hungrily and bottoms for a full-figured Riggz before taking both Tyler loads on his tattooed chest. Holding these scenes together is gorgeous Johnny Castle in a red bikini. Looking tanned and muscular, Castle preens and poses between each sequence then jacks a huge load under a tree. Good to the last drop! And so is the great lighting, videography and editing. Sun Soaked is like a perfect day at the beach—all you have to do is relax and enjoy. (Channel 1 Releasing/Rascal Video)
Reprinted from GAYVN magazine (2007)
October 23, 2007
Porn star Jason Ridge launched his new company’s official Web site last week. The site (RidgelineFilms.com) includes the trailer for the company’s debut title, A Rising Star, also now available for pre-order exclusively through the site in a special three-hour extended version.
A Rising Star is directed by Dylan Ryan and stars Ridge, Blu Kennedy, Marcos David, Joe Strong and Andrew Justice. It also features Falcon exclusive Roman Heart (in his only performance outside of his contract) in a sweaty encounter with Ridge. In addition, performer Matt Cole gives his final porn performance in the movie, which is currently set for release on November 5.
In the past month, Ridge has become the sole owner of Ridgeline Films and appeared on The Howard Stern Show. He has also wrapped his second film for the company, Beyond Malibu, and shot a 2008 calendar. For more, visit the new site RidgelineFilms.com.
October 22, 2007
PHOTOS BY VINCENT LAMBERT
The Gay Erotic Expo rolled into New York City this weekend for the fifth time. The annual event was held at the Puck Building in Soho this year and featured exhibitors such as Lucas Entertainment, Helix Studios, Genre magazine, Rentboy.com and TLA Video, among others. Drag queen Jackie Beat hosted a live show, which included an interview with Lucas exclusive Ben Andrews and a performance by singer Houston Bernard. Seen (from top): Porn star Rafael Alencar; The Intern star Ben Andrews; Latin hotties Dimitri Santiago, Enrico Vega and Rick Gonzales; Manuel Torres; Tiger Tyson representing for Pitbull Productions; Mario and Mike for Craig Sebastian DVD; sexy newcomer Torez; Woof! promoter Max Scott (right) with the fuzzy bunch from Max Scott Events; public access queen Robin Byrd; Max sharing a laugh and Rafael sharing some bubble butt.
October 19, 2007
There’s a new Fratman on the block, and his name is Payne. The story of how this blond supercutie became a Fratman is the thing of which porn legends are made. Payne decided to tag along when his best friend Max was shooting his first Fratmen movie. After the second day of hanging out on set and having a great time with the Fratmen crew, Payne asked, “Can I be a Fratman too?” Well, duh! For more Payne, visit www.fratmen.tv.
October 18, 2007
Jet Set Men will debut its new monthly sex show tonight with two hot twinks who are expected to flip-fuck fuck each other live on the Jet Set Men Web site (http://www.jetsetmen.com/web/live.php). For its debut, Jet Set Men Live! will feature cuties Sean Preston and Luke Riley, two blue-eyed studs who are relatively new to the jizz biz and versatile. This “Blue Duo” plans to trade fucks, so each can take a turn at dominating the other on the way to a hot dual climax.
The one-hour show will be broadcast live from Jet Set Men’s brand-new East Coast studio in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It begins at 10 pm EST/7 pm PST. The show is available free to Web site members. Nonmembers can join the site and get direct access to the show by going to www.jetsetmen.com and clicking on the Jet Set Live tab at the top.
October 17, 2007
Director Andrew Rosen returns with Jet Set Men’s Code Violators, a tale of hot times at a construction site. The superhung hunks who make up the cast (including Jet Set exclusives Nickolay Petrov and Sebastian Young) seem casual about remodeling Matt Cole’s house but serious about the sex they have along the way. There’s also a horny pool boy (Carter Longway) to entice the crew and the man of the house. A cast of nine has a series of four sizzling encounters in this erotic romp. Starring Nickolay Petrov, Derrick Hanson, Blu Kennedy, Matt Cole, Cam Kurtz, Carter Longway, Tyler Saint, Sebastian Young, Romario. For more, visit www.jetsetmen.com.
October 15, 2007
PHOTOS BY BRUCE GLIKAS/COURTESY BROADWAY.COM
Porn superstar Ryan Idol made his Broadway debut last week in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Terrence McNally’s The Ritz. Directed by Joe Mantello, the show is a madcap comedy set in a 1970s-era gay bathhouse. Idol, who gained fame in the ’90s in such films as Idol Country, Idol Eyes and Idol in the Sky, is credited in the program with his porn name but his bio also lists his real name and previous theatrical credits (Making Porn off-Broadway and Scent of Rain at Chicago’s Bailiwick Theatre). Seen on opening night (from top): Idol sports a mustache to play his towel-clad character; Idol with porn director Jerry Douglas, who directed him in 1992’s classic Trade Off; Idol with (from left) McNally, co-star Rosie Perez, director Mantello and co-star Kevin Chamberlin; the actor in character. The Ritz runs at New York City’s Studio 54 through December 2.
Men magazine has announced that rising porn superstar Johnny Castle will grace the cover of its 2008 calendar. Castle, who recently hit the road for a string of successful club dates, has starred in such films as Sun Soaked and Hustle and Cruise. The 27-year-old New Jersey native has also appeared in Playgirl magazine. For more information, visit www.forestmen.com.
October 12, 2007
Falcon Studios has announced the relaunch of its popular Jocks line with the October release of Road Trip Vol. 1—Russian River, starring Nicholas Lockwood and RJ Danvers (above, from top). The sequel, Road Trip Vol. 2—Santa Cruz, will follow in December.
Director Peter Romero will head up the Jocks line. “I am honored and excited that Falcon Entertainment has given me the opportunity to help them redefine Jocks as a pro/am product,” says Romero, who has previously worked with Catalina Video. “Looking back at Jocks prior to its 2005 hiatus, I knew I had some big shoes to fill. Taking the line in a wholly different direction is a challenge I’m honored to accept.”
The Jocks line will spotlight new performers in unscripted situations. The movies will be released on DVD, and every scene from all Jocks films will be viewable individually online as well.
“Jocks will enlist models 18–22 years of age who have a very natural look,” says Todd Montgomery, president and CEO of Falcon, which is celebrating its 35th year in the porn business. “When we decided to revamp the Jocks line, we knew we wanted to put the performers in real-world situations so they could interact with each other in a more natural and unscripted way. Our job is to find the right place for the right guys and then get out of the way and let the sex unfold.”
With the return of Jocks, all four of Falcon’s brands (Falcon, Mustang, Jocks and Falcon International) are up and running for the first time in five years. “We're thriving in a very challenging environment,” says Montgomery, “and with the relaunch of Jocks and the continued success of Falcon, Mustang and Falcon International, we are well-positioned to be here for another 35 years.“
October 11, 2007
STORY AND PHOTOS BY VINCENT LAMBERT
The Lucas Entertainment headquarters are bustling—or more so than usual. The Manhattan-based company is producing its first sex comedy, titled The Intern, and the film is being shot in its Midtown offices. On a rainy Saturday in May, a full crew is set up at the desk of porn superstar and CEO/president Michael Lucas. He is being attended to by a makeup man while the crew prepares for today’s shoot. And it’s a busy day, indeed. Earlier, Ben Andrews, who stars in the title role, filmed a scene in which he is interviewed for a position at a fictional porn company. And later, a sex scene between Lucas exclusive Ray Star and newcomer Christian Cruz will be filmed for the DVD extras. But right now, Lucas is getting his nose powdered while he learns his lines.
In the outer office, Andrews is packing up following the completion of his work. Dressed in shorts and a hoodie, the superhung model cuddles with his new Chihuahua, Pierre, and talks about how he came up with the idea for a movie that would be a combination of Ugly Betty and The Devil Wears Prada. “I thought it would be fun to do a spoof of the porn industry,” says Andrews with a grin. “And as soon as Michael heard it, he said, ‘This film is a winner. I can feel it in my foreskin!’”
The playful star dons the glasses he wears as “Ugly Benny” and shows off a new dildo that was recently cast from his enormous endowment. “Have you seen it?” Andrews asks. He proudly displays the huge art piece and describes how it was made (“I had to stay hard for five minutes in this gel-like stuff. It was tough!”). Andrews also wants fans to know that the dildo is accurate—well, except for the lettering of his name that goes across the top of it. “It’s all me,” he says, “and my mom even wants one!”
But now it’s time for more work, and Andrews and his little dog depart. Back in the main office, Lucas is being rehearsed by writer/director Tony Dimarco. Dressed in jeans and a velvet blazer, Lucas practices slamming down the phone as he argues with someone on the other end. Dimarco feeds him lines from behind the camera, as editor Frank Tyler mans a second camera. There is a lot of dialogue for this scene in which Cruz, as the assistant to porn studio head Lucas, gives Botox injections to his vain boss as he chews out a rival studio chief. The funny, snappy dialogue, written by Dimarco, is hard to nail, so they do it again and again. In the scene, Lucas tells scout Cruz, “We need models with big dicks. Big dicks sell movies!” The man knows what he’s talking about!
After the master shot is complete, the cameras move in for close-ups. In one, Lucas has a Botox needle stuck to his head as he screams into the phone. The crew stifles giggles as their employer pokes fun at his image. Between shots, Lucas explains his motivation. “In this production,” he says, “I cater to every outrageous, ridiculous rumor ever spread about me for the past 12 years. And there have been a lot—from Botox to collagen. Rumors inspired me to make a movie to show how absurd this industry is, how full of jealousy the people are. This is my gift to them.”
Cruz stops to watch a playback of the scene with headphones, so he can match his movements from take to take. To while away the time, Lucas views clips of Marlene Dietrich on YouTube. “Look how glamorous, darling,” he says to no one in particular. After about an hour, the scene is wrapped. The crew immediately moves on to the next scene, which will be shot in Dimarco’s office.
Cruz strips down to his undies to prepare for his scene with Star, who does a quick photo shoot with Dimarco behind the lens. Star, who has been in 12 films and lives in Miami, flew in especially for today’s scene. He shows off his massive back tattoo and explains the very private meaning behind it. Star also shares his theories about porn and life. “I work in the medical profession,” he says. “I don’t do this as a career. I do it for the fun of it.” Cruz nods in agreement. “Me too,” he says. “But I want to be a star. I want to rule the world!”
As the models prepare, an observer on the sidelines takes notes and snaps an occasional picture. He is the winner of a contest run by Lucas to find an Internet blogger, a civilian who will come to the set each day and write about the progress of the film for fans. The hands-down choice was Mike Kashey, who spent a week documenting the action. “Actually, I’m an aspiring porn director,” Kashey says, “and a full-fledged porn fan.” Bryan Christopher, Lucas publicity director, says that Kashey wrote the best essay and even did a sample blog. “That really impressed us,” he says. Kashey knew about Lucas from his MySpace page. “I have been learning so much,” he gushes. “I told Tony Dimarco that I was interested in directing, and he has been giving me lots of hints and tips. It’s been a great week!”
As lights are being set up in his office, Dimarco reviews some scenes that mimic the tone of Ugly Betty (in fact, the original title for the movie was Ugly Benny, but the lawsuit that surrounded La Dolce Vita changed that). “I thought it was a great idea when Ben came to me with it,” Dimarco says. “And I wanted to shoot it like a sitcom. Everything our company has done lately has been so dark and heavy. I love drama, but I thought it would be fun to try something lighter. It’s not easy to meld sex and comedy. Seeing if we can make it hot and funny—that will be the challenge.”
But the busy director has no more time to chat. It’s on to the sex scene. “Okay, Christian,” he says, “go douche.”
The Intern is available now at www.lucasentertainment.com. For more information on the production, visit www.TheInternXXX.com.
Reprinted from GAYVN magazine (2007)