January 10, 2011

Short Takes: Riley Price Breaks Out…and More

Well, we were gonna open this week with an item about the new Manhunt app for both iPhone and Android, but it sucks. (Seriously, it takes forever to load, the GPS is way off, every other pic says “Too hot for iPhone” and you can’t even text on it! Back to the drawing board, Manhunt. Stick with Grindr, you guys.) So instead, we’ll tell you about Riley Price (above) and his new plans for the new year. The onetime Randy Blue exclusive (and ex of fellow porn star Trent Locke) has just signed with DV8 Casting and will now be pursuing major-studio work. He’s already booked an episode of Naked Sword’s online series Golden Gate and will be shooting for Falcon Studios later this month. “His enthusiasm for this industry is unparalleled,” DV8 owner/operator Jason Sechrest says of Price. “He loves what he does for a living and his passion for it is contagious.” That’ll help! For more info, visit DV8Casting.com.…On the biz side of the biz, XBIZ magazine is reporting that COLT Studio Group (and its current operators John Rutherford and Thomas Settle) has agreed to pay former COLT owner and founder Jim French and his Jim French Studios a $500,000 settlement. Earlier this year, French said that his studio still hadn’t been paid the bulk of a $2.2 million promissory note related to the sale of the company more than seven years ago. Renowned photographer and industry vet French founded the studio in 1967. The COLT line now includes subsidiary imprints Buckshot Productions, Minute Men and Olympus, in addition to a COLT-branded line of products that features fashion apparel, leather gear and novelties such as calendars and books. Let’s hope that the venerable studio will continue to showcase models and produce movies like this one.…Speaking of industry vets, director Lucas Kazan and his studio were the subject of an Italian documentary that recently aired on Sky/CurrentTV. Italian filmmakers Alberto D’Onofrio and Alessandra Ugolini spent a couple of days in October 2009 on the set of a Kazan film. The cast and crew, including porn stars Ettore Tosi (below), Jean Franko, Jordan Fox, Alex Magnum and Federico D’Angelo, were filmed for the 30-minute episode, which aired as part of the Business of Sex series. To see a clip from the show, click here.

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