February 22, 2011

Short Takes: Hard Choices are Made…and More

What do we need to brighten up a dreary February? More porn awards! Although we were less than high on some recent presentations, this week’s 17th-annual Hard Choice Awards actually have some street cred. Mostly because they are chosen by longtime porn columnist and expert Onan the Vulgarian, who always tells it like it is. And why shouldn’t he? He doesn’t secretly work for a studio! He and associate Harley Shadow, who is also our Twitter buddy (follow us @VinceLambertNYC), picked their personal faves with “no party, no fanfare, no shindig, no porn stars, no statuettes. Just the year’s best in all-male porn.” Sounds like a dream come true! Anyway, even though Onan writes that much of the past year’s porn work left him feeling “uninspired,” he and the Shadow managed to find numerous films and models to honor. Those include: Jonathan Agassi (above) for Performer of the Year; Angelo Marconi for Best Actor in Raging Stallion’s Brutal (which also deservedly took Best Art Direction); Andrew Justice for Best Supporting Actor in Joe Gage’s Dad Takes a Fishing Trip (Gage was named Best Director for the same film); Chris Porter for Best New Kid on the Block; and Lucas Entertainment’s underappreciated Spanish Seductions for Best Film (USA). To see the entire list of winners, visit xxfactor.com.…On the publishing side of the big biz (because we all love to read about gay porn), there are a few new print projects on the horizon. First, Mavety Media Group has announced the comeback of some of its formerly defunct gay porn magazines. Mandate is set to return this month, along with Playguy and one other. Popular classic titles, including Honcho, Inches, Black Inches and Latin Inches, were folded by Mavety almost two years ago. Time will tell whether anyone still wants gay porn in a nonelectronic format. In books, German publisher Taschen has decided to join the 3-D craze and rerelease its Big Penis Book from a couple of years back. The oversize volume includes the work of Bob Mizer, David Hurles and our old buddy Chuck. It also features porn superstar Chad Hunt on the cover—well, his basket anyway—now in 3-D! Finally, publisher Bruno Gmünder is readying a pretty picture book about the history of all-male adult entertainment. Titled Porn: From Andy Warhol to X-Tube (below), the book explores how porn has influenced both art and pop culture through the decades. It’s edited by Kevin Clarke and will be available next month. Happy reading, smart guys!

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