February 26, 2007

News: Brett Mycles Dead at 29


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 17, 2007

News: Michael Lucas Sued for “Dolce Vita” Title


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.