February 29, 2012

February 27, 2012

News: Roman Ragazzi Passes Away

We’re sad to say that reports of porn star Roman Ragazzi’s death are true. Details are still unknown, but the onetime Raging Stallion exclusive was found dead in his NYC home over the weekend. He was 38. Ragazzi was known for performing in films such as Tailpipes, Grunts, Playback and Savage in 2007 and 2008. He was also named RSS’s Man of the Year and won a GAYVN Award for Best Sex Scene (with Ricky Sinz) in 2008. In the early days of this site, we covered him extensively, including the controversy surrounding the high-profile job he quit after being outed in The New York Post.

Israeli-born Ragazzi went on to start his own business and become a personal trainer. He recently modeled in a swimwear photo shoot in the February issue of Out magazine, but he mostly distanced himself from the industry. Director and friend Michael Lucas tells VincentLambert.com: “Roman was a true Israeli, tough outside yet gentle inside. I feel terrible and guilty that I was not there for him more. My deep condolences to his family and friends.” We knew Roman a bit over the years and always found him to be a sweet and smart man. And if you’ve ever seen his movies, you know how beautiful he was. Thankfully, his work lives on. RIP, RR.

February 24, 2012

New Release: Tosh.Hole

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February 22, 2012

Seen: AustinZane Studs at Cocktails in LA

It was another scorchy night at Cocktails With the Stars at Micky’s in West Hollywood last week. That’s when Austin Andrews and Zane Michaels of the AustinZane Web site appeared. The guys did the usual sit and chat with host Scotty B, but from the looks of these pics (courtesy Photos by Larry), the notoriously hetero buds got funky and somewhat naked for the crowd. The pair, who first made their mark as amateurs on StraightCollegeMen, recently shot a bromantic Valentine’s Day scene for their site. The bearded Andrews is also nominated to co-host the 2012 Grabby Awards, set for Saturday, May 26, in Chicago. Good times for straight dudes!

February 16, 2012

News: Former Kink Star Opens Gym in FL

We’ve written about hunky Mike Verdugo before. First, back in 2008 when his porn past was revealed after he was a contestant on HGTV’s Design Star. And again when he was suspended from his job as a police officer due to that porn past. Now, The Miami Herald is reporting that the 37-year-old fitness trainer has opened a gym in Davie, Florida. Verdugo told the newspaper that he made the kink film Rope Rituals for director Tom McGurk in 1996 at age 22 for $700. He says that he appeared naked but didn’t engage in any hard-core sex. (As we recall from the VHS copy we had back in the day, he was tied up.) The Hollywood Police Department claims it fired Verdugo for not disclosing his previous work. “One door closed and a few opened,” a philosophical Verdugo says. His new Bodytek Fitness is averaging 300 customers a week and he plans to open another in Wilton Manors. So there is life after gay porn. Amen!

February 13, 2012

News: RSS Signs Newcomer Derek Parker

Manly Derek Parker is the latest stud to sign a long-term exclusive contract with Raging Stallion Studios. The furry, bearded and tattooed newbie was recently discovered and signed after he shot his first scene, which will appear in the soon-to-be-released Fucked Up. Parker was part of a six-man orgy directed by company president Chris Ward. “Derek is the embodiment of Raging Stallion—beefy, edgy and rugged,” Ward says. “He fits the bill exactly—great body, handsome face and just the right amount of roughness and toughness. On top of that, he’s a versatile and intense performer who will charm the pants off our fans, literally. We’re excited to get him scheduled for more upcoming projects.”

Derek appears in two scenes in Fucked Up (due out March 30) and has shot two more that will be seen in currently untitled RSS productions. “When I started considering doing porn, I only wanted to work with a major studio,” Parker says. “A friend of mine who has worked with Raging Stallion helped me get a meeting there, and everything fell into place. They are working with a lot of guys that I find really hot, and the whole team made me feel welcome and excited, especially Chris Ward and Steve Cruz, who made me feel right at home and helped me deliver my best.” For more information, visit RagingStallion.com.

February 10, 2012

February 7, 2012

News: Cockyboys Signs Newbie Jake Bass

There’s a new Cockyboy in town. Yes, another! Supercute Jake Bass is the latest in a long line of exclusives to sign with the NYC-based online studio. Bass, who has previously worked for VideoBoys, will soon be seen in a new scene with Tommy Defendi in which the versatile newcomer tops. “Jake has ‘Cockyboy’ written all over him,” a press release says. “He’s a total show-off and charismatic charmer who oozes confidence with his deceptively innocent smile and a tight, smooth, inked-up body that will be an integral part of our original programming in the months ahead.” The studio adds that Jake is part street kid, part skater boy with a punk rock attitude. Good combo! This tattooed free spirit has already filmed a solo and two scenes (with fellow exclusives Gabriel Clark and Mason Star), which are available now. For more information, visit Cockyboys.com.