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 AXEL BRAUN SIGNS ROB BLACK AS DIRECTOR --  Axel Braun has signed adult film director Rob Black to produce six high-budget feature films for his studio Axel Braun Productions, whose films are distributed by Vivid.  Braun says the agreement marks the official start of a comeback by the notorious "bad boy" movie maker, who recently completed a federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute obscene material.  Says Axel: "I've known Rob for 15 years, and he is first and foremost a true artist and a passionate filmmaker, and it's an honor and a pleasure to have him part of the ABP family. The films he will make for ABP will be unlike anything he has ever done before and will definitely show a much different Rob Black than what people expect," said Braun. Black will begin principal photography on his first project later this month.  An award-winning director, until his imprisonment, Black owned the highly successful adult studio Extreme Associates. In 2004 Black and his wife, Lizzy Borden were charged with distribution of material considered obscene by the U.S. Department of Justice. After a costly six-year legal battle, the couple pleaded guilty to federal obscenity charges and accepted one-year prison terms, which they both served in full and completed recently.  

 Cheap Trixxx to Star Two Sets of Twins --  In a movie featuring two sets of beautiful, sexy twins, Vivid takes fans behind the scenes of a master magician's club in Las Vegas. The magician's secrets and much more are revealed in Cheap Trixxx, to be released online at on October 24th and in stores across the country on Monday, Oct. 31st. The adult mystery feature is directed by B. Skow and stars Taylor and Tati Russo and Lacey and Lyndsey Love. The cast also includes Barry Scott, Sascha, Xander Corvus and Mr. Pete. Cheap Trixxx is a fast-paced movie that tells the story of "The Great Barry," who conceives of the ultimate "woman-in-a-box, saw-her-in-half" trick, which he calls "The Chinese Puzzle."  Says B. Skow: "I've always loved watching talented magicians perform. Sawing a girl in half is a classic old trick to which we've given new life and a new twist with hot sex scenes in Cheap Trixxx. The movie will remind us all that not everything is as it seems." (Check out a trailer for Cheap Trixxx.)

B. SKOW TO START PRODUCTION "PEE-WEE HERMAN'S BIG ADVENTURE: XXX”  -- B. Skow plans to start production on "Pee-Wee Herman's Big Adventure XXX:  A Porn Parody" next week.  In Vivid's parody, a spoof of the 1985 version of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Pee-Wee is obsessed with a cross country hunt for a stolen doll. During his adventure he finds love (and sex) and expresses his emotions in a funny, but awkward and wacky style. In the 1985 version, Pee-Wee loved to ride his bike more than anything else in the world.  Says B. Skow: “In our spoof, Pee-Wee loves to ride women more than anything else in the world.  Our version is filled with sex … lots of it.”   Tommy Pistol will play the lead role of Pee-Wee, Capri Anderson is his girlfriend and Evan Stone portrays the villain.

 VIVID  LEADS CNN SERIES – CNN started a new series this week that “profiles those who capitalize on our obsession with celebrity, while always standing just outside of the spotlight” – and the lead-off story was on Vivid.  With the headline, “Vivid Heats Up Hollywood,” the opening of the initial CNN story in the series reported:  “In August, while 450 of Hollywood's A-list guests gathered at a lavish estate in California to celebrate Kim Kardashian's fairytale wedding, about 2 million people honored the special occasion in their own way: by watching "Kim Kardashian, Superstar," the hardcore sex tape she made with musician Ray J. on the website of the adult video company Vivid Entertainment. Vivid is one of the most well-known companies in the porn industry -- its superhero parody flick "Batman XXX" was the best-selling adult movie of 2010, according to Adult Video News (AVN). The CNN story quotes Steven Hirsch extensively, beginning with: "When we started this business about 26 years ago, it was completely different than it is today. It was a very small business. The people in the business didn't really talk about it; they were sort of underground. Over time, it really started to change and I think we had a lot to do with that. We began to really court the media, go out there and talk about our movies and talk about our girls."   The CNN story goes on to say: “In addition to the skin-flicks that Vivid has produced over the last two decades, the company now has a very successful parody division that puts an X-rated spin on mainstream Hollywood blockbusters like "Batman," "Spider-Man," and "Star Wars." In addition to its own productions, Vivid is also known for buying celebrity sex tapes.

 More than 10 years ago Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee caused a stir when a sex tape from their honeymoon was leaked to the public. Vivid bought the Internet rights and that video remains Vivid's best-performing celebrity tape ever, according to Hirsch. ‘Although at some point,’ Hirsch says, ‘I expect the Kim tape to surpass that.’  Since then, Vivid has purchased tapes featuring former "Girl Next Door" Kendra Wilkinson, actor Laurence Fishburne's daughter Montana Fishburne, former WWE wrestler Chyna, country singer Mindy McCready, "American Idol" finalist Jessica Sierra and reality show star Tila Tequila. ‘With the Internet, people feel more comfortable with celebrities than ever before,’ Hirsch says. ‘They follow them on Twitter and on Facebook, so it's just a natural progression that they'd be interested in seeing them in an adult movie where they're much different than we're used to. The fact is that if you look at the celebrity tapes that have come out, if you look at Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, it's done nothing but help their careers.’ Montana Fishburne cited Kardashian's meteoric rise as the inspiration for her foray into the adult industry. She told TMZ, ‘I've watched how successful Kim Kardashian became and I think a lot of it was due to the release of her sex tape.’"

CHYNA MAKES CELEBRITY SERVICE --  In New York City the media keeps track of which celebrities are in town and what they are doing by consulting Celebrity Service, which tells reporters and photographers who will be where and at what time. This week, Vivid star Chyna was featured on Celebrity Service in connection with her upcoming trip to Manhattan, where she will promote her Vivid movie Backdoor to Chyna. Her upcoming visit was noted, along with Matthew Modine, Sigourney Weaver, Natalie Morales, Liza Minnelli, Kira Sedgwick, David Duchovney, Julianna Margulies and other headliners.  Celebrity Service noted that Chyna  “will be in NYC from Monday, November 7th through Friday, November 11th to accept an award and conduct media interviews.”