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THE COMIC BOOK GRAPEVINE HELPS SPIDER-MAN XXX --  Spider-Man XXX: A Porn Parody has been nominated for 16 AVN Awards at the upcoming show in Las Vegas. The incredible success of the high-budget superhero spoof may be attributed to a modern version of the old-fashioned gossip grapevine. According to Axel Braun: "I knew we had struck a chord when several famous comic book writers and artists, and even a much-celebrated mainstream director, contacted me out of the blue to tell me how much they enjoyed the adult movie parody. The word was definitely out that this was worth watching. Even though I spoofed the iconic upside-down kiss from Raimi's first movie, I wanted to stay with and spoof the comic version, and I guess that's why adults in the comic book community responded so positively." The parody was launched in July of this year and word about Braun's masterful directing, his fidelity to the characters and his legendary attention to detail quickly spread through both the comic and adult industries.  Says Marci Hirsch, VP Production for Vivid, "Axel kept me posted during every step of production and he was definitely on fire with enthusiasm. Every aspect of the movie got his perfectionist eye, including a great 8-page, 4-color, XXX comic book that we packaged with each DVD," said "Axel keeps raising the bar with these parodies, proving that quality is still the key to success in the entertainment business."

 VIVID WINTER WONDERLAND WAS THE PARTY – The party hosted by Vivid on December 16th at the Icon Ultra Lunge in downtown Los Angeles turned out to be one of the parties of the season in Southern California.  It was attended by scores of glitterati in the adult and entertainment sectors and their friends, among them Vivid Girl Allie Haze, rocker Phil Varonne (star of Phil Varonne’s Secret Sex Stash), and many others.  AVN has posted a gallery of photos from the party taken by Gordon of The next big Vivid party is an open-to-the-public gala New Year's Eve party at Ecco Ultra Lounge in Hollywood (at 1640 N. Cahuenga Blvd.). Former pro-wrestling champion turned adult superstar Chyna will host the bash, sponsored by Vivid Vodka, the edgiest new super premium drink.

Chyna is the star of the runaway hit "Backdoor to Chyna" which was her first movie for Vivid, the world's leading adult film company. She’s looking forward to the release of her second movie in 2012. "’'Queen of the Ring' will reveal some behind-the-scenes drama from the world of wrestling that will make both my wrestling and porn fans very happy," she says.  The New Year’s Eve party also marks Ecco Ultra's fourth anniversary.

 ‘BCCC’  WARNS SUNNY ON CROSS PROMOTION – The Indian Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) has responded to complaints about Sunny Leone's appearance on the popular Bigg Boss reality show with a warning to cease cross-promotion of her appearance on the show and her occupation as an adult performer. The Tribune, in a story also reported by AVN, says the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council, an independent group that monitors Indian television programming,  directed entertainment channel Colors to stop all cross-promotion of Sunny’s website and videos, “something she has conveniently got away with since she appeared on the show." Colors has agreed to comply and report back on steps taken. The BCCC noted that “anyone was free to appear on any show but no one had the right to promote their business through it especially so when the business happens to be illegal."  The group pointed to Sunny’s Twitter account, her blog and her adult website as places where cross promotion has occurred, but AVN reported that “a cursory check of all three currently reveals no promotional mention of Bigg Boss, India's popular version of Big Brother.”  AVN added, “Leone has garnered a tremendous amount of media coverage in India and around the world since her first appearance on the show as a houseguest in late November. Some of the media coverage about her has been predictably sensational but much has been very complementary to the gorgeous Vivid Girl and upcoming AVN Awards co-host. Some also have noted the manner in which her appearance, which was probably intended simply to boost ratings, has inspired a national debate on pornography.

To the surprise of media commentators, she has been better behaved than most of her housemates, so far remaining polite, well-spoken and fully clothed. Leone's appearance has not only boosted ratings but triggered a debate about the place of pornography in India…The debate is not insignificant in the still conservative country that boasts a growing population of young, tech-savvy (and presumably horny) consumers, male and female. Who knows what unexpected drama the New Year will bring? Stay tuned.”

VIVID MAKES NEWS IN 2011 --  XBIZ Premiere Magazine has named its “Top 100 Newsmakers of 2011” and Vivid is well represented. XBiz says “Axel Braun, one of the busiest shooters in all of porn, continued to deliver top-notch work at a blistering pace, releasing a variety of 2011.”   It noted that “former World Wrestling Entertainment star Joanie Marie Laurer, best known as Chyna, returned to porn in a new Vivid film, Backdoor to Chyna.”  Another big story was that Allie Haze “signed an exclusive contract with Vivid Entertainment earlier this year and shortly after landing a role as the new Emmanuelle in the popular softcore Cinemax series…and also landed the role of Princess Leia in Axel Braun’s highly anticipated Star Wars XXX parody coming in early 2012.” And XBiz noted that “powerhouse studio Vivid Entertainment continued its celebrity push in 2011 with the release of Tila Tequila, the notorious reality-TV personality, and all-girl threesome sex tape, “Tila Tequila Uncorked.” Co-founder Steven Hirsch’s studio also released its second Lil John video produced by the hip-hop artist along with former Skid Row rocker Phil Varone’s sex tape. Vivid made headlines by offering actor Charlie Sheen a directing job after his meltdown. A number of parodies including ‘Superman,’ ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Star Wars’ also were produced and directed by Axel Braun, the latter of which will be released in early 2012. The studio signed its first new Vivid Girls in several years?—?Capri Anderson and Allie Haze -- and Braun and Vivid announced the first volume of a new series featuring sexual acts shot in public places, ‘SOS: Sex on the Streets. The studio also announced the first adult Google TV channel.