Vivid Studio Insider for July 20, 2012
PHIL VARONE UP FOR IES ROCK HONORS AWARD AT INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT -- Hard rocking drummer and adult movie performer/director Phil Varone will receive the IES Rock Honors "Rock Hard" award at the Indie Entertainment Summit on August 4th. He’ll be honored (at The Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Bl., N. Hollywood 91601) for his work with the bands Skid Row and Saigon Kick and now as performer and director with Vivid . Other IES Rock Honors award winners this year are Guns N' Roses, Black Sabbath, Jane's Addiction, the Rolling Stones, Sublime, AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Jimi Hendrix, Megadeth, Alice In Chains and Pink Floyd. Steven Hirsch, founder and co-CEO of Vivid, congratulated Phil, saying “he is a hard working guy who loves and is extremely passionate about his work. There is no question that he will be as successful in the adult world as he's been in rock 'n roll." Vivid distributed Varone's first adult movie, Phil Varone's Secret Sex Stash and the current best seller, Swinging American Style, Texas F**k 'Em under the Vivid Celeb imprint. IES Co-Executive Director Jay Warsinske said, "Phil personifies the freedom of a rocker's life and his crossover into porn is a natural step for him. We applaud his move and believe that he is very deserving of the Rock Hard Award – in more ways than one."
I E S – the Indie Entertainment Summit – is an invitation-only, five-day music and entertainment conference and festival focused on music, movies, television and modeling. The IES takes place from August 1-5 and for information on artists and schedules visit www.IESfest.com and www.IESRockHonors.com.
DARK KNIGHT XXX GETS A DOWN-UNDER SHOUT OUT – News.com in Australia carried a feature entitled “HOLY lists, Batman! Everything you need to know about the Caped Crusader, from his Da Vinci-inspired beginnings to Christian Bale's growl.” The feature concluded with an “X for X-rated” section, which included this conclusion: “The last word on Batman & Robin. You know your career is in a bad place when a porn film looks better than your multi-million dollar, star-studded, Hollywood films. Costume shots from Axel Braun's Batman porn parody The Dark Knight XXX caused a stir on geek site Ain't It Cool - but not because they were shocking or explicit, but because they looked frighteningly good. ‘Already looks better than the Schumacher films’ was the damning comment.”
GREEN DOOR CASTING CALL DRAWS A CROWD – The best of the best in the adult world turned out on Friday for the casting call to audition male and female talent for the remake of the landmark classic porn movie Behind the Green Door. The auditions took place at the Vivid headquarters in Los Angeles. Performers who want to be in the new Behind The Green Door were reviewed by McKenna Taylor, the daughter of the famous adult star in the original film, Marilyn Chambers, and by multiple prize winning director Paul Thomas, who will helm the new production. Call backs are scheduled for July 23rd. “The turnout was amazing and we now have to figure out which of many amazing actors we’ll be calling back on the 23rd,” said Thomas. “Based on the enthusiasm we saw today, this is going to be a sensational picture.”
AIDEN MEETS THE PRESS -- Aiden Ashley, the gorgeous female lead in Axel Braun’s newest film, The Dark Knight XXX: A Porn Parody, is doing a series of interviews with magazines and other media both in the U.S. and abroad. She’s talking about her Catwoman role in the new film, which is already available online at vivid.com, with distribution in stores across the country starting July 24th. In the movie, Aiden as Batwoman discovers Batman living as a hermit in the woods. She has wild sex with him and then brings him back to “civilization.” It is the first boy-girl sex scene in an adult movie for the 22-year-old Aiden, who was an AVN “Best New Starlet” Nominee for 2012. A contract actress for Axel Braun, Aiden had a featured role in Vivid’s Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody also directed by Braun in which she played Brea Tonnika. She describes herself as “truly bisexual.”