Friday, May 16, 2008

Titan Men to Host ‘Folsom Prison' Release Party at IML

This year the Annual International Mr. Leather gathering turns 30 and Titan Men knows how to celebrate! Titan Men in conjunction with Folsom Street Events will host a “Balls to the Wall” premiere party for “Folsom Prison” on May 23 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Stars of the movie Dean Flynn, Rick van Sant, and Diesel Washington just to name a few, will appear in the Titan booth through the IML weekend for a meet and greet for fans.

Folsom Prison is the forth in a series of films with Folsom Street Events, copies will be available in the Leather Market during International Mr. Leather.

Michael Lucas in Legal Trouble for “Bareback” Infringement

Spunk Video and parent company LBB Corp have filed suit against Lucas Distribution claiming that Lucas released a bareback gay video that Spunk owns exclusive rights to.

Spunk claims that they bought the video, which they released in November under the title “Nasty Piss Boys,” from a European director who was commissioned to produce the film originally by Lucas. Upon completion, Lucas apparently rejected the film and the director then sold it to Spunk Video.

In April, according to Spunk Video Executive Producer Mike Brady, his company received an email from Lucas Distribution promoting a video titled “Raw Twinks in Czech,” which included photo stills from the movie and was marketed under the European producer’s imprint. Recognizing the content of the photos, Brady claims the company sent a cease-and-desist letter to Lucas within two hours of receiving the promotional email, but received no response form Lucas. “He ordered up a movie, then changed his mind and decided that he didn’t want to release a bareback movie,” Brady says.

Brady also says that he contacted Michael Lucas personally and asked for proof of the company’s right to distribute the film. “I said to him, ‘What’s the deal about this?’ And he said that he produced the movie,” Brady described. “And I said, ‘Well, you didn’t pay for it,’ and he said, ‘I have a non-exclusive license to the movie.’ I asked if he would send me the contract, and he said he would fax it, and he never faxed it.”

In view of Michael Lucas’ well-known anti-barebacking stance within the adult industry and in the gay community at large, the allegations against his company for distributing a bareback movie seem especially controversial. Brady claimed also that Lucas had told him that 1,000 copies of the DVD had been produced and that after they were sold, he would not reproduce more of the title. “That’s $25,000 [at wholesale],” Brady said. “That’s money that belongs to us. It’s our movie. “He was completely unreasonable about the situation. He said that he’d only pressed 1,000 DVDs and [he'd] sell them, and then that’s all.”

This afternoon, Lucas Entertainment issued a formal statement regarding the case. It said, “Lucas Entertainment never had and does not have any intentions to produce bareback videos. Our company is also not concerned about Spunk Video’s motives to issue such a baseless press release.”

The statement also included a quote from Lucas Entertainment CEO and President Michael Lucas, who said, “I’m not even remotely interested in reading Spunk Video’s press release and Spunk Video is welcome to take any letter they have to any court they choose."

Ellen First Gay Star to Announce “I Getting Married”

With the great news yesterday from California overturning the Gay Marriage Ban, On Today’s Ellen Show she announced that she will get married to Portia de Rossi to a standing ovation from her audience. She says “Yesterday, the California Supreme Court overturned the ban on gay marriage. So I would like to say right now, for the first time, I am announcing that I am getting married...I’m so excited. It’s something that we’ve, of course, wanted to do, and we’ve wanted to be legal, and we’re very very excited”

Justin Timberlake even offered to write and sing an original wedding song for the blushing brides. You Go Girls!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

First Openly Gay Illinois Lawmaker Dies

Larry McKeon, the first openly gay member of the Illinois state legislature, died Tuesday in Springfield, Ill., the Chicago Tribune reports. He was 63. He was named to the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1997.

McKeon had suffered from cancer and AIDS-related illnesses, but the immediate cause of death was a stroke, according to a Springfield newspaper, The State Journal-Register. Barbara Flynn Currie, the majority leader in the state house of representatives, announced his death Wednesday from the house floor in Springfield, the state capital.In 2006 he decided not to seek reelection because of his health. Recently he had been working part-time as a lobbyist in Springfield for clients including the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

McKeon was an army veteran and had been an officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department before moving to Chicago in the 1980s to attend graduate school. He then worked as a college instructor and social services administrator, and in 1992 he became executive director of the Chicago Human Rights Commission's Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues.

California's top court overturns gay marriage ban

In a monumental victory for the gay rights marriage movement, the California Supreme Court overturned a voter-approved ban on gay marriage Thursday in a ruling that would allow same-sex couples in the nation's biggest state to tie the knot.

Domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage, the justices ruled 4-3 in an opinion written by Chief Justice Ron George.

"Our state now recognizes that an individual's capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation," the court wrote.

"Today the California Supreme Court took a giant leap to ensure that everybody — not just in the state of California, but throughout the country — will have equal treatment under the law," said City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who argued the case for San Francisco.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Porn Star Jason Ridge Debuts as Director

Popular performer shows multitalents; writes, directs and produces his company’s Ridgeline Films third title “Up Country”

"I've worked with — and continue to work with — a lot of amazing directors and when I'm not physically on camera, I have watched and learned from them," he said. "It's a major undertaking, directing your own movie, so I made this first one simple with minimal dialogue and some hot scenes.

“This is my baby and I'm very proud of it,” Ridge added. “I had a lot of guidance from Editor Anthony Duran videographer Paul Snell. They, along with the great cast, really made it what it is. I hope everyone enjoys watching it as much as we enjoyed making it."

Ridge also performs in the title, topping Damian Rios. The title also features performers Wolf Hudson, Enrique Cuerro, Jackson Wild, Maliek Taylor and Sean Preston.

Ridge and his company also have been nominated for a total of five Grabby Awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Versatile Performer and Best Performer which will be held in Chicago on May 24.

“Up Country” is scheduled to hit the shelf’s beginning in June. Join our Mailing List to be notified when it is available.

South Korea Starts 'War Against Pornography'

The South Korean government has started a multilevel "war against pornography," intended "to fight against lewd material on television, the Internet and elsewhere, in order to prevent children from accessing sexually explicit content that sometimes leads to sex crimes," according to the Korea Times.

The government crackdown came after offenders in recent gang rapes among elementary school students in Daegu testified that they got ideas from pornography online and erotic films on cable television. Separate research by the Ministry of Health in 2007 said 88 percent of teens that have watched pornography said they got it online.

Bang! New Edible Male Sexual Enhancement "Chews"

From Empire Labs Creator of the worldwide phenomenon (more than a decade) of “Clone A Willy Kits” comes BANG! Male Enhancement Chews. An all-natural supplement developed by a doctor in conjunction with a U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturer, specifically formulated with maca, a Peruvian root that is said to increase sexual stamina, erection size, orgasm intensity and energy.

“We have perfected the art of replicating a penis,” Ray said, “and now we can keep the real one hard. Why take another pill when you can have some chocolate instead?”

BANG!, which includes the medicinal properties of chocolate, has been designed for quick absorption and maxim

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

AMG Announces Carnaval Poke ‘n’ Joke Contest Winners

Athletic Model Guild announced the winners of the Carnaval Poke ‘n’ Joke Contest and here are the winning Jokes.

1st Prize: George and Laura Bush looking to spice up their sex life buy a pack of flavored condoms. George blind folds Laura and says “kay, I’m gonna put one of these suckers on, then you slob the knob and guess the flavor.

So Laura immediately slurps up his cock and screams, “Blue Cheese!”

Dubya pulls out and says, “I aint even put the damn thing on yet, hun.”– Loekat69

2nd Prize: Bush and Cheney go to a DC diner for lunch. When they’ve finished looking over the menu, a waitress approaches to take their order.

“Mr. President, what can I get for you today?” she asks.

Bush replies, “I’d like a quickie.”

“A quickie?!” the waitress replies. “Sir, I don’t think that’s a good idea. I’ll come back when you’re ready to order from the menu.” She walks away.

Cheney leans over to Bush and says, “It’s pronounced ‘Quiche.’” ˆ- TL

3rd Prize: Suggested graffiti for rest room walls: “If you voted for George Bush, you can’t shit here...your asshole is in Washington.” – GH

“Basically we wanted to see how dirty our customers could be,” AMG President, Dennis Bell said. “I guess we wanted to see if they were funny too, but we were mostly interested in seeing just how filthy they could be. As it turns out, we’ve got some really creative customers. Some of the jokes were downright depraved.”

Brent Corrigans Summit Directorial Debut Hit the Shelf’s

From Dirty Bird Pictures, Brent Corrigan Stars and Directs his first adult film, “Brent Corrigans Summit”. 10 hand picked young men in a large cabin in the mountains of Lake Tahoe. It is a very good first for Corrigan and filmed very well, the sex is hot with a mix of St8 and gay guys.

From Corrigan MySpace Page “I've been a part of the adult industry since before I was legal; a fact I'm not proud of but I've turned it around and made the best of some bad decisions I made when I was 17.” He goes on to write “I've continued in the industry as a producer despite some discouraging circumstances and much to the dismay of a fair amount of people. Some might say I'm not well liked but I'm popular. Some of that is due to my feelings that the adult industry needs to make some changes before they can get the respect they think they deserve. I think there is a lot of good the adult industry can do for the gay community. Everyone knows how big a role porn plays in the gay community and after watching it for a few years now, I can't help but ignore the signs that it could be my way of making a good impression on people (especially in an industry that so many people believe only destroys lives). I pride myself in being the gay porn star that broke the mold.”