Rick’s Cabaret Strippers Get Naked for PETA

The New York Post is reporting that Rick’s Cabaret has just inked a deal to feature some of their dancers in an upcoming PETA ad as a part of their “We’d Rather Go Topless Than Wear Fur” ad campaign.  That’s pretty damn impressive considering that usually for these ads that sign only famous people like Jenna Jameson and Pamela Anderson.

Rick’s Cabaret based out of Houston, Texas has clubs all over the nation including New York, New Orleans, California and Las Vegas. Rick’s isn’t really like most titty bars up and down the streets of America.  These guys are into some serious business.   Besides being traded on the stock exchange, Forbes recently listed Rick’s Cabaret as one of the 200 Best Small Companies.

But even more interesting is that rumor has it Rick’s Cabaret is shopping around the idea of entering the world of adult movie making to compete with the likes of Vivid, Digital Playground and Wicked Pictures.  Let us hope they don’t follow in the footsteps of Spearmint Rhino. Although I agree it’s potentially a very good venture for Rick’s, I worry that they will make the same stripper mistake that John Gray did, treating porn STARS and dime a dozen strippers. Forgetting that a good STAR can sell a movie, no matter how bad the movie sucks.  Spearmint Rhino was apparently to stupid to show their stars like Cassidey any real respect and as a result they lost all of their contract girls.

While I was in Houston visiting Kelli and her husband I had the pleasure of going to a Rick’s club just before the hurricane hit.  I think they called it Rick’s NW.  I don’t want to swear to that though.  Kelli has long been a “VIP” member of the club which basically gives her a little card that gives her access to a special VIP area of the club and what I assumed going in the prettiest girls but in reality all the girls there were pretty. There was no real need to separate the VIP girls from the others because they were all top notch.  Now keep in mind I’m a jaded fuck and look at pretty porn stars all day long so my standards are pretty high as far as beauty goes and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

The club was clean, the girls didn’t bring on the normal stripper drama that some of them tend to try and scam the customers with.

Kelli said “This is my favorite Rick’s location.  It’s smaller than most of the other clubs but it’s also more intimate.  I prefer the normal girls here than like the ones at their downtown location.

Apparently the girls at the main Rick’s location in Houston which is where Anna Nicole Smith used to work, are all made up with big tits and well, faked out like Pamela Anderson but fuck, that’s just the way I like them.  Who doesn’t want big double D tittys flopping in their face?  

ORIGINAL NY POST STORY : WHETHER you love or hate People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, you have to admit they keep getting red-hot women to push their cause. Rick’s Cabaret has just inked a deal to have some of its busty dancers featured in PETA’s latest “We’d Rather Go Topless Than Wear Fur” ad campaign. “It’s been narrowed down to 19 models, including one set of twins,” an insider at the West Side jiggle joint told us. “There shouldn’t be a problem finding a civic-minded photographer to donate their services.”

THE FOUR – ways to get sued

Dear Press and Valued Distributors,

I write on behalf of Ninn Worx SR, Inc., as a 49% shareholder and wherever applicable, N Worx Media, Inc. I wish to uniformly set forth as a default assumption; all communications from me to you are on behalf of Ninn Worx SR, Inc as a 49% shareholder, and/or N Worx Media, Inc unless specifically detailed to the contrary.   Accordingly, when I utilize the term “we” or “company” or similar, please assume I am referencing as the text then implies to the entities as a 49% shareholder Ninn Worx SR, Inc and/or N Worx Media, Inc.

I, Michael Ninn, as 49% shareholder of Ninn Worx _SR, feel it is not only my fiduciary duty but my personal responsibility to the people who have supported me throughout my career, to inform you, our valued distributors, of the potential copyright infringements that you may be liable for in and encumbered within a federal court of law under federal law concerning copyright infringements associated with the movie, The Four, produced by Ninn Worx_SR a Spearmint Rhino Company located at the following address: 1875 Tandem Way Norco, CA 92860.

Please be aware that Mr. John L Gray, owner of Spearmint Rhino, along with Kathy Vercher, COO of Spearmint Rhino, have repeatedly been given notice that there maybe impending copyright infringements in the original edit performed by Michael Ninn and said edit was not intended for public viewing but should be viewed as a “work in progress only” and in light of the given circumstances that said original edit of the movie, The Four, should not be used in part or full, without full review from Mr. Ninn.

As of this date, Mr. Ninn has not been given the chance to review the movie, The Four, for any outstanding copyright infringements, nor do we except this to happen. Please refer to: Copyright Law of the United States and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code 17 U.S.C

Therefore, have I caused to give fair warning to all involved, that there is or could be potential copyright infringements in said above mentioned movie, The Four, being sold by Ninn Worx_SR a Spearmint Rhino Company and would highly suggest that all valued distributors cease and desist in the distribution of above mentioned movie, The Four, until these issue have been addressed and resolved.

Press and Valued Distributors, thank you for your time in this matter.

And The Mud Begins To Fly ….

Over at Adult FYI I read a great story about John Gray (which apparently he got from Blogspot) and well, to put it bluntly, his bull shit stories that he has been putting out over the years as well as some implications of fraud and even some building inspection violations.  Reading this does further prove that something isn’t right with this whole Michael Ninn ordeal but it makes you wonder if this bitter outrage is just going to lead to more trouble for Michael Ninn than it’s worth?  For those who aren’t keeping up this is in regards to Ninn Worx_SR, and owners or former owners Micahel Ninn and John L. Gray, which you can read up on by clicking here.

Ten Questions the Media Needs to Ask Mr. Gray

1.) In your interview with AVN, (By: Wade Garrett Posted: 07/30/2007) you stated: Among the company’s resources are: in-house a legal team; a large IT staff which maintains in-house web services and programming; a graphic arts department; and a full film studio with state-of-the-art equipment headed by Carl Wachter, the longtime Penthouse staff photographer. Mr. Ninn states he never saw an in house legal team that you claim exists. You also claimed in that same interview you had a large IT department but again Mr. Ninn says he never saw more than two people in it. So in your opinion is two people a large IT department?

2) In your interview with AVN, (By: Peter Warren Posted: 02/07/2008) you stated: “The new division is set up as a full-scale movie factory. you were quoted as saying “We have built our own film studio, a 30,000 square-foot building, that is everything that Playboy had at their studio.”

From what we could gather from people that have worked in your SR studio said the studio is closer to 1600 sq.ft and that it had little or no equipment in it. You also stated in the same interview “we have our own editors and replication and sound people, and all the rest of it.” But everyone who has been to your Norco Headquarters say there are no editors, no replication or sound people? Any comments?

3.) In your interview with AVN, By: David Sullivan Posted: 10/09/2007 you stated: “One of the things I’ve always found in porn in general was that perception is very powerful in this industry,” Gray continued. “There’s an incalculable, intangible benefit of sweeping AVN awards and not being just another film company, but being a premiere film company in this industry, and we can afford to do a $250 or $300 thousand budget movie and not make a penny on it, kind of like Bob Guccione did with Caligula, and it has a certain inalienable benefit to us in a long shelf life… but you later stated in a more recent interview you blamed Ninn for making expensive, impractical choices that led to disagreements on everything from color correction to contract girls, public relations, trailers and investing in an Internet presence. What is your real opinion?

4.)In your interview with AVN, By: David Sullivan Posted: 10/09/2007 you stated: )”The Vegas [Spearmint Rhino] club alone does a million dollars a week in gross sales, so it’s easy for us to get a return on the initial investment,” This statement would lead me to believe and others that you own Spearmint Rhino in Las Vegas but in fact you do not. Why would you make such an untrue statement?

5.) In a statement given to Xbiz by your COO Kathy Vercher she stated “We invested in Michael and we invested in Michael’s vision” I could not find any statement of Michael’s vision but I could find yours and I quote “We want to throw enough money at it to be able to do something very, very special. I will spend $25,000 on three minutes, because if it doesn’t look and feel exactly like the 300 movie, I guarantee you it will never hit the street and I will scrap it. What I’m out for is mainstream quality production in the porn arena, and I haven’t seen anybody in history ever do that. We’re gonna do the exact same thing that a DreamWorks studio would do, and we’ve got the money to be able to throw at it.” Who are we to believe here and why is there no money to finish The Four properly now?

6.) Mr. Ninn’s statement to AVN Posted: 06/16/2008 said “He had a problem with your business ethics.” but did not really elaborate. What do you think he meant by this statement?

7.) Mr.Gray, given the fact that you were sued and settled cases out of court in lawsuits brought against Spearmint Rhino by 4 US women for using their pictures on billboards and in literature about striptease without their permission. It is also common knowledge that a world famous Penthouse photographer also sued you for copyright infringement and that you settled out of court. Why would you decorate your Norco office with over 30 Michael Parkes paintings you do not have permission to use?

8.) Is it true the office and the stage you built for Ninn Worx_SR in your corporate office in Norco, never received the proper building inspections and permits and that when the Norco city building inspector arrived at the office all NWSR employees had to run from their offices and hide in the back, because the offices were being occupied illegally?

9.) You have stated in a few of your interviews that “Michael is more of an artist than a businessman and you are more businessman than artist.” including some of the very first interviews you gave to AVN and Luke Ford. So, as the businessman in this relationship how could both you and the COO of SR, Kathy Vercher, blame Michael for any of the failed business decisions when he neither signed the checks or handled the business decisions of NWSR?

10.) Do you think your convictions in the US for offences ranging, from carrying a concealed weapon to writing bad checks and the multiple other lawsuits filed against you will have any effect on your case with Michael Ninn?

Porn Star vs Porn Starlet, yes there is a difference

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day how we often don’t appreciate the fine art of being a star, a porn star. We sort of lump everyone that performs in adult movies as a porn STAR but in reality there are vast differences between a porn star and all the rest. We got into this conversation while talking about the whole Michael Ninn situation and how little respect the owner of Ninn Worx_SR, John L. Gray has for porn stars and basically treats them like dime a dozen strippers.

So really what does define a porn star over a common stripper or aspiring porn starlet?  The first thing I would say would be industry recognition so that would be judged best by award nominations.  But that alone is not enough.  A true porn STAR would be someone who’s name can carry an entire movie and by that I mean sell well.

Say what you will but in the end this business, like others is about MONEY and without it there is no porn industry so we would need no porn stars.  So a true porn star would need to be someone who can make that movie they were just in sell.  Let’s look at some examples ….

First we have the look of a common stripper.  Sure she’s cute and has the potential to be a porn star but in this picture we see her as a stripper. This really is a picture of a Devon before she was famous. It was when she was a stripper, hoping to one day be a porn star and boy what a difference the two photos show.


Now here is the photo of that same girl once she has become a porn star!  She became a porn STAR not just based on the fact that she starred in adult films or got some award nominations but because she got name recognition and a decently large fan base.  If you made a movie with Devon in it (back when this photo was taken) this shit would sell.


Next we have Sasha Hollander.  She in fact has been in several pornos including Afro Invasion 6 from Candy Shop.   But she isn’t a porn star.  We will classify her as an aspiring porn star or porn starlet.  Although she has about a year of experience in the industry her name has yet to really draw in the fans.


Next we have someone who has been in the industry quite a few years.  She has a large number of titles under her belt, and some award nominations including a few Urban Spice Award nominations.  She is a feature performer on the dance circuit but in reality she’s never really passed the fame threshold.  In fact, she didn’t even get a nod on the hot 100 who featured porn stars that I personally considered so non existent it wasn’t even funny but that sort of brings me back to my point.  Not everyone can be a STAR and in this case we have an industry veteran, who although hot still is not a porn star.


So next I give you every definition of what a star is.  Some of you may be annoyed by her and others may not find her all that attractive but say what you will, this bitch sells fucking movies that she appears in.  Her name alone makes many fans look twice at the movie simply because she is in the movie.  She is famous both in the industry and in the real world.

Oh wait, you thought I was talking about Tera Patrick didn’t you?  Well no.  Although all that I said may be true about Tera Patrick, I am actually referring to Sunny Leone.  Who besides her large fan base in the porn world also has done quite a bit of mainstream work as well including appearing in the upcoming My Bare Lady 2, a Fox reality show.


Now that I’ve said all of this I want to point out that it’s not a direct insult saying you aren’t a porn star.  It’s just that well the term means more than just some chick who appears in an adult film.  The term porn star means someone who has reached success in the adult film industry and the judge of that includes award nominations and large sales of their DVDs.  You can be the sweetest, most attractive person in the world but it doesn’t make you a STAR … a porn star.  Only the big bucks associated with the sale of your DVDs can do that.

John L. Gray of Ninn Worx_SR is a Pimp?

Gotta love fucking Google, you enter someone’s name and bam there is a nice little story about something all fucked up in their past. According to an article I dug up in the Review Journal (and in THIS article as well) John Gray, CEO of the adult film company Ninn Worx_SR, Spearmint Rhino Company has quite an interesting past and seems to be no stranger to fraud.

This criminal has a couple convictions in California for making false statement to win a military contract and bouncing checks — before fessing up to reporters. He also has been known to use several aliases, including Johnny Win, John Luciano, and John Luciano Gianni, for reasons why he could not explain to reporters.

But if that wasn’t enough it turns out he can probably add pimping to his resume because in regards to his Spearmint Rhino club ….

police reported that, in their opinion, “activity within the club, intentionally or otherwise, borders on offenses of prostitution and permitting the keeping of a brothel.”

It seems that John L. Gray is some sort of Smooth Criminal (or the alternative Smooth Criminal which I think is even better).