Sasha Grey talks about her role in the movie turned TV series, The Girlfriend Experience

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been getting a surprisingly steady stream of e-mails and Twitter mentions from people who want to know if they’re going to be seeing me on the new Starz series The Girlfriend Experience. The answer is no…and that’s a good thing. For a lot of reasons. But let me not get ahead of myself.

The Starz series takes its title and its premise from The Girlfriend Experience, a 2009 film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Sasha Grey, who was making her first move out of XXX movies here, with her role as a high-end New York call girl. I had a small but pivotal role in the movie as a character who called himself “The Erotic Connoisseur,” the majordomo of an escort-review site. My sleazy character tries to extort sex out of Grey’s escort, and then gives her a witheringly bad review for her troubles. I was one of the movie’s bad guys, in other words.

In interviews, the principals of the series have emphasized more than once that all it shares with the movie is the title, the premise, and the nom de guerreof the high-end-escort main character (Chelsea). So that should be enough to explain my non-return, flattering as these inquiries have been.

Another reason I’m not in the television show should be self-evident: I’m not an actor. I’m a writer, one who mostly makes his living as a film critic, and I like that. The Starz series, which is executive produced by Soderbergh, features a cast that’s stacked with superb actors drawn from film and television. While if you look at the IMDB page for the movie, unless you’re a real showbiz maven, Grey’s name is the only one that stands out. And, as it happens, she’s the only cast member who had any training in acting. (No wisecracks from the porn-savvy peanut gallery, please.)

Although the GFE film was shot only eight years ago, there’s a sense in which it’s from another era—an era in which the notion of a “digital film” was a complete novelty. GFE was the second so-called “digital film” that Soderbergh made for producers Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban. The idea was that these features would be shot quickly and cheaply and distributed on a variety of platforms, simultaneously—theatrical and pay-per-view. Sounds a lot like what the current indie scene looks like today, and there’s still a lot being figured out at the business end, but between 2005, when Soderbergh made the first film for Wagner and Cuban, Bubble, and 2009, when GFE came out, it still seemed kind of nuts to people.

The makers of GFE had the freedom to put it together in an unusual way, and they did. Writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien put together a scenario, less than 20 pages long, I’m told. But only the lead actor, Grey, who’s in all the scenes, got to use it. The rest of the cast, mostly men, were recruited by the filmmakers, given their character outlines/assignments, and some research notes. I was told to look at “hobbyist” websites reviewing escorts, and boy did I get grossed out. I eventually got wardrobe notes, too. Then I’d show up at the set and have the scene outlined for me, and then improvise. One phone call was particularly excruciating—I literally had to wear Grey down to the point where she would agree to meet with my character, and she did not make it easy for me. Because most of the scenes in the movie are one-on-one interactions between Grey’s character “Chelsea” and a man—what theater people call “two-handers”—none of the other cast members met each other, or knew how they fit into the big picture. I only heard a little backstage stuff because David Levien, who also ended up acting in the picture, and I were able to compare notes briefly at a bar mitzvah we both attended.

My participation in the movie got a lot of notice from my fellow critics, in part because of the outlandishness of my character, but also because I was, to them, a known quantity—they got a kick out of seeing one of their own in a movie, and a Steven Soderbergh movie at that. But I’m hardly the only noteworthy person in the cast. Almost every part is filled by someone in the Soderbergh/Koppelman/Levien network, and the parts correspond in some ways to the personalities. The character who goes by the name “Sugar,” for instance—who indirectly encourages Chelsea to play ball with the Erotic Connoisseur—is played by Michael Sugar, who then was Steven Soderbergh’s manager. Michael has since branched out into production—you may have seen him accepting an Oscar for Spotlight at this year’s Academy Awards. The character who plays the high-roller who takes the escort’s boyfriend on a rich-bro excursion to Vegas is played by Peter Zizzo, a longtime music industry player who’s a great songwriter and producer—a buddy of Brian Koppelman’s from Brian’s days in the music industry. One of Sasha’s character’s more awkward clients is played by director Dan Algrant (Greetings From Tim Buckley). The cynical journo who interviews Chelsea is Mark Jacobson, a writer I’ve admired since first reading him in the Village Voice in the mid-‘70s. (These are not tales out of school, incidentally; any curious person can follow the IMDB links to all this info!) They’re all great guys, but when I did my scenes for the movie I had no idea they were in it. Meeting them all at the movie’s premiere in 2009 was like going to a high school reunion of people you only knew from having seen on screen a couple of hours before, if that makes any sense.

The movie was shot during the late part of the 2008 presidential campaign, and newspapers were on the set to encourage actors to talk about what was going on as they improvised their dialogue. The movie is, among other things, a mordantly comedic time-capsule drama, while the TV series, written and directed by Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan, has the tone of a coolly erotic, dread-filled thriller. I’m still friendly with my colleagues from the movie, and root for everything they do (including Koppelman and Levien’s Showtime series Billions) so I can’t really offer any kind of official, non-compromised critique of the series. But my subjective take is, I dig it, and I think it’s totally worth a watch. And as I said, it’s got an amazing cast of professional actors, starting with lead Riley Keough. It doesn’t need an Erotic Connoisseur—this series’ main character can find her own trouble, trust me.

Source: Decider

Herschel Savage …a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn, who made it BIG in Porn

When Herschel Savage arrived on the scene in the early 1970s, he brought more than just impossibly good looks, but considerable acting chops, having studied under Uta Hagen, as well as renowned acting teacher Stella Adler. Though reports online vary greatly, Herschel, by his own account, has appeared in more than 1,500 films, over his 40 year career. You may have seen him in the Golden Era Classic “Debbie Does Dallas” (under the name Bill Barry).

Herschel Savage

Larry Revene remembers shooting loops with him in Bob Wolf’s 14th St. studio as early as 1973. We met up with Herschel in L.A., where I had the opportunity to talk with him about working with my father on “Odyssey: The Ultimate Trip” (aka “Odyssex”), “People”, “Skin-Flicks”, “For Richer for Poorer”, “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams”, and “Forbidden Bodies”.

I was most interested in speaking about the Sci-Fi Sex Pic “The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue”. I worked on this film in 1980. Still too young to work during the actual filming, I painted sets and created some of the props, earning a credit for “prop design”. Hershel plays opposite R. Bolla (another nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn, with formidable acting skills), as the two debate “Love vs. Sex”, against the backdrop of a future in decay.

Herschel chose his stage name while joking around with Jamie Gillis, trying to combine a “porn name”, with one that was distinctly Jewish. This draws attention to a trend in actors of the “Golden Age”, as nearly every major male star was a Jew born in New York City. The list includes Harry Reems, Ron Jeremy, Jerry Butler, R.Bolla, Bobby Astyr, and Jamie Gillis himself. Honorable mention goes to Marc Stevens (b. Delaware), and Carter Stevens (b. Newark, NJ).

Herschel Savage in “The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue” 1980

Herschel Savage in “The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue” 1980

Today Herschel is still active, preferring to appear on the stage rather than on the screen, has actually portrayed my father, a role that he is quite proud of. He hosts a weekly comedy show on xxxpornstarradio.com every Thursday night, from 6:15-8:15 PM (Pacific Time). You can call in at 1.484.352.2598. Follow Herschel on Twitter at: @pornicon, and friend him on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/herschel52

Source: The Prince of Porn

Lylith LaVey Heads to NYC to Feature at Sapphire

Busty ALT bombshell Lylith LaVey is heading to the Big Apple to feature for one night only at high-end gentlemen’s club Sapphire. On Saturday, July 26th, she will be lighting up the stage at 1am, and there will be photo opps and DVD giveaways. Lylith will also be available for VIP private dances and have exclusive merchandise for sale.

 

Cover is $30 and there will be drink specials from 7pm to 9pm. For the VIP treatment, call 212.421.3600.Sapphire New York City is located at 333 E. 60th Street. For more info, visit nysapphire.com.

 

“I’m excited to be featuring at Sapphire—their stage has had some of the best feature dancers in the world on it,” says Lylith LaVey. “If you’re in NYC, you have to come out. It’s Saturday night and I can’t think of a better way to spend it if you’re in the city.”

 

Even if you can’t make it to New York, you can still spend some quality time with Lylith. Pick up Devil’s Film’s “Gazongas 11”. The DVD streets this week and gives a whole new meaning to the term World Cup and it also stars Allison Tyler, Loni Evans and Courtney Taylor.

 

Lylith Lavey is available exclusively through OCM. To book her, go to her OC Modeling Page http://www.ocmodeling.com/model.php?id=558 and click on “Book This Model”.

 

Strippers React to the New York Giants First Victory

RICK’S CABARET NEW YORK LIFTS THE BAN ON SHOWING GIANTS GAMES ON THEIR TVs AND GIANTS SCREENS

The NY Giants will be back on the High-Def TVs and big screens at Rick’s Cabaret New York, the popular gentlemen’s club in midtown Manhattan that features over 100 topless exotic dancers performing daily.

“It was upsetting to watch the Giants lose every week, and that’s why we stopped showing their games,” explained Rick’s Cabaret Girl Monica. “But now they’ve won their first game and we will put them back on our TVs.”

Rick’s Cabaret Girl Leanne purred, “I can’t take credit for the Giants first win, but I think the girls and I provided a little extra motivation to the team. Now they can say goodbye to losing and start winning.”

“Eli Manning and the Giants are out of the doghouse,” said Rick’s Cabaret Girl Vida. “We’ve always loved Eli and we think he has turned things around.”

Rick’s Cabaret Girl Valerie had a different opinion. “The Giants only won because Minnesota is so so so bad. I’m a Jets fan, and Geno Smith is the man!”

Rick’s Cabaret New York is well known for its beautiful exotic dancers, luxurious setting, gourmet restaurant and warm hospitality. It is the club of choice for an upscale clientele including business professionals, numerous celebrities, and pro athletes from all the major sports.

Nina Mercedez and Tera Patrick Sign at Wizard World Comic-Con in New York

The ladies of Cosplaystars.com Nina Mercedez, Tera Patrick, Nikki Delano and Helen Mei will be signing all three days at Wizard-World Comic-Con in New York Friday June 28th – Sunday June 30th at the Cosplaystars.com booth.

“I am very excited to be doing another Comic-Con in New York with Tera, Nikki, and Helen. I absolutely love putting together and getting all dressed up in my Cosplay outfits so I can immerse myself in the character I am portraying. We had such a great response from the fans at the Philadelphia show, I really am looking forward to meeting more of our great fans.” said owner of CosplayStars.com, Nina Mercedez.

Wizard-World Comic-Con is a pop culture convention held in cities across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, toys, technology and social networking. This year Wizard-World Comic-Con in New York will showcase over 175 comic writers and artists with some of the most famous names in the industry and beyond. This event often features celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

CosplayStars.com is being sponsored by some well-known and very talented professionals within the comic industry. ReevzFX is a famous sculptor, prop & costume maker known for creating one of a kind costumes. He has made Nina custom Batgirl, BlackCat, and two unique Catwoman cowls perfectly sculpted to fit her body. She will be showing off his immaculate work at the show. Maximum Comics of Las Vegas is also sponsoring. They have three popular locations around Vegas and hosted a signing earlier this year with Nina Mercedez and Tera Patrick with a line spanning around the building lasting for 3 hours. Pit Viper Studios who specialize in creating one-of-a-kind and over the top costumes are also sponsoring. They have designed Nina a sexy Baroness costume which she will be wearing during Comic-Con.

“I would genuinely like to thank ReevzFX and Pit Viper Studios for their continued support and all the hard work and countless hours they have put into working with me to create my one of a kind Cosplay costumes. I would also like to thanks everyone at Maximum Comics for their overwhelming support over the past several years since I became a fan of comics. It’s the only place I shop for comics and truly enjoy spending time in their stores” said Nina Mercedez owner of CosplayStars.com.

Wizard-World Comic-Con in New York is being held at Basketball City (Pier 36) located at 299 South St. #36 New York, NY 10002. For more information on appearances, photo galleries from the shows and star bios please visit Cosplaystars.com.

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Nina Mercedez Signing at Wizard-World Comic-Con Philadelphia

The ladies of Cosplaystars.com and adult superstars, Nina Mercedez, Tera Patrick and Nikki Delano, will be signing all four days at Wizard-World Comic-Con in Philadelphia May 30th-June 2nd at their own booth.

“I am so excited to be appearing with Tera and Nikki at Wizard-World Comic-Con in Philadelphia. I have been a huge comic book fan for over 10 years. I absolutely love putting together and getting all dressed up in my Cosplay outfits so I can immerse myself in the character I am portraying. ” said owner of CosplayStars, Nina Mercedez.

Wizard-World Comic-Con is a pop culture convention held in cities across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, toys, technology and social networking. This year Wizard-World Comic-Con in Philadelphia will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and will showcase over 175 comic writers and artists with some of the most famous names in the industry and beyond. This event often features celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

CosplayStars.com is being sponsored by some well-known and very talented professionals within the comic industry. ReevzFX is a famous sculptor, prop & costume maker known for creating one of a kind costumes. He has made Nina custom Batgirl, BlackCat, and two unique Catwoman cowls perfectly sculpted to fit her body. She will be showing off his immaculate work at the show. Maximum Comics of Las Vegas is also sponsoring. They have three popular locations around Vegas and hosted a signing earlier this year with Nina Mercedez and Tera Patrick with a line spanning around the building lasting for 3 hours. Pit Viper Studios who specialize in creating one-of-a-kind and over the top costumes are also sponsoring. They have designed Nina a sexy Baroness costume which she will be wearing during Comic-Con.

“I would genuinely like to thank ReevzFX and Pit Viper Studios for their continued support and all the hard work and countless hours they have put into working with me to create my one of a kind Cosplay costumes. I would also like to thanks everyone at Maximum Comics for their overwhelming support over the past several years since I became a fan of comics. It’s the only place I shop for comics and truly enjoy spending time in their stores” said Nina Mercedez owner of CosplayStars.com.

If you can’t make the Philadelphia show currently the ladies of Cosplaystars.com are scheduled to appear at Wizard-World Comic-Con in Chicago and New York. For more information on appearances, photo galleries from the shows and star bios please visit cosplaystars.com.

Nina Mercedez

 

Rick’s Goes Ring Side

RICK’S CABARET ENTERTAINERS TO BE “ROUND CARD GIRLS” AT MAY 15TH “BROADWAY BOXING” EVENT AT B.B. KING BLUES CLUB IN NEW YORK CITY

A trio of beautiful Rick’s Cabaret/New York entertainers will be “Round Card Girls” at the May 15th “Broadway Boxing” event at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street) in the heart of Times Square. The Official After-Party for the event will be held at Rick’s Cabaret/New York, 50 West 33rd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, with free admission to anyone with a ticket stub for that evening’s Broadway Boxing event.

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The DiBella Entertainment Broadway Boxing event features an exciting eight bout card highlighted by the fast-rising, undefeated middleweight Lamar Russ (12-0, 7KO’s), fellow undefeated middleweight prospect Delen Parsley (10-0, 3KO’s) and heavyweight contender Tor Hamer (19-2, 12KO’s). These three bouts are scheduled for eight rounds, with five more contests on the action-packed card.

Between the rounds fans will be treated to a different sort of display of talent as the girls of Rick’s Cabaret wearing the latest in bikini fashions take to the ring as round card girls. “I’m thrilled to be a ring card girl,” said Rick’s Cabaret Girl Maya. “Broadway Boxing puts on terrific matches, and the after-party at Rick’s Cabaret will be so much fun, too!”

Tickets for the boxing event are priced at $125, $100, $75 and $55 for general admission. Tables are available for $1,000 per table (5 seats at $200 per seat), Ringside Tables for $500 a table (5 seats at $100) and $375 tables (5 seats at $75). Tickets are available for purchase by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577.

Rick’s Cabaret New York is well known for its beautiful showgirls, luxurious setting, gourmet restaurant, and warm hospitality. It is a favorite with businessmen, celebrities, tourists, and pro athletes.

“The boxing will be great, and the after party at Rick’s Cabaret will be the perfect way to top off an exciting evening,” said Ken Sistrunk, general manager of the three-story club that features 100 beautiful entertainers, private VIP suites, late night dining, and a roof-top smoking deck.

Capri Anderson signs with 101 Modeling

101 modeling announced today that they have added super star performer, Capri Anderson to their roster.

Capri Andrew needs no introduction, but in case you forgot she was the porn star locked in the bathroom in the New York City’s Plaza Hotel when Charlie Sheen lost it.  The media said he went on a drunken rampage and would be hospitalized for observation.  She filed a police report against Charlie sheen who turned violent against her.  He started throwing things, threatened to kill her and called her a whore.

Charlie Sheen later sued her for extortion.  The suit claims that actress Capri Anderson asked for $1 million to keep her story out of the press. It also claims Anderson stole a $165,000 watch from Sheen’s hotel room.

Capri Anderson stuck by her guns and wouldn’t back down.  Later TMZ would reveal that she was right all along, Charlie Sheen did in fact offer her a large sum of cash to “make it right”.

Capri Anderson:  “u trashed my brand new prada purse dude not cool – how u managed to rip the strap off and put 2 holes in it is beyond me.”

Charlie Sheen:  “All I need is an Acct number etc and I will wire u 20k if u think that will cover everything … I really feel bad, u are as cool and sexy and as sweet and fun and friendly as they get!”

Charlie Sheen:  “Don’t worry about our mutual friends, deal with me directly and I promise u kind lady, all will be restored and set straight.”

Capri Anderson:  “Yes u can call me.  I don’t have a bank account believe it or not.”

Charlie Sheen:  “Oh, well in that case, lemme put together a plan to get u square and flush. Can u tok (sic) for a sec now sweetie?”

Charlie Sheen:  “Good news!  My asst Rick is good friends with a cat named Mark (last name redacted) in NY, he will get the wire, cash that bitch, and deliver it to u where ever it’s convenient … I’ll get the ball Rollin in am, and have data for u asap after that…☺”

At the time all of this took place Capri Anderson wasn’t really all that well known but as you can imagine, soon after her career took off and she was signed to an exclusive contract as a Vivid girl.  However she is now a free agent.  With her natural beauty, awesome body and star studded reputation, Capri Anderson is a great choice for any project.

Those interested in booking Capri Anderson for work can click here to visit her 101 modeling profile page.

 

He knows that you’ve been naughty!

SANTA GETS A LAP DANCE AT RICK’S CABARET NEW YORK

 
Santa snuck away from his workshop to get a lap dance at Rick’s Cabaret New York, the famous gentlemen’s club in midtown Manhattan known for its beautiful exotic dancers, upscale clientele, gourmet steakhouse, and warm hospitality.

 
Rick’s Cabaret Girl Brielle revealed, “We get celebrities here all the time, so it was no biggie. I took him straight up to the VIP Third Floor for a little privacy.”

 
“It was cool because I really love older men,” she purred. “He asked me if I was naughty or nice. But I’m sure he already knew the answer to that one. Ha ha ha!”

 
“He told me he’s been very busy working late hours, and he was happy to find out that the Rick’s Steakhouse on the second floor serves a full menu until 3am. He promised to come back soon and have a late supper with me.”

 
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