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Goodbye, XXX Wasteland … Hello, AwakenYourMind.net!

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I would like to announce that as of this post, XXX Wasteland is officially closed down.

I invite everyone to check out my new website, Awaken Your Mind, which can be found at www.AwakenYourMind.net, where I will continue to cover the adult industry as well as a variety of other topics.

I want to take a moment to thank all of the performers, producers, agents and publicists – and, of course, readers – who helped make XXX Wasteland successful over the past three-plus years. It was a fun ride and more importantly, a great learning experience. I cannot begin to convey the respect and admiration I have for the adult industry; I truly hold its members in the highest regard.

This isn’t meant to be a goodbye because … well, I’m not going anywhere – just simply expanding into other areas.

I hope everyone enjoyed reading XXX Wasteland as much as I did creating it. Thank you again for all the support.

 

Adam Wilcox

January 2014

Written by Adam Wilcox

January 30, 2014 at 1:02 am

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Vivid Cabaret New York Girls Getting Ready for Super Bowl

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!cid_image001_jpg@01CF1C1AA larger percentage of the gorgeous Vivid Cabaret New York Girls, performing at the brand-new gentlemen’s club in midtown Manhattan, are predicting the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl.

“The Seahawks have dominated the field all season,” said Vivid Cabaret Girl Julie. “I wish they’d dominate me like that. Haha!”

“Russell Wilson is amazing,” said Vivid Cabaret Girl Danica. “He’s got all the right moves to win the game.”

“I come from Washington,” said Vivid Cabaret Girl Lita. “Alright, it’s Washington D.C. But it’s still Washington, so I’m rooting for the Seahawks.”

Famous Vivid Entertainment performer Kendall Karson, along with her colleagues Tera Patrick, Brandy Aniston, Ash Hollywood, Savanna Samson, Monique Alexander and Heather Hunter, are in town to celebrate Vivid Cabaret New York’s grand opening week of parties. Kendall disagrees with her fellow adult movie stars; she favors the Broncos on Sunday.

“Peyton Manning’s got a great arm and an even greater ass,” purred Kendall. “I’d love to make a sex tape with him!”

At least one of the club’s dancers seems to concur: “Kendall is so right about Manning,” cooed Vivid Cabaret Girl Shyla. “If she makes a sex tape with him, can I join them?”

Vivid Cabaret New York

61 West 37th Street

*** Over 100 Entertainers Daily

*** Three Floors of Luxury

*** Deluxe Private Suites

*** VIP Ultra Lounge

*** 25-Foot Tall Pole

*** Roof Top Garden and Smoking Lounge

*** Vivid Radio (Sirius/XM Channel 102) Broadcast Studio

*** Just Four Blocks From Rick’s Cabaret NYC

Written by Adam Wilcox

January 29, 2014 at 3:56 am

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Tony Lovett Passes Away

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TopStory_D3BE3938-FBDD-11DF-9FFC-6E843F6DEB88Adult Video News yesterday reported the passing of former AVN Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Tony Lovett. Lovett’s wife broke the news via a Facebook posting last night.

Lovett joined AVN in 2005, but his career in adult stretches back to 1983. Lovett left the publication in 2010 and created the “O” Awards during his tenure.

In addition to his adult credentials, Lovett also enjoyed success outside the porn realm, including having his work featured in Rolling Stone and co-authoring the L.A. Times non-fiction bestseller L.A. Bizarro.

Please visit the above link to read more. My condolences to Lovett’s family and friends.

Written by Adam Wilcox

January 27, 2014 at 8:25 am

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2014 XBIZ Award Winners Announced

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168254_r3XBIZ held its annual awards ceremony last night at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. The event was hosted by adult industry icon Jenna Jameson, with XXX starlets Jessa Rhodes and Angela White handling Trophy Girl duties.

The evening’s top honorees included Riley Reid (Female Performer of the Year), Axel Braun (Director of the Year – Body of Work), James Deen (Male Performer of the Year and Crossover Star of the Year), Christy Mack (Best New Starlet), Tyler Nixon (Best Male Newcomer), Julia Ann (MILF Performer of the Year) and Evil Angel (Studio of the Year).

Please click here to view a complete listing of 2014 XBIZ Award winners.

Written by Adam Wilcox

January 25, 2014 at 8:41 am

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Vivid Cabaret New York Now Open for Sneak Previews

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!cid_image001_jpg@01CF188ENew York’s newest gentlemen’s club, Vivid Cabaret New York, is open for sneak previews. The New York Daily News came by to capture the excitement, shooting a fast-paced video to document the occasion. The club, part of the growing Rick’s Cabaret International chain, was developed under a name licensing agreement with leading adult movie studio Vivid Entertainment.

The club, located at 61 W. 37th Street in the Fashion District, will celebrate its official grand opening with a non-stop party January 29th through February 3rd during Super Bowl week. The party will feature legendary Vivid performers, including Tera Patrick, Brandy Aniston, Ash Hollywood, Kendall Karson, Savanna Samson, Monique Alexander and Heather Hunter.

“I can’t wait to meet them,” said Vivid Cabaret Girl Veronica. “Tera Patrick is so gorgeous. I’ve seen all her movies. I hope I get to dance for her.”

The club features a 25-foot stripper pole, the tallest in NY.

“I was just on the pole with two other hot girls at the same time,” said Vivid Cabaret Girl Mila. “You won’t see that anywhere else but here.”

Vivid Cabaret New York

*** Over 100 Entertainers Daily

*** Three Floors of Luxury

*** Deluxe Private Suites

*** VIP Ultra Lounge

*** Roof Top Garden and Smoking Lounge

*** Vivid Radio (Sirius/XM Channel 102) Broadcast Studio

*** Just Three Blocks From Rick’s Cabaret NYC

Written by Adam Wilcox

January 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm

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2014 AVN Award Winners Announced

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TopStory_55A6B40E-C295-11E2-9BB7-D19A666B3BE8Adult Video News held its annual awards ceremony last night at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event was co-hosted by adult superstarlets Samantha Saint and Chanel Preston with up-and-coming actresses Belle Noire and Emily Austin handling Trophy Girl duties.

The evening’s top honorees included Bonnie Rotten (Female Performer of the Year), Mia Malkova (Best New Starlet), Remy LaCroix (Best Actress), Tommy Pistol (Best Actor), Ike Diesel (Best Male Newcomer), Manuel Ferrara (Male Performer of the Year), James Deen (Mainstream Star of the Year), India Summer (MILF of the Year) and Presley Hart (Unsung Female Performer of the Year).

Please click here for a complete listing of all 2014 AVN Award winners.

Written by Adam Wilcox

January 19, 2014 at 8:39 am

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Talent Testing Service Begins Beta Testing of TTS HealthWatch Program

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153111_r3Talent Testing Service posted the following on its official website today:

Talent Testing Service, Inc. (TTS) has launched live beta testing of its TTS HealthWatch (TTShw) program.

At a Glance

TTS HealthWatch (TTShw), is a database of events with performers compiled by producers, agents and talents themselves indicating who performed with whom. By entering this information in the database, a generational testing tree can be produced within seconds thus permitting a rapid response during an industry moratorium when callbacks are initiated. The system is open to current participating and non-participating TTS customers….the system is for the benefit of all industry stakeholders.

Triple Tier Check System

TTShw has been built to have a system of checks and balances. Production information received from producers, agents and talents will permit the generational tree created to be more robust avoiding any splintering in the identification and testing of possible infected cases.

Beta Testing Sites and Implementation Process

Currently TTShw is being tested at select production companies. Once this initial testing is completed and feedback has been obtained and implemented, the process will then move on to agents and talents. Obtaining feedback from these three stakeholders during this process is as important as the system itself. It is expected that by the end of the first quarter of 2014, the system will be up and operational at a national level. Additional production companies that would also like to participate in the beta testing phase should contact TTS via info@talenttestingservice.com.

“2013 was the year of moratoriums for the adult industry.” said Sixto Pacheco, President & CEO of TTS. “We believe that the industry as a whole can manage these shutdowns swiftly and efficiently with the use of the TTShw program. At this time we have begun beta testing at select Production Companies obtaining initial feedback in order to enhance its features before implementing it at a national level.” Pacheco continued.

Written by Adam Wilcox

January 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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Hot Video Founder Franck Vardon Passes Away

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173476_r3Adult Video News reports that Franck Vardon, founder of the renowned France-based adult magazine Hot Video, has passed away due to a heart attack.

Hot Video, which launched in 1989, will continue publication under VCV Communications. Vardon’s associate Alexandre will fulfill Vardon’s meetings during the annual Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas this week.

You can read more at the above link.

Vardon was 58 years old at the time of his passing. My condolences to his family and friends.

Written by Adam Wilcox

January 13, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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2014 FSC Award Winners Announced

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127390_r3The Free Speech Coalition today posted the following on its official blog:

Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is honored to announce the winners of the 2014 FSC Awards, to be presented at the XBIZ 360 conference on January 22, in Hollywood, Ca. The awards are in recognition for excellence in business and outstanding service to the adult industry business community.

The recipient of this year’s Legacy Award – which recognizes innovation, successful business practices and contributions to the industry as a whole – will be presented to Vivid Entertainment founder Steven Hirsch.

The Positive Image Award is presented to performers that have helped to dispel negative stereotypes and misconceptions connected to work in the adult industry. This year’s award goes to performer James Deen.

Man and Woman of the Year Awards are given to business professionals that have shown exceptional leadership in building solidly established businesses, as well as within their communities. 2014 Woman of the Year is Honey’s Place owner Bonnie Feingold, and Man of the Year is Pipedream’s Nick Orlandino.

Novelty Company of the Year will be presented to California Exotic Novelties for their many years as a leader in the pleasure products sector, and for their continued innovation, high standards and ethics.

Retailer of the Year will be presented to the Lions’ Den chain of adult stores for many years as a leading retailer of adult products, innovative marketing and ethical standards for customer service.

Production Company of the Year goes to gay studio Hothouse Entertainment. Founded by Hall of Fame director Steven Scarborough, Hothouse exemplifies creative innovation, high standards and ethical conduct.

Internet Company of the Year will be presented to Gamelink. The award recognizes excellence, innovation and contributions made to the adult industry overall.

Benefactor of the Year has been awarded to Wicked Pictures. The recognition is for unwavering support, through philanthropy and advocacy, of adult industry and mainstream causes. As well as setting a good example, the company also has diligently attempted to protect the adult industry business community from legal challenges, business risks and critics.

Finally, the Leadership Award – to be presented at the XBIZ Awards gala on January 24 – is given to an individual or individuals that have demonstrated leadership by example. This year’s award will be presented to performer Nina Hartley and director Ernest Greene for their outstanding work in advocacy, education and community service.

The FSC Awards presentation will be held at 6pm, on January 22, at the W Hotel in Hollywood, CA, in conjunction with the FSC Summit and XBIZ 360 conference. For more information on these events, contact info@freespeechcoalition.com or (818) 348-9373.

Written by Adam Wilcox

January 7, 2014 at 7:04 pm

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Nicole Aniston, Dana DeArmond Named Red Carpet Hosts for 2014 AVN Awards

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TopStory_35CF76E2-7718-11E3-9295-6F96656B3BE8Adult Video News posted the following yesterday:

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—AVN Media Network, organizer of the annual AVN Awards, announces adult superstars Dana DeArmond and Nicole Aniston as Red Carpet hosts for the 2014 AVN Awards. The largest event in the adult entertainment industry, the Awards take place at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

The Red Carpet hosts serve as a highly visible and prestigious assignment for DeArmond and Aniston, who will be interviewing and commenting on the bevy of adult industry performers, highlighted during the star-studded media event. In 2013, over 25 nations had media reporting on the Red Carpet, heralding the never-ending fascination with porn and the business behind it.

“I’m very excited to be hosting the Red Carpet at the AVN Awards this year,” says Dana. “I’ve been attending the Awards for years; I’ve presented at the Awards a couple of times, received tons of nominations over the years, and even won an AVN Award. Hosting the Red Carpet is the perfect next step for me. I think this is a great opportunity for me to bring my sense of humor to the show, and I’m going to have a lot of fun with it!”

Dana DeArmond, most famously known as “The Internet’s Girlfriend,” gained popularity before she ever stepped in front of a camera, as an Internet personality with over 300,000 friends on MySpace. A much-respected performer since 2005, with nearly 500 films to her credit, the beautiful, leggy brunette was CAVR’s Siren of the Year in 2008 and was honored with a 2012 AVN Award for Best Girl/Girl Scene, for her performance in Belladonna: Sexual Explorer. She is nominated for five separate AVN Awards this year, including Female Performer of the Year – the fourth year Dana has been nominated for the honor.

“I’m honored to have been chosen to be a Red Carpet host and additional personality contributing to the show,” states Nicole. “I greatly appreciate being involved in making this the most entertaining year for the AVN Awards!”

2013 Penthouse Pet of the Year and San Diego native Nicole Aniston hit the proverbial porn scene running in 2010. Appearing in over 100 films, including noteworthy performances in several high-profile porn parodies, the blonde stunner won a 2013 AVN Award for Most Outrageous Sex Scene, for Men in Black: A Hardcore Parody.

“Dana and Nicole are two of the best female performers working today in our industry,” said AVN CEO, Theo Sapoutzis. “Their beauty and sexy attitudes, combined with their natural sense of humor, is sure to make the Red Carpet a fun and entertaining pre-Awards-Show event. We look forward to watching them interact with all of our Red Carpet attendees and the media, and we’re pleased to have them be an integral part of our pre-show festivities.”

Written by Adam Wilcox

January 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm

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