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Mixed Blessings of Web 2.0

Mixed Blessings of Web 2.0
By now, we can be reasonably certain everyone who has any interaction with the Internet whatsoever has heard the term "Web 2.0." What is not quite so clear for most of us is exactly what Web 2.0 means. In general, Web 2.0 refers to the continuous process of transforming the Internet from a collec... More »

The World Wide Phenomenon

The World Wide Phenomenon
When Raffi Vartanian was a kid, he fell in love with the movie business. Growing up in Hollywood, Calif., he was surrounded by film studios, and he ached to be part of that. As he grew older, he worked in some films as an extra and even scored a few small speaking parts. Today, Vartanian is firml... More »

Sin Taxes on Adult Websites

Sin Taxes on Adult Websites
On Jan. 1, Texas' new statewide sales tax on strip clubs officially went into effect; patrons must now pay a $5 surcharge whenever they enter a strip club anywhere in the Lone Star State, and similar "sin taxes" or "poll taxes" are being considered or discussed in Florida and New Mexico. For adul... More »

WIA Profile: Belladonna

WIA Profile: Belladonna
Each month, industry news media organization XBIZ spotlights the career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Women in Adult. WIA profiles offer an intimate look at the professional lives of the industry's most influential female executives. What is your role and responsibility at Bell... More »

Director's Chair: Vividly Wicked

Director's Chair: Vividly Wicked
Born outside the nation’s capital and raised in Minnesota, director David Stanley comes from a family of “iconoclasts, poets and radicals.” His parents actually taught him that all expressions of sexuality were “valid and beautiful,” as long as you didn’t hurt anyone. They also told him ... More »

Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs
On one hand, it seems so exotic, so easy, so, well... je ne sais quoi, this idea of directing pornography in a foreign country. France, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, or perhaps alluring lands like Japan or Thailand, locales far from the right wing red state ideals so pervasive in the U.S. P... More »

AbbyWinters.com Comes to America

AbbyWinters.com Comes to America
Australian amateur website AbbyWinters.com brought a contingent to the U.S. for the first time in January when a group of AbbyWinters.com models, support personnel and executives came to Las Vegas to meet U.S. adult industry players and fans. The AbbyWinters.com booth, a rolling expanse of arti... More »

Christian Sings the Blues

Christian Sings the Blues
When you see Christian on-screen, like most male performers, his main function is to be a sex prop for whichever beautiful girl he’s cast with — and that role doesn’t always lend itself to dialogue. But the real Christian is more complicated than that. When he’s talking to you off-camer... More »

Shane's World Remakes Its Web Footprint

Shane's World Remakes Its Web Footprint
The bright and youthful slogan of Shane’s World, “The party starts here,” will become even more relevant when the longtime leader in reality gonzo content launches its totally redesigned website this month. The new-look site replaces the one that’s been in use since the 1990s. “W... More »

Behind the Camera

Behind the Camera
A couple of weeks ago, I got a double-whammy worse than this year's obstinate flu. I've been fortunate to work with pretty much the same crew on most of the videos I've directed for nearly 10 years. They're a jolly, diverse lot with about a century's worth of collective experience shooting X-rated m... More »

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