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AEE 2019: AINews Reports from the Show, Part 1

by Rich Moreland, February 2019

This is the first of two installments highlighting the 2019 Adult Entertainment Expo (aka the AVN Show) in Las Vegas. Our team circulated on the floors of the hosting venue, the Hard Rock Hotel, networked where we could, and conducted interviews to get an in-depth look at the porn industry today.

So far, we’ve reported on Evil Angel’s thirtieth anniversary and Nina Hartley’s thirty-fifth. We’ve also taken a look at how the show reflected the changes in our culture.

A pair of talented visual artists, still photographer Kevin Sayers and videographer/filmmaker Davyana San Miguel, provided the visual energy that graces these articles.

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Is there love between AVN and the cam world?

 If the last few years at the Adult Entertainment Expo is any indication, the porn world is experiencing an internal evolution.

That’s right, things are changing because the new kid on the block—the cam girl (and boy)—is altering the landscape of what defines porn, at least the commercialized version.

First, a little in-house geography. For those of you who have never visited the Hard Rock Hotel, the “floor” is divided among four major venues, three devoted to the on-screen industry and one to novelties.

A walk around the environs reveals that cammers are more evident than ever before. Not only do they have their own booths and tables inside the show rooms, they dominate the hallways that connect them.

That raises interesting questions. Are cam girls the newest version of porn girls?

Do cammers believe they are creating pornographic content when they perform for their fans and sell their shoots online? If that seems obvious to you, it isn’t to everyone and “therein lies the rub.” (my apologies for the well-worn misquote of Shakespeare)

Are cammers open to shooting for studios in a scripted environment?  It’s certainly outside their comfort zone where they interact with fans unencumbered by directors, cinematographers, and their crews.

And, how do the established porn stars—the studio moneymakers—regard cammers? Do the stars also cam as a way to build their brand?

In the interviews we did for Adult Industry News, I posed these questions. Answers varied, as you might expect, and we will look at some of them in later posts.

For now, here’s what we encountered during our meanderings about the premises.

Something for Everyone

The cammers greet fans in the hallways . . .

. . . And in the rooms! They seem to be everywhere armed with their connection to the fan world: their computer.

Cammers are not restricted by agents, you see. As a result, they are on their own to mix and mingle.

As a contrast, let’s take a few snapshots of porn’s traditional studios and the well-known stables that supply the talent.

The Agency Booths

We stop at the booths of a couple of modeling agencies I’ve dealt with in the past. At Foxxx Modeling, a brief chat with some girls we’ve already interviewed kicks off the afternoon.

The sexy Scarlett Mae.

The sultry Emma Hix.

And the perky BDSMer Emori Pleezer.

Nearby over at John Stevens’ Matrix Models, we find one of my favs in the biz, Vanna Bardot. Kevin and I met her recently on a Girlfriends Films shoot.

Porn’s Commercial Tradition

Then it’s on to the studios, the heavy hitters of porn. First is Adult Time, Bree Mills’ venue where . . .

. . . I renew old acquaintances with three of porn superstars, all of whom are up for AVN awards. We set up interviews to explore new topics we’ve not talked about before.

Tommy Pistol, one of adult’s finest male actors.

The popular Derrick Pierce whose on-screen personality is in high demand.

Then we have the talented Casey Calvert, a longtime friend. (It’s generational with our schedule making, as you can see. She’s electronic, I’m old school with my pen as we discuss arrangements!)

And a new contact, the luscious and award-winning Kenna James who later gives our team a terrific interview!

And, of course, Bree is there. We had interviewed her earlier in the day.

Other stops include Evil Angel where Katrina Jade is signing for fans.

And Jules Jordan where we pause a few moments with model Emily Willis.

Moving on to Greg Lansky Media, a rip-roaring booth pulsing with club music that engulfed the hall, we pick up a couple of conversations there.

We didn’t forget to take a quick look at the AVN booth (it’s their show, after all!) where a variety of girls were signing each day.

After some searching, we finally locate Sofie Marie, a girl (or MILF, depending on your point of view) who shoots for studios AND maintains her cam site. Later she gives us a terrific interview.

Before wrapping up our mini-tour of the rooms, we visit The Lair.

It’s sponsored by Kink.com, the leading BDSM porn producer in the business. Since the fan has to go upstairs to see the The Lair, there is the undeniable connection to Kink’s popular website, The Upper Floor.

And, as is the habit at AEE, an after-hours party for fans who want to pay for the privilege is offered.

Mostly, The Lair is a quiet respite from the clamor of the show floors. It’s vendors mostly with a demonstration here and there. For BDSM enthusiasts, it’s somewhat of a letdown unless the fan wants to shop .

Veterans

For anyone who writes in the porn biz, there is the “go-to” interviewer (and this is not to diminish any writer presently working). By “go-to” I mean the guy who sets the table for the basics about a performer. In other words, bio facts, personal preferences, shooting history, and the like. Everything that helps a girl build her fan base and gets the rest of us thinking about what we want to ask her.

He is “Captain Jack” and I have the privilege of meeting him after all these years.

Speaking of those in the industry who’ve been around the block a few times, our team briefly greets Evan Stone and has a short talk with Katie Morgan. No interviews this time around due to time and the hectic pace of the show. Maybe next year.

Then there is a new face and an old friend. For the first time, I make the acquaintance of Prinzzess Felicity Jade, a Girlfriends Films superstar, and update personal news with now retired performer, Daisy Layne.

Blended or Separated?

So, where does our brief tour leave us? For sure, the line between camming and shooting scenes is blurred. Take shooting, for example.

Today, the trend is make your own. Everyone, porn vets and cammers, can produce and manage their own content. After all, that’s what the fan wants . . . easy access just a click away.

There’s an old standby, Clips4Sale . . .

. . . And a newbie in the mix, Iwantclips.

At a convention that for decades touted video tapes and performer meet-and-greets, today cammers and studios play side-by-side. With Greg Lansky’s Vixen, Tushy, and Blacked responding to fans on the left of the picture below while the cammers’ ManyVids draws a crowd on the right, what does that tell us about 2019?

Well, maybe a solid “spank” in between to get our attention about a changing industry!

Peaceful Co-Existence?

In our next post, we’ll move to the novelties part of AEE 2019.

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Plant Venus

by Rich Moreland, February 2016

Photos are credited to sources used.

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Photo courtesy of Jenevieve Hexxx

Photo courtesy of Jenevieve Hexxx

How does a belly dancing snake charmer who is a psychic and tarot card reader fit into porn? Very well, thank you.

It’s the Adult Entertainment Expo and I’m sitting in the Hard Rock Hotel with Jenevieve Hexxx. The buxom brunette is just beginning her porn career.

Fetish is this  goth girl’s specialty. She’s appeared on magazine covers featuring tattooed babes and biker chicks in addition to her other adventures.

Photo courtesy of Jenevieve Hexxx

Photo courtesy of Jenevieve Hexxx

And, what of her other talents?

“I am a domme and I do foot fetish parties, foot fetish videos, and custom videos.”

Trampling (yes, there is such a thing) is big at the moment.

Confessing she would never actually hurt anyone, Jenevieve explains how it works.

“You step on men and tie them up and spank them. I’m a female wrestler so guys want me to dominate them, make them feel submissive, with my wrestling.”

Sounds like BDSM shoots would be on her agenda, but there’s a drawback with this power girl: submission. Breaking into the BDSM porn scene means starting out on the bottom, or as a bottom, if you will.

“I applied to Kink.com but they didn’t answer me. I’d love to work with them. I was told they go for an innocent, less dominant-looking girl.”

Not surprising, especially when Jenevieve underlines that submissive roles are not for her.

“I can’t be a sub. I just don’t like being tied up.”

So, the best way to keep her domme image out there is to post scenes on clips4sale. Cat fighting and tickling videos are part of the package.

Coming in with a Bang

Jenevieve and Joanna Photo courtesy of Burning Angel

Jenevieve and Joanna
Photo courtesy of Burning Angel

Jenevieve Hexxx has completed two shoots so far in her budding career. When she mentions her initial experience, I jokingly suggest she has leapfrogged the minor leagues and started out in the penthouse.

“I came in with a bang because my debut scene came out in January with Joanna Angel.”

A bang? No doubt! But then again, this is porn and banging is the business.

The shoot was with Joanna personally, by the way.

“We had such a good time we actually lost track of the camera. In fact, the cameraman kept saying, ‘Do you ladies know you’ve been going for forty-five minutes to an hour?’ We were so into it, it was so hot we were just having a damn good time.”

A joyful Jenevieve returned for a second shoot that turned into her first boy/girl penetration scene, thought she didn’t want to identify her co-star until post-production is wrapped up. She refers to him as “a gentleman” and “a stunt cock.”

“He’s an amazing man, but I’m going to keep it a secret who he is until the scene airs.” She does reveal that her shooting partner is “spiky-headed.” Incidentally, her actual boyfriend/male companion sports a spiked mohawk but I was assured he is not the video stud.

Jenevieve describes the shoot.

“I was an evil stepmother who was a psychic who was doing witchcraft. I did my magic and gave him a hard cock. I blessed his cock to give him the power of a super cock. That was the whole premise of the scene.”

Photo courtesy of Jenevieve Hexxx

Photo courtesy of Jenevieve Hexxx

Take it Slow

As I usually do, I inquire about what I would find if I went to Jenevieve Hexx’s model page. She’s with Kendra Lust’s Society Fifteen Talent Agency.

“I’m totally down for boy/girl, girl/girl, and orgies,” Jenevive responds.

“Gangbang?”

Photo courtesy of 3hattergrindhouse.com

Photo courtesy of 3hattergrindhouse.com

“I can’t say at this time,” she says. And DPs? That’s not on her agenda either, at least not now.

Career management in porn means not burning yourself out too quickly. Superstar Allie Haze waited years before doing her first anal scene. Hold back a little something to keep fans wanting more.

“I know as your career progresses people give in to more and more things, [but] I want to take it slow. Anal is at least a year out. I’ve done anal before, that’s not a big deal. But I don’t want to give it all away.”

For the curious, this self-described “witchy woman” does list interracial on her model page, so it appears she’s up for that when the phone rings.

Protocol

Before we wrap the interview, I inquire about consent on the set. Did Joanna Angel review limits before shooting began?

“Everyone else I’ve applied for has done that, but with Joanna we knew it was girl/girl so we didn’t really need it. Joanna is so respectful that it was almost like it was given. But, yes, everything I’ve applied for [including] trying to find an agency, consent was always the protocol.”

The 5’3″ dynamo comments on her boy/girl and how the shoot made her very comfortable.

“He was so respectful. everything at Joanna’s house flows, it’s like smooth as silk. It was perfect. It was probably one of the best experiences ever as for as in the porn world. Everything is just pristine there.”

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And so it goes with the seductress from Sedona, Arizona, who loves animals (she does not feed live rats to her pair of boas, purchasing frozen ones instead) and believes, no less, that she is part reptilian.

Photo courtesy of Jenevieve Hexxx

Photo courtesy of Jenevieve Hexxx

Dancing with her snakes is a natural. “I do contortion [and] wrap them around my body.”

That’s not as difficult as it sounds because Jenevieve is trained in yoga and familiar with gymnastics.

“I’m extremely limber and flexible which is also great for porn.”

Incidentally, this mix of flower child and tatted enchantress still finds time to wrap her arms around causes that bring out her compassionate side.

“I’m a major hippie at heart who is a tree hugger and adores animals.”

Psychologists tell us we are the sum of all our experiences and they go back to our childhood. For this exotic beauty, her younger years nurtured the seductress sitting here in a quiet nook away from the bustle of the trade show floor.

“I’ve been a dancer and entertainer since I was little,” she says.

Speaking of little, Jenevieve Hexxx mentions her origins.

“I honestly believe I am from Venus, the planet of the goddess of love . . . I am a goddess of love.”

How can you argue with that?

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Jenevive Hexxx, who also goes by Jenevive Zaya, can be found on twitter, instagram, and Facebook.

Photo courtesy of 3hattergrindhouse.com

Photo courtesy of 3hattergrindhouse.com

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A Nice Girl Who Howls at the Moon: Part One, Sexiness is Ageless

by Rich Moreland, January 2016

This is the first of a four-part essay on Madeline Blue, a unique and rising actress in adult film. Except where noted, all photos are courtesy of the performer. Those from studios retain their watermarks.

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It’s no secret that fresh faces drive the porn universe. The industry welcomes the nubile sweetie, the “barely legal” girl who can make instant money, while other girls wait until their twenties before going on set. But what about an older woman who wants to give adult film a try? Is the passage of time her albatross?

Consider Madeline Blue, thirty-seven years of eagerness who self-identifies as a “late bloomer” to porn.

CAOrfEEWYAAmcmo“I am basically a nice girl who howls at the moon and needs to roam from time to time!”

We’re in the awards season and this fanciful sweetheart is being touted by XBIZ and AVN for her performance in Sssh.com’s blockbuster short film, Gone. The Angie Rowntree production is redefining how women in adult film are perceived and for now, that is Madeline Blue.

My Age and My Limits

Agents are flocking to this hottie, right? Not exactly. Madeline thought stepping in front of the camera would be a walkover. It can’t be that hard, “just go do some porn.” But the doors did not open.

“I was in touch with about ten, twenty agents and talent recruiters over the past year or so and all went sour usually when they found out my age and my limits.”

Undeterred, Madeline wanted to do “something sexually liberating.” Though exotic dancing was out of the question, the brunette beauty was convinced that sexiness is ageless and she would prove it.

It helps to be philosophical.

“I have seen the young girls who do tours at age twenty and felt bad that I am excluded from that, but it’s probably for the best. If I had done porn at twenty, maybe I would have a big porn career now, or not, who knows?”

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With “options that seemed slim,” Madeline and her soon-to-be husband started their own Clips4Sale store. The voluptuous charmer could do what she wanted while building her own subscription site. In other words, they had to sod their own playing field.

So, Madeline entered adult entertainment with seventeen years of performing arts under her belt and a comfort level not easily achieved in an industry where stripping down can strip away all your preconceived notions about yourself.

She’s still in learning mode and the future looks bright.

Enlightening

Madeline Blue is a product of New England’s strict moral ethos. A Boston native, she attended private school and focused on the arts: music, dance, writing. With a degree that includes a double major (English and Psychology) and a career of “regular jobs,” Madeline’s sense of adventure encompasses international travel (she speaks French and Spanish). Yet, her butterfly of liberation always seems to flash its colors in other directions . . . sexual ones.

In her early twenties, she tried nude modeling for “extra cash and to keep life interesting,” she remembers.

CQPgFG0UwAE4nwx“I was pretty shy and I wanted to feel sexy, so I did the occasional modeling gig.” Though nude, it was artsy, never reaching into the category of sensual, seductive, or explicit. About a year ago, Madeline decided “to be more daring and do an erotic shoot.”

“Enlightening,” she is how she describes the result. But that was only the introduction.

“Long conversations about life, sexuality, identity” followed, as did talk about “porn and BDSM” which she concedes, “I knew nothing about.”

Madeline quickly back tracks to say that she’s watched porn since her late twenties never thinking she was a “vanilla girl” with all the limitations that dictates. Now she admits she was more missionary position than she realized. Remember “my limits” noted above?

Super Introverted

Things are changing in Madeline’s comfort zone.

“I wasn’t ready to porn until now,” she says.

Being “super introverted” didn’t help. “I was often painfully shy in public, I felt awkward in my body around others, but wanted so much to relax and let my body be free.”

As Lao-tzu gently proclaims, a journey of a thousand miles begins with single step. Madeline took hers and one foot forward led to another.

“I have done some scenes with my boyfriend, with friends at a couple of studios, and for my site, but I have done no other b/g videos.”

But she is undeterred by lost time and for good reason.

Describing porn as “this fascinating industry,” the New Englander is confident in her own skin. “I know who I am, what works for me now.”CTtyyK2UEAAp2Zc

Her present job is not an issue (she teaches dance). “My career is established, I run my own business, and I feel free to do what I want and not worry about repercussions or ridicule.” Getting fired because of porn is not on the table. In fact her profession has turned out to be a plus.

“If I hadn’t become a student of dance, I imagine I wouldn’t be where I am now,” Madeline declares.

The performer “craves” certain challenges, particularly shooting porn, but finds them scary at the same time. Nevertheless, her determination tramples reticence.

“Taking my clothes off on-camera was the natural next step in facing my fears!” Madeline confesses.

Still, doubts lingered.

No Boundaries

“I am past my prime and my body will never be ‘perfect’ again,” Madeline admits, a realization that is a crusher for any woman wanting to do adult film. The age question provoked a plunge in her spirits until the magic man, Gee Richards, opened Madeline’s emotional door and released a tidal wave of possibilities.

Photo courtesy of Sssh.com

Photo courtesy of Sssh.com

Along the way, meeting Gee was a gamechanger. He filled a void. Having the freedom to be adventurous in her life was satisfying, but Madeline wanted “more substance than that” and couldn’t quite find the personal relationship she desired. It was the proverbial “needle in a haystack,” she laments. Gee showed up at just the right time, turning into mentor and lover.

After her “first sexy shoot,” Madeline realized what she could achieve in adult. “It was a revelation. . . . I had no clue there might be a place for me in the porn world. I didn’t even have it on my radar.”

She is now convinced . . . sex appeal has no boundaries.

Women like Helen Mirren and Jessica Lange, Madeline says, “are smoking hot and have AARP cards! They are in their bodies and they enjoy it.” Simply put, she believes that women “who know themselves and are experienced lovers are more fun to be around. And that gets better with age, especially if they are open to personal growth”

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More on this remarkable woman is coming your way next in part two of the Madeline Blue odyssey. To follow Madeline on twitter, click here.

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