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VIVID STUDIO INSIDER FOR AUGUST 5, 2011

 SAVANNA SAMSON IS THE MASSEUSE IN STORES ON AUG. 8TH  -- Savanna Samson is the Masseuse is now available online at vivid.com and will be in stores across the country on Monday, August 8th. Vivid Girl Savanna Samson sizzles in the lead role as a masseuse who has a penchant for bad men, bad behavior and trouble. In a pre-release review of the movie says AVN senior editor Peter Warren said, "Like a smoldering flashback to a bygone era Savanna Samson is the Masseuse embodies a kind of serious, original and eminently sexy adult filmmaking that's rare these days." And Dan Miller of XBIZ said the movie is "intense, surprising and wonderfully original," while Chris Thorne of XCritic said it's "sizzling hot. Grade-A sex and action...deliciously dark and sexy."  Vivid introduced its first masseuse-themed movie in 1990 starring Hyapatia Lee and Randy Spears. There were only two actors in the entire "Masseuse 1" and they both won AVN acting awards. The movie was the best renting release in 1991. Vivid has had a series of masseuse best sellers starring Ashlyn Gere in 1994, Taylor Hayes in 1997 and Jenna Jameson in 2003. Paul Thomas directed "Savanna Samson is the Masseuse" and the cast also includes Kayla Paige, Devi Emmerson, Jennifer Dark, Tommy Gunn, Trent Tesoro, Voodoo, Chris Charming and Steve Holmes.

 VIVID GETS A CELEBRITY NEIGHBOR – TMZ reported that television personality Howie Mandel is  “Thiiiiiiiiis Close to PORN!”  And, says TMZ, that’s because he “just moved his production company into an L.A. office building famous for housing the biggest PORN company on Earth! But it's true!!! TMZ has learned Howie just took over some office space in the Vivid Entertainment building in L.A. ... right around the corner from Universal Studios. Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch tells us he's very excited to hang with his new office neighbor -- and personally gave Howie a tour of the building last month (and will)  do ‘whatever it takes’ to make Howie feel comfortable at the XXX compound ...  adding, ‘We even painted the walls and replaced the carpet.’

 SPIDER-MAN XXX TRAILER IS XCRITIC ‘CLIP OF THE WEEK’ – Just days after Vivid posted its trailer of Spider-Man XXX A Porn Parody, XCritic.com chose it as its “Clip of the Week.” And, says XCritic.com, “Not only is this one of the better trailers we've seen for an adult movie, but the movie looks FANTASTIC. Axel Braun has been on an absolute roll with Vivid and these superhero parodies and Spider-Man XXX looks like it takes everything he's done (with films like Batman XXX and Superman XXX.

DISCLAIMER:  Batman XXX: A Porn Parody, Spider-Man XXX: A Porn Parody and Superman XXX: A Porn Parody are parody movies. All characters and related materials are trademark, copyright, and/or registered trademarks of their respective license holders and/or owners.  The parody movies are not sponsored, endorsed by, or affiliated with any of the companies owning the trademarks of characters seen therein, or their affiliates and parent companies.

AMERICANS THINK PIPPA’S A PORN STAR – A headline in the popular British tabloid The Daily Star states: “AMERICANS THINK PIPPA MIDDLETON'S A PORN STAR.”  Reporter Ed Riley says a poll “revealed more than half of people in the U.S. did not know who she was. And some even thought that the sexy sister of the Duchess of Cambridge was an adult film star. Only 32% of Americans correctly identified Pippa, 27, in the survey for Vanity Fair Magazine and U.S. current affairs program 60 Minutes…It is not the first time Pippa has been linked to the world of porn. Industry bigwig Steve Hirsch, the boss of Vivid Entertainment, offered her $5million (£3m) to star in ‘just one explicit scene.’ In a letter he penned to Pippa after William and Kate’s nuptials, he said: ‘As I watched a broadcast of the event, I couldn’t help but think with your beauty and attitude you could be an enormously successful adult star. For just one explicit scene I’d be pleased to offer you $5m and, of course, you would have your choice of partners.’  So far, Vivid has not heard from Pippa about the offer.” The Daily Star noted that “But Americans will have a chance to get to know her better next week, when a one-hour TV show, Crazy About Pippa, will be aired on cable channel TLC. A “royal source” told The Daily Star,  “They might think she’s a porn star over there, but she definitely won’t be accepting any offers to star in films.”

 IRON MAN XXX BACK STORY MAKES NEWS – AVN reported this week on the wrap of shooting of Axel Braun’s filming of Iron Man XXX. “Braun reports that Iron Man XXX is the darkest porn parody of a comic book that he’s made, citing the depth of character of Tony Stark, played by Dale DaBone, who Braun said gives his most complete performance.” AVN added, “DaBone faced a huge personal hurdle coming into filming: his mother committed suicide in early June…Despite this personal tragedy, DaBone dove headfirst into filming, dropping 27 pounds, in order the play the suave, debonair Tony Stark.” AVN quotes Axel as saying, “’I give Dale a lot of credit because of what he had to overcome. He really nailed the character. He showed up focused and ready to work. Dale is a tremendous talent, but he needs someone to really challenge him, to hold his focus. He’s brilliant in this role.’”  The movie also features Lexi Belle (Pepper Potts), Derrick Pierce (The Mandarin), Brooklyn Lee (Black Widow), Alec Knight (Happy Hogan), Jazy Berlin (Millie Collins), Skin Diamond (Jill Jerold), Dana DeArmond (Dr. Yinsen), Shazia Sahari (Mei Ling) and a special appearance by Lexington Steele (Nick Fury). Iron Man XXX: A Porn Parody is set for release in the Fall through Vivid Entertainment’s XXX Superheroes imprint.

 COMICS 101 INTERVIEWS AXEL BRAUN – The popular comics industry blog Comics 101 has published a lengthy interview with Axel Braun. An editor’s note that headed the interview said: “A little change of pace here this week, as for the first time I'm turning over the floor to a guest lecturer, our very own Scott Bowden, who recently went on assignment for us into a very different kind of comic-book continuity. Comic-book fans who spend any time at all online no doubt noticed the amount of exposure that Vivid Entertainment received last year for their adult parody of the classic 1960s BATMAN television series, which wound up doing very big business. Vivid apparently noticed the exposure as well, and began actively reaching out to comics sites like this one in the hopes of reaching out to comics fans about their successive superhero-themed projects. When the press release for their upcoming SPIDER-MAN VS. SUPERMAN XXX project crossed my desk along with an invitation for journalists to visit the (Superman XXX: A Porn Parody  and Spider-Man XXX: A Porn Parody) sets, and when I saw the list of characters who would be making appearances, I knew we had to send someone out to investigate.”  Bowden noted that during the interview Axel ” was “in the middle of a back-to-back shoot of porn parodies featuring iconic superheroes Spider-Man and Superman, but during this brief break from behind the camera, it's Han Solo who's on the native Italian's mind.”   Bowden also wrote: A fanboy at heart, Axel combines his film expertise with solid comics sensibilities and keen attention to detail.”