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Vivid Studio Insider For March 29, 2013

VIVID HONORS HARRY REEMS WITH SPECIAL TRIBUTE PROMOTION - As a tribute to the legendary Harry Reems, the male lead in the landmark adult movie “Deep Throat,” Vivid Entertainment is giving its online customers a free download of “Throat:  A Cautionary Tale,”  the  2009 multi-award-winning Vivid feature that offers a whole new take on the porn classic. Reems, who co-starred with Linda Lovelace in the original, died last Tuesday at the age of 65.  Customers who visit vivid.com and purchase any Vivid video need only click on the “Throat” link at the top of the home page to receive their free copy of the film that stars Sasha Grey and was directed by Paul Thomas. The offer is valid from Wednesday March 27th through Wednesday, April 3rd.  Jared Ruter of Adult Video News said in his review that “Throat: A Cautionary Tale” is “porn noir, a dark mystery about innocence destroyed.  Swiftly paced and engrossing, it plays like a mainstream movie.  But it’s the star, Sasha Grey, who brings it to life.”  “Throat:  A Cautionary Tale,” was also the subject of a 6-part series on Showtime under the title “Deeper Throat.”  The storyline tracked the trials and tribulations that Vivid founder/co-ceo Steven Hirsch went through when he tried to get permission to make the movie.

VIVID SPONSORS PHIL VARONE AND SAIGON KICK’S AFTER PARTY AT THE VIPER ROOM  -  Phil Varone, the director of Vivid’s popular swingers series, rejoins his band Saigon Kick this weekend for their first L.A. reunion performance at The Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd. -- 310-358-1881) in Los Angeles. The performance is sold-out, but the music continues at an open-to-the-public after party starting at 11pm.  Guests need only show up and mention “Vivid” for free admission to the party up to legal capacity allowed. Original band members Matt Kramer, Jason Bieler and Chris McLernon will be joining Phil for the performance and after party, at which huge flat screens will show footage from Phil’s Vivid movies. Guests will walk away with lots of free swag, including DVDs of Phil’s titles “Phil Varone’s Secret Sex Stash,” “Swinging American Style:  Texas F*ck ‘Em,” and “Swinging American Style:  Vegas or Bust.”  "It's going to be an amazing night,” says Varone. “First I get to play drums with my old friends in Saigon Kick and then as if playing drums wasn't enough, I get to premiere my other love, directing Vivid's 100% REAL SWINGERS series. Life is good!"

It’s the start of a busy couple of weeks for Phil. He’s the author of a soon-to-be published memoir - Unphiltered:  Real Life On and Off the Roc k ’n Roll Tour Bus. The e-book and paperback are from pop culture publisher Riverdale Ave Books (RAB), and are due out April 17.   He’ll be in New York City April 9-10-11 to perform in another Saigon Kick reunion concert at Webster Hall. The performance coincides with the release of the latest movie in his Vivid Entertainment series on swingers across America, titled 100% Real Swingers   Big Bear.  

STEVEN HIRSCH, ALLIE HAZE AND RON JEREMY AT USC SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS PANEL/Q&A DISCUSSION APRIL 4TH - Reflecting the perpetual student interest in sexy cinema, the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts will hold a panel discussion/Q&A on the adult film industry Thursday April 4th on the USC campus (900 W. 34th St., L.A. 90089-2211). Vivid Entertainment founder/co-chairman Steven Hirsch, award-winning actress Allie Haze and legendary porn actor Ron Jeremy are on the panel.  Mike Dillon, organizer of “An Evening with the Adult Film Industry,” says the discussion will “focus on a range of topics befitting our academic environment: cultural attitudes toward sexual representations, business practices of the adult industry, legal frameworks (including the recently-passed Measure B), the myths vs. realities of the industry, etc.” There is no admission cost for the event, which starts at 7 pm with a screening of the documentary Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy, followed by footage from Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody, and a humorous send-up from FunnyOrDie.com on Measure B.

CHYNA WAS DESTINED TO PLAY SHE-HULK XXX -- She-Hulk XXX:  An Axel Braun Parody” starring Chyna has been released by Vivid online at vivid.com  and will be in stores nationwide by Tuesday, April 2nd. Says Chyna:  “Of all of the great female comic characters, She-Hulk is the one that I wanted most to play in a parody. This is the role I was destined for because I can identify with both her strength and her vulnerability.”  The film is directed by Axel Braun, who has won more awards for his parodies of superhero characters than any other adult director.  Says Axel:  “Chyna was absolutely terrific and I don’t think I could have made the movie without her. I can’t imagine any other adult or even mainstream actress in this role. She literally explodes off the screen.”  In the parody storyline, Chyna’s character is Jennifer Walters, an attorney and the cousin of Bruce Banner, aka The Incredible Hulk. When Jennifer is shot by a gunman working for mob boss Nicholas Trask, Banner performs an emergency transfusion, which saves her life but transforms her into She-Hulk. The scenes are hot and fast-paced as Jen meets up with the Fantastic Four, the Hydra cell and other characters, including the Avengers’ marksman Hawkeye, played once again by the excellent Eric Masterson. Along with Chyna, the cast includes Gracie Glam, Tara Lynn Foxx, Alexis Ford, Jennifer Dark, Mark Wood, Alec Knight, Alan Stafford, Ryan Driller and Richie Calhoun as Bruce Banner.  An 8-page, 4-color comic book of the spoof illustrated by Iron Bear is included with the “She-Hulk XXX” DVD.  DISCLAIMER: ‘SHE-HULK XXX:  AN AXEL BRAUN PARODY’ IS A PARODY MOVIE. All characters and related materials are trademarks, copyrights, and/or registered trademarks of their respective license holders and/or owners. The parody movie is not sponsored, endorsed by, or affiliated with Marvel Characters, Inc. or its affiliates or parent company or any other company owning the trademarks of characters seen therein.

VIVIDTV OPENS MIAMI HEADQUARTERS FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN – VividTV has opened its regional headquarters for Latin America and the Caribbean in Miami. Led by David Guerra, senior vice president for distribution and marketing, the new office will coordinate and supervise all of the company’s activities in the region, including distribution, programming, marketing and affiliate services.  “The inauguration of a dedicated office in a city that plays such a key role in Latin America entertainment activities underscores VividTV’s commitment to the region,” Guerra says. “The office is an important step in establishing our presence and serving the needs of our audiences and commercial partners in Latin America and the Caribbean. VividTV has already established itself as a top performing service provider on many platforms in the US. We look forward to leveraging our extensive experience in the adult category and our unique library of exclusive, award winning, content to help our partners in Latin America maximize revenue and consumer satisfaction.”