Picture Boi / Emm Report
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 | 2 a.m.
WARNING: ADULT CONTENT The Sex Factor
Interviewing on the red carpet of the 2015 AVN Awards porn parade at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel is cause for pause because you learn things you never expect.
Porn’s biggest stars have created “The Sex Factor,” an outrageous reality-TV series for cable now being filmed here in Las Vegas. There’s a $1 million prize for the winning guy and girl who also will shoot a XXX film with Duke University porn star Belle Knox.
Anybody who has fantasized about being the next Jenna Jameson or James Deen can take part. The search for contestants began a year ago at the 2014 AVN Awards, and rule No. 1 was that they could never have been filmed before.
Eight guys and eight girls will be whittled down as finalists during the 12-week filming schedule, and viewers on social media outlets will judge them.
The first episode was shot here last week during the 2015 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo. The judges who describe themselves as mentors are 2014 Penthouse Pet of the Year Lexi Belle; Female Performer of the Year Tori Black; Best Actress Remy LaCroix; and British-born stud actor Keiran Lee, who has his valuable manhood insured for $1 million. Wicked actress Asa Akira is the host.
Here’s the YouTube teaser for the show. Please be warned that this clip contains adult language and may be deemed offensive by readers.
Two of the contestants who walked the AVN Awards red carpet told me that they’d never met before when they were asked to shoot a sex scene for the camera.
“I was given some instructions,” said the newbie actress, “and simply went for it. I’d never done anything like this before. I’m still in college but drove over from California to take part. It’s a real rush, but overwhelming.”
Her partner on camera flew in from Atlanta and said: “It was my first time, too, but with the advice from the judges who do this all the time, it went smoothly. We got along really well on and off camera and passed the first round and now go on to the second round of filming next week in Las Vegas.”
Judge Lexi Belle told me: “It’s a unique idea, and this couple handled it like pros. We told them not to be nervous, just be natural and forget they were being filmed. Every week, we set the contestants a different sex challenge, and obviously it gets tougher as the weeks tick by. We are looking to test their skill set and sex appeal.
“They’re getting an Ivy League porn star education from us, and we teach them how to refine their craft. The challenges, though, get increasingly complex with more and more explicit sexual situations.”
More adult TV content
X-rated adult movies are coming to television in a big way. Showtime will premiere a new documentary starting Feb. 6, “The Greatest Adult Movies of All Time.” It will feature film clips of the 32 favorite adult movies ever produced along with interviews by the industry’s biggest stars.
Hosted and narrated by Chanel Preston, the on-camera stars include Las Vegas’ own Jenna Jameson, Las Vegas regular Ron Jeremy, porn queen Marilyn Chambers, Georgina Spelvin (“The Devil in Miss Jones”) and today’s top adult star Jessica Drake.
The documentary looks at how porn has evolved since the 1960s and ’70s and where it’s going in this new century. AVN Media founder Paul Fishbein’s new company, Plausible Films, produced the film.
My interview spot on the red carpet was alongside the CNBC team. They had one question for all of the porn stars: “How would you invest $10,000?” The answers ranged from buying shares in Uber to one girl who wanted to build a tiger sanctuary to protect the animals from becoming extinct.
WARNING: ADULT CONTENT 2015 AVN Awards red carpet
WARNING: ADULT CONTENT 2015 AVN Awards red carpet
You can check out our red carpet coverage at Richard Corey’s YouTube video with appearances by Jesse Jane, Kayden Kross, Jessica Drake, Farrah Abraham, Dana DeArmond, Lexi Belle, 2015 AVN Awards host Alexis Texas and many others. Again, we must warn of its sexual content.
It was a porn parade of plenty — plenty of skin, plenty of curves, plenty of cleavage, plenty of stockings, garter belts and risque outfits, plenty of thigh barring, plenty of the wild and the wacky, including former Hawaiian Tropic Pageant winner Jesse Jane.
Former Skid Row rocker Phil Varone, who has turned porn producer and participant, told us that he’s launching a XXX-rated video series to be filmed in Las Vegas, too.
WARNING: ADULT CONTENT 2015 AVN/AEE panel
WARNING: ADULT CONTENT Carter Cruise and Samantha Rone
Many of the XXX productions are now being filmed here. Some of the actresses had a panel discussion on how they’ve crossed over into Comic-Con characters.
Wicked Radio broadcast the convention on Sirius satellite, and I wound up in a hysterical interview with British porn star Tanya Tate, which Richard captured on YouTube. Richard also filmed the Best New Starlet panel discussion with Carter Cruise and Las Vegas-born resident Samantha Rone. Again, be well warned about adult content.
This year’s award winners included Best Actress Carter Cruise for her romantic “Second Chances”; my Q+A with “The Meryl Streep of Porn” was posted on Jan. 20. The film won Best Romance Movie, and Carter also won Best New Starlet, having been in the business only one year.
Best Actor went to Steven St. Croix; Best Drama and Best Screenplay to “Aftermath” starring Jessica Drake; Best Director Brad Armstrong for “Aftermath”; Best Celebrity Sex Tape to “Tila Tequila 2”; and James Deen won Favorite Male Porn Star and Riley Steele for Favorite Female Porn Star.
Be sure to check out my Q+A with Kayden Kross, porn star turned president of ArrangementFinders.com. The 2016 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo and 2016 AVN Awards return to the Hard Rock Hotel next January.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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