Hello Videobox Members,
As you are likely aware, we’ve been quite busy lately bringing some significant user enhancements to the table. We’re aggressively working on a number of changes that we anticipate will raise the bar and bring your videobox experience to a whole new level.
However, there’s definitely a vocal set of our community that’s been raising concerns about other areas of the site they’d like some attention on. And we hear you.
We are hearing a great deal of interest in handling star name variations (aliases) in searches. For example, searching for Babaloo should also return Babalu, Babalu Monike, Bab Lu, and of course, Babau.
We have a number of interesting ideas around how to solve this, but before we get too fancy, we have a set of engineers focused on getting a minimal functionality in place ASAP. We’re going to roll out a revised search functionality that’ll return all of a stars aliases when you’re searching for any one of them. Once we have that and some additional time we’ll likely put some energy into a more dynamic searching capability.
We hope to have this out in the very near future and I’ll update the blog when we do.
Thanks go out to ropeadope for providing the star names in this blog/puzzle
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Hello Videobox Members,
Hello VideoBox Members,
Once again, I have the honor of announcing site enhancements for your browsing and playback pleasure. We’ve worked extremely hard at making these as “game changing” as we could for your benefit. I think we’ve done a great job, and it’s only the beginning.
In 1969, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on the case of Stanley v Georgia, unanimously concluding that a person has the right to watch pornography in the privacy of his or her own home. In the decision, Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote:
With this in mind, the news that federal prosecutors in Washington D.C. are attempting to force a company to turn over records that divulge the names and addresses of people who purchased “obscene” materials is puzzling at best and frightening at worst.
A company named only as Company X has been served with three Grand Jury subpoenas requesting business records and 2257 documentation – not uncommon or unreasonable in a prosecution of this type. But the fourth subpoena demands “a copy of records that show the identity of all movies sold or distributed, including the date of each transaction, payment received, and method and date of each of each shipment, from customer purchases” from the company’s website that occurred during 15-day windows in December 2007 and April 2008.
The company offered invoices with customer names and addresses blacked out, but the Dept of Justice demanded the originals that included personal information for everyone who purchased adult videos from this company in those time periods. While the judge presiding over the Grand Jury had the good sense to reject the prosecutors’ insistence that the documents show personal customer information, the motives of the Justice Department are open to speculation.
Could the DoJ be planning to go after consumers of adult materials in the future? It’s hard to say, but important to note that while possessing obscene materials is not a crime, receiving them is. I’m not sure how a person comes to possess anything without first receiving it, but the bottom line is that the feds may be considering stepping over a boundary that would put porn consumers in jeopardy.
Even though VideoBox has content standards and a business model that make it an extremely unlikely target for government witch hunts, I felt it was important that we all, as consumers of adult entertainment, know what’s happening elsewhere in the world of porn. The Grand Jury hasn’t made any indictments yet, so let’s hope that rationality prevails and Company X (whoever they are) doesn’t end up like Rob Zicari, Janet Romano or Max Hardcore.
Here’s a little update for folks who may not have the time or desire to read all the industry “news” and gossip blogs out there.
After filing for divorce from husband Evan Seinfeld (Spyder Jonez), Tera Patrick has told industry blogger Cindi Loftus that she is finished with porn. She has a memoir coming out soon that she claims gets into the scandalous details of her life in porn. I’ll let you guys know if it’s any good.
Katja Kassin wrote a message to her fans on the Adult DVD Talk message board that broke the news that she is retiring from porn. She simply seems to have gotten to the end of the road and is looking for something else to do. Luckily for her fans, she shot over 450 movies in her career, hopefully leaving even die hard fans plenty of viewing material for the foreseeable future.
At a recent birthday party for Brooke Haven, ex-fighter and current porn “star” War Machine attacked five men, sending two to the hospital. It’s not entirely clear what happened, but it seems that the men were alerted that Mr. Machine had just hit girl/friend Alanah Rae in the face and verbally confronted him about it. (Alanah says she was not hit.) WM claims self-defense, but all witnesses who have come forward thus far said the attack was unprovoked. War Machine is also currently facing charges for attacking a doorman at a gay club in Las Vegas.
The University of Montreal School of Social work has released results from a study examining the effects of pornography on men’s attitudes about women and relationships. A sample of 20 hetersexual men revealed that almost all men watch porn at times and that viewing porn has no bearing on their ability to respect women and function normally in society. While 20 is not even close to a reasonable sample size, it comes as no surprise to me that most men don’t want to date girls who look like porn stars, they merely want to jerk off to (on?) them.
The Huffington Post, a liberal news and opinion site, has secured Jennifer Ketcham (aka Penny Flame) as a contributing writer. Jennifer/Penny is featured on the current season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew seeking treatment for sex addiction. In my opinion, she’s the only tolerable person on the show, so while her first blog entry on HuffPost is a little weird, let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and assume it’ll get better from there.
Here’s the list. Tell me the truth, guys – does anyone care about this? My gut says no, but I’ve been wrong about these sorts of things before.
A few odd stories which have caught my eye lately.
Bad habits are difficult to break. In 2005 while living in Washington State, James Tait was arrested for having sex with a horse. He was also filming other people having sex with horses. Tait received one year probation and a $300 fine. At some point thereafter, Tait moved to Tennessee. Recently, authorities in Tennessee received an email containing an image of a man who appeared to be having sex with a Shetland pony. A police investigation led to the arrest of Tait and his roommate, Kenny Thomason. They have been charged with multiple counts of felony animal cruelty. Images were found of Tait engaging in sexual acts with the horse. Detectives stated it appeared people were having sex with horses, ponies, and dogs. Additional charges are expected.
I guess Tait could throw himself on the mercy of the court, claiming he’s in a long term stable relationship.
Since ropeadope’s got the scene suggestions covered this week, I thought I’d take the opportunity to update you on what’s been going on in the lives of some of porn’s most popular stars.
Tera Patrick and Evan Seinfeld split up
Superstar porn actress Tera Patrick moved out of the L.A. home she shared with her long-time suitcase pimp Evan Seinfeld/Spyder Jonez this week. Seinfeld continues to hold the office of CEO at Teravision, Tera’s production studio, and in their breakup announcement, they said they looked forward to being best friends forever.
Jenna Jameson being sued by two different people
It was a rough month for Jenna Jameson who was sued both by her ex-brother-in-law and her divorce attorney over money she supposedly owes each. Her former husband’s brother alleges that Jameson (and his brother) owe him $125,000 for a loan they did not repay. Jameson’s divorce attorneys say they are owed $72,300 for representing her in her divorce from the ex she is being sued for $125,000 with.
Rocco being investigated for tax evasion in Italy
Although veteran woodsman Rocco Siffredi claims that he lives in Budapest, Hungary, Italian police feel that he is actually a resident of Italy and owes taxes on about $442,000 in undeclared income. Rocco’s lawyer is “not unduly concerned” about the charges. Only time will tell whether he’ll end up like Janine (who was recently released from prison after serving 6 months for tax evasion).
Daisy Marie is pregnant
Saving the best for last, cutie patootie Daisy Marie announced Tuesday that she’s pregnant via Twitter. She seems very happy about the pregnancy, which will be her first. Best wishes to her and her eventual baby. Let’s hope she returns to porn with a still-bangin’ body the way Eva Anglina did…
Update: The father of the baby is Recording Artist Sean “Fluee.”
In the Western world, it’s known as frotteurism. The act of rubbing oneself against a non-consenting person for sexual gratification. In Japan, where it appears to be firmly embedded in the culture, it’s known as chikan. Crowded trains and buses are a favorite location for chikan. Roving gangs of thugs are committing the acts, ranging from groping and rubbing to rape and everything in-between. Oftentimes, the criminals brazenly film and upload the episodes to the internet.
This week, Evil Angel publicly announced that they were ending their relationship with director Brian Pumper. While Evil Angel initially blamed “creative differences,” the word in the industry was that the difference was that Brian Pumper was creative at faking STD tests.
After being asked about it, Evil Angel confirmed that Brian had been shooting girls who did not have negative STD tests from Adult Industry Medical (AIM) and that in once instance he forged a test and hired a girl who turned out to have chlamydia. He felt that since he was the one whose penis was at risk, it should be his decision whether or not to wait for the test results. Evil Angel disagreed and gave him his walking papers.
When I heard the news that Brian Pumper was being let go from Evil Angel’s roster of directors, my first thought was, “Who likes his movies anyway?” The director is certainly one of the factors I consider when deciding whether to check out a movie and I’m guessing it is for some of you as well. So I’m curious…
If you don’t see your favorite director in the list, please go ahead and add him or her in the comments. And of course, I’d love to hear what it is about a particular director’s style that you particularly enjoy, or if you think all porn directors are basically the same.
News broke yesterday that Stephanie Swift has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Stephanie has been performing for almost 14 years and has no other forms of income. Because the cancer is so severe, she must endure a double mastectomy that she will be responsible for paying for out of pocket. A friend is collecting donations to help Stephanie keep from going bankrupt while dealing with cancer.
Not too long ago, fellow performer Nicki Hunter was diagnosed with and fought lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma, a complex form of cancer targeting the lymph system. In order to pay for the expensive treatments, a series of fundraising events were organized by friends and colleagues in the adult industry. It even appears that some of Nicki’s so-called friends may have been fraudulently raising funds and pocketing them instead of helping pay for her massively expensive cancer treatments.
A third actress, Tina Tyler, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. Not wanting to have to beg for money for life-saving care, she is moving home to her native Canada for treatment because she is entitled to it as a citizen of that country.
I honestly don’t know whether any of these women were insured when they were given their diagnoses. Half of all bankruptcies in the U.S. are caused by overwhelming medical bills, and most of those people had health insurance. One can only guess at these women’s personal circumstances, but Americans Stephanie Swift and Nicki Hunter were reduced to begging and will likely remain on the hook for a tremendous amount of money, regardless of how generous their friends and acquaintances are. Tina Tyler, as a Canadian, can focus on her recovery instead of worrying how she’s going to pay for it.
I wish Stephanie and Tina the very best in their battle against the disease and I truly hope Nicki is able to remain cancer-free. If you would like more information on how you can help Stephanie Swift, please contact NicaNoelle@aol.com.
Every now and then, I like to update you on what’s happening in the world of porn. Not everyone has time to read fifty different porn blogs, so I’ve condensed the more interesting stories of the last few weeks for your reading pleasure.
Stormy Daniels Arrested for Domestic Battery
On July 25th, Stormy was arrested for battery after hitting her husband in the head during a domestic dispute. The fight started because Stormy’s father-in-law did her laundry in a way that was not to her liking. Neither she nor her husband (industry PR guy Mike Moz) have issued any public statements about the incident.
|Teagan got engaged
July 24th was Ms. Presley’s birthday and her boyfriend Josh gave her an engagement ring that he had created for her. Josh is the father of her child as well as her business partner. He seems like a nice guy and I hope that they have a long and happy marriage. No word yet whether they’ve set a date.
|Max Hardcore writes from prison
Max Hardcore currently resides in the Metropolitan Detention Center in LA. He recently wrote a letter to Porn Valley News updating them on his case. Max will be appealing his conviction in October to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. Hard to say how it’ll turn out, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the all of the victims of obscenity prosecution.
|Pornstar roommates take conflict public
Earlier this week, Shawna Lenee posted on Twitter that her roommate, Jenna Presley had slammed her head through her wall and “peed everywhere” because she was on drugs. She also claimed that Presley was taken to a mental hospital. Shawna ended up looking pretty stupid later on when Jenna explained that she was not on drugs, but rather had a Grand mal epileptic seizure. She had to be hospitalized afterward and given her seizure medication intravenously.
|Los Angeles theater group planning a porn-themed musical
A theater group called The Civilians is currently doing research on the porn industry in preparation for a musical they’re planning to write about the day-to-day lives of stars, directors, producers, and other folks who work in the business. Perhaps a porn blogger character is in order…