Interviews with artists, performers, and industry personnel. Their stories, work, and what they have in store for you.
Bree Mills Interview
The nominees for Best Director at this year’s Adult Video News Awards numbered 15, with five women in the group. It’s a statistic that Hollywood can’t boast. In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow was the last woman nominated for Best Director at the Oscars—and she’s the only woman to win the award. Among the female filmmakers celebrated at the 2016 AVNs was Bree Mills, who was also nominated for Best Screenplay for her movie The Turning: A Lesbian Horror Story. Mills’s feature, co-directed with longtime collaborator Stills by Alan, stars some of the biggest names in the industry and challenges the social stigmas of being gay through an engaging and cinematically captured tale about a lesbian apocalypse—Spike Lee-esque dolly shot and all.
The Ultimate Guide to Breasts
Call them what you will... boobs, tits, jugs, mams, melons, pontoons, headlights, or the conventional description, breasts. The female twin protuberances, those lovely round, soft, fleshy mounds that grow from a woman’s chest, have always been an unending source of wonder, attraction, pleasure, and controversy among the male of the species. Yes, men love breasts—small ones, big ones, medium ones, and even astounding, gigantic ones—and yet, when you come right down to it, how much do we really know about breasts? Why do some women have big twenty-pounders, and some hardly a fistful? Why do some men go totally ape over big boobs, while others prefer itsy-bitsy small ones?
Interview with Drag Queen Divine
There comes a moment in life for some when the realization hits that you're way too fabulous for everyone else—more talented and fierce than all the nauseating kids in your class, and of course, you were destined to leave the monotony of your suburban existence behind and become the star you were meant to be. But there was one problem, that fierceness got suffocated by your parents, teachers, and anyone else that didn't "get it." What's a kid to do? For many the solution was: Divine. Hollywood's First Drag Superstar Harris Glenn Milstead, aka Divine, helped many live out their fantasies of living that outrageous life they had always dreamt of. He helped define and pave the way for a generation to come.
Xaviera Hollander Interview
"I always say I can do without a man for about 24 hours. Then I go hunting." Such a statement, so openly and unhesitantly made, could only have come from Xaviera Hollander—deported madam, polysexual sensualist, and bestselling author of the autobiographical The Happy Hooker. Hollander operated, with a blend of business flair and sexual fervor, the most successful brothel in New York City. Observant and articulate, she also grew to see her two years of catering to customer's desires as a personal service, as well as a way to make money, and herself as an intimate therapist, as well as a prostitute. As she tells in her book, she readily acceded to demands of every kind, however way-out, enjoying making people happy and being paid for "something I'd have been doing anyway."
Jo Weldon Interview
Like many women, Jo Weldon is fascinated by fashion; she just takes that fascination to a much higher level. When she’s not teaching women to uncover their inner ecdysiast as headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque, she’s researching, writing, and lecturing about leopard print in her one-woman show, "Fierce: The History of Leopard Print," which takes audiences through the history and legacy of this singularly sexy fashion statement. Filthy Media sent Eric Danville to speak with Jo about how leopard print brings out the animal in us all.
Helmut Newton Interview
Helmut Newton's photographs are characterized by an atmosphere and style which immediately identify his work. German by origin, Australian by necessity, and French by choice, this uncontested master of fashion and beauty photography has provided Vogue, Lui, Playboy, Marie Claire, and Nova with photographs that are celebrations of imagination and spirit, sparkling with eroticism and provocative sensuality. A lover of the demimonde, of the artificial and the superficial, Helmut Newton is uncompromising; He understands himself completely. He is a rare example of that perfect accord between fantasy and photography, that total dedication that is absolutely necessary for creation. In this interview, originally published in the 1976 April/May issue of Penthouse Photo World, Newton clarifies, in abrupt terms, his artistic stance.
Gigolos' Garren James Interview
Gigolos are a misunderstood subject of conversation in popular culture. Thanks to movies like American Gigolo starring Richard Gere, male escort agencies were bundled under one category: the sex industry. The modern day “gigolo” became synonymously paired with “prostitute” and “sex worker.” While sexuality is embraced in the gigolo culture, it is not the be-all and end-all of the experience. For a fee, women have the ability to find the man of their dreams, no strings attached. Are you interested in a rock climbing date? Dinner for two where he doesn’t look at his phone? Fun night out with your girlfriends? Call matchmaker specialist, Garren James.
EXXXOTICA's Free Speech Battle in the Adult Industry
Bob Guccione, Larry Flynt, and Al Goldstein fought for freedom of speech throughout the latter part of the 20th century. While not in vain, their efforts were merely the starting point for a never-ending battle involving censorship, First Amendment rights, the definition of erotic art, and sexual expression. The adult industry continues to fight for these virtues in direct opposition to established conservative institutions. The combat often gets heated, and the casualties are real people with families, employees, and dependents often suffering the greatest tolls. The 21st century has produced a number of crusaders to carry the torch that men like Bob Guccione carried nearly a half century ago. One such crusader is J. Handy, the owner and producer of EXXXOTICA Expo, a revolutionary sexually charged event. EXXXOTICA celebrates sex in an informative, educational, and fun way, as it was created for adults who are looking to start their own sexual revolution. What began as a fun idea for a trade show quickly developed into a platform of free speech for sexual education and adult content.
Cheryl Rixon Interview
It seems that blondes just might have more fun. Not only is Cheryl Rixon a smoking blonde bombshell, she’s also good with her hands. In fact, she’s so good with her hands that she created her own line of jewelry called the Royal Order. Drawing inspiration from her time as the lead singer of a rock band, the Royal Order is a line of necklaces, rings, bracelets, pendants, belts, and much more that all have that rocker chic style. But before all this, she was plastered on the walls of young men's rooms across the nation as a Penthouse Pet. In 1977, the Aussie beauty was named Penthouse Pet of the Month and then Pet of the Year in 1979. She also picked up acting and was featured in erotic movies such as Dark Secrets and I Like to Play Games. While she has continued to pose for Penthouse over the years, she moved on to bigger and better things such as her career as a rock star and this new jewelry line. However, she was one of the few people to truly know Bob Guccione, the founder of Penthouse. Along with Hugh Heffner, Larry Flynt, and Al Goldstein, Guccione is known as one of the 'masters of smut' because of his magazine. In this exclusive interview with Cheryl Rixon, she reveals what it was like living in the Penthouse Mansion and her relationship with Bob Guccione.