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How Porn Stars Are Recruited,Inside Story.

In Interesting and funny on November 16, 2012 at 08:36

We are mystified as to the process of Hollywood casting.

More mysterious is the World of  Porn Industry.

How and who recruits the Porn Stars?

How are the Agents Paid?

I read on interesting article.

Looks like ‘Dog Eating Dog profession!’

Story:

This story first appeared in the Nov. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

On a late-summer afternoon in a dingy San Fernando Valley apartment, talent agent Mark Spiegler is having it out with a producer. Pacing the length of the living room that for the past nine years has doubled as his office, Spiegler, portly with thinning brown hair and a graying 5 o’clock shadow, sets out his demands: If his client, a top actress, is going to agree to a project, certain accommodations must be made. “You want her ready at 8, you should do the makeup,” Spiegler barks as he stomps past a bookcase filled with framed photos of himself with various women. “If you want her later, she’ll do her own makeup.”…

Spiegler’s spat over the call time might seem familiar to agents at the CAAs and WMEs of Hollywood who often find themselves protecting their star clients from producer demands. But Spiegler has a particular reason for being concerned about the 8 a.m. shoot: It would require his client to get up around 4:30 a.m. to receive an enema. Because the scene calls for the woman to perform anal sex.

Yes, Spiegler, 54, represents porn stars — and he’s one of the biggest agents in Los Angeles’ $1 billion adult entertainment industry. As the Ari Emanuel or Kevin Huvane of hardcore, he handles such top performers as Skin Diamond, Chanel Preston and Asa Akira, the client for whom Spiegler is arguing.

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$1 Billion Adult Entertainment Industry
Mark Spiegler, 54, represents porn stars — and he’s one of the biggest agents in Los Angeles’ $1 billion adult entertainment industry. As the Ari Emanuel or Kevin Huvane of hardcore, he handles such top performers as Skin Diamond, Chanel Preston and Asa Akira.

Ultimately, the production company, New Sensations, will agree to delay the shoot for Akira, 27, who will do her own makeup and be paid about $2,000 for the scene. “That’s the whole reason for us being here,” says Spiegler, whose boutique firm, Spiegler Girls, represents a small group of elite women and is known as one of the adult industry’s top agencies. “We are the buffer — so the girl doesn’t look bad. We take the heat.”

At the same time, shrinking porn profits and a talent supply-and-demand imbalance have caused performers’ salaries to decline. Whatever the moral qualms Americans have (40 million to 50 million people in the U.S. regularly watch pornography on the Internet, according to studies) about the proliferation of movies with such titles as Orgasmic OralistsDamn, She’s a Lesbian and Dong of the Dead, the tough U.S. economy has led to an explosion in the number of people hoping to find work in porn — some perhaps emboldened by the dream they too could become crossover stars like Sasha Grey (Entourage) and James Deen (the forthcoming Lindsay Lohan starrer The Canyons). While a decade ago the average female performer would make about $100,000 a year, Spiegler says she now might make as little as $50,000 — all while juggling responsibilities such as social-media outreach and personal appearances.

And where there were only two or three reputable adult agencies 10 years ago, now 14 agencies are licensed and bonded, though top shops L.A. Direct Models, 101 Modeling and Spiegler Girls dominate the upper echelon of performers. None would discuss how much money they make, but observers say that top agents can pull down $250,000 a year from their 10 to 15 percent takes. “It’s very competitive, and the well-known agencies do control most of the talent,” says Dan Miller, executive managing editor of industry trade magazine XBIZ. “It’s just like Hollywood in that regard.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/porn-star-agents-inside-risky-390466

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Microsoft to Produce Thriller Movies

In Gadgets on September 20, 2012 at 18:52

 

Microsoft is planning to produce Hollywood type Films on the lines of ‘Survivor’,C.S.I’

 

This is to help  the creation of original video content that will be available through Microsoft’s Xbox, as well as other devices that connect to it, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones.

Story:

Microsoft is making a big move into producing Hollywood-style series and movies for its Xbox platform, with the hiring of a former CBS executive who helped develop TV series such as “Survivor,” “C.S.I.,” and “Two and a Half Men.” It’s a great move for the company looking to find its place in a post-PC future.

Microsoft just hired Nancy Tellem, who will oversee the creation of original video content that will be available through Microsoft’s Xbox, as well as other devices that connect to it, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones. The Los Angeles Times reports that Tellem had been with CBS since 1997 and was in charge of the network’s entertainment division between 1998 and 2009. Microsoft will be building its own studio in Los Angeles, as well as making deals with existing Hollywood studios. Tellem told the Los Angeles Times that Microsoft will create “premium content” of a high enough quality to compete with cable and network TV shows. She added:

“We have large visions as to where this could all go. Building up a studio in Los Angeles with a significant financial commitment is very important.”

It’s not clear yet whether the video content will be free and ad-supported, available on a subscription basis, or avaialble as pay-per-view.”

Source:Computer World Blogs.com

 

Anti Muslim Film Maker is An Ex Convict!

In Islam, Middle east, US on September 14, 2012 at 13:39

 

While the Media has been abuzz with the protests in Egypt,Libya,Yemen,US Ambassador’s Killing,Blocking of sites on trailer of the Film calling The Prophet ‘womanizer,cheat and mad’, the earlier purported Director of The Film Sam Bacile was described as a Jew and was hiding in Israel,it is now known that the Man behind the  Film is an Ex convict named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Californian with a conviction for bank fraud.

Vilolence erupts after the Film Trailer calling Prophet's Name.

Violence “against Prophet’s Remarks’ jpg.

It was thought the film had been directed by a Sam Bacile. But no trace of him could be found and the trail led to Nakoula, a Coptic Christian — the biggest Christian church in the Middle East and Egypt.

Confronted, he admitted being involved. He got a 21-month jail term for the bank fraud in 2010 and was ordered not to use computers or the Internet.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, told The Associated Press in an interview outside Los Angeles that he was manager for the company that produced “Innocence of Muslims,” which mocked Muslims and the prophet Mohammed and may have caused inflamed mobs that attacked U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya. He provided the first details about a shadowy production group behind the film.

Nakoula denied he directed the film and said he knew the self-described filmmaker, Sam Bacile. But the cell phone number that AP contacted Tuesday to reach the filmmaker who identified himself as Sam Bacile traced to the same address near Los Angeles where AP found Nakoula. Federal court papers said Nakoula’s aliases included Nicola Bacily, Erwin Salameh and others.

Nakoula told the AP that he was a Coptic Christian and said the film’s director supported the concerns of Christian Copts about their treatment by Muslims.

Nakoula denied he had posed as Bacile. During a conversation outside his home, he offered his driver’s license to show his identity but kept his thumb over his middle name, Basseley. Records checks by the AP subsequently found it and other connections to the Bacile persona.

The AP located Bacile after obtaining his cell phone number from Morris Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian in the U.S. who had promoted the anti-Muslim film in recent days on his website. Egypt’s Christian Coptic population has long decried what they describe as a history of discrimination and occasional violence from the country’s Arab majority.

Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla., who burned copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, said he spoke with the movie’s director on the phone Wednesday and prayed for him. He said he has not met the filmmaker in person, but the man contacted him a few weeks ago about promoting the movie.

“I have not met him. Sam Bacile, that is not his real name,” Jones said. “I just talked to him on the phone. He is definitely in hiding and does not reveal his identity. He was quite honestly fairly shook up concerning the events and what is happening. A lot of people are not supporting him.”

The film was implicated in protests that resulted in the burning of the U.S. consulate Tuesday in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.’

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/09/13/237766.html

 http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4537589/Shadowy-figure-behind-anti-Muslim-film-is-a-crook.html#ixzz26QeCyFxU

 

US Town Sold for $900,000, Buyer Revealed.

In Interesting and funny, US on April 9, 2012 at 23:10

When is the US being sold?

Waiting for the Right price?

Does the United States of America have a Government?

Sold to some one from Vietnam?

Ironical.

Shame that a part of your Country is sold.

In life, every thing is not measured in Dollars.

BUFORD,Wyoming

BUFORD,Wyoming,USA

Story:

The town of Buford, Wyoming – population 1 – was sold for $900,000 to an unidentified buyer from Vietnam on Thursday after an 11-minute Internet auction that attracted worldwide interest.

The tiny Western town garnered online viewers and bidders from 46 countries for the sale of 10-plus acres with a convenience store, gas station and modular home located in southeastern Wyoming between Cheyenne and Laramie.

The buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, flew to Wyoming from Vietnam for a purchase he likened to “the American dream,” according to a statement released by Williams & Williams, the Oklahoma auction house handling the sale.

“Owning a piece of property in the U.S. has been my dream,” the buyer said in the statement.

Don Sammons, long the town’s sole resident, moved with his wife, Terry, from Los Angeles to the Buford area in 1980. In 1992, six years after his wife died, Sammons purchased the town.

Sammons decided to auction off the Interstate 80 hamlet, billed as “the nation’s smallest town” and named after Civil War Union Army General John Buford, to move to Colorado to be near his adult son.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/09/us-usa-town-auction-idUSBRE83802Q20120409?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews

Buyer Revealed.

Vietnamese businessman Pham Dinh Nguyen flew to the U.S. for the first time, drove to a tiny, frigid trading outpost and bought his own piece of the American dream: Buford, Wyoming – population 1.

Nguyen’s name was not released last week when he won the auction for Buford – billed as the nation’s smallest town – but he has since drawn attention in Vietnamese media and on social networks. Many are lauding him for showing the world that Vietnam has moved far beyond war and poverty.

Nguyen, who bid $900,000 for Buford, runs a trade and distribution company in southern Ho Chi Minh City. He said that although he is not exactly sure what he will do with the town just off Interstate 80, he expects to use it to sell items made in Vietnam.

“Frankly, I just see Buford as part of the United States: A large and potential market for Vietnamese goods,” Nguyen told state-controlled media. “Buford is likely to be the showroom for such goods.”

Nguyen, 38, has been quoted widely by local media since the April 5 sale, but he did not respond to emailed requests for comment from The Associated Press or return phone messages left with his company, International Distribution Services. An employee confirmed that Nguyen bought the town.

His purchase impressed many Vietnamese. Businessman Tran Thanh Tung said Friday in Hanoi that he was “surprised, but also proud.”

It’s “something that one could not imagine few years ago,” he said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/13/pnam-dinh-nguyen-buford_n_1422963.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl4%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D151759

Most Expensive Cities of the World.

In India, Interesting and funny on February 17, 2012 at 10:42

Mumbai stands at 130,Karachi 131.

Chart showing Costliest Cities.

Costliest Cities of the World.

 

Zurich is the most expensive city in the world, according to the latest Worldwide Cost of Living Survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit, which found the four priciest metros are all in Switzerland and Japan.

The survey compares the price of hundreds of products and services, including food, rent, and transportation, in 131 cities. The prices are then indexed to New York City, which keeps a score of 100. Zurich knocked off Tokyo by a score of 170 to 166, which indicates that living in those cities is 70% and 66% more expensive than living in NYC, as measured in U.S. dollars. No American cities cracked the top 10. (If you find it hard to believe that so many cities in the world are more expensive than every U.S. metro, keep in mind that real estate prices aren’t factored into the survey.)

Looking deeper down the list, some surprises emerge. New York City fell below Los Angeles into a tie with Chicago. Globetrotters might be surprised to learn that Cleveland finished just above Rio. The three cities at the bottom of the list were Karachi, Pakistan, Mumbai, and Tehran, all of which finished around 50, suggesting that they are half as expensive as New York City. This great graph from The Economist offers a good sampling of large metros:

http://digg.com/newsbar/Worldnews/the_10_most_expensive_cities_in_the_world_and_how_they_got_that_way

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