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Mar 20 2013

Harry Reems, RIP

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Today we learned about the passing of porn legend Harry Reems who starred in the breakthrough adult film Deep Throat. Born Herbert Streicher, Reems, a former Marine, starred in over 100 adult features, but Deep Throat was his most notorious film. Reems was paid $100 for a day’s work on set. When the film’s release created a nationwide controversy, Reems was federally prosecuted “for conspiracy to distribute obscene material across state lines.” The conviction was later overturned.

Reems always wanted to cross over into mainstream movies and was even cast in Grease before being fired due to his past.

“Acting was my true love, and I buried that possibility by going into adult films,” Reems told Dave Itzkoff for a 2005 New York magazine piece. “The writing was on the wall. There was no place for me in conventional entertainment.”

In the 80s, Reems moved to Park City, got sober and reinvented himself as a real estate broker. Reems kept his porn name.

“The past, is the past,” he would tell clients.

Read his obituary at the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. 

 

Mar 19 2013

Hannibal Buress, TJ Miller & MorePerformance Anxiety- March 26th

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Join us on Tuesday, March 26th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg at our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by Hannibal Buress, TJ Miller, Michael McDonald, John Roy, Eliza Skinner, Bryan Cook, Jeff Wattenhoffer and Tom Sibley.

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy Hannibal Buress on white strip clubs.

Mar 18 2013

Straight Outta Bavaria: Lederhosen Porn

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“Close your eyes and ears,” warns an off-screen voice, “because here comes a sex comedy that’s all about bonking and banging.” Then Bavarian character Sepp appears on screen. As he assumes a wide-legged stance in an Alpine pasture, a cow gazes awe-struck at the fly of his lederhosen. Thunderbolts shoot out of his tight leather shorts, bulging with excessive man-power.

That’s the opening for this fascinating article on the 70s genre of softcore “lederhosen porn” in Bavarian cinema. Read about the amazing career of Austrian auteur Franz Marischka at Der Spiegel and be sure to click through the gallery of NSFW images from some of his films.

h/t Violet Blue

Mar 11 2013

Salon on the Sex Toy Revolution

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This past weekend, Salon ran an interesting piece on the explosive popularity of sex toys. The article links this development to the phenomenal success of the Fifty Shades book series, but also to a number of high profile media appearances for The Pleasure Chest.

Salon mentions Kathy Griffin’s recent segment filmed at our West Hollywood store and her subsequent interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Griffin’s segments followed Pleasure Chest appearances on Our America with Lisa Ling and Starter Wives.

Salon suggests that America is in the midst of a fourth sexual revolution, following past cultural upheavals in the 1840s, the 1920s and the 1960.

“Sex 4.0 is grounded in a legal and cultural belief that consenting adults have a right to privacy … and to pleasure. This is adult – consensual and noncommercial — sex after Roe v. Wade in ’73, after AIDS and safe sex, and after Lawrence v. Texas in 2003. Equally critical, it is sex after the wide-scale adoption of the Internet and smartphones that revolutionized communications, including pornography.”

Read the entire story on Salon.

 

 

Mar 06 2013

Kurt Braunohler, TJ Miller, Dan Levy & MorePerformance Anxiety- March 12th

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Join us on Tuesday, March 12th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg at our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by Kurt Braunohler, TJ Miller, Dan Levy, Tommy Johnagin, Aparna Nancherla, Jared Logan, Kara Klenk and Rob O’ Reilly.

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy Kurt Braunohler on having quiet orgasms.