Evil Angel Celebrates Sasha

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The end of this month sees the 28th birthday of one Sasha Grey, former pornstar, current who-knows-what, and alleged mainstream crossover success, and to celebrate Evil Angel is releasing a showcase DVD compiling the best, most fierce performances of Ms. Grey’s illustrious career. Shot by different directors over a few years, Evil Angels: Sasha Grey sees the infamous teenage superslut indulge in straight and lesbian sex, the latter aided along by director/co-star Belladonna in what is undoubtedly on the most intense scenes of either woman’s career. Five other directors lent their hand to capturing these scenes of Sasha choking on dicks black and white and plastic, smashing her face into another woman’s labia, requesting a gut-punch during an extreme fetish-focused orgy, and otherwise proving herself totally in charge of her own sexuality, confronting and abusive though it may seem.

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While it’s a little disappointing that Evil Angel apparently cannot be bothered to give the non-HD scenes an HD upgrade, leaving them looking like relics of yesteryear, some fans might argue that there was a time and place for Sasha Grey and this compilation captures her (and it) perfectly, grungy resolutions and all. Evil Angel’s Justin Rich calls the release “A greatest hits package from the peak of Sasha’s career.” A career Rich also claims successfully crossed over into movies (The Girlfriend Experience) and music (aTelecine, Current 93, Sasha’s non-porn work has reached a much smaller audience than the work highlighted by this Evil Angel release. Ever listened to a band called aTelecine? Are you a longtime Current 93 fan who wishes one-time members Andrew WK and Sasha Grey split off into a subgroup concerned solely with writing porn-and-partying jams? Nope, then aside from having an A-list Oscar-winning director (albeit one known for occasional bombs) cast her in a super-low-budget indie feature, I’d say Sasha Grey’s porn career is about as close as she’s come to mainstream popularity. After all, it’s no secret that many porn viewers won’t admit to it publicly and, at one point, no adult performer was more Googled than Sasha Grey. And, while that’s certainly not the case these days, Evil Angels: Sasha Grey should do a damn good job of reminding us all what the reign of Sasha Grey was really like. In a word: flabbergasting.

Evil Angels: Sasha Grey is out March 28th from Evil Angel Video.

Ryan Conner Returns Home

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Having left the adult industry in 2005 after six solid years of pornographic excellence, Ryan Conner returned to a warm welcome in June of 2015 after a ten year absence. And, having taken time to get married, raise a daughter, and generally attempt a “normal” life, she says she’s now “home.”

Profiled in the February 2016 issue of AVN Magazine, Conner spoke of trying to determine the environment that worked best for her. “Out in the real world you don’t mesh very well when you live life the way we do. You don’t fit in with vanilla people.” After her daughter, Dylan Phoenix started having some adult industry success, she’d shoot messages back to mom from her old colleagues. After a while, Conner says, she realized she missed “those people” and considered returning. And, man, are MILF-fanatics glad she did!

Although Conner told AVN today’s porn shoots were longer and more draining than those of yesteryear – it’s all the extra striptease, dancing, and interview intros, she says – she has also relished the chance to work with Manuel Ferrara, calling their scene in Raw #23 “a blast” and the most fun since her return. Another pair of scenes with Ferrara (in Oil Overload #13 and Manuel is a MILFomaniac #3, both for Jules Jordan) suggest she’s not just flattering the Frenchman. If sheer volume is anything to go by, though, it’s Lexington Steele that has Ryan Conner rejoicing her continued relevance, as Lex handed her a feature all her own: Lex vs Ryan Conner. Featuring her first interracial blowbang and double-penetration scenes, the Evil Angel title absolutely confirmed Ms. Conner still had what it takes to handle porn’s most demanding jobs. A Dogfart anal tag-team and a trio of Brazzers scenes sealed the deal.

Welcome back, Ryan Conner. Don’t go rushing off to vainly attempt “normalcy” again anytime soon, ok?

Joanna Angel’s AVN Nom Haul

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Joanna Angel’s 13th year as the driving force behind Burning Angel has seen the company nestled comfortably among the most interesting and inventive porn outfits working today, even after outside challenger Wood Rocket appeared with total lunacy as their M.O. Now, with nominations announced for the 2016 AVN Awards and her an allegedly abusive former flame now exposed to his previously adoring public (more on that soon), Ms. Angel’s 2015 seems to be ending quite beautifully indeed. And it’s not just one or two crucial nominations that should have all at Burning Angel popping bottles and laughing in the face of their most paltry competitors, alt.porn johnny-come-latelys, and would-be indie-porn revolutionaries, but an incredible 28 nominations for her and her Burning Angel cohorts. What did BA do this year that deserves such recognition? Well, quite a lot, actually.

Angel, who’s also due to co-host the 2016 AVN Awards with Anikka Albrite come January, saw herself snag individual nominations for Best Director – Parody (for Making the Band), Best Web Director, Mainstream Star of the Year (which, if won by our favorite punk rock pornstar, would signify quite the sea change in public perception of “alternative” style and identity in porn), Best Porn Star Website, and, In a featured but clothed role, Best Non-Sex Performance (Dirty Deeds for Wicked Pictures). Along with fellow scribes D Nothing, Kara Pond, and Randy Stoker, Angel was recognized for her inspired writing of Dude, Am I a Slut? and Killer Kleavage from Outer Space. Throw in a nod for her part in Making the Band’s incredible rock ‘n’ roll orgy (Best Group Sex Scene) and Joanna’s doing pretty god damn well for herself this season.

Not to be overshadowed by its creator and guiding light, Burning Angel racked up a slew of nominations: two for Best Amateur/Pro-Am Movie (It’s My First Time and It’s My First Time 2), Best Anal Series and Movie (for Rock and Roll in My Butthole 5 and the series it belongs to), Best Anthology Movie (Fuckabilly 3: Pin-Up Pussy), two for Best Comedy (Killer Kleavage again, and Slumber Party Sluts, Best Continuing Series for POV Punx, Best Interracial Movie (Big Black Dicks and Tattooed Chicks 2), and, among a handful of others, Best Marketing Campaign – Individual Project for the headline-grabbing Ronda ArouseMe: Grounded and Pounded. Special mention should also go to Twin Peeks (aka Tommy Pietch), Burning Angel’s resident makeup genius, nominated twice this year for Best Makeup for his remarkable work on Killer Kleavage and Comic Book Freaks & Cosplay Geeks, both of which saw him turn everyday pornstars into the bizarre (and bizarrely arousing) creatures. And comic convention attendees.

Ever the gracious recipient of accolades, Angel had this to say in response to her and her company’s nominations: “I am incredibly happy that our nominations spanned over so many different categories. In addition to our parodies and our features, our Pro-Am releases, our POV movies and one of my favorite all- sex lines that we have, Rock and Roll in my Butthole was given attention,” Angel has said. “BurningAngel has been a labor of love for me for the past 13 years and I am so thankful for the success we have. I look forward to a kick ass show in January!”

Fan voting has opened at AVN HQ and if you’ve been as impressed as I with the output of Joanna Angel and her merry band of fucking freaks during 2015, why not show your support by casting your votes accordingly.