AVN Adult Entertainment Expo 2012
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
January 18-21, 2012
By Alexander '@ebertofsmut' Espinoza
For most people, December is their favorite month of the year: Winter decorations, holiday shopping, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's. However, for me and many like me, we cannot wait for January, as it's AVN time. Everyone in the industry leaves Los Angeles and Porn Valley behind and head to Sin City for a week of non-stop debauchery, drinking, gambling, and a convention full of fans and media. As the industry continues in a state of uncertainty, the expo moved twice during the pre-planning stages. For years, the expo had been held at Sands Expo Center at the Venetian, alongside the all-mighty CES convention. Depending on who you ask, AEE was moved for a slew of reasons. Nevertheless, it was planned for the Palms, as the Awards had been hosted at the Pearl Theater for the last two yeras, but was moved last minute to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Did the new location work? Yes. It was smaller and intimate. There wasn't exhibitors selling bedsheets or energy drinks. It was a convention of adult products, with a few movie studios here and there. It was my first year doing interviews and it's not as easy as it looks. AVN AEE is a madhouse and it's pure luck if you're able to sit down with a director or performer, with that being said here are my interviews from the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo 2012. Enjoy and see you next year!
Max Hardcore: Max Hardcore was a big presence at this year's show. He was freshly released from prison and is ready to get back to work. It was an honor to meet the man and sit down and listen to his views, ideas, and stories of life behind bars. Hardcore is hated by many and misunderstood by even more. However, in those ten minutes of sitting with Hardcore, there's a new man, with a new outlook of life, which is evident from his new, sober lifestyle. Rob Perez did the talking and asked many of the questions that we are all wondering, including, where do you from here?
Manuel Ferrara: When it comes to male talent, there's no bigger name than Manuel Ferrara. Ferrara's scenes and body of work speak for themselves. No matter the type of project, gonzo or features, Ferrara hits it out of the park. It was a privlidge to sit down with the French performer, who is hubmled by his own success and doesn't bother to count his AVN nominations. I wasn't sure what to expect from Ferrara, and I was certaintly not expecting him to make me laugh. Ferrara has plenty of projects in the works and plans to stay busy, espcially with the 4+ awards he took home on Awards night. A true gentleman.
Tanya Tate: Tanya Tate has found great success in crossing over from UK to American pornography. The UK bred star has built a dedicated fan base and has grown not only as a performer, but also as a director. The model gainted notrierty after a sex tape with an Irish athlete was released. Tate admits that it was nothing but a bit of fun. My sitdown with the Tate included such topics as her directoria debut, newspaper headlines, and Comic Con. Tate is focused and plans to make 2012 an even bigger year.
London Keyes: London Keyes fast-tracked her way into the industry. To this day, I remember the first time I saw London. It was a Red Light District movie, In It Goes Out It Cums 6. London did not receive the box cover, but her scene blew me away. London had this unexplainable beauty, which she has to this day. I told myself she would make it. She would be a big name. And in less than five years, London is on top of her game. London has shot for every big name, including Evil Angel, Jules Jordan, Digital Playground, Elegant Angel, and many more. Unfortunately, I did not get a lot of time to interview London. I was unable to get her off the show floor, which meant poor audio, screaming fans, and a disappointing interview. Nevertheless, London Keyes continutes to be determined and produce hardcore smut for 2012 and beyond.
Adrianna Luna: Adrianna Luna exploded on to the scene in mid 2011 and continues to break barriers. It's not very often that I fall in love with a perfomer, but Adrianna has it and everyone agrees. In less than six months, Adrianna has shot with every big name in the business. I first came across Adrianna in my review of Vince Vouyer's Amateur Assault and was absoutely amazed. Adrinna has the innocence of a girlfriend, but the skills of a porn star. Adrianna's small stature and soft-spoken voice can make any man melt, and that's before seeing her go to work. I don't like making predictions, but I see Adrianna Luna making it big. I made predictions with Kristina Rose and London Keyes, and I hope I'm right once again. For more on Adrianna, you can follow her on Twitter and Tumblr: