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    "Echoes, ripples, buzz'd whispers, love-root, silk thread, crotch and vine..."

    Alicia shifts. Her voice catches. You’ve never heard Walt Whitman read like this before.

    If you happened to miss the opening installment of photographer Clayton Cubitt’s new series, Hysterical Literature, you’re in for a unique, mesmerizing convergence of visual and literary erotica.

    Famed alt-porn actress Stoya reads aloud from Necrophilia Variations while gradually working herself up to orgasm via the help of an unseen hand and an unseen vibrator. The tastefulness of the setup—black-and-white camera work, spare set, and lack of adornment—only serves to enhance the illicit thrill as you realize what’s happening under the table. As the story gets more erotic, so does what we see, until we reach the inevitable climax, both narrative and physical.

    If the first installment was about the thrill of discovery inherent in the sight of watching a woman have an onscreen orgasm from reading porn, the second, featuring a woman, Alicia, reading “Song of Myself,” is about relaxing into the experience. Whitman’s rambling, uniquely erotic language comes alive as never before, in a breathy recitation punctuated by soft gasps and sighs.

    Cubitt says these first offerings are only the beginning of an open-ended project exploring the connection between erotica and female sexuality. The Daily Dot tracked him down in the wilds of Northern Minnesota on vacation; he drove 20 miles to the nearest coffee shop to tell us all about the project, and what’s next.

    Daily Dot: What was the inspiration for this project?

    It's an evolution from a couple of earlier projects. One involved large format still portraits, formal style, of women's faces at the moment of orgasm, as they attempted to maintain eye contact with the lens. Another involved interviewing subjects while off-camera they were similarly distracted. Yet another I called "Long Portraits" was a series of video portraits of sitters maintaining eye contact with the camera for five minutes of stillness.

    I'm quite fascinated with the concepts of control and release when it comes to portraiture, especially in this modern of era of social networking profile self-portraits and Instagram, when everyone has a well-practiced notion of personal branding. What's left for the portraitist to capture? One can shock the sitter out of that plastic smile.

    I'm attempting to lead them back to something real.

    DD: How do you choose your participants?

    I look for a certain something. A mix of sweet and smart, aesthetically interesting.

    DD: How many have you filmed and how many pieces will the series include?

    We've filmed perhaps 10 so far. The series is open-ended until I feel I've fully explored it. And then it's done.

    DD: Stoya said that she chose the piece of literature and the vibrator for her episode. Is that true of all the participants you're working with?

    The subjects are given full control over what they choose to read. I instruct them to pick something personally meaningful, and something long enough to read from. We've had everything from Walt Whitman to a science book on fungus.

    DD: With "hysteria," I sense you're making a connection between erotic literature and women’s religious ecstasies in the middle ages.

    There is a bit of that religious, almost chant-like recitation pace to the readings, as the subject battles her body for control. But more specifically, the title is a winking nod to the Victorian treatments for "Hysteria," which often involved vibrating patients or aiming jets of water at their unruly private parts until they took the cure.

    DD: “Song of Myself” is a queer text as well as an erotic one. Are you using men or transgender participants in this study?

    While I'm open to men and transgender subjects for something similar, I don't know if they'd be quite perfect for this series, lacking the historical connections to the conceptual tie-in with medical hysteria.

    DD: So far the press coverage has emphasized the action rather than the literature. How do you feel about the balance between erotic action/visualization and erotic language/auditory stimulation in your videos?

    Yes, most press (especially online) tends to focus on the sensational, and that's part of the whole experiment for me. What I'm interested in is the battle the individual has between mind and body, and where the front line is, and how I can manipulate it. Further, I'm interested in how cultures draw a dividing line between acceptable and forbidden, between high and low, between what can be applauded and what must remain hidden. This project is pushing boundaries in all those directions.

    DD: It has to be asked: Is that you under the table?

    The identity of the under-the-table assistant(s) is a strictly confidential secret!


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    Kristen Stewart is so in love with Robert Pattinson, and even though she cheated, they seem to have reconciled and are spending time together again. It looks as though Kristen won Rob’s heart back by showcasing an emotional present he got her!

    Kristen, 22, has been wearing a romantic locket from Rob to her biggest post-affair public appearances, OK! reveals.
    “At the Toronto International Film Festival, K-Stew wore the $40,000 locket Rob gave her,” the mag reveals. “[It has] photos of them inside and a Latin transcription that, translated, reads: ‘Even if you can’t see me, my love for you is always there.’”

    It seems as though she was definitely sending a message with the jewelry — and it appeared to have worked!

    Even though her personal drama has been making headlines, Kristen recently spoke to our sister site Movieline about how excited she was about her new movie, On The Road.
    “I think it’s a good time to see this story visually because we are not shocked by some of the things that we were so shocked by before and it would have veiled it. It would have been so shocking seeing people doing drugs and having sex that you wouldn’t have seen the spirit of [On The Road]. You wouldn’t have seen the message behind it. Maybe it would have been good because it would have forced people to look, but maybe they weren’t able to do it then.”


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  • 09/21/12--21:02: ADULT BOOK POST
  • Maya Banks inks seven figure deal for erotica trilogy at Berkley Books

    Romance novelist Maya Banks has landed a 7-figure deal with Penguin’s Berkley Books imprint. Starting in 2013, Berkley will release a new erotica trilogy by Banks–the Breathless Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), announced today the acquisition of an all-new trilogy of erotic romance novels by New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks. Rush, the first book in the Breathless trilogy will be published in February 2013, followed quickly by the second book Fever in April 2013 and the conclusion Burn in August 2013. Berkley will publish simultaneous digital and trade paperback editions of each book.

    Cindy Hwang, Executive Editor of Berkley, acquired World English rights to the trilogy in a seven-figure deal with Kimberly Whalen of Trident Media Group. Whalen also sold Italian rights to Mondadori in a pre-empt and audio rights have been pre-empted by Brilliance Audio in a six-figure deal, with several other foreign rights deals imminent.

    “Maya Banks was at the forefront of the erotic romance trend and has been a star on Berkley’s list for several years,” Hwang said. “Her new trilogy will thrill returning fans and is the perfect introduction for readers who fell in love with the intensely provocative storyline in Fifty Shades of Grey.” Hwang also acquired and edited the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Bared to You by Sylvia Day.

    In this new trilogy Banks brings her talent for writing edgy, seductive, and darkly sexual novels to a story that will appeal directly to a wide group of readers. The series follows three billionaires—Gabe Hamilton, Jace Crestwell and Ash McIntyre—who are best friends and business partners. The men dominate both in the boardroom and in the bedroom. Each novel in the trilogy will explore the relationship of one of the men as he discovers the woman he will love.

    A successful and popular writer in the romance genre, Banks is excited to expand her readership with this new series. “I’m thrilled to be taking another big step with Berkley and my editor, Cindy Hwang. With the mainstream now wide open to the kinds of novels I began writing with the Sweet series in 2007, I look forward to connecting with a whole new array of readers and, of course, my wonderful fans who have been so good to me throughout my career.”

    Readers can purchase the books in both digital and trade paperback format. The deal includes world English rights.


    Unbridled Nabs Steamy Memoir By Anonymous Couple

    Unbridled Books has acquired North American rights to The Mistress Contract, an erotic memoir, written by an anonymous couple going under the names She and He.

    Unbridled will release its paperback edition of the title in January and, in the U.K., Serpent's Tail, which acquired world rights (except North America) from Unbridled, will publish its edition in November 2013.

    The "contract" of the title refers to a deal that the pair struck in which He would provide shelter and income, and She would, in turn, perform "mistress services." Unbridled said the parameters of those services are described, by the authors, as 'All sexual acts as requested, with suspension of historical, emotional, psychological disclaimers.'

    The book is based on recordings the couple began making in 1981; She is now 88 and He is 93.


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    108 Media and Paladin have picked up all North American rights to Michel Gondry's Bronx tale The We and The I at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film is making its North American screening debut.

    The We and the I is the heartfelt and comical story of the final bus ride home for a group of young high school students and graduates. As kids depart the bus for the last time, we get to learn about these graduates as they step into the world – their love, their conflicts, their despair and their hope.

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    Renaissance man unveils his new band, Daddy

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    "I'll tell you this: it's always weird to talk about a new thing," James Franco says, stopping a previous train of thought in its tracks. "I know I do a lot of things. I'm very aware of that. I'm sure there are a lot of skeptical people, hearing about me doing music . . . To me, it all comes from a similar place. It's like using different tools to express things in different ways."

    Sure enough, MotorCity, the debut EP from Daddy, Franco's collaboration with musician Tim O'Keefe, has roots in several of the near-compulsively multifaceted actor's interests. Sonically, it owes its palette to the Motown Franco immersed himself in during a stay in Detroit to film Oz: The Great and Powerful, and to the obscure soul tracks he came across either in stuff he was watching, like Blue Valentine and Breaking Bad, or simply through his iTunes Genius recommendations.

    Lyrically it can be traced back to the master's degree in poetry he earned at Warren Wilson College, where he learned to think of writing in rhythmic terms. The final piece of the puzzle was a car ride with O'Keefe, a classmate and collaborator from his stint in grad school at the Rhode Island School of Design, where the Motown on the radio gave their long-gestating musical collaboration new shape and purpose.

    The result is Daddy, which O'Keefe says is less a band than a way to make all kinds of art out of whatever they're into at the time. "The way we come at it is not to be a band creating a record, but from a wider artistic approach – looking at different genres of music, different periods of time, really studying it, and then creating work influenced and inspired by that."

    "Love in the Old Days," the lead single from MotorCity (which drops September 25th), neatly demonstrates Daddy's approach. The video, directed by Franco and edited by Bruce Thierry Cheung, is an Instagram kaleidoscope of frolicking summer girls, until the last-moment insertion of Franco's parents' wedding photos pierces the nostalgic haze with something uniquely personal. It's the same trick Franco's spoken-word lyrics accomplish, his amiable baritone mythologizing his folks' Sixties-style love affair over a gentle, reverbed groove, only to write off the possibility of ever experiencing anything like it himself.

    Franco says he was playing with that same kind of juxtaposition when he asked Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine, his costars from Harmony Korine's debauched crime flick Spring Breakers, to pose for the EP's cover art (complete with fake Daddy tattoos). "If it was four unknowns on that cover, maybe it'd just be purely this sexual thing. But when they're in that movie, the fact that they're on Disney shows carries a lot of weight. Something extra's going on behind the characters they're playing."

    MotorCity also includes "Can't Say GoodBye," a short-and-sweet ode to getting dumped with a weirdly hypnotic string section; and "Crime," a song characterizing an ex as "a crime I had to commit," which appears in its original form and as a remix by O'Keefe. For that extra touch of Motor City authenticity, "Crime" features guest vocals by none other than Motown legend Smokey Robinson, whose keening falsetto found its way into the song after he and Franco had a chance meeting on an airplane.

    "We were pulling into the gate, and I woke up, and there was this man standing over me saying 'Hey, I just want you to know I'm a big fan of your work,'" Franco recalls. "His eyes were so striking. I had just watched a documentary about the history of Motown on the drive to the airport, and there he was."


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  • 09/21/12--22:21: Life With Derek reunion?

  • The cast tweeted a bunch of pictures and stuff today.

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    How meta is too meta for a movie? "I don't know, you search that line without ‑‑ you know, there aren't any rules or boundaries. You push it as far as you can go. You know when it's smug," director Martin McDonagh said in an interview about his latest black comedy "Seven Psychopaths." And there are many things you can call the upcoming film, but smug is not one of them.

    Reuniting McDonagh with his "In Bruges" star Colin Farrell, and putting together a massive cast that includes Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko and Gabourey Sidibe, the film centers on a screenwriter struggling to come up with ideas for his screenplay, who gets roped into a dognapping scheme with his best friend, which sets off a chain reaction that goes to some truly violent and funny places. The movie recently premiered at TIFF to a rapturous reception with Midnight Madness crowds (though we were less enthused), and hopefully it will help Farrell rebound from the summer flop of "Total Recall."

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    Emma Watson and her The Perks of Being a Wallflower costars Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman will grace the cover of the October issue of Nylon magazine to promote their drama, out this Friday in New York City and Los Angeles in limited release. The first previews of the Harry Potter actress' photo shoot with Nardeep Khurmi can be found below; we will report on more when the cover spread and subsequent behind-the-scenes video are released.

    Emma Watson, who play's Sam in The Perks of Been a Wallflower, was up for just about anything on her New York cover shoot, with Co-stars Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller. "She didn't want to wear earring's - so at one point, she took an actaul safety pin, cut off the sharp end, and put it through her ear." says Stylist Michelle Reneau, NYLON's market editor.

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    Despite an age gap of almost 30 years, Michelle Pfeiffer and Glee's Dianna Argon could easily be mistaken for twins.

    The stunning blondes looked near identical when they graced the red carpet at the La Cite Europeenne du Cinema on Friday in France.

    Argon,26, and Pfeiffer, 54, both wowed in black floor length gowns at the film event which was founded by French director, producer and writer Luc Besson.

    Michelle looked elegant in a sleeveless satin number which was made up of sheer and block stripes.

    Adding some sparkle to her look, the 54-year-old accessorised with a large chunky gold bangle and a small hard shelled clutch bag.

    Wearing her hair down in a side parting, the Batman Returns actress kept her make-up simple whilst opting for feline eyes with her dark eyeshadow.

    Dianna on the other hand set temperatures rising in a dreamy gown which braved a deep sheer neckline.

    She had her blonde tresses pulled back and displayed simple, but flawless make-up for the occasion.


    Michelle and Diana weren't the only stars from Hollywood who had made the trip to France for the event.

    In fact a whole host of famous faces turned up to the bash held at a venue in Saint-Denis, just outside of Paris.

    Salma Hayek stepped out onto the red carpet in a satin number and her her husband Francois-Henri Pinault on her arm.

    The Mexican star had accessorised her outfit with a glittering diamond necklace and stepped out in a pair of towering satin pumps.

    Robert De Niro, who struck a rather defensive pose for photographers on the red carpet was also seen at the party.


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    Demi Lovato hits up the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday night (September 21) in Las Vegas.

    The 20-year-old musician met up with Ryan Seacrest backstage before an interview.

    Demi recently told MTV about her new X Factor gig, “It’s really honest and there’s tons of drama that goes on backstage between the contestants. Which I think is going to be pretty fun to watch … The chemistry’s amazing.”

    She added, “I have fun with every single person on the panel. We always joke back and forth. We feel really comfortable together and I really couldn’t ask for a better panel to be sitting together with. They’re just icons. All three of them.”


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    You know those emergency exit doors that warn you that an alarm will go off if you open them?

    Three victims of the July 20 mass shooting during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., have sued the movie theater for negligence because no such alarm went off.

    In two federal lawsuits filed Friday, Denise Traynom, Brandon Axelrod and Joshua Nowlan allege that the exit door the gunman is said to have used to access the Cinemark USA-owned Century 16 multiplex should have been equipped with an alarm.

    Authorities have alleged that suspect James Holmes, who has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder, entered the theater through the front but then propped open a rear exit door so that he could go to his car to grab the assault rifle and handguns used to massacre a dozen people and injure 58 others.

    According to the Denver Post, the suit also alleges that Cinemark should have employed heightened security for the midnight screening in the first place.

    Each plaintiff is seeking at least $750,000 in damages.

    The theater chain had no immediate comment, but the complaint comes just as Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Cinemark president and CEO Tim Warner expressed mutual excitement that the Century 16, closed since the shooting, would be ready to reopen by the beginning of next year.

    "Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those affected by the tragic events of July 20th," Warner wrote in a letter to Hogan just yesterday. "We too have been overwhelmed by the spirit of Aurora which extends to us and to our employees around the world. We will never forget the victims and their families."

    The letter continued, "It will be our privilege to reopen the theater. We pledge to reconfigure the space and make the theater better than ever."

    In response, the mayor released the following statement on the city of Aurora's website:

    "The responses indicate overwhelming support to reopen the theater with renovations. The theater has been a valued part of our community for many years, and just as they have been all along, I am confident Cinemark will continue to remain sensitive to victims, their families, their employees and our community throughout their process of remodeling and reopening.

    "We will always remember those who lost their lives and the many others impacted that day. While no one will ever forget that day, this is another step in the community's healing."


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    I loved the premiere last night! Can't wait to see what happens next.

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    Olivia Munn is classy chic while attending the 2012 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on Friday (September 21) in West Hollywood, California.

    The 32-year-old Newsroom actress was joined on the carpet by Once Upon A Time‘s Ginnifer Goodwin and Rumer Willis.

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    Krysten Ritter dons a sheer dress while attending the 2012 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on Friday (September 21) in West Hollywood, Calif.

    The 30-year-old actress was joined on the carpet by gorgeous gals Shenae Grimes and Christa B. Allen

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    Kate Walsh is pure elegance while attending the 2012 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on Friday (September 21) in West Hollywood, Calif.

    The 44-year-old actress was joined on the carpet by beauties Allison Williams and Rachael Leigh Cook.

    Also pictured: Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his fiance Justin Mikita, along with Anna Camp attending the EW Pre-Emmy Party.

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    Miley Cyrus, taking a break while shooting the video for Decisions by Borgore.

    Miley on her way to the IHeartRadio fest!

    At the iHeartRadio concert, with other celebs!

    apparently she and liam are taking off on vacation after this (i guess before he goes to shoot HG?)

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    Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine love to prank their fellow ‘The Voice’ coaches.

    The ‘Your Body’ singer recently announced she will take a break from the show next season in order to focus on her new album and Christina admitted leaving will be ”bittersweet” because she has so much fun with her fellow mentors.

    She told E! News: ”It’s bittersweet. I so enjoy being a coach to my team on ‘The Voice’ [and] and at this point in season three, all of us coaches have truly bonded.

    ”When me and Adam are on breaks backstage, you know, we’re writing profanity with my red lipstick all over Blake [Shelton]‘s trailer while he’s napping inside. It’s like we have definitely become like brother and sister. We goof around and play around. I’m going to miss it.”

    While Christina has already spoken to producer Mark Burnett about returning after a break of one season, she thinks taking time out for her career will make her a better coach.

    She explained: ‘‘In order to be the best coach I can be on that show is to go out and be able to have the experience as an artist…create new experiences for myself so that I can then come back to the show and share that much more.

    ”Mark understands that we’re artists first. In order to remain great coaches and to stay relevant, we have to go out and we have to still tour, see our fans one-on-one. I have to feel creatively fulfilled in order for me to then do my job as a coach and be on that show.”


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    The gods of platinum blonde smiled upon the massive iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas Friday night when opening group No Doubt (No Doubt an opener? Really?) brought on a fellow superstar surprise guest: P!nk! The crowd went wild as the awesomely coiffed singer and fellow mom emerged from backstage.

    No Doubt closed out their set with their breakout single "Just A Girl" when singer Gwen Stefani announced mid-song the surprise guest. P!nk gave Stefani a peck on the cheek before they launched into the killer rendition of the song that had every kid old enough to know what music was in the 90s utterly flipping out. Known for their tomboyish, edgy style, the two singers bounced around the stage trading off verses like they've been performing for years.

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    Including a tease of Zachary Levi's Fandral the Dashing, other small news related to the Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World has revealed two cast additions and possible spoilers!

    Now taking place beyond the eyesight of potential paparazzi, principal photography is still in full swing for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World. And according to Shepherd Management Limited casting agency, 2 of their notable clients have signed on for the anticipated Alan Taylor-directed sequel. They've announced that British actor Clive Russell & Welsh-American actor Richard Brake have unspecified, but presumably minor, roles in the film.

    Clive Russell, 66, has appeared in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and its 2011 sequel, numerous British television series, and he was recently cast as Ser Brynden Tulley the Blackfish in HBO’s 3rd season of Game of Thrones. Richard Brake, 47, is best known for playing the DC character Joe Chill in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. And he's also appeared in Hannibal Rising, Water for Elephants, & alongside Ray Stevenson in Outpost.

    From left to right: Richard Brake, Clive Russel

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    A couple of brand new photos have been released from the Michael J. Bassett-directed horror sequel, Silent Hill: Revelation. Check it out...

    Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is based on the acclaimed survival horror videogame franchise by KONAMI and is the sequel to Hadida and Carmody's earlier Silent Hill directed by Christophe Gans. For years, Heather Mason (Clemens) and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.


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    yeah they're definitely trying to fuck us over. This is goddamn ridiculous.

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    Green Day's 45 minute set is cut to 30 minutes by iHeartRadio to make more room for Rihanna and Usher [Usher's set went 25 minutes longer than it was meant to] so Billie Joe armstrong stops halfway through Basket Case to play a new song only to realise that they have 1 minute left on the stage. He gets angry and complains before smashing his guitar and flipping the camera off during Green Days set at iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas.

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