With the explosion of Fifty Shades of Grey and Rihanna’s "S&M," one thing is increasingly clear: we secretly love kink. Whether E.L. James’ book piqued your curiosity, or you surprisingly loved it when your date tied you up last summer, we’ve all got some "kinks" in us that deserve a good deal of exploration. And thanks to a new book written by two world-renowned, professional dominatrixes, the task is now all the easier. Meet Kisses To Kink: A Dominatrix’s Guide To Great Sex.
A “kink for dummies,” this two-volume tome brings all things kink – from S&M to bondage to role playing – out of the taboo and into your hands in a very step-by-step, educational way. The best part: it’s an eBook on iTunes & Amazon, which means its not only private, but your commute from your apartment to work just got way more fun.
With personal stories and kinky tips by authors Ms. Nina Payne and Ms. Mona Rogers – founders of the Domi Dollz, a group of pro dominatrixes – Kisses To Kink elevates your play to a nearly pro-level in a very simple way. It also includes video tutorials and photographs of incredibly good looking people in lingerie doing very naughty things. If only all our textbooks had that…
Well, well, well, the truth comes out. The Great White Way’s kinky, laced-up, leathered side has officially slinked its way into the public eye with the announcement of this year’s Tony Award nominations – specifically the 13 nominations for Kinky Boots – the musical about a failing shoe factory’s success when it starts producing fetish footwear. With music by Cyndi Lauper, the musical adaptation of the 2005 British film garners the greatest number of nominations of any show this season. Couple that with the over-$1 million it makes a week, and it’s clear the people want kink with their song and dance, and Broadway knows how to deliver.
But beyond the sex, rock and roll, and more sex, the nominations also reveal that movie musicals are the only musicals worth producing on Broadway. Best musical nominees include: Bring It On, The Musical, A Christmas Story, The Musical, Kinky Boots, and Matilda The Musical, thereby proving that if you once paid $12 to see this story in cinemas, then it’s worth paying $125 to see it live and with song, percussion accompaniment, and revolving, wooden sets.
James Franco does not stop. And would we want him to? No. Yes, fresh off premiering his two films, Kink and Interior. Leather Bar. at Sundance, signing on to star in the Jay Sebring biopic Beautiful People, and writing poems for President Obama, the master of multi-tasking has found a new project to keep him from sleeping at night. As if his plan to adapt William Faulkner’s classic, As I Lay Dying wasn’t enough, Franco is now planning on directing and starring in a cinematic take on James Ellroy’s novel, American Tabloid. According to the man himself, "It’s not all put together yet. It’s still early."
American Tabloid, which takes place between 1958 and 1963, tells the story of law enforcement officers Pete Bondurant, Kemper Boyd, and Ward Littell, who slowly get entangled with the CIA FBI, and the mafia, which winds up with their involvement in the JFK assassination. Written in 1995, there have been a number of other iterations of the works from Bruce Willis to Tom Hanks, but perhaps Franco is just the man to see the job through. These days it seems there’s nothing he won’t tackle and personally, I’m fully behind his ferocious pursuit to bite off all that he can chew.
Check out Franco talking about his upcoming projects and further word on American Tabloid.
James Franco, when not reciting poems about President Obama, can be found floating around Sundance promoting not two, but three films. There’s the BDSM documentary he produced, Kink, his role as Hugh Hefner in Rob Epstein’s Lovelace, and the divisive Interior. Leather bar. Co-directed with Travis Mathews, Leather Bar., attempts to recreate the lost 40 minutes of William Friedkin’s Cuising, the controversial 1980 film about a cop (played by Al Pacino) who goes undercover as gay leather enthusiast to apprehend a killer. The film premiered this weekend and this is what people are saying about it thus far:
But while Leather Bar will surely make some viewers itchy, its most compelling subject isn’t whether straight guys can stand to watch one man pleasuring another. More interesting is the question of what would make this project art as opposed to porn. Is it just the participation of a movie star? Is it heady intent? (The Hollywood Reporter)
Occasionally, we glimpse an evasive Franco sounding off about social norms. "Beautiful and attractive" is how he describes gay sex. His friend Lauren fires back, "You’re going to be in a Disney movie for Christsakes." Like many of his pet projects, it’s mercifully short (albeit, a drawn-out 60 minutes) and odd. (The Guardian)
"Interior. Leather Bar" visualizes the discourse its subjects struggle to put into words. Mathews says the project aims to help "inform choices," but mainly showcases choices that have already been made. Lauren voices the central issue plaguing the movie with the biggest question it leaves unresolved — whether the filmmakers intend to use the footage "to make a certain point or want it to be what it is." (Indiewire)
Interesting points, surely. But if you’d rather just hear what Franco and Mathwws has to say about it, check out the video from this weekend’s Sundance Q&A.
Personally, I love James Franco and will be supportive of all his peculiar and interesting endeavors until he gives me reason to do otherwise. And as usual, the man of too any hyphenates to list, has his hands working through a bit of everything around Hollywood. This morning saw the anticipated release of not one but two trailers for Spring Breakers, in which he stars as the bizarro rapper, gangster, lover Alien—cornrows, grill, guns, and all—going so far into his "hard" persona, you almost forget about his Harry Osborn days of yore.
And with Sundance kicking off tonight, we’ve talked about our anticipation for Interior. Leather bar., the film he co-directed with Travis Mathews that re-imagines the lost forty minutes of William Friedkin’s Cruising—but just one Franco-centric premiere at Sundance? Blasphemy! No, the festival will feature second documentary priemere from him, that too proves to take on a controversial sexual subject matter.
Premiering at the festival this Saturday night, the Franco-produced documentary, Kink, explores the Internet’s largest producer of BSDM content, Kink.com. The film looks to give insight into the inner workings of the production company and debunk the negative connotations associated with the BSDM lifestyle. Shot by Christina Voros, Franco’s long time cinematographer/contributor, it appears he will once again be pushing the envelope and diving into territory all his own.
50 Shades Of Grey, the BDSM erotica that even your grandmother’s book club is reading, has been sitting on my iPad for two months now. I can’t read more than a few pages without recoiling in disgust: This writing is hooooooorible. And you know who doesn’t care? Newfound millionaire author E.L. James.
Gawker crunched the numbers and figured out precisely how much Scrooge McDuck money we’re talking about. First of all, Uniersal/Focus purchased the movie rights for $5 million. Second of all, E.L. James earns a seven percent royalty off each $14 paperback and a 25 percent royalty off of each e-book. Given how last month 50 Shades Of Grey sold four million paperbacks and one million e-books, James has been earning $1.34 million a week — or $191,000 — off the trilogy. And all for poorly written kink that started out online as Twilight fan-fic.