Porn makes me… uncomfortable. The Museum of Sex (233 Fifth Avenue) makes me… uncomfortable. I guess it’s a generational thing. My youth was spent pining for Ursula Andress, the original Bond girl. Ursula in a bikini was as close as I got to seeing a naked girl. Portnoy’s Complaint was as risqué as my Wonderbread years got. I made up for lost time later on but still… porn makes me uncomfortable.
Walking into “The Eve of Porn: Linda Lovelace” opening last night at the Museum of Sex, I was stunned by the eight foot head of Linda giving head. Over and over again she went up and down in a 35mm loop as the Deep Throat actress showed the flair and enthusiasm that made her a legend. I tried small talk with other guests but alas my mind was elsewhere. Legs McNeil – author of the genius tome “Please Kill Me” – guest listed me. He has a part in this because he has a documentary coming out called “Linda Lovelace’s Loose Lips”. There are stunning photos of Linda by Milton H. Greene who is a celebrated photographer due in part to his “Black Sitting” images of Marilyn Monroe.
The story of Linda Lovelace, her rise to celebrity, her troubles, her trials, her unrighteous path, is all there on white walls with adjacent background stories. The tales of her ups and downs punctuated by her giant head doing just that brought out a smart set. An original 35 mm reel of Deep Throat bought on eBay for $200 was hidden behind glass while Linda Lovelace photographs and a brief history of her role in the beginning of the multi-billion dollar modern porn industry was laid bare. There was Linda warts, scars and all. She seemed more naked, more exposed, more used than ever. I headed into the night feeling uncomfortable about it all.
Tonight the wonderful gentleman/DJ/man about town/bon vivant Ian El Dorado will be doing what he does at Black and White (86 E. 10th Street). It’s his birthday and the beautiful weather should keep the creeps away. Figures to be a great party for rock gods and goddesses. Pacha just celebrated its 8th anniversary, and Dirty South performed. Pacha is still crazy after all these years. Congrats to Eddie Dean, Rob Fernandez and the Pacha family. This weekend they have Cosmic Gate on Friday, and Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano early Saturday, followed by a 4 a.m. start for the incredible Pete Tong with special guest Reboot.
Yesterday we brought you the fifteen movies we’re most excited about at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but it seems we forgot one big one: Lovelace, the biopic about Linda Lovelace and her starring turn in the classic ’70s porno Deep Throat. Stills from the film have been trickling online in the fast few months (and there’s something about that phrase that makes me a little uncomfy considering the subject matter of the film), but a new image of Amanda Seyfried in the titular role’s groovy hairdo popped up this morning.
Entertainment Weekly shares the image as well as more details about the film, which has an impressive cast assembled.
Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Wes Bentley, Hank Azaria (in the directors chair), Robert Patrick, Bobby Cannavale (partially obscured in the upper right corner), and Chris Noth (standing beside the camera) co-star in Lovelace. Peter Sarsgaard also stars as Lovelace’s husband, Chuck Traynor, the man she later claimed abused her and coerced her into the porn world. James Franco will appear as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, and Adam Brody (seated in the chair) is fellow porn actor Harry Reems.
Will Lovelace be a hit? Few movies have been able to capture the essence of porn the way that Boogie Nights did nearly sixteen (sixteen! it’s been that long!) years ago. It’ll definitely be a movie to keep an eye on.
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● Six-year-old Kal-El Cage sounds almost as nutty as his father, Nic. The little Cage barged backstage after attending a recent performance of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark to explain to the show’s lead that he was named after that other hero, Superman, and told him that, "I’d fly with you, but I don’t have my cape." [Page Six]