'The Voice of Bettie Page Leaps Out of the Shadows' By Meriah Doty

http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/voice-bettie-page-leaps-shadows-225312818.html


Bettie Page Reveals All

From 'Bettie Page Reveals All' (Photo: Music Box Films)
Her look is universally known while she herself remains an enigma.
When someone says "Bettie Page" nowadays they're more-often-than-not referring to a woman's fashion statement built around jet black hair with blunt bangs and fire engine red lipstick.
Who the woman behind the look was, however, is a question that's been shrouded in mystery for decades. "It's sort of confusing whether she was a real person or not," says contemporary pinup icon, Dita Von Teese, herself a notable proponent of the Page style.
Rockabilly ladies were rocking the look, and before Von Teese was even born, Bettie Page — the woman — was an infamous pinup model. The infamous pinup model.
Yahoo Movies debuts the new trailer for the biographical documentary "Bettie Page Reveals All." which includes the voice of the late sex icon herself — no small feat as Page, who died in 2008 at the age of 85, spent most of her life hiding from the spotlight.
Watch Exclusive Trailer for 'Bettie Page Reveals All': 


"They claim that I opened up the sexual revolution," an elderly-sounding Page says in the trailer, an obvious use of archival footage. "I was just doing my job and enjoyed every bit of it."
Bettie Mae Page (yup, she was born with that name) came from a troubled home and spent a brief amount of time in an orphanage. It didn't stop her from dreaming of becoming a movie star, mimicking her favorite screen sirens by experimenting with makeup and sewing her own designs.
Page was the originator and creator of her distinctive image when she started out in the early '50s, posing both clothed and nude. But by 1958, at the height of her fame, no one seemed to know what happened to her.
"It had built up so much that my mind snapped," Page says of her disappearance.





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Bettie Page

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Page's rise to fame directly coincided with the conservative McCarthy era. Her image was too racy for the times. And it didn't help that a police drug raid turned up a stockpile of bondage images, many in which Page appeared. She reportedly cooperated with an FBI probe, telling agents she "had never heard of that type of photography being made in Harlem."At one point, the trailer alludes to a court case in which Page was embroiled over her sexy pinup images, and a judge calling for the photographers to destroy the negatives of her photos. Page casually notes in the doc her appeal among males: "For some reason, men like to see girls spankin' the other one."
But when it came to getting rid of her photos, she wouldn't do it. "I'm not indecent, I will not plead guilty to it! You’ll have to charge me with disturbing the peace, too!" Page has been quoted as saying.
The model found herself drawn to Christianity, quit her profession, and eventually wound up attending three bible colleges.
While she reinvented herself behind the scenes, Page's pinup image endured. "The whole Bettie Page phenomenon developed while she was simply off the scene," Hugh Hefner observes in the trailer.
Long after Page posed for photographers, her image endures. And while she titillated men in the '50s, her fan base is just a strong, if not stronger among women who emulate her look.
"Bettie Page Reveals All" opens in select theaters on November 22 in New York, on November 29 in Los Angeles, and more cities thereafter.
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To Playboy magazine, sophistication is the new sexy (via LAtimes.com)

Approaching its 60th anniversary, Playboy sees its future in its past sophistication.
Hugh Hefner, who founded Playboy in 1953 and turned it into a multimedia empire, remains the magazine's editor in chief and has blessed its revamp. "You cannot stay static," he says.

The job came with certain unassailable perks. When Raquel Pomplun was anointed Playboy's 2013 Playmate of the Year, the 25-year-old model knew she could expect a Playboy Mansion luncheon hosted by Hugh Hefner, a tomato-red 2014 Jaguar convertible and $100,000 in congratulations cash. Pomplun didn't anticipate a detour into contemporary art.
Hours after the ceremony, the Playmate found herself whisked from the mansion to Bungalow One at West Hollywood's louche Chateau Marmont, where Playboy staff politely asked Pomplun to strip. Not in the service of another pinup pictorial, but for chaste portraits by fine arts photographer Malerie Marder. After being interviewed (clothed) by video artist Alex Israel and mingling with a cocktail crowd of fashionistas and art-world mavens, the model disrobed again — to roll in paint and press her naked body against canvases for multimedia artist Aaron Young.
"At first I was like, 'Why did I say yes to this?'" Pomplun says. "But if you look back to the '60s, Playboy has always been a big supporter of art and abstract artists. They told me, 'We want to bring that back.' To try to make the brand what it was with what we have nowadays. I thought, 'Why not?'"

Turns out that as Playboy approaches its 60th anniversary, the magazine is drawing upon that past to try to return to the cultural forefront. After decades of ebbing influence, declining circulation (from a 1972 peak of more than 7 million issues distributed monthly to 1.25 million today) and, worse still, a lowering in August by Standard & Poor's of Playboy Enterprises Inc.'s corporate credit rating from a B-minus to CCC-plus — junk bond status — Pomplun's dynamic collision of eroticism and fine art represents a key piece of Playboy's game-changing efforts.
In an era when many Playboy readers have grown up viewing online pornography and a monthly title featuring nude women can seem downright antiquated, the men's lifestyle magazine is in the midst of an editorial reboot.
"You could tell by looking at it, the carpets had gotten a little bit musty," says Playboy's editorial director, Jimmy Jellinek. "We made a conscious decision two years ago that we needed to make some profound changes to the aesthetic and construction of the magazine."
Playboy's DNA as a handbook for the urban male is still intact, Jellinek insists. "That became obfuscated," he says, "within layers of outmoded design, photography that had become passé and covers that had become cluttered."

Spurred by a global brand tracking study that benchmarked Playboy's most valuable assets — Playmates, the bunny logo, the mansion and, not least, its founder Hefner — the company made sweeping changes to the flagship U.S. edition. It now functions as the "brand ambassador" for Playboy Enterprises, whose holdings include a TV station, digital network, online division, radio station and an apparel and collectibles group as well as nearly 30 international editions of the magazine that combine to bring in an annual revenue of $135 million.
The most immediately apparent change is referred to as the "three Gs": God Given Gorgeous. That is, nude models notably absent the kind of double-D surgical enhancements that came to be associated with the magazine over the last two decades.
"What we heard repeatedly is, our audience is much more female than we thought," Playboy Chief Executive Scott Flanders says at a time when approximately 1.1 million of the magazine's 5.6 million monthly readers are now women. "[They] wanted us to move away from obvious artificiality."
Since hiring art director Mac Lewis from fashion heavyweight V magazine in late 2012, adding a batch of new staff photographers and replacing long-tenured editors with fresh recruits, the magazine boasts a more sophisticated look and tone. The course change is literally and figuratively intended to catapult Playboy out from under the mattress and onto the coffee table. It's a deliberate pivot away from the scandal mavens, reality TV stars and pro wrestlers Playboy put on its covers until recently.

To wit: the July/August 2013 issue cover features 25 synchronized swimmers forming the rabbit head logo, a conscious throwback to the kind of concept-driven, art-directed aesthetic of Playboy's 1960s-'70s golden age.
"Taking a step back and being more art than porn is a very smart move," says Samir "Mr. Magazine" Husni, director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi. "Just making the magazine less obnoxious makes it easier to pick up and buy."
"You cannot stay static," says Hefner, 87, who abides as Playboy's editor in chief and has personally blessed the title's revamp.
Seated in his wood-paneled study at the mansion in signature smoking jacket and pajamas, Hef quietly contemplated the magazine's continuing evolution.
"You have to change. At the same time," he adds, "if one were going to find a touchstone in terms of what's happening now, one would have to go back to the very beginning of the publication."
In June, along a stretch of Highway 90 outside Marfa, Texas, a neon bunny logo went up atop a 40-foot pole flanked by a '72 Dodge Charger. The installation, by Richard Phillips and commissioned by Playboy's creative director for special projects, Neville Wakefield, is the magazine's highest-profile art tie-in to date. According to Phillips, who shows with the powerhouse Gagosian Gallery, the muscle car represents American power and idealism; its vintage, a nod to the zenith of Playboy's readership. Marfa stands as a far-flung art destination, put on the map by Minimalist artist Donald Judd.
Taken together, the signifiers provide a handy metaphor for Playboy's "everything old is new again" approach.
"When Playboy was at its strongest, politics, literature and eroticism were working together — that made the magazine powerful," Phillips explains. The installation "is about looking at these elemental and fundamental qualities, then setting up an off-site focal point to generate a starting point for new energy."
Wakefield, an influential writer-curator who became involved with Playboy after hosting an extravaganza for the magazine in 2010 at Art Basel Miami Beach, acknowledges that Playboy and the niche contemporary art world make strange bedfellows. But as far back as 1967, the title was commissioning works by pioneering modern artists including Salvador DalĂ­, Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha.
"Although it seems like a weird thing to connect Playboy with this esoteric audience, it's really continuous with its original mission," Wakefield says. "It was always a bit of a Trojan horse, offering nudity but providing in-depth writing. I think it can do something similar with these radically different audiences and generations as well."
The endgame is to create an aspirational extreme.
"At the top of the pyramid is the super influencer crowd," Jellinek says. "The hybrid between fashion, art and celebrity, Russian hedge fund oligarchs, supermodels — we want those people engaged with the Playboy brand because they are the living, breathing manifestation of the Playboy dream. Then it can start to trickle down."
Bettina Korek, who produces public art initiatives and helps create cultural partnerships under the auspices of her Los Angeles-based company ForYourArt, credits Wakefield — who enlisted such A-list art stars as Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince to reinterpret the centerfold for a recent feature — with persuading the art community to rally around the magazine's efforts to embrace higher culture.
"What's great about the way Playboy approaches commissioning work is, they're taking the role as a patron rather than creating one-offs, projects that have authentic connections to what is happening in the art world," Korek says. "It provides an opportunity to rub up against the outer layer of popular culture that's very compelling for artists."
Playboy is hardly the first global brand to draft in the art world's cultural wake. Louis Vuitton extensively collaborated with Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami. Levi's is helping bankroll artist Doug Aitken's "Station to Station" art train. But will Playboy's shift from trashy to classy pay off in new readers and revenue?
Melissa Reekers, newsstand buyer for West Hollywood's taste-making Book Soup, notices that Playboy's conceptual covers so far aren't as popular as the quasi-celebrities showcased until recently.
"When they used to put people like Jenny McCarthy or Lindsay Lohan on the cover, they would fly out of here," Reekers says. "But now, sales have kind of died down."
It should be pointed out that 95% of Playboy's readers are subscribers, not newsstand buyers. Still, the magazine's page count shrunk by more than 11% from the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of this year, while ad revenue declined by 13.5%, according to Publishers Information Bureau.
And the Standard & Poor's debt downgrade arrives just four months after Playboy Enterprises took on $185 million in loans — on the heels of licensing deals that didn't close in the first half of this year. The CCC-plus rating can indicate that a company is at elevated risk of violating its debt agreements because of decreased earnings.
But Playboy executives insist the company is in good financial health. Company spokesman Jeff Majtyka says in a statement, "While the timing of closing new licensing deals in our pipeline is prone to shift and can affect our results quarter to quarter, we remain in full compliance with our covenants."
Flanders, who followed Christie Hefner, the founder's daughter, as CEO in 2009, when Playboy was losing about $12 million a year, took the company private in 2011. Since then, Playboy has consolidated its editorial operations from Chicago, London and New York under the roof of its sprawling Beverly Hills offices, and shed 75% of its employees over the last four years. The porn-skewing Spice Channel and other digital properties were sold along with more than 70 apparel licenses that were, as Flanders puts it, "appealing to the lowest demographic."
In addition, the magazine reduced its annual issues from 12 to 10 and outsourced advertising, marketing, circulation and other key operations.
"We are tracking toward breaking even with the U.S. magazine for 2014," says Flanders. And ad sales for upscale fashion designers and cars are on the uptick.
Playboy is reaching out to readers via such zeitgeist-y online platforms as Vine, Tumblr and Instagram. But its CEO remains bullish on Playboy's old-media foundation. "We'll stop publishing the U.S. magazine in print over my dead and buried body," Flanders says.
The 60th anniversary issue appears set to capture the buzzy overlap of art, celebrity and sexytime while emphasizing Playboy's upmarket tilt. Ending months of speculation in the fashion press, Jellinek confirmed to The Times that British supermodel Kate Moss is set to appear on the magazine's January/February double issue cover, appearing nude in a pictorial by fashion photography tandem Mert and Marcus.
"You're talking about the most important supermodel of the past 20 years," Jellinek says. "This creates a heat for the brand globally. It started with Marilyn Monroe on the cover of Playboy 60 years ago, an icon for her time. Now we've got Kate Moss!"
chris.lee@latimes.com
 http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-playboy-reboot-20130915,0,7700978,full.story

Bondage Ball

BONDAGE BALL
10 Year Anniversary
is WEDNESDAY, JULY 3RD

- No School or Work on Thursday - 4th of July -

Please note: We have solved the Massive line problem! No more
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We are using the ENTIRETY of the 333Live complex, which is over
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Independence Eve
Wednesday, July 3rd


NO WORK OR SCHOOL on
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Wednesday, July 3 - 9:30pm - 3am

at 333 LIVE
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Downtown LA

21 & Over

10+ of LA's Top Clubs are coming together
to Celebrate Bondage Ball's
10 Year Anniversary

 

 
The Incomparable
BOULET BROTHERS
With the support of Black Unicorn & Miss Kitty's
are adding their unique vibe to the entire Grand Ball Room
of the Bondage Ball! Leading their band of roving Porn Stars,
Kinky Performers & Fetish Freaks. MCing and WHIPPING the crowd into a lathered frenzy of decadence, sexuality & debauchery.


CLUBS JOINING TO CELEBRATE
Bar Sinister

Perish's Studio 69 / V Society
Bizarre / Dungeon / Helter Skelter / Perversion
Evil Club Empire / Klub Terminal

HOSTED BY INTERNATIONAL FETISH MODELS

Just added -->

DAVE NAVARRO
(Guitarist - Janes Addiction / Red Hot Chili Peppers)

TERA PATRICK
Adult Movie Superstar & Signing in the Girls & Corpses Magazine area

MASUIMI MAX
IamTrouble.com

MOSH
theMoshRoom.com

PERISH
PerishFetish.com
Performing his new Grind tour act

Metal Sanaz
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The Queen of Metal!!


CAROLINE AQUINO
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Justine Cross
DungeonWest

Also Special Guest Hosts

Athena Fatale
Jewell Marceau
Jane Jett & her Pony Girls
ChromeGirl
Angeli
Tommy O
The Nylon Girls
Aerialist - Leigh Acosta
FET PACK
Snow Mercy
Hudsy Hawn
Nikki Rouge
Kynt Kaliber
Master Overbound
Puimond (Fashion Spectacle Birthday Party)
Simon Blaise - Suspension Performance
Starry Knight -Hoopnotic Performance
Casey Calvert - Adult Fetish Star



WATCH THE VIDEO TRAILER FOR THE EVENT!



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Live Video shoot by LA Fetish Film Festival

SPECIAL DJ PERFORMANCES

SuperStar DJ Keoki
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SoundSEX
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DJ'S
Rx. Slaughter
Matthew Grim
Bruce Perdew
Amanda Jones
Danny Graver
Timmy Six
John C.
Tommy
Timmy Six
DJ alT
+ more TBA

LIVE BANDS
BLACKBURNER (Toured w/ Ministry)
Cutting Edge Electronic Pioneers
BlackBurner.org

T.S.A. - Total Sonic Assault
Electro Sexual Industrial
 

PUIMOND BIRTHDAY
FASHION SPECTACLE


LA DUNGEONS

Dungeon West -Spank & Shine Station
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SactuaryLAX - Dungeon Play area
Hosted by the Doms/Subs of Sanctuary

NIELDHAUS - Roving Fetish Play Instigators

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PHOTO BOOTH by Tim Rich

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w/ Tera Patrick Signing

Exotic Dungeon Furniture by
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Coffin Case
Cleopatra Records
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Masuimi Max IamSin Booth
Nylon Girls
Los Angeles Fetish Film Festival

THIS
Wednesday, July 3
9:30pm - 3am

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Olivia Art - How and were to get it!!

Olivia`s Ebay Store: http://myworld.ebay.com/oliviaofficialstore?_trksid=p2047675.l2559
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Olivia De Berardinis has been creating pinup and erotic art since the mid 1970's. She is a regular contributor to Playboy Magazine, and her art can be seen on licensed products worldwide.

A PSA Regarding DonsWorld Films and DonsWorldEnt

A PSA Regarding DonsWorld Films and DonsWorldEnt

This came to me Via Derek Hay at Ladirectmodels.com TY for the heads up!
Hello Direct Models:

I’d just like to put out an important warning to you all about the twitter account https://twitter.com/DONS_WORLD_ENT or @adult_casting_ .  I may have put out a notice about this months ago, but they appear to be particularly active lately. They have been tweeting many models directly asking those models to message them about shooting, and to fill out an “application form” .  You’ll notice that there is no actual content on their website, and the “application form” they are asking girls to fill out asks for a lot of personal information.  You are advised not to speak to this person, or to simply reply to them and tell them to speak to us (which they will never do, because they’re not actually a legitimate producer).  I believe the person behind this account is the same person who was involved in the Porn Wiki Leaks website, which deliberately released the personal information (real names, birthdates, social security numbers, addresses, etc) of many models, causing great harm to those models.  I believe this application form is an attempt to lure models into providing their personal information under the false pretense that they are a company interested in shooting you.  That information then may be taken and used against you in the future.

For your own safety please do not fill out this form, and please do not communicate with “Dons World”.  They are clearly not a legitimate producer, and are clearly contacting girls with an ulterior motive, which is most likely to collect personal information for malicious use.

Thank you

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DITA BRINGS GLAMOUR TO HSN WITH HER FRAGRANCE AND INTIMATES COLLECTIONS TUNE INTO HSN ON APRIL 23rd TO SEE DITA ON-AIR!

DITA BRINGS GLAMOUR TO HSN WITH HER
FRAGRANCE AND INTIMATES COLLECTIONS
TUNE INTO HSN ON APRIL 23rd TO SEE DITA ON-AIR!

photos: Sheryl Nields
Multichannel retailer HSN welcomes style icon and designer, Dita Von Teese on April 23 for her largest mass retail partnership to date. The HSN debut will include both internationally acclaimed fragrances, Dita Von Teese and Rouge, along with her vintage inspired Von Follies by Dita Von Teese lingerie collection. Shop the Dita Von Teese HSN store now and see coverage from Elle, Harper's Bazaar, WWD, US Weekly and People Magazine as well as from the VIP dinner hosted in New York at the Lion Restaurant.


DITA ANNOUNCES HER THIRD FRAGRANCE, "FLEURTEESE"
A ROMANTIC FLORAL, NOW IN STORES IN EUROPE!


photo: Scott Nathan
Sensuous, feminine, intoxicating: The elegant Queen of Burlesque Dita Von Teese embodies femininity like no other woman. Seductive, self-assured and graceful: the sheer sensuality of Dita Von Teese expresses itself in new facets.
With her third fragrance FleurTeese, the international style icon embraces her coquettish, romantic side.

FleurTeese is a passionate bouquet, inspired by lush but delicate blossoms and idyllic floral gardens. Dita Von Teese has created this romantic eau de toilette that beautifully captures the spirit of her classic Hollywood style. Delicate like her skin, glamorous like her appearance and beguiling like the lady herself, FleurTeese is an enthralling new spring fragrance that calls to mind the playful pin-up girl.

photo: Scott Nathan

For the full press release, please visit: http://parfum.dita.net/


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Photos: Kaylin Idora
Bring out the glamour in you! Dita has partnered with beauty giant Kiss to launch a line of easy to apply press-on nails in her signature 1940s-era half-moon manicure! The medium length nails come in a deep shade of ruby red or a new spring time red with a shimmering pearly "moon", the effect recalling the elegance of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The set comes complete with 24 nails in 12 sizes for a flawless fitting manicure. Pink gel glue is included in the set for application. http://teese.us/nails

Ford apologizes for ads showing bound, gagged women

Ford apologizes for art depicting tied-up women





Dita Von Teese Stuns in 3-D Printed Dress: How’d They Make It?

By Kathleen Perricone | omg!
Dita in 3-D. (WhoSay.com)As if Dita Von Teese in 2-D wasn’t enough!
The burlesque star modeled what is believed to be the world’s first-ever 3-D printed dress at New York City’s Ace Hotel on Monday night … and it required the latest technology to bring it to life.
Designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitoni made the entire gown virtually. Schmidt, who is responsible for Lady Gaga’s infamous bubble dress, first mocked up the dress on his iPad and then communicated with Bitoni via Skype to figure out how to make all 17 pieces and 3,000 joints work together to move freely with the body.
Once that was devised, the two went to 3-D printing design studio Shapeways to print each of the pieces, which Schmidt and Bitoni then lacquered black and embellished with 13,000 Swarovski crystals … a drop in the bucket for their muse. "That's not much in my world,” Von Teese, 40, joked on Monday at the big unveiling. “I'm used to having that many on my wrist.”
[Related: Kourtney Kardashian's Bangin' New 'Do]
The 3-D frock, which took three months to make and was created specifically for the brunette beauty’s voluptuous body, is also much lighter than the outfits she’s used to wearing. Each of the 17 pieces is hollow, totaling in 11.5 pounds of material … a good 70 pounds lighter than the average Von Teese getup.
“We definitely wanted an exaggerated shape,” she explained. “When people ask if it's comfortable I say, 'Well, I like exaggerated shapes so the corseting is nice and tight.' The only thing I was super aware of was my heel getting stuck in the hem, but that didn't happen."
Although the 3-D creation – with its mesh-looking material and voluminous sleeves – may seem futuristic in its look and design, Schmidt insists it’s all Von Teese. “It was made to be an extension of her persona rendered through these futuristic means," he explained. "It's still in keeping with her old-world glamour."
[Related: 2 Hot 2 Handle (Photos)]
Now that Von Teese has debuted the 3-D gown, it will next go on display at Swarovski before rotating between a few different museums.
But it will never be worn by another person again. "No other woman but Dita will ever wear this dress,” insisted Schmidt.
Not that they could, retorted Von Teese, "I'd like to see 'em try."