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Pizza with Porn Stars at the AVN Awards

So our last-minute attempts to score press credentials for the AVN Awards landed us only nosebleed seats, probably better than we deserved, but far too far from the show. We sought solace in the lobby, where we found several porn stars also taking a break from the action.

Daisy Layne gamely let us take a picture of her eating a slice of pizza in her floor-length evening gown, while Dick Chibbles entertained us with tales of performing as Chewbacca in Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody. ”I was wearing forty pounds of fur! I lost 5 pounds a day during filming,” he exclaimed.

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James Deen Wins ‘Best Male Performer of the Year,’ and Isn’t Retiring from Porn Any Time Soon

Our porn crush James Deen won top honors tonight at the 30th annual AVN Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, landing the award for Best Male Performer of the Year. He gave his acceptance speech directly to the porn actresses presenting the award, with his back to the audience, and thanked all his female co-stars, as well as the many women he’ll get to work with in the future.

Deen may be a crossover success, starring in the upcoming Bret Easton Ellis film The Canyons with Lindsay Lohan, but porn is clearly his first love. When Sundance rejected The Canyons, Deen said he wasn’t bothered by the snub. “It coincides with AVN. Priorities man!!!!!” Works for us.

FishbowlLA at the ‘Oscars of Porn’

It’s awards season, and that means the media indulges in an orgy of award shows to congratulate themselves for their best work from the past year. L.A.’s multi-billion dollar porn industry is no exception, gathering every year in Las Vegas for the AVN awards, a presentation of the adult industry trade AVN (Adult Video News), and commonly known as the “Oscars of porn.”

This fishie happened to be in Vegas this year, so we decided to check it out. And oh, dear lord, what an experience.

It’s so scary in there we’re hiding in the lobby. Without the sweet cushioning of a press pass, we’re tossed in with the fans, an enthusiastic group of fellows all willing to elbow us in the face to get a photo of a porn star.

So far Slash has only been our only celebrity sighting, and his wife shoved her hand in our face when we tried to take a photo. Life lesson: We’d never make it as a papparazzi.

But we’re not giving up, dear readers. We’re gonna head back in and do our best to stalk James Deen.

Pictured right: Emily Addison and Brett Rossi

Pictured leftNatasha Nice

BREAKING: BuzzFeed Uses Twitter to Interview Moviegoers Trapped by Westchester Mall Hostage Crisis

Approximately 200 moviegoers are trapped inside the Rave movie theater at the Howard Hughes Center mall in Westchester due to a hostage situation at the Nordstrom Rack next door. The SWAT team is keeping patrons from leaving the theater for their own protection.

BuzzFeed‘s new Los Angeles bureau has been communicating via Twitter with some of the anxious moviegoers:

An excellent (and nerve-wracking) example of what a strong news-gathering tool social media is for reporters. We’re holding our breath for the safe release of the hostages.

Tessa Stuart Joins BuzzFeed’s New LA Bureau

LA Weekly reporter Tessa Stuart is the latest addition to the new Los Angeles Bureau at BuzzFeed. Stuart worked at the alt-weekly for less than a year, but that was long enough to make an impression on BuzzFeed’s LA bureau chief Richard Rushfield, who tells us:

Tessa Stuart has already proven herself one of the most talented, creative reporters in LA. We are thrilled to have her joining our team and covering the world of entertainment with all the relentless diligence she applied to her coverage of the San Fernando City Council madness and the shake ups at KPCC.

Stuart joins the BuzzFeed team on December 19, and will cover entertainment.

BuzzFeed LA Launch Party at Mondrian’s Skybar

FishbowlLA braved the harsh L.A. drizzle on Thursday night to hit Skybar, where BuzzFeed staffers and friends were celebrating the launch of the website’s new Los Angeles bureau. Top BuzzFeed brass was in attendance: CEO and founder Jonah Peretti, president Jon Steinberg, editor-in-chief Ben Smith, executive VP of video Ze Frank, and probably more we didn’t recognize.

We spotted Nate Silver in the crowd, as well as Julia Boorstin of CNBC, comedian Chelsea PerettiLA Times VP of Communications Nancy Sullivan and former Good magazine editor Ann Friedman, who tolerated some gushing on our behalf over her delightful Tumblr and column, #Real Talk.

But we don’t have pictures of any of these lovely people, because we forgot our camera. We only managed this one grainy cell phone picture before giving up and hitting the open bar:

That’s Ann-Marie Thomson of SYCO television, Grantland editor Emily Yoshida and BuzzFeed’s Los Angeles bureau chief Richard Rushfield being blinded by my cell phone camera.

Madeleine Brand in Talks to Join KCRW (Updated)

At the end of an interesting Los Angeles Magazine story about Madeleine Brand‘s departure from KPCC comes some uplifting news: Brand may soon return to radio. As the mag explains:

She’s… in talks with KCRW to launch a program in the same 9 a.m. slot as [Alex] Cohen and [A] Martínez. “It will be just like The Madeleine Brand Show, but better,” she says with maybe a hint of something beyond enthusiasm in her voice. Because in the well-mannered world of public radio, those are fighting words.

The news isn’t such a shock – just weeks ago KCRW general manager Jennifer Ferro told the Los Angeles Times that the station had an eye on Brand. But for her to return in direct competition with the co-host that was the catalyst for her leaving KPCC, well, that would add an especially delicious chapter to the melodrama of the last few months.

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Best New Twitter Feed: Indie Romance Novel

Tweeting from “Echo Park Slope,” @IndieRomance is a literary spoof that is having fun with both trashy romance novels and the urban hipster. And we’re not ashamed to say, it made us swoon a little. Some highlights:

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Porn Stars Are Happier Than You

Score one for L.A.’s other film industry. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Sex Research, porn actresses have higher levels of self-esteem than the average woman. They also report greater sexual satisfaction, to the surprise of absolutely no one.

The study was conducted to explore the popular notion that porn actresses “have higher rates of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), psychological problems, and drug use compared to the typical woman.” According to the results, the “damaged goods” label is bunk. Adult film actresses were found to be as psychologically healthy as the general public, and were no more likely to have been abused as children than the average woman.

But it’s worth noting that the study only interviewed Los Angeles porn actresses. Ours is the largest and best regulated porn industry in the world, where actors are afforded the same legal protections and rights as other American workers. In those places where pornography is underground and women do not enjoy equal rights, we kinda doubt that the porn actresses are all that happy.

The moral of the story? Buy American!

Pictured: The ecstatic Jesse Jane and Asa Akira. Hat tip AVN

Two and a Half Men Star Calls Show ‘Filth’ After Finding Religion

Angus T. Jones, the adorable kid from Two and a Half Men, might be out of a job soon. Speaking in a video “testimony” about his newfound Christian faith, Jones bashes the show that reportedly pays him approximately $350K per episode, saying, “I’m on Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth.”

Wow, it’s sort of a right-wing Charlie Sheen moment, with Jones practically begging to be fired. He declares, “You can not be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says, and being on that television show. You go all or nothing.”

Be forewarned, the video is long, rambling, and tedious. And this is just the second half. The video was produced by the Christian group Forerunner Chronicles, who could learn a thing or two about production from those sinners Hollywood.

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