Thursday, 15 October 2015

PORN MOGUL MICHAEL LUCAS ON PORN INDUSTRY, SEX AND THE MEN OF MONTREAL


New York City porn mogul Michael Lucas, 43, isn't thinking about retirement any time soon (All photos courtesy Lucas Entertainment)

Bugs' interview with Michael Lucas originally ran in POP TART on the Montreal Gazette website on September 11, 2015.

Famed gay-porn director and adult-film actor Michael Lucas —born Andrei Lvovich Treivas in Communist Russia in 1972— emigrated to Germany after graduating from the Moscow Law Academy in 1994. He began working as an adult performer before founding his own porn production company, Lucas Entertainment, in New York in 1998. Today Lucas has become one of the most successful producers of porn, and has used his success and notoriety to —as a media columnist and university speaker— speak out against drugs, unsafe sex and the oppression of gays, as well as support the state of Israel. Lucas was in Montreal earlier this summer and Pop Tart caught up with the opinionated entrepreneur for a fun and frank Q&A about all things porn, PrEP, LGBT civil rights, and the raid by U.S. federal investigators on the New York headquarters of popular gay-male escort site Rentboy.com. Plus, Lucas talks about his love affair with Montreal.

Three Dollar Bill: When you started out in the porn business, did you anticipate that you’d have this incredible career and longevity?

Michael Lucas: I was definitely hoping for a long career, because I was young and ambitious. I don’t think I anticipated such a big success.  But I usually do achieve my goals, because I am very focused and hard-working.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

IDINA MENZEL 100% UNCENSORED - ON HER RISE, DIVAHOOD AND HER GAY FANS



Bugs’ interview with Idina Menzel originally ran in the Montreal Gazette on August 31, 2015

Idina Menzel remembers the day she fell through a trap door onstage during her Broadway run as the “wicked” witch Elphaba in the blockbuster musical Wicked like it was yesterday.

The accident happened during the Jan. 8, 2005 matinée at the Gershwin Theatre, and stunned the cast, crew and sellout crowd.

“I thought I had punctured my lungs or something,” Menzel told me in a recent and rare one-on-one sit-down interview. “It was crazy and I was surrounded backstage by all the crew, who were my friends. They were trying to get me to breathe and were afraid to move me because they wanted to make sure my spine was OK. It was scary.”

Menzel fractured a rib. But the next day, without makeup and dressed simply in a tracksuit and sneakers, she made a surprise entrance at the very end of the matinée to sing a few bars in the finale, and received a five-minute standing ovation.