2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2154  Monday, 10 November 2003

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 07 Nov 2003 07:22:12 -0500
Subject:        More on Skin and Porn from Washington Times

Porn Goes Mainstream
By Dave Berg

Burt Reynolds got an Oscar nomination in 1998 for playing an idealistic
pornography producer in "Boogie Nights," which portrayed in a very
unflattering way the so-called golden age of the San Fernando
Valley-based porn industry in the 1970s.

Mr. Reynolds had researched the part by visiting the sets of some porno
films, and he emphatically told me at the time that the porn actors all
wanted to cross over into mainstream Hollywood but that there "wasn't a
chance" it would happen. They had decided to take the low road and could
never come back.

Hard as it is for some to believe, Hollywood has always had its
standards, but lately they've become more like guidelines. Pornography
is moving closer and closer to Hollywood's spotlight.

The most hyped new show on television is "Skin," airing on Fox and
starring Ron Silver as a porn mogul. Ironically, "Skin" doesn't show
much skin, but it does push boundaries that network executives would not
have even dreamed about pushing only a few years ago.

. . .

Dave Berg is a Hollywood television producer and a columnist.
http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20031103-100457-6763r.htm

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