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January 10, 2006
Matt Richtel, Call Your Editor

It's not often that a newspaper reporter gets to cover a public event, ridicule his subject matter, and still have his copy published in the New York Times. (At least, not when it's about something other than the Bush administration.) Matt Richtel got his big chance today when he reported from Las Vegas on the 23rd annual adult-film awards, the AVNs. Richtel gives the awards the serious treatment they deserve:

Saturday night, though, was an unapologetic, hearty celebration, with a flashbulb-drenched red carpet entrance and awards presented in 104 categories, including best performances in a wide range of explicit acts and sexual positions. The more conventional were for best director, supporting actor and actress, screenplay and the most anticipated award of the evening: best feature.

That went to "Pirates," a relatively high-budget story of a group of ragtag sailors who go searching for a crew of evil pirates who have a plan for world domination. Also, many of the characters in the movie have sex with one another.

Evan Stone, the stage name of the man who won the award for best actor as the good ship's captain, said a crucial component of the movie's success was its authenticity. A consultant instructed the cast on proper ship etiquette, he said, like never letting the captain steer the vessel, a job that belongs to the first mate. ...

[C]ertain things rule out a nomination. One is "if you can still hear the director's voice," Mr. Fishbein said. Another no-no is "if it's clear the cameraman is not paying attention." ...

Ms. Daniels, who said she wished people would stop judging one another, does have her own pet peeve: tired plots.

"There's nothing worse then when the pizza boy rings the doorbell, the girl says she doesn't have a tip, and then they get it on," she said. Ms. Daniels also won an award for best screenplay for a parody, "Camp Cuddly Pines Power Tool Massacre," which presumably had a storyline more in keeping with her tastes.

If you need an extended edition of snark with your morning tea, be sure to catch Richtel's coverage of the AVNs; it's hilarious. And someone should ask his editor why Richtel got the fun assignment this year.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 10, 2006 5:58 AM

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