Category Archives: Mediatrocities

Mike Pence on Trump’s Muslim Ban: “Offensive and Unconstitutional”

by Legendary Lew

Vice-President Mike Pence forgets that videotape is forever. As Governor of Indiana last year, he described what he felt about Donald Trump’s plan for banning Muslims from the United States. Can we begin impeachment now?

Latest Entertainment for Donald Trump’s Inauguration Announced

by Legendary Lew

I’m “proud” to announce the latest entertainers to join the Inauguration Day ceremonies. Here’s a video of one of their previous performances. It promises to make the day quite special.

Female Trouble The Musical?

by Legendary Lew

I’ve long been a fan of John Waters’ trashy classic Female Trouble with its amazingly crazy dialogue and situations that still hold up today.

That’s why when I first heard the Mel Henke classic swinging lounge album “La Dolce Henke” (described as a Playboy Magazine on record), I knew his wild rendition of “All That Meat” somehow fit with the film.

It’s been a few years brewing in my head, but I finally decided to make my very first musical mix combining the two great pieces. This is my way of convincing John Waters’ and others that Female Trouble should indeed become his second musical.

Hope you enjoy it!

Here’s the First Look at the New Feature “Path of Egress”

pathofegressby Legendary Lew

Trance Productions presents a new locally-made Chicago crime thriller from director Vincent Baran. Path of Egress features a large cast and, having seen some working clips of the film, looks very sharp indeed. (Full disclosure: I appear in the film briefly and am friends with leads Tyler Pistorius and Paskal Pawlicki).

From the youtube site:
A story about three close friends; Ray, a mover for a mob boss named Bub, Udjenzo, one of Bub’s best hitmen, and Leigh, Ray’s childhood friend who attempts to prove himself by providing information about the perfect heist, so perfect, that it convinces Ray to bring it to his boss. Bub, a man who never gets his hands dirty, decides to oversee the job himself. Consequently, Ray is pulled in by the FBI who make him question his friendship with Leigh.

Keep on the lookout for its appearance in film festivals this year. We will keep you updated.

 

A 1950s TV Western Inadvertently Predicts Donald Trump and His Wall

trackdownby Legendary Lew

The 1950s TV series “Trackdown” is about to be pulled from the obscurity of an ocean of TV westerns airing in the 1950s and 60s to conspiracy theory heaven.

One episode of the show, “The End of the World,” airing in 1958 was discovered by Marcy Brafman to have some strange unintentional connections to today’s politics.

In the episode, a traveling huckster named Trump (played by Lawrence Dobkin) warns the villagers of a Texas town that the Earth’s end is near unless they follow his advice–building a wall around their homes!

Further deepening the creepy factor is that Dobkin’s character has a slight resemblance to the president-elect’s father, Fred Trump, about whom Woody Guthrie wrote a scathing tune. That song is “Old Man Trump” and has a reference to “Trump’s Tower.”

(l.to r.) Lawrence Dobkin playing "Trump" and the real Fred Trump

(l.to r.) Lawrence Dobkin playing “Trump” and the real Fred Trump

 

Watch the condensed version of the show below. The TV show Trump was stopped by Texas Ranger Toby Gilman (Robert Culp), but in the deepest of ironies, television boosted another one to the highest office in the land.

Happy Holiday from TUGM, Plus a Movie Recommendation

Chris Wallace’s Reaction to Trump’s Intelligence Briefing Question is One for the Media Ages

by Legendary Lew

Donald Trump’s interview on Fox News Sunday is noted because he stated he’s a “smart person” in response to criticism that he doesn’t want daily intelligent briefings. However, that part, to me, is not what’s going to live on in my mind forever. It’ll be host Chris Wallace’s reaction.

A little history of news anchor reactions. Here’s Frank Reynolds of ABC News just learning that Reagan was indeed wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt (earlier reports stated the bullet missed him):

And here’s Walter Cronkite’s reaction to man landing on the moon:

Wallace’s reaction could have been missed if you weren’t paying attention, so I’m here to help you out. This is a screenshot of the Fox News Sunday host at the very moment Donald Trump told him daily briefings were unnecessary because of his own personal intelligence:

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This is a face of near total regret for ever having to carry water for Fox News only to lead to this moment.

This is a face of a man who desperately wants to scream, run around the studio and pull his hair out by the roots.

This is a face of existential dread.

This is a face that should launch a thousand memes, so I began the process.

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Boy, oh boy, this is going to be one interesting week.

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