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The Profiles Theatre’s Latest Show Ends Before It Begins

At the same time that allegations of physical and sexual abuse against its actors went public, Profiles Theatre had this ad for its next--now cancelled--production

At the same time that allegations of physical and sexual abuse against its actors went public, Profiles Theatre had this ad for its next–now cancelled–production

by Legendary Lew

The Chicago Reader recently published a blazing expose of Profiles Theatre and the decades of abuse suffered by some of its actors and actresses. If you’ve yet to read it, please do so. It’s an exhaustive piece by Aimee Levitt.

Well, after nothing happened for decades to stop the alleged abuses by manager Darrell Cox and complicity by company co-founder Joe Jahraus, the clouds burst.

The massive article has been picked up by Jezebel, Playbill and has gained the attention of The Jeff Awards Committee, which stated it will review its award given to Cox for an acting performance he gave during a period of alleged abuse.

Now the latest bad news for the theater: their newest production, The Village Bike has been shut down by its playwright Penelope Skinner, who rescinded the rights to the work due to the expressed allegations.

Much more is going on while this news article catches on like wildfire. has more in this post of updates.

Next week, we’ll have some footage of some of the brave folks who dared thunderstorms to take a late-night action against the theater. Stay tuned!

Film Franchises Could Ruin Hollywood Movies


Courtesy: AP News. From the documentary “Food, Inc.”, a food processing production line. Are Hollywood films becoming no different?

by Legendary Lew

Friend of The Underground Multiplex and contributor to Mediatrocities, Dominick Suzanne-Mayer comes up with an astute write-up of Warner Brothers’ decision to produce more DC Comics-based movies. His views parallel mine in discussion of what I’ve termed Imitation Movie Products.

You should head over to Consequence of Sound and give it a read. It’s yet another movie lover’s concern for how movies are being made and distributed to the detriment of those who can never have their films projected on the big screen.

BREAKING: Rich Donor Eviscerates Jeb Bush for SC Loss; Demanded He Quit Race (NSFW)


Courtesy: Ad Week

by Legendary Lew

The Underground Multiplex has uncovered a never-before publicized voicemail recording left by a Jeb Bush donor angry at his poor campaign performance.

Dolly Dentura, CEO of Dentura Enterprises, funded Jeb Bush’s campaign almost single-handedly and in the voicemail recording discovered by Legendary Lew, she berates the former Florida governor for his poor performance.

In a profanity-laced tirade, Dentura exclaims that Bush was a “big, fat mistake” a quote she attributes to Donald Trump, who she disdainfully refers to as “Chief Orange Hair.”

Dentura also had choice words for former First Lady Barbara Bush, who she blames for talking her into giving the famed son the millions of dollars that ended up “in the toilet.”

The voicemail recording reflects the frustration many rich Republican donors have had with a number of Republican presidential candidates, many of whom spent millions of dollars on their failed campaigns.

Click below to listen to the irate voicemail recording left at the Jeb Bush 2016 office:

Thrillo Pad DIY Holiday Special Open Mic This Saturday

ThrilloPadFBby Legendary Lew

The Underground Multiplex is proud to present the first-ever DIY event at our new location dubbed “The Thrillo Pad” on Saturday December 12th beginning at 2pm (check details below).

The Thrillo Pad is a cozy, welcoming space for small intimate evenings with friends sharing food, drink and lots of talent.

This event comprises of two parts:
FIRST, at 2pm: The first Star Wars Trilogy shown on glorious VHS, hosted by Mountain Drew of “Mediatrocities” fame. Relive the glorious years when George Lucas was making tons of money and you really did not care. Screenings will be held in the lower part of our split-level pad.

SECOND, AT 7PM: The Thrillo Pad DIY holiday open mic party featuring YOU! That’s right, if you have readings, poetry, acoustic music (non-electric, please, we have neighbors), short films to show (10 mins. max, any format) or anything else you would like to demonstrate in our space, feel free to express yourself! Keep in mind that we have a space that will accommodate probably 10 people comfortably at a time, so that epic opera or high-wire act will most likely need to happen elsewhere.

We would also love to have you recorded as our performance guest on The Underground Multiplex’s youtube channel as part of our “Mediatrocities” series.

We are serious about promoting Chicago as a center of talent rivalling that of other cities that lay claim to having the best artists. Let’s show everyone we’ve got it!

Because we have limited space, PLEASE RSVP DIRECTLY TO EITHER THE EMAILS OF THE CO-HOSTS BELOW. We will need to know 1) who will be attending, and 2) what you will be performing. Performers for open mic will take precedence over just observers.  A “going” tag on our Facebook event will NOT be counted as a certainty you will be attending. 

To help with security, since this is happening at a private residence, you must RSVP  at one of the emails below by 11pm Friday Dec. 11 so that we may expect you. Once we’ve received the emailed RSVP, you will receive a reply email giving our address.

If you will be performing, please let us know what you’ll be doing and how you want to be presented. All performers who want to appear on our YouTube channel will need to sign talent release forms for public appearance.

BYOB. Some hot boozed punch (TBD) will be provided and some snacks, but you’ll definitely want to bring some of your own as well if you so incline to be a chowhound.

PLEASE NOTE: FROM 2PM UNTIL 7PM, THE EVENT WILL BE ALL AGES SO WE WILL **NOT** BE SERVING ALCOHOL DURING THAT TIME. After 7pm, the event will be 21+ and we will serve hooched punch and have some beers here, I’m certain.  No illegal drugs will be tolerated on the premises and violators will be asked to leave. 

Photographed here are the basic rules for The Thrillo Pad:



We welcome your suggestions as to how to make this better. Let us know. We want this event to be a collective one with great minds and talents collaborating.

Legendary Lew

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by Legendary Lew


Mediatrocities #20: Jake Myers, Director of White Cop

WhiteCopPosterby Legendary Lew

Wow, it’s been a while, but many things–like life–have been happening with me, so my posts have been few and far between.

Here’s is an interview I had a few weeks ago with Jake Myers, director of his new film White Cop. Sorry, I was not able to complete this sooner. Seems like it’s time for Mediatrocities to take a short hiatus until a new physical home for The Underground Multiplex studios (better known as The Thrillo Pad) can be found for August.

In this interview, Jake and I talk about White Cop and two new films he’s working on, including a comedy with two White Cop actors returning before his lenses. Enjoy!

The Chicago “Re-Premiere” of Essanay’s Sherlock Holmes

Michael Smith reports that he and Adam Selzer, co-authors of “Flickering Empire,” will be presenting one of Chicago’s Essanay Studio’s lost films. This feature has not been seen in its original form for close to one hundred years, so this is a major find for film history. You can hear my discussion of “Flickering Empire” with these two authors here:

White City Cinema

sherlock3Grubby Victorian London? Nope, that’s Chicago, baby!

During the four-plus years it took Adam Selzer and I to research and write our book Flickering Empire, we spent a lot of time reading about films that were made in Chicago during the silent era that have since been tragically lost. For most of that time, our holy grail of “lost Chicago movies” was the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company’s 1916 production of Sherlock Holmes. The seven-reel feature was, after all, the first feature-length movie centered on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective-protagonist. More importantly, it was the only record of veteran theatrical actor William Gillette’s acclaimed performance as Holmes, a performance he had perfected on stage after playing it for more than fifteen years with the blessing of Doyle himself; it was Gillette who originated the iconic look of Holmes with deerstalker cap and calabash pipe, props that have become…

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