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.

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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.

Hey everyone, the GoFundMe for us is still going on until the end of the year, so if you’d like to contribute to our equipment fundraiser, please feel free and spread the word. It will continue for the rest of the year. Thanks for all your continued support!

Here is our GoFundMe link: www.gofundme.com/HelpTUGM

 

 

The Underground Multiplex Reaches Its Goal!

by Legendary Lew

It’s tough to know what to write here. On Thursday, I had just finished uploading and distributing a video about how we fell short of our goal of $820 and along come a couple of fantastic souls (one, a great pal Paskal and the other, an anonymous donor) to put us over the top.

Now, as of this writing, we’re at $1020, two hundred dollars over the top!

When we reached the goal, I was utterly speechless.

I believed for years that each person needs to find where he or she “fits.” I moved to the Chicago area 15 years ago believing this area was the place for me. Tonight, I’ve been proven correct. I have fantastic friends from across the country and even overseas. I do have to say, though, that people here in Chicago and the surrounding area have been really true to my heart. They came through for me in volunteering and being there for me.  I give a special thanks too for the folks back in my home state area who remember me.  All of you are truly a joy in my life!

And now, the task of building a show is on! In the next two months, we’ll be acquiring the equipment stated in the GoFundMe campaign, plus continuing production of Vital Media, Mediatrocities and (fingers crossed) upcoming book set for Dec 2017.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT! PEACE AND LOVE TO YOU ALL!

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The Thrillo Pad to Open Doors to Weekly Board Game Nights

by Legendary Lew

I’ve long been a fan of board games. Since I was a kid, I was crazy about them, and during the 1970’s, board game ads exploded on TV.

Board games are apparently making a comeback, as people feel the effects of social media/internet isolation and of working multiple jobs.  I also believe that in times like these, where there are definitely factors out there trying to divide people, getting together for weekly fun is therapeutic. We need gatherings like this.

In this spirit, I’m proud to announce that The Thrillo Pad is experimenting with the idea of a weekly board game night. I have been recently acquiring more board games with a few aspects in mind:

  1. They are not roleplaying games. I was never a fan of roleplaying games, as I personally feel they isolate newbies and those who have no interest in investing time and psychic energy into delving deeply into characters and their stats.
  2. They are relatively easy to understand and play.  A lot of guests (along with me) have limited time, so making sure that play goes smoothly will be important.
  3. They are out of print. I’ve recently found some treasures that blew my mind. I found them cheaply and intact (there was one notable exception, but it was an amazing discovery for $1). I love the idea of sharing a game that’s exclusive to my friends.
  4. They promise to be fun. Goes without saying.

I’ll be posting pictures here of new acquisitions. Here’s one for a game night coming up in the future. It’s long out of print, so you may have a very exclusive chance at playing. If you want to be a part of the fun, stay tuned with us at The Underground Multiplex. We’ll have updates of our game nights.

High-Bid, the fast-paced auction game

High-Bid, the fast-paced auction game

One of my recent acquisitions is the game High-Bid, an auction game from 3M, published in 1965.

More on this particular game, plus other out-of-print games in upcoming posts.

 

 

lew-win_20160713_205425Legendary Lew is the co-founder of The Underground Multiplex. His work includes heading award-winning midnight movie screenings and promotions covered in Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Associated Press and other media outlets. He’s the host of the podcast “Mediatrocites” here at TUGM.

 

 

Chicago Cubs End the Punchlines and Change Comedy

cubsby Legendary Lew

The curse was broken last night. The Chicago Cubs won its first World Series since 1908.

What the ’16 Cubs did also is forever break the age old tradition of portraying the team as perennial losers. To me, this was the most notable effect of the win. Comedy writers can no longer lazily rely on a Cubs joke to portray losers nor to portray a Cubs World Series win as an Earth-shattering future event.

Indiewire reminds us of the numerous Cubs references in TV and film.

However, I give my salute to the Cubs by showing what could arguably be their lowest point. 1983 Cubs manager Lee Elia went on a profane tear after a brutal loss to the Dodgers in a game. AP reporter Les Grobstein was the only reporter with a recorder on when Elia went off.

The infamous rant became one of the most noted in sports history, inspiring a producer (rumored to be Mike Bisbee) to come up with a great Cubs promo parody (NSFW):

Elia’s rant was the first thing I thought about when the Cubs won last night. Here was a guy defending a team at the lowest point, when he felt the city was not even supporting them. He even noted that two of his players were being harassed after the loss. Sure, he did insult fans, but under the pressure, could you blame him?

He was later fired, but I salute the guy who stood by his team even when they were the perennial losers, the joke of the sports world.

I hope Lee Elia’s enjoying the win and that he gets the credit he deserves for standing by his team.

Legendary Lew is the co-founder of The Underground Multiplex and host of the podcast “Mediatrocities.” You can support the current Go Fund Me campaign for updated equipment at: www.gofundme.com/HelpTUGM