SEE IT: Comedienne shows two-way mirror facing women’s toilet at suburban Chicago bar; owner claims ‘no hanky panky’

A horrified comedienne showed the world a two-way mirror allowing views of a women’s toilet in a bar. But the comedy bar’s owner says it’s part of his horror show and he plans to keep it. Performer Tamale Rocks demonstrates how anyone who accesses an unlocked closet at Cigars and Stripes BBQ Lounge in the suburban Chicago town of Berwyn can watch female patrons do their business in a YouTube video that’s attracted 1.2 million views since she posted it on Sunday. The footage displays how the women’s restroom at the bar is clearly visible from the cleaning supply room opposite the looking glass. But bar owner Ron Lottz defended the creepy setup in a profanity-laced and hostile interview with feminist blog Jezebel and then invited local reporters to the bar on Monday to show it off and defend himself against accusations that he’s a peeping tom guilty of “hanky panky,” WMAQ-TV reported. The closet is also discernible from inside the one-toilet bathroom and the comedy club’s employees have been using it for practical jokes for years, especially during the Halloween season, according to the Chicago Tribune. Officials at the Berwyn Police Department caught wind of the mirror and investigators also took a full gander at the bathroom themselves on Monday, the newspaper reported. But even though Berwyn Police Chief James Ritz told the Tribune he “absolutely” understands people’s unease over the unobstructed view from the closet, law enforcement officials heard from the bar’s employees that regulars are well aware of the setup and determined that it doesn’t appear to be a breach of privacy. That determination did little to mollify Rocks, who told local media that she’s heard from supporters across the country angered by the mirror and Lottz’s refusal to get rid of it. She had earlier Continue Reading

SEE IT: video appears to show Russia Today reporter getting bag snatched while covering Baltimore protests (WARNING – GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)

A Russia Today journalist appears to be one of several members of the media who inadvertently became part of the story in Baltimore on Saturday night. A disturbing video posted to the Russian government-backed news organization’s RUPTLY distribution service and uploaded to YouTube purportedly shows a robber snatching a journalist’s bag as the reporter covers the chaotic protests over the death of 25-year-old African-American Freddie Gray while in police custody earlier this month. The camera operator, who had been filming protesters posing for the camera while saying slogans like “F--- the police,” immediately runs after the thief before cops in riot gear corner him in the graphic footage. While the Baltimore Police Department apologized on Sunday for its treatment of other journalists on the scene of the tense and sometimes-lawless demonstrations, the videotaped incident apparently shows successful police protection of a reporter at work. The one-minute video starts with one lone young man saying, “Rest in peace to my man Freddie G.,” as the camera rolls on a darkened street corner. At least a half dozen or more young black males immediately join in and utter obscenities about police brutality targeting minorities while flashing hand gestures at the recording device. All of a sudden, the frame shifts wildly up and down and the journalist can be heard shuffling around equipment. The reporter keeps filming while running down the street after a man who looks to be wearing a grey hoodie and jeans. “Give it back!” the reporter screams in the video. “Give it back! Dude, dude, give it back! Dude, give it back! Give me back my bag!” But the chase lasts roughly 15 seconds and goes on for only a block before the robber runs into almost a half dozen officers outfitted in bright blue helmets. The cops tell the Continue Reading

The Joe D Show Episode 4: ‘Fun Home’ composer Jeanine Tesori

Episode 4 of “The Joe D Show” podcast features a visit with “Fun Home” composer Jeanine Tesori in her Manhattan studio. Having Tesori seated at her piano was an ideal way to talk about the show, the songs and working with lyricist Lisa Kron as well as Alison Bechdel, whose graphic memoir inspired the musical. “Alison didn’t hover,” Tesori says. “She didn’t over-note. She just guided.” “Fun Home” is now in previews and opens April 19 at Circle in the Square. Make sure to find us on iTunes ( and subscribe for more episodes. You can get in touch with me on twitter at @TheJoeDShow and find more articles, reviews and theater news at This podcast is edited by Frank Posillico and produced by me. Continue Reading

Jared Leto shows off bulging arm muscles as he preps to play Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’

Is he in the A-Rod buyer's club? Jared Leto is getting jacked to play the Joker in "Suicide Squad." The normally-lithe actor showed off some serious guns and bulging pec muscles in a new Instagram pic Tuesday. The Oscar-winner's handsome mug isn't visible in the eye-popping new snap. But tattoos on his forearms and chest reveal the brawny torso and Popeye arms indeed belong to the 43-year-old former teen heartthrob. Leto and "Squad" director David Ayer have been slowly teasing fans with pic of the actor styled as the Batman foe, who is the most high-profile character in the crew of DC Comics baddies. On Saturday, Ayer posted the first full look at the iconic villain, which showed Leto with radioactive green hair, metal teeth and a milk white skin covered in tattoos. "Suicide Squad," which also stars Will Smith, Jai Courtney and Margot Robbie, hits theaters on Aug. 5 2016. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

ABC green-lights test footage for new ‘Muppet Show’

Maybe it’s not easy being green, but this seems like a straight-forward way for ABC to earn some. The Alphabet Network has green-lit the filming of footage for a potential pilot for a new “Muppets Show," centering around Jim Henson’s famous fuzzy critters. It’s time to get things started: the “proof of concept” would likely be showcased at May’s upfront presentations for advertisers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The original “Muppet Show”ran on Britain’s ATV from 1976 to 1981 and in syndication on this side of the Pond. But the franchise has gained new popularity since the Jason Segel-scripted reboot hit theaters four years ago. The new-look “Muppets” is purported to have a meta-feel, centering around Kermit and company’s meeting at ABC Studios to pitch a brand-new (what else?) Muppet show. But complications are afoot when Miss Piggy’s rocky relationship with her frog prince threatens to derail the series. With the working title, “Muppets 2015,” the project will be executive produced by “The Big Bang Theory” co-creator Bill Prady and “Anger Management’s” Bob Kushell is attached as showrunner, Variety reported. Prady is also co-writing the script. Both The Muppets Studios and ABC are owned by the same parent company, Disney, making the series a natural fit. Continue Reading

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ teaser trailer shows Jamie Dornan as masked Christian Grey

Who is that masked man? Jamie Dornan shows off Christian Grey’s kinky side in the first teaser trailer for “Fifty Shades Darker.” The 30-second clip echoes the first still released from the highly anticipated sequel, with a tuxedo-clad Grey shown slipping on a masquerade mask. “Are you ready for something darker?” the teaser asks. Not only will the film be darker, it will also be “more of a thriller,” Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley told The Hollywood Reporter. She also addressed the behind-the-scenes drama between author E.L. James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson, which resulted in Taylor-Johnson exiting the franchise and James’ husband Niall Leonard being hired to write the "Fifty Shades Darker" screenplay. “For the record, the movie we ended up making is exactly the movie I wanted to make and that the studio wanted to make and that our director wanted to make,” Langley said about the hit film, which has grossed close to $570 million worldwide to date. “Fifty Shades Darker,” starring Dornan and Dakota Johnson, hits theaters Feb. 10, 2017. The third film in the trilogy, “Fifty Shades Freed,” will be released Feb. 9, 2018. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Sam Smith suffers vocal cord hemorrhage, cancels Australia shows

Sam Smith has cancelled his Australian tour due to problems with his vocal cords. The "Stay With Me" singer broke the news to fans on Instagram Tuesday, saying he was "deeply saddened" but unable to perform due to a hemorrhage on his golden-hued pipes. "I have been vocally exhausted for a while now however last night in Sydney I had a small [hemorrhage] on my vocal chords (sic)," the 22-year-old soul singer wrote. "The doctors have told me I need to fully rest until my vocal chords (sic) have healed, otherwise this could become a huge long-term issue." "This kills me." he concluded. Smith performed in Brisbane on Saturday and Sydney on Monday. He was scheduled to perform again in Sydney's Hordern Pavilion again on Tuesday. His last show in Australia was to take place in Perth on May 4 before the singer jets to Tokyo for a two-night run on May 7 and May 8. Those shows were still on, according to Smiths' website. Continue Reading

Russia outlaws memes showing public figures in ways that contrast their ‘personality’

Vladimir Putin will likely never ride a shark, an eagle or a giant Ritz cracker. But it's whether that's for personal or physical reasons that may determine whether memes showing him doing so are illegal. That's according to a newly enacted law in Russia which has reportedly outlawed memes depicting public figures — like the Russian president — in a way that has nothing to do with the individuals' "personality." "These ways of using (celebrities' images) violate the laws governing personal data and harm the honor, dignity and business of public figures," reads the new law obtained by Roskomnadzor and translated by the Washington Post. It also forbids fake online accounts and websites created for public individuals. Those who feel that their dignity has been compromised from such activity have the option to file a lawsuit if a request for the illegal information to be taken down is ignored or denied. Internet users, responding to the news on Twitter Friday, showcased some of Putin's best memes. They also shared a few of their own. One such photo showed the president with a long Pinocchio nose and cap. "This is the only Putin meme you need..." @GotaLightBoycaptioned the image. Continue Reading

Pat St. John of WCBS-FM to do final NYC radio show on Sunday: ‘I’ve loved my 42 years here’

There’s no crying in radio. At least not this Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m., when Pat St. John does his final New York radio show on WCBS-FM (101.1), wrapping up 42 years on WPLJ, WNEW-FM, WAXQ and 'CBS-FM. "I don't want any tears," says St. John. "No one should say they're sad. This is a happy, wonderful moment. I've loved my 42 years here and now I'm moving to something else I love." Specifically, you might say, he's chasing Chase. He and his wife Jan have two daughters, Karson and Tierney, and now two grandchildren, including 4-year-old Chase. They all have moved to the San Diego area, and now Pat and Jan are moving to join them. "We've been spending all our vacations there anyway," says St. John. "We've talked about moving for a while and finally we decided we were just missing too much by staying here." This does not, he stresses, mean he's retiring from radio. He will continue doing his daily 1 p.m. show on SiriusXM's "Sixties on 6" (Channel 6). "I've been doing the show from home for about 10 years," he says. "Now I'll just do it from a different city. Our new place has a barn, which I will turn into a studio. "The best thing about the SiriusXM show is that I'm doing it live now. That just makes a difference. So my New York fans can still hear me. They'll just need to cough up a few bucks for satellite." Still, New York radio fans can be excused for feeling like they're losing another of the remaining links to a classic era of New York radio: the early FM years. With Vin Scelsa retiring from WFUV next month, there aren't many voices left from those years, and St. John acknowledges radio has changed a lot since then. "The relationship with the listeners has remained the same," he says. "That's as solid as ever. What we're allowed to do for them now is another story." It's a too-familiar story: less personality, more tightly formatted playlists. Much of radio over the years has evolved into Continue Reading

‘Avengers’ hero Hawkeye reveals lesser-known powers on ‘The Tonight Show’

Superheroes have insecurities too, especially when they have to share the big screen with more popular ones. "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" hero Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) expressed his feelings about being overshadowed by the likes of Captain America and The Hulk on "The Tonight Show." In the ballot “Super As They Are,” the bow-baring hero revealed that just because all his powers aren't as well known as some of the other Avengers, didn't mean he didn't have secret skills and talents. To the tune of Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," he sang a heartfelt song revealing that not only does the superhero save the world, he also has a fabulous collection of scarves, can kick a-- in Mario Kart, is strong enough to open a pickle jar and gets free guac when he goes to Chipotle. Renner not only proves he is hilarious in the clip, he also shows off his amazing voice. "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" hits theatres May 1. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading