The Late Movies: "Xanadu"

Tonight let's take a look back at the 1980 film Xanadu starring Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck, and Gene Kelly. Newton-John was nominated for a Grammy for her performance of "Magic," though she didn't win. The film was also nominated for seven Razzies (in the Razzies' first year) and won one (Worst Director, Robert Greenwald). Despite generally poor reviews from film critics, the film's soundtrack was a huge hit, spawning five Top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

First up, the title track "Xanadu" performed by Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO):

"Xanadu" Theme

"Xanadu" Trailer

"The most dazzling, romantic musical fantasy in years." Starring Michael Beck, "who thrilled you in The Warriors." Ahem.

"Xanadu" Dance Mix

Clips from the movie and a soundalike singer make this, um, electrifying dance mix:

"Magic" Music Video

"Xanadu" Performed Live

That's a real sparkly purty dress, Ms. Newton-John.

"Xanadu" Re-recorded in 2000 by Jeff Lynne


"Xanadu" Karaoke/Cover

YouTube user wimpy1267 sings the hell out of "Xanadu" in this webcam performance. As I post this, the video has only 90 views...I suspect she'll get a lot more now! (Also, check out her version of "Magic," another song from the film.)

"Xanadu" Karaoke Version

Want to sing the lead? Try this karaoke version....

Pop Chart Lab
The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
Pop Chart Lab

Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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Your $10 Donation Can Help an Underprivileged Child See A Wrinkle in Time for Free
Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Theater chain AMC is teaming with the Give a Child the Universe initiative to help underprivileged kids see A Wrinkle in Time for free through ticket donations. The initiative was started by Color of Change, a nonprofit advocacy group that designs “campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.”

"Color of Change believes in the power of images and supports those working to change the rules in Hollywood so that inclusive, empathetic and human portrayals of black people and people of color are prominent on the screen,” the initiative’s executive director, Rashad Robinson, said in a statement:

Director Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is the perfect subject for the group because, as Robinson puts it, “By casting a black teenage actress, Storm Reid, as the heroine at the center of this story, the filmmakers and the studio send a powerful message to millions of young people who will see someone like them embracing their individuality and strength to save the world.”

The movie touts a diverse cast that includes Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine. The most important member of the cast, though, is 14-year-old Storm Reid, who plays the main character Meg Murry, a young girl who tries to save her father (Pine) who is trapped in another dimension. The movie is based on the acclaimed 1962 fantasy novel by author Madeleine L'Engle.

If you’d like to donate a ticket (or more), you can just head over to the Give a Child the Universe website and pledge an amount. AMC will provide one ticket to children and teens nationwide for every $10 given to the cause.

And if you’re interested in seeing the movie yourself, A Wrinkle in Time opens on March 9, 2018.

[h/t E! Online]


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