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....

Shout! Factory
Original GLOW Wrestling Series Hits Twitch
Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory

When it premiered in June 2017, GLOW was a bit of a sleeper offering for Netflix. With the amount of original programming ordered by the streaming service, a show based on an obscure women’s pro wrestling league from the 1980s seemed destined to get lost in the shuffle.

Instead, the series was a critical and commercial success. Ahead of its second season, which drops on June 29, you'll have a chance to see the mat work of the original women who inspired it.

Shout! Factory has announced they will be live-streaming clips from the first four seasons of GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), which first premiered in 1986, beginning at 9 p.m. ET on June 28. The stream, which will be available on and Twitch, will feature original footage framed by new interviews with personalities including Godiva, host Johnny C, and Hollywood. The show will air live from the Santino Brothers Wrestling Academy in Los Angeles.

Godiva, who was portrayed by Dawn Maestas, inspired the character Rhonda (a.k.a. Brittanica) on the Netflix series; Hollywood was the alter ego of Jeanne Basone, who inspired the character Cherry in the fictionalized version of the league. Basone later posed for Playboy and takes bookings for one-on-one wrestling matches with fans.

Shout! Factory's site also features a full-length compilation of footage, Brawlin’ Beauties: GLOW, hosted by onetime WWE interviewer “Mean” Gene Okerlund.

Universal Studios
Everything That’s Leaving Netflix in July
Universal Studios
Universal Studios

Here’s some news you won’t be cheering about: Bring It On is leaving Netflix on July 1st—as are the four of its sequels that are currently part of the company’s streaming library (FYI: there are a total of six Bring It On films altogether—yes, six). The Lethal Weapon franchise will bid farewell, too, as will a handful of classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. To make way for July’s slate of new titles, here’s everything that’s leaving Netflix in July.



Along Came Polly

An Honest Liar


Before Midnight

Bring It On

Bring It On Again

Bring It On: All or Nothing

Bring It On: Fight to the Finish

Bring It On: In It to Win It


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 3

Lethal Weapon 4

Little Women

Michael Clayton

Midnight in Paris

Mixed Signals

More Than a Game


Piglet’s Big Movie

Rugrats Go Wild

Scary Movie

Scream 3

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

The Art of War

Tropic Thunder

V for Vendetta


Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Alpha & Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom

Real Husbands of Hollywood: Seasons 1-5


Ratchet and Clank



Alice Through the Looking Glass


Wild Hogs



Lockup: State Prisons: Collection 1

Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary





The Den


A Cinderella Story

Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot

Swing State 


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