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February 22, 2008

Three's a trend


After having gone oh, say, at least a dozen years without hearing, thinking about and/or being reminded of the musical mess that is/was "Xanadu," we've heard it mentioned prominently three times in about as many days.

Coincidence? We think not.

First: Tom O'Neil does a history-of-craptacular-movies video for his Gold Derby blog with none other than Head Razzie John Wilson. In dredging up horrifying flicks from years past, Wilson invokes the name of "Xanadu" as one of the reasons he started the Razzies back in 1980. It was one of the first nominated pics, as were its stars Olivia Newton-John and Michael Beck. Michael Beck?

Alas, the competition was fierce that year for schlock. "Xanadu" "lost" the Razzie to another worthy contender: "Can't Stop the Music." Insert guffaws here.

Second: our beloved and befuddled Hurley popped in "Xanadu" during last night's episode of "Lost," much to Sawyer's chagrin. Has he no sense of humor whatsoever?

And third: an extremely catchy little ditty caught our ear today on Los Angeles' best radio station (that would be Indie 103) -- a cover of "Xanadu" by an alt music darling called Lightspeed Champion.

We know what this all means, and it has nothing to do with The Hatch or The Dharma Initiative or, lord knows, real awards.

One word: remake!


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