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April 17, 2008

Rock skate


Who says god-awful movies can't have a second -- much more successful -- life in some other medium?

Case in point: "Xanadu," a giant disco craptacular to the tune of Electric Light Orchestra (with mimes!) that starred Olivia Newton-John and post-"Warriors" Michael Beck has gone on to become a Broadway show worthy of Tony Award consideration.

Says Variety:

Ancient Greek mythology turned out to be much more fun on roller skates.

And how!

We'd already noticed a resurgence of interest in the 1980 Razzie-winning bomb, with back-to-back-to-back references in a few short days around Academy Awards time. We don't want to jinx anything, but we're really thinking remake now, since there seems to be an increasing ping-pong effect between the Great White Way and Hollywood.

The upcoming theater honors have other movies on the brain, too, says Variety, with "Cry-Baby" (featuring some creative re-teaming from the hit "Hairspray" -- the play, not the movie, or the remake of the movie) getting its foot in the Tony door without even opening yet. Now that's good awards buzz.


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hi Im from argentina and I like so much the films of robert he is great .
robert come to argentina that would be fantastic!!

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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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