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The Late Movies: Songs About Hot Summers

On this date in 1935, the Dust Bowl heat wave reached its peak, with temperatures reaching 109°F in Chicago, Illinois and 104°F in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As we sweat through another long, hot summer in America, here are six songs inspired by rising temps (or at least six songs that make us think of hot summer [...]

The Quick 10: Happy Birthday, MacGyver!

Quick, someone rig a cake using some duct tape, bouillon cubes and spackle! That’s right, it’s McGyver’s birthday on Sunday. It’s Richard Dean Anderson’s big day – he’ll be 61 – but it’s also the day Mac celebrates being born (he’ll be 60). To honor such a momentous occasion, here are a few facts about [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Unexpected Elvis Covers

It’s Elvis’ 75th birthday! I’m sure he’s out there celebrating somewhere with a Fool’s Gold sandwich. To celebrate his birthday here on the _floss, we thought we’d forego the calories and check out some rather interesting cover versions of his songs instead. The King had such a large repertoire (many of which he covered) that [...]

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 [...]