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(The New York Times)   Man found dead in apparent suicide at Olivia Newton-John's house. Time of death: six minutes into the DVD of 'Xanadu'   (nytimes.com) divider line 146
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2013-08-19 10:22:51 PM
Wait.  They made a movie about that Rush song from "A Farewell to Kings"?
I heard that it was a cover of a Samuel Taylor Coleridge song.
 
2013-08-19 10:31:32 PM

NuttierThanEver: Is it wrong to say that as a child of the 80s I had the biggest crush on Olivia and that Xanadu is one of my guilty pleasures? Also it has Gene Kelly


Fun fact: Gene Kelly's character, club owner & musician Danny Malone, is a reprisal. He played the same character in 'Cover Girl', a movie he made in 1944 with Rita Hayworth.
 
2013-08-19 10:31:43 PM

Agent Nick Fury: gweilo8888: Agent Nick Fury: There is no way to find a citation on how people voted.

Sure, you could watch Entertainment Tonight and see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, etc., etc. all talking about how happy that we have elected a President that will tax them more.

But why would you believe that? - Do you think all these multimillionaire actors, actresses, musicians, directors all of a sudden feel this urge to give their money away?

Please explain this perception.

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/02/oscar-nominees-award-dems.ht ml

"Clooney has long been a big Democratic supporter, contributing $132,700 so far. In the 2012 cycle alone, he gave $61,600 to the DNC and the maximum of $5,000 to Obama's campaign."

[imageshack.us image 610x800]

Why?

Why do all these Hollywood millionaires give all this money and go on the campaign trail for these guys who want to take their money from them (please note, I didn't say vote for them)?

How is it in their best interest?


Why do poor people vote for Republicans?  How is that in their best interest?
 
2013-08-19 10:46:32 PM

peterthx: FTA:
The singer'shiats include "You're The One That I Want," with John Travolta from the 1978 movie "Grease."


Very appropriate filter pwnage.

/That goes for "Physical", too
//Either would be a nice catchy listenable song if the DJs hadn't PLAYED THEM INTO THE EVER FARKING GROUND
 
2013-08-19 10:50:11 PM

skantea: Agent Nick Fury: gweilo8888: Agent Nick Fury: There is no way to find a citation on how people voted.

Sure, you could watch Entertainment Tonight and see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, etc., etc. all talking about how happy that we have elected a President that will tax them more.

But why would you believe that? - Do you think all these multimillionaire actors, actresses, musicians, directors all of a sudden feel this urge to give their money away?

Please explain this perception.

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/02/oscar-nominees-award-dems.ht ml

"Clooney has long been a big Democratic supporter, contributing $132,700 so far. In the 2012 cycle alone, he gave $61,600 to the DNC and the maximum of $5,000 to Obama's campaign."

[imageshack.us image 610x800]

Why?

Why do all these Hollywood millionaires give all this money and go on the campaign trail for these guys who want to take their money from them (please note, I didn't say vote for them)?

How is it in their best interest?

Why do poor people vote for Republicans?  How is that in their best interest?


I didn't say rich people, I said Hollywood millionaires.

I'm sure you would admit that if you brought a group of one hundred poor people together there would probably be a 70 to 30 advantage, give or take towards the Democratic Party.

And, if you did the same with a group of one hundred rich people, it would be the reverse.

Except for the entertainment industry where, if you took a poll at the Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, or Emmys, the rich people would be 90 percent Democrat because.....

their lying.
 
2013-08-19 10:51:11 PM

freewill: / Time Machine Tour, Madison Square Garden. Still wish I'd bought a t-shirt.
// You can't really tell from this video, but the tension in a Manhattan crowd on Camera Eye made it feel like the roof was going to melt.
/// Rush fans can hijack virtually any thread.


/nice
//an angular mass of New Yorkers indeed
///agreed that's so awesome. so is your fark handle
 
2013-08-19 10:54:08 PM
 
2013-08-19 11:04:15 PM
Ha! One more piece of info to add to the fact base of Trivia Newton-John - still the most intoxicated bar trivia team ever to defeat MENSA. The answer to the clinching question was: Willi Plett.

In yo' face Rick Rosner!
 
2013-08-19 11:08:49 PM

Agent Nick Fury: skantea: Agent Nick Fury: gweilo8888: Agent Nick Fury: There is no way to find a citation on how people voted.

Sure, you could watch Entertainment Tonight and see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, etc., etc. all talking about how happy that we have elected a President that will tax them more.

But why would you believe that? - Do you think all these multimillionaire actors, actresses, musicians, directors all of a sudden feel this urge to give their money away?

Please explain this perception.

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/02/oscar-nominees-award-dems.ht ml

"Clooney has long been a big Democratic supporter, contributing $132,700 so far. In the 2012 cycle alone, he gave $61,600 to the DNC and the maximum of $5,000 to Obama's campaign."

[imageshack.us image 610x800]

Why?

Why do all these Hollywood millionaires give all this money and go on the campaign trail for these guys who want to take their money from them (please note, I didn't say vote for them)?

How is it in their best interest?

Why do poor people vote for Republicans?  How is that in their best interest?

I didn't say rich people, I said Hollywood millionaires.

I'm sure you would admit that if you brought a group of one hundred poor people together there would probably be a 70 to 30 advantage, give or take towards the Democratic Party.

And, if you did the same with a group of one hundred rich people, it would be the reverse.

Except for the entertainment industry where, if you took a poll at the Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, or Emmys, the rich people would be 90 percent Democrat because.....

their lying.


"70 to 30 advantage, give or take towards the Democratic Party "
Not in any red state.  You're exaggerating to force a point that can't honestly be made.
 
2013-08-19 11:11:13 PM

skantea: Agent Nick Fury: skantea: Agent Nick Fury: gweilo8888: Agent Nick Fury: There is no way to find a citation on how people voted.

Sure, you could watch Entertainment Tonight and see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, etc., etc. all talking about how happy that we have elected a President that will tax them more.

But why would you believe that? - Do you think all these multimillionaire actors, actresses, musicians, directors all of a sudden feel this urge to give their money away?

Please explain this perception.

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/02/oscar-nominees-award-dems.ht ml

"Clooney has long been a big Democratic supporter, contributing $132,700 so far. In the 2012 cycle alone, he gave $61,600 to the DNC and the maximum of $5,000 to Obama's campaign."

[imageshack.us image 610x800]

Why?

Why do all these Hollywood millionaires give all this money and go on the campaign trail for these guys who want to take their money from them (please note, I didn't say vote for them)?

How is it in their best interest?

Why do poor people vote for Republicans?  How is that in their best interest?

I didn't say rich people, I said Hollywood millionaires.

I'm sure you would admit that if you brought a group of one hundred poor people together there would probably be a 70 to 30 advantage, give or take towards the Democratic Party.

And, if you did the same with a group of one hundred rich people, it would be the reverse.

Except for the entertainment industry where, if you took a poll at the Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, or Emmys, the rich people would be 90 percent Democrat because.....

their lying.

"70 to 30 advantage, give or take towards the Democratic Party "
Not in any red state.  You're exaggerating to force a point that can't honestly be made.


http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/11/does-your-wage-p re dict-your-vote/264541/
 
2013-08-19 11:18:28 PM

Agent Nick Fury: skantea: Agent Nick Fury: skantea: Agent Nick Fury: gweilo8888: Agent Nick Fury: There is no way to find a citation on how people voted.

Sure, you could watch Entertainment Tonight and see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, etc., etc. all talking about how happy that we have elected a President that will tax them more.

But why would you believe that? - Do you think all these multimillionaire actors, actresses, musicians, directors all of a sudden feel this urge to give their money away?

Please explain this perception.

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/02/oscar-nominees-award-dems.ht ml

"Clooney has long been a big Democratic supporter, contributing $132,700 so far. In the 2012 cycle alone, he gave $61,600 to the DNC and the maximum of $5,000 to Obama's campaign."

[imageshack.us image 610x800]

Why?

Why do all these Hollywood millionaires give all this money and go on the campaign trail for these guys who want to take their money from them (please note, I didn't say vote for them)?

How is it in their best interest?

Why do poor people vote for Republicans?  How is that in their best interest?

I didn't say rich people, I said Hollywood millionaires.

I'm sure you would admit that if you brought a group of one hundred poor people together there would probably be a 70 to 30 advantage, give or take towards the Democratic Party.

And, if you did the same with a group of one hundred rich people, it would be the reverse.

Except for the entertainment industry where, if you took a poll at the Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, or Emmys, the rich people would be 90 percent Democrat because.....

their lying.

"70 to 30 advantage, give or take towards the Democratic Party "
Not in any red state.  You're exaggerating to force a point that can't honestly be made.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/11/does-your-wage-p re dict-your-vote/264541/


*Those surveyed are employed and predominantly College Educated.
That's not the population we're discussing, is it?  Honestly?
 
2013-08-19 11:21:08 PM

skantea: Agent Nick Fury: skantea: Agent Nick Fury: skantea: Agent Nick Fury: gweilo8888: Agent Nick Fury: There is no way to find a citation on how people voted.

Sure, you could watch Entertainment Tonight and see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, etc., etc. all talking about how happy that we have elected a President that will tax them more.

But why would you believe that? - Do you think all these multimillionaire actors, actresses, musicians, directors all of a sudden feel this urge to give their money away?

Please explain this perception.

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/02/oscar-nominees-award-dems.ht ml

"Clooney has long been a big Democratic supporter, contributing $132,700 so far. In the 2012 cycle alone, he gave $61,600 to the DNC and the maximum of $5,000 to Obama's campaign."

[imageshack.us image 610x800]

Why?

Why do all these Hollywood millionaires give all this money and go on the campaign trail for these guys who want to take their money from them (please note, I didn't say vote for them)?

How is it in their best interest?

Why do poor people vote for Republicans?  How is that in their best interest?

I didn't say rich people, I said Hollywood millionaires.

I'm sure you would admit that if you brought a group of one hundred poor people together there would probably be a 70 to 30 advantage, give or take towards the Democratic Party.

And, if you did the same with a group of one hundred rich people, it would be the reverse.

Except for the entertainment industry where, if you took a poll at the Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, or Emmys, the rich people would be 90 percent Democrat because.....

their lying.

"70 to 30 advantage, give or take towards the Democratic Party "
Not in any red state.  You're exaggerating to force a point that can't honestly be made.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/11/does-your-wage-p re dict-your-vote/264541/

*Those surveyed are employed and predominantly College Educated.
That's not the population we're ...


Ummmmm...yeah.

People on Oprah, David Letterman, The Daily Show, etc. etc. are employed or I don't see any reason that they would be on the show.

And most are educated but I agree that is debatable.
 
2013-08-19 11:23:58 PM

Agent Nick Fury: People on Oprah, David Letterman, The Daily Show, etc. etc. are employed or I don't see any reason that they would be on the show.


Tom Cruise was on Oprah claiming to be an actor. I've yet to see him do any acting.
 
2013-08-19 11:26:21 PM
Yay, way to destroy an awesome 'hot 80's chicks' with stupid political bullshiat.

\don't you losers have your own tag already?
 
2013-08-19 11:38:30 PM

LZeitgeist: Yay, way to destroy an awesome 'hot 80's chicks' with stupid political bullshiat.

\don't you losers have your own tag already?


For Agent Nick Fury. Have a look, have a wank and STFU.

farm2.staticflickr.com
 
2013-08-19 11:41:09 PM

calbert: [farm8.staticflickr.com image 516x350]


Boy Riker really let himself go.

Also we now know which ship had the gym.
 
2013-08-19 11:52:04 PM
Our local high school put on Xanadu The Musical.  It totally spoofed the movie and was a riot.  I mean stuff like Achilles died because he didn't have leg warmers to protect his heel.  If you get a chance, go see it.

/Mr Tech and Tech Jr. both love this movie.
 
2013-08-19 11:58:19 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Saved audiences from "Xanadu II: Electric Boogaloo"
 
2013-08-20 12:20:23 AM

peterthx: FTA:
The singer'shiats include "You're The One That I Want," with John Travolta from the 1978 movie "Grease."

That's some fine reporting there, Lou.


So THAT'S what those were.
 
2013-08-20 12:25:24 AM

Agent Nick Fury: And, if you did the same with a group of one hundred rich people, it would be the reverse.

Except for the entertainment industry where, if you took a poll at the Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, or Emmys, the rich people would be 90 percent Democrat because.....

their lying.


So your main support for your theory is "I just can't believe rich people would vote their conscience, so I won't."
 
2013-08-20 12:28:14 AM

gweilo8888: Agent Nick Fury: There is no way to find a citation on how people voted.

Sure, you could watch Entertainment Tonight and see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, etc., etc. all talking about how happy that we have elected a President that will tax them more.


You realize that Presidents don't create tax law, right?  Executive vs. Legislative.  That's basic civics, dude.
 
2013-08-20 12:29:44 AM

Aquapope: gweilo8888: Agent Nick Fury: There is no way to find a citation on how people voted.

Sure, you could watch Entertainment Tonight and see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, etc., etc. all talking about how happy that we have elected a President that will tax them more.

You realize that Presidents don't create tax law, right?  Executive vs. Legislative.  That's basic civics, dude.


Correct, but historically the president has a huge amount of influence on getting laws they want passed.  That is, when the president is competent.
 
2013-08-20 12:34:08 AM

Agent Nick Fury: gweilo8888: Agent Nick Fury: There is no way to find a citation on how people voted.

Sure, you could watch Entertainment Tonight and see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, etc., etc. all talking about how happy that we have elected a President that will tax them more.

But why would you believe that? - Do you think all these multimillionaire actors, actresses, musicians, directors all of a sudden feel this urge to give their money away?

Please explain this perception.

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/02/oscar-nominees-award-dems.ht ml

"Clooney has long been a big Democratic supporter, contributing $132,700 so far. In the 2012 cycle alone, he gave $61,600 to the DNC and the maximum of $5,000 to Obama's campaign."

[imageshack.us image 610x800]

Why?

Why do all these Hollywood millionaires give all this money and go on the campaign trail for these guys who want to take their money from them (please note, I didn't say vote for them)?

How is it in their best interest?


Maybe they're not thinking of their best interest.

/Also, stop thread-shiatting, troll.
 
2013-08-20 12:37:21 AM

3825968: My favorite ONJ homage.


Kinda goes together
 
2013-08-20 12:52:00 AM

Aquapope: gweilo8888: Agent Nick Fury: There is no way to find a citation on how people voted.

Sure, you could watch Entertainment Tonight and see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, etc., etc. all talking about how happy that we have elected a President that will tax them more.

You realize that Presidents don't create tax law, right?  Executive vs. Legislative.  That's basic civics, dude.


Just to be clear, you're quoting somebody else, not me.
 
2013-08-20 01:17:51 AM
Do I need to say "Xanadu" again?

cdn.static.ovimg.com

/Hot like Sandy.
 
2013-08-20 01:21:16 AM

DanZero: freewill: Anyway, I pushed the speakers up against the wall and hit them with nine hours of Farewell to Kings and Caress of Steel through to dawn on a Sunday night/Monday morning, then did it again on Monday night. Never had a problem again.

9 hours of COS? ha! They're all like "what is I THINK I'M GOING BALD?????" But hey, Bastille Day (aka the 5 minute history lesson) and Fountain of Lamneth. Plus nonstop Cinderella Man on AFTK!

/CSB -- your part to inject some culture to them is not forgotten!


Holy hell, I've laughed at this for 10 minutes now...

/geddycorn
 
2013-08-20 02:00:24 AM

OgreMagi: Aquapope: gweilo8888: Agent Nick Fury: There is no way to find a citation on how people voted.

Sure, you could watch Entertainment Tonight and see George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, etc., etc. all talking about how happy that we have elected a President that will tax them more.

You realize that Presidents don't create tax law, right?  Executive vs. Legislative.  That's basic civics, dude.

Correct, but historically the president has a huge amount of influence on getting laws they want passed.  That is, when the president is competent

not faced with a reflexively obstructionist congress.

Fixt.
 
2013-08-20 02:12:37 AM
GIS for 70s bush.

www.divinesecretsofadomesticdiva.com
 
2013-08-20 02:14:47 AM

LZeitgeist: Yay, way to destroy an awesome 'hot 80's chicks' with stupid political bullshiat.

\don't you losers have your own tag already?


Granted.  Let's get back on track here...
eclectikrelaxation.com
images.tribe.net

www.jaynedoll.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
 
2013-08-20 02:17:51 AM

Lsherm: T-Servo: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x349]

For those who went to the Dells in the late 70s.... that place was awesome.

I saw the gatlinburg Xanadu house before they tore it down.


Sweet. I came in for this. leaving satisfied.

For those of you who would like to know more...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanadu_Houses

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/32774

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlQTtHwISg0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNl21ZX84-4

http://www.sprayfoamdirect.com/blog/2012/06/the-xanadu-houses/
 
2013-08-20 03:15:27 AM
I'd rather sit through the whole of Xanadu than have to endure that terrible song she did for us at the Eurovision Song Contest ever again. We've admittedly sent far worse since then but it was still dire.
 
2013-08-20 03:16:14 AM

highendmighty: I just found out that they had to sew her into her leather pants in Grease.
She was, like, Barbara Eden hot!


What happened when she had to pee?
 
2013-08-20 03:19:22 AM

Rwa2play: And Sheena Easton in the 80s....motherofgod.jpg


If memory serves, it was 80s-era Sheena Easton that led me to discover the joys of rubbing one out .Her and Susanna Hoffs.

Olivia Newton-John was more beautiful and innocent than raw sexy, if that makes any sense. The sort of girl you fawn over rather than, well, you know.
 
2013-08-20 03:57:54 AM

FrancoFile: Imagine how much cocaine it took for someone to say:
"I know - we'll have Gene Kelly and a bunch of young kids on rollerskates.  Olivia Newton-John will play a Greek Goddess, and we'll get Electric Light Orchestra to do the soundtrack!"


Imagine how much more cocaine it took for someone to say: "Okay, it's a fake *discomentary* about how The Village People became a band, starring Valerie Perrine as a supermodel, Bruce Jenner as a lawyer, and Steve Guttenburg...because we're contractually obligated. Here's the best part - we've already got Bounty paper towel spokeswoman Nancy Walker to direct!"
 
2013-08-20 05:04:24 AM

tekmo: FrancoFile: Imagine how much cocaine it took for someone to say:
"I know - we'll have Gene Kelly and a bunch of young kids on rollerskates.  Olivia Newton-John will play a Greek Goddess, and we'll get Electric Light Orchestra to do the soundtrack!"

Imagine how much more cocaine it took for someone to say: "Okay, it's a fake *discomentary* about how The Village People became a band, starring Valerie Perrine as a supermodel, Bruce Jenner as a lawyer, and Steve Guttenburg...because we're contractually obligated. Here's the best part - we've already got Bounty paper towel spokeswoman Nancy Walker to direct!"


That works out to what, about a tenth of what it took to make the Star Wars Holiday Special? Impressive.
 
2013-08-20 07:09:08 AM
I was a HUGE Olivia fan as a kid but I thought Xanadu was awful.  The film, that is.  The soundtrack was pretty good.

And if you think she's crazy, check out her daughter Chloe.  img.ibtimes.com
 
2013-08-20 07:57:20 AM

Marisyana: I was a HUGE Olivia fan as a kid but I thought Xanadu was awful.  The film, that is.  The soundtrack was pretty good.

And if you think she's crazy, check out her daughter Chloe. 


Chloe has teh crazy eyes. I used to see her jogging around my neighborhood when her mom was living in here. Then they moved to the house where this suicide took place.

Ironically enough, across the inlet and down the beach about two miles from Olivia's house is a neighborhood called "Xanadu".

/csb
 
2013-08-20 08:04:05 AM

T-Servo: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x349]

For those who went to the Dells in the late 70s.... that place was awesome.


I went there, in about 1981.  Loved that place.
 
2013-08-20 10:34:16 AM
bad news, comedy gold headline. easy, and classy. +10
 
2013-08-20 01:20:00 PM
I have selected Xanadu for my circle of friend's next bad movie night. I now have a bad feeling about this...

/the last movie we watched was Manos: the Hands of Fate
 
2013-08-20 01:26:04 PM

FrancoFile: Imagine how much cocaine it took for someone to say:
"I know - we'll have Gene Kelly and a bunch of young kids on rollerskates.  Olivia Newton-John will play a Greek Goddess, and we'll get Electric Light Orchestra to do the soundtrack!"

And then to have the executives and agents agree to it...


"We'll also get a guy whose cardboard cutout can act better than him to play the lead. *sniff* That's gonna be money in the bank!! YEAHHH!!"
 
2013-08-20 01:40:43 PM

germ78: I have selected Xanadu for my circle of friend's next bad movie night. I now have a bad feeling about this...

/the last movie we watched was Manos: the Hands of Fate



images4.wikia.nocookie.net

May I suggest "Riding with Death" - It sucks on toast
 
2013-08-20 05:24:38 PM
Xanadu on Broadway was actually a pretty great show. The book By Douglas Carter Beane was excellent and the music is very fun. The biggest problem was the contract stipulated there be a 50-50 split between Jeff Lynne songs and the ones by John Farr. The Lynne tunes were vastly superior but in order to add one to the show there had to be a corresponding Farr song. That made things tricky. But the reviews were pretty amazing considering the source material. Still flopped badly.
 
2013-08-20 05:26:38 PM
Agent Nick Fury:

Except for the entertainment industry where, if you took a poll at the Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, or Emmys, the rich people would be 90 percent Democrat because.....

their lying.


Dunno about Hollywood but you would be lucky to find a half dozen Republicans at the Tony awards. And that includes all the billionaires.
 
2013-08-20 06:13:29 PM

GungFu: She's definitely a bit cuckoo in the head, and one likely to believe in crystals and other new age/ mystica/l Atlantis shiat.


That's not unusual for Australian women.  That actress that played the blue chick in Farscape quit the show and started selling crystals and shiat like that.

Australians are some of the coolest people I've ever had the pleasure of visiting, so I'd be willing to put up with a lot worse than that.
 
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