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Flashback brings you up to speed with the buzz and news on all things arts and entertainment you may have missed during the weekend.
• The Post’s Paul Farhi had a terrific piece on his (and people’s) constant mangling of song lyrics—and how that’s a good thing. “Music is personal, even when it’s being consumed by millions of people…If you correct what you thought you heard, you pull on the thread of memory disturbing the entire fabric,” Farhi writes. Amen, brother. But what about songs for which you can’t even make out the original words to come up with your own lyrics? We’re thinking of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know it (And I Feel Fine).” Is it okay to just mutter nonsensical half syllables? Because we’ve mastered that art, too.
• The Happening opens this weekend, which means the M. Night Shyamalan machine is in full force, with profiles in both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. The Twist: Shyamalan does not come across as the total egomaniac we thought he’d be—though, it’s hard not to laugh at someone who says he now hopes to be liked by teachers.
• Both the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly looked back at this season’s hottest television show: The presidential primaries. In her piece, Alessandra Stanley draws wacky parallels between the candidates and current shows: Obama is Mad Men, Clinton is In Treatment and McCain is… Battlestar Galactica?. What the frak! Sure, the show, like McCain, does tend tap in to people’s fears of terrorism, but Battlestar Galactica is also pretty freakin’ cool. So we thought up a better comparison: Mccain is 90210, the CW’s revamp of Beverly Hills 90210. As has already been pointed out, despite the flashy makeover and the endless promos, the show’s look feels tired, done—like something we’ve already seen too many times before. Sounds familiar, no?